Manhattan, Day 1
Saturday, October 11th started out as a dreary, rainy day, but I managed to get myself out the door for the NYC Yarn Crawl. I was happy to have a couple of friends join me for the adventurous trip around Manhattan. Store after store, we signed in, filled out raffle tickets, and sought the not-so-well-hidden pumpkins for the scavenger hunt. We bumped into many of the same yarnaholics from store to store, and everyone was happy and friendly, as knitters tend to be.
Our first stop was Annie & Company. The shop employees were so welcoming and happy to see us all despite what would surely be a hectic weekend for them. I was impressed by the selection, as well as the cleanliness of the store. On top of everything, they were having absolutely crazy sales!
Annie & Company has an open knitting circle whenever the store's open, so if you're ever stuck on a project, they're happy to help you out. I so wish this store was in my neighborhood - I'd never leave!
After seeing all 10 stores participating in the Yarn Crawl, Annie & Company turned out to be my absolute favorite. I highly recommend paying them a visit.
Knitty City was our second stop. I had been there before, so I knew what to expect. They carry most familiar brand names at standard prices, and the store is well organized.
They are the only store in NY that carries Nooch Fiber, which is a hand-dyed brand that started in a tiny apartment in their neighborhood.
After grabbing brunch at Serafina, School Products was our third stop. The building was a little tricky to locate since there are no signs on the outside, so it's essential to know the street address, which is 135 West 29th Street. This store carries a lot of interesting yarns imported from Spain, Italy, and France. At least half of their stock consisted of brands I hadn't even heard of. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.
Purl Soho was our fourth visit. This is the kind of place where you find yourself standing in a frozen state of awe before wiping the drool from your face. Gorgeous yarn and fabric in a beautifully designed store. They have their own brand of yarn, which is really lovely, but somewhat pricey. Of course, you get what you pay for. They were really nice and gave me a cute project bag as a door prize. I think they did this for the first however many visitors on Saturday. It was fun to see all the finished objects I had seen on their blog where they post lots of nice, free patterns.
Seaport Yarn was our fifth stop. Like School Products, it was a little tricky to find. The store is run by a married couple, and they seem to be very proud of their Alpaca section. They had a pretty nice selection, especially considering the small size of the store. I think most of their business comes from regulars who live in the area.
Downtown Yarns was our sixth and final stop on Saturday. They were also quite small, as can be expected in that neighborhood, but they seemed to carry all of my favorites. The store and its employees were appropriately quirky, and I particularly enjoyed the collection of knit lizards they had hanging near the register.
Brooklyn - Day 2
Gauge & Tension is a new pop-up store in Greenpoint, and it was our first stop in Brooklyn. They have some really nice, hard to find yarns, as their website suggests. Plainly put, everything was gorgeous. They're only open on weekends, so be sure to check their website before heading over for a visit. I should mention that Peter Pan Donuts is right down the street as well.
La Casita Yarn Shop Cafe was our second stop in Brooklyn. Upon arrival, they offered us Mimosas and Bellinis from their cafe bar. They are the only store in Brooklyn who carries Woolfolk Yarn, which is incredibly soft and sustainably sourced. Be careful if you pay them a visit, because you may not think of a reason to leave. I mean, they have yarn AND food.
Brooklyn General was our third stop on Sunday, and I was so impressed to finally see what my friends had been raving about. They have a wonderful selection of pretty much anything I'd be looking for, and they carry other craft supplies as well. This is really a fantastic store.
Our fourth stop Sunday (and 10th stop of the weekend) was Argyle. They were having some really great sales, including 25% off all books. The staff was friendly, and they had some nice hot cider for us. This was another great store all around, and unlike many of the shops who participated in the yarn crawl, I noticed that they also carry a variety of commercial acrylic and acrylic blend yarns, which I think opens them up to a much wider clientele. Smart choice.
I'd love to hear about your yarn crawl experience in the comments below.