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Old 02-22-2005, 08:21 PM   #1
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Hi. Now that I am a beginner knitter, I am obsessed with needles and especially yarn. We are going to NYC in April and I am wondering if anyone knows of any good yarn shops there, particularly something small and local. Thanks.

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Old 02-22-2005, 10:57 PM   #2
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Nestled on a second floor above the fray of traffic on New York City’s Upper West Side, The Yarn Co. has served avid knitters for over 20 years. During this time, the store’s well-earned reputation as New York City's best source for knitting, crochet and needlepoint supplies has attracted a large and loyal clientele from all points of the world.

www.theyarnco.com

I have the book that was written by the girls who own this store. The title is "the yarn girls quide to simple knits"
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Old 02-23-2005, 09:35 PM   #3
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Thanks so much Anne. I will put that on my list of places to go in New York City this time. My husband will love it. He says I am not allowed to purchase any more yarn or have any more projects going at once. Of couse, this is because he is waiting for me to finish a simple scarf for him. :P

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Old 02-23-2005, 10:13 PM   #4
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i'm dying to visit the yarn company!! you should check out some of their books before you go.
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I'm going to NY in May! I was lucky enough to win a trip.

Anyway, I peruse other boards and this is a list of shops I have collected from others so far. Everyone, please post feedback on these if you have any - thanks!


Downtown Yarns (they are so helpful, friendly and sweet over there - I was just there last night and got some great advice about what size needles to use when knitting with a strand of Koigu and a strand of Kid Silk Haze) and every day there is something new and gorgeous in the window. (Ave A & East 3rd or 4th). THE BEST selection; most helpful staff; best prices on good quality wool, silk, cashmere, mohair, cottons and they offer CLASSES year round). The girls that work there are such experienced knitters that you can have some of them DRAFT a pattern for you! Absolutely the best. Although the shop is small, the welcome you to sit there and do your gauge and get your product started.
>Avenue A between 3rd and 4th streets.

+Habu (29th St - 6th Av) I LOOOVE Habu as walking into the shop is like going into a zen garden. I frequented it last year purchasing Japanese patterns, yarn, etc.

+++Seaport (Andrea is a wonderful lady) They have a huge selection of yarns and books although there are a couple of my favorite yarns that they don't carry. Remember to bring either cash or checks as Andrea does not take plastic

Purl is a great store too. (Soho - Sullivan St. off Prince). This shop is the prettiest with the most delicious mohair, cashmere and specialty yarns. The girls here are great and sweet and extremely helpful. But its usually so busy
> Purl 137 Sullivan Street (bet. Prince & Houston Sts.) 212-420-8796

Gotta Knit located on Sixth Avenue between 12th and 13th Street., on the second floor of a walk up on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village.

schoolhouse products

Knit NY (at 14th and avenue C is also in the neighboorhood. (and it has a cafe for mid day coffee breaks and a sit down)
>on E 14th Street (1st & 2nd).
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Old 03-20-2005, 11:39 AM   #6
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Hi. I wanted to repost suggestions on local yarn shops in NYC....we are leaving in a week, but I know there are quite a few new people on the list now and some of you may live in NYC or have been to NYC. I know Carol listed a bunch and was hoping for feedback from anyone who had visited or frequents those stores. Thanks so much!!
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I live in New York so I'll give you my 2 cents on some of the stores.

Downtown Yarns is by far the friendliest, it is a small store, but has a good selection and very nice and helpful staff.

Purl is mostly about natural fibres, so you won't find any novelty yarns there. They are also small, so if you go on a weekend when they are crowded, don't expect too much help.

Seaport Yarn is huge, the staff is nice and knowledgable. They are set up in an office bulding and each office holds different types of yarns. The store is worth a visit just to check out the layout. Note, they do not take credit cards. They take checks (though I'm not sure if that goes for out of state checks).

A brand new LYS that just opened is called "Eat, Knit, and be Happy" they are located at 37A Bedford Street, in Greenwich Village. They sell snacks and coffee also, I think the idea is to encourage you to hang out and knit.

Schoolhouse Products is great also. They sell lots of imported Italian wools on big cones as well as more standard balls of yarn.

If you feel like venturing into Brooklyn, there is a hugh yarn store at 398 Atlantic Ave called Knit-Away. They have one of the biggest selection around, second only to Seaport Yarns. Their yarn also runs the biggest gamut, from inexpensive acrylics to delicious alpacas and merinos. They have novelty yarns as well.

Hope this helps.
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Hi! Well I live in New York & practically across the street from The Yarn Company. I'm going to sound like a grouch here, but their prices are HIGH. I've only bought their sale stuff. But maybe you have lot of $$$! The following links will lead you to a place I've been dying to visit. It's 30 minutes out of NY but I'll bet it's a lot of fun. You might want to try it.

Have a good time and if you're in the neighborhood of the Yarn Company be sure to try Artie's Deli for lunch (Broadway & 82) right up from the yarn company. It's the best! Vic

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Thanks Vic! I am always looking for a good place to eat too! We will definitely check that out. On another note, off the subject of knitting, do you have any Italian recommendations?

Bobbinbrooklyn: Do you have addresses for the places you mention? Also, we are actually staying at a friend's place in Brooklyn, so I will definitely check out the one there. Thanks so much for all of the information! I don't know if I am necessarily looking to purchase too much (of course I say that now) but more interested in just checking the places out and seeing how the look and what they have. I am always looking for a good bargain on some natural fiber yarn though!

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Hello,
I'm a NYCer too. I also live near The Yarn Company and I love it. It's not so much the prices, it's the people there. The owners, Julie and Jordana are both terrific and everyone on staff is so helpful, especially Nikki and Petra. Petra is an extraordinary knitter! I think she can knit in her sleep! Nikki is so kind and has a real eye for color. Every time I've asked for a recommendation, I'm very pleased with the results. They always take the time to answer questions and help with your knitting. They even go up and down the stairs to help me bring up my baby and stroller! So, I love them. The prices may be a little high, but they only use natural and really cool yarns. They also make some very nice patterns. Here is their website: http://yarnco.com/
On some yarns, YarnCo has the same price or even cheaper than Seaport Yarns. Seaport Yarns is also great. Also a very friendly and helpful staff. Their extra yarn return policy is not great though. You have to return any unused yarn within 30 days -- not a great policy if you're making a big project. But they are so nice! Here is their website: http://www.seaportyarn.com/

I've never been, but my friend says that School Products Co, Inc is the ultimate yarn-lovers' mecca. It has amazing specialty yarns left over from local designers. It's supposed to have awesome yarns at very good prices. Here is their website: http://schoolproducts.com/content.html

As for good Italian food, in my 'hood (the Upper West Side) we have a terrific restaurant named Gennaro 212/665-5348 . Delish!

Good luck to you and have fun!
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