Just in Case you haven't heard.......there a sale going on!
July is known for more than one thing: the 4th, blueberries, vacations, and hot weather among them. But, did you also know that, this year, July is the occasion for a geat sale at one of your favorite stores in NYC? Selected yarns are 40% off this month.Come on in and take a look at what Pearl has put on the sale table. In addition to some beautiful premium yarns (Swan's Island, Filatura di Crosa), you will find some great basics: Cotton Classic in bright and basic colors, Punta linens and cottons are among them. Like life, Knitty City changes on a daily basis. So, if you see it grab it, and, conversely, if you don't see it, check again since the bins are being replenished constantly.
Knitty City's July Profile
Barbara L. Chanko, RN, MBA: Staff, Ethics Consultation
Barbara Chanko is a friend of Knitty City, and, we feel honored to make that claim. Barbara and Pearl met when she came to the store as a knitter and described a new project that she had recently become involved with at the VA Medical Center in downtown Manhattan. Trained as a , with a Master of Business Administration, Barbara has worked for the Veteran's Administrationsince l988, where she is on staff as a Health Care Ethicist. In a story of "right place, right time", Barbara eventually became involved with the Women Veterans Knitting Group and began working with the women and their Group Coordinator, Catherine Nadel. The group had begun knitting together a number of years back, and after receiving funding from the VA, the volunteers making blankets and moved on to knitting chemo caps for those undergoing medical treatment.
One day, Barbara noticed that the wall in the lobby of their building had been covered with the same artwork for a considerable amount of time. While it and those who have sacrificed for country, the piece had suffered from its exposure to time and environment. Barbara thought that it might be a good time to consider a respectful change and, so she suggested enlisting the help of the women's knitting group and creating a knitted and felted American flag to fill the 25' x 8' space. After conferring with the members of the Group and their coordinator, it was decided to undertake the project of creating a knitted version of the American Flag. The next step began with a hunt for the right materials.
This is where Knitty City and Pearl Chin enter the picture. Barbara approached Pearl, asking for help in obtaining the necessary materials, and Pearl agreed. Pearl then contacted Cascade Yarns and asked them to consider selling it to the store for a discount, which she on to the group. To Cascade's credit, they immediately agreed. (They have requested a picture when all the work is complete.) Thus, materials were obtained and the work has begun.
Working with double strands of Cascade 220 and size l5 needles the group has started to create the large flag which, before felting, will measure approximately x 18'. The women in the group are doing the horizontal stripes, and, Barbara, herself, has agreed to create the "Union" (otherwise known as the blue part). When all is assembled they will felt the flag in order to create apiece approximately 11 x 6 feet. Upon completion, the stars will be needle felted on the Union and finished flag willhung in the lobby.
Obviously not one to be easily daunted, Barbara is not yet sure of thefelting such a big piece, but, as she said, "The science is there. All we have to do is figure out how to utilize it.”
We have no doubt that she and the VA's group of stalwart volunteers will do exactly that. After all, that's what happens when you are motivated by passion AND ability. As these women already know, they will rise to the occasion.
CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
July 5 - July 18
This yarn has been a big hit with our customers.
Please come in to view their lovely designs up close
Celebrate "Phoebe's Birthday"
Meet Joanna & Eric Johnson
Author & Illustrator
Thursday, July 12, 2012
"Metalico" from Blue Sky Alpacas
50% baby alpaca/50% silk
"Flaxen" from Handmaiden Yarns
65% silk/35% linen
(Please note: These yarns are NOT on sale)
And New Quantities (and Colors) of
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Fall Trend Show from Vogue Knitting
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Melissa Leapman @ St. Agnes Library (81 & Amsterdam)
Saturday, September l5, 2012
Class subject to be announced plus book signing afterward at the store