8.14.2009

elly in new york

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?"

32 comments:

miss sophie said...

aww. you guys look like sisters!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. This is really sweet! It makes me miss my best friend in Brooklyn!

Owls go hoot said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time! It's so lovely to see happy pictures of fun! I hate shops that go mad if you take photos...you hardly look like the sort of person who's plotting to rob the place! And I'd die to have a place like Purl Soho around where I live...sigh.

*gemmifer* said...

I'm so happy that you and Ellie (and Melissa) had a great visit! It's wonderful spending time with faraway friends, but so bittersweet knowing that eventually they have to return home. I hope the two of you get to spend more time together again really soon.

samantha hahn said...

I love this story. You are a really wonderful writer Jenny. And you two are amazingly adorable. Makes me really wish I had more time with my bfs. You guys also look like sisters which is sweet.

kate said...

i love the shots of the two of you in muji having so much fun! it sounds like such a great visit, it makes me miss my girlfriends that are across the country.

Anonymous said...

This looks like so much perfect fun. Also, thank you for always sharing the wonderful places you go to, I never understand it when ladies are stingy with info! I am drooling and saving. . .

erica-knits said...

What a fun time you two had! Tova's quote at the end put a lump in my throat. Aw, it is had to say goodbye to your best friend.

hibou said...

It totally warmed my heart to read about best friends exploring the city together. I got the hugest grin on my face looking at the sweater/wrap photos! The laughing smile on your face is something that can only materialize in the presence of wonderful friends (and husbands too).

kelly said...

oh, i love this post so much! it makes me wish for more gal pal time. i'm DYING to see purl soho. it looks like heaven.

and you and elly are just the cutest!

Lyn said...

love the shots of you guys laughing. those have friendship and happiness written all over them.

natalie said...

this is a wonderful entry. :) reminds me of my best friend!

penny said...

..ooo..lovely post!spontaneous photos and crazy stuff and laughter!I want to see my best friend and get kicked out of stores tooooo!!

Keith said...

ah, what a great day! i like hearing about the two of you and your times together, and when that happens, I always think it must be a really good friendship. Also... you make me want to visit NY!

Keith said...

oops, that's not keith - i mean, i'm not keith. I'm emily. keith's my husband. I don't know if that makes a difference... except that comment sounds pretty girly.

my name is elly said...

not to sound vain, but this is my favorite post you've ever written! reading it made me realize once again just how much of a blast it was spending time with you! you made my first trip to nyc so perfect and memorable - there's not one thing that i regret about the trip (even not buying anything and still walking out with the free steven alan bags!!!). you got some great shots, and wrote out our days together so beautifully. you really are a great writer.

and i don't even remember you taking that last photo, i was too busy making up stuff about sweden. thinking about the possibility of me sounding like an expert on anything makes me nervous.

p.s. we're leaving home again. mormor and morfar visit starting tomorrow morning!

Jennifer said...

This is such a sweet post. It reminds me that I need to go out and have more fun with my girlfriends. Looks like you two had a blast!

julia said...

It is so nice to read your words and look at these gorgerous pictures!
it makes me think of me and my best friend rebecca who is also not living in my city anymore... and when we meet we talk without stopping and laugh so hard sometimes that people turn their hads! she is a very small and skinny person but she has the loudest and funniest laugh i´ve ever heard and i love it!
you guys look cool in you muji stuff and i love the steven alan shirt, too... and what i really really love is your kitchen! the floor lamp looks so cool there and the teatowels make me want to have them, too...
thank you for this super nice post!
julia

caroline said...

you look *so happy* in your goofing around shots! and you do look like you could be sisters. this post definitely made me miss my best friend. thanks for a really sweet adventure of a post, and thanks for reminding me to go to the muji store, too - they have straw bags and adorable grunge hats? (omg)

Anonymous said...

Wow! looks like you guys had a blast, ahhh what great times.
I have a question for you since you seem to be well educated with sewing/knitting. Is there any way you can transform a jumpsuit into a dress? I know it sounds silly but I absolutely love the print on a jumpsuit I bought a couple of weeks ago and to be honest they sold it in a dress first but by the time I went back to buy the dress it was all sold out (just my luck). So I was just wondering if I could transform the jumpsuit into a dress, what you think.

jenny gordy said...

anonymous, i think so. hereis a tutorial on how to turn pants into a skirt. you could use the same principal. but i would recommend taking the seam out with a seam ripper instead of just cutting the seam with scissors.

montague said...

glad you had a fun day in lovely new york!

jones said...

looks like a fabulous time, even if the reunion was too short. Jenny, I love the steve alan shirt after seeing it on you. It looks roomy - do you mind sharing what size you were wearing in the picture for reference. I might be saving my pennies too.

jenny gordy said...

it's a medium. i'm normally a size 6, so i'd say it's pretty true to size. i think a small would fit me too though since it's such a loose fitting shirt. very comfortable.

Joanna Goddard said...

what a fun day!!! you went to so many great places...what cute photos :)

Graziella said...

Awww, you guys had such a fun time! love the photos too...makes me miss my bestfriend though- she's all the way in Virginia....

Joanna said...

Save up for that shirt??? I'll bet you could mke one yourself easy as pie!! If I had your skills, I would have a whole closet full of beautiful shirts! you rock!

Hola!Design said...

I love Purl Soho! I want to learn how to knit!
what a fun day!

totebag said...

I love your tote in these photos! Where is it from??

Lynne said...

Sounds like so much fun. I love how you were looking at the hems. And I think you should get the shirt - it looks great on you!

bikkuri squirrel said...

I have just stumbled upon your blog and know I am going to be an avid follower. This post bought a tear to my eye as I sit in my apartment in Japan missing my best friend in Australia. Boo. I too am a knitter and sewer and CAN'T WAIT to see what else you will rustle up in the next wee while.. Thank you for the inspiration too. I'm off to sew!

Kerri Lynne said...

soooooooo cute! xo