Knit New Haven

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I spent the last couple days in New Haven, so I start this post with a picture of pizza, something New Haven is famous for.  We went with Sally's this time, and it was delish, but I'm not getting involved  any further in the war that is Sally's vs. Pepe's vs. Modern vs. Bar ...  They're all amazing!

Aside from the food, one of the highlights of my visit was returning to Knit New Haven.

I lived in New Haven for a couple of years and visited Knit New Haven on a few occasions, but I really didn't have the knowledge to appreciate everything the shop offers at the time.  It was great to go back and actually be familiar with the yarns and patterns they carry.

Knit New Haven has a very open, sunny feel as compared to most New York stores, and their yarn selection is excellent.  They do a great job of stocking a little of everything, so no matter the project, you're likely to find great options.  They also carry knitters pride needles and some funky buttons and shawl pins.  Linda, who was working when I went, was very friendly and eager to give advice and assistance to customers.  I overheard her calling a yarn company to get pricing for a special order.  I'm guessing she's on a first name basis with most of the knitters in the area, who probably visit the store regularly.  

I was excited to see the boxes of Stonehedge Crazy that Knit New Haven had just gotten in a couple days earlier.  The hanks are made with mill ends in a variety of colors, and no two skeins are the same, although many do coordinate.  I got four of them, and can't wait to figure out what I want to make.  Aren't they fun!? That basket of ombre FREIA yarn was tempting, too.

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Before heading out, this scarf caught my eye.  It's just linen stitch, but I love the way it looks woven, which is partly a result of using needles smaller than the yarn would normally call for. 

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Linda helped me select a pattern and yarn for a gift I'm making.  It's The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief, using Indochine Silk by Lantern Moon in Ocean Teal.  I'm already more than half done, but here's the picture I took when I started it at the hotel...

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...and here are my spoils.  I was very excited to get my hands on the Surprise Jacket pattern at last.

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If you knit or crochet and plan to visit New Haven, please be sure to stop by Knit New Haven.  It's right downtown, easy to walk or drive to, and I promise you won't regret it.