The other day, I went to Tokyo Hands, a huge multi level department store to see if they have a craft or yarn department. When I got there they say “gomenasai” – sorry they do not have it but the nice man sent me 4 blocks up the road and I ended up in what looked like a huge shopping area. I found a nice yarn store called “Mitsumaya” and could not resist buying some yarn for a couple of hats. I have never seen any of this brand in the US before. It was just so awesome to feel the different balls , to pick and then put down. Most of the samples are hats I have never seen patterns for and when you buy yarn for the hat, they give you a pattern, in Japanese, of course!
Then, when I left this store, I carried on walking and lo and behold, next door was the most wondrous store that i have ever seen since coming to Japan! Choc o bloc with fabrics, sewing notions, crafts and when I asked if they have yarn, the girl sent me up to the fourth floor where all the yarns are! I recognised a few like Zara, and they even have NORO!! One was a very fine silk garden. Lovely colors! Lots of organic yarn.
So, I shall be making my way there again one of these days – maybe bring my KA Hat to show off.
Did I ever mention that there is a yarn made of banana? No, I did not find it here but I think I saw it in a craft store in Aizu.