Where to buy knitting supplies
Mon Mar 8 2010
Catherine Clark and Katie Metzger founded this Cobble Hill shop more than three years ago, and their clients’ devotion has yet to wane. “There’s a wide range of natural-fiber yarns in the homey atmosphere,” says Colleen Meagher, known as the Subway Knitter (subwayknitter.com). “The staff is kind, relaxed and definitely customer-service oriented.” The store stocks such brands as Malabrigo, the Fibre Company, Manos Del Uruguay and Cascade Yarns; prices range from $7 to $23 a skein. 128 Union St between Columbia and Hicks Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-237-7753, brooklyngeneral.com)
For high-quality, regionally sourced Saxon Merino wool yarn ($11 to $19 for a two-ounce skein), book it to Eugene Wyatt’s Saturdays-only stand at the Union Square Greenmarket. He’s been traveling 50 miles from his Catskills farm every weekend since the late ’90s—just to sell his organic, hand-dyed yarns to knitty New Yorkers. The brilliant red, green and blue colors are derived naturally from plants, trees and bugs, which is just about as free-range as you can get. Union Square Greenmarket, Union Square West from 15th to 17th Sts (845-772-1050, catskill-merino.com). Saturdays 8am--6pm.
Gotham Fine Yarns
Rebecca Lai’s newish shop is located right in the heart of old-yarn country. Says the shopkeeper, “I have customers who come into the store and reminisce about coming down to the Lower East Side to buy yarn with their mothers 20 or 30 years ago.” The intimate space opened just last October, and already Subway Knitter Heemeyer is impressed with “the depth and breadth of its inventory.” Dozens of sock yarns retail for between $13 and $28 a skein, and cashmere costs $29 to $48 a skein. 148 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (646-863-3504, gothamfineyarn.com)
“Whatever is unusual or hard to produce, we carry,” says owner Takako Ueki of this decade-old shop. And indeed, New Yorkers make their way here for rarities like silk-wrapped stainless steel yarn ($23 per ounce) and linen paper yarn ($12 per ounce). Most of the goods come from Japan, but Ueki also stocks textiles from India, Thailand and a handful of other Asian countries. 135 W 29th St at Seventh Ave, eighth floor (212-239-3546, habutextiles.com)?
Long-time NYC knitting blogger Melissa Wehrle (neoknits.com) raves about this shop: “They have a really good selection of yarn, books and magazines, and they like to support smaller companies and indie dyers and designers.” Owner Pearl Chin opened the shop in 2006 and carries yarns by Malabrigo ($10--$15), Madeline Tosh ($20--$35) and Twinkle Yarn ($20), among many others. 208 W 79th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-787-5896, knittycity.com)
Heemeyer says this colorfully arranged shop is the go-to spot for higher-end yarns, including hand-dyed cashmere from Mongolia. Founded in 2002 by Joelle Hoverson, Purl stocks such items as hand-spun Manos Del Uruguay ($10--$17), alpaca from Blue Sky Alpacas ($10--$40) and merino from Canada’s Koigu ($15--$27). 137 Sullivan St between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-420-8796, purlsoho.com)
“They don’t just sell the yarn everyone else has,” says Debbie Stoller, editor of Bust and author of multiple knitting books. “They sell specialty yarn by weight, and it’s the only kind of store like it.” Owned by Berta Karapetyan, author of Runway Knits, the nearly 60-year-old shop offers more than 1,000 Italian yarns, including Karabella ($9 for 1.75 ounces) and Zodiac ($7 for 1.75 ounces). 1201 Broadway between 28th and 29th Sts (212-679-3516, schoolproducts.com)
The Yarn Co.
Jordana Jacobs’s and Julie Carls’s 30-year-old shop specializes in altering patterns. “We are good at rejiggering things,” says Jacobs, noting that the service is free with the purchase of yarn. Speaking of which, the boutique sells 45 different colors of the machine washable Filatura Di Crosa Zara ($10) and 35 shades of hand-dyed Koigu ($14). 2274 Broadway between 81st and 82nd Sts, second floor (212-787-7878, theyarnco.com)