Some Dutch Crochet Adventures… (Part 2)

As promised here’s a blog post with a little more crochet inspiration from our recent trip to The Netherlands…

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It was so lovely to see that local yarn shops, like here in England,  have really made a big comeback in The Netherlands in recent years. It makes me very happy! Having done an online search before we left England, I knew there were plenty in the area where we were staying to choose from. Of course, we were on a family holiday, so there was only so much yarn shopping that could be done but a couple of well planned detours meant I was lucky enough to visit two yarn shops during our holiday. Both very different…

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The first was Hobbydee  which is in a small town called Mijdrecht. It’s a fabulous shop which stocked items for all kinds of crafts but had a whole wall dedicated to yarn!

P1190190Oh just look at all that gorgeous yarn! 🙂 And being in The Netherlands, the home of Scheepjes  yarns, there was a lot of that available, especially the sweet little 25g balls of Catona and at only 1 euro 20 in so many colours, I chose these…

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And in the shop was this fabulous crocheted octopus that the owner had made herself…

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The window display outside had a sweet crocheted mouse stool…

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Brilliant aren’t they?!

And as we were on a family holiday, my Dad came into the shop with me… and how wonderful it is to go yarn shopping with someone who doesn’t usually come yarn shopping with me – a whole pair of new fresh eyes! He spotted this ball of cotton yarn from Germany in a gorgeous coastal colour way… how could I resist that one…

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We visited Amsterdam during our stay. It’s a city I’ve visited many times before – both my mother and my grandmother were born in Amsterdam. This time we just got the train in for a walk around the canals – with a very special detour to the fabulous yarn shop Stephen and Penelope  Now this has been on my wish list for a while and it did not disappoint!

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The whole experience was so special for me… the staff were genuinely super friendly and the yarns were absolutely sumptuous!

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Yes, the price tag did match the quality and uniqueness of those yarns – not too many skeins could be bought. If you ever manage to visit yourselves, do save before you go! However, I justified my purchases in my head by thinking yes, of course 25 euros is very expensive for 100g of yarn, but I could make the most gorgeous shawl, or a beanie hat with wrist warmers with that yarn that would be super lovely! People would probably be willing to pay 25 euros for a shawl that wouldn’t be anywhere near as nice as the one I could make! Have I justified it ok?? 🙂 🙂

Anyway, here they are…my two super expensive but oh so super gorgeous yarns…

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The green on the right is actually called ‘Seaglass’- how fabulous is that! 🙂 🙂 The greens are amazing!

Which one would you have chosen… 🙂

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And here I am outside, very pleased with my yarn shopping experience and purchases…

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My mind is buzzing with ideas of what to crochet with those yarns… I want to make something really special and very wearable to do them justice.

On another day, my aunt spotted this cushion in a local shop which has been crocheted…

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Aren’t those stitches fabulous…

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And I’ll just finish with this ‘seaglass’ sculpture that my mum made a couple of years ago. She gave it to my aunt and I hadn’t seen it for a while… so when I spotted it I just had to take a photo to share with you all!

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So there you have it… plenty of crochet and creative inspiration from a country in which crochet is truly thriving…

Happy crocheting everyone… 🙂 🙂

19 thoughts on “Some Dutch Crochet Adventures… (Part 2)

  1. Love that crocheted octopus! I went to the Aquarium in Hastings recently and found out that an octopus has blue blood, a brain shaped like a doughnut, and 3 hearts! They really are fascinating creatures. And cute when crocheted! 🙂

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  2. How I’d love to go back to S&P’s! The yarn is truly divine! I was in such a rush when I went that I didn’t let myself get too bowled over. I had a surprisingly level head! Congrats on the Simply Crochet feature too!! My copy arrived in the post this morning.

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