March 28, 2007

How much? How fast?

The night after the event, when Joe and his mother and I were crammed into one wee hotel room (this is the problem with spontaneous surprises. The details tend to be a little loose.) We talked about how fabulous New York was, and I remembered that Carol had never been, and it suddenly seemed a shame to not spend a little time. We decided (if the details could be less loose) to take an extra day and show Carol the city. In the morning I went to do my thing or two (the other problem with spontaneous surprises is that the surprise-ers often don't know the full plans of the surprise-ees) and Joe took his mum to see Grand Central Station. I took the sock to see - be still my beating heart, Vogue Knitting.

I'm a pretty big Vogue Knitting fan. It's got a really different feel than Interweave Knits (my other favourite) but I love looking at the relationship between actual fashion and knitting patterns (No, the irony of that is not lost on me, as I sit here bra-less and unaccessorized, wearing a yarnstore tee-shirt and yoga pants.) and how can you not love a knitting magazine with a "Made in Canada" column written by our own Lee Ann? Adina Klein, who was at the launch the night before, showed me around. The place is pretty fly.


This is Adina (who is dressed exactly like you thought all the Vogue people would be...right?) showing me the coolest thing ever. Those are all the pages with all the designs for the next issue. While I was there there were sweaters arriving and yarn arriving and it was seriously neat. Seriously. The coolest thing though, was the back rooms.


On the left are all these bins with all the sweaters from all the last bunch of issues, so you could see a sweater "in person" if you wanted. Those bins in the back and along the right are (steady on now...) All the new yarns from All the manufacturers. Or almost all of them, sure seemed like all of them to me. (There was this one that I lost my mind over. I'd seen it at Knitty City too... it was a Tilli Thomas silk yarn with beads on it? Knitty City had a red/pink one that was astonishing, and Adina had a white/blue one that looked like ice. It was so not what I would usually knit with, but mercy. It was beautiful. I don't remember the name - it was hard to read through the tears I shed for it's beauty, and I didn't look at the price, but I bet we can all guess that silk beaded yarn might run to the "luxury" end of things. Totally not an afghan yarn, if you catch my meaning.) That picture was just one of the places they were keeping their stuff. All over Vogue there are all these fabulously new and fancy yarns, products, books....bloggers. (We are everywhere.) Plus, as if all of that was not fabulous enough? Adina let me have some of the almonds on her desk. Great tour. Great almonds. Great editor.

Back at the hotel, I was released from Publisher control and left to my own devices. I found Joe and his mum and found out that they had managed to change flights, hotels and babysitters at home, and Whammo! We were seeing New York. We did it fast, and I hope the Real New Yorkers approve of what I showed them. If you have 24 hours to show someone the city....

1. We went to Curry in a hurry, in Murry Hill for lunch with Ms. TMW and That Laurie.


Carol and That Laurie are seen here examining yarn. Lots of yarn. That Laurie has some mad shopping skills.

2. MoMA (iloveitheresomuch) is FREE on Fridays between 4 and 8.
So we showed the sock a little culture.

The sock liked Monet.


The sock was stunned by Starry Night.


The sock worked toward understanding some pieces.


The sock....


and Joe, absorbed a little Pollock. (It is very beautiful.)


3. Walked by Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.

4. We ate dinner at my favourite restaurant in NYC, HanGawi. Where we met some wonderful New Yorkers...


Nicole and Steve, there celebrating Steve's graduation from law school and very busy proving to us that New Yorkers are some of the friendliest people there are.

5. Walk from HanGawi up to the Park Central Hotel by way of the absolute insanity that is Times Square.


(Carol loved it. Just loved it.)

6. Eat breakfast at Lindy's

7. Walked to the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park and caught the 1 train to Wall Street. (Every Torontonian should see the NYC subway at least once. Just for comparison.)

8. Walked Wall Street to Battery Park and looked out at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.


9. Visited the firefighters memorial.

10. Went to the UN (We're Canadian. Considering our history, it's a must see. ) where the media was all camped out because of the Security Council meeting.


11. Went to Central park for a walk.

12. Went to the Dakota.


Went to the airport and went home. I think. We did it fast, and furious and fun. I think Carol is a NYC fan now. What a great city.

When I got home there was some fabulous stuff about the hats that were collected in NYC. Many thanks to K. and Milissa and Knitty City. There were 250 of them. This one was knit by Kimberly (age 15) and it is her First ever complete knit object. (There is powerful mojo on the first knit thing.)


red hat handknit by Olivia - age 13, Green and red hat handknit by Laurie, Blue hat hand knit by Carrie - Age 10


and so much more.....Do you see yours? Click to make them bigger.






When knitters rule the world. There will be hats for everyone.
Good job team.

I have to go pack. I've got until 11am tomorrow to decide what knitting I'm taking for the next 7 days and I'm fighting a wicked case of startitis.

Posted by Stephanie at March 28, 2007 2:17 PM

The hats look incredible. What a wonderful thing. You are such an inspiration!

Posted by: Liberty at March 28, 2007 2:32 PM

First Post NOWAY!!!!!!

Posted by: Stephanie at March 28, 2007 2:32 PM

Wow, am I first to comment? Love the hats, there is something truly wonderful about giving away the first knit item you make. I did that with the first three or four scarves before I finally made one that didn't make me want to puke by the time I was finished with it.

Posted by: Jessica at March 28, 2007 2:32 PM

You move so fast you make my head spin - wished I could have seen you and NYC! Have a great tour!

Posted by: Maria at March 28, 2007 2:33 PM

I am so glad you enjoyed our wonderful NYC. You chose some of the best spots to visit in a small amount of time! And you even fit in visits to art, I love that.

Posted by: Dora at March 28, 2007 2:36 PM

You took Carol to some of my favorite places in NYC! I'm hoping I can make it out next Tuesday when you're in Oak Brook. Wish you could make a side trip into the city to play... I'd call in "sick" for that one! ;)

Posted by: Jeanne at March 28, 2007 2:38 PM

Hats AND socks. Both extremities need coverage. :)

Posted by: Logan at March 28, 2007 2:41 PM


This whole weekend sounded GREAT!!!

I can't wait until you're in town here!

Posted by: Vicki at March 28, 2007 2:41 PM

I'm so glad you folks had a good time. And I SO get the startitis. I'm untangling the frogging of the 3rd attempt to get Icaraus going, and have in my purse: a sock, a baby sweater, and 2 hats.

My purse is crowded.

Posted by: Mary Peed at March 28, 2007 2:44 PM

How sad is it that you posted this beautiful post, shared with us the joy of your mother-in-law's seeing our wonderful city for the first time, took us to Vogue Knitting, showed the sock admiring great works of art, even sang the praises of our adored Lee Ann...and yet the thing I noticed first, nay, the thing that made me scream out loud like a game show contestant, was your announcing that Curry in a Hurry is open again?

(Hey, if you had walked a mile and a half with fifteen pounds of produce and were starving and dehydrated, but you did it anyway, just so you could have the best masala dosa in the city, only to discover that Curry in a Hurry was closed for renovations, your priorities might be a little skewed, too. ;)

Posted by: Bakerina at March 28, 2007 2:45 PM

The Dakota shot, with the Imagine shot so soon ago, brought me an instant and unexpected tear. And then all those hats, and by the children... Stephanie, you are a force for so much good in this world.

Posted by: AlisonH at March 28, 2007 2:50 PM

Great travelog. You have a future as a travel writer, if you want to join the mainstream.

Don't feel too bad about the beaded silk. I splurged on a skein, after longing for it for months. It's pretty, knit up, but not nearly as pretty as it is in the skein.

Posted by: Marina Stern at March 28, 2007 2:51 PM

I'm still digesting the fact that you went to Vogue Knitting. Unfortunately, back when I was in NYC, I was not yet a knitter. Ah, the folly of youth.

Posted by: Amy at March 28, 2007 2:51 PM

Too bad you didn't make it to the Children's Museum of Manhattan over on the West side--we would have bumped into each other. :-) It sounds like you (and everyone) had a wonderful time! Thanks for blogging about it. By the way, I saw a photo of you giving your talk at FIT on another site. The Bohus is amazing!

Posted by: Jen in CT at March 28, 2007 2:56 PM

What do your young ladies think of all this?

Posted by: Presbytera at March 28, 2007 2:58 PM

thank you for the tour of new york i comefrom nj
came to florida long time ago a lot of my
memories are walking the streets with you happy the yarn shops are still there
they used to make button holes for my tops
and the ribbon
waldens in sarsota does not have books
muggles every where they snicker you know

Posted by: elizabeth airhart at March 28, 2007 2:58 PM

What a great trip! If you ever decide to quit writing (and I sincerely hope you don't), you could totally go into tour guiding. I work for a company with HQ in NY, so I go there a couple times a year, and I've never seen ANY of the stuff you took Carol to see. Good for you!

Posted by: Stephanie at March 28, 2007 2:59 PM

Dude. Think of how pleased and proud you were that Joe thought to come and suprise you at the FIT event. Then pack the freakin' gansey.

Posted by: Rachel H at March 28, 2007 2:59 PM

Oh, wow, that tour of Vogue looks awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Posted by: Kristy at March 28, 2007 3:04 PM

It sounds like you had an amazing, amazing time. It reinforces what we all already know--knitters rock.

As for the hats--the red one second from the bottom was a great surprise in the pictures. For those of you who don't know, it's a replica of the hat Hermione wears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (the third movie--it's in the Hogsmeade scene). A clever fan knitter (Lauren at figured out the pattern from movie stills. It made me laugh--I opened up the picture and there it was, a Hatmione.

Great travel log! It sounds like crazy fun.

Posted by: Lacee at March 28, 2007 3:04 PM

Beautiful - Just Beautiful

Posted by: April Smith at March 28, 2007 3:06 PM

Sounds like a fun time in NYC. What would you like to see in Chicago? I can't wait to see you here. Any other Chicago locals out there who want to plan something for the Harlot reading here?? If so, email me at:

Posted by: Mandy at March 28, 2007 3:09 PM

Wow--you saw more in a day than I saw living there for 2 1/2 years! Sounds fabulous. I am hoping to catch your stop in Oakbrook, IL, traffic permitting. Have a great trip!

Posted by: Angela at March 28, 2007 3:10 PM

I knew you'd be able to make a go of it on the subway by yourself. But now I need to know - what did Carol think of it?

Posted by: Cassie at March 28, 2007 3:16 PM

Yay! Can't wait to see you in Denver next week!

Posted by: Kristina at March 28, 2007 3:16 PM

Yarn and VK and MOMA... *dies*

Posted by: Emily at March 28, 2007 3:17 PM

I so get the startitis. Last night I was wicked tired (I'm from Boston, we say that here), getting ready for bed, and suddenly picked up yarn and needles and found myself casting on a hat. And not just any hat, but my first hat from the top down. When my eyes crossed, I snapped out of it and went to bed.

Great news about the hats! And I think I do see mine: gray, roll-brim, on top of a pile in the manyhats5 jpg. Yay! So many things will be better when knitters rule the world.

Posted by: ccr in MA at March 28, 2007 3:21 PM

Very cool and very exhausting. I'd be curious to know the name of the Tibetan restaurant where you ate the first night. Did you know there's a Tibetan museum (or used to be) on Staten Island? It will be so good when knitters rule the world. I suspect it will be a much more peaceful place.

Posted by: Teri S. at March 28, 2007 3:29 PM

Sounds like you had a great time. You could spend weeks here and not run out of "must sees" (from Museum Mile to Greenwich Village) but you hit some of the best. It's so good to have MoMa back. I was So Sad when it went to visit Long Island for a while. You know you can spin your own beaded yarn, right?

Posted by: Ivy at March 28, 2007 3:31 PM

Steph, wow, you had an amazing time and I so wish I could have been there. Yarn plus Vogue plus MOMA sounds like the absolute dream trip. I loved the photo of your sock in front of Jackson Pollock. I know and adore MOMA and I was irrationally moved to see Joe and your sock there.

The beaded silk is Tilli Tomas Rock Star - isn't it beautiful? You can't buy it where I live: last time I was in NYC, a few weeks ago, I went to Purl and practically bought up their whole stock. Seriously, my credit card is maxed out and it is solely the fault of Ms Tomas. Steph, get her to send you some yarn and write us a pattern that will show it off.

A final word, and maybe this is more for Jayme than for you: PLEASE COME TO LONDON! PLEASE! Don't you know what a huge celebrity you are here in the UK? Come to London, and we'll show those New Yorkers how to Represent.

Thanks for a great post and an all-round fantastic blog.

Posted by: Rachel at March 28, 2007 3:32 PM

We made a trip from KC to Chicago a few years ago, with kids in tow, for the one and only purpose of seeing Starry Night up close and personal. Who wouldn't be stunned? The stock has an excellent appreciation of art!

Posted by: Tracy at March 28, 2007 3:32 PM

Hooray that you decided to play a little hooky and show Joe's mum the city. If there is a more screamingly vital place on the planet than NYC I don't know what it is.

Posted by: Wen at March 28, 2007 3:34 PM

What a fabulous surprise that Joe and his mom showed up in NYC. Looks like you're having a fantastic time!

Posted by: ck at March 28, 2007 3:37 PM

I'm still kicking myself for not de-lurking in the elevator last Friday. My office is on the 5th floor of the same building as VK. I rode with you and Jayme as I was heading out to lunch, but decided to play NY cool and not interrupt my non-knitting friend.

Posted by: Netter at March 28, 2007 3:37 PM

I wanted to mention that the name of the Tilli Tomas yarn is Rockstar, but Rachel already did. Its really expensive, littleknits sells it for 39.5 $ a Hank.
I am knitting the Simple Knitted Bodice right now, which uses this yarn, but I skipped the yarn because I would be in trouble with my huband if I order that expensive yarn:)
Nice trip to NYC, I really loved it when I have been there. Take a bit of rest before the next take of although it is tomorrow.

Best Wishes

Posted by: Sibylle at March 28, 2007 3:38 PM

Your description almost makes me want to visit NYC, but then I thing, TO is much closer and easier to get to!

Posted by: Diane at March 28, 2007 3:40 PM

Never been to NYC. Thanks for the great tour.

Posted by: Ursula at March 28, 2007 3:42 PM

Oh I haven't been to the Moma in years and we were tight there. But the Subversive Knitting exhibit took priority and Cyrus was already doing much calling out "Mama?" even though he was right there on my back. It looks like you had wonderful weather and a wonderful time! Vogue Knitting - really up there with Moma as an institution.

Posted by: Sonya at March 28, 2007 3:45 PM


Heads up for those attending the PGH event - if you call the bookseller and order the book ahead of time, you get a GUARANTEED space in line for Ms. Yarn Harlot to sign your book. :)

Posted by: Yvonne at March 28, 2007 3:47 PM

The pressure is on for St Paul, I'd say. We have no Vogue Knitting, only Starry Nights when Mother Nature flings them out and just 400 of us gathering to listen up. If some good veggie Tibetan food would help, try Everest on Grand. Very pleasant folk who serve good food. It can be a bit slow so plan ahead but you'll have no traffic worries. NAYYY

Posted by: Gerrie at March 28, 2007 3:52 PM

good lord, i've been to new york a whole buncha times, and yet i think you've done more there than i have!

Posted by: alyson at March 28, 2007 3:53 PM

What a wonderful surprise. The Vogue office is very cool indeed. How do you top the last few days??

Posted by: Ali at March 28, 2007 3:57 PM

I'm so glad that you were able to stay an extra day and visit the city.

I can't believe some of the hats that people made. Knitters are so very generous. I was looking at them as we were packing them up at Knitty City and was just in awe. I hope that the Salvation Army finds them all a good home :-)

Posted by: Karen at March 28, 2007 4:02 PM

Obviously, you all had a great, great time. The photos of the hats has raised the bar for those of us who will meet you (represent with you) on later stops of your tour--like St. Paul. Here I thought I would make a plain Jane type of hat. NOOOOOOOO, the bar has been raised and we knitters are up to the challenge. Look for even better hats as you move your way west. Now, I've got to get knitting.

Posted by: gail at March 28, 2007 4:03 PM

I can't wait to see you in Denver next week!!

Posted by: Stacey at March 28, 2007 4:08 PM

You had a wonderful mini-vacation, from the sound of it, and oh wow -- that trip to Vogue *drools* I'm amazed they were able to drag you out of there!

Oh and darn -- you showed me more yarn I must have. Moroccan blue beaded silk -- and heck, there doesn't seem to be a store for it anywhere near me . . .

Posted by: Shel at March 28, 2007 4:11 PM

Now that I know MOMA is free on Fridays, I might be scheduling my next trip for Friday! The Pollack doesn't look beautiful from a distance, so I'm curious to see it close up.

I know this is not a legitimate use of the comments, but I trust knitters more than I trust travel websites. I'm looking for a good (cheap) hotel in NY, and since tons of you have just been there, I just thought I'd ask. You could comment in my blog if you felt so inclined.

It's j

Posted by: Julie at March 28, 2007 4:13 PM

Wow! That's quite a tour! And you are so lucky to have a good mother-in-law! I wish.
See you in Oak Brook at you signing!

Posted by: Stacey at March 28, 2007 4:14 PM

Ooh, a trip to Vogue Knitting! Sweet! As for the startitis, why not a hat? You know, for when the world is ruled by knitters?

Posted by: Sarah at March 28, 2007 4:15 PM

Fabulous tour! My sock is visiting NYC next year (at this rate it will be no further along than the heel, as I have lost my sock-knitting mojo) it was lovely to see more of the city. Especially nice to know about MoMA!

Did they have to sedate you to get you away from all that yarn in Vogue? It would have taken chloroform and strong ropes to have got me out of there.

Posted by: Eclair at March 28, 2007 4:21 PM

Vogue Knitting. *sigh* As much as I've complained about pattern errors in the past, (as if my patterns don't have patterns. right.) VK remains one of my favorites. Someday when I visit NY, do you think I'll be able to play in back room with all the VK sweaters? Will I be allowed to see the cabled cardigan--the one where I ignored the instruction that said "Guage AFTER WET BLOCKING" (I'm not kidding, it was in caps)--and maybe try it on to get a feeling for how it is supposed to fit when it's not 20% larger than intended? Probably not, huh?

Not to sound like a broken record (pun intended), but you and Joe have an open invite to any of the shows listed here:, just drop me a line. They'll be near Buffalo NY on Apr 12th and in NYC on Jul 30th.

Posted by: Janice at March 28, 2007 4:26 PM

Sounds like everything in NYC was great, see you Sunday in Ann Arbor!

Posted by: Beth at March 28, 2007 4:35 PM

New Yorkers ARE some of the friendliest people there are! Always have been. I stood in fron of 'Starry Night' myself years ago - I peered so close I thought the guard was going to intervene, but he didn't. And finally: what is up with Amazon??? 4-6 weeks to get your book? Of course I'll go local, but...

Posted by: Michele at March 28, 2007 4:35 PM

Awesome blog over the past few days! Thank you so much for sharing! I so wanted to attend, but couldn't make the trip.

The first hat pictured was knit by my daughter, Kimberly (age 15), and with it's completion I think it's safe to say I've finally converted her to the knitty side! She's *thrilled* that her hat made your blog! Thank you!

Posted by: michell at March 28, 2007 4:36 PM

First off, I think every New Yorker should see your subway, for comparison. Except, it might make us cry. Without the dirt, what holds yours together?

Second, that Vogue back room makes me want to storm the Bastille. Women with little pointy sticks in search of fiber....could be a plan....

I am amazed at all what y'all did (a little of that north-south thang in my background...oh, well) and in such a short time. Hope you come back soon!

NYC is really a series of small contiguous neighborhoods, each with its own style and sensibilities... also fun: the chinatown/little italy/soho/noho/village walk; only about 2 KM or so (side streets not included); reward yourselves with Ferrara's ices, or Viniero's pastries (the real deal) or real thin crust pizza!

Y'all come back and see us real soon!

Posted by: gaila G! at March 28, 2007 4:52 PM

OMGOSH I SEE MY HATS. One of those hats was my first knit project besides scarves. This is very exciting. I am very excited.

Posted by: Briana at March 28, 2007 5:00 PM

Do you have any time to hang out in Denver? I'd be very happy to give you tips. You really must see the Public Library and the Denver Art Museum. And all the LYSs, of course.

Startitis. Oh, MAN can I relate! I am desperately trying to keep my attention on my existing WIPs, but I keep carrying around a ziploc with new sock yarn, size 1 DPNs, and Sensational Knitted Socks ... haven't actually cast on yet, but I know it will happen. If I can ... just ... finish ... the kid's socks ... first!

Posted by: Anna-Liza at March 28, 2007 5:01 PM

I don't know if whirlwind is quite fast enough to describe that tour of NYC. You got to see some great stuff in one day.

Awesome number of hats! That really rocks.

Posted by: Dorothy B at March 28, 2007 5:12 PM

What a closeout! Everyone's looking lovely - wups, ok, handsome for Joe - the sock seems quite happy and excited, and the hats are amazing. Glad you guys took some time to have more fun, and thanks for all the pix! (Oh LOL. I did *not* just paraphrase Adams... I think I just lost my towel.)

Posted by: MonicaPDX at March 28, 2007 5:27 PM

I ate at Curry in a Hurry on my last visit to NYC because a) my ex's surname is Curry, and b) the restaurant made an appearance in his favorite show, 'Law & Order'. In fact, the show was more important to him than I was, which is why I'll probably not go back to Curry in a Hurry in the future. Not that I'm bitter.

Posted by: Mel at March 28, 2007 5:28 PM

The thing about friendly and NYC is catching people when they are relaxing (restaurants, bars, etc) rather than when they are rushing to and fro (sidewalk, subway, etc).

Posted by: Allyson at March 28, 2007 5:37 PM

Me and my (several) sock(s on the needles) are really looking forward to you and your sock visiting Oak Brook! We're the midwest--wear your jeans and don't worry about your good pants!

Posted by: JanG at March 28, 2007 5:54 PM

*boggles* all that yarn at Vogue, wow wow wow wow wow! And way to go showing the sock so much culture. Starry Night is my fav all time painting. Someday I'll get to the East coast and see it. Someday.

Glad you had a great time and are now back :)

Posted by: Michele at March 28, 2007 5:54 PM

That sounds like a wonderful whirlwind of a tour... glad it all worked out for you guys. Enjoy your next week. You'll be seeing my friends in Ann Arbor... they love you there!

Posted by: tree at March 28, 2007 5:55 PM

the sock is rather daring. picture taking at art museums is frowned upon. heavily. rock on sock.

Posted by: Deb at March 28, 2007 5:56 PM

My hat made it to Knitty City! Hurrah! Been knitting for 40 years -- first scarf, first hat, soon to be first sock.


Posted by: Marji at March 28, 2007 6:00 PM

Good Luck with the Startitis!

Hey do you know when you are going to be on Knitty Gritty? I do,2046,DIY_18180_49947,00.html

( ps i hope im not ruining this suprise for you. If i am, should you ever come to FLorida, I will be happy to kid sit for free)

Posted by: Kimber at March 28, 2007 6:02 PM

Oooh, I loved all the pictures and I think I saw my hat in there somewhere, that is, unless someone else used the same yarn I did.

Forgive me if someone has already asked this (I don't have time to read all the comments - I have to make dinner!), but could you tell us where you got that t-shirt you were wearing under your sweater on Thursday night? It was cute!

Posted by: Liz at March 28, 2007 6:06 PM

Your posts are wonderfully full of links, and I never fail to learn something. I'm looking forward to seeing that memorial.

Enjoy your retreat!

Posted by: inky at March 28, 2007 6:13 PM

Hat! I see my hat (and my Mum's)! My knitting is on the Yarn Harlot's blog!

Okay, I'll calm down now...hooray for ALL the hats!

Posted by: aliastriona at March 28, 2007 6:15 PM

I GOT MY BOOK TODAY! OK so I'm a little like y'all had a great time in NYC...I'm sorry I missed it...

Posted by: Michelle at March 28, 2007 6:20 PM

I just wanted to tell you how excited I am that you are coming to Cleveland this saturday! My mom and I have been SO excited that we can hardly knit! Please forgive us if we act like blithering idiots when we actually get to be in the same room as the Harlot. :-)

Posted by: Meagan at March 28, 2007 6:26 PM

That's so classy to include the Dakota on your mini tour, having started at Strawberry Fields. Sigh.

Thanks for taking the time to give us all the details.

As for startitis, how about something portable, like the Rockin' Sock? Or a new shawl.....

Posted by: Beth in WI at March 28, 2007 6:29 PM

OOOHHHH! I do like Starry Night- In fact, I was asked to paint a Muskoka chair to go to auction-to support Grandmothers in Action (to support Agrican grandmas who are taking care of their grandkids due to AIDS) and I based the design on that painting! Check out my blog to see it (scroll back a bit)

Posted by: Deb at March 28, 2007 6:30 PM

Sigh. I heart NY. I'm impressed that you got the pointy sticks that close to the artwork at MoMA!

Posted by: miss ewe at March 28, 2007 6:49 PM

It looks like a great time! The hats the young knitters made a so grand! What skills they have!

Posted by: Beth K at March 28, 2007 7:07 PM

Someday maybe I'll get to go to NYC again... for now, thanks for the virtual tour. I'm tired now, but I still want to know: why fight it?

Posted by: Lucia at March 28, 2007 7:09 PM

I also have to do laundry, go pack, finish a hat, and start a sock.. See you in Pittsburgh!!

Posted by: vicki at March 28, 2007 7:16 PM

The next time you are in NYC and after you eat at Hangawi (perfectly yummy, and I am Korean, too), I highly recommend your next meal be at Gobo ( It's my husband's and my favorite restaurant. We live in the Chicago area, and I swear we fly up to NYC periodically just to eat there. Mmm. Maybe it's time for another trip...

Posted by: Melissa at March 28, 2007 7:17 PM

Holy crap - your sock got to visit all of the paintings I'm teaching in my Humanities class for the next couple of weeks. How cool is that?

Posted by: Michelle at March 28, 2007 7:24 PM

PACK!?! oh goody! where are "we" going this time???

Posted by: christine m. east of toronto at March 28, 2007 7:30 PM

It sounds as though you really got the most out of your time in NYC! I loved the pictures of the sock at the MoMA. When the sock figures out that triptych right before the Pollack, can you let us know what the sock concludes? Thanks!

Posted by: Laura at March 28, 2007 7:38 PM

"The sock worked toward understanding some pieces."

Ha! I agree with you on the Pollock! That piece was at my beloved Boston MFA for a long time and it has a depth in person that you can never see in print! Same goes for lotsa Warhol pieces at the MOMA--I was stunned by their luminous irridescne...irriden..sparkly-ness!!

Posted by: Cirilia at March 28, 2007 7:40 PM

You took them to everything I love about NYC and I've only been to a few of them. Well done! :)

'Fessing up here: I call MOMA momma.

Posted by: pattiblaine at March 28, 2007 8:20 PM

I'm howling as I used to have lunch regularly at Curry in a Hurry. What a great stop!

Posted by: Gina at March 28, 2007 8:31 PM

Yowza, that's a lot of NYC in one fast, fun, furious day! Well done. I'm surprised you're still standing. And the hats are great, expecially the ones from the young knitters. Gotta have young ones on the team to keep the rest of us on our toes! When knitters rule the world indeed . . . there's something to imagine!

Posted by: Linda V. at March 28, 2007 8:34 PM

Thanks, Stephanie! Even though I couldn't make it to NYC (one of my fav places)....... Ann Arbor, here we come!!!! Look forward to seeing you! Have a GREAT tour.

Posted by: Connie_in_GR at March 28, 2007 8:47 PM

MOMA and VK and the Dakota and Central Park and you actually breathed the very same air as Starry Night.

And I see one of my hats. SQUEE!!!

Did I just squee? I never squee. How dreadful. I am mortified. Sorry. Please forgive me.

Oh, and about the yoga pants? It is sorely tempting to never wear any other coverage for one's bottom half.


Posted by: dez at March 28, 2007 10:14 PM

Ooooh, the art! The art!

I went all the way to Paris once upon a time, and in the lobby of the Louvre found out that Waterlilies had been there and had left _the week before_. I cried. Tears, real tears, came out of my eyes. I blamed my boyfriend, whose fault it totally was.

Carol looks like a lot of she'd be a really interesting person to get to know. Actually she strongly resembles my mum, also named Carrol.

Posted by: Shannon B at March 28, 2007 10:24 PM

WOW! How cool was all that! I'm glad that everything went well and that I will be seeing you soon - again at Ann Arbor. Knit-on!!!

Posted by: Shelley at March 28, 2007 10:38 PM

Cutest picture of That Laurie ever.

You "went to Central Park for a walk." As opposed to what you'd been doing for a day and a half?

Posted by: rams at March 28, 2007 10:41 PM

Stephanie, I am so bummed I couldn't make it on Thursday! But when you're a freelancer, you shake a tailfeather and go work when you get called for a gig.
However, please keep my email for when you come back to New York. One of my work ID's gets me and guests into the MoMA for free. And the Met, and the Guggenheim, and a bunch others, so you don't have to deal with all the crowds on Free Fridays.
Glad to hear you had a great time!

Posted by: CityMinx at March 28, 2007 10:52 PM

What a great way to end your trip. I love the Vogue sweater museum, of sorts. One wonders what happens to all of the model sweaters!

Good luck with that startitis. I'm fighting a bad case of I-Want-To-Buy-That-Yarnitis - not so much to start a new project but to have soft yarn around to pat when I don't have time to knit. How dumb is that?

Posted by: Elinor at March 28, 2007 10:52 PM

Have fun in Cleveland. My little girl is in med school at Case Western in Cleveland and just started her clinical rotations. I think the only thing getting her through the week is looking forward to seeing you at the bookstore on Saturday. If an exhausted-looking Karen asks for an autograph, please give her a hug for me.

Thanks for giving her this anticipation!


Posted by: Ellen at March 28, 2007 11:16 PM

Have a great trip - startitis must run in the yarn family! I just got email from Amazon that my book shipped today! I'm thinking they may have been inundated with orders from all of the awesome knitting clan that is all of us! Can hardly wait to get it here!

Posted by: Pat at March 28, 2007 11:28 PM

I'm with Carol. I adore NYC and all large cities I've seen thus far. Times Square is the most "city" a city can be.

But I must say that Toronto was my first city ever, and Yongue Street was my first and deepest city love. April 1974. I took so many photographs pointing straight up at the tops of the skyscrapers!

That trip was the first time I knew that maybe there was a place in the world where I might belong. Powerful stuff for a young teen.

I'm still in emotional debt to the couple who had the guts to take 15 kids (including me) that were not their own, to Toronto. And then to repeat the next year. The woman of that couple became a minister and she married Brian and I 10 years ago. She's very special...

And because of her I agree with Carol. Cities are the best!!!

Posted by: LynnH at March 28, 2007 11:33 PM

My husband, a muggle, is just now appreciating the wit and humour of the Yarnharlot postings.

He is asking after the sock on a daily basis.

His main questions thus far: How does the sock get along with other knitted objects in the Harlot household? Is there a sense of competition or neglect when Steph switches projects? What about the simple things? Do we ever get to see the sock take in a sporting event, or a movie, or a dental appointment? (Or some of the other mundane things that a sock would do when not travelling to fabulous places like NYC.) We (he) wants to get to know the sock as a whole project. He's concerned that some of the past socks have been lost to history...where are they now? Are they happy, and well? Any thoughts on doing a retrospective?


Thank you for allowing us (both of us) to take a trip around NYC with you.

Posted by: Mimi at March 28, 2007 11:37 PM

Thanks for the virtual tour of NYC, and of the bit of Canadiana thrown in.

In contrast to you, I've got a bad case of "finishitis" (and worrying about whether I'll have enough yarn isn't helping), so I'm happy to start something, anything, new.

Posted by: Purl in the Rough at March 28, 2007 11:39 PM


I can't wait to finally meet you here in Denver. Just want to say, you would totally make my day if when I get to the table for you to sign my book and I tell you my name you said...

"OH MAN, I know you! I am SO happy to FINALLY meet you :-)"

You know, that way I am the second coolest girl in the bunch LOL!

Marlaina aka "marly"

Posted by: MarlyKnits at March 28, 2007 11:41 PM

Nicely done on the whirlwind tour of NYC! I keep meaning to suggest that the next time you visit, perhaps you'll try to have a meal at Candle 79. It's not only my favorite vegan restaurant on the planet, but in my top ten in NY. The food is just remarkable. Safe travels to you on the next leg of your journey! Have fun.

Posted by: regina at March 28, 2007 11:43 PM

Sigh... we were in NYC this past October with family and I missed the MOMA visit because my toddler desperately needed a good nap (and I think I napped with him).

One thing I love to do when traveling is to visit grocery stores and other food markets. I hate grocery shopping at home, but it's still fun to see what groceries are like elsewhere.

I don't watch tv or read the paper often, and was wondering if NYC was overwhelmed by all the knitters out and about. Did ya'll make the news? Were there mass knit-ins at bars (so nice that they are smoke-free there, so your wool doesn't need airing out afterwards!)? Did the muggles notice?

Posted by: N at March 28, 2007 11:47 PM

Oh, Woe is me!!! Your Victoria gig is down to STANDING room only tickets... :(

Posted by: Valerie at March 29, 2007 12:14 AM

Oh man Steph...I cannot believe that I'll miss you in Oak Brook this next Tues.--SOME people's husbands seem to feel that knitting is not quite equivalent to organized religion and Tuesday happens to be the second Seder night of Passover so I guess I'll be home reading from the Haggadah and eating matzo ball soup, etc. instead of listening to your talk and meeting the sock. sigh. But you know my thoughts will be with you! Try to get a venue on the north side of Chicago next time, okay? Have fun on the whole tour and rock the muggles from coast to coast!


Posted by: SusanSW at March 29, 2007 12:35 AM

Can I just say that My husband and I also did an ALMOST EXACT 24 hour tour of New York???? We started in Battery Park, and walked/subwayed (is that a verb?) our way North through Central Park. I was taking pictures of every building I fell in love with, and about fell off my bench when I realized the prettiest apartment building I've ever seen with the most fantastic ironwork, was the DAKOTA. Call me a yokel, I am. My wedding pictures are still un-scrapbooked (or framed), but my New York in a day pictures are both.

Posted by: KateMet at March 29, 2007 1:39 AM

Wow, are you having a great time or what??? Yeah, if we ruled, everyone would be warm and toasty... knitters are the best. Nice tour pics, I enjoyed em!

Posted by: carrie at March 29, 2007 5:37 AM

Dude. Is it possible to have crammed in even one more thing? Impressive use of time and surprise;)

Sadly- I believe my understanding of art- is probably on a par with the socks'. Monet- I get, Van Gogh- (btw- I want socks in the colors of Starry Night) I get--- Pollock and the blank canvases? Not so much.

Hmmmm Starry night socks would also double as U of M colors.....those would be nice to knit at the LIBRARY...when I go to see the Harlot in ANN Arbor;) Gotta hit the knit shop- or pick up some dye...

Posted by: Tracey in MI at March 29, 2007 7:02 AM

Well, if you only have one day to see NY, you did it up good! I want to go to Vogue, seriously, or they could do a travelling tour . . . wouldn't it be a blast. "Vogue Knitting on Tour" . . . they do ice skating why can't they do Vogue Knitting?

Posted by: Mary Lynn in Cleveland at March 29, 2007 7:12 AM

Thank you for this wonderful summarisation. It was a great pleasure to read your last three entries!!! I am eagerly awaiting your latest book to arrive at my doorstep here in Germany.

Posted by: Miss Mapp in Munich at March 29, 2007 7:21 AM

I can't believe a good Irishwoman such as youself who loves a good beer did not go to McSorley's Old Ale House in the village!?? Don't tell me you don't know about it? It is just the oldest Irish bar in NYC, untouched (and I mean that) since it was started just over 150 years ago. I'm afraid you really missed one of the most unique NY experiences - next time...?

Posted by: Patty at March 29, 2007 8:11 AM

I'm so glad you got to stay an extra day. It is a wonderful city, and I am always impressed by the friendliness of its residents. The hats are amazing!

Posted by: Jennifer at March 29, 2007 8:31 AM

I loved reading all the posts concerning your little sojurn to NYC, but funny enough, the thing I loved the most was seeing cans of Canada Dry on the table at Curry in a Hurry.

Posted by: Marti at March 29, 2007 9:19 AM

As a Ny'er for work, I need to remember your tour; excellent for newbies. cecilia

Posted by: cecilia at March 29, 2007 9:21 AM

I love the pics at Vogue Knitting. I recognize Adina Kline from places like Knitty Gritty, and a Lily Chin show I saw once. She seems really cool.
Thanks for sharing:)


Posted by: angelarae at March 29, 2007 9:24 AM

I'm a displaced NYer, vegetarian Korean (and knitter, duh). How cool is it that the YH's fave restaurant in NY is a veggie Korean place? Seeing your photo of the Pollack (of all things) made me homesick. Glad to hear NY treated you and the sock right!

Posted by: Peggy at March 29, 2007 9:28 AM

ROTFLMAO at #7 of your NYC tour. Having visited the fair city of Toronto and ridden the pristine subway I'm surprised you could convince Carol to set foot on a NYC subway. On opening day I don't think the NYC subway was ever as clean as Toronto's is.

Sounds like you had a great if whirlwind tour.

I'm so glad the sock got to see Starry Night---it's my favorite painting.

Posted by: Eileen Schultz at March 29, 2007 9:36 AM

I love NYC! All the excitement and movement attracts me. I'm glad you guys had a chance to sight see.

The hats, amazing! Knitters are such cool people.

Posted by: Katie at March 29, 2007 9:56 AM

Good Lord! New Yorkers say: You did all that?? You must be exhausted! Put your feet up and knit something soothing.

Posted by: Cordelia at March 29, 2007 10:16 AM

You aren't making much progress on that sock! I'm glad you enjoyed NYC!

Posted by: Meredith at March 29, 2007 10:20 AM

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh--- I'm knitting a baby aran! Thanx Harlot- for being a naked in public knitter---(someone who knits and shares failures and triumphs- authentically) It's given me patience and encouragement to step out and try something I doubted I could do!

And I CAN! I am! Yahoo!

Posted by: Tracey in MI at March 29, 2007 11:00 AM

> Every Torontonian should see the NYC subway at least once. Just for comparison.

Here, here! Couldn't agree more.

Posted by: Eva at March 29, 2007 11:06 AM

AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! VOGUE KNITTING!!! Oh my vey. You must start putting bigger warnings in here, I just about fell off my chair. Excellent tour of NYC. Feel like I've been there.

Posted by: sknitster at March 29, 2007 11:18 AM

And what about the sideshow on the street - vendors, performers, people going by (the concrete parks). Love the Staten Island ferry view of Manhattan.

Posted by: Diane H at March 29, 2007 11:26 AM

I must say I am very jealous of the sock today.
To be in the presence of Starry Night. That is my favorite painting.
Your socks see more places than most people ever dream they will see.
Lucky sock.

Posted by: Micky at March 29, 2007 11:29 AM

A quick question (that I hope you haven't answered already somewhere) - where did you get your "All your yarn are belong to us" shirt? You did promise to post a link for it...
Very much enjoyed New York, and starting a sock to take to Central Park has opened my eyes to the joys of knitted footwear. Looking forward to Toronto!

Posted by: Jul'ya at March 29, 2007 11:32 AM

yhew! what a wirlwind!
I liked the Pollack at MoMA too, I'm glad to hear Joe and the sock appreciated it. I saw it when they were temporarily in Queens. It was across the room from a Cezanne painting of trees of a similar size. The Cezanne was covered in glass. I sat on a bench and gazed at it with the Pollack reflecting off the glass. It was a surprisingly nice mix.

Posted by: Rachael at March 29, 2007 11:33 AM

I didn't know her, but I expect Virginia would be very, very pleased with everything you've shown "her" sock so far.

Posted by: Sara at March 29, 2007 12:46 PM

NYC loves you too! You did see a huge amount of stuff while you were here--though I would have included Soho and the East & West Village--those are are my favorites places to take out-of-town guests (how can you resist a stroll down St. Mark's place?). Come back soon! I'll take you around to the in-the-know spots! ;-)

Posted by: Christine at March 29, 2007 12:56 PM

Just finished the new book --- it's great, thanks!

Posted by: Toni K. at March 29, 2007 1:14 PM

I tried to post earlier but couldn't get through. Here's hoping I am not doubling up.
Thank you for the great virtual tour. That was awesome.
I happen to have some of that Tilly Tomas in my stash. Probably the single most expensive single skein I own. I will make one of my Berthe Collars from No Sheep for You out of it.
And: I can detect two of the 12 hats I made! Yay! They are in the second pic from the top. One bright pink, top of the middle pile, and the stripey one behind it (black and turquoise).
Once you are back on tour, I will make 2 per stop, as promised.
Safe travels, Stephanie!

Posted by: karin at March 29, 2007 1:28 PM

Is "breakfast" Harlot code for cheesecake? Amazon shipped your new book to me today!

Posted by: becky c. at March 29, 2007 1:34 PM

Since I will be in NYC I won't get a chance to read the book until I see you in IL. Oh well. I was super jealous that you got to see all those new hanks and skeins! Even though Vouge was dissapointing to me this issue, I know the next one will be great.

Posted by: jenn at March 29, 2007 1:44 PM

Ahhh, you were right by my apartment! We may have taken the train together...

Posted by: Sarah at March 29, 2007 2:50 PM



The Sock knows which one of those is Just Plain White.

Posted by: dez at March 29, 2007 3:22 PM

Glad you had a fabulous time in NYC. Joe, BTW, won all of us over, not that we didn't believe you that he is a great guy.
Hate to change the subject, but, I have been patiently waiting the report on finishing your Bohus. I know you fininshed it, because 1) it was blocking before you left and 2) you wore it for your presentation.
I would like to know, specifically, what adjustments you made, other than knitting it partially in the round and changing the ribbing to hem. You said something about making it smaller. How, when, and how much adjustments you did. The reasons I ask are: I am knitting one, it does not fit (too wide in the underarms area). I did some adjustments like switched to the smaller needles for the body, cut the number of increases, (rows) and now I am thinking about increasing only half of the stitches suggested for the underarm area. I frogged, partially, numerous times, only the yoke stayed intact. Looks like you are going on a tour, and, therefore, may not get to the Bohus summary any time soon. My apology to all readers for this extensive comment.

Posted by: v.j. kohout at March 29, 2007 3:22 PM

What a whirlwind tour! Hope your feet have forgiven you. Next time you're in town, if the weather is good, I highly recommend a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, then a stop for amazing hot chocolate(with or without chili pepper) at Jaques Torres in DUMBO(Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn.
Glad there were so many hats, too-never doubted there would be-and wanted to mention that one very lovely one came all the way from Germany from a nice Harlot fan named Juliana, who mailed it to me after reading my post volunteering to collect. It was so pretty I was sorely tempted to keep it, then remembered I could make one for myself! Also, it was too big~_~
Hugs and safe travels to you, Stephanie. Come back to NYC again soon!

Posted by: kathe at March 29, 2007 3:26 PM

The bookstore just copy of the new book is IN and I will have it in my hands in about 30 minutes! Hooray!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Beth in WI at March 29, 2007 3:30 PM

Great tour, great hats!
And what do you mean "when knitters rule the world"? Girl, I think we already do, the muggles just don't know it yet.

Posted by: Lorette at March 29, 2007 3:37 PM

I am facinated that there is another person that spelss her name the same way I do. Milissa is not that common. And she is a knitter! All is right in the world.

Posted by: Milissa "Milly" Story at March 29, 2007 3:38 PM

bookbookbookbook is here from Amazon! I'll be reading now...

Posted by: Betsy at March 29, 2007 4:30 PM

I was very excited to come home to your new book at my doorstep! Yippee!

Posted by: Sarah at March 29, 2007 5:12 PM

It sounds like you had such a fabulous time in NYC. I haven't been, so appreciated the photo tour.
And all those hats! We Alaskans really have our work cut out for us.

Posted by: Susan in Fairbanks at March 29, 2007 5:28 PM

Today is my birthday. I drove from Michigan to Donora, PA (near Pittsburgh) to spend my birthday with my niece who was also born on this day. And tomorrow, I get to go to your book signing in Pittsburgh. I am sooooooooooooooooo excited about that. I even brought the socks I'm working on so my socks can meet your sock and we can all have a picture together.

Posted by: Renee at March 29, 2007 6:13 PM

You know, Viriginia was an artist, too - she would have been tickled to see her sock yarn enjoying the likes of Van Gogh and Monet!

Posted by: Heather at March 29, 2007 9:48 PM

Who says knitters don't know how to party? (Nobody, actually. Nobody I know says that. I have six billion pointy sticks in various sizes...tell me I'm boring...please!) Anyway, looks like a FABULOUS time...MoMA looks...well, awe inspiring...I think I just put it on my list...

Posted by: shanny mac at March 30, 2007 12:27 AM

Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers ARE some of the friendliest people I've ever met.

Next time I'm in New York, I may use your fast & furious tour as my guide.

Posted by: Juliet at March 30, 2007 1:51 AM

Glad you had time for a whirlwind vacation!

Teehee, I see my Hatmione!

Posted by: Ina at March 30, 2007 8:52 AM

What Stephanie did NOT reveal about that picture of Carol and me was that she refused to look at my yarn because she had food in front of her. I quote right back at her -- "you can wash yarn." In the pic, I am showing Carol the yarn privately where Stephanie cannot see it!

Posted by: That Laurie at March 30, 2007 11:45 AM

If you are crazy about Hangawi, I recommend going to their "sister" location, Franchia ( the next time you are in the city. DH and I are both vegetarian and absolutely LOVE it! Of course I've been craving sushi this entire pregnancy so we've taken many trips in to fill up!

I'm glad the sock enjoyed Monet :)

Posted by: Meg F at March 30, 2007 11:58 AM

If you are crazy about Hangawi, I recommend going to their "sister" location, Franchia ( the next time you are in the city. DH and I are both vegetarian and absolutely LOVE it! Of course I've been craving sushi this entire pregnancy so we've taken many trips in to fill up!

I'm glad the sock enjoyed Monet :)

Posted by: Meg F at March 30, 2007 11:59 AM

Great hats, and I - as a relatively new New Yorker - think you did a great job of being a tour guide. Just reading about all of the places you went made me tired, and I was glad to see that the sock got to visit at least one of the great NYC museums.

Posted by: Pat F. at March 30, 2007 3:11 PM

I love New York, too. Haven't been in a few years. I find New Yorkers really friendly. I love my Toronto, but some of our snot-nosed service workers could learn a thing or two from them.

Posted by: Lucky at March 30, 2007 3:55 PM

Great event looks like everything was sincerely awesome. Our Guild (Greater St. Louis Knitters Guild) is having a childrens hat challenge this year so I'll donate this months output in your new books honor. Also stop being a wicked mean enabler. I don't have a stash (just using up leftovers for kids hats right now) but that Tilli Thomas site was so awesome it makes me want to start one. I'd have to give up the SAHM gig though. That yarn is almost gorgeous enough for that. Can you imagine a dressy tank trimmed with that Rock Star. Wow

Posted by: pawdua at March 30, 2007 5:40 PM

What an amazing tour!

I lived on Long Island for 33 years and NEVER saw everything that you saw.

Just got your new book. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for making my weekend1

Posted by: Laurie at March 31, 2007 6:13 PM

You ARE coming to Potland!!! To Powell's!!! Pulled my head out of the bucket & checked your tour schedule. Counting the days till June 8th! See you there....I'll be the one knitting, lol!

Posted by: Pauline at April 1, 2007 2:19 AM

Due to my father's illness (metastisized cancer, termial), I've had to leave my own city and move back "home" to Podunk, Arkansas. Seeing the pictures in your blog makes my day. Knitting is, again, saving my sanity. I'm constantly churning out hats and socks, all of which are gifts or donations. (Though it's hard to find a home for a hat in April in Arkansas. . . ) Anyhow, keep it up. You remain a truly awesome person doing amazing things and I love reading about it.

Posted by: Quiara at April 1, 2007 10:02 PM

I totally enjoyed my stay in Toronto last week, but now you're making me want to go and discover New York! I'm taking note of your must-sees, it may prove useful... After all, New York isn't far from Rhinebeck, and I definitely intend on going this year.

Posted by: Josiane at April 4, 2007 12:34 AM