Thursday, August 06, 2009

Yarn in Itaewon

Living outside of Seoul I rarely make it to our weekly meetup at the Starbucks by the Crown and Capital Hotels in Itaewon (Tuesdays, 7pm). However, last week I didn't have to work so off to Itaewon I went. I ran some errands, stopped by the Foreign Food Mart, What The Book, and while I was killing time before my esthetics appointment at Pro-Nails, I met Calvin.

Calvin and his Korean business partner run a yarn business in Itaewon. They used to have a stall in Dongdaemun and also in Insadong but now they're operating an open-air location. It's really easy to find. Go out exit 3 or 4 of Itaewon Station and start walking up the street, well I used to say the street with Burger King but I'm pretty sure it's a Coldstone and a Quizno's now. Calvin's shop is on the corner of the first alley turning right (going to the Wolfhound).

They sell pre-made bags and hats. The bags run about 30,000-50,000won and I didn't ask about the hats. They also do sell yarn. They have books of colour cards so you choose the yarn you want to buy and it gets delivered in about 2 minutes. Calvin also said he welcomes new knitters. But some yarn from him and he'll help you with your project. You can sit and knit with him and stop by anytime for help with a new technique. Since the Seoul SnB only meets three times a week, that's a pretty useful service :)

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