Friday was my birthday! I have always enjoyed celebrating it I think because I see it as my special day. That’s not meant to be a selfish thing (well maybe a little), I just see birthdays as a celebration of oneself…so that’s what I did, I celebrated ME by embracing what I love. I did say yarnieness, sweets, culinary delights and pictures in my post that day, didn’t I?
Interestingly enough most of these pictures (the out and about ones) were taken with my iPhone. Because of my achy back and all the walking I knew I’d be doing, I just couldn’t handle carrying my real camera because of the type of bag I currently have. I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised and relieved to see how well those pix turned out. Of course if I had I the right bag…
Okay so since my husband and I live on Long Island we took the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) to the city (read: NYC). Our first stop was the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. We got there just before it opened so we had to wait a few minutes (we were not the only ones there). I walked in to see a wall of color:
There was a nice lace pattern scarf knitted up on one of their displays made with a wintery yarn. I liked the pattern so I bought this to make it: It will be more of a springy thing.
I also got this baby alpaca because, well…
And they were/are having an in-store special 15% off sale for my birthday…no, just kidding about it being for my birthday. They really are having a sale for the month of July, you just have to say the magic word, really.
Leave me a comment and I’ll let you know what it is via email. 🙂
From there we jumped into a cab and headed down to the Soho / Nolita area and stopped into “The Little Cupcake Bakeshop” for a sweet snack. Fondling all that yarn made me hungry. I had a “Mott street” cupcake:
It’s a cupcake that tastes like tiramisu, what could be bad? Sticking with the Italian theme, it was accompanied by an iced Illy coffee.
My husband had a peanut butter and chocolate cupcake (a favorite flavor combo of his):
and fresh lemonade.
From there we had planned on going to the Crumpler store in Soho but apparently it’s not open yet…wish I’d known (no worries, we went to a different location, more on that later). Anyway we continued onto my next stop, Purl Soho. Ok, um, if you do anything with yarn, if you quilt, sew or do needlework you MUST go there. They were so nice and incredibly helpful.
There was one thing in particular that I knew I wanted when I got there, Shelter. I know exactly what I am going to do with it too! (Not telling yet.)
I also saw this: my husband took one look at the color way and said you have to get it. Who am I to argue with such logic!?
I’d been looking for just the right summery yellow…
By now we’d worked up a serious appetite so we walked over to Antique Garage for a late lunch. This place was originally an actual garage, as in car repair garage, note the front door!
The entire place is decorated with an eclectic array of antiques, including the tables and chairs. Unfortunately we were so hungry I totally forgot to take pictures of our food and by the time I realized it, it wouldn’t have been a pretty picture (pun intended). Anyway, I had the Turkish meatballs and my husband had the chicken kebob, both Delicious!
Between the cupcakes and lunch we needed some exercise so we walked about 1 1/2 – 2 miles to the other Crumpler store. Jackpot! I found exactly what I was looking for in a non-camera bag looking camera bag and my husband also found a camera bag he liked so we both scored.
A cab ride back uptown to Penn Station and a quiet train ride home completed this wonderful day. But you know what really made this day special? Spending it with my best friend, my soulmate, my husband who in his words, enjoys sharing in my creative pursuits…and I in his.
I just love birthdays, don’t you!?
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