Will be visiting Manhattan at the end of April. Any cool knitting shops that are recommended???
I really love Knitty City at 79th and Amsterdam. When I went from shop to shop looking for a double ended Tunisian crochet hook, they were the shop to have them in all sizes. Nice selection of yarn but mainly just a terrific and helpful staff. They are my "go-to" shop and the reason I switched my psychiatrist appointments from Tuesday to Wednesday because they are closed on Tuesday and right around the corner from the shrink's office.
I also love the Lion Brand Studio Store on 15th St between 6th and 7th Ave. I went there under protest because I didn't really "love" Lion Brand yarns from what I could get in Michael's or Hobby Lobby, but in the studio store, you have access to TONS of Lion Brand yarn that is a real groove to play with. There is a wall full of sample spools and you can just roll off a length and swatch it up right there. My favorite Lion Brand yarns to play with are Amazing, Baby Alpaca, Cashmere, Wool and Stainless Steel (a MUST try), Cashmere Blend, and Recycled Cotton. Prices are really good for premium yarns. There are also computer terminals set to their online pattern website so you can find and print Lion Brand patterns right there in the store. The staff is super friendly and crazy helpful. They are a Jewish owned company so they close early on Fridays and are not open at all on Saturdays. Plan accordingly but don't miss stopping at this shop. It's a must-see.
Also, a helpful place to me is Annie and Co Knitting at 93rd and Madison. When I'm meeting Rafael for lunch near the hospital (Mt Sinai), I drop down a few blocks to Annie's and fondle the balls (so to speak). They very rarely have what I need, but they always have something I didn't know I wanted until I walked in the door. They also carry needlepoint supplies if you have the interest. They are open every day.
Those are my three favorites. They are all man friendly and crochet friendly, for those who swing both ways. :-)
I like to go to School Products (1201 Bway between 28th and 29th on the 3rd Floor):
You never know what you'll find in there. Lots of coned yarns from Italy of varying fiber content, and usually pretty good prices considering. I've made a really soft afghan out of an merino/yak blend and have used a coned merino/cashmere blend to make a thick sweater. They also carry the full line of Karabella yarns.
I didn't get to visit any yarn shops in NYC but I learned about Yarntopia after I got back home. Too bad, I was staying about 5 or 6 blocks away. "Sigh"...If I'd only walked a couple of extra blocks as I explored the neighborhood, I'd have found it. I did see a lady on the subway with a bag from Knitty City, though. I've heard great things about it and Habu also. Next time, I'll remember to take my yarn shop guide with me. Have fun. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.
You definitely have to check out Habu Textiles (habutextiles.com). It's address is 135 West 29th Street, Suite 804.
They sell very high quality, unusual Japanese yarns for weaving and knitting. For knitting you will find mostly laceweight yarns, though you can always combine different yarns for effect. I've been visiting them often ever since I started weaving. If it's your first visit, the staff will give you a quick overview of how they sell their yarns.
The yarns they sell go by the brand name "Avril" in Japan. You can see the yarn catalog samples here: http://homepage1.nifty.com/avril/English/E_catalog.html
A few times at the store, I've met knitters who have traveled a great distance for a visit and spend a months salary there. Also check out the "Habu Textiles" group on Flickr to see some example of how Habu yarns are being used.
I have to check out Habu. I think I'm just a few buildings down and behind them.
I was in NYC at the end of March and only got to Knitty City. Very nice shop and the owner was very friendly and welcoming.
If you are on Ravelry the NYC Knitters group has a page listing all of the LYS, their locations and hours. I printed that out and took it with me.
Yarntopia on the upper west side, Amsterdam and 106 or so, I believe: great selection of really good yarn - the woman who owns the place has great taste. Knitty-city is also very good, Seaport Yarns, and Wool Gathering on the East side in the 80's.
I've seen the following website recommended, but haven't tried it myself: http://www.knitmap.com/
My favorite is Knitty City (208 W 79th between Broadway & Amsterdam). There are lots of other ones as well. Enjoy your visit here.
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