I’m baaaaack! I have a lot to say about Vogue Knitting Live and the weekend, so I thought I’d break it into three parts, each part for each day of our trip. Although it’s not a picture documentary, I did manage to remember to get pictures, except for most of Friday (and of course, some people are a little weird about having their picture taken by a complete stranger).
The day began with the 9:11 train out of Ronkonkoma, where I was meeting Sima at Penn Station at around 10:30. Upon arrival we decided to take the M34 bus across town to our hotel, the Shelburne Affinia, on Lexington between 37th and 38th. It was perfect as it left us off at 34th for 3 block walk. We were intending on leaving our bags with the front desk and heading out because check in wasn’t until 3 p.m. But, we got lucky and were able to get into the room at 11:00. It was lovely…modern, clean, roomy (for NYC). We freshened up, Sima gave me a
present of Malabrigo Sock in Botticelli Red, and I had a brainstorm — to go to a yarn shop we’d never been — Brooklyn General in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. So off to the 6 where we changed at Bleecker to the F and got off at Union for a 15 minute walk to Brooklyn General. It’s mostly a yarn shop with some fabric. I didn’t take pictures, but I wish’d I had. It was a lovely set up, kind of old-time-y, just like a general store should be — wooden floors, metal bins and turnstyles, old-fashioned counter. I was determined to not spend any money outside of the marketplace, but I needed sock needles for my upcoming class, so I bought some 40″ Addi Turbos in sizes 1 (2.5 mm) and 2 (3.0 mm) –both these
sizes have multiple mm sizes within them and I always get confused by that — and I bought some lovely Malabrigo Arroyo , a sportweight 335 yards, in a shade of green I like a lot called “Aguas” It might be great for a cowl or maybe some heavy socks for one of the three guys. The color is more a pine-y green than the picture shows. We had lunch at a diner/luncheonette which the boroughs used to be known for, but are now rare anywhere. Very cute, very inexpensive — steak sandwich for each of us. Then we headed off down Smith Street to another shop in the area called La Casita. This is a very narrow and small yarn cafe. It was really hopping, and the staff seemed helpful and attentive, but it was too crowded to browse. There was nowhere to sit, but I could tell that if I lived in the neighborhood, this would be the place. Sorry I don’t have pictures of this either. I’m a rather forgetful photographer in general.
The F train was nearby, so we hopped on and decided that we’d go to the Hilton where the VK event was taking place. They were having registration check-in beginning at 3 on Friday (no classes), so we thought we’d avoid the Saturday rush. When we got there around 4:30, we were surprised that it was so quiet, but we registered quickly. By the time we used the ladies’ room, we thought we’d stick around the hotel for the marketplace which was opening at 5:00. After last year, we thought that if it was quiet-er, we could shop more successfully than if there were tons of people with whom we’d have to jockey. We were right! We spent about an hour and a half looking around and getting the lay of the land.
This was the entrance to the 2nd floor of the marketplace.
Sima was very happy.
I also scored some free things…
…met Linda from Blue Sky Alpacas fame, whom Sima knows, and stopped over to see Tavy at The Yarn Co. who was so sweet and warm. This shop has so many things going on, it’s wonderful to see. She was having a cocktail party and Debbie Bliss was going to be there that night. She gave me an invitation, but our energy was running down. The party wasn’t going to start until 8:30! (ETA: That sounds funny, but I’d been up since 5:30 and we did a ton of walking.)
I bought some one-ply fingering 510 yards from Creatively Dyed Yarns. The yarn is called Sami Queen in a color called “Middle.” It looks pink in the picture, but it’s a very true red with a hint of blue in it. I had met the owner/dyer, Diane, last year at VK Live in our Brooke Nico class on shawl construction. She remembered both me and the class, which is always nice.
Sima bought a beautiful yarn from Mocha’s Fiber called Estrellita. It’s a fingering weight with tiny, tiny sparkles in it. I’ll talk about this company later.
We headed back on the subway (big mistake — E train to Lex and transferred to the 6, but the walk between trains was endless and so was the walk to get out of the 6 and onto 42nd Street), stopped at Duane Reade for necessities, went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant near our hotel, grabbed a coffee from Dunkin Donuts and ended Day 1 exhausted but not too exhausted for some knitting time back at the hotel.
Day 2 to come…