Mike and I have returned from Paris. Oh sweet Paree. I miss you so. It was amazing - of course - it's Paris. While I was there doing all that am supposed to - the Louvre, cafe, Versailles, cafe, Notre Dame, cafe, Eiffel Tower, cafe, eating my brains out, cafe - I was nosey and sneaky, looking and searching for knitting ideas. I was not disappointed.
EVERYONE in Paris is sporting a sweet scarf. Sweet hats abound, mittens, gloves, cuffs, sweaters and more. Scarves, scarves - oh lovely scarves!
Check out this thing.
Who knows what it is, but I wanna do it! This was in the window of the Department store Galleries Lafayette. It is some sort of intense cabled vest thing. Check out the sweet braids too! I am not even sure if they sell it - but this shows the love of knits in Paris.
The Knitting Shop:
Ok - after printing out my Google maps directions and obsessing over buying "booshee" yarn, I made it to the La Droguerie Knit Shop.
Ok - how do I say this without sounding too negative? Um. Despite everything you have heard about French people being rude - I have found this to be false - everyone was so helpful and kind to us in Paris ... but if you want to search out some of the rude French you have heard about - La Droguerie is the place to do it.
I would have posted some photos of the beautiful yarns, buttons, beads and ribbons in there - but you are not allowed to take photos. Ok - that is just mean. Getting help in here ... well ... I think you have to be a regular customer or at the very least French. I was hated by many in here. I must smell American.
The yarn was pretty but REALLY expensive. Everything is weighed, but they did have some kits there with 2 colors of yarn, about 1/2 skein each - for $50.
I opted not to purchase any yarn, but am glad I went. It was an experience, even though I must reek of "Freedom Fries".
I did find some other stores that had yarn - one even in the basement of the Louvre - but still opted to stick to cleaning out my own stash. What a good girl. Plus I had to buy purses. Come on - priorities people.