A Yarn Crawl in Tokyo - Updated

Hello! I'm Aya, River City Yarns' social media manager. I'm originally from Japan and my husband and I recently took a trip there to visit my family. I'm a knitter (of course), but never really went yarn shopping during trips until I started working for RCY. Now, every time we go on a trip, yarn shopping is on top of my to-do list.  

When we booked our trip to Japan, I started researching local yarn shops in Tokyo. It turned out that there are a quite a few!

Shop #1: Keito

The first stop was Keito. And it case you were wondering, "Keito" means yarn in Japanese! This cute little shop was full of yarn from all over the world.

Keito's window display. Beautiful knitted cakes! (Some crocheted perhaps, too.)

We spotted yarn from our Canadian friend, Ancient Arts Yarns too! They had a great selection of Meow Yarn:


Shop #2: Puppy

The next stop was Puppy.  Puppy is a Japanese yarn brand, and at their store they carry their own puppy brand yarn and a huge selection of Rowan, too. They also offer knitting workshops for their customers. There were a few ladies at the store knitting together while we were shopping.

Me at Puppy!

They had so many gorgeous fair isle samples!

Shop #3: Avril

Then we headed to Avril. This place is all about thread, I mean, any kind of thread! Wool, silk, cotton, linen, bamboo, paper... Everything was sold in cones by weight.

Shop #4: Moorit

Our last stop was Moorit. They had many international yarns, especially Manos del Uruguay! They also offer kits and their own knitting needle sets. 

Japanese giveaway!

Are you curious about what I got from these shops? Well, you should be because I brought back something for you too! I found these fun little tulip point protectors and this amazingly soft alpaca yarn from Puppy.

All you need to do is leave a comment below, and on Friday, December 23, I'll give these away to one random commenter.

Good luck!

– Aya

Giveaway winner!

Sharlene Belzile, you're the lucky winner of the alpaca yarn and point protectors! Please contact Cynthia at cynthia@rivercityyarns.com to claim your soft, fuzzy prize. And thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful comments. I was honestly blown away by the huge response.

- Aya

Puppy Alpaca Mollis (98% alpaca, 2% nylon, 40g, 58m)

Puppy Alpaca Mollis (98% alpaca, 2% nylon, 40g, 58m)

Tulip Point Protectors

Tulip Point Protectors