More Pictures ! Yarn every where you look in Santiago, Chile

I just spent two weeks in Santiago, Chile. I got turned around in the subway station … there was a yarn shop. On the way to a museum … across the street a yarn shop. A WHOLE street … yarn shops (Rosas). Local markets and tourist shops … YARN !

I will write more about my adventure and yarn but for now here are a few pictures. This is a typical shop … all the yarn is behind a counter and you have to ask to see it ! Not an easy thing when you don’t speak Spanish.

I bought the needles in a woodworking shop and the shopkeeper asked if I wanted him to write my name on them … how cool is that ?

What a fabulous country! I had no idea. The pictures are great and I look forward to hearing more.

Lucky girl! I love Chile but when I was there in 1997, I didn’t knit. Santiago is so wonderful.

Sounds awesome! I would have to buy a pair of straights just to get my name on them even thought I hardly ever use them any more.

Santiago sounds like MY kind of city!! Who’s up for a field trip???


I love the personalized needles, never seen that before. Sounds like you had a good trip, did you come back with loads of wool?

What are the prices in US $ for sock yarn and worsted wool?

[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]There is a lot of 100% acrylic and 75acrylic/25 wool and acrylic/cotton blends manufactured in and available in Chile, as well as acrylic made in Peru. Some of it is very soft and pretty. It is mostly what we call worsted weight and costs about 1,000 pesos ($2.00 US) for about 200 yards. (Like Plymouth Encore) That is what you see in the front window for 990, 880, 1200 pesos. Knitting and Crocheting is still very much a way to provide sweaters etc. for your family. Most things there are very expensive, especially clothing and food. [/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]There was some Alpaca in the “regular yarn stores” but it was very expensive…they must export most of that. They did have hanks of hand dyed Chilean wool and beautiful hand dyed cotton in these stores. By their standards they were expensive, but to me they were more than reasonable! $5.00 - $8.00 per skein. I will try to label a picture of what I bought with the prices and names. The pictures I have posted are ones I took at the hotel before I packed. I still don’t have my act together enough to take pictures now that I have it all at home!![/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]The best / least expensive Chilean wool was at the Wool/Craft Fair. Sock yarn is not something they stock … or even really understand the need for. How do I know this? How did I end up at a Wool Fair???[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Well, my first day out I took the hop on, hop off bus tour. My first stop was to go to a museum. On the way to the museum, there was a yarn shop. I went in totally unable to speak Spanish, very confused because EVERYTHING is behind the counter and you have to ASK. And, when they tell you how much it costs, it is in Spanish … so … I was trying to tell the sales lady I was looking for washable wool, sport weight, sock yarn. A young Chilean woman was shopping in the store and understood and spoke English VERY WELL. She told the sales person what I was looking for. They didn’t have it and she said “There are lots of other yarn stores on Rosas Street would you like for me to show them to you?” She spent the next 4 hours taking me in and out of yarn stores … doing all the “talking” for me! If the price was written … 1570 … I could figure out that I could use 2 GREEN “dollars” which would be 2,000 pesos and I would get change. But if I asked the price and they said “Ceiento cincuenta y siete mill” I had NO IDEA how much. It was wonderful. (We were always walking, outside, and I knew exactly where my “bus stop” was … so no chance of being kidnapped by a stranger … besides that, she was 28 years old and I met her in a KNITTING SHOP) [/SIZE][/FONT]

[SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]We had a really nice lunch which she ordered[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings][FONT=Wingdings]J[/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]. And made plans to get together again the next week. I knew I wanted to go to the Araucania shop “Cuentapuntos” in Santiago. So we met there. It was on the “Rodeo Drive” of Santiago. This was the most expensive yarn I saw. It is actually Peruvian yarn, hand dyed in Chile. It is popular here in the US and mostly exported here and to Europe. I bought 3 skeins of beautiful sock yarn. It would have cost about $20.00 per skein plus shipping. It was only about $8.00 per skein. Berni (my new friend) thought that was an ENORMOUS amount to pay for yarn. [/FONT][/SIZE]

[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]She had heard that there was a Wool/Craft Fair at a park near by. It was SO COOL ! And had the most authentic Chilean yarn and wool, weaving and woodworking supplies and some paper crafting and felting things. After that, we went back to the hotel together and I shared the projects I had brought with me.[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]My husband was there on business and I got to tag along. He will have to go back several times in the next year so I am going to go with him, for sure![/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]This needle felted Nativity was at the “fair” . Berni knows how to make them … next time I go she is going to teach me how to make it !!![/SIZE][/FONT]

Debbie, thanks so much for more pictures. This is like a guided tour of the knit world in Santiago. I’m so happy that you can go back to visit all that yarn! And do get to the museum, too.

A few more pictuers …

Thanks for sharing your pictures and your story!! Keep us updated on your next trip. Santiago is a special, wonderful place and I just had a dream about going there.

Have you read anything by Isabel Allende? I recommend Paula, Eva Luna and the House of the Spirits. She is a Chilean author and niece of the deposed president Salvador Allende. A trip to the national cemetery where he is buried is an interesting day out. The statuary in there is beautiful.

The food is spectacular and Chile also has wonderful wineries, if you like wine. We also toured the houses of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda while we were.

I just loved it!!! I’m so excited for you that you get several chances to go there and learn new skills, see the lovely sites and buy beautiful yarn!!

What a lovely way to start my day, I was sitting here having my morning cup of tea and stumbled across this thread and your wonderful story. Its so refreshing to a hear happy tale about helpful, friendly people. What a blessing to have met someone like Berni and form a friendship in such a unique way, it made me all gushy. :aww:

I think I just had a knittergasm looking at all that yarn and those beautiful colors.

Hi Debbie,

I’m going to Santiago at the end of the month and have been writing down street/shop names from your post. I’m really looking forward to visiting. Can you tell me the name of the shop where you purchased your lovely needles?
thank you!

Hello! It’s November 17, 2014 and thanks to this old thread, I found amazing wool, alpaca, lama, and mohair! I wanted to post an update for everyone to say thank you to previous posters. Cuentapuntos has merged with Atelier Michelle Boison, it’s best to seek them both out on facebook:

To visit the store, there is contact info on the facebook page for Whatsapp, and you simply make an appointment to visit. It was wonderful to meet Michelle and discuss yarn together. She was very helpful in making decisions. I was drooling over the colors and fibers - anything from lace on up in alpaca, llama, wool, and even 80% mohair blend in deep bright wonderful shades! There were cotton and linens, too, but I didn’t ask to see those. I haven’t been to Las Rosas yet, but it sounds a lot like the yarn district in Buenos Aires. I hope this helps the next yarn knitting fiend that visits Santiago!

The wool you can find in Chile is amazing I agree.