Hong Kong Yarn Hunt!

Hello from the other side of the world! If you’ve been paying attention to my posts or been following along on my study abroad blog, you’ll know that I’m currently in Hong Kong interning with GE Healthcare. Of course I had to check out what this Asian city has to offer yarn-wise. What else would a knit-addict do?

I compiled a list from this post, which has been conveniently made into this map which I found on this Hong Kong Ravelry group.

I’ve been meaning to take a weekend and just hit up all the stores in one day, but that would take the entire day traveling up to Tsuen Wan and then down to Causeway Bay so I have ended up just making stops here and there on my way to and from other places like work.

I work in Mongkok, and there’s three yarn stores around the area: Double Knit Yarn & Co. and Filo Kilo to the north, by Prince Edward station and Knitting World to the south one stop down by Yau Ma Tei.

One day after work a few weeks ago I tried to find Double Knit Yarn & Co. without success. It’s located on Fa Yuen St. which is also where the Fa Yuen Markets are. I ended up getting immersed into the market and couldn’t find the store front. I did, however, found two street vendors selling identical yarn for super cheap. I was in yarn withdrawal so I had to buy some. I got two bags of yarn and a pair of circular needles for HK$70, which is about US$9 – super cheap. I can’t read the Chinese on the labels but I think it’s a wool blend.

I went back with another girl from my trip to go to the markets once again last Sunday and finally found it. However, it’s closed on Sundays. Located on up some sketchy stairs, is Double Knit Yarn & Co. What’s inside? I wouldn’t know. I went back after work today but they didn’t seem open even though the hours on their sign said they would be.

Now, when I double check their website, it seems they close at 7:30 not 8 like the sign says so maybe I should go a bit earlier next time.

Before going back to Double Knit, I found Filo Kilo on Sai Yee St. I was not expecting such a great selection! I wasn’t really planning on buying anything until I checked out all the yarn stores in Hong Kong but the saleswoman kept following me and I felt awkward coming in to take pictures without buying anything so I ended up buying a two balls of some really soft Japanese wool for HK$176 ~ US$22. It was 10% off, how could I resist?! I think I’m starting to become a yarn snob haha. I’m getting spoiled by specialty yarn shops and won’t be going back to Michael’s anymore.

This is what I bought so far. I swear I’ll be coming back to the States with a suitcase full of yarn haha!

I’ve started a simple brioche infinity scarf with the cheap wool blend in yellow because I need something to do in my hotel room while I watch the Chinese news. Hopefully I can see some of the other yarn shops in Hong Kong before I leave. If anything, Knitting World after work one day and the places in Causeway Bay on the weekend because a trip to that shopping hub is much needed anyways.

I’ll be sure to update y GirlMeetsYarn followers with anymore yarn store visits and please check out http://www.helloiminhongkong.wordpress.com!

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10 thoughts on “Hong Kong Yarn Hunt!

  1. I wish I could help you somehow but non of us were ever interested in knitting, I know there’s one shop around Dragon Center and I must say DC was much different from other shopping malls in HK so try to check if they don’t have anything you might need :)

    • Dragon Center is definitely on my to-do list while I’m here! There’s supposedly a Japanese toy store that my sister wants me to pick up some souvenirs from. I haven’t heard of a store near there though. Sham Shui Po, right?

      • they have a lot of stores, I only remember it has 4 levels, and when you enter to it, on your right you see magnets and souvenirs looking like trams, on the 3rd floor they have all the ‘DYI’ stuff :) so you can try if you’re able to find it, the 2 more details I know it’s there’s McDonald’s on the other side and bus to Tuen Mun either x68 or x60, if I remember correctly :) I know it’s not a big detail but I’m not good without my GPS husband haha :) also if you want try ice skating at the top of DC, I never thought that when there’s like 30C outside I will be able to do it haha :)

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    • I’ve found that I liked some streets and areas of Hong Kong more than others. I’ve never been a city girl so some places are just too hectic for me. But being able to just explore this city and work an amazing job is such a blessing.

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  5. Thanks for the great post… I was trying to remember what store my wife visited last time we were here. I need to get a crochet blanket repaired for a friend who has no idea. As the husband of a knitter, (and ex-Australian Country Spinners marketing) I got tasked with the repair in exchange for my room and board! (I am staying with friends…)

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