Special Offer from Knitty City

by phyllis

Beginning April 5 (that's tomorrow, Friday) Craftsy.com, the provider of the best online craft classes,  is offering a fabulous discount  (up to 75% off)  on many of their classes.  In order to find out what's being offered visit www.crafsty.com and be sure to use the following link  www.craftsy.com/KnittyCity_SpringSale2013. if you order!

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Bunny, bunny - who's got the bunny??

by phyllis

 

 

A few weeks back we sent out an email asking our friends  and customers help us by bringing in some of their favorite hand made "lovies".  You know - hand made creatures likes rabbits, bunnies, duckies, puppies, etc.   As long as they are 75% yarn, and are knitted, crocheted, felted, pom-pommed, spun -- whatever has struck its creator's fancy - as long as it celebrates Spring time.....and your creativity --we would like to put them in our spring window. There will even be prizes awarded:

 First Prize:  $50.00 gift certificate
Second Prize:  $25.00 gift certificate
Third: $10 Gift Certificate

(All entries must be received by 3.30.13)

 

Next month, we'll be showcasing more soft and cozy things things in the window  and featuring patterns, yarns and finished projects for the true ojects of our affection:

Be sure to keep your eye on our windows!

 

Now, let's talk about some of the terrific new things that came into the store in the past week:

NEW YARNS

Shibui Linen

 

Shibui Linen is a crisp, breezy fingering weight yarn composed of fine linen strands in a chain ply structure. Try it on its own for light, summery garments, or mix with another  yarn for different creative effects. Linen has a superb drape and flow and is the perfect choice for shawls, light weight cardigans and tops.  As usual, Pearl has indulged us by ordering a great variety of color.If you see it, and like it, now is the time to snap it up.

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When we last wrote about Neighbohood Fiber Yarn, it was to tell our customers about the worsted weight that Knitty City is now carrying.   Now, we're happy to tell you we have this great yarn value in a fingering weight:  Rustic Fingering, to be exact.  The colorways are even more exciting in the lighter weight.  Look at this example. 

Image of Rustic Fingering (Cleveland Park)

Soft and smooth, single-ply fingering-weight superwash merino yarn has enough yardage for scarves, small shawls, baby items and more.  Single ply construction gives amazing stitch definition.

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CLASSIC ELITE

Canyon

Canyon is the newest addition to Classic Elite's MountainTop Collection of naturally colored yarns. Pima cotton combines with a just a hint of undyed alpaca, to create a smooth and silky yarn in a perfect weight for spring and summer projects.   The four subtly toned neutral shades are sure to compliment everything in your summer wardrobe. Canyon looks great in stitches ranging from plain Stockinette or Garter stitch to intricate lace and cables.

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ALCHEMY

Tweedy

Alchemy makes  yarns of transformation  and they specialize in unique, luxurious fibers, with emphasis given to an interesting blend.. They import the finest quality yarns from all around the world, in search of the inspiring and the beautiful. We already carry Silken Straw, but when we saw Tweedy at a recent yarn show, we admit that we were smitten.  Can you blame us?

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Tweedy is a luscious blend of alpaca, cotton and silk

That's all we have to say on the subject.  Come in & see for yourself!

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FROG TREE

Pediboo 

Pediboo comes from Frog Tree Yarns, which is a Not-For-Profit company dedicated to supporting the Fair Trades. This amazing machine washable, merino/bamboo  yarn comes in a variety of rich colors, and is so increadibly soft and durable, you'll never want to stop knitting or wearing it.   Knitty City is now carrying both the sock and worsted weights. Having just finished an Easter Sweater for a certain little girl, I admit to being very impressed with Pediboo sock Yarn,  I have always loved the blend of wool and bamboo, and this is an especially pleasing (and comforting) mix. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

A Special New Class with Lisa Daehlin

IMPROVISATIONAL INTARSIA IN LACE KNITTING

USING A PATTERN OF LACE AND BLENDING IT WITH INTARSIA COLOR TECHNIQUE,

THIS "GUIDED IMPROV" KNITTING EXPLORATION WILL UNLEASH YOUR INNER CREATIVE FIBER ARTIST




Saturday, March 23

2:00-5:00PM

Fee: $60.00

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Easy Stitches for Inpatient Knitters

With Edie Eckman

Saturday, May 11, 2013

10A-1P

Bored with stockinette and garter stitch, but too busy for something difficult? Let Edie Eckman, author of scads of books (most recently:  Connect the Shapes) teach you  quick-and-easy stitch patterns that will keep your interest alive --and allow you to watch the ball game at the same time!  A knowledge of knit and purl stitches is required as are materials for the class, which will be held at the local St. Agnes Library Community Room (3rd Fl)  on 81st & Amsterdam .  Call for details today! Cost: $60.00

 

 Another...... VERY SPECIAL CLASS

With  CAT BORDHI

Saturday, May 25

10A-3PM

DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MEET ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND INSPIRATIONAL KNITTERS OF OUR TIME!    Being a west coaster, Cat is not often in our great city, so every time she schedules a trip, we make sure to invite her to Knitty City.   We will notify you of the place via our newsletter  and our social media but we wanted you to mark your calendars, today, since we anticipate a very good attendance.

Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters

During her class, your feet will guide you to create a portable Personal Footprint which will carry all the information you need to knit yourself perfectly fitting socks anywhere you go. These socks are knit 100% in the round, with no rows or purling. There are no short rows, no stitches to pick up, no gauge calculations, no gussets, no heel flaps, and no grafting. The method is described in detail in Cat's book, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, which you will need to have for this class.            Please note:  Knitty City is offering this book at 25% off if you need to purchase it.       Cost of 6 hr. class:   $100.00

All people who take this class must be able to do the following without supervision: knit in the round with choice of DPNs, 2 circular needles, or 1 long circular needle; knit 2 sts together (k2tog), slip a stitch purlwise, knit into front and back of a stitch (kfb), long-tail cast-on, and standard bind off.

Supplies:  In addition to Cat's Book (see above), you will need:   A piece of cardboard large enough to trace your foot on  and scissors for cutting it out. In addition to the usual knitting supplies: bring an excellent quality sport to worsted weight yarn and an excellent quality sock yarn. Sock yarn is available at the store and will be offered to all class takers at 10% off.   The heavier yarn will be used for learning the toe start and may also be used for the whole sock if you want to make fast progress in class; if you are not a fast knitter this is a really good idea.  This class is limited to 25 people, so make sure you get on the list, today.

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FUN NEW PRODUCTS:

SUB URBAN introduces recycled cement bags collection - "elephant brands". These bags were used for exporting cement to neighboring countries of Thailand. So, it must be water resistant and heavy duty material to hold up the cement. Knitty City is carrying a selection of totes, messenger bags and duffle bags.  Any and all are wonderful and sturdy "totes" for your projects!  These are going quickly - Lots of us love elephants, I guess!



On-Going Classes

More Kids Club

Now 3 days a week

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays!

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Knitty City will be closed March 31, Easter Sunday

 

Another Date to Remember for all  Tri-State Knitters

The Annual Garden State Yarn Crawl will be held this year on April 18-21. 

Check: www.gardenstateyarncrawl.com for details!

 



 

  

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March begins on Friday!!!! Can Spring be far behind????

by phyllis

 

March Begins this Friday!

 

Since Spring is just around the corner, the watchword for March is versatility!  Yarns need to suit the season and we have lots of suitable yarns and ideas for your consideration.  One of the most creative yarns we know is Lopi - Not only because it's a beautiful yarn, but also because it comes in 3 distinct weights:  Heavy, Lite and Lace. 

We now carry Lopi in   3 weights:
Lopi - Traditional heavier weight
Lopi Lite - Half the weight of regular Lopi
Lopi Einband - Lace weight Lopi
The traditional Lopi is ideal for those sweaters that serve as great transitional pieces.  You know what we mean:  On the days you don't want a coat but you desperately need a good covering to stay warm enough to knit outdoors?  And.....remember  how you just "hanker" to knit up some lace at the first spring breeze? Well, Lopi (and Knitty City) has you covered, literally and metaphorically, with its beautiful lace weight. To celebrate this gorgeous yarn, Knitty City is naming Lopi its Yarn of the Month for March.  That means that all Lopi yarns (and a few other European favorites) are on sale at 10% off.
 
But, you don't have to take our word for it alone.  Let us introduce you to a person who speaks from experience:  Vedis Jonsdottir.  She's one of Lopi's favorite designers and she's New York's answer to taming the Lopi.  Come meet her on March 7th when she'll be in the store with a slide presentation and a talk about her love of this versatile yarn and the book she created to showcase it.
Thursday, March 7th
Vedis Jonsdottir
6-8 PM
"Knitting with Icelandic Wool"

If you come in before that - and we sure hope you do - please check out our newest addition to our yarn family:

Neighborhhood Fiber Co's  " Studio Worsted".   Available in a wide range of colors, these 400 yd. skeins are beauty and quality maximized. You can knit a lot with 400 yds of goodness:  scarfs, small people sweaters, hats & long sleeved hand warmers, cowls, pillows - the list goes on and so does Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s yardage.  There's lots of "buzz" about this yarn, so stop by and check it out.  Here's a peak at one of our favorite colorways.  I'm scooping this color up to make a little jacket for my favorite toddler. 

Another Exciting Addition to the Store is Lotus Yarn



Last newsletter, we wrote about their new Mink Yarn, now Lotus has sent us two more versions  of their yarns.


Autumn Wind
A lightweight blend of cotton & cashmere, this yarn is ideal for Spring time wear.


Miya
This shawl was created using Miya, a 70%mink 20%merino 10%silk blend that creates a year-round material.  To find the pattern, just go here: 
www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/miya-shawl

 

Don't forget about our regular "stuff"

Kid's Club on Tues, Wed & Thurs.

On-going knitting and crochet classes

Check it all out on our calendar at www.knittycity.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Happy Valentine's Day from Knitty City & Craftsy!

by phyllis

 Great News!

 

Knitty City is now partnering with CRAFTSY.COM to bring you the best in online classes.  As a special Vlalentine's Day Surprise, they are currenty running a sale on some pretty exciting knitting classes.  Go to 

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Truly, Madly, Deeply......Red

by phyllis

Truly, Madly, Deeply.........Red

 

As knitters and crochet enthusiasts, we tend to celebrate each holiday as an opportunity  to create something special.  Valentine's Day is just such an occasion.  At Knitty City, we've upped the action for this sweet reminder of the importance of love by putting all of our red yarns on sale for the month of February. That means that every single, truly, deeply, red yarn  is on sale at l0% off for the entire month.   It's our way of saying celebrate your passions - whatever (or whomever) that may be. 

 

Also on sale this month is a  book that Illustrates both the beauty and wisdom of heart healthy activities and care:

 

The knitting community has always come together to support a great cause, and Knit Red demonstrates  its commitment to women's heart health in a way that is a guaranteed win/win. These 30 beautiful, red-themed projects help raise awareness of the number-one killer of women today: heart disease The patterns are all donated by top designers, including Debbie Stoller, Nicky Epstein, Debbie Bliss, Norah Gaughan and Jared Flood.  In addition, the book offers important medical information, a Heart Healthy Resources and Action Plan, and powerful stories.  It's the perfect Valentine's Day gift for any knitter.   Here's another idea:  Show  it to a non-knitting loved one, and offer to knit them something special with the red yarn you've found at KC!  Here are a few examples of the terrific patterns you'll find in this book

 

 

Yarns Just IN

Our threshold has been crossed with a generous shipment of Hand Maiden Yarns, including Sea Silk and Maiden Hair.

  

Another New Yarn  - Just in from Pagewood Farm is "Comfy"


This gorgeous bulky yarns comes in the most spectacular colors (check out the pink/mango colorway).  A single skein would make up one gorgeous bulky weight hat!

Also In Right Now!

Lopi Forever!

Knitty City is now carrying Lopi Yarns in 3 weights!
Lopi - Traditional heavier weight
Lopi Lite - Half the weight of regular Lopi
Lopi Einband - Lace weight Lopi

Lots of Natural colors, some beautiful richly dyed and guaranteed warmth!

 

 Talking LOPI!

Meet the Designer Series
Thursday, March 7th
6-8 PM
Vedis Jonsdottir

"Knitting with Icelandic Wool"

 

She'll be appearing at the store and presenting a slide show on her work. 

We  just about sold out on our first order of  her books. Not to worry, though, we've ordered plenty more!

All of our Lopi is out and on the shelves already!

New Book In for Vintage Lovers

Vintage Design Workshop is the guide that retro-loving knitters have been waiting for: A welcome resource  for those who have been frustrated by historic patterns that come in one size only.  This essential book, for those who love "vintage" knit wear, teaches you how to update any pattern from the past  to accommodate modern sizes and  offers advice on current day yarns to use. The second section demonstrates how to adapt modern patterns to create a vintage silhouette. 

Talking Patterns

Here's a free and newly edited pattern from us to you!

Lucy’s TML Scarf
**This scarf project is a great way to use up your “stash” odds and ends**

Garter edge rectangular scarf with striped stockinette interior

      

See if this links works:  /knittyblog/user/upload/Lucy's TML Scarf.pdf 

It's often  a gamble when sending a link, so if this doesn't down load, stop by the front desk and ask Zach (or whomever is on the desk) to give you an updated version of this lovely and popular pattern.  It's a great way  to use up all those odds & ends from your Holiday Knitting.


Spring Time Events

OK, so it seems like Spring is a bit off in the future, but given the popularity of these designers and their work, we thought you might want to mark your calendars!

Book Signing
Friday, April 12
1-3 PM
Amy Herzog
"Knit to Flatter"

Knit to Flatter is about celebrating the body you have been given and creating sweaters that make you look and feel great. Part instruction manual and part pattern collection, Knit to Flatter teaches you how to assess your shape and then knit accordingly.  Amy Herzog presents silhouettes and styles that work with each body shape, along with four ideal sweater patterns per category. She then provides patterns for 10 more sweaters with guidelines for customizing, so they can be tailored to flatter. Each pattern is written in up to 10 sizes, and the garments are photographed on "real" people.   You can check out Amy's work (and her blog) at the following url:  http://www.amyherzogdesigns.com/blog/

Saturday, May 11
10-1 AM
Edie Eckman
- Author of the new "Crochet One Skein Wonders" will be teaching a class for us.
(Note:  Class will be held at the St. Agnes Library @ 81st & Amsterdam)

Saturday, May 18
10-1 AM
2-5 PM

Cat Bordhi is in NYC and she will be teaching at Knitty City!

Cat's morning class will be held at St. Agnes Library, 81 & Amsterdam Ave.
Afternoon Class Locale: TBD
All class subjects will be announced in February!

 

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