Gaie Paris

Yesterday morning was an early start – 5am. Arrived in good time to Kings Cross to meet Michaela and Yuvee to catch our Eurostar train to Paris.

Paris was gorgeous, nice and sunny.  We  found a cafe and had a little breakfast in the sun.

Not wanting to waste any time we hit the Marais and came upon Entrer des Fournisseurs, a cute haberdashery.

A really lovely place with very helpful ladies.

We then stopped for a bit to eat at the famous L’As du Fallafel on Rue des Rosiers.

There was a constant queue for the fallafel. Really quite impressive!

Some cool graffiti just outside the fallafel place:

We paid a visit to La Droguerie near St Eustache church.  I love this little shop since it’s so atmospheric.

They have their own range of yarns which look very pretty too.

The only problem is that it’s quite the pain in the butt to shop there.  There are jars and jars of lovely buttons-  and lots of yarn hanging off the wall… but they are not to be touched.  To shop here, you have to find a shop assistant to help you ie you tell her what you want and she goes off to get it.  Fine when it’s not busy but a total pain when there is a queue.  Still, it’s nice just to go and soak up the atmosphere. Speaking of which, this rather Victorian looking chap came strolling by. New fashion perhaps?

We then popped into Le Bon Marche and headed up to the haberdashery upstairs.  Such cute samples!

Then we went to our main destination – L’Oisivethe in the 13th arrondissement.  Really nice vibe to the neighbourhood which was quite low key.  We wandered through a park, and came upon the tea shop.

This is such a gem – cozy, inviting and welcoming.


With a great selection of yarn.  My favourite kind – all handpainted! Lorna’s Laces, Sweet Georgia, lots and lots of Koigu, Dream in Color yarn, and of course, Sokkusu!

Michaela found a skein of Lorna’s laces in the exact shade of her top.

Aimee the owner has great taste – including having Cookie’s Knit. Sock. Love book!

We joined Aimee’s Wed night knit night, and I got to meet some lovely knitters! Including Elisala who is knitting Spriteling in HB2.  Such a kick to meet her since I’d ‘met’ her already online via Ravelry.

We had dinner at the shop and over dinner and knitting I got to meet Elisabeth and see Diane again (last person from left, facing camera) my fellow Canadian and long time member of the Knit Love Club!  It was quite cool to actually go to Diane’s knitting group (she’d invited me many many moons ago and it was quite the thrill to finally join her).

Both Elisabeth and Diane are coming to Knit Nation this year; so excited! I was sad not to meet Daniele – but it means something for next time. :)  The wed night knit night was a great group of ladies, both English and French speaking.

Mimi-Tricote was knitting Swallowtail in Sandcastles (she’s second from left facing the camera).  Sokkusu really is quite perfect for knitting shawls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee was working on her Spriteling, as was I (on my fourth one). My needle had popped out it’s metal base and desperately needed some new 4.5mm circs. Aimee saved me.  She sells sets of Knitter’s Choice interchangeable needles (they come in a very pretty fabric case).   I’ve been a long-time fan of Knit-Pro, but recently I’m rethinking this – the quality just isn’t what it ought to be, needles popping out of their bases, or the threads failing… very annoying.  Anyways, really happy with the new needles. Was able to get on with Clue 2 of my Sam Spriteling (colourway from Bloodlines sock club). Photos later.

And here is lovely Aimee with me.  **waves** Thanks Aimee for an awesome evening!

10 thoughts on “Gaie Paris

  1. Isn’t it incredible to think that you started the day in London, and were in Paris in time for breakfast?! I know what you mean about La Droguerie – I visited their shop in Toulouse last year. I’m very impressed that you managed to take some photos. I was pounced upon when I tried, and told very firmly ‘non!’ L’Oisivethe looks amazing! Lovely for you to see Spriteling being knit up too!

  2. So jealous of your Paris trip! Glad you guys had fun. I’ve now got a few more places to visit when I next go to Paris.

  3. So jealous! Why did I have to work?! *pouts*

    I’m glad you had a great time, and what a kick it must be to see Sokksu for sale and people knitting with it! I’m glad it’s good for shawls because I think that’s what Dean is going to be – a lovely, moody grey shawl! Can’t wait to see your Sam Spriteling!

  4. Top hats should come back into fashion! Maybe it was a time traveller? Love the pictures and now feel the itch to visit Paris again!

  5. Alice,

    It was such a pleasure to meet you, Micheala and Yuvee! Knitting night was fun and we look forward to your next visit. Something about having you there made the Sokkusu-O fly off the shelves after you left. I think it’s official now PARIS KNITTERS LOVE SOKKUSU!

  6. Bhoooooooo, I am sooooo soooooorrryyyyy I missed you !

    Wednesday is not a good day for me, with all the kids’ activities, and I just could not pulled myself out with hubby working extra long hours -some sort of important project, you know, WORK ;0)
    This is the reason why I did not have yet the opportunity to join the Knit night at l’Oisive Thé, although I would love too.
    But I thought of you, wondering where you were and what you were doing during the day. Seems that you had a lot of fun ! I do agree with you about la Droguerie, but it must be said that the shop assistants usually are super friendly, helpful and patient, which is kind of heroic when the shop is full of grumpy and/or hysterical ladies ;0)

    I noticed that there was no pastries/chocolates expedition ?!?!?! How can that be ? Oh, you were saving that for the next time, with me ? ;0)

  7. Thanks Alice for your tour of Paris haberdashery and knitting shops! Great pictures :) Any chance we’ll see Sokkusu yarn back on the website soon?

  8. Would love to know where the fellow in Pride and Prejudice attire found his set-up from top to toes! Wonderful view of Paris in shots that mean a lot to knitters.

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