If you go to one yarn blog and visit one yarn store in NYC, the blog is purlbee and the store is purlsoho. It is at this blog that I heard about the Yarn Crawl this past weekend. I was very excited to participate. I decided to go to stores that I had never been before, which goes along very well with my goal to visit all the yarn stores in NYC!
I did start with a repeat because I wanted to get materials for a scarf on their blog. I took my girls and their friends with me to Purlsoho and we had a wonderful time. We then hit a new one: Seaport Yarn, located downtown. Though the owner of the store was very helpful and there was a wide variety of yarn, I felt that the location (WAY downtown), and the vast amount of people frequenting the area (9/11 Memorial), I will not be returning.
Next we took a break from yarn crawling and went to the fashion district with one of my friends. We hit Mood first and then popped in and out of the fabric and trim offerings on 38th and 39th street. We found materials for 3 more linen/pom-pom scarves for a better deal than at purlsoho–that’s the beauty of the fashion district. I saw pom-poms for sale that ranged from $1.50 to $6.99 a yard…you just have to KEEP LOOKING and not forget where you found the best deal. This, as you can imagine, is exhausting…and so my children, out of necessity it seems, took a nap at the last trim store we visited.
Our final stop was to visit String on the Upper West Side. The ladies here were very nice and helpful, but I found the atmosphere to be a bit stuffy for my taste. However, my goal with the yarn crawl was to support each store I went to, so when Lolly fell in love with a pair of fingerless gloves, I got materials for those and then picked out a fun fancy yarn for me to make a scarf or a hat. This store, located on the upper east side, did not post any prices. At this point I have a pretty good idea what yarn costs, so I didn’t even ask.
When I got home and looked over my receipt, there was one ball of yarn that was about 4 times the amount of the others, and sure enough, it was the CASHMERE required to make Lolly’s fingerless gloves. Oh dear. I think I may be making those gloves for me instead.
On Day 2 of the yarn crawl, in an effort to not get sucked into a 6-year-olds cashmere dreams, I went to the Brooklyn stores with a friend of mine. The yarn stores in Brooklyn are a TREASURE. The mood and attitude is much more my speed, and I hope to be making return trips. Knit-a-way in Brooklyn is spacious and I like the way the yarn is organized in shelves and rows. They have a nice big table for classes, and a bathroom! I forgot to take photos of this store, but I liked it.
Next we hit Brooklyn General which is a dream. It is the Brooklyn version of Purlsoho. The girls who work there wear little cotton dresses that look homemade (in a good way) and the dark wood and spacious building make you feel like moving in. The selection of yarn, fabric, oilcloth (!) and books is incredible. I ended up buying two oliver + s dress patterns.
Last stop was La Casita, and it’s a good thing, because it was a party in there! Cafe and yarn store, it was packed and almost difficult to shop, but definitely felt like a destination. I bought a pattern from the designer herself and some yarn to make it with.
6:30 PM Sunday Night: I just got a call from the owner of Knit-A-Way in Brooklyn. I won one of the 14 gift baskets! $350.00 worth of knitting products including:
Berroco’s “Comfort Knitting & Crochet Afghan Book
Brown Sheep’s Nature Spun Chunky Wool
Buffalo Gold Lux Bison/Silk/Cashmere/Tencel Blend Yarn
Classic Elite Kit: 3 skeins of “Avenue” plus Sweater Pattern
Coastal Knits Book FREE Coupon (Alana Dakos & Hannah Fettig)
Erika Knight’s New Line of Yarns
Lamb’s Pride Bulky Yarn
S.Charles “Crystal” Yarn & Pattern
Jumbo Lantern Moon Rice Basket
Karabella’s Cosmos Yarn
Kim Hargreaves Pattern Book
Knit Bot Knitting Patterns (2) by Hannah Fettig
Knitter’s Pride Needles: Circular, Jumbo Straight, Square DPN’s
Never Not Knitting Patterns (2) by Alana Dakos
S. Charles “Luna” Yarn
SMC Select: Dolce Vita Skein
Shibui Merino’s Alpaca & 2 New Pattern Books: Texture & Toddler Knits
Soap Samples from Soak
Stewart Tabori Chang/Melanie Falick Book
Unicorn Fiber Wash Samples
Vogue Knittings’ “Knitopedia” – A resource to keep forever!
Wow! This definitely makes up for the cashmere mistake and the fact that 2 weeks later, my husband is still sick!