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"Travel Blog: Planet Purl Takes Manhattan"
Author:  planetpurl
Planet Purl traveled to Manhattan over the 2008 Thanksgiving weekend for a little sightseeing and a lot of yarn shopping. Join us as we search out some prime yarn shopping spots in the Big Apple.
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We were so excited by this shop we can hardly write this post without hyperventilating.  First, we have to tell you we didn't know what to expect from this shop inside an office building in the garment district.  We knew it was Manhattan's oldest shop -- in business more than 60 years -- but the name threw us.  Was this a school supply company that had a yarn corner or what?  We knew the owner was Berta Karapetyan of Karabella Yarns and author of one of our favorite books -- Runway Knits -- but the name and location seemed at odds with real yarn shopping.  But on we went.  And if you go to NYC, so should you, knitting friend!

As you can see from the picture, the unassuming entrance to this treasure chest is an unassuming office building.  We checked with doorman to make sure we were in the right place, got on the elevator and then stepped off at the entrance to discount designer yarn heaven.

First, the name brands.  Everything Karabella is available here, naturally.  There is also a lovely selection of Classic Elite's luxury yarns, and Lamb's Pride for felting.  Then the magic.  Karabella manufactures their yarns in Italy, so they have connections with all the big milling factories there.  When there are factory overruns or a designer changes their mind for whatever reason, they call the Karapetyan's to see if they want the yarn.  At massive discounts.  And the only thing we like better than chocolate and pastry is a massive discount on luxury yarn.  In fact, we're feeling a little flustered just thinking about it.

Some of the great bargains on the day we visited included cones of fabulous French mohair, silks, bamboos, wools, and my favorite -- cashmere.  Lots of cashmere.  Lots and lots of cashmere.  We couldn't resist chunky cashmere tweed in a dark denim color. We had recently splurged on some Cashmere Elite Stormy (a cashmere tweed) at $55 for 100 grams.  The yarn at School Products had been milled for Giorgio Armani and came in great masculine grays and blues.  We grabbed three skeins of the blue for a cashmere scarf for Mr. PurlQueen at the bargain price of $20 per skein.  We're not kidding!  $20.  In fact, we need to take a short break now to go feel it again.  Be right back.

OK.  We feel better now.  Thanks for waiting. The shop is easy to get to by subway.  The R or W trains can take you the 28th Street station and put you out a few feet from the store, or you can take the B,D, F, N, Q, R, V or W trains to 34th Street/Herald Square and walk down Broadway to the shop which is near Broadway and 29th.   But seriously, even if you have to walk 40 blocks each way, do not miss this store!

School Products
1201 Broadway
New York, NY

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