Fall on the Horizon.....

by phyllis




Hard as it is to fathom, Fall is right around the corner. For those of us in the knitting industry, it is a time of mixed emotions.   We love the warm weather and lazy days as much as anyone, but we admit to getting excited when the fall yarns start to roll in and that is certainly beginning at Knitty City. We have just received a nice big batch of Madeline Tosh Yarns in various weights. 

It's a treasure trove of color on the back table at the moment. The newest shipment includes Tosh Merino Light, Pashmina, Sock, Sport, etc. Hurry in  to catch a skein or two of  your favrorite weight and color.


More Nooch is in the house, as well. This locally produced yarn has been a big success for us and for the two young entrepreneurs who dye it right here on the Upper West Side! You'll find this new lot on the front table.


And, talking about Favorites...

Malabrigo's Rasta is back in stock!


This 100% wool, chunky yarn is a favorite of knitters of all levels. Its colors are typical of Malabrigo's sophisticated taste and, being a bulky wool, it knits up fast to provide those of all experience levels with great satisfaction. Hurry on in to see it.  Rasta has a lot of fans and it tends to sell quickly. 




For many people, the spinning of yarn is as mesmerizing and soothing as knitting or crocheting.  Since we understand, AND......we have a resident spinner on site (Mary Hayne), we are now hosting  a spinning group every Sunday from 3-4 PM.  Knitty City has spindles and fleece for sale, and the group is welcoming spinners of all types - from beginners to the more experienced. Come on in, meet some nice people, and try your hand at spindle spinning.  It's Pay-what-you-wish,  too!


Kid's Club this September!

Kid's club is starting up again, soon. Beginning in September, Betty Marsella will be teaching our youngest customers (7-9) from 3:30-4:30 ($25), and the older ones (10+) from 4:30-6 PM ($35), on Wednesdsys.  Call the store to find the start date - after Labor Day and school start-up, no doubt. 

Fall Magazines Now In

Interweave's Fall issue and Vogue's Early Fall issue are now in the store. Plus, Interweave has just sent us their newest "Enchanted Knits". Happy planning, everyone!


Knitty City Goes Country

How do you feel about a 2 day weekend (one night) in the Country with a master color work teacher? We are planning a class on color and finishing techniques in a charming historic inn about an hour and a half from the UWS? We will also have a "Gentle" Yoga  and meditation teacher on hand to keep us moving in the right direction. Neither the knitting nor the Yoga calls for expertise - though you do need to know how to knit and purl, of course, and it helps to have a passion for  color. Our target dates are November 8 and 9 and we are limiting the class to 10 attendees, so do let us know if you wish to receive more information. We'll put you on the mail list (for info only) and get back to you with additional information, asap.

Don't Forget!

August is lace month @ Knitty City.  Any and all lace yarns are 10% off, and we continue to offer some super buys (40% off) on our sale table. For information on August classes, please go to our Calendar Page or check out our August listing on our Ravelry group page: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knitty-city/2989974/1-25

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July Sale!

by phyllis

Do you believe we are half way through July already? Yikes! That means there are only 12 more days of our super July sale since Knitty City is taking a brief week off from the 27th of July through August 1. So hurry on in and help us sweep clean with some real bargains for your summer and fall knitting. Pearl doesn't fool around with the word "sale" so for the whole month  sale yarns are 40% off and all sale books, too. All other books are on sale at 10% off.  You will find the sale yarns on a center table, and you'll want to check back often since Pearl likes to surprise us with new offerings.


Fabulous New Fall Yarns are Arriving!

These are not on "sale," but they are still well worth checking out.  New yarns include one from Madeline Tosh:  A.S.A.P. - a "cool", single ply, chunky type yarn in her signature colors. It sounds like a hot knit, but it's only hot in the stylish sense when you  use one skein to make something lush like this:



It's quick, it's easy and it's a good start on projects for the Holiday season - which, as we all know, is waiting in the wings! 


For those who love Freia Yarns - and for those who have not yet fallen in love - consider stopping by soon to check out our newest shipment of Freia Sportweight. Pearl has done her usual good job of ordering lots of colors and if there's anyone out there who is not captivated by this lovely yarn, we have yet to meet them.


Gumballs from Knitted Wit

Mini Skeins for Mini Projects

Are you knitting the Beekeeper’s Quilt? Maybe some mochimochi? Looking for a small quantity of pretty colored yarn? Gumballs are the perfect mini skein! 45 yards of 100% super wash merino. Perfect for tiny projects!


More Minis!

Unicorn Tails 


These Madeline Tosh 50 yard mini-skeins are priced reasonably and they provide the perfect amount of yardage for edgings or trim. Buy a variety of colors and make a wonderful combo-color project.

Frabjous Fibers Wonderland Yarn

Making  Color Coordination Easy

One of us is in the middle of making a back-to-school Fair Isle for her favorite second grader and she was driving everyone  wild while she tried to find the perfect color coordinates for her about-to-be-created cardigan. Then she discovered this new collection of yarns from Frabjous Fibers and her problem was solved!

  Inspired by Lewis Carroll's timeless classic Alice in Wonderland, Frabjous Fibers has developed a whole new line of soft merino yarn  in 3 differeent weights: worsted, sport & fingering. The yarn comes in 16 core colors and there are tonal variations on each which you need to see to appreciate. Our fair isle friend chose the pack of 1 oz. coordinated colors you see here to work with a pale grey main color. We'll make sure she sends a finished picture when all is done.

How About A Little Summer Reading & Fall Planning?
The Early Fall Issue of Vogue Knitting is in the house!

The Knit Goes On!

We may be taking a week off (July 27 through August 1), but we'll still be supporting the craft we love so well with our on-going "Learn to Knit" classes in Bryant Park every Tuesday, from 1:30 to 3 PM. A few weeks ago, 40 "beginners" left knowing how to knit! Thanks to our sponsors Plymouth Yarn and Crystal Palace for their donation of yarn and needles. All yarn and needles are provided for lessons, but both must be returned at the end of the session. If you are already a knitter, please join us  and bring your project. We would love to see you! You inspire us. (All our learn to knit squares are made into blankets which are donated at the end of the summer season. To register or read more: http://www.knittycity.com/knittyblog/index.php/kevent/view/464



Well, that's it for the moment.  Be back with a newsletter before we close, but wanted to catch up via the blog.  We know that summer is a slow time for cool weather knitting, but don't forget that we carry loads of cottons, linens and some are even on sale.  Stop by soon!





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Wonder-filled Summer News from Knitty City

by phyllis

  Summer Wonderland @ Knitty City

We have more than one wonder this summer at Knitty City:

Wonder #1: 

Let's begin with our First Wonder: Knitty City is proud to present a new selection of terrific yarns from Frabjous Fibers aptly named:

Inspired by Lewis Carroll's timeless classic Alice in Wonderland, Frabjous Fibers has developed a whole new line of wonderful yarns in 3 differeent weights.  Choose "March Hare" (worsted weight), "Cheshire Cat"  (fingering weight) that's perfect  for a delicate shawl or cowl, or "Mad Hatter" (sport weight).  The lighter weights are ideal for current (or on the road) projects, while you might wish to stash the worsted since we don't believe it will linger for long. 


Wonder #2: 

Nooch Yarn!

A neighborhood sourced yarn, Chelsea sock yarn is in! It's a gorgeous blend of merino and cashmere, with a touch of nylon for long wear. Knit yourself a burst of color with a pair of Fourth of July Hiking Socks! The nylon will insure long lasting wear while the comfort of soft, breathable wool will make the trekking easy.




Just when we thought that she couldn't top herself or her yarns, Madeline Tosh went and did it again -- and we have it in stock!  Welcome to Madeline Tosh's new A.S.A.P. - a spectacular single ply merino chunky yarn. It's available in all her luscious glazed solid colorways. Working up at a super bulky guage (size 13-17 needles),  A.S.A.P is perfect for  accessories that  you’ll complete with quick turnaround  and lots of  satisfaction.   It may be a "bulky" yarn, but it's sure to fly high, very quickly - it's all about the color and the quality.. Also just in is a new shipment of Merino DK Light plus  the most beguiling assortment of "unicorn tails".  These 50 yard mini-skeins  are priced very reasonably and they provide the perfect amount of yardage for edgings or trim.  Buy a variety of colors and make a wonderful combo-color  project.


Wonder #4:

Summer Knitting Lessons at Bryant Park


Our free beginner knitting lessons, held on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30-3:00, started off with a great turn-out: 40 people were there and all beginners left knowing how to knit! Thanks to our sponsors Plymouth Yarn and Crystal Palace for their donation of yarn and needles. All yarn and needles are provided for lessons, but both must be returned at the end of the session. If you are already a knitter, please join us - bring your project. We would love to see you! You inspire us.

Special Promotion for new knitting students: All beginning knitters are eligibe for a $5.00 coupon good towards any purchase of $25 or more. Just one per student, for the season.


Dates to Remember for the Month of July!

Knitty City will be closed on Independence Day, July 4th.

Knitty City will be closed from Sunday, July 27 through Friday, August 1

(We will reopen at the normal hours on Saturday, August 2)

In Honor of Maya Angelou, our Book Club will be reading:

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" - Discussion: Thursday, July 10, 6-8 PM

Big Apple Knits: Charity Knitting Meet-Up:  Thursday, July 17, 6:30-8 PM


Well, that's it for the moment. Don't forget to stop by and pick up some fun summertime project materials. We have plenty of light weight yarns that will be glad to accompany you on your warm weather adventures. Stop by often!

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May Magic

by phyllis


Marvelous May

Hooray, Hooray it's the Month of May

Outdoor knitting begins today!

The weather is balmy, the sky is blue

We put Madeline Tosh Yarn on sale for you!


That's right!  All Madeline Tosh yarn is on sale all month for 10% off.  Now's the time to scoop it up. You don't have to know what you will do with it - though we'll be happy to suggest one or two projects.    Just take advantage of this good deal since we tend to put MT on sale only once a year.  Here's the low-down on some of our other "new" yarns:


Fyberspates "Vivacious"

We now have this beautiful 100% Merino (washable) yarn in two weights: dk & sock.  The hand is luscious as are the colors.  This is the same company that produces  Scrumptious yarn, so you know it's special.


Manos "Franca" Bulky weight yarn in glorious (washable) merino - in colors that only Manos achieves.


Upcoming Events



May 24 (Sat.)2-4 PM - Meet Julie Asselin, creator of yarns extraordinaire.  This talented young Canadian woman is rocking the fiber world with her new, exciting yarns in signature colors.  She'll be bringing some garments that showcase her yarns, and she would love it if you brought in anything you made with her materials.  She'll delight you with her enthusiasm and warmth!  Please join us! 


Please mark your calendar for Thursday, May 29, (6-8 PM) when Vogue Knitting's top editorial team joins us for a look at Cascade Yarn's newest book and the trunk show featuring some of its most popular patterns.


Like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share, and on Thursday, June 5, from 6-8 PM, that's what she'll be doing with her new book:  Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects.   Jessica has honed her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources.  Join us for a book signing and a talk and a little project sharing at this FREE event.  We promise you'll learn a lot!



June 14 (Sat) 2:30-4:30: Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day by knitting or crocheting in public!  Come to Bryant Park with your newest project. Join us behind the statue of Gertrude Stein, with her orange knitted scarf, for an afternoon of knitting/crocheting and community! We will be collecting 6″ or 12″ washable squares to be used for  FEGS Blankets of Love program. We’ll gladly reserve special tables for your knitting group if you email us in advance: pearl@knittycity.com.                                            What to bring:
Bring snacks. If you wish to destash, you can donate your yarns to FEGS Blankets of Love Program, and the New York Asian Women’s Center.

PS: Bryant Park’s restrooms are the best in the city.


Please Remember: In honor of Memorial Day, Knitty City will be closed on Monday, May 26

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Welcoming Spring.....

by phyllis

March  ( and the months that preceded it) has had it's way with us, and we are more than ready to show it the door.  But while we usher out winter, we welcome in all of you to partake of some new spring projects. 

New Yarns @ Knitty City

"Extra, Extra"

Some of our light weight yarns have come in, and a few of the heavier ones are new to the store, as well.  Given the changeable nature of the weather and the current love of  puffy little  cropped jackets that we've been seeing around town,  we were  drawn to  the beauty of Blue Sky Alpacas new  "Extra" yarn.  It's a 50/50 blend of baby alpaca and fine merino so it's light and luscious.  A worsted weight yarn, knitted on US 7-9 needles, this yarn is swoon-worthy.



Radiant is the best way to describe this almost pure (97%) silk yarn. It has an incredible range of colors and variations that work like mad with the "starry" bits. Each skein has 200 yards of silky delight and a simple scarf or cowl would light up the neckline of any spring top.


Madras is a cottony yarn that has great body and drape. Worked on a size 7 or 8 needle, it is a relatively fast knit that could translate nicely into a spring (yes, it is coming) camisole that would work really well under a blazer or a lightweight jacket.  We have this in about 4 or 5 colorways, and we've swatched up a square so you can pick it up and see and feel its pleasing weight.


Next time you want to glow in the dark, consider knitting yourself something in this Regia Sock Yarn - It's great for the outdoor types and it even aids in visibility.   The colors are so bright and cheery they're sure to put a bounce in anyone's  step.  Great for hats, mittens, socks, running gloves - the possibilities are endless.  Page through the pattern book for even more inspirations!

Magazines Just in @ Knitty City

Knitty City has  long known and admired Michelle Wang and her great sense of style - and we're in good company.  We were especially happy to see one of her most recent designs turn into a cover for the Spring edition of knitwear. Congratulations, Michelle.  We love what you do and how you do it. To read about Michelle's design process, visit her blog @ www.mishi2x.com/

Knit Simple

The Spring/Summer Issue is in and has some sweet patterns for the younger ones in our lives, as well as the usual complement of easy-to-do and pleasant-to-have projects


Upcoming Classes & Events @ Knitty City


Young Designer Series

Holly Chayes

Join us on  Thurs., April 3, from 6-8PM, when Holly Chayes will share   her work at our Young Designer Series. She is a maker of exquisite lace and fiber and we think of her as a magician of the best kind.  Here's one of our favorite quotes from Holly: "I want to create magic. And knitting is magic, a quiet kind." Get a preview of Holly's work here: http://www.hollychayes.com/patterns
and then come and meet this lovely young alchemist who turns fiber into fairy treasure


Don't Forget

All Malabrigo yarns are on sale for the rest of today. Come in and stock up. Starting tomorrow, April 1, the Yarn of the Month will be Manos!  - Another fabulous find @ 10% off for the whole month.

In our newest yarn industy profile, we talked with Betsy Perry, owner of Classic Elite Yarns, who summed up life in the knitting world: "Even on a bad day, we get to work with yarn."   We couldn't agree more and we might add that we also get to meet some of the nicest people on the planet.


Come visit us soon and in the meatime, keep knitting or crocheting. 

Better yet, do both!




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