The Best LYS
Knitting Etc is the most welcoming yarn shop I've ever been to (and if you ask my husband, that's a lot of shops since I often plan trips around visiting the area's yarn meccas). There's a long, rectangular table set in the center of the store where everyone is welcome to sit for a spell (or 8 hours!) and knit, talk, or flip through books. Hickory, the owner, is very knowledgeable about knitting and yarn - often identifying yarn and patterns with the barest hint. To be in Knitting Etc is to be surrounded by a heady nirvana of textures, colors, and inspiration. It's often the first place I go to when I set foot in Ithaca.
Two Fridays ago, Knitting Etc had its first Happy Hour - a two hour stitch-eat-n-bitch fest. But I'll let the photos tell the story:
That's Ellie (Hickory's sister and a new knitter who's already knitting socks, hats, and her first sweater) on the left in the second photo, trying to duck out of my camera's range.
I'm just glad Knitting Etc in its current incarnation didn't exist when I was a grad student at Cornell - I would have gotten even less done if it had!