Purl actually moved a few months ago, but today was my first time to the new location. And I totally bought yarn. And fabric. It’s just too easy now that they’ve got both in the same place!
Not that it was particularly difficult to shop for yarn and fabric before, with two stores just a few doors down from each other on Sullivan St. But the new space, on Broome between Mercer and Greene in Soho, with its tall ceilings and lots of room, was a delightful change. I stopped in around 4pm on a Thursday and was pleased to see half a dozen shoppers making purchases and browsing the shelves.
Purl has always been my one of my favorite yarn stores in the city, mostly because it has a lot of yarn to choose from, the staff don’t make me feel uncomfortable, and they have a range of types of yarn (from luxury to workhorse). One of the staff definitely recognizes me as a regular, so it had become my “place.” It’s in a great location, too, being generally on my way from, well, anywhere and home. By comparison, Knitty City, which I do like a lot as a store, is way the heck up on the Upper West Side (and I am never on the Upper West Side), Brooklyn General is in a more out-of-the-way area of Brooklyn for me to get to (and there’s no reason to head to that neighborhood otherwise), and other shops have reputations for irascible owners or paltry selection. Even the Point, whose closure I mourn with the rest of the New York knitters, was really only appealing to me because of the cafe—I pretty much never found anything to buy there.
The new Purl seems to have everything from the old location, along with the sewing store’s inventory. I wouldn’t say that it seems as if they have expanded their stock significantly, though I’m sure they have more than they did. I like that they’ve kept things clustered together the way they used to, too, with wools together, cottons together, Koigu together, and luxury fibers in the same area. Jason and I made a beeline for the expensive wall, pulling out various pretty skeins and petting them to find the ones we liked best. Of course, the one I wanted was at the verrrry top of a shelf, out of both of our reach, but the way the yarn glowed! I knew it was the one I needed: silk cashmere in an ivory-like shade.
It’s going to be a shawl for one of my best friends for her wedding day, this October. I’m thrilled that she asked me to make her something, but I need her to settle on a pattern already! Time is running out. She’s expressed interest in everything from Echo Flower Shawl to Leaf & Acorn (why yes, I did teach her how to browse Ravelry) and given how different those are, I’m not sure how to help her decide. Plus, both are lovely and would be fun to knit!
And speaking of weddings—why is everyone I know getting married or having a baby right now? didn’t we go thru this like 7 years ago?—the first family wedding is coming next summer, and I’ve decided to make my cousin and his future wife a quilt. I mean, the fact that I’ve never made a queen-size quilt even for myself shouldn’t prevent me from making one for someone else, now, right? So anyway, I bought the last fabric I need for their gift—Kona Slate. Did you SEE the Kona wall there? A larger selection than City Quilter has (looks like about 100 bolts at City Quilter, 120 at Purl), which is great—when I was trying to get more of two specific colors a few months ago, those were two that City Quilter of course did NOT have, but I saw them here at Purl.
Purl is going to keep me well stocked in supplies for all my gifty crafting, I’m sure!