Brooklyn & Soho

Two weeks back, on a lovely late July Friday, Pat, Lee, Diane, three of my knit group friends ~ I am reluctant to call them that because they are my FRIENDS (period) ~ and I went on a little yarn crawl to the southwest…Brooklyn and Soho.

We took the LIRR to Penn and then hopped on the F train for a quick ride to Bklyn.  Our first stop was to La Casita.  La Casita is located in the Carroll Gardens section.  They are super friendly in this shop.  They’d rearranged the furniture since I was last here, but it was still “cozy.”  They have a great selection of yarns and other knitting paraphernalia.  I bought a skein of Shibui Staccato in Poppy to go with some that I have in Ash, some beautiful stitch markers by One Geek to Craft Them All, and a 5-year La Casita anniversary project bag, which my friends think is gruesome (knitting needles through a diagram of a heart), but I think is adorable. The drawstring on this is a tape measure.

Shibui Staccato
Shibui Staccato

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Diane bought enough yarn to make a beautiful shell in black and white and Lee bought some baby sweater yarn.  We had a great time here.  I forgot to get the name of the one young woman who helped us and even snapped this picture, but she was super.  They should definitely give her a raise!

Lee, Diane, me, Pat
Lee, Diane, me, Pat

Then we were off for a 20-minute stroll to Brooklyn General through Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill.  I have to say that I like the “idea” of this store more than I actually love the store.

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They have a large assortment of yarns and fabrics, but both times I have been in the shop, the staff really wasn’t that enthusiastic.  Lee bought a beautiful blue skein of Madelinetosh which I should have taken a picture of, and a few other things, but that was really it for any of us.  We stopped for frozen yogurt/gelato before we got back on the subway to head to Purl Soho.

Diane, Pat, me
Diane, Pat, me

We’d all been here before, but PurlSoho is always fun!  We arrived thinking we knew what we wanted.  I had been charged with buying Suzy a skein of Brooklyn Tweed in “neutral color or a red” so I quickly did that in Shelter here.  Then quickly went to check out the Anzula.  I love Anzula, but it’s a little pricey, so I’m always pretty careful.  This was made with Anzula, and I bought the yarn for it here.  I wanted to try some other Anzula.  I wanted to get a sweater’s worth of something, but really couldn’t/shouldn’t, so didn’t.  But I did buy this Sebastian in these two colors:

Anzula Sebastian in Coco
Anzula Sebastian in Madam
Anzula Sebastian in Madam

I also bought a pretty pair of Stork scissors from Gingher and a project bag.  IMG_1975


Everyone bought something here, and since I haven’t mentioned Pat’s purchases, she bought enough yarn to make this beauty:

Purl Bee – Bamboo Shell

Then we went to eat a late lunch at Galli.  Back on the subway, back to the LIRR and home.  We were exhausted.  What a great time we had!

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