1) Cambodian Knits HQ Office
– Has stash yarn to sell for donation to CK training.
2) Cambodian Creations
– Has a selection of knitting needles (straight, double point and circular) as well as notions (not potions) and a small selection of yarn.
Address: Street 240 1/2 Laneway, off street 240, Phnom Penh
Contact info: http://www.cambodiancreations.com/
3) Orussey Market
There are also some supplies available at the local markets. Perhaps the best selection can be found at Orussey Market in central Phnom Penh. There are two stalls selling acrylic yarns from Thailand, buttons, scissors, hoops, embroidery threads and, of course, needles and hooks. Some of these stalls and one more in Central Market, now carry some fine bamboo and cotton blends.
There are two types of needles: cheap and cheaper. The cheap ones range from 4000 riel to 6000 riel a pair depending on the size. They are metallic colour, with red tips where the size is indicated. The sizes are not metric or US, but the lesser used Canadian or Chinese numbering. So a size 10 on these needles is 3.75 in metric or size 5 in US. The thinner sized ones are fine to work with, but the thicker needles are a bit heavy and might strain your wrists after a while.
The cheaper needles are only 2000 riel a pair but are highly unrecommended. They come in many colours, colours which quickly end up on your yarn, ruining whatever you are working on.
Crochet hooks are limited to very thin metal ones, as Cambodian women only crochet with the finest threads (usually in hot pink and fluorescent green and yellow).
Finding your way: Psaa Orussey is a giant, sprawling monster and it is easy to get lost, confused, distraught. The craft supply stalls are on the top floor (3rd floor for Canadians, 2nd floor for those of you that call the first floor, the ground floor) near the shoe stalls. If you are familiar with a compass, this is the north-east corner of the market. It’s best to enter the market from Street 111 or Street 116, closest to where these two meet. Find stall number 135-136 and you’re there. It might help to look out for the plastic blue hoops as these are hung above the stall and are easy to spot.
Near stall 135-136, is another stalls, on a corner, that has pretty much the same products but more buttons, so you can check them if the first stall doesn’t have your size or colour.
4) Aeon Mall 1
– Limited selection, but may change periodically, so it is worth checking out every once in a while. It is in the department store section of Aeon, which is two floors above the grocery store section, on floor 2F.
Address: 132 Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh
5) Aeon Mall 2
– Limited selection, but recently has the massive wool used for arm knitting.
Address: St No. 1003 Village Bayab Commune, Phnom Penh
– Has a limited selection of craft supplies including yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, small needle felting kits, beads. Everything in the store is priced at $1.90 USD.
Address: Aeon Mall 1 (132 Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh)
– They have markers, pens, paper, stickers, glue, scissors, paint, and other things.
Address: Multiple locations, check their website: http://www.ibc.com.kh/
8) Ginger & Grace
– Has stationary supplies. Lots of pretty cards, paper, markers, pens, washi tape, etc…
Address: 66S Street 135 Phnom Penh, 12310
Contact info: https://www.facebook.com/gingerandgraceco/
9) Make It
– The recently-opened store just above Ginger & Grace. They have a variety of craft supplies including crochet hooks, embroidery hoops and thread, rug making hooks and bases, felt, paper quilling supplies, paint, and other supplies. While their yarn selection is somewhat limited, do talk to the owners, as they might be able to source some yarn based on your request.
Address: 66S Street 135 Phnom Penh, 12310
Contact info: https://www.facebook.com/makeitinpp/
10) Art BLVD
– Paint, ink, sketchbooks, brushes, markers (including Copic markers).
Address: Saint 320, Phnom Penh
Contact info: https://www.facebook.com/artblvdstore/
You can click here you can find several groups offering a variety of craft workshops.
You can click here you can find some posts on local craft goods available and about LYS’s in neighbouring countries.