Monday, April 6, 2009

Knitting Paradise

Patzcuaro is a lovely little city. It's quaint. All the buildings match, with white stucco and brick and wooden trim. There is a huge market where you can buy many, many things -- delicious tacos, fresh produce, crafts, clothes, fish, music and dvds... and yarn. Whoo!
Look at this ball I got:
It's huge! You can see the beginning of my sweater in my hand. I finished the sweater, gave away yarn for at least 3 hats, and I still have 1/3 of the ball left! Ok, and I bought more... lots more... I have 6 new balls now of this lovely local wool. I have the worsted and the bulky weight of all three natural colors: cream, grey, and dark brown. It costs around $10 US per giant ball. Amazing!
Patzcuaro... It's such a pretty city. There are three main plazas. One is the Plaza Basilica up at the top of a hill surrounging a big cathedral. It's the best place to find stall of local craftspeople, especially knitters. Everywhere you look in Patzcuaro there are women knitting, crocheting, or sewing. They make beautiful things. I will borrow a camera and take pictures soon.

Here is a picture of the beautiful sweater I bought from the local woman who knit it herself. It has two pockets on the front, a shawl collar, and of course the lovely design on the front. Very interestingly, it's entirely double knit. Even the sleeves and pockets are two layers. It's fabulously warm. I even sleep in it on cold nights. It cost so little... only about $20 US. I didn't bargain for it at all, but when I told the lady that I also knit she gave me a good deal.

Really, I need to go take pictures of all the beautiful handwork of the people of Patzcuaro. It's inspiring to walk through the market and see such prolific and skillful needlework.

There's also carving, weaving, metal work, and other crafts to see in Patzcuaro because of this area's unique history.

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