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.

 

WONDER # 3

 

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.

 

"Sparky"

 
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"

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.

Fluormania

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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March Madness

by phyllis


MADNESS!

 

That's as good a way as any to describe this winter's weather! One day 18 degrees, the next 50. One day snow, the next sunshine. March has always been a mercurial month and it will be even more so this year, or so we hear. Knitty City has worked to keep you covered, literally, by riding the divide between the seasons with yarns that will enable you to transition smoothly from the coldest days to the more temperate ones. 

 Yarns & Patterns @ Knitty City

It's all about layering in our northeastern climes. To that end, we have some lightweight wools and wool blends tthat are the perfect answer to that age-old question: 'How do I dress for this weird weather?'

Take a look at this beautiful pattern Lisa Myers designed in Manos's Fino, a lightweight merino.  Worked on a size US6 needle, it uses only 2 skeins and done in coordinating colors, it makes a beautiful counter-point to a sweater or light spring jacket.

Both pattern (Churros) and yarn are in stock at the store

Here's another solution and one that will bring out the best in your knitting skills. Designed by Hiroko Fugatsu and knit in Madeline Tosh Light Merino, it requires only 2-3 skeins, depending on size.

This lightweight knit jacket is knit in one piece and you know what that means - no seams to sew.  It's also longer in the back than the front, a flattering silhouette for a variety of people. 

Pattern "Hitofude" available on Ravelry

 

More New Yarns @ Knitty City

Plumette by Prism

 

Plumette has all of the incredible silky softness of its big sister yarn, Plume, with a cropped length of fur that makes you think of sheared mink or panné velvet. Pretty jewel toned colors are a great way to bring out the color in your eyes or highlight your skin tone. Think cowl, scarf, jacket trim - just let yourself go and this yarn will meet you more than half-way.

When next in the store, be sure to check out the new Rowan Pure Linen that just hit our shelves, as well as some of the other spring-like new yarns that Pearl has stocked. Misti Alpaca's Pima Silk is a gorgeous blend of pima cotton and lustrous silk. The silk adds just a touch of sheen to this yarn and the hand painted colors are gently beautiful. This yarn is also an ideal pick for spring baby projects. Another new entry from Lang is Seraina, which is a fiber filled knit tube-like yarn that yields a  unique color effect. The beautiful color sequences result in striking geometric patterns.

In last week's newsletter, we wrote about our Shibui Multi Grain Scarf kits, which contain 4 skeins of Shibui Pebble, 2 of Silk Cloud and 2 of Cima. The blending of these different yarns and fibers creates a texture that is as interesting as it is striking. We now have the kit available in Rust as well as the dark blue color-way and black/charcoal version.

 

Complete kit in stock at Knitty City

 

New Goodies in the Store

 

Cool Labels

Anne Kuolukito has designed some rather terrific new labels. You work hard, for heaven's sake, why not sign your work with good intentions and care instructions? You can do both with one of these:

 

Next time you find yourself checking out, take a look at some of the other fun stuff we have at the counter, including the funny and oh-so-true Anne Taintor magnets that seem to get snapped up as soon as they come in.

Coming Events @ Knitty City

We're still firming up our March schedule (more will be revealed in our next newsletter), but we think you should know what is coming. Both of these events will be popular so we suggest you write it down today!

Kristina McGowan, Designer - Thursday, March 6, from 6-8 PM,

   

Modern Top-Down Knitting & More Modern Top-Down Knitting

Kristina McGowan will be appearing at the store as part of our Young Designer's Series. She will be discussing her techniques and showing many of her original knit samples. Kristina enjoys teaching and sharing her techniques, so you're sure to learn a lot!

Sunday, March 16, 1:00 PM - Meet Dyah Dyanite (a.k.a. dy-dy)

We think you may want to get to know this fascinating self-taught fiber artist from Indonesia. Her fascination with cats changed her focus on the knitting path. She makes them in all forms - even scarf adaptations. Here is one of her creations - catching a little nap.

 

Sssh!

Don't forget: All Shachenmayr Yarns are 10% off for the rest of February. If you wish to learn about March's Yarn of the Month, you'll have to come vist us or subscribe to our newsletter.

In the meantime, stay warm and keep knitting!

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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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