NYC Yarn Crawl

Yarn Crawl 2

*Graphics above from Pugly Pixel

This past weekend, I participated in New York City’s 3rd Annual Yarn Crawl.  For those who don’t know what a “crawl” involves, it is where you travel from store to store usually sampling different varieties of the same product.  In this case, the product was yarn and boy did we snuggle up to and touch all different kinds of yarn!

My knitter friend and I met up on that brisk fall day and walked around to three different yarn stores that were participating in the crawl.  First up was Downtown Yarns, the yarn store closest to my current apartment.  They had such a great selection and the ladies in the store were so sweet.  One of the awesome things about the yarn crawl was that many of the stores were offering discounts and at each store you could enter a raffle to win a basket full of yarn goodies!  After Downtown Yarns, we walked over to Loopy Mango, a yarn store/vintage boutique.  They had all sorts of great vintage goods there, mixed in with newer products, as well as a selection of specialty yarns in the back.  Lastly, we went to Purl Soho, one of the first yarn stores I visited in NYC.  It is definitely one of my favorites because the selection is ah-mazing and they carry pretty fabrics as well!  Not to mention their blog, which is chock full of knitting patterns that I immediately add to my queue of things to make.  I also got to touch the yarn that was used to make the beautiful rug below and it was one of the softest yarns I’ve ever felt!  I can only dream of having this lovely piece in my home…

Since I’m on a budget, I only picked up one skein of yarn, but I’m excited to turn it into something pretty for the shop.  And who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky and win one of the raffle baskets! :D


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  1. says

    oh wow… this is so great! I wish I knew how to do yarncraft… I’m such a horrible knitter and crocheter! Those parasols look gorgeous!

  2. says

    I’ve never heard of a yarncrawl, but it sounds like a brilliant experience! I also need to teach myself to knit, it’s a definite life skill

  3. says

    A yarn crawl would be so dangerous for me! I bought so much yarn the last time I was in NYC and still haven’t done anything with it :( I didn’t know Purl Soho had a store, I buy their project calendar every year!

    • says

      Hehe, yes, I can’t believe I was actually a good girl and only bought 1 skein!

      Yes, Purl Soho does have a physical store- you should definitely visit next time you’re in NYC :)

  4. says

    a yarn crawl sounds like fun! wish i could attend one too! and i mean, WOW, that knitted rug in the last photo is to die for! hope you’re doing well and keeping warm darling!!

    x jamie

  5. says

    Whoaaa look at all that yarn! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much in my life. I used to knit all the time but I find myself so impatient these days that I never actually complete anything.

  6. says

    AH! This makes me wish I lived in New York. Baltimore is sadly bereft of yarn stores. Philly is better, but I really only know of 2. There were 3, but one closed :[ What yarn did you pick up?!?! I would die to visit Purl Soho… their website is amazing. LUCKY :]

    • says

      Aww man- that is hard! Do you ever order yarn online? I picked up some Malabrigo Worsted in a pretty silver-gray color =) Purl Soho is fantastic- if you come to NYC I’ll take you! :D

      • says

        aw that’s so sweet! if i find time away from studying/cash lying around i will totally take you up on that! i actually do NOT buy yarn online. this may sound weird: but i love the tactile experience of shopping for yarn. i have to feel it first! haha anyways. congrats on the etsy shop! the bow things are adorable :] did you get a new camera?

        • says

          Not weird at all- that makes complete sense! I’m always really wary when buying a new yarn online for that very reason, but sometimes for yarn I already know I like, it’s cheaper to order online. But then you run into the whole issue of color IRL vs. color on the web! haha

          Thanks so much Gina! =) I’ve had my DSLR for a few months, but my shop pictures were taken by someone who knows how to use it better than I do- I still have a lot to learn!

  7. says

    WHAT THE HECK!?!?! Why don’t I know about this?!? I’m totally a knitter!! I’ve been a long time crocheter but only started knitting 3 years ago. I am so sad I missed this. I know purl soho but the rest of them are strangers to me and since my knitting cafe on 14th street closed down last year I have no where local to go.

    I will try to check out downtown yarns…that guy is not too far from my place. Soooo like why aren’t we neighbor homies?!?! It sounds like you’re in my hood!

    • says

      What?! I had no idea- yay for finding another knitter! Awww, no worries, it should be happening again next year. There were 14 stores participating, but I only made it to 3 this year so next time we can hit up some more together!

      Yes, definitely check out Downtown Yarns since it is conveniently close and they have a pretty good selection. I had no idea you lived in the East Village! We should totally be neighbor homies! ;)