On my first visit to Brussels, a friend who was well aware of my yarn addiction, but not sure of whether there were any yarn shops around, remembered Veritas – a craft-slash-accessories chain where she had seen some colourful yarns.
The idea of a craft chain was somewhat new to me, as most craft shops I’ve encountered thus far were one-of-a-kind, though I had heard of things like JoAnn in the US. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. When I think of my craft, I usually think of words like ‘unique’, ‘small scale’, while a chain shop implies mass production, and I wasn’t too keen on that association. However, Veritas surprised me pleasantly, and I have come to appreciate the advantages of a chain craft shop as well!
The knitting equipment they sell is mostly from Prym, which was the first ever brand of knitting needles I used – they’re not amazing but they are good value for the price and I wouldn’t shy away from recommending them to someone looking for a budget option. Seeing Veritas stocked with Prym equipment gave me the impression that, above all, it was a very sensible shop. Nothing fancy, good quality, at a good price. And above all, well stocked. So far, every one of my visits to Veritas has resulted, in terms of knitting equipment, in finding everything I had come in looking for.
Unfortunately, smaller yarn shops are not always able to restock their equipment regularly, and that can be quite a problem when you’re looking for a particular needle size. Especially in Croatia, I’ve found that yarn shops order a batch of knitting needles – with say 10 pieces of each size – every three months or so. Can you guess what happens? The ‘most popular’ sizes (e.g. 4mm) sell out as soon as they arrive, but no new ones are ordered until it is time for a new batch. So unless you’re lucky to walk into the yarn shop a few days after the new batch arrives, it’s more likely that you’ll be faced with a whole bunch of 7mm needles and no 4mm ones at all. In light of that, I really appreciate the reliability and well-stockedness (hehe :) I’ve found in Veritas.
And then there’s the colourful yarn, too.
My friend was quite right! Yummy! The yarn, like the equipment, is reasonably priced and sensible. It’s not really the kind of yarn you’d go impulse buying, but I have turned to this shop on a few occasions when I knew exactly what I needed, and it would definitely be my choice for a larger project, say a blanket, where I would want to go for a cost-effective yarn. There is a good selection of fibre contents and colours, and there are even regular discounts with the seasons. Lovely!
All in all, I like Veritas – it’s well-priced, reliable for equipment, has a good selection of yarn, and the space is large and inviting – allowing you to hover around petting the yarn as long as you want until you finally make your choice. It also puts a big emphasis on sewing, and has a good amount of equipment for other crafts, so if you are looking for a one-stop-shop for your multi-crafting, this is the place. The one thing you’re not seeing in these photos, though, is that it is also (maybe even primarily) a clothing and accessories shop. The craft section, while large, is usually at the back, and you might not notice it peeking in from the street. So if you come across a Veritas and see nothing but bathing suits in the shop window, don’t say to your travel companion “I don’t know what that Fridica is thinking, this is clearly not a craft shop at all!” but have some faith, poke your nose in and enter the sensible knitter’s heaven… ;)