So why haven’t I blogged for a while?
<insert excuses here>
It’s all been happening – A horrible cough & cold that has knocked me sideways (6 weeks and only just over it), a massive revamp of the bathrooms and loo in our house (plumbers all over the house for 5 weeks) and two back to back work trips…one to Birmingham and one to New York!
Imagine my delight (and gratitude!) when my boss asked me to go to New York to meet with him the week the boiler was being replaced – the house was cold, no hot water and I was in New York.
I was so excited – for all the good work related reasons, because I’ve not been to New York before and because we fly on a Saturday (massively cheaper) and have the Sunday free to get over jet lag and go sightseeing. Ben was not so excited. Having to deal with plumbers in a cold house with no hot water, 3 demanding cats and no wife for a week – poor Ben.
Purcey tried his best to stop me going too – poor Purcey.
So there I was. In New York, the whole day free, sat nav on my phone and a list of knitting shops in hand and determined not to let the nasty cold I had, get between me and knitting nirvana 🙂
I’m guessing you really want to know about the NY Knit Shops?
I was staying near the bottom of Broadway in the financial district (near work) so I walked up Broadway to the nearest knitting shop – Purl Soho.
OH MY GOD!
I cannot rave enough about this store. It was a crafter’s paradise full of beautiful yarns and wonderful quilting fabrics (I don’t quilt but still spent 20 mins drooling over the fabric lovelies). The staff were great too – attentive, helpful and knowledgeable without being pushy.
I took a couple of snaps of the store but they don’t do it justice…
So did I buy anything? **Chuckles**
Ha! I took a huge suitcase just so I could be free to shop!
I went a little mad and bought yarn to make a (badly photographed ) funnel neck sweater in light blue Purl Soho’s own yarn…
And, because I wanted things I couldn’t buy in the UK, I also bought this Louet wet spun linen yarn…
Inspired to make this lovely top which I tried on in store…
Happy Happy 😀
But one yarn shop was not enough…I carried on up Broadway to Union Square and stopped for a very touristy pretzel…
Next stop – The Lion Brand Yarn Studio…
The staff were equally as friendly and helpful – and you were encouraged to take a seat and play with the yarns. Needles and samples were there for you to try 🙂 Fabulous.
Stainless steel “yarn” to make this cutie
This is stainless steel and wool(!)
And who could resist a key ring needle gauge?
And lastly, how could I resist Lion Brand’s own take on Kid Silk Haze…
I put all my goodies in my free bag…
And suddenly realized how horribly tired and ill I felt with my cold. So I had to call my knit-shopping spree to an end (my bank account was relieved).
But I had had a fabulous day. All I had to do now was get through a week at work in New York, finish all my outstanding WIPs and I could get on with knitting my new stuff.
Hmmm…well the week at work went well – but finishing the WIPs …. that’s another blog post!