I am so fortunate to buy wonderful yarns from this stall at an open market in Florence. Each ball of yarn costs 1 euro.
In the photo you can see my sister Anne, a friend named Mirella, and the yarn seller, Andrea (that's a man's name in Italy),

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Comment by Kathy Platts on February 16, 2013 at 6:03am

ooooohhhh so jealous but relieved at the same time - I would HAVE to buy loads every time I saw this stall even if I didn't need it......I'm bad enough as it is without a 1 Euro temptation! You are very fortunate - do you show Andrea what you have created with his yarn? he'd love that I'm sure :o)

Comment by Anneke on February 15, 2013 at 5:07am

one Euro???/ for wool of this quality I pay 5 to 6 euros for 50 grams! I am jealous Mary! xoxo....by the way.....give Andrea a hug from me next time you visit his stall :)))))

Comment by Donna Radu on February 15, 2013 at 1:48am

I am lucky enough to get to Italy often for a week in the summer and did in fact know a charming and hilarious guy from Sicily whose name is Andrea.  Wish I knew where there was a yarn market with the variety and prices of this one, though! 

Comment by Mary Kristel Lokken on February 15, 2013 at 1:28am

rosamund - much cheaper to fly with Ryanair to Pisa.


Comment by rosamund goodwin on February 14, 2013 at 9:55pm

I wonder if there are any coach trips from West Yorkshire to Florence?

Comment by Mary Kristel Lokken on February 14, 2013 at 9:05pm

Anne - nowadays the kid gloves would probably be made in China, as are most items we find in markets and shops.

This yarn, however, is Made in Italy.


Comment by Anne Powell on February 14, 2013 at 1:01pm

Oh I am SO jealous! - I remember those afternonnons in Florence when the shops and tourist attractions close for a few hours and there's nothing to do but either drink wine, or go to the market - oh darn!!  I also remember kid gloves for $7, fabulous sweaters, wonderful purses......  I wasn't shopping for yarn back then... but I sure would today!

Comment by Mary Kristel Lokken on February 14, 2013 at 11:48am

I know, I am sooooo spoiled.

The balls have no labels. Andrea usually knows what the yarn is made of. Much of it is big name yarns that are produced in the town of Prato (near Florence). For reasons I don't understand, not all the yarn makes it to the stores, and it is sent to the markets where it is sold without labels. Maybe seconds? Imperfections? Dye lots don't match perfectly? That's ok with me!


Comment by Linda Maltby on February 14, 2013 at 10:30am

Ohhhh ! How do you resist buying all of it ?

Comment by lorraine parkinson on February 14, 2013 at 9:28am

would have such fun on that stall.  would have to  buy one of each and then go back for more.


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