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Yarn Shopping In Amsterdam

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I was just catching up on some blogs when one particular post by Zeens and Roger struck a chord. Rosina has just come back from a weekend in Amsterdam and it reminded me that I never blogged about my trip there back in December, so I thought “Better late than never” – and here it is!

Mr. H-L works for a Dutch company which is based just outside Amsterdam and he travels there on a regular basis. Back in early December I decided to join him, but with plans for something a little more exciting than business. I contacted a fellow blogger, Marianne Dekkers-Roos who blogs at MaRRose, and we arranged to meet at my hotel about half an hour after our flight landed. She was already there waiting for me by the time we got to our hotel!


Marianne is just lovely – and very tall, as are all the Dutch so it would seem! After a quick coffee, we hopped into Marianne’s car and drove the short journey into Amsterdam.

I gratefully accepted Marianne’s offer of the scenic route past some of the more historic parts of the city. A dull day doesn’t show the palace off at its best, but what struck me was how it blends into the other buildings (it used to be the town hall) and isn’t sealed off from the public at all. I know it’s not a place of residence for the Dutch royal family any more, but official occasions are still held there and I would have thought security would be more of an issue.


Having been before, I didn’t take many photographs, but still admired the distinctive architecture that tells you that you can only be in The Netherlands.


The Amsterdam Light Festival had started the previous day, running until mid January. Described as “A Winter festival of light, art and water”, we were treated to some fabulous displays on our walk through the city.


As it was the 2nd of December, Christmas decorations were everywhere, but this one was particularly spectacular, spanning as it did through three floors of a shopping centre!


On to the main purpose of our visit – yarn shopping!

Of course, the first stop HAD to be the famous Stephen & Penelope’s, run by Stephen West and Maria Joseph (no, not Penelope!).

What a shop!! 

Skeins of luxury yarn in every shade imaginable and in row after row of highly organised colour. Stephen’s inimitable designs were showcased and, tempted though I was to buy this book, I knew the likelihood of my making anything from it was low.

The shop goes back around the corner as well so this is just a portion of what’s on offer.


In fact there was SO much that it was a bit overwhelming and, as I didn’t have a project in mind, I didn’t actually buy any yarn.

BIG mistake – I have regretted it ever since!!

I did, however, succumb to the charms of this beautiful book about brioche knitting. It certainly is a lovely book, although I have yet to try the brioche stitch, let alone make a scarf out of it.


I also bought these needle gauges – they were on my list before I left England. How cute?


Obviously, I needed to buy a project bag to carry them home in.


Our next stop was Hooks and Yarns which had not been open very long at the time of our visit. If you go, don’t be put off by the Dutch language website as they speak good English and are very friendly.


The style of decor was very modern – stark concrete and exposed steelwork which contrasted brilliantly against the softness and bright colours of the yarn. Resident dog behind the stair gate!


I can’t remember the names of the owners, but they were so friendly and hospitable that they insisted we stayed for coffee and we ended up chatting for over an hour!


Marianne dropped me back at my hotel later that afternoon and we said goodbye. Did I mention that she has a book on crochet coming out soon? Look out for it – it’s sure to be fantastic.


The following morning I ventured out alone whilst hubby went to another day of meetings. The local shopping mall was festooned with all things Christmassy – Sinterklass’ companion Black Pete being a Dutch tradition.

I found some crocheted stools for sale.

I wasn’t tempted, but isn’t this display a good one?


I found a quiet spot for a nice cup of tea.

Look at the selection I was offered!


This was my little haul from the shopping mall – did you spot the buttons that I put in my Stitching Santa parcel?


Back at the hotel again, I sampled a few G+Ts whilst waiting for the husband to finish work.


Finally, at the airport we had supper before our flight. See the tablet on the table? That’s how you order nowadays, apparently!


You make your selection which you can add to at anytime, and it’s brought over to you. Simple, but brilliant.

A few days at home, then we flew to Lapland…..another trip that I must get around to blogging about eventually….

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24 thoughts on “Yarn Shopping In Amsterdam

  1. Sounds like you too had a fabulous yarny adventure. Love the gauge thingummies, I wish I’d spotted those. My visit was very hasty indeed. I love the look of the other shop you went to. Maybe I should go back so that I can visit!

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  2. Now I have read two Amsterdam blogs, and I have serious yarn envy. Lovely winter trip

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  3. I used to go to Amsterdam a lot but haven’t been for some years now – I doubt those yarn shops were there then and, even if they were, it was in my pre-knitting/crochet days. My most distinct memories are of the bars where they sliced the froth off the top of the beers with a knife and my amusement at the machines, selling loose tobacco I think, labelled ‘shag’ (that’s how young I was) and, of course, the Reichs Museum – I’m not a complete philistine πŸ˜‰ I can understand how you came out of the yarn shop empty handed – sometimes there’s just too much choice.

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    • All the yarn looked the same to me after a while and I just couldn’t choose. I’ll go with a yarn or project in mind next time. Those yarn shops are quite recent additions to the city. You can still smell those bars long before you see them!

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  4. Wowsa, you sound busy! And when swamped by yarn choices, I go for sock yarn πŸ™‚ I know exactly how much I need, and can just admire the pretty colours πŸ™‚

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  5. How lovely to meet up with a blogging friend in such a lovely place! The yarn shops look simply drool worthy – I admire your restraint! πŸ™‚

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    • The choice was just too overwhelming and it all became a bit of a blur, if that makes any sense. I’ll be more prepared next time, and it was wonderful to meet up with a blogging pal, as you know only too well:)

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  6. What a lovely trip meeting a lovely lady and exploring too πŸ˜‰ Can’t believe you managed to leave without buying yarn (or even that they didn’t have to crow bar you out lol) Still, having Mr H L out there I’m sure you can pay more visits and make a wish list for that great yarn shop when you do have project ideas !!

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  7. What a lovely trip! Can totally understand your overwhelm-ment, and would have sincerely tried to overcome it along the way. That’s assuming dark chocolate thoughts didn’t take over completely. πŸ˜‰

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  8. Fab trip! So glad you got round to sharing and it didn’t get forgotten. Great to see all those scummy yarn photos. I love the the Netherlands. As you know my Eldest lived there for nearly three years. She lived in Utrecht. Well worth a visit if you haven’t been and much nicer that Amsterdam (if you don’t count the lack of amazing yarn shops) for my money. But then, as you also know, I’m a country girl and big cities aren’t my thing.

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    • Is Utrecht easily accessible from Schipol? I’m thinking we could extend a business trip and visit. I love trying places that have been recommended.

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      • Yes, it’s not far – we always hired a car and drove, but it’s only a short train ride too – eldest always used the train. If you stop over we’ve stayed at the Grand Karel V and The Eye Hotel in Utrecht. Both lovely hotels, but different. I liked the Eye Hotel best because it was so unique and quirky. Keukenhoff – was amazing in the spring – although it is just the gardens, no town and a long car journey. The Town of Naarden is somewhere else I remember being lovely, but a car journey and not very big. Can remember other lovely places, but not their names 😦 Look forward to reading about more of your Dutch adventures. I presume Mr L-H is working their indefinitely? Not sure that’s the right word, but you know what I mean.

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      • He’s working for a Dutch company on a self-employed basis, so can continue as long as he wants to when we move. We have been to Keukenhoff in Tulip season – loved it!

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      • Excellent. Knew you’d love Keukenhoff πŸ™‚

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  9. Wow, fantastic. I adore my Stephen and Penelope goodies that my daughter brought home when they visited Amsterdam in January, and this shop is definitely on my list of “to do” when I get to visit Europe one day. I am Adding Hooks and Yarns to that list too. Looks just as amazing.
    Thank you for sharing all the lovely photos, I adore the houses. So very typical.

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    • We’re very lucky that Europe is such a short flight away – it makes it very accessible and quite cheap to visit. Being an island nation, the journey to and the waiting time at the airport is longer than the flight itself though, which is the only reason for not doing it more often. Each country has its own specific architecture which makes for interesting viewing. The yarn shops are pretty much the same though – some better than others!

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  10. Amsterdam is lovely. I have only been there for a flying visit in the summer but it looks like the winter is a good time too. πŸ™‚

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  11. What a lovely trip! Creativity always brings people together how lovely you met a fellow blogger!

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