Back in September I visited Berlin with my partner and some friends.

I'd previously visited Berlin a couple of years ago where I found a fantastic yarn shop called Handmade. As well as Rowan and Debbie Bliss, they also sell some unusual yarns which are not readily available online and only specialised shops such as Loop in London stock some of them.

Therefore when I knew I'd be visiting Berlin again I couldn't wait to visit this shop. I first of all found that it had moved premises since my previous visit and had incorporated a coffee shop. Whilst I loved the look of the previous shop, I also loved their new premises. This meant that my partner could sit down with a cup of coffee whilst I looked at the yarns. Here is a picture of him relaxing:

Coffee

Here is a picture of some of the wonderful yarns:

Inside Handmade

Whilst in the shop I came across a copy of the german issue of the Debbie Bliss S/S 2013 magazine which had my cardigan design on the front. I was so thrilled to find my design on the front cover and also found it interesting how the magazine choses to have different patterns on the front cover depending on which country you're purchasing it from.

Natalie with German Debbie Bliss Mag

I couldn't leave the shop without purchasing some of the gorgeous ITO yarns they had and when I have some spare time, I'll be designing and making myself a beautiful top which I hope to show on my blog once its finished.

ITO Yarn

This is a picture of me with my purchases outside the shop:

Handmade Berlin

Also, whilst shopping in Berlin, I came across a shop called Freitag. They make bags and wallets out of used truck tarps. Here is a link to their website: www.freitag.ch I was fascinated by how they could turn something that most people would class as junk into a beautiful re-usable item. I fell in love with the design and colours of this A4 wallet which I had to buy. 

Freitag