Webs is every knitters’ idea of heaven with a wide variety of yarns and brands including a great selection of related tools like knitting needles and looms. In addition to the quantity discount, they have a warehouse filled with discounted items and cones of fiber. For me, it’s a treasure hunt. Being fortunate to have a fiber-friendly husband, I tend to make an annual pilgrimage as part of a trip further north during the summer.
Webs 2009 Annual Tent Sale
This year, my friend Amanda persuaded me to join her for the Webs’ Annual Tent Sale. She didn’t have to work very hard to convince me to meet her for a girls weekend of yarn-related road trips and knitting. Since Amanda got to last year’s sale mid-afternoon by which point the merchandise was well picked over, we left at the crack of dawn to get to the sale early. Webs had taken over a nearby parking lot and there was lots of activity under the tent. There were so many people that we had to wait to get containers to collect the items we wanted. The people at the tables were at least three people deep debating the virtues of the various fibers and brands. In addition to yarn there were carryalls and needles (which were a bargain at $1 and $2 a pair!). Fortunately, it was cloudy which kept the heat down.
At one point, I spied a couple of cartons with a big crowd. It turned out to be free fiber! I got some wonderful white cotton with fushia rayon wrapped around it as well as some rust and baby blue ribbon. It was the idea of free that drove me since I stopped knitting with ribbon ages ago. I went through the various tables at least three times before making my decisions. The bags of Noro for $49.95 kept drawing me over. There was an especially wonderful turquoise, green and yellow blend. Amanda persuaded me that I still had a bag of Noro Silver Thaw from two years ago so…No Noro for me! The tent line took about a half hour. Part of the problem was that there were several yarns that were mismarked in the computer system.
Then we went inside where Amanda was on a mission for some Cascade 220 for a special project as well as some sock yarn for a friend who had to work. Not one to pass up the opportunity to drool over Web’s inventory, I meandered through the warehouse. There were some wonderful treasures but I restrained myself and waited on line. Inside, there were four separate check out lines that snaked through the store! It took another hour to get checked out inside.
4 Check Out Lines Inside Webs - Where's my knitting?
Outside, there were some local purveyors of fiber and animals. It’s like a mini-fiber festival.
Naturally dyed wool
Local fiber merchants at Webs Tent Sale
Alpacas at Webs Tent Sale
We left with some great yarn buys and our stashes happily enhanced! As Amanda pointed out we extended our lives by increasing our stash. Between keeping us calmer and augmenting our SABLE, buying yarn is a great life insurance policy.
Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief
The Point NYC Yarn Store
It is with great sadness that I write this post. The Point NYC on Bedford Street in New York City’s West Village is closing. The news was announced by Helene the owner on Sunday evening at their sale. It was followed by an email outlining their “Going Out of Business” sale Sunday evening. Everything in the store is 30% off.
The Point NYC was a bright spot among the New York City yarn stores. It was a small shop with baskets of yarn hanging off of the walls with a cafe and free wifi. It was a mecca for knitters as well as locals to stop have a snack in a colorful, creative environment.
Knitted Yarns Editor at The Point
Knitted Hats at The Point NYC
From a yarn perspective, The Point NYC tended to have a more upscale selection of brands with a fondness for smaller producers such as Brooklyn Handspun. As a knitter, its strength was its warm, inviting environment. It was filled with tables where groups of knitters could gather on a regular basis or just drop in to look and meet new fellow knitters. This open knitting environment will be missed.
While I have always had a project with an interesting yarn from The Point NYC on at least one set of needles, looking back, it’s not the knitting that I remember but rather the friends that I spent hours knitting with. Over the years, I’ve met a group of fellow knitters at The Point NYC who I might never have met otherwise. We have become friends and I looked forward to seeing them each week. I am filled with tears as I write this.
Most special for me was the fact that I announced my engagement at The Point NYC with a bottle of champagne after the store closed in September 2007.
Engagement announcement at The Point NYC
Heidi and the Two Carols at The Point NYC
The Point Engagement Celebration September 2007
The Point NYC will always have a place in my heart. It was a very special environment where there was always a smiling face. I will truly miss my regular visits and the welcoming staff. Goodbye!
FYI for all of you Silk Fibers City fans. Due to the Passover and Easter holidays, Silk City Fibers has postponed their Warehouse Sale from the second Saturday in April until the third Saturday in April, April 18th.
For those of you who haven’t ventured to the Passiac, NJ location. It’s a treasure trove of yarn. While you can go with a specific need in mind, I have found wonderful yarns that I’ve turned into beautiful knit pieces. It’s also great for crocheters, machine knitters and weavers.
Submitted by: Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief
Happy Birthday Martini Glass
To celebrate its 4th birthday, The Point NYC had a sale. In addition to baskets of specially marked yarns in wonderfully lush colors, everything else was 20% off. I used this sale to treat myself to some wonderful Malabrigo 100% Merino Sock Yarn which I had been craving since it first hit The Point’s shelves. At the time, I had just started knitting (and reknitting) my Swallowtail Shawl so that I couldn’t indulge myself in yet more shawl related stash.
Unfortunately, the lush sock yarn has been flying out of the store so that there were only 7 skeins left by the time that I arrived at the sale. Despite the fact that I vowed to myself that I wouldn’t make another black shawl after finishing the Shetland Lace Scarf for my mom, I found myself magically drawn to the black Malabrigo Sock Yarn. The problem was that there were 3 skeins of black, 2 white and 1 brown skein. So black it was.
It has 440 yards and Alyssa the manager commented that she was able to make the fountain pen shawl from the Spring 2009 Interweave with about 750 yards (and she used the Malabrigo!)
Since I am in the midst of making the Estonian Lace Inspired shawl from Brooklyn Handspun and the Ribbon Lace Shawl in grey angora and silk lace weight, I will have to wait to start this project. Fortunately, a black shawl is useful 12 months of the year.
Malabrigo Superwash Merino Sock Yarn in Black
St. Valentine's Day Roses
Valentine’s Day brings out the red-filled joy in all of us. Roses are a standby for many men and here are the wonderful buds that the manager of The Point received. We were lucky that she left them out for everyone to enjoy.
The Point dress its window with Valentine’s frivolity. The focal point was a large pink elephant crocheted by Megan, one of the shop’s instructors. The elephant with its wavy lashes, frilly skirt and knitting is totally huggable.
Crocheted pink elephant with monkey
To show it’s love, The Point offered patrons a special 20% discount on yarn! I treated myself to a hank of Ella Rae’s Lace Merino in blues and greens.
One way to put the love back into Valentine’s Day is to make something special for your sweetie.
The first Valentine’s Day that I spent with my husband we had agreed not to exchange gifts. We had planned a quiet dinner at home since I was teaching that night.
Packing to leave for class, I got nervous. What if he had gotten me a gift despite our agreement? By this point, the lines at Godiva were out the door and the green grocer’s roses were twice the price that they had been the day before. What was I going to do?
Looking around my apartment, a cone of periwinkle blue silk and wool yarn caught my eye. As I wrapped it, I decided that I would make my boyfriend a sweater. (He already had a sweater that I had made him so I didn’t have to worry about the boyfriend curse.) To complement my unmade gift, I picked up some orchids which were less expensive than roses.
As it turned, my boyfriend had a surprise for me and I had a surprise for him…a promise of a new handmade sweater.
BTW, to help you those of you who live in New York to spread the love this year, Annie’s is having a 14% off sale from February 8th through 14th on any yarn that is red or pink in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Photo source: Old fashioned valentine by Amber E on Flickr (2198146164_30138f57ea.jpg)
Submitted by Editor-in-Chief Knitted Yarns
Knitty City-NYC Yarn Store
Happy 3rd Birthday Knitty City from an UWS Knitter!
Knitty City has been a great addition to the NYC Yarn Store market. It has a diverse collection of fibers and books with options for every size pocketbook. In addition, they have one of the best collections of needles and other knitting equipment around. The friendly staff is always willing to help with project and yarn selection as well as knitting help when you hit those inevitable bumps in the process. There’s a big table that’s always filled with knitters in the back.
As part of the celebration, there was a 10% off sale. Since I’m on my stash diet and I have 2 projects from Knitty City in my WIP queue I didn’t participate. The projects are my sister’s Grey Angora Ribbon Lace Shawl and my mother’s Black Shetland Lace Scarf. Both projects are making slow but steady progress.