This last weekend was the annual New York City Yarn Crawl (hope you found my Brooklyn guide useful!) and while I did not have any time in my schedule to make it to any of the LYS', I was able to check out the Gauge X Tension pop-up in Greenpoint last weekend when it opened it's doors.
I met up with Lisa from Indie Untangled (psst...trunk show this Friday to kick off Rhinebeck) and we had a lovely afternoon chatting with Michelle Wang, the brains behind the pop up (and behind so many amazing patterns - ALMOST done with Slade) and checking out the yarn.
When I go into a yarn shop for the first time, especially when I am traveling I always ask about what is either new to the shop, or local to the area.
GxT has an AMAZING selection of yarn, some of which I knew about and coveted from afar, and some I never even heard of: Sleep Season, Western Sky Knits, Tanis Fiber Arts, Julie Asselin, to name a few. I want to dive head first into the yarn that GxT carries.
Given that Rhinebeck was coming up and I knew I could go back to the pop-up at the very end, I held back.
For me, it was something totally new that totally caught my senses: Jones and Vandermeer 100% Baby Camel Yarn in the colorway Poppy. I tried on the Galeo sample, and immediately fell in love. I had to buy the yarn, AND the pattern.
After exploring the J&V website a bit, I feel like when it comes to yarn and travel we share the same ideas: "We're globetrotters on the hunt for curious handknitting yarns, fabrics, notions and other crafting materials. And sometimes, we come across something that doesn't fit any of those categories but really is worth writing home about, or in our case, stuffing into our suitcase. It makes us say, “how curious!” all over again."
This was definitely the case when I was in Greece this past summer - of course I was on the lookout for yarn, but came home with things I never would have imagined: vintage scarf from Uzbekistan, coral and gold bracelet handmade in Santorini (I'm wearing it in the photo above with my watch), and an antique style brass coffee grinder, for example.
With that kind of ethos, I want to go on an adventure trip with the people behind Jones & Vandermeer.
Lisa and I had lunch at Five Leaves (worth the wait!) and ice cream at Van Leeuwen (Earl Grey Ice Cream!) and before I knew it, Kristin from Yarngasm/Voolenvine Yarns came by Van Leeuwen to meet with me and walk back to GxT; we had a launch party to go to!
There was much prosecco and cheese to be had. Kim from Craftstash came along later, and then we had a late dinner at the Manhattan Inn, which had a live piano player. But first, we came across some kilts. Needless to say, it was definitely #kiltmeNOT.
I really hope that GxT is something that happens again in the future or even becomes a permanent fixture on the NYC LYS scene; I could definitely see GxT filling in the void of LYS' in Northwest Brooklyn/Western Queens. I'm already looking forward to going back again before it closes.