Meet Up in Union Square

June 22, 2016

Hi everyone, I hope you're enjoying the week.  I belong to a small group of knitters and crocheters that get together and meet at the Barnes & Noble Cafe in Union Square, New York City, once a month.

I look forward to this meet up, and since I was early, I decided to take a few photos of the area to share with you.

Below is a statue in Union Square Park of Abraham Lincoln, and there are many other statues, trees and benches, with people just sitting and enjoying the park.

I just love how pretty the park looks, and there are even tables to sit at and perhaps eat lunch.

There is also the amazing Union Square Greenmarket which has many different vendors selling all kinds of fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, flowers, and food from many farms.  This is so fun to visit and shop for various items.

These cute blooming sunflowers are one of my favorite summer flowers.

Finally, I arrive at the Barnes & Noble Cafe and sit with my friends, enjoying coffee, looking at crochet magazines,  and crocheting potholders!

Some of you may recognize my crochet potholders from Instagram.  You can follow along with me HERE @brklynhousewife.  I look forward to becoming new IG friends.

I really enjoy our meetings and it's sometimes fun to see the reaction and smiles on peoples faces when they see us knitting and crocheting together.

Have you ever knitted or crocheted in public?

By the way, while I was in Barnes & Noble, I had some time to look at the books.  I was so looking forward to reading a new book, but believe it or not I didn't see any that I wanted to read.  If you are reading any good books, and have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments area.

If you would like to make one of these potholders, you can click HERE for the pattern.  The cotton yarn I used is Sugar'n Cream, Holly Jolly Prints.  The crochet needle is US size I. 

Thanks for coming along with me for my little tour of the park, greenmarket, and Barnes & Noble.

If you would like to see more of my crochet creations, click HERE, and my knitting creations, click HERE.

If you are ever in New York City, please take the time to visit this area, as there's a lot of shopping, restaurants, the park, and of course Barnes & Noble Book Store.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!



  1. What a fun day! The park looks so pretty!! I meant to tell you that I finished the Sandra Brown book you mentioned recently and I liked it! I can't think of anything that I've read lately that I could recommend to you. It's got to be really good for me to do that!

  2. What a great place to meet up with kitting and crocheting friends, Julie. I meet every two weeks with a group, but your spot whole make the outing so enjoyable. I'll have to look up your potholder pattern. Thanks for the link!
    Also, your sausage and potatoes oven meal looks so easy and delicious! Thanks for the inspiration, as I'm going to try it soon, my friend!

  3. Julie, I think that is so nice! What a gorgeous place to meet! Lots of awesome things going on around there :D I could sit there all day! Lovely piece you crocheted. Thanks for sharing!

  4. How lovely to get to meet up with your yarny friends! A lovely place to meet too!

  5. What a beautiful park! My mom used to have a knitting group that met weekly at one place or another. I think it is fun to have a group to troubleshoot with and learn from (or at least a group to talk to and have others know what the heck it is you are talking about!)

  6. What a fun get together. I love all of the outside vendors and would want to spend all my time...and money there! lol And no...I have to concentrate to crochet. I would make a mess if I tried to crochet and anything else. Hugs, Diane

  7. I love the area around Union Square Park, and enjoyed seeing your photos. The crochet meet up sounds like a lot of fun, and yes, if I saw a group of people crocheting in B & N, it would definitely get my attention...and make me smile!

  8. Hi, Julie!
    What a wonderful park in NY!! I've never been in NY, but if someday my dream will get true, I'll visit for sure this wonderful places! I love the idea of your crochet group meating once a week! It's really a long long time ago that I did something like crochet. But guess what? You gave me right now the inspiration, and I think I'll give it try again! ;-) Thank you for sharing! I wish you a wonderful week ;-)

  9. Barnes & Noble is such a great bookstore, too bad many are closing. Union square also has great restaurants. It's an area we don't visit too often, but it's a fun place to be!

    Have a great weekend Julie! Another good one heading our way :)


  10. What a great and fun meet up each month. I bet it brings smiles to those faces in the cafe to see you all being so creative. The potholders are so pretty. Love the colors in them.
    Have a great rest of your week Julie.

  11. Hi Julie, what fun to gather with your group of friends to crochet and knit. Sounds like a great group. Love your potholders and the pretty yarn color. I have crocheted in public while waiting for an appt. Not a lot of people around, but still away from home.
    Thanks for sharing and the great city pics. Have a nice weekend ahead. xo

  12. How fun to be able to meet up with such a wonderful group every month. Your photos were delightful to look at, my friend. Enjoy the upcoming weekend! Hugs!

  13. What fun to be meeting at B&N Bookstore! My favorite big chain bookstore and I'm going there today after lunch. Keep crocheting my friend! Hugs, Ping

  14. I have been to NYC may times, as my husband is from there, but I don't remember Union Square! He says we have been by I want to go! Yes, I have knitted in public and we always get comments, especially from the men! What a fun thing to meet up at Barnes and Noble. I could spend hours there.

  15. I visited NYC in April, hitting Union Square and The Green Market! Quite a treat and beautiful sight! One of our favorite stores, Nordstrom Rack was in that area! We visited it twice! :) ...Sounds like a fun get-together you had planned! Unfortunately, even after two grandmothers and a MIL's instruction, knitting and crocheting is still not a gift of mine. Just never got the hang of it! But they all enjoyed it and made some beautiful things! ...And guess what??? YOU are the WINNER of the personalized custom cow cup from my "shelfie" post!!! Email me at rmgrice{at} with your address and we'll send it out! If you'd like another color besides gold, let me know... and what letter! CONGRATULATIONS!!! :) ~Rhonda

  16. What a fun group to belong to. I bet you do get some smiles and curious glances from lots of folks. I think it is awesome! Such a lovely place to meet as well. Have a wonderful week.

    Hugs, Vicky

  17. I used to join a knitting group in a local B&N! It was fun and no one really noticed our activity. I think they were too busy eating!! ;)

  18. Julie, I love getting together with my crafty friends! Your pictures of your meet spot are fun! Hope you had a lot of fun with the girls! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have a wonderful week and stay cool!

  19. Looks like a great day Julie, such a lovely place :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

  20. What a great place to meet up. It looks like so much fun.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon party,

  21. Hi Julie,
    Don't you just love this neighborhood? I live nearby and I also adore Union Square Park, the farmers' market and our wonderful Barnes and Noble! Awesome photos!

  22. What a lovely park! I adore NYC.
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  23. Love the pictures and description of what you encounter as you walk through Union Square Park in NYC on your way to B&N. Thank you for sharing that. The Sunflowers make me smile. :)

  24. Julie - thank you so much for taking me back to our old neighborhood - we lived around Union Square for so many years. It's such a vibrant energetic part of the City. Love the the Framer's Market. So many different vendors with many different fruits and vegetables and flowers! :):)

  25. I really, really envy you right now! Oh, I I love that yarn you're working with...Thank you for sharing this at The Really Crafty Link Party this week!

  26. What a nice get together! Love that section of the city. We have been to Union Square Cafe several times but I believe they have can tell it's been awhile since I have been there! I always love seeing pictures of New York though - it never gets old! Thanks for linking up to my Take Me Away Party! Enjoy your 4th of July!

  27. Such pretty photos. I love visiting NY city. So much to see and do. Thanks for sharing.

  28. How lovely!

    I barely know how to knit (a bit of fumble fingers here) so I wouldn't do it in public. lol

    Sounds like a wonderful get-together.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  29. we haven't got a chance to meet, Julie..hopefully we can arrange something soon :)

  30. Julie, what a fun way to gather for your crochet club, Julie! I love the market you passed--especially the sunflowers! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  31. A beautiful day for Crochet in Public :) Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty # ccbg

  32. How fun to meet up with other women who crochet Julie! I've never been to New York, but hope to some day. I love those sunflowers as well! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  33. What fun, I need to have a crochet meet up! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #CCBG.

  34. What a lovely place to meet, chit chat and make something! Beautiful photo's and would love to visit New York one day! Pinned, tweeted and stumbled :-)

  35. I can never go wrong with a visit to Barnes and Nobles. Union Square looks like an awesome place for a meet up. Thanks for sharing your post on the Wonderful Wednesday Link Up #OHMHGWW


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