Yarn Shop Visit!! Last week, I found myself wandering around midtown with an hour to kill. It started to rain, so I was grateful to find myself on the doorstep of 135 West 29th Street, the home of School Products Yarn. This is a no-frills building in the heart of the Fashion District. Take the elevator to the 8th floor and you will be rewarded with one of the most eclectic collections of yarn in New York City. School Products is a family-run business and usually the matriarch, Berta, is there to help customers. She wasn’t there the day I visited, but her husband was happy to get her on the phone for me so I could discuss the amount of yarn I needed for my project. I wanted to duplicate a child’s poncho I had made last year, but in a larger size and different color. She happily calculated the amount of yarn I needed and told me to ask her husband to show me the fake fur they had in stock to trim the poncho (I ended up getting it). I can’t resist friendly service, especially family-owned friendly service. It’s why I will always choose the LYS over the big box craft store. Always. Now, back to the yarn. I bought Karabella Aurora Bulky, a super soft, merino wool with a tight twist, perfect for kids’ clothing since it is machine washable (it doesn’t say so on the label, but on gentle cycle in cold water, it is fine in the washer). I bought the bulky but it is also available in a worsted weight (Aurora 8).