Over the half term break I was fortunate to go away to Amsterdam. It's such a beautiful city and it was full to the brim with stuff to do, but something which excited me greatly was the realisation that we were staying a short walk from Penelope Craft. I've been following them on twitter for a while so I couldn't wait to check out the shop in real life and it did not disappoint!
The shop was super inviting and luckily for Matt they even cater for a non-knitting companion! (check out the sign in the photo above!) They stock an incredible range of artisan yarns, I had to go back twice to make a firm decision! I opted for a wonderful pink sock weight yarn from hedgehog fibres and am looking forward to knitting up some epic socks to strut around in... The shop just had such a lovely feel to it, it's definitely inspiration for if I were ever to own my own knitting shop (the dream!)
We were only staying for 4 days so I hadn't planned any other visits but the great thing was that we happened to come across several other craft, sewing and knitting shops in our wanderings. Some of my favourites were De Afstap which had the widest range of Rowan yarns I've seen in one store and a heaps of pattern book! I also enjoyed A.Boeken, a sewing shop which had the most beautiful range of printed fabrics! Another place not to miss is Albert Cuypmarkt! This was the first place we went as it was literally 2 minutes from where we were staying. The market itself had a fair few fabric stalls and along the outside there were shops as well! There was a great mixture of cheap & cheerful to really high end luxury fabrics. I lost of count of quite how many there were as we kept dipping in and out of so many, so if you're on the hunt for fabric in Amsterdam it's well worth a visit. They also have a good range of food stalls in case you get a bit peckish!
I really loved Amsterdam and can definitely see myself taking another trip there so if you've any other craft shop recommendations I'm all ears!