NY – In honor of National Craft Month (March), why not consider taking up a new hobby or revisiting one from childhood? Creating potential masterpieces can be incredibly satisfying and a wonderful stress reliever. From Sarah Jessica Parker to Debra Messing (who’s allergic to wool) to Ryan Gosling (yes that guy, and he makes odd shaped scarves) – many NYC-based celebs have often been photographed knitting on set. As an avid, self-taught knitter (sharing an apartment with a large, but proudly organized yarn stash), I always enjoy visiting yarn shops for supplies or simply just for inspiration.
1. When I want to make something special, I head to String, one of my favorite yarn shops. This bright and airy store offers exclusive lines of cashmere earmarked by the store’s own label, as well as other uniquely charming yarns. String also boasts well known, in-house designer Lidia Karabinech, who creates one-of-a-kind patterns just for the store, which are offered at monthly discounts when purchasing the yarn. The warm and knowledgable staff teaches individual and group classes for beginners and beyond. Year ’round events, include Vogue Knitting Magazine’s trunk shows, which gives knitters a chance to see and try on garments from the current issue. You’ve been warned: you’ll want to knit/crochet everything you see here!
2. A quick bus ride or walk up Madison Avenue and it’s easy to understand why fiber enthusiasts love Annie & Co, which is another must-see destination. This eye-candy store has an extensive selection of common to fancy yarns in nearly every color imaginable. The friendly, know-their-stuff employees will offer assistance, as well as wind skeins for free. There’s plenty of garment and blanket samples, so if you spot a must-have item, you can purchase the supplies all at once. The back of the store features a communal table that’s always occupied with knitters and crocheters. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, while having immediate access to help with your projects. Various knitting and needlepoint classes are available for all levels.
3. For an unusual snack, I might end my day at nearby London Candy Co. for some Stumptown coffee. This place is stocked with all kinds of imported UK sugar concoctions, including Cadbury bars. If I feel up for a walk, I’ll head south east to Pip’s Place, a beautifully displayed gluten free bakery. You don’t need to have celiac or to be gluten intolerant to enjoy the cakes, muffins, scones, bars and cookies, all of which are absolutely delicious.
So, if you have been considering taking up an old or new hobby, there’s no need to procrastinate. Let this dedicated month motivate you to finally get to it. You just might surprise and reward yourself or a loved one by creating something to be really proud of!
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