Yarn Shopping In Batam

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I’m almost reluctant to use the term “yarn shopping” to refer to buying benang rajut (crochet/knitting thread or yarn) here in Batam. All I can say is, it’s a far cry from what I’m used to.

The store Venus Button is, according to Ibu Ika (the cleaner) and her daughter Mufa, the biggest/most comprehensive needle craft store in Batam. So after establishing its location in Google Maps, I asked my husband to drive me there for a check.

Although I was expecting something bigger based on the description, I wasn’t really surprised to see it’s a small store. This is what you see when you take a step inside the door:

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And when you swivel your torso this is what’s to your left:

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It is stocked to the rafters up until the back end of the store so I guess this small space can contain all the needle-crafting needs of Batam Island. I’m only here for the crochet thread though and, lucky me it was right under my nose (just a single step inside the door ๐Ÿ˜).

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Wait! Is that an English newspaper page I see on the counter? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

They only had 2 types of thread available, I think the other one was polyester and felt & looked like string with a bit of mushiness in it. The saleslady said that was used for making bags & shoes. I went for the cottons and was delighted to find some in pretty colors ๐Ÿ˜ According to the sales attendant the cottons were used for making pieces of clothing. I had my doubts at first glance but I waited until I got home for closer scrutiny to make a decision.

I think that these threads would be great for motifs, appliques, doilies, bags & other items where strength & some stiffness are required. These threads are rough to the touch and I can’t imagine wearing something made out of it.

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These are the colors I settled on for now. I’ll be back for more as the need arises, I’m definitely game for some bag making in 2019. And I guess I still need my online stores for a wider variety of yarn.ย  Glad I made this local discovery though ๐Ÿ˜Š

Stitch awesome! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nena says:

    I love the colors, so alive!

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    1. Cebuana Yarn Diva says:

      Yeah they’re pretty cute. I feel like going back for more ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. franklparker says:

    Hi there! Thanks for liking my ‘date’ with author Kim McDougall. I read about your introduction to crochet and knitting. Thought you might like to know that my other half is an enthusiastic proponent of both crafts. She has a small group of children she teaches at our local library on Thursday afternoons and belongs to a group of older women who knit, crochet and gossip, also in the library, every Tuesday evening.

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