Tailor and Alteration turned out to be on the 14th floor of a nondescript buildling (other residents including offices, a dentist's practice, and a couple of flats) in the middle of a major road. It was a tiny room CRAMMED wall-to-ceiling with yarn, books, fabric, buttons, notions... *craftgasm* Being of relatively hefty giantess proportions, this was tricky to navigate but the staff were incredibly warm and helpful (and dainty). I don't speak (understandable) Cantonese, but using a combination of English, Japanese, Mandarin and writing/drawing/interpretive dance managed to:
1. Join their lifetime membership program (lol)
2. Order in some obscure Japanese tweed that had been on my w/l for a year
Addi Turbos, a Japanese stitchionary that I've been lemming for years, some cheap merino to swatch with, and some Italian mohair that looked like fog and moonlight (but hairier)
Close-ups of the Bertagna Filati mohair on its way to shawldom (aircon = shawl weather)
Click to enlarge. Inside the stitchionary (everything is charted with Japanese symbols, which are awesome and pretty intuitive):
This one would make an awesome preppy cropped sweater in white or navy
This one some kind of structured jacket?
At a loose gauge in delicate golden laceweight/cobweb for a triangular shawl?
I also visited Cheer Wool, a much more 'normal' kind of shop -- a door that leads out onto the street, floor space for walking while you browse and squish things... and also an awesome used book sale section, where I picked up:
Wintery 'Going-outdoors' knits (sorry, my translation brain no worky) But it has a mix of cosy jackets, ponchos, gloves, socks, hats and accessories, and everything is adorably styled. <3