New York crafty goodness

21 Oct

Most of the recent New York holiday was taken up with food, food and more food. Cupcakes, both good and bad. Macaroni cheese – with cheeseburger in it. There was good, bad and ugly.  There was also unfortunate, which was the leaving-at-home-of-the-camera-memory-card. Sigh. They were so expensive to buy that I resorted to iPhone and stealing the boy’s camera. In short – not as many photos as I’d like.

I marched the boyfriend to Purl (after we’d been to the places on his list).

And promptly developed OP (Option Paralysis).  On reflection – it’s a lovely space. Having both fabric and yarn in the same store now, rather than the former separate Sullivan Street locations, makes life easier. But the quality of their photography online is beguilingly good and I find the website infinitely more tempting.  Perhaps it’s also because slowly but surely, the selection available here in the UK is improving even if it’s still difficult to source the Japanese graphic prints – can you recommend anywhere?  The last time I was in Purl I bought a bundle of Katie Jumps Rope fat quarters by Denyse Schmidt which formed a large part of my first bed-quilt.

In the end I came away with a $30 grab-bag including a healthy swatch of Kokka Echino Ni-Co ‘Sunglasses’ fabric in the brown colourway as well as other spotty fabrics. I was specificially looking for something I could use to try out some of the patterns in Lisa Lam‘s delicious new book, ‘The Bag Making Bible‘, which arrived just before we went away so this medium weight fabric should give me lots of options. More on that soon.

We walked along the boardwalk on Coney Island,  marvelled at the Parachute Jump, , wondered who goes to the Roller Rink, ate a Nathan’s hot dog.

The really great baked goods (because frankly, the rest of them were terribles) came from Baked in Red Hook. Have since bought the books. Expect an update on how my own version of Sweet and Salty went soon.

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2 Responses to “New York crafty goodness”

  1. Thimbleanna October 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Ooooh, I’m missing my trips to NYC and hoping I can con the hubby into going sometime soon. Is Coney Island even still open? I thought I read somewhere that it closed. Did you buy any Habu (wasn’t that what I picked up for you — I was reading back over our trip to London the other day — I must have been half dead when I met you — I forgot the camera AND your yarn — what a ditz!) Sorry about your forgotten memory card — how frustrating!

    • Gail H October 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

      Yes it’s still open! Or it was then, I think it’s quieter now so maybe closed during winter.
      I was so good – no Habu, no yarn at all, if you can believe that? Just a small amount of fabric. Haven’t even had the machine out this year – isn’t that a crime?!

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