07 January 2018

Brooklyn General Store

I find this color combo intriguing.

For once, being a cat-lover paid off - not in contented purring, but with cat-sitting in a Brooklyn loft apartment over the holidays. The two cats LOVED us, but don't much care for each other.   But we didn't mind a bit of cat referee-ing in exchange for free lodging, and it gave us a nice excuse to visit Brooklyn.

While in Brooklyn we checked out the very interesting New York Transit Museum - very popular with families on a frigid December day - and made a trip to Brooklyn General Store, a fiber craft destination near the Carroll Gardens area.

Brooklyn General Store, 128 Union St., Brooklyn.

DH seems impressed by the wall of yarn.

This pleasantly jam-packed store has a great selection of luxury yarns, a limited but intriguing range of fabrics for apparel and quilting, lots of notions, fabric dyes, and offers classes too.   There is a comfortable couch near the entrance, a good perch for non-shoppers.  I don't know anything about the history of the building, but judging from the wood flooring and some interior detail, the space looks like it dates from 19th - early 20th century.

Class Schedule.

Buttons, thread and notions nestle next to yarn.

Yarn, yarn and more yarn; every fiber from alpaca to yak. Cones, skeins and hanks. Embroidery floss, wool felt squares, book, patterns, buttons, some serious scissors, fancy wool liquid wash, zippers, kits for embroidery animals, as well as needles for hand-sewing, machine sewing and knitting. 


Zippers and sewing notions.

Ribbons, in dreaming-of-spring colors.

If I have one quibble, it's that there were very few sample swatches displayed with the bins of yarn. Sample swatches are those small squares which many yarn shops knit up so the customer can get an idea of what a particular yarn will look like when knit.  But perhaps the store was still in recovery from a pre-Christmas rush.

This small infelicity didn't prevent me from purchasing some yarn, of course, which I'll share in the future.