Spring & Summertime Projects at Knitty City
In the "olden days" the owners of the popular yarn shops would call the spring and summer months the "slow season". Well, no more. Thanks to versatile yarns, a variety of weights and projects now available in multiple formats, knitting and crochet are year-round. Witness these new magazines just in! We had to order Vogue Crochet twice so far - it's fairly flying out the door and their Spring Summer Issue offers some of the lovliest shawl and summer weight knits we've seen in a long while....and the other day, Interweave's Summer issue glided in over the transom. You just might want to start planning your take-along projects - but come on in soon - everyone has the same idea, it seems
We have known Susan Haviland for quite some time now - and the same can be said by many of the top yarn companies and magazines as well as most of NY's experienced knitters. Susan is one of the most proficient and admired kntting and crochet teachers and designers in NYC. Susan has been knitting for most of her adult life - a skill she picked up while still in college at Sarah Lawrence, where she majored in Theatre and English Literature. In a marvelously synchronized way, her love of these subjects dovetailed with her needlecraft skill and resulted in more than one talent. In addition to acting for over 12 years in off Broadway productions, she also had an interest in and appreciation for theatrical costuming - a skill that lent itself nicely to her interest in textiles and fabric construction for the body.
In her early years in Manhattan, she led the typical "struggling young actress" life -- starting out in the East Village with multiple roommates and multiple jobs.. As a founding member of an acting troupe, her work directing dance and theater productions enabled her to understand how the body works and how design must accommodate freedom and expression in movement. Like many artists, she found the financing of her career to be a huge challenge, and for awhile worked "full time" for a hedge fund - for very practical reasons. During that intense period of her life, she began furious knitting (her words) as a means of self-expression and for the meditative benefit that so many of us love.
In due time and after enough exposure to the pace of the financial world, Susan acted on her desire to return to her original fascination with design. Thus, a new chapter in her career opened when she went to work at the Knit Resource Center, a knitting company that serves the garment industry.. It was there that she developed knit samples for well known 7th Ave. designers, an invaluable experience. Simultaneously, she began to teach at FIT and The Museum of Folk Art and became one of the founding members of the Big Apple Knitting Guild and created designs for popular knitting magaines, including Vogue Knitting. Most recently, in addition to her on-going design work, she was working, part-time, at Knitty City where we were proud to have her as a teacher.
Susan cites teaching as one of her major enjoyments, saying that the variety of students and the encouragement of talent has been enormously satisfying. As any one of her students is usually quick to say, Susan is one of the best needlework teachers in New York. She has kept her hand in the design and fashion world, and has recently returned to full time employment with the prestigious Oscar de la Renta design studio, where she is working directiy with knitwear designers in the creation of knit fabrics and garments.
Due to her magnanimous personality and capabilities , Susan has touched many lives in NY.. We were sorry to see her leave Knitty City but thrilled that she iis working with one of the best designers in the industry. We see it as a win/win since Oscar's design firm is getting one of the best, too. (Fyi: She's promised to come back to visit and teach - we'll let you know when.)
Beautiful New Yarn
Linea Pura Cash Silk
A unique blend containing cashmere, silk and bamboo, this new yarn from Lana Grossa, is sure to knit up like a gentle dream. Suggested needle size is 8-10 which means it will fly and so will your imagination when you touch it. We currently have it in stock in red, grey (see above), and white. More colors due in soon.
Yarn of the Month@Knitty City
All ArtYarns are on sale for the month of May at 10% off.
Specail Promotion of the Month@Knitty City
SPECIAL BAG SALE DURING THE MONTH OF MAY:
Bags & Purses (exception: Blue Q & Walker) are 25% off
Incredible New Book@Knitty City
Knitters of all skill levels will love the projects and inspiration talented Nordic knitter Britt Marie Christofferson presents in the aesthetic masterpiece, Pop Knitting. This incredible book will have the most advanced knitters eager to experiment.
Bright color dominates throughout, making simple patterns stand out. Discover vibrant color, in-depth instruction, and artful inspiration that have ruled Christoffersson’s work and life. We have already ordered this book twice, after watching it it sell out as soon as it came in the first time.. Don't hesitate if you don't wish to wait til we order it a third time.
Fun Things to do @ Knitty City
Knitty City is hosting a KNIT-A-LONG involving any one of the wonderful shawl creations of Veera Valimaki. Come to the store on Thursday evenings in May and join in by knitting one of Vera'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.
Dates to Remember
Knit In Public Day on June 10
Join Us and your fellow NYC knitters for an afternoon of yarn celebration.
All levels of knitters and/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
Presented & supported by Knitty City, the Big Apple Knitters Guild, the NYC Crochet Guild, and Harlem Needle Arts
Meet opposite the Bryant Park Grill. Yarn and needles provided for use on site only.
Please call 212.787.5896 to reserve a spot - or take a chance and drop by...
Please note: Classes held weather permitting
Miter square techniques with Diane
Wed., May 16, 6-7P
Learn to Make Cables with Susie
Tues., May 15, 1:30-2:30 PM
Bead Crochet a Necklace with Dana
Wed., May 23, 4-6 PM
Fee $60.00-Includes a $40 kit
Learn to Block with Nancy
Thurs., May 24,, 6-7 PM
Slip Stitch Workshop with Maxine
Sat, May 26, 12-2 PM
Crochet Granny Squares with Amanda
Thurs. May 31, 6-7 PM
Please Don't Forget:
Knitty City will be closed on Mother's Day, May 13 and on Memorial Day, May 28.