Mother's Day is May 13th
Before we launch into letting you know about what's happening at the store, we thought we'd help you get a jump start on Mother's Day Shopping by giving you a few ideas. This way, if you care to drop a hint or need to keep a list of your own, you're all set.
Ideas for Neat Mother's Day Gifts
(to see pictures of our suggestions, you'll also find these ideas on the April 16 newsletter)
1. Chic-A Bags - Various Sizes & Styles
2. Sol Mate Socks - Already made up for you
3. A Tote Bag - Blue Q, Walker, Quote Totes,etc.
4. Loreley Scarf Kit or Sock Kit - Koigu Yarn Included
5. A Classic Book - Barbara Walker', Ann Budd, Vogue Knitting
(Ask a KC Associate for some good recommendations in this category)
6 Always the perfect Idea: A Knitty City Gift Card
As promised, we're continuing to focus on some of the iteresting (and talented) people who work in or frequent, our store. Here's a snapshot of one of our regulars that we thought you might like to know a little better.
June learned to knit early on, thanks to a 6th Grade teacher, but she passed on the knitting for a while - her mom was a crocheter and she was not influenced by either at the time. She was, however, intereted in the sciences. (For what it's worth: The intrigue of fiber art is often a common interest among scientists and mathemticians - as well as writers.)
After graduating from Bryn Mawr with a degree in Biology, June ultimately became a Sr. Research Staff Associate at Cornell Hospital's Invitro Program. Her work is demanding and requires sequential days and long hours, so time off is precious. A big part of that free time is devoted to countering the effects of an intense professional life and that's where knitting comes in. In 2006, a friend and colleague, reintroduced her to it as an antidote to stress. June picked up her needles and proceeded to embrace it as an art form as well as for its soothing effects. It's a fascinating corollary to her work that, in big part, many of June's projects involve creating miniature knits -- ones with the most exacting details. Here are a few examples of some of her work from the past 6 years:
See that Heart Ornament on the left? June submitted to in a Valentine Day Contest that Interweave was running in Piecework Magazine and won an Honorable Mention award for it. We're especially smitten with the KC Project bag,on the right. It's slightly felted and captures our colors exactly. From time to time, you will see June's work exhibited in our front window. She's graciously allowed us to use her miniatures as props and a few years back, she contributed more than one gorgeous felted Apple to the Second NYC Yarn Crawl. Take a look at these beautites:
Grey Heart Apple Fair Isle Apple Fall Apple
June graciously credits Knitty City for feeling like a "home away from home". She says the friends she has made there and the sense of community have gone a long way toward fostering her growth as a knitter and her inspirations as a designer. For our part, we are proud to count her as a well loved customer and a part of our world.
UPCOMING EVENTS @ KNITTY CITY
Book Signing & Trunk Show with Designer Iris Schreier
Thurs., May 3, 2012, 6:00-8:00 PM
Come to Ravelry Night and Meet Iris Schrieier, owner of Art Yarns. She'll be presenting a trunk show, comprised of the beautiful creations in her latest book:
"One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs: 25+ Projects from Just Two Skeins. Iris will show you how just two skeins of her luxurious yarns can create one beautiful work of art.
SPECIAL KNITTY CITY PROMOTION ON MAY 3
In honor of Iris's new book and the Art Yarns brand, we are offering 25% off on Art Yarns yarns on May 3rd ONLY. That will apply to all the Art Yarns yarns in store, as well as any special orders for Art Yarns you put in that day. Iris will be bringing color cards and samples and we urge you to take advantage of this rare promotion for Art Yarns only.
A New Knit-A-Long (KAL) AT KNITTY CITY
Beginning this Thursday evening, April 26, from 6-8 PM, Knitty City is hosting a KNIT-A-LONG, patterned after the Stripes Galore KAL on Ravelry (see http://www.ravelry.com/groups/stripes-galore-kal) Come to the store on Thursday evenings to join in by knitting one of Vera Vallmaki's beautiful shawls. You can find examples of her work and shawls here: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/veera-valimaki At the end of May, we will host a party so that everyone can share and show-off their FO's. (Please note: No meeting will happen on May 3rd since we will be hosting Iris Schreier that evening.)
Don't Forget to Check the Calendar
We have a number of workshops going on all week, including sock techniques, reading crochet charts and knitting flowers. Be sure to check the Calendar for more information.
Shirley Paden Casts On at Knitty City
Shirley Paden, one of the most respected and gifted teachers in our world, is going to be giving a class on cast-on techniques on June 2. The class will last about 4 hours. Shirley can only take the first 15 students. If you're interested and want to be placed on the list, give Pearl or Zach a call at the store (212.724,9596). We'll be back with all the details (time, cost and place) on our upcoming newsletter and blogs.
Come Knit in Public With Us
PLEASE JOIN KNITTY CITY ON JUNE 10 AS WE CELEBRATE THAT WHICH BRINGS US ALL TOGETHER.
So far, the following groups will be participating: Big Apple Knitter's Guild, The NYC Crochet Guild and The Seaman's Institute. We're approaching other fiber related not-for-profit groups in the area so if you have any suggestions please let us know.
All levels of knitters or crocheters are welcome!
Come & bring your knitting.
Beginners can learn!
Hours: 2 – 4:30pm
Bryant Park @ 6th Ave. & 41st St
Event will kick off our free lessons in Bryant Park, beginning June19
Tuesdays, 1:30pm – 3:00pm June 19th through August 28th
Meet opposite the Bryant Park Grill. Yarn and needles provided
Please call 212.787.5896 to reserve a spot. (or take a chance and drop by...)
Classes weather permitting
CURRENT YARN OF THE MONTH & SPECIAL OFFERS IN MAY
APRIL'S YARN OF THE MONTH (YOM)
10% Off on all yarns of this brand
April's Knitting Book of the Month for April
May Sale @ Knitty City
25% off on all bags in stock
(does not include Walker or Blue Q Totes)
Madeline Tosh DK Merino - a New Shipment!
Tosh Merino DK is a single-ply, 100% superwash merino wool, available in many luscious glazed solid colorways. With a generous 225 yards per skein, each squishy soft skein is hand-dyed in small dye lots and machine washable. (Colors shown do not represent what is in stock. For that, you have to come on in.)
SPECIAL EVENTS & NEWS
Knitty City's Fire Stix Team
Our Sponsored Girls's Softball Team began their season on April l4, at the 79th St. Boat Basin Ball Field.We'll keep you up to date on how they are doing and confirm our reception at the store just as soon as we have checked with the team manager.
Stitch 'n Pitch Time:
We are taking pre-orders for Stitch n Pitch 2012 tickets! Call 212-787-5896 with name & number needed by May 23
Tickets: $22.00 (reg.$28.00)
Sun.June 3: Mets. vs. St. Louis @2PM.
Marketplace at Game this year!
Goings On in NYC
We live in the best city in the world, and one of the reasons it is so is because of the various cultural offerings that are available. Knitty City is a big supporter of the arts, so from time to time, we post things on this site that we think might be of interest. Here's one that just popped in over the transom:
FREE FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC @ THE NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
APRIL 27 THROUGH JUNE 1
170 CPW (AT 77 TH ST.)
for further information, see: www.nyhistory.org
We like to leave you with some iinspiration, so we've been asking our creative staff members if they can let us know what they're currently working on. Susie Dippel has contributed the following "On the Needles" recommendation:
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (TML)
It's superwash, the colors shine & glisten & it's a terrific value for a single ply fingering weight yarn. Imagine a shawl for less than $40. TML earns these kudos from me due to its versatility. Elbow length gloves, crocheted cardigans and knitted sweaters, are among the items customers have shown us. I've used TML twice 1- the Serena Shawl (pattern from Fairmont Fibers) and Sophie the Bunny (by Ysolda Teague).
Well, that's it for the moment. We'll be back soon with more news. Please look for our newsletter, which also comes out twice a month. If you're not signed up for it, you can do so by emailing Zach (firstname.lastname@example.org) and asking to be put on our mail list.