Following last week's overview of my first three visits of yarn stores in New York, here you have the four others, I also visited last weekend.
This yarn store is one of my real favorites in the city. They have a huge selection of yarns and are always helpful with a bit of advice. At the back of their shop, a round table invites us to sit down to knit and discuss knitting with other fellow yarn creators and an advice is always ready on hand in case needed. Check out their calendar as they organize some interesting events, even book club nights, that I'm told are really good. The Monday following the yarn crawl, I participated in their event at the City Bakery, where the editor of Vogue Knitting had organised a catwalk with the present models of their magazine - great to see the knitted results in real life and being able to touch the models! An evening I can recommend you to participate in, as you also get the chance to meet many other fellow knitters.
This was the surprise of the yarn crawl. A shop that I had never heard of previously - it's also very well hidden on the fourth floor with a tiny sign in the door window announcing their existence. It's placed in a very well known spot of the city, literally with their back door to the Ground Zero memorial water fountain. At first look it seems like a warehouse of yarn, but at closer look, there is some system and a place where I found some European yarn brands not seen anywhere else in NYC. I agree with their statement being a candy store of yarns and a place, I surely will go back to for yarn stashing!
I have known the existence of this yarn store for years (also due to their lovely adds) and this weekend was the first chance for me to visit. String is a nice store with a good choice of some high quality lovely yarns and the only place I saw a large selection of the real super bulky yarns. It does not have as huge selection of many yarns as some of the other stores and it is perhaps a bit too orderly for my taste, as I love when yarns of all kinds pop out a bit everywhere. If you are looking to knit up a luxury sweater, then this is the place for you to go.
Annie's and Company
By far the largest shop of them all. Annie occupies a large street corner in the Upper East Side of New York. I have recently discovered this as I was looking for some embroidery yarn and here is the best place for both needlepoint and yarn supplies. I really like the vibe of this shop. Everyone is extremely helpful and always in happy mood and you can sit down at one of the several work tables to work on your yarns or peruse the many books, magazines and patterns. Definitely to be recommended if your way takes you to the upper east side of Manhattan.
Finally, during the Knitty City event at the Bakery, mentioned above, I met the two owners of one of the Brooklyn stores, the Argyle Yarn Shop. Having met them, I regret not to have had the time to go to their store as they seem to have a great place also. Something to look forward to in the future!