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

by phyllis

Central Park

Winter 2014


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    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:  :


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


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:

December Book Club

All Welcome!

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


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:

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We're BAAAACK! - Just in Time for the Holidays

by phyllis


We're baaaaack! 

Some of you may know that we had our web site down for a little tender R & R but now we're back and just in time for our favorite time of year: Fall & Winter Knitting Time! Read about our newest items and classes and learn how you can make gifts, save on yarn(s) and learn something new - all at once!


Fall News


As you may have noticed, the weather has a little nip in it these days.  We've felt it  since the shop has been busy with customers eager to begin their cold weather knitting.  We're happy to see old friends and welcome new ones!  For those of you who are new, let us take just a moment to let you know about our Frequent Buyer  Rewards Program.  For every $20.00 spent at the store, you get the gentle "punch" of a star shape on our Knitty City Bonus Card.  Be sure to ask Zach (aka: the "guy at the counter") or one of our fellow knitting colleagues at the store for the details.


Yarn of the Month

November's YOM will be any and all yarns by Tahki/Stacy Charles.  All of TSC's terrific yarns will be 10% off for the month of November. 

 The Tahki Stacy Charles's  line of yarns consists of a number of notable brands:  We carry Filatura Di Crosa, S. Charles Collezione, Tahki Yarns,  and  the new TSCArtyarns.  Within the collection of fine yarns, you're sure to find something special.  The sale began Nov. 1 and runs through the 30th!

Note:  We now are carrying Zara l4 - a chunky version of the popular Zara yarn.  For one skein of Zara 14  purchased, TSC is providing one free hat pattern.  You'll find the pattern selection at the counter - Just ask Zach or Pearl to show it to you, and we'll download a b/w version of your choice.

November Events

October's classes were a big success - so much so that we'll be repeating some of them.  Here are the details about new ones as well as already scheduled upcoming events!

Intermediate Knitting Sampler:An Exploration of Color, Texture, and Form with Lisa Daehlin
Nov 2, 9, and 16, 1-3pm; $40 each  The technique of knitting allows for so many variations.

Join us on an exploration of  facets of the craft  as we review and learn different  techniques.  Each week focuses on a new one. Sign up for any or all sessions: 

Sat, Nov 2 - Texture (cables, bobbles, knit/purl combinations, etc)

Sat,Nov 9 -   Lace & Openwork                                                                                                                             

Sat,Nov 16 - Architectural elements (picking up stitches, working in unexpected directions, etc.

Requirements: Know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.
Materials: Worsted or DK weight yarn (1 ball each of 2 or 3 solid-colors, fairly smooth texture), knitting needles (size appropriate to your chosen yarn),darning needle, small crochet hook (size E or similar).
For more  about Lisa Daehlin, please visit and 

Crochet With Dana Freed - Tues, Nov. 5, 12- 2 PM; Fee: 30.00

An individualized class for both newcomers and eperienced crochet lovers. 

Needle Felting Jewelry with Leslie Horan Simon

Thursday, November 7, 5-8pm; $60 We will cover some of my basic techniques for creating felted jewelry. All equipment and fiber will be supplied. Jewelry findings supplied by Leslie Simon will be available at a nominal cost. Please bring your own tools and fiber if you like. No previous knowledge of needle felting needed so beginners are welcome.

For more information about Leslie, visit

Friday, Nov 8, 5-8 PM - Knit-Along with Nancy Ricci - A Knitty City FREE Event
Start your Holiday  knitting  with like-minded knitting enthusiasts, using materials bought at Knitty City

Thurs., Nov. l4, 6-8 PM - Book Club Meet Up - "Pope Joan"

Thurs, Nov. 21, 6-8 PM - Cares to Knit Meet Up

Advanced Needle Felting with Leslie Horan Simon
Wednesday, Nov 20, 5-8pm AND Thursday, Nov 21, 6-8pm; $80

We will be creating a bird in this class. We will be using a variety of tools techniques and fibers in order to "sculpt" a realistic looking bird. Please bring your own tools if you have them. Fiber and foam work surfaces will be provided. Some previous experience with needle felting is required. This class is in 2 parts - please make sure you are available to take both parts (Thursday, November 20, 5-8pm and Thursday, November 21, 6-8pm).

For more information about Leslie, visit

For more information on classes and events at Knitty City, please visit our website at  You can click on the calendar and check our regular class list as well.  You can also find us on Facebook ( or join our Ravelry Group. Thanks for stopping by.  We always love seeing you! 









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Are you a Loyalist?

by phyllis

Are You a Loyalist, Yet?
Well, consider yourself formally Invited to become one.  As you may have read, heard or had explained to you, Knitty City has a new Loyalty Program.  It's been launched just in time for the Fall season,  just as the store has become home to an amazing amount of yarn - in  both old and new brands.
Now's the time to get with our program.  It's a very simple one -- long on rewards and short on rules and restrictions.  You'll receive a "star" for every $20.00 you spend and 10 "stars" will earn you a 20% discount on a purchase.  There are a few more rules to know about, but we'll explain it when you come in to get your Loyalty Card.   The point is to hurry in, pick up your card and start earning "stars" from us.  

New Yarns @ Knitty City
Here's the rundown on some of the new yarns just in this week:
Brand New to Knitty City
Knitty City loves the Upper West Side.  Our friends and customers are here, our store is here and our heart lies in the center of the UWS.  That's why we're especially happy to  lend our support to a small yarn producing business  located right here.  Nooch Yarns are produced by two graduate students (Columbia) who, in addition to their post grad work, are producing yarns of interest and personality right here,  in their own home.  Yesterday, they delivered to the store a bountiful supply of their recent  harvest in a gorgeous display of color, in both full  and mini-skein sizes.  Hurry!  As soon as it landed on the back table, it began to sell.

Frog Tree
Pediboo Worsted

If you have tried Pediboo Sock yarn, you already know how enjoyable it is to knit..  Like its sibling, the original sport weight Pediboo,the worsted weight  version  is destined to become a much loved classic. 
It is also exceptionally round and bouncy, which makes it a pleasure for all knitters to handle.  It  produces 
texture with beautiful stitch definition. It is ideal for easy-care warm sweaters, winter weight socks, 
hats, mittens, cowls, and more.

Ewetopia is 
comprised of two merino singles, one superwash and the other not; since the first takes the dye more 
intensively, the colors are marled in the most charming way. And should you want to felt it, you will be 
rewarded with a nubby, pliant fabric.  Like all Frog Tree Yarns, these two are long on appearance and value.  With their variety of weights and lovely colors, they are perfect for a whole range of projects - kids, family, personal and home.
Anyone who knows Knitty City, knows that Pearl tends to lead with her heart as well as her love of wonderful yarn.  So, when she found this line of yarn from Ancient Arts, it appealed to her on both fronts.   Ancient Arts has partnered with the Meow Foundation, and for every skein of yarn that is sold from this collection, they make a donation to benefit stray and abandoned cats in need.  You can be a part of this effort by purchasing yarn from their special collection.  Here's an example of one of their fabulous colors, named appropriately.

In addition to these products, we are getting a lot of repeat yarns in - some in new fall colors.  Check out Berroco's  Borealis (ts10% off all September), Lang's Forte and Rowan's Alpaca Colour for  some new color inspiration.  Know anyone who's about to add to their family or thinking of adopting a pet? 
Here's a fun little yarn you might want to consider for a "welcome" project: Adriafil's KnitCol - a self striping yarn that is now  available in a DK weight!  Supersoft and superwash, this gem of a yarn has great yardage and a delightful color range. 

Books @ Knitty City

Fall is one of the most exciting seasons for new yarns and new books as well.  This year is an especially "rich" one with titles and designs from some of the most talented designers in the world of knitwear.  Come in and see:
-Fair Isle Style by Mary Jane Mucklestone
-Scarf Style 2 by Ann Budd
-Knitting Architecture by Tanis Gray

Fall Magazines In!

Interweave Holiday Gifts 2013
Vogue Knitting - Fall
Rowan Fall - #54

Events @ Knitty City
Metropolitan Knits Book Signing Thursday, September 19, 6:30-8 PM
Melissa Wehrle (long time friend of Knitty City) will be joining us for a signing of her new book

 New Class Offering/One Time Only
Saturday, September 28, 2012
Class on Seamless Knitting & Techniques

Learn the Art of Seamless Knitting , Shaping and Stitch Placement
with Designer/Authors  Simona Merchant-Dest & Faina Goberstein
Simona & Faina will teach  shaping techniques that focus on unique shaping
and stitch placement options with full sized garments from the book.
Full-size garments from the book will be on display and part of our discussion.
Book signing to accompany class;Call the store for time, cost and knit-prep instructions.

This class will be held at the JCC, located at:

334 Amsterdam Ave  New York, NY 10023



A Celebration of All Things Koigu!
Sunday, September 29 - 12-4 PM

Teacher/Designer Rhonda Fargnola will be here to showcase and discuss Koigu's magic.

Other Dates of Note:
 Kid's club starts w/of September 10:  After-School Classes held Tues, Wed and Thurs for kids 7+.
Call store or get details on  blog @

Book Club: September 26, 6-8 PM - "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" by Anna Quinlan

Nancy Ricci Fashion Show: September 30 @ LaCasita Yarn Shop,  253 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY. Time: 7-9 PM; Tickets: $30.00

NYC Yarn Crawl:  October 5,6 (Saturday & Sunday)
Knitty City will be celebrating  our  5th Year as a Yarn Crawl Sponsor with a Kick Off Event on Thurs., October 3rd, from 6-8 PM
Join us and meet Nick and Marianna of Nooch Fibers, a locally dyed yarn that we've just begun to stock. 

Interested in Getting Away From It All?

If you're the type that loves a trip and meeting other like minded people, (who doesn't?), we thought you should know about The Round House Knitter's Retreat hosted by Metaphor Yarns.   They dropped off some information about a neat little event in Colrain, MA that they are hosting this December!. Go here:   to find out all about it.

We'll be back later on in the month.  In the meantime, be sure not to forget to Enroll in Our Loyalty Program!
After all, we always have "stars" in our eyes when it comes to our customers & friends!


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