Welcome to Purl Soho my friends. Do you want to visit with me? I think those of us who knit and crochet have all heard about this amazing store. The yarn is gorgeous, the photography is beautiful, and the patterns have simple lines that create incredible garments.
When I went to NYC I was not even thinking about visiting any yarn stores. Actually, I have not bought yarn since last December, and that was to complete a project. I have been really trying to use the yarn I have and not buy more until my stash was even more under control.
But when presented with the opportunity to visit this incredible store how could I not jump at the chance to go? Claudia, with her savvy NYC traveling skills got us to the subway, and all the way to SOHO to visit this store. It was sooooooo hot on Saturday afternoon when we were traveling, I mean even hot for me, and I live in Florida. It was so worth the trip, as really, when will I ever be back?
As you enter the store you see this amazing wall of Liberty of London fabrics. Gorgeous colors, with an incredible silky texture, popping off the wall. This might be the most beautiful fabric I have ever seen, and soooooo expensive but worth it if you are an incredible seamstress, which I am not. Still I could not stop looking at them and touching them, which I am sure the employees did not like.
The store is long and narrow. Everywhere you turn are beautiful yarns to stroke. They have their own yarn of course and many other brands. They have threads for weaving, buttons, trims, and sewing and knitting patterns everywhere. The orange, berry and cream shawl folded up on the front table was featured in their email just the day before our visit.
I am trying to be better about yarn purchasing , trying to buy for a project rather than buying a ton of yarn just for the sake of having it like I have in the past. I was lucky to have a Purl Soho project in mind even before I knew I was going to visit the store, but I still thought a lot about it before my purchase. It was easy to get swept up in the moment, as you all know yarn and fabric fumes can knock you senseless until you are spending your life savings in mere seconds.
I cold have bought yards and yards of this, just look at the amazing detail and colors in these fabrics.
There were even kits to make the famous sheep pillow. I was tempted but already have two sheep fluffies on display at my house.
I settled on this, two skeins of Purl Soho Cattail Silk, size 3 needles because I got rid of all my extra needles a while back during a craft/yarn purge, and this wee little loom to make coasters with. I could not resist it, believe me I tried. The Cattail Silk is to make the Circular Yoke Summer Shirt, a project I have had my eye on, but did not have yarn in the appropriate weight in my stash.
It was well worth the hot trip down to SOHO to see this amazing store. And frankly vacation yarn should never even count towards stash, right?
I will leave you with one last photo of my dear, dear sister Claudia and I. This was taken right before the show started. We were both so excited to see Don perform. I just adore both of them so much. They are just the kindest people I know.