I visited The Idea Studio yeaterday. For those in the area, the shop is just south of 47th Street on the east side of LaGrange Road and shares a building with Segway.
They have a large selection of brands and weights, from work-horse wools to luxury fibers, and many lovely knitted samples to admire. They also stock buttons and beads, and needlepoint supplies. Roaming about the shop is a small dog who does not see well, so be careful where you step (he was fond of sniffing my shoes).
I paused to help the owner, Chandra, with a lousy case of "yarn barf" which had been dropped off by one of their customers - a cautionary tale of what happens when you work from the inside and the outside of a ball without regard to how your yarn is twisting. Just couldn't let the poor woman slave over it alone. It took about an hour, but we got it worked out.
I mentioned that I'd heard about the shop from a post on KP, they said "yes, we've heard of them", and would like to know who posted (so they can thank you, I guess).
They solicit for charity knitting, accepting yarn, 8" x 8" squares, knit or crochet, to be assembled into blankets, completed blankets, sturdy knitwear for distribution, and of course, monetary contributions. On the second Wednesday evening of the month, all are welcome to craft, or assemble squares. I left with a generous bag of yarn to be turned into squares...that stitch dictionary isn't just sitting there for it's health!
It was a very nice visit, and I'm glad there is a place to find fine yarn that doesn't involve a day trip.
Enjoy your day.