Another advantage of all this prior googling, was discovering that Buenos Aires had a yarn district! Not surprising given Argentina is one of the world's major wool producers and knitting is apparently still taught in primary school. The yarn district is located in Villa Crespo on Av. Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz. The closest subway is Malabia. If you walk towards Palermo from the junction of Ortiz and Av. Corrientes the yarn shops are roughly between Av. Loyola and Av. Córdoba on both sides of the road.
|Image via www.milanahilados.com.ar|
The Christmas period isn't the best time to go as a couple of shops were closed for the break. The two I was sorry to miss out on were Milana and Moussa, but that didn't stop me from visiting the ten or so that were still open! Yanabey was my favourite and where I spent the most money, but Arte Natural was pretty fascinating – yarn everywhere, including all over the floor.
|Left – wall of yarn at Nube. Above right – window display in yarn district. Below right – the wild Arte Natural.|
If you're planning a trip and you're into yarn, I'd definitely take an extra suitcase!
|My purchases! Acrylics at left and wool and cotton at right.|