My friend Stacy and I decided -pretty much at the last minute- to drive up to New York City to the Knitting on The Rocks event at The City Bakery (thecitybakery.com) last Thursday night. We were coming from Crofton, MD so this is about a 3 hour and 20 minute drive, but it was well worth it!
We left at 1 PM and got there and parked about 4:30 PM. We took a cab to Purl Soho knitting shop since we had 2 hours to kill before the event started. This shop is amazing- check our their website purlsoho.com and their blog purlbee.com
This picture is a tease because there are no pictures that could be taken that would do it justice. Amazing selection of yarn, needlepoint supplies, weaving and spinning supplies and quilting fabrics, etc., gorgeously displayed.
We were inspired to make Joelle’s favorite vest after we saw and felt the Madeline Tosh Merino Light that it is made with. The vest pattern can be found at purlbee.com
The experience was overwhelming but I was proud of myself for walking out of there without a needlepoint canvas and supplies, drop spindle and spinning supplies or the Eiffel Tower scissors that I wanted! I ONLY bought yarn for the vest!
So after walking out of Purl Soho we took a cab back up to The City Bakery on 18th St. We had to wait for 30 minutes outside in the cccccold since it was a private event and the doors didn’t open until 7 PM.
This event was everything advertised and more, great food, great inspiration, raffle, charity knitting, demonstrations, etc. Stacy and I loved it and vow to go back to it next year if they do it again. Did I mention the FOOD? Crazy good! I won’t disclose what was on the menu, only that it was yummy and plentiful (trying to create some mystery so you’ll want to go yourself!). We heard about it on the Purlbee.com blog.
YES! Homemade marshmallows! and YES that is marshmallow garland! AWESOME!
There was a contest……who could knit their favorite City Bakery treat and then it was judged- there were many good looking ones.
…….and hair dreds……I wanted to go home and say, “look honey, how do you think this would look on ME?”
Spinning anyone? The Downtown Yarn Shop (downtownyarns.com) did a spinning demo. I loved it! Did you know these spinning wheels fold flat! Perfect for small spaces.
Knitty City yarn shop (knittycity.com) had a charity knitting table and if you knit a few rows or a square you got a give away. Again- I won’t say what that freebe was. You have to go! Brooklyn General Store (brooklyngeneral.com) even had a demo on making knitted donuts!
AND plenty of inspiration!!!
See the sweater with the grey and white stripes? I am so inspired by that bright yellow stripe! I want to make something with this same concept (but totally different of course).
I bought some Manos del Uruguay wool in which to create something of the same concept- neutral and functional but a pop of something bright:
Another of our favorite tables was the Wool and the Gang table (woolandthegang.com):
They had these chunky needles and chunky yarns for sale. The coolest part though is that they sell kits on their website OR you can buy their clothing items already knit at their store.
Well, all in all it was a successful and inspiring road trip- we got back at 2 AM broke and exhausted but we would do it all over again!