This store is hardly just a yarn store, and certainly not the kind of yarn store you may be used to. Located on the 8th floor in a nondescript building in New York's flower district, Habu Textiles is more like a work room and when you enter, you feel like you've entered the world of some very busy fiber artists (which there are many of working in the back). The floor is covered in small baskets filled with unusual yarns, which are not just meant for knitting ... some are very fine and great for weaving, but with others it's difficult to figure out what exactly you'd make with them, which is what makes it so exciting. I've bought balls of yarn here simply as objects.
The walls are covered in handwoven fabrics from Japan and Laos, which you can buy by the yard (or half) and are surprisingly affordable. This time I just couldn't stop myself from getting a half yard of this handwoven striped fabric of organic natural and indigo dyed cotton. I think I'll make a pillow .... or simply display it with my 'object yarn balls'.