Going to New York City always as seemed completely overwhelming to me, even growing up in New Jersey… maybe even because I grew up there.
Even now as an adult, I think of it being a dirty, huge, dangerous place because of my country girl upbringing. Every time we went into “the city” we had to be on-guard the entire time and as exciting as it was when we went in to see shows and museums, I would always go home overwhelmed in all my senses… grateful to be back in the quiet and sweet air.
Miss Carrieoke and I met up in NYC this past weekend. This trip though, after living in a fairly big city for 6 years, I saw New York with different eyes. It was exhilarating, all the people and the noise and the flashing lights.
I took the bus (cheap option this time!) from South Station to the Port Authority. Everything went smoothly and I caught up with Carrie and her sister near Times Square. (I got here all by myself! I am a big girl!)
It was totally funny seeing them together in person for the first time, standing on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. I have seen pictures of Cathy so often on Carrie’s blog that I felt like I already knew her even if we just met.
She is just as sweet as I expected and spent most of the time that I saw her in the famous Central Park Hoodie. She was so, so sick though and I felt terrible that she was stuck in the room just trying to get better. We will hang out another time, I am sure!
Carrie and I did brave the world outside, in truly yucky weather, and went to quite a few great restaurants, recommendations by Carolyn. (Carrie talks about all of them in her post so I won’t be repetitive here.)
Here I am at one of the yummy restaurants, enjoying two of my beverages. What? When I go to Malaysian restaurants I get excited about all the drink choices. Sue me. (left: coconut juice in whole coconut- cool! and middle: lychee drink)
I made Carrie try some of the lychee out of my drink and she pretended to bite it for the picture on the right, but then didn’t actually eat it. Wimp.
(As a side note, Alan Arkin, the grandfather from Little Miss Sunshine, was sitting to my right, two tables over in those pictures above. Carrie was staring at him and he decided he needed to move tables. haha)
We got back to our tiny hotel room and set about planning for the Great Yarn Crawl of March 2007.
We were prepared. We had maps, a guide book to NYC, recommendations from other knitters, some boots and one umbrella. We were going to DO IT.
Our first stop, was The Point. It is a great shop! I love the set up with the bins of yarn and I had fun using the grabby thing (kinda like an apple picker) to get the yarns from up high. The light in there was great and I can definitely recommend the quiche and jasmine tea. I also loved the lime green floor- my favorite color.
I am not sure what happened there on the right, but it is too funny not to post. haha
But there’s more! At the Point we met up with a few knitters: Michelle, Jackie, Cassie, Jenn, Valentina, and Mindy. Everyone was super nice and welcoming and even invited us to Jenn’s birthday celebration the next night.
I was sad that I we didn’t get to come back to the shop later on to meet the Spiders but at that point we were oh so wet and tired. (Not sure if you can do that kind of thing- just drop in- but I have been talking to some of them so maybe they wouldn’t throw me out. haha They like being all mysterious and exclusive methinks.)
Anyway, after that we walked in the slush and sleet to Purl and Purl Patchwork. It is a lovely store. So cute and nicely arranged. They were having a trunk show for Knit 2 Together and it was super cool to see all the knitted items from that book.
Look at all that Koigu!
I also met Joelle Hoverson and may have accidently insulted her by saying that the chevron scarf curls- oops. I didn’t realize who it was at the time and am not normally so rude. I am a complete idiot and get more and more embarrassed the more I think about the stuff I said. Carrie must have thought I was a moron but didn’t mention that she was the owner until we left. Oh well, it happens.
Here is my loot from Purl, a lovely fabric cake I forget what it is called) and a pretty bag from Lantern Moon. I also got the lovely skein of Koigu to pair with some that I have at home, for some Endpaper Mitts.
Well, I am throwing in the towel on this post. It is long enough… I will come back and write the second part.