In recent years, knitting has gone from Grandma’s past time to become a full-blown insertion in urban public spaces. We followed the guerrilla yarn wrappings of artist Olek in places like Union Square, Wall Street and Astor Place and most recently, the wonderful work of fiber artist Xenobia Bailey, who transformed her textile and fiber art into two colorful mosaic pieces inside the new 34th Street Hudson Yards Subway Station. Globally, we traced Knit the City in South London and the yarn bombing in Los Angeles.
This month is the 8th annual New York City Yarn Crawl. This colorful, three-day event begins on Friday September 23 and will run through Sunday, September 25. The crawl will take you from Brooklyn through Manhattan, visiting local independent yarn shops, and meeting lots of “yarnistas” along the way. You can do the crawl in any order and at your own pace. Get ready for lots of fun as you knit your way through our list of the 11 participating shops.
Photo via School Products Yarn on Facebook
School Products Yarn is the oldest yarn shop in New York City. Located at 13 East 37th Street in the garment district, it first opened in 1947 as a place to buy school supplies, with a small yarn corner. In time, the yarn corner became so popular that it filled the shop. The current owners have had the shop for over twenty-five years, and serve both hand and machine knitter’s. Truly a place for serious knitters, advanced classes are offered.