I guess I blogged this out of order because Elly came to see me in New York before we went to Connecticut. Elly had never, ever been to New York City before this! What an adventure, gang. I thought I'd share with you our day dorking around the city together. It was one of the most fun days I've ever had. Here's a photo of Elly in my kitchen before we left.
Here we are at Purl Soho. This place is the best. We asked the staff a gazillion questions about knitting and felting. I even bought a little felting kit for us to do a project together, but we never got around to it. What could be better than shopping for yarn and fabric with your best friend? We're both so obsessed with knitting, and Elly really inspired me to get back into it after a summer hiatus. She's much more experienced than I am, so I love asking her questions.
Elly bought Tova a beautiful dress at Makie, and we oohed and ahhed over everything they had. I was SO not allowed to take pictures in here. I got scolded. Big time.
When I said we were "dorking" around Manhattan together, I wasn't even kidding. We went to Muji, and I tried on this sweater/wrap thing, and I had no idea how to wear it. So I decided to try to make it into a diaper. In the middle of the store. Yes, I'm the biggest nerd ever. I kept expecting us to get kicked out because we were laughing so hard. Also, how cute does Elly look in that hat?
We went to Madewell and tried on some jeans and stuff, but we didn't buy anything. I really love that store.
We also went to Steven Alan! And got cupcakes at Billy's Bakery nearby! The perfect combination. Steven Alan is simply wonderful. The sales girls were so fun and joked around with us. I want that shirt I tried on so, so, so, so bad. I'll have to save up. Though I did happen to score a pair of very nice Isabel Marant jeans on sale for seventy-nine bucks. Can you believe it?
Shopping with Elly was a new experience for me, because since we're both seamstresses and knitters, we looked at the hems and seams of everything we tried on and discussed construction.
After a full day of shopping, we met up with Melissa back in the "Burg" and walked to Marlow and Sons for dinner. Melissa was very excited about having oysters but discovered, oops, she actually hates oysters! I think she had them confused with clams, hehe. I thought the oysters were pretty darn awesome. It was so cool to have dinner with two of my best friends who had never met before because it was fascinating to see each of them through the other's eyes for the first time. Elly told us everything about Sweden (where she lived for almost a year), and we also had one of the most interesting conversations I've ever had about marriage.
I wish I could have more days like this with Elly, but to quote Elly's daughter Tova, "Sometimes life is just hard, right Mom? When you have to say goodbye to your best friend?"