We're back from NYC and although I didn't get to all the yarn shops I wanted to, we had a great time. The Lion Brand Yarn shop and Purl SoHo, the two shops I really wanted to see, were rather disappointing. They didn't have a lot of samples and the stores just seemed so much more glamourous when you read their blogs. Strings Yarn shop on the Upper East Side was nice, but as the Upper East Side is an affluent area, the yarn was so expensive, the prices weren't even posted on the skeins. It was a nice store though and there were several knitters gathered around a table talking about projects and yarn. Knitty City on the Upper West Side seemed like a true knitting shop. There were a gazillion samples and there were lots of people again gathered around two different tables discussing knitting.
One thing I learned at the Lion Brand Yarn shop is that JoAnns and Michaels do not carry all of the Lion Brand yarn lines. There were several lines in the shop I had never seen before. I guess I'll have to visit their website more often. I did buy some Amazing yarn to try another Batkus scarf. I also bought some organic cotton yarn for Chloe Grace's May hat. At Knitty City, sock yarn was on sale, so I bought enough yarn to make two more pairs. I guess I had better hurry up and finish the socks I am working on right now!!