Yes, dear readers, we’ve been down this road before: part the 1st (a.k.a. Stitch ‘n Bitch), part the 2nd (a.k.a. my anti-climactic non-Stitch ‘n Bitch return to Rome), along with intervals such as my excursion into Fair Isle knitting (goddammit so pissed I lost this hat last winter aarrrgh — it was a beaut and I made it all by myself.)
All that to say, folks, yepper dee doo, I like me some knitting, I do indeed. But in the last few years having three kids two of whom are twins, kind of put a real crimp in my stash, if you know what I mean. Never did finish those fingerless gloves and frogged the damn things like 3 times because… life.
However, my enthusiasm has been rekindled, despite 90+ degree temps here in Rome, thanks to a lovely little shop in Prati that opened no less than three months ago. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST. I guarantee it because the shop doesn’t even have a website, yet.
The reason this shop caught my eye was the same reason it will probably seem totally normal to you, if you live anywhere in US/Canada/UK where they sell yarn. Because in those countries (as well as Australia and NZ; I can’t speak for other places) yarn shops have their yarn OUT for customers to TOUCH. I know, what a concept, right? But truth be told, here in Rome that’s not normal. Here in Rome going to a yarn shop can sometimes feel like getting a tooth filled. It’s excruciating. Because you have to look at yarn, if it’s on display at all, from a distance, on the other side of a counter, where some salesperson who may or may not be nice and may or may not be glaring at you, is most likely making you feel stared at. In short, I hate it. It’s not a user-friendly experience. One yarn shop actually made me feel like I was in a hardware store. That one over by Termini run by all men (described in further detail in my post here, in case that description wasn’t already intimidating enough). SO frickin’ bizarre.
Enter “Milleidea Merceria” — where “don’t touch” is no where to be found. God bless the woman who opened it. I was taking a picture of her shop from outside, with the gate down over the window, and she just happened to be coming by to open it and said “Oh, please, wait just a moment so I can open it for you and your pictures will look better.”
No asking why some strange girl was taking pictures. How refreshing.
Long story short, the shop is adorable, and it felt so homey and comfortable. PLUS she has brands from the UK like Debbie Bliss, which as far as I know are nearly impossible to find here unless you order online.
The owner, Patrizia, is planning to hold knitting classes in-store starting in late September or October. And, get this—she wants to also hold gatherings for knitting and TEA. Who is this fabulous woman? I don’t know but I swear she is onto something. She had no idea. I was telling her all about Stitch ‘n Bitch and telling her she was going to get a bunch of foreign visitors shopping her store, because it’s approachable and we can understand it, and feel comfortable. Totally shocked her. She had no idea, I’m telling you! So I have no idea how SHE got the idea, but in any case, I think it’s going to be a really good thing.
I’ll post her classes here online, but if you are coming to Rome and happened to find this post, looking for places to buy yarn in Rome, head over.
via Cicerone 50
(Bus: 30 Express, get off at Piazza Cavour)