Friday, July 20, 2007

Brooklyn Finds

Ohio Knitting Mills Interior

One of the places I was most proud to find independently in New York was the Ohio Knitting Mills in Brooklyn. It's a store full of never worn vintage sweaters from the 1940's through the 1970's. The owner apparently bought a warehouse full and is using it to stock his store.

The wares not only stock his store but parts of the original Ohio knitting mill used to manufacture these sweaters are furniture and Christmas work party pictures from the forties decorate the walls.

Not only is it beautiful as a snapshot in time, but you just might get a great deal. The sweaters themselves aren't cheap, but after asking about a table of ribbon in a corner I got a great price per spool. Let's just say I filled my backpack up without a second thought.

Ohio Knitting Mills
231 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY
718.596.7103

Open Wed-Sat 12-8, Sun 12-6

Ribbons

My sis and I also made it to the Etsy Labs. They were hosting an open house, "Cupcake Day" where cupcakes were served and crafted up on totes, pillows, etc.

Steph vs. Owl

That's my sis staring down a giant owl. There were lots of supplies for jewelry making, sewing, knitting, crochet, and general craftiness. It was cool to see the hub of etsy and so many people crafting together. (Note the cupcake bag, adorable!)

Etsy Lab Brooklyn

Next time I hope to go to the Make Workshop and Craft Lab.

2 comments:

Steven Tatar, Ohio Knitting Mills said...

Thanks for the big props, Kat!! We think you're pretty darn cool as well, Purl of a Girl. AND..... Ohio Knitting Mills will be having a trunk show in Seattle, September 20-24th, at Design Within Reach on 1st Ave. Please be in touch with me, as I could use some help with this event-wearing our great stuff at the party, spreading the word, and generally sharing the love- as well as advise on where and what in the area.

k a t said...

I would love to be in on this!

I think the local yarn stores and maybe even the local knitting guild could help promote it.

I also know a lot of the local knitting groups would be interested!

I don't have your direct email, so I'm going to try the shop.