In the NYC I had the opportunity to visit several yarn stores with some of my girlfriends. It was cool to see place I have read or seen online, but my favorite thing was just hanging out and kitting with my friends. Since we live in a digital era a lot of the people we feel connected to are not geographically close so the trip was especially meaningful to me…
So here we go first stop HABU ( not pictured) It was nice, but as most of the yarn stores are it was tiny.. Okay it is tiny even by NY standards. I think we could only fit 3 people in there at a time. The place is in an office building and you have to be buzzed into the space.
Next stop is Purl Soho. My friend Julie mentioned that nothing in SOHO opens before 11 and she is right. It is a weird concept for someone from the west coast. The easiest way I can describe it is that this areas is operating like it is Sunday morning. They start out slow. The store is beautiful. It is a smaller store (remember I hail from the west coast where space is not as much of a premium) so it is narrow but very deep, it looks very much like the photographs on the website. It was a real kick to see the samples that have been featured on the Purl Bee, and of course I needed to model some of them.
I also stopped by Knitty City and Annie & Company NeedlePoint and Knitting. These stores are both located in Uptown and have nice assortments of yarn. I bought stuff I can’t find at home at these stores. Notions from Annie’s and Koigu, Julie Asslien, and accessories of my Knitters Keep ( particularly excited about this).
Annie’s is a sweet shop and it is big both by NYC standards and mine. If I could have hung out all day at a LYS this is where you would found me. This place feels like a community.
Knitty City is great too.. and is so NYC. It is jam packed with a lot of indie dyers, the space is small, and the people are kind.
OH and the other thing, apparently there is no sales tax on yarn in the city:)