I needed a sleeve for my IPad mini. I found a picture of this star stitch in a 80 year old German handicraft book and yes - it was all in German. No instructions, just a picture. It took me a while to figure out, but it was totally worth it! I am currently writing a crochet pattern and a tutorial for this sleeve and will hopefully finish it soon.
Update! The pattern for the sleeve is available here.
I have been looking forward to reviewing London yarn stores for so long. The British Isles definitely have the best yarn stores in Europe. I remember while I was studying in the UK and visited my first ever Rowan outlet - I was like: whoaaaaaa!!! And that feeling has pretty much come back every time I get into a yarn store in London. So here they are - my favorite yarn stores in London:
Loop knitting has been reviewed so many times by so many other bloggers that it does not need a lot of introduction. It is not exactly in the heart of London (but what is the heart of London anyway?), so you would have to take public transport in order to get there. They have all sorts of nice yarns and a very-very good collection of knitting and crocheting books. They seem to also stock books from other countries - I found several Japanese crochet magazines and Estonian (!) handicraft books while browsing through their collection. Loop Knitting is located on 15 Camden Passage, Islington and looks like this:
This store is again somehow away from the centre, but you CAN walk there from the Oxford Street - at least I did. Every time I have been there, the seller has been a man who owns a chihuahua! Definitely the most memorable yarn store that I have ever been to (this might be partly because I almost sat on the chihuahua, but mostly because they have really-really good collection of high quality yarns). I bought my first Manos del Uruguay and Fiberspates yarn from them :) I knit London is located at 106 Lower Marsh, Waterloo and it looks like this:
This is one of the fancy-pancy English departments stores at the very heart of the city (around the corner from the Oxford Street). At first sight they seem to sell everything. So a visitor would not expect to find any haberdashery there, but if you go up the stairs long enough you will find a very nice surprise indeed - a special section for Rowan yarns. They also sell fabric (though mainly cotton prints). They are located at Regent Street and since they are so important, they don't even have a house number:
If you are around Kentish Town (again not at the heart of the city), try to walk by this little pearl. It does not have as much high-end yarns as the previously mentioned stores do, but it has a very decent collection of all sorts of medium-priced yarn and handicraft materials (yarn, beads, fabrics) and so on. They are located at 339 Kentish Town Road and look like this:
And as soon as I go back to London, I shall report about all the other London yarn stores! Unless of course I have to have an afternoon tea with the Queen or Mr Darcy :)