We went to Kowloon Park yesterday -- I didn't think it would be quite such a walk from the Star Ferry terminal, but the girls managed it, and enjoyed the playground as a reward. Dodging raindrops afterwards, we somehow managed to find ourselves here --
Elegant Company, at 37, Parkes Street in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. Downstairs are knitted garments, upstairs a little trove of Jaeger, Patons, a bit of Rowan, and a number of Japanese brands. Popular this evening, too, although the four of us made a bit of a crowd all by ourselves. The shop man was amused by the girls' delight in the way the needles swung back and forth on their hooks (at just kid-height!), and their answers to David's make-work questions of what they would knit with this yarn or that. I had come with a List, a selection of projects and not only recommended yarns but half a dozen or so alternatives each, so I felt very organized and efficient and was able to pick out six balls of Jaeger Matchmaker Merino DK in Loden (730) within minutes.
Destined for "Forbes Forest" from the "Scarf Style" book. HK$31 a ball, just under US$4, so I'm very happy. (It is going for US$6.95 at home.) Also picked up some 3.25mm Peace bamboo straights ($HK22), and it was with great difficulty that I kept myself from casting on as soon as the girls were in bed later.