Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Touch of Argentina in Toronto: Americo Original

The yarn used in this blanket and the leather strap are both sold at the store.
Photo courtesy of Americo via Facebook.
Step out of the city and into Americo Original for a unique shopping experience with South American flavour. They sell only their own line of yarn, all custom spun at socially responsible mills in the Andean Highlands. Luscious 100% natural fibres such as wool, linen and cotton line the walls. Need even more luxury? How about blends with cashmere, llama or silk? Colours are subtle (Dove Grey, Oatmeal, Sand), earthy (Cinnamon, Ochre) or richly saturated (Plum, Sherry, and Goldenrod). As not an artist said on this blog last year, here are "colours that are just unusual enough to catch your eye but neutral enough to knit up into wearable garments and accessories."

It's all about nature at Americo. To accessorize your garments or bags there are one-of-a-kind  buttons fashioned from avocado stone or tagua nut, shawl pins of walnut or ebony and fine leather straps and toggles. Toward the back of the store is a section of lovely home accent items.

Owner/manager Nicole designs beautiful, flowing garments many of which are displayed as store samples. Should one of them take your fancy, remember that the pattern comes free with the purchase of the yarn. For six years Americo has been thriving on the section of Queen Street between Bathurst and Spadina known as The Fashion District. Several beading, notion and fabric shops are on the block. Past Knitalong-ers have been known to work quick side trips into their day.
Closest TTC: The good old 501 Queen car yet again!

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