What would a trip to New York City be without visiting yarn stores?Our first stop was Smiley’s Yarns on Jamaica Avenue in Queens.Because Smiley’s Yarns has closeouts, it is hit or miss. There was nothing that caught my eye the day we went.That’s not what happened at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. There is something so exciting about buying my favorite Lion Brand yarn at the studio because they have every type and color I could want.I stocked up on Fishermen’s Wool and even left with some new colors of Amazing.I stopped by Downtown Yarns in the East Village because it got awesome reviews on the web.It had a great collection of yarns and I left with some variegated Lamb’s Pride in retro colors.And I just had to stop at Purl Soho because of its beautiful ads in the Vogue Knitting magazine. It did not dissapoint! In addition to having yarns I’ve never seen before, they had an amazing fabric collection.They carry Liberty of London fabrics and Kokka fabrics from Japan. I left with some Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn and some Kokka fabrics – one piece with owls and birds on it!