The corner of Cordoba and Scalibrini Ortiz in Buenos Aires marks the entrance to knitter nirvana. Here a knitter can enjoy a soul satisfying afternoon wandering from yarn store to yarn store. When your reserves get low a quick stop in a cafe for coffee and a pastry to ensure you have the energy needed to power on through.
There is something for everyone; knitters, machine knitters, crocheters, newbies and even people looking to use yarn with mink bobbles! The variety of fibers, colors and project ideas is unlike anything I have ever seen.
Nubes has incredible window displays. The kind that make your mouth water and stoke your creative juices. Sadly, inside the store a far less satisfying experience awaits you. The store has loud muscicm poor lighting and even worse customer service. The clerk seemed bent out of shape that I was interested in cotton. He was even more upset when I asked for assistance in calculating the number of skeins needed for a short sleeve cropped sweater. Customer service in Buenos Aires is normally top notch. But at Nubes the clerk felt the need to be openly rude. Finally, I explained that clearly it was my mistake to think that it was his job to assist me then tossed the skeins at him before walking out. I don't recommend this store.
If you want a great yarn selection and incredible customer service check out Yanabey (http://yanabey.com/). The staff were kind, helpful and had a fantastic sense of humor. When I sheepishly asked if I could take a picture they said no problem. Then we had a good laugh when the cashier asked the clerk weighing the yarn if he needed lip gloss. In the end the clerk recreated the weighing of yarns.
Yanabey's yarn selection was phenomenal almost overwhelming. It was three walls of floor to ceiling cubbies filled with yarn of every color and fiber. The urge to touch was incredible and so I did. I gently rubbed a few skeins and squeezed others with the kind of enthusiasm that would have made Mr. Whipple furious.
Eventually, I settled on three skeins of a nice cotton yarn for a baby blanket for Sarah Joy's soon to be born bundle of joy. I can't post a pic because she reads my blog and I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise. I also picked out a breathtakingly gorgeous vegetable silk yarn. I have no idea what I'll make but I am sure it will be gorgeous.
After three hours of unadulterated bliss in the yarn district my adventure came to an end. Instead of catching a cab, my yarn shoppers high propelled me the five kilometers home. I hope to have chance to do it all again in the future.