It has only recently occurred to me that while I write about knitting shops in my travels, that I have omitted to describe any of the yarn shops that I visit in Hong Kong. There are many good yarn shops in Hong Kong, unless you want hand dyed sock yarn – and then you had better speak to me! A Bluestocking Knits had compiled a list of yarn shops in Hong Kong in 2005, which was my saviour when I moved to Hong Kong.
A few weeks back, my friend, and knitting guru, Yam took V and me to a new shop in Mongkok called Knitting World (site in Chinese only). I had previously tried to find the shop on my own, but had been flummoxed when the directions left me in the middle of a Mong Kok market street.
While it seems improbable, I was actually in the right place. Knitting World is located on the 3rd floor of the Prosper Commercial Building, at 9 Yin Chong St in Mong Kok. For people visiting Hong Kong, I highly recommend using the YP Map site, and keeping in mind that when you see the market, you are in the right place. It is any easy walk from Mong Kok MTR station, and car traffic is a nightmare in this part of town. I read somewhere (no doubt NOT authoritative) that Mong Kok has the highest population density on earth, and I believe it (well – a bit). You will need to peer between the market stalls, the building numbers are not at all clear. When you see the door below, take the lift to the third floor, and you will see a very large (by Hong Kong standards) wool store.
Knitting World stocks a lot of yarns – including bamboo blends, organic cotton, and a wide variety of pure wool yarns, including some lovely soft merino. They also have a very good selection of Japanese knitting patterns – I was very tempted by a lace pattern dictionary (despite the fact that I can read no Japanese at all). Very little English is spoken, but prices are reasonable and we received a 20% discount for reasons that were not clear to us. We didn’t argue!
I purchased some white merino sport weight wool to make the Estonian Baby Blanket (Ravelry link), and persuaded Yam that she really could knit socks out of some red 4 ply merino. The staff were as helpful as they could be given the limitations with our Cantonese – I only have enough to barely communicate with a taxi driver, and to order my favorite dishes at Dim Sum.
Talking of taxi drivers, my knitting output has been almost non-existent because en-route to meeting Yam and V, my taxi driver had an accident. He had decided that he would drive down the middle of a two way street, causing a problem when he was faced with on-coming traffic, resulting in an altercation with the curb. Luckily, I did not tense up before the accident because I was opening my copy of Knit so Fine. More commentary on that book to follow. I was gibbering when I met Yam and V at the Mong Kok MTR, and by the next day had a very sore neck and shoulder that persisted for over a week.
Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day, and I will be meeting up with some of the Hong Kong knit bloggers in Mong Kok. I’m not sure why I am so excited by this, because I knit in public all the time. This afternoon a very pleasant Japanese woman was enquiring about my socks that I was finishing during younger daughter’s swimming lesson. I wonder if I could get her to help me with the Japanese pattern books….