Our trip to New York was wonderful. I ate up every minute of it and so enjoyed wandering through the various neighbourhoods.
Absolutely no knitting was accomplished on the trip because I hardly sat down, but I did manage to pop in to a few of the LYSs. They were all selectively stocked with exquisite handpainted and luxury yarns. There weren’t any overfull shelves or tottering piles of yarn up to the rafters. Considering the smaller locations, it was interesting to note that they seemed to offer a much narrower selection per square foot than many other shops I’ve visited.
On the Upper East Side, String carries Araunica, Ella Rae, Noro, Art Yarns our own Canadian Koigu among others.
The yarns I noticed in Purl SoHo were Koigu, Alchemy Yarns, Lorna’s Laces, Jade Saphire and Ozark Handspun.
I also visited the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Downtown Manhattan because I saw an ad in a tourist booklet. It’s very spacious and tastefully laid out. They had a wool/stainless steel blend that intrigued me and the colours in their Superwash Merino (dk weight) were much more appealing in person than they are on their website.
I made a quick stop at Downtown Yarns and they had a wonderful window display of knitted owls on branches. Unfortunatley there was too much reflection to get a good photo. I also walked past Gotta Knit before they opened. They’re located on the fifth floor, so there was no window display and I just didn’t make it back during opening hours.