That’s a knitting joke. You either (knit and therefore) get it, or you don’t. This post is about my
addiction hobby and how I’ve been keeping at it in Nairobi.
When I first moved here, J. assured me that there would be ample places to buy yarn and knitting needles in Nairobi. I wasn’t sure how he thought he had any knowledge on this, but I took his word for it. It turns out that it’s not so easy to find yarn.
I asked around, mostly via Facebook groups. I didn’t get a lot of advice. I did find one place, Buttons and Bows in the YaYa Center.
Unfortunately, the store is more about sewing than my particular fiber craft. Also, the limited assortment of yarn was terribly overpriced. I still bought something because I needed something while I waited for my stash (yarn) to arrive in our shipment.
My yarn and knitting goodies all arrived safely. I was able to knit properly. I was happy. But, I knew I would need more yarn.
Before our trip home earlier this year, I made sure to place orders for a ton of yarn. Then, I bought more while home. (All of this tied back to projects I want to complete, lest you think I am some kind of yarn junkie, collecting bits and pieces like a magpie.)
I’m pretty set for a while with yarn. But again, I know I will need more. I do plan to get more the next time I travel home, but that is not for a while. There is a good chance that I could run out before then. We cannot let that happen!
I reached out to fellow knitters on Ravelry.com. What is Ravelry? They describe it best: “Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.”
I posted about yarn shops on the forum. I also reached out to some knitters who were listed as living in Nairobi. I’m getting some responses so I hope that the knitting community here will be able to help me out.
One knitter, pointed me to Spinner’s Web. I had been there before but I didn’t know that they had more yarn. In the basement section, near the Weaver Bird section of the shop, there is a selection of yarn.
The colors are amazing, but the texture is a little itchy. It’s not a place that is going to provide me with the yarn I need. However, that’s not to say that the yarn is bad or that I wouldn’t buy from there. In fact, I did. The main image for this post is the yarn I bought. I got the red and gold yarn for me and the blue for a friend who wants to learn how to knit. I wouldn’t make any wearables from that yarn, but I’m sure I can make something.
The quest for yarn continues. But, really, should it ever end?