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Dyeing Kit and Some Works on Cotton

Berat 100 grams X 2 Panjang 360 m X 2 Demonstration only

Soft Cotton Lace 100 grams each
Length 360 m 
Demonstration only to show the texture of the yarns

Souvenirs from Bali

Hello all… I am back. It is hard to update blog while you are on vacation because there are too much interruption or should I say attractions going on hehe.

Here are my souvenirs to you from Bali in pictures. Some are crochet related and some are photos from the places we visited.

In search of Balinese Cotton Yarn
According to the info I have, there are only 4 national spinning industries left in Indonesia out of original 10. One of them located in Gianyar. I was told that there was one in Denpasar but the factory was closed and I could not go back to Gianyar to see the actual spinning work in progress because of time constraint.

Local spinner, photo  from

Nevertheless I found the yarns were sold in craft shop like Toko Central in Kuta and in many places even outside Bali. The cotton yarns in the pictures below are available in many colors but only in one size (Sport/Size 2). It is not as shiny as the other Balinese Cotton Yarn but is very soft and squishy and didn’t split when crocheted and is suitable for baby apparels.  Laying next to it is the label that was attached to it.


Above and below are crocheted bags  and afghan for sale in the market in Ubud. There are many different type of cotton yarns produced in Indonesia. All the crocheted item you see in the pictures in this post are mostly made of Benang Katun Lokal (local cotton yarn). The name might sounds strange but that is just how the Indonesian people call their yarns and if you look for them by any other name you will not find what you are looking for. The texture of this yarn is very similar to Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton–rough and dry.


Silk batik scarfs on display among many crocheted items
Tourists strolling Ubud market.
If you travel further to the north from Ubud toward Tegalalang you will find several rest area with restaurants overlooking the rice fields below. Along the streets there are several craft shops selling crocheted items as seen below. These blanket are big, I think it would fit a king size bed. I asked for the price and the seller asking around US$50. Unbelievable! It would take me a year to do that.




A dress made of local cotton).


I can’t resist not to buy one of these hats so I purchased the purple one.

Waiting for sunset in Tanah Lot. Look at the crowd on the bridge in the background.

My son enjoying his cup of coffee at Grand Kuta Hotel and Residence. 

A cafe inside the Agung Rai Museum of Arts. The museum is a great place to visit for art lovers, collectors and artists.


Above is the Thread of Life’s gallery in Ubud.
Threads of Life uses natural dyes in their yarns productions.

The picture above is Krisna gift shop selling items from aromatherapy oils and soaps to woodcrafts, batiks,  sweets and famous Balinese salty peanuts. I like shopping at Krisna because of the fixed and reasonably price thus save time. Krisna has several branches so check the link above to find out the shop near you when you happen to be in Bali.

Note for Muslims travellers.
Bali is the smallest province in Indonesia with majority of the inhabitants are Hindus. Only small percentage are Muslim lives in Bali. We visited Bali from time to time and  have seen some developments in the availability of halal restaurants. However, finding masjid is still difficult if you are outside Denpasar and Kuta area. A few friends decided to pray anywhere including in the local market between shops or  next to her parked car, while other friends suggested they go to Padang restaurants to pray. Padang restaurants are run by Muslim people from West Sumatra province. Krisna gift shop above also provides the prayer room on its 2nd floor. Check this link for more info about the hotels with halal restaurants in Bali. Other restaurants we went were Pawon Pasundan (Sundanese), Jl. Kediri No. 2, Tuban and Ayam Taliwang Bersaudara (grilled country chicken and steam kangkung with chili and tomatoes paste). Jl. Raya Kuta 89. Balinese food are very tasty, and seafoods are also among our favorites.

More to see in Bali:
Tohpati Batiks Factory
Celuk Silver Factory
Textile Info

Balinese Cotton Yarns

These yarns are among my favorite yarns to crochet with. I have crocheted many different type of yarns from different brands available in the market. I am also in fact a yarn reseller for ICE Yarns, but till now I am not able to find the comparison for the softness of this particular yarns with any type. It’s just so unique. 
The yarns is locally made in Indonesia and it comes without label. I have been crocheting this yarn for the items as seen in the pictures in my blog from Strawberry crochet bag, hat, flowers and dollies. The texture is soft like bamboo and very comfortable to crochet. But unlike bamboo which is light and rather fluffy, this yarn is stiff once crocheted making it suitable for bags, purses, dollies, hats, and  decorative items. I was thinking it could be good for making a bed spread with it and cushion covers. I don’t know if this yarn would be suitable for a baby blanket, but I can only tell you it is smooth, it is soft, it feels like bamboo, it feels like mercerize cotton but it is heavier than acrylic of course. I really think it could make a great baby bootie, sturdy enough but won’t be slippery like acrylic. And perhaps to make some amigurumies. 

The yarn available in two sizes: Fine/Sports ( Size 2)
Content: Cotton and Polyester  

Gauge: 32 sc = 4 inches Hook Size B/2.25mm
100 gr/194 yards/174 m (approximate)

Gauge: 16 sc = 4 inches Hook Size F/3.75mm

(after washing and blocking)

100 gr/169 yards/150 m (approximate)
Handwash, dry flat


BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand (edging with wool and acrylic mix)

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand
BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand

Above Made with BCY 10 ply Light Worsted single strand

Click here for info how to order this yarns.