I visited this shop in late June and am only now starting to sift and catalog all my photos from my Portugal trip! Even though I learned some Portuguese last year, I had to look up the meaning of the shop name, Ovelha Negra, in English, which is Black Sheep.
(Notice some knitter’s male partner waiting outside?? Heehee!)
The one-room shop is located in a well-trafficked area populated with other fun shops and restaurants. Inside, I was mesmerized by all the colors and gradients lining the walls.
Because I have such a large stash, I was trying to focus on something special from this shop and/or from the region. Ovelha Negra has several of its own yarn lines, and carries a few other commercial brands. The shop owner shared several samples with me as I agonized over my selections, and the drape and hand of these yarns were fabulous.
The sample she showed me of Isabell Kraemer’s “A Girl’s Best Friend” in a rich goldenrod, light heather grey, and natural ivory in her “Victoria” single-ply wool yarn. This yarn is 100% Portuguese wool, and the primary yarn in her shop that is Portugal-sourced. The result was a substantial but not too heavy garment that looked as though the design were made for this yarn. There is a photo of the finished object on the shop’s website, and it looks even more vibrant in person. I was smitten, and some of this yarn would have come home with me if they had had that beautiful gold color in stock.
I’ve been thinking about designing shawls and stoles that incorporate interesting color transitions and a mix of lace and textured stitch patterns, so that was the driving force behind my selections. This group is Amélia yarn, which is 100% merino, and I was thinking about denim / indigo shades when I selected these.
This group of Olívia shades will be some sort of experiment in light/dark of these two color families. It is a 2-ply blend of 55% merino and 45% cotton.
And this group of Ofélia cakes was to indulge my love for pinks and greens together. Ofélia is 100% wool from Ireland. This yarn especially had so many colors and shades that I agonized over my choices for a Long. Time.
My somewhat extensive purchase was packaged up in this adorable tote bag!