I am heading to new york this week and wonder if any of you guys could recomend any LYSs in NYC area, specifically near queens where i will be staying?


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The Knitting Universe [for the magazine Knitter's] has a yarn shop finder feature. There is one on Amsterdam Avenue, near 110th, [near the Cathedral of St. John the Divine] that I didn't get to visit but have heard good things about. I was only in Manhattan's Morningside area during most of my stay and didn't get to yarn shop. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Hi Jared,
The only LYS I know of in Queens is Smileys ( It's kind of hit or miss, sometimes they have some decent yarn, but usually it's mostly acrylic. They website is really crazy, so just bear with it.

In Manhattan:
I like School Products (Bway b/w 28th and 29th - They have the full line of Karabella yarns, some other brands and a lot of mill ends. It's unlike any LYS you've ever been to and people either love it or hate it. I've bought a lot of yarn there over the years and the owners, Berta and Rafael, will answer any questions you may have.

There's also the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on W 15th b/w 5th and 6th Aves. (
They are also very helpful in there and they do carry a few yarns that are not typically found in other stores like Michael's and places that you find LB Yarn.

Habu textiles has some very unusual yarn and lots of silk at reasonable prices. It's tiny, but if you want some fine gauge silk yarn or unusual novelty yarn you might want to check it out: It's on 29th street b/w 7th and 6th Aves.

The following stores I either haven't been to or it's been a while:
Knitty City:
They have a weekly Men's knitting night, which I've been meaning to get to, but haven't yet.

Purl Soho:
I did stop in here years ago for some DPN's but haven't been back, mainly b/c I rarely get to Soho, but it was a nice store.

The Yarn Company:
Recently changed owners and I haven't been since the change.

Seaport yarn:

Gotta Knit:

In Brooklyn:
I just made it to the Brooklyn General Store for the first time last week and LOVED it:
Definitely worth a trip if you can get there, it's about a 10 minute walk from the subway.

There's also The Yarn Tree:
Call before you go, the hours vary. It's small, but the owner is nice and will answer any questions you may have. She wrote the book, "The Yarn Lover's Guide to Hand Dyeing".

Hope that helps, if you have any other questions, let me know!

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Michael's note is a wonderful survey of stores in NYC. My personal favorite is Knitty City. Enjoy your time here! John

jared's picture

Thanks for the info. I loved the schoolhouse products LYS.

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