I'm an Innocent Victim Here!

So there I was, having a day. A day off. I was sipping a mocha (like you do), avoiding creepy guys (like you do), and sauntering down Madison in a jaunty way (like you do).

Then it hit me: I was in Shireen's 'hood. Would she be up for a little jaunty saunter? There was only one way to find out. I texted her (like you do).

I'M ON YOUR STREET. ARE YOU HOME? (Yes, I'm a total texting neophyte. I spell out everything and use punctuation.)

The reply came quickly: NO. AT WORK. :-( GO TO STRING!

String? String?! Oh, String! But where is String?

Shireen read my mind: 82ND BETWEEN LEX AND PARK.

What else could I do? I walked a few blocks north and found the store.

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This is the type of store that could exist only on the UES! Cashmere, cashmere, alpaca, and cashmere as far as the eye could see. Definitely the place that you go when you want something special.

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The inventory is definitely weighted toward luxury fibers. I think of Loop in Philly or Seed Stitch up in Salem as places with a thoughtfully selected inventory that's a lot broader than what you will find at String. I couldn't imagine staying for hours and playing with yarns, as I have done at both Loop and Seed Stitch. String just isn't that type of place, and that's okay. It's a store, not a community center, and I fully support shopkeepers who want their customers to shop, buy (hopefully), and then shove off. For my everyday yarn shopping in NYC, I have The Point (home of the Spiders). I'm finding its inventory harder and harder to ignore. Indeed, as I type I can hear some smoky blue Malabrigo calling my name. "Colleen. Colleeeeen." Oh wait. That's not the yarn, it's Sven.

I digress! String. Yup, it's a fabulous store. I received helpful service, in a non-rushed, friendly atmosphere. My advice (if you're ever in NYC) is to go. Speaking for myself (someone who is employed by a non-profit), I probably would not buy a sweater's load of yarn from String. But do I live on the UES? No. Will I ever live on the UES? Not unless there's a whole load of money in my knitting bag (just checked: there isn't). I guess what I'm saying is that String knows its demographic.

That's not to say that I left empty handed.

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Some of you might be asking "Isn't she on a book/yarn embargo until she moves?" Let's just blame this on Shireen, shall we? This is some Curlz by Prism Yarn (located, ironically, in St. Petersburg, Florida--not Russia). It's a wool/nylon blend (98/2), so a little luxe, but not over the top. The colorway is Smoke, and it'll go perfectly with a new chocolatey-brown coat that I picked up (on sale) in Two Rivers, Wisconsin when I visited in June.

As the weather cools, I find myself drawn to chunky accessories. I think that this yarn will be perfect knit up as a chunky scarf. I just need to find a bold stitch pattern to use with this bouclé. Since all of my knitting books are (you guessed it) in storage (we are, however, in the final stretch of this everything-in-storage business). In lieu of my knitting library, it's time to hit Ravelry for some inspiration and ideas.

 

I'm interested to see what pattern you use with that cool yarn!

what gorgeous colors! what about a little neck warmer thing with some buttons?

I used to live less than a block away from there! too bad I moved before the store open (although I'd be broke, I'm sure)

I'm a grad student over at Hunter school of social work practically down the block. I can't even count how many times I've had to talk my self out of their cashmere koigu just because i had a "hard day".

what a gorgeous storefront. i don't think I could walk by if I wanted to... lucky for me, it's a little far away. But I might have a free day in NYC over Tksgiving if you're in the yarn store tour guide kinda mood and home - I'd reward you in cocktails, of course!

That yarn in *luscious*! Say hello to Shireen for me.

gorgeous yarn! Can't wait to see the scarf!

Looks beautiful! The colors are great for autumn.

I'm glad you enjoyed the store. I can always find a little something there to get when I used to go. But seriously, I lived on UES,and I could not even come close to being able to afford a whole sweater's worth of yarn there.
I did go to them for some finishing work and they did a much better job than Yarn Co. So, that was great. I also just love to browse all the nice yarns there too. Looks as if they've got a bigger space now than when I was there. that's even better.

I'm glad you enjoyed the store. I can always find a little something there to get when I used to go. But seriously, I lived on UES,and I could not even come close to being able to afford a whole sweater's worth of yarn there.
I did go to them for some finishing work and they did a much better job than Yarn Co. So, that was great. I also just love to browse all the nice yarns there too. Looks as if they've got a bigger space now than when I was there. that's even better.

You're not mentioning the cashmere Koigu?! I have yet to see it, but I'm sure it's as luscious as it sounds... Nonetheless, it sounds like you took full advantage of the day off situation :)

I went to the Point on my last trip to NYC. What a cute place. I uh lost some$ there.hehehe

I went to the Point on my last trip to NYC. What a cute place. I uh lost some$ there.hehehe

I love that yarn! I wish there was a nice yarn store here. I get to go to Wal Mart. Soooo Jealous :-(

A victim of walk by yarn purchases. Hee hee. It's nice to treat yourself even during a self-mandated hiatus.

Mmmm, that sounds like a fun excursion. I think it's time for a run up to Salem to Seed Stitch. Thanks for that reminder!

Lovely colors in that Prism skein. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself and a nice accessory can be just the ticket. I've been wanting to buy some Jade Sapphire cashmere for a while, but have held off for now...

Haven't been to String since they moved. I'll have to check out the new (and bigger?) location.b

How sad is this: where once I would walk into String and think about nothing but yarn, I look at the picture of String's new digs and think, "there goes a perfectly good apartment."

Luckily, the wounds are only skin-deep and you've found some beautiful woolly goodness to daub the cuts.

You know where I live. Yes, you do.

I *love* the yarn that came home with you. Just gorgeous.

Also, unrelated to this post, but here's a product that *immediately* made me think of you: http://www.com-pa-ny.com/shop/salakauppa/kateisetpage.html (leather gloves with a card pocket on the back - I wonder how they thought of it....)

Recently found your blog, I love it!

But String, not so much. The one time I was there I found the owner snobby, to say the least.

I asked about lace weight yarn and she told me "this is the upper east side" we don't sell that.

Hey, lady, you're off LEX!! And you are a BASEMENT hallway (o.k., in new york it's considered a store).

Sorry to rant on your blog, but she was so nasty to me.

WOW! Just checked out String, ended up ordering 1 colinette jitterbug yarn, castagna #128. Love that store. Via the internet, this Iowa girl can shop the Big City.

I remember String has having an awesome wall of Koigu. Awesome wall of Koigu--need I say more?

 

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