I think most people, when they think of Vietnam, they think of the war not the country. After spending two beautiful weeks here, my eyes have been opened to all the wonders that live inside the Vietnamese borders and I wish I had spent longer exploring this extraordinary place.
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In Hanoi we explored the bustling moped-filled streets, trying not to get splatted by the thousands of motorbikes invading the roads. It was in Hanoi, on an evening stroll after dinner, that I came across The Craft House- a Vietnamese purveyor of all things crafty and handmade, nestled between the many eateries and stalls on the streets. Here, I found some beautiful souvenirs including some of these fine crocheted goods.
It was only when we explored the day and night markets around Hanoi and Cat Ba that I started to realise just how popular crochet was in Vietnam. Amigurumi filled shelves in almost every shop- even the local corner shop where I found these boxed-up bunny rabbits!
Little snippets of crochet featured everywhere we looked on our 1,000 mile journey of Vietnam. The most expensive piece of intricate amigurumi priced at only $15! While Vietnam has the 11th fastest growing economy in the work, the average worker still doesn’t earn very much per hour and so incredibly beautiful handmade works of art can be bought for much less than you would in the US or Europe- and yarn is dirt cheap too! Here is a local yarn stall where a lady was selling her yarn-wares for a mere $1 on the streets of Nha Trang.
I had already packed my bags full of yarn to compete my friend Lyndsey’s tree skirt in time for Christmas, and also being on a self-imposed yarnban- I decided not to add to my already overweight luggage by purchasing any more wooly-goodness.
Instead I marvelled at all the shop windows and worked tirelessly to complete my project! Travelling from the North to the South, the crochetobsession didn’t waver- even the Independence Palace gift shop in Ho Chi Minh City was selling crochet souvenirs! On our last day I was even lucky enough to come across Ninh Khuong where the shop was festively decorated with Christmassy crochet!
I was incredibly blessed and lucky to visit this wonderful country, and it is one I wouldn’t hesitate to return to. I could definitely learn to become a lady of leisure, crocheting by the swimming pool or on the beach. But unfortunately holidays can’t last forever, but I will forever treasure my photos and memories. Here’s a selection of snaps for you to enjoy!