My trip to Sapporo was narrowed to only one day after DH and I felt that the boys needed more time to settle in the area. We travelled to Niseko in a big group of 6 families in total. But that still wasn't enough assurance for me to leave the boys on the third night. You know, motherhood thing! By the end, the boys did well on their last day in the resort. Didn't leave anything behind, were on time with their schedule and the elder one even asked for a courtesy late check-out so that he and his brother could rest a bit after their half day ski session on the third day. Not bad! ;)
My precious day in Sapporo was basically dedicated to yarn hunting. I had found in advance an address of a Puppy yarn store and that was my main target. It took me some effort to locate it because the address was referring to a whole block without specific number. After asking around, I found the block but no signs of yarn. Soon, a fabric store caught my eyes. I decided that a fabric store would cheer me up and left DH continue to look ahead. After all, fabrics are fun too even though I don't do any sewing. Not so interesting from outside, but look at the array of fabrics in all sort of colours inside!
As I was looking around, I noticed that they had another floor. Could there be yarns? I thought to myself . Perhaps more quilting material but deep in my heart I was hoping for yarns... When I went upstairs, I saw this:
See, there is always hope isn't it? ;) I was so delighted and ran down to find DH to let him know that I found the store and that I would be spending some time on the second floor. Indeed, it was my lost Puppy shop without any clue from outside!! :) As you can see, it's a cozy and well organized shop. Most of the yarns were imported and they even carried the Rowan line though with a very high tag. A good excuse to skip them. There were some knitted garments for sale, the designs that are in the "Let's knit series" from Puppy publications. I often buy these books from Puppy, so it was exciting to see the designs knitted in person and the yarn in use as well. There was an embroidery section as well, packed with colorful threads. I didn't have much time to browse them. I think it would be hard to leave the store without a small kit had I had more time to look at them . The first things I gathered in my shopping basket were the Keitodama Spring issue, Let's knit, Puppy book vol. 2 ( couldn't find vol 1 or 3) , an old book with entrelac gloves ( sold out here) and this lace book with shawls and romantic clothing ( had seen an ad in Keitodama) that I so wanted to have but have never seen in my local bookstores. The last two books I mentioned, were the last copies at the shop, not in mint condition but that didn't minimize my enthusiasm in buying them. I am so lucky!
The sales lady was very nice and helpful and even gave me the directions to another nearby yarn shop. However; DH knowing me from past experiences, soon said we needed a break for lunch. Hehe, I was ready to sacrifice my appetite and save the time for more yarn adventures. Soon, DH found my favorite crab restaurant just a few blocks away.
Having had a big Japanese breakfast, we couldn't eat much. So we shared a set with crab cooked and served in many ways. It was delicious as you can imagine! Though, deep in my heart I was hoping that the food could be served a little faster.
With a satisfied appetite, we headed to the next yarn store. It was one of those crafting buildings with each floor carrying material for a specialized craft. I soon found the yarn section and spent a good time browsing through colorful balls.
On my way back to hotel, just around the block I spotted another yarn store. There weren't any special yarn, so I just did a quick visit since I was already happy and satisfied with my previous store purchases. It was a short ( I wished for more yarn shop hours) and a long day as I went to visit the Snow Festival very late in the evening. I found that it would too hard to justify to my non knitting friends that I spent a whole day in Sapporo and didn't visit the Snow Festival event. Luckily, all these stops were within a walking distance from our hotel.
That was a really long post! I kept loosing my post today, the internet connection has been very unstable these days. I hope you enjoyed my yarn hunting experience in Sapporo. I have more yarn adventures to share because after this trip ( in 3 days ) I went to Europe. Indeed, it was a very long winter vacation, almost perfect if I were in a better health condition. Unfortunately, I had a hormonal imbalance making me very weak during my trips. So despite not feeling well ( it was too late to cancel the trip), I was able to travel to Europe under medications. It looks that I have recovered these days but I will have to be checked again soon to see if I have anything more serious. So that was the main reason that I have not been in the blog sphere for a while.
I should be posting soon again, so until next time with more yarn hunting! ;)