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Swatching & Shopping in Berlin

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Berlin

While on holiday in Berlin recently I got the opportunity to spend time doing lovely things like swatching in the sun in the English Garden Teahouse within Tiergarten (obvious choice for an English girl in Berlin!).

I’m swatching here with beautiful Brittany needles, supplied by Little Lamb Wool, a family-run yarn shop who are a stockist of Brittany needles in the UK.

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If you don’t know Brittany needles, they are a US manufacturer of wooden knitting needles and crochet hooks. Both the needles and the packaging is simple and beautiful. Brittany aim to make a sustainable product, using sustainably harvested birch and recycled packaging. Chris Barnes from Brittany needles was interviewed on episode 11 of the Woolful podcast, if you’re interested in learning more about the company.

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The needles are satisfying to knit with. The feel soft but are actually very sturdy (Brittany will replace breakages within 5 years of purchase). The yarn is Blacker Yarns Lyonesse wool and linen blend.

After swatching and tea, me and Phil had a good stroll around Tiergarten.

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I was fairly restrained in terms of fabric and fibre shopping while in Berlin. I had identified two knitting shops I wanted to visit in advance, KnitKnit and Handmade Berlin.

KnitKnit is a cool tiny yarn shop who produce some cute branded products, including needles and knitting first aid kits (containing knitting essentials).

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Handmade Berlin is a large yarn and coffee shop located in a great spot overlooking a park. They stock a large selection of high quality yarns.

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I didn’t visit any fabric shops, but I did visit a number of markets looking for fabric.

I knew I’d find fabric at the Turkish Market, as I’ve seen all the garments Tea has made recently with Turkish market fabric. I bought myself a couple of metres of fabric and a selection of lace. If you’re in Berlin, i’d definitely recommend a trip to the market for fabric and notions, and as a good spot to buy food or stop for a Turkish tea.

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I didn’t have luck finding fabric at other markets I visited (including Gendarmenmarkt, and Antikmarkt Ostbahnhof), although I’ve seen other people reporting finding fabric online. I did really enjoy Flohmarkt im Mauerpark (despite the last of fabric!) for general mooching and food / drink stalls.

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I also loved the street food event which is held every Thursday night in Markthalle Neun.

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a pair of Brittany Needles by Little Lamb Wool; all opinions expressed are my own.

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Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

9 thoughts on “Swatching & Shopping in Berlin

  1. I’ll definitely have to try a pair of these needles, I’m loving that they’re sustainable and they seem to knit really well.

    • They seem like a really interesting company & the needles are lovely – simple in design, but with just a little detail to make them stand out. And, more importantly, nice to knit with!

  2. It’s interesting that Brittany needles are made in the US and I’ve never seen them here or heard of them!! I’ll definitely be checking them out! Hope you enjoyed your trip!

    • Thank you, we had a lovely time. This was my first time knitting with a pair of Brittany needles & I really liked them. I love that they offer a free replacement for 5 years too!

  3. Berlin is so cool. I went last year for the first time and loved the vibe. I went to the Turkish Market too and bought some lovely prints. The Turkish food went down well too. I’m definitely going back. Glad you had a great time too.

    • Berlin has so much to see, we didn’t manage to fit in everything we wanted to so will have to go back;) I used to travel to Turkey quite regularly for work & haven’t been lately so it was nice to get the chance to drink Turkish tea / eat snacks & reminisce.

  4. It’s so lovely to see that you had great time in Berlin 🙂 Great city 😀 Can’t wait to see the fabrics that you found on Turkish market.. I would definitely love to go there at least once again 😉
    Thanks for mentioning my blog 😀

    • Thanks. I’ve been loving seeing the garments you made with fabric from the market & love your blog generally. I’ve already used some of the fabric I bought & am looking forward to trying some lingerie making with all the bargain lace I bought:)

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