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  1. Yarn shops in Riga - list of my favorites

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    Buy yarns in rigaFrom the moment I started to crochet, I started also yarn hunting. Everywhere I went I looked for yarn shops. And there a problem appeared - if you go to other country, it's not so easy to find yarn shops - even Internet can't help sometimes. So I decided to make a list of my favorite yarn shops in Riga - for those, who come to Riga and want to do some yarn shopping. I hope this list will be helpful. All these shops are located more or less in the center of the city (walking distance). These are not only yarn shops in Riga or even only ones  in the center of the city - it's just my favorite shops I visit regulary :)
    With green color I checked addresses, that are not in the city center, but they are easy to reach by public transport.
    So... here we go!

    Yarn and craft shop "Kumodē"
    Located:
    Shopping center "Galerija Centrs", Audeju iela 16, Riga (Old Riga), entrance from Kaleju street.
    Shopping center "Origo", Stacijas laukums 2, (Central Railway Station), 2nd floor.
    Shopping center "Spice Home", Lielirbes 29, 1st floor.
    Shopping center "Alfa", Brīvības gatve 372, 1st floor.

    WWW:
    http://www.packlett-baltija.lv

    There are few of these shops in Riga - they all are located in the shopping malls. You can buy not only yarns and needles here, but also cross-stiching kits and threads (they have quite wide assortement of these), buttons, zippers, some assortiment of beads, ribbons... The shops are not too large, but they have all essential things, that crafter could need. As for yarns - they offer mainly yarns from Turkey - both natural (cotton, bamboo, wool) and syntetic (acryl and different blends). These yarns are not too expensive and are great quality. Also there are wool yarn, made in Latvia available.

    By the way, if you happen to visit this shop in Old Riga, look at the badge of the shop girl - if it says "Laura" - say hi to ME :) I work there few days a month.

    Yarn shop "Filati"
    Located:
    Zirgu 6 (Old Riga)
    Matisa 6, 2nd floor

    WWW:http://www.filati.lv

    I know 2 of these shops - one of them is located in Old Riga, other - a bit away, but still in the center (I haven't been to second one. Their speciality is yarns and knitting accessories. They have nice assortiment of natural yarns (cotton, wool, linen) and also a bit of acrylic yarns and different blends. Most yarns come from Italy and Germany.

    Yarn shop "Adele"
    Located:
    Miera 43

    WWW:
    http://www.adeledzijas.lv

    Specializes mostly on yarns from Italy. They have really wide selection of natural yarns and also knitting and crocheting accessories.

    Craft shop "Elize"
    Located:
    Stabu 35

    WWW:
    http://www.elize.lv

    This shop is located in 2 floors - 1st floor is fabric shop and basement is yarn and crafts paradise. Yarns are mostly from Turkey and have nice variety and friendly prices. Also they have variety of jewelry findings.

    Yarn shop "Dzijas"
    Located:
    Merkela 1 (across the street of the Riga Circus, close to Central Railway station).

    This small shop is located very close to Railway station. It's in the basement. The shop itself more looks like a tiny warehouse (yarns in the shelves, yarns in the bags, yarns everywhere... It's like treasure hunting there. And there are treasures to find - wool, cotton, linen... From different countries, in different price categories... My favorite there are cotton threads from Russia.
    They don't accept cards, only cash, and they are closed on weekends and Mondays.

    Here is a MAP :) for all these shops. If You know other yarn shops You would like to see in this list - let me know, I'll add them!

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  2. Color palettes from nature...

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    On holidays I was at my parents' house. My Mom is amazing gardener and she has beautiful flowers in her garden. So I took some pictures and now I'm trying to make color palettes from those pictures. Here is the first of them (but definitely not the last):

    Lilies

    lilies_palette

    Aren't these lilies beautiful? I'm thinking of making bead set in these colors...

    Green pepper

    pepper-color-palette

    Earthy tones and spicy green...

     

    Irises

    irises-color-palette