Markus and I just got back from a long weekend trip to New York City. I had a work meeting to attend on Friday, and we stayed for the rest of the weekend to sight-see and, ahem, visit some yarn stores. Markus said he doesn’t mind going to yarn stores with me because it’s a good way to explore the city. Right, sounds good to me.
On the way back from my meeting, we happened to walk past the store Wool and the Gang. I love unexpected yarn stores. I bought 3 balls of this buttery-soft baby alpaca in a sort of grayish-purple. It was a really really soft impulse buy.
Then we went to Purl Soho. This is a nice little yarn/fabric/embroidery store. They had some beautiful displays and lovely yarn, but the shop was really crowded and therefore not easy to browse (and I was in desperate need of coffee) so we left. I did buy some fabric there. It would be nice if there was a fabric store in Pittsburgh proper. *sigh*
The next day we went to School Products. They’re located in an upper suite in an office building and the store is quite unique. They carry all the Karabella yarns, plus some fancy yarns on cones and tons of high end cashmere, silk, baby camel, etc. I ended up buying some Aurora 8 in a deep chocolate charcoal color for a specific project.
On Sunday we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which is so large we could have stayed all day and seen only half of it. We saw some lovely paintings, old musical instruments and suits of armor. The armor room was by far the best.
After the museum, we walked through Central Park to Knitty City, which is, in my opinion, the best yarn store I visited on this trip. They were super friendly, and while I browsed and browsed and browsed, some very nice knitters kept Markus company. They carry so much beautiful yarn, and hours later I emerged from the store with these lovely skeins of Malabrigo sock and Sweet Georgia Tough Love sock.
If you’re going to NYC and can only make it to one yarn store, of the stores I visited I would highly recommend Knitty City. Very helpful and friendly staff, and some gorgeous yarn.