My mom is visiting from Texas, so I thought it would be a good time to go to New York, where there is a Jane Austen exhibit currently on at the Morgan Library. The timing could have been better, but we managed to get to New York in the midst of one of their worst snow storms to date last Wednesday. Our bus was canceled, so we took a train and found the city like this:
On the train ride down our trip expanded from just an Austen exhibition visit to a specialty fabric store tour. Before reaching our hotel we trucked to Mood, so we could pretend to we were on Project Runway. Here I am checking out the overwhelming selection:
Despite the snow storm, Purl was open so we were able to visit their charming yarn and fabric stores in Soho:
Our friend Mimi created a pattern and tutorial for Purl's blog, The Purl Bee. Her Purl Girl lives right next to the register where, according to staff, it is universally admired.
We picked out some Alexander Henry upholstrey fabric, a pack of felt (so my mom can tackle Mimi's Purl Girl project), and the last little bit of this fabric from Prints Charming. Just a few days ago, Purl announced that they will be moving to a larger, combined location in April. I'm glad we got to see the cozy, original shops before the move--plus we have an excuse to go back now. Thank you, ladies at Purl, for being open for us that day!