Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lion Brand Studio

Today was the first preview day of the Lion Brand Studio in NYC (close to Union Square for those who care).

In the window is a huge lion whose mane is made up of various types of yarn. Yes, I did indeed press my nose up against the glass for a closer inspection.

Mr. Lion was surrounded by huge balls of yarn. Janet and I couldn't help but lament what a waste it was. Why be decorative when we could take it home and put it to better use!

We couldn't help but pose with the yarn.

Does anyone know what this is? Anyone? Bueller?

There were displays of FO's all over.

Does the top afghan remind anyone else of that 80's game Q-Bert? Its all I could think of when I saw it!


More yarn!

Check out that awesome shawl on the left. Janet liked it so much she bought the exact same shade of yarn and took home a printout of the pattern.

Vanna display.
This was one of the coolest things in there. There are huge cones of all their various yarn. You can cut off a piece, tape it to a small cardboard rectangle, and label what kind of yarn it is. This way you can take home a small sample of what each yarn feels like, its texture, and its thickness. Makes online shopping a lot easier.

This wall display isn't made of yarn, but it was too neat not to post. Its made of felt and is really squishy (no, I didn't touch it...ummm...shhhh).

More gratuitous pictures of yarn!

Overall, I thought the store was great! Its a bit smaller than I expected. You'll pay full prices here craft store discounts, but it is NYC which tends to be pricier anyway. Its really convenient to have a store that I don't need to drive too. They're going to be offering classes starting in December as well. Maybe I'll drop by and really work on those knitting skills.
Also, my job is moving in the spring...within walking distance of the Lion Brand studio. I will not bring my wallet with me when I go on walks! Yeah, ok, who am I kidding?


Kristina P. said...

That lion is awesome! Looks like a cool store.

Laura said...

Wow, how lucky you are to have visited that, and to be working with walking distance! I'd have a hard time staying out of there!

Mimi said...

Wonderful pics, awesome yarns!

Bezzie said...

Thanks for the virtual tour!!

I cringed when I read your office is moving--I must be suffering from post-office-move-syndrome ;-)

Karen said...

The store looks pretty cool! I may have to trek in for a visit. :)

How big was that loom? The kid fell in love with weaving a couple of years ago at the Prospect Park Zoo sheep shearing thing. I wonder if I got him a small loom if he would actually use it....

Katriska said...
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Katriska said...

OMG OMG OMG OMGOMGMGOMGOMG....ok hang on lemme get a paper bag before I hyperventilate. I would probably go broke if I had a store like that within walking distance. I LOVE their cotton. I made some washcloths out of it for a friend and stashed some for myself.

Katriska said...

lol too many typos in the first post, had to delete it out of embarrassment

Lorena said... looks awesome!

It's going to be hard staying out of there...but think of all the walking you'll get in?!

Anonymous said...


GORGEOUS!!! Did you drol?? Oh,,,, hey need private rooms there for me, so I can get nekkid and roll in it before I buy it!!!! Wow,,,, way cool! Thanks for sharing!

Lulu said...

wow, thanks for taking us there with you..I wanted to see it, but to far to
beautiful colors and the shawl looks so pretty also..

Zuleika said...

Mr.Lion is cool!
I thought of Q-bert too, kinda weird since I barely remember what he looks like. Think I'll go google him now. :-)

Excellent idea they have to allow you to take samples.

Aurora said...

I am jealous, we don't have anything like that around here.

Lesalicious said...

Looks like you and Janet had a ball. WOW being around all that yarn gets you so inspiring. I wish Milwaukee had somethings like that closest I can get to yarn is Walmart :)

Cami said...

ALl that yarn, my mouth is watering and my fingers are itiching!

Subway Hooker said...

Aww, man! looks like you and Janet had a great time! Wish I was there with you guys!

When can we have brunch? No traveling for me for a while!

sissie said...

wish I could have seen this!! I love the lion! He is so cute:)
Thanks so much for sharing this with us


Anonymous said...

Congrats on the link from Lion Brand's web page. I'm rarely in NY but The Lion Brand Studio and Smileys are sure good reasons to visit! :-)

Kate said...

Such a wonderful store with even more wonderful staff. I live in New Jersey, and while the chain craft shops (Michael's, etc.) carry LB products, it's not the full line. Finally, we have a place to visit for our favorite affordable luxury yarn!