My husband and I planned to take the train up to New York for the day. He had work to do, so I was going to be left to explore the city alone for most of the day. To prepare, since I knew it would be super-cold, I made myself a pair of leg warmers. I used an afghan crochet stitch that I've always loved that came from a vintage afghan booklet of my grandmother's. The pattern looks great in those the colors.
They were a smash hit in NY. They were super warm. I felt a little goofy, like I was back in my alterna-teens, "Why is everyone looking at me?" I was totally thrilled, though, when my husband heard one girl (near NYU) say, "I need to get some legwarmers." as we passed her and her friend. At least not everyone was thinking I was a dork. :)
I went to Kinokuniya. They didn't have the stuffie book I was hoping to get, but I found an alternative stuffie book (who hand sews a felt replica toilet? maybe me.) and I also bought the excellent japanese purse book that I've seen in almost everyone's online library (the one with the bird purse). The purse book is even more wonderful than I'd imagined.