The Little Prince Has Landed at Knitty City

by phyllis

 

 

"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." 

Come check out our new window at the store. We're celebrating the Little Prince's 70th Anniversary with a homage to Antoine de St. Exuperury's classic story. When you stop by, please be sure to check out this new sock yarn from Opal. 

 

With Opal's Le Petit Prince, the color work is done for you! The self-patterning sock yarn, named after the fabled classic, creates interesting patterns and stripes as you knit. It's so easy and the effect is as classic as the story. Le Petit Prince is a 75% wool and 25% polyamide (for durability) blend that comes in a great collection of colors. 

Yarn of the Month: Schachenmayr Yarns

 

All Schachenmayr Yarns are on sale this month at 10% off. We are pleased to tell you that this includes My Mountain Yarns, a line that we have at the store for a limited time only. Use the link below to find this free pattern along with many others. Wouldn't it be fun to knit while watching the Olympics? It will go fast since the yarn is lofty and worked with a good-sized needle. 

 

 
Also from Schachenmayr line are Regia Sock yarn and Lumio, a new reflective yarn. Here's a cute pattern for your favorite four-legged pal. 
 
 

 

More New Yarns @ Knitty City  

Jade Sapphire's Khata

 

This luxurious blend of yak and silk yields both warmth and shimmer in equal measure. 
 
 
Khata provides 700 yards of warm beauty in a range of colors that are swoon-worthy!
 
HiKoo Simplinatural
 

Simplinatural combines 3 exquisite fibers - baby alpaca, fine merino, and mulberry silk - in a worsted weight yarn. Each of the fibers picks up color differently and the result is a rich and slightly heathered look. 
Calling in Spring Yarns: Lang Sol Color

 

Not that we're rushing the season or anything, but we couldn't resist this new cotton yarn from the folks who brought us Sol and Sol deGrade, a tape yarn that results in great lightweight garments and accessories. Meet Sol Color. We have this new version of a well-liked cotton in 3 colorways. 
  
Lang's Sol Color

 
Tahiki Stacy Charles' Flora

 A crisp lace weight cotton yarn studded with palettes, Flora is versatile enough to be knit in a wide variety of gauges. This yarn knows no season and can be knit right now. Imagine a loose fitting little shimmery shell you can pop over a velvety top - or make one up for summer and stash it away for a warm day - which may be coming faster than you think.

Upcoming Classes/Events @ Knitty City 
Feb. 8, Sat., 1-3 PM Color Work with Lisa Daehlin - $40

 

Explore different techniques using color
(see: lisadaehlin.wordpress.com for more info)

Feb. 13, Thurs., 6-8 PM - KC Book Club: 

Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham - All Welcome - Free

Feb. 15, Sat., 1-3 PM Architectural Knitting with Lisa Daehlin - $40

 

Explore new directions in knitting
(see: lisadaehlin.wordpress.com for more info)

 

Feb. 20, Thurs., 6;30-8 PM - Big Apple Knits

 

Charity knitting with NYC's chapter of Cares to Knit - FREE
(email: carestoknitnyc@gmail.com for info)

Feb. 22, Sat., 12-3 PM - Make the "It's Only Knit & Purl" Cowl with Maxine Levinson - $40

A workshop those who can knit and purl  - Yes, you!
Learn a variety of stitches & techniques and make a "sampler" neck warmer.  

 

Give yourself a Valentine's Day Present & Take this Class

 

 

Feb. 23, Sun., 8 AM-Noon - Shirley Paden's Finishing Class-$75
Only 10 spaces left - Sign Up Today 
This is the Only Winter Finishing Class Shirley's teaching at KC
 You'll be happy you got up early for this one!

 

Profiles

 
Kristina McGowan

Please check out our Profiles page on our Home Page to read about Kristina McGowan, author, designer, and teacher. Then mark your calendar for Thursday, March 6, from 6-8PM, when Kristy will be at the store to discuss her newest book, More Top-Down Knitting: 24 Garments Based on Barbara G. Walker’s 12 Top Down Templates. She will also be sharing tips and techniques culled from her study of Barbara’s top down methods.  

JOURNEY TO INDIA – PART II

The following is a continuation of a 3 part series detailing a recent trip to India, which was undertaken by one of our colleagues, Phyllis Howe. The trip was a press tour on behalf of Knitter’s Pride, manufacturers of fine knitting needles, crochet hooks and accessories for the needlecraft industry. The final installment of this series will be presented in the next blog posting, scheduled for February 21, 2014.

New Delhi

Our trip to Jaipur completed, the next stop on our tour was New Delhi – a city very different in both energy and industry. More cosmopolitan, it is the site of many office buildings, luxury hotels and many thousands of people. 


The Lotus Temple

THE APNA SCHOOL
Rampur Bagnar

 The day after we arrived, we were invited to attend a ceremony held at the Apna School, which is located about 50 miles outside of New Delhi. The school is supported and financed by Knitter’s Pride.

Owner, Mr. Roop Jain is a passionate supporter of education for young women and men – in equal measure. We visited the school so that the students and staff could show us how their educational resources were being used. 

What was once an area for refuse is now a good-sized campus, where a number of connected buildings house young students. As is the local custom, girls and boys are taught separately, but the campus accommodates both in multiple classrooms.

When we arrived at the village where the school is located, we were greeted by a good sized band of people. Accompanied by a man, beating a drum to announce our arrival, we walked through the streets of the village to the school. Along the way, people stood in the doorway to watch us pass.  

Upon arrival, we were given a room by room tour of the school. We were impressed with the young women in their school uniforms just as much as we were by the curiosity of the youngest students – some of whom looked to be no more than 4 or 5 years old.  


Karin Strom, Editorial Director of Interweave Magazines, being presented with a gift of marigold flowers

 

As we entered each classroom, we were greeted with flowers and a demonstration of what the children were currently working on. These young women come from different villages in the area to obtain an education. It’s the only school that serves them. A nominal fee of $50.00/year is charged to each student, but if families are unable to pay, they are given free tuition. 

 

Since we were the first American women that most of the villagers had ever seen, our assortment of  hair colors, sizes and ages, were a source of great interest. Here they are crowding around to meet us up close. The desire to learn about us was as heartening as their warm smiles. 

 

All in all, we spent about five hours at the school, with the students and administrators. It was eye opening, as well as heart warming, to see the difference a company’s commitment to education and human rights can make.

The trip continued with some of the following days devoted to shopping, incredible meals and visits to former palaces and strongholds of power.


The Red Fort

 To come: A visit to Agra and the Taj Mahal

 

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Knitty City, VK LIVE & What's New......

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It May be Pretty......but boy, is it cold!

by phyllis

Central Park

Winter 2014

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Anyone who knows us, knows our love for this city - no matter what the season.  We admit that our hearts beat a bit faster in the winter since it gives us  chance to share our love of making warm and cozy garments.  It also gives us a chance to admire those made by our customers - so do share with us by sending pictures of how you're coping with this blast of arctic air - knit wise.  (Pets, too, of course.)

 

We also love the winter in NY since it's a time for community.  We hope you'll be part of our community by attending some of our upcoming January events:  First off, Lisa Daehlin, renowned knitter, designer, artist (musical as well as fiber) will be conducting another of her popular series of classes. Beginning this Saturday, Jan.11,from1-3 pm, she'll be teaching the  first of two classes.  Color,Texture and Form is first up, followed by a class on Saturday,  January 25th, 1-3 pm, on Tunisian Crochet.  For more details, be sure to visit her  explanatory blog at http://lisadaehlin.wordpress.com    Fee: $40.00 per class.

 

Talking community, don't forget that VK Live is happening next weekend, January 17, 18 and 19 at the Marriott Marquis Time Square (1535 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Street).  Knitty City will, once again, be the Author Signing hub.  We're located at Booths 712 and 714, right next to Rowan's Booths, 708 and 710.  Apart from selling our usual selection of fabulous yarns (think Madeline Tosh, Malabrigo and lots more) we'll be saying hello to aulthors such as Clara Parkes (The Yarn Whisperer), Nicky Epstein, and Sally Melville.  So come by, say hello, meet an author and be happy!

 

We are willing to bet that anyone who has made one of Martina Behm's, wonderful "leftie" shawls knows what it is to be happy with a pattern.  We're happy to announce that she'll be at Knitty City on Monday, January 20, from 6-8 PM.  She'll be bringing lots of examples of her work, including her own versions of Leftie and Matchmaker - and that's just a few - she promises to bring a lot.  So put on your own leftie, or just come and meet this valued talent on January 20th.  We can't wait to see her in person.

 

New Books

Every year the  annual NYS Sheep & Wool Festival attracts thousands of die-hard yarn and nature lovers.  To celebrate this annual festival of community,  Ysolda Teague brought together eleven designer friends, including Gudrun Johnston, Amy Herzog and Mary Jane Mucklestone, to share the sweaters they would wear to Rhinebeck, NY, the  city in which the the event is held.  Shot on location at the festival, the book is beautifully inspiring, filled with the rich colours and textures of autumn in Upstate New York. Clear patterns in Ysolda’s signature style are included for each design so that you, too,  can make your own special Rhinebeck sweater.

Also in this week are the Spring issue of Interweve Knits (Spring???? that's right) as well as the late Winter Vogue Knitting.  Buy both.  You could knit the gorgeous scarf on Vogue's cover and start to plan what you will be wearing come warmer times.  How cool is it that knitting and crochet are year round activities?  This week, Pearl is visiting San Diego and is at the trade show at  The National Needle Arts Association, where she's considering the warmer weather yarns.


Well, that's it, but only for the moment.  We'll be back via our newsletter or on this blog.  Also be sure to catch us on FB, Ravelry (join our group) and don't forget to come see us at VK Live next weekend.

 

 

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Countdown to countdown week......

by phyllis

Some of us will go to any length to Get in the Spirit!


Not that we have much lack of spirit at Knitty City!That  spirit is strong and we sure have been active.  Everyone - and we mean everyone - seems to have caught the knitting, crochet and spinning spirit.  We have had to reorder all our top selling yarns - not that we're complaining, mind you!  We have met seen so many cool people - old friends and new! Just last week, Vickie Howell, the host of Knitting Daily TV and the designer/contributor to magazines such as Knit Simple stopped in to visit.

Some of the yarns that we're happy to see are new shipments of Madeline Tosh's Vintage, Pashmina, Merino Light and Merino dk.  All in her gorgeous signature colors - the ones that everyone love!  New colors are in from Julie Asselin in the lines we carry.  Malabrigo's roving has also gladdened our doorway once again.  Some are knitting with it.  Some are spinning it - Both are creating beautiful projects.  Another bulky (think quick knit) yarn that we have in is Cascade's Magnum - You can make a hat in a night with Magnum. Here's an appropriate seasonal pattern for you.  You can find this  pattern, as well as a whole bunch of other free Magnum patterns, here:  :http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patterns_magnum.asp

 

Holiday Event at Knitty City

Monday, Dec. 23, 6-7 PM

We hope to see you there!

 

Oh....One More Thing.....

Knitty City is turning 8 this January!  Come help us celebrate on Sat., Jan. 4.

Have a piece of cake on us!


 

 

 

 

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Let It Snow, Let It Shine - It's Holiday Time!

by phyllis

If FROSTY was a knitter........

He'd be shopping at Knitty City all month

 

Here's why:  First of all, the Yarn of the Month is Blue Sky Alpacas, which includes the Spud & Chloe yarns as well.  All BSA yarns and patterns are 10% off this month.  Anyone who has knit with their yarns, knows what a pleasure it is. Look for their Metalico and Alpaca Silk if you want to be impressed, and  Royal Petites are the perfect choice if you're knitting for a winter baby.

Talking Yarn....

Here are a couple of new ones well worth the talk

"Stella"

Julie Asselin's newest addition to her line comes in 6 colors. 

Subtle sparkle mixed with luscious yarn results in Holiday Magic.

 

 We're very happy to be able to carry this special yarn from Tibet, which is spun from Yak down.  Yak down is warmer than cashmere and credited with being softer and hypo-allergenic as well.
"Rewya"  (which means  "hope" in the Tibetan language) yarns are the result of a cooperative of people who live in Tibet.  Profits from the sale of this yarn are reinvested directly into the community - thus making life a little easier and  helping to preserve the traditions of Tibet.

 

Mugs of Joy

 

Special Holiday Gift

This is perfect for  any Knitty City fan  who craves  a big cup of something warm along with their knitting project!  Our over-sized Mug of Joy contains one skein of Malou, an ultra soft alpaca and wool yarn, and the five patterns. A great gift for your favorite knitter ... or yourself!


December Happenings - January, too!

Exploration of Knitting Color, Technique & Form

An ongoing series with Lisa Daehlin

Sunday, December 8th; 2-4pm-  Explore Lace Openwork, (increases and decreases used to create imagery in your knitting, also used as the building blocks of garment shaping, intro to chart and pattern reading

Sunday, December 15th; 2-4pm - Colorwork (slip-stitch/mosaic knitting, striping, intarsia) Your resulting swatches of fabric can serve as a sketchbook of ideas for future projects, or work them together into a showpiece of a shoulder bag or a quilt. The sky’s the limit!

PREREQUISITE: know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off.

Call store for additional information and costs.

For information about Designer/Teacher, Lisa Daehlin, visit:  http://lisadaehlin.wordpress.com


December Book Club

All Welcome!

Thursday, December 12; 6-8 PM - The Good House by Ann Leary

 Make-A-Hat

Maxine Levinson

Saturday, December 7; 12-3 PM

Learn the very useful skill of knitting in the round as you create a wonderful warm hat with no seams to sew up! You  will cover proper joining, when and how to use double pointed needles and how to read a pattern. You will gain the skills to make a variety of beautiful hats and cowls. Fee:$45.00

Dates to Remember

January 4 & 5 - Knitty City is 8 years old this weekend!         Help us celebrate and have a piece of cake on us!

January 17-19 - Vogue Knitting Live @ NY Marriott Marquis.  We'll be hosting our usual Author's Signing  Table (We'll be posting that schedule within the next week or so.) 

Be sure to read about  Upper West Sider and Crochet  Designer Extraordinaire  Dora Ohrenstein's class on Tunisian Crochet, which is scheduled for Saturdday, January 17, from 2-5 PM.  Sign up now to insure a place in her class.  For more information, go to: http://www.vogueknittinglive.com/ehome/66410/classes/

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