To get in some more beach time, my boyfriend and I decided to make a one day trip to Montauk this Labor Day weekend. Despite the fact that there are beaches at the end of several subway lines that are a mere $2.00 subway ride away (although from Manhattan, they can be over an hour ride), we have this very un-New Yorker perspective that we prefer to escape the masses. Being at the end of the Long Island Railroad train line like a finger pointing into the Atlantic, our logic was that Montauk’s beaches would be relatively uncrowded.
Mind you the price for this relative solitude was a 3-plus hour train ride each way! As a seasoned train knitter, I just viewed this as bonus knitting time.
The weather was perfect, especially compared to our recent experience on the beaches of Fire Island. It was warm with a mild breeze that allowed our beach umbrella to maintain its position all day.
Between my train and beach knitting, I finished knitting the second arm of my Cross Your Heart sweater. In addition, I picked up my Souvenir Socks which have been languishing in my knitting bag untouched. I managed to get both socks through the heels.
Fortunately, I had consulted some websites containing information on Montauk before we left where, to my delight, I found there was a new addition to the local merchants. Yes you guessed it–a yarn store! It was luckythat we knew that it existed or we would never have found it nestled in its peaceful downstairs corner out of public view. My boyfriend had to inquire at the local police station to get instructions (Mind you, this was a very pleasant surprise since we’ve been in other locations where he’s had a more I-Can-Find-Where-We’re-Going approach.) At the police station, a friendly woman got up and walked outside to point out where the yarn store was since it was hidden behind a real estate office.
Labor Day Sale!
Purl by the Sea entrance is below street level
Called Purl by the Sea, the store’s well worth the visit. Since they were having their Labor Day Sale where all of their yarn was 20% off, the trip was even better! The place has a friendly vibe that you feel when you walk in. While it’s best described as cozy (read small even for a Manhattanite), there’s a kntters’ table in the center of the store where a chatty group of women were working on a variety of projects. I was struck by the diversity in types of yarns in terms of fiber content and price. In addition to major brands, they carry some unusual small producer yarns as well (which I would have tried had my stash been slimmer!) There’s something for everyone’s pocketbook from inexpensive Lions Brand to luxury Artyarns. Additionally, there’s a wide range of supplies such as needles and books.
View from inside of Purl by the Sea – Colors Galore!
Owner Nora Franzetti winding yarn for a customer
For the non-knitting-engaged-companion, they have a comfy husband’s rocker where my boyfriend made himself at home reading his sci-fi novel out of the sun while I scoped out the store and debated what to buy.
Wonderful man that he is, my boyfriend treated me to some Brown Sheep cotton and merino for a Knitted Lingerie project. The hardest part was deciding what color to buy because the store must have stocked every shade! My boyfriend who like most men only understands 16 colors wasn’t much help in terms of input. After much debate and some help from the saleswoman, I selected a dusty rose pink.