New York New Year

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Things are starting to get back to normal again since we came back from New York. We had a city break in New York and spent our New Year’s Eve there. It certainly was an experience and New York has exceeded my expectations in many ways. Though, I still think Hong Kong has an edge over New York. (I would say that, wouldn’t I!)

As well as ticking off the normal touristy sites and activities, I managed to have a short but sweet yarn / haberdashery shopping expedition in New York. I bought some beautiful trims, buttons and yarns and look forward to using them. 

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If you are looking for trims for your garments like a French jacket, you cannot miss M&J Trimming in New York, you are guaranteed to find something suitable. I have been their online customer for a while so as soon as my flight to New York was booked, I wrote down their shop address ready to go!

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M&J Trimming is located not far from Broadway and the store is big. All walls are covered with buttons, ribbons and appliqué. Andrew and I took a short walk to the store from our hotel. As soon as he saw the size of the store, he decided to find a space in the coffee shop next door while I was swimming in the sea of buttons and trims. I spent about 45 minutes in the store scrutinising every spot there is. At the back of the store, there is a bridal department where you can find the most beautiful lace and crystals appliqué and bridal accessories. 

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I was very surprised with the choice on real fur trims. I have had my eyes on them for a while as I would love to make a collarless mid-length coat with fur trims on the collar and sleeves. I took some contact details from the store for when I get onto this in about 200 projects’ time!

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Then we headed down to Soho for PurlSoho via China Town where we had Dim Sum for breakfast (A Cantonese custom). PurlSoho was recommended by a sewing/knitting friend of mine. I love Soho in New York, I would love to spent more time there if I ever going back. The streets are filled with works of trendy artists from fashion to artworks. Dim Sum

PurlSoho is a sweet little store. It was quite busy but staff were friendly and attentive. It has a lot of chunky yarns on display in the middle of the store and I bought some funky ones home. These yarn are super chunky and they have silk flowers attached to them. I am very much looking forward to knit some scarfs with them. 

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The back of the store was full of quilting and dressmaking fabrics while the front of the store has a couple of tall tables for knitting groups. Next to the tall tables was a staff member who was busy winding skein yarns into a yarn ball for customers – what a great idea. I am not aware of such services in the UK yet. I was glad that I bought an extra suitcase as we needed it by the end of our trip! 

P.S. Some of you may know I am taking a City & Guilds Course for Fashion this year. It started a few weeks ago and I have so far learnt a lot about colour, textures and fibres. I will have a more detailed update in due course, stay tuned!

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