Fiber friends in warm climates can probably relate: good yarn is hard to come by. On the Canaries, commercial yarn shops are rare and hand dyed yarn shops are simply nonexistent. Therefore, I always try to grab some souvenir yarn whenever I’m traveling somewhere I might have better luck. Like that time I went to visit a friend in Dublin and came home with this beautiful skein of Olann’s Sock Lite.
WHEN IN SEVILLA
When the boyfriend and I had a little work-hard-play-hard-break in Faro, Lagos and Sevilla, I tried to do the same thing. However, Portugal and Spain aren’t the same thing as Ireland, temperature-wise. Even though it was unusually cold during our stay — meaning 22ºC instead of 30ºC — these countries are too sunny for good yarn stores. Therefore, I didn’t have any luck in both Faro and Lagos. Sevilla, however, looked more promising.
Via Google Maps I found this yarn store called Lana y Telar (‘Wool and Loom’). From the website I understood it was specialized in semi-solid, naturally dyed yarns. Little did I know it was only an online shop, and I got a little confused when I found out it was located somewhere in the middle of a residential area. The introvert in me had already giving up on visiting, but the boyfriend called the store and asked them in his best (non-existing) Spanish if we could visit. We could.
A DYE DUNGEON!
When we arrived, there wasn’t any indication of a yarn store — which is to be expected from a webshop that’s run from home — but a man came out of one of the houses and welcomed us. Apparently, we had found the right place. We came into a seemingly normal, Spanish house, except for an elevator that brought us to the basement (or dye dungeon, as Kristin from @voolenvine would’ve called it). You guys, it was heaven below the earth instead of above it. Bare yarns, dyed yarns, dyes and dye pots, all neatly organized and labelled.
The guy who showed us around turned out to be the dyer behind Lana y Telar. They have a lot of pretty, all-natural, non-superwash bases that he dyes in all the semi-solid colorways imaginable using natural dyes only. I quickly fell in love with two skeins of their Record base: a 100% merino that they had available in 150 gram skeins. Each skein has 450 meters, so I guess it’s kind of sport weight. I was actually looking for fingering weight, but this was their lightest base. No problema es though, they’re dyed with mint and onion and I just can’t believe the vibrant colors!
Now, what to make!?