M is for the Many Things...

by phyllis

M is for May


for the Many things we have for you this Month


May is just around the corner and we could not be more ready. We're beginning to get in a lot more of our Spring yarns and the colors are truly amazing. Here's a rundown on some of our newest yarns:

How appropriate for Spring - a yarn named Bloom! A blend of ultra-soft Tibetan yak down and the finest Chinese silk, this luminous lace weight yarn knits up into stunning finished pieces. While yak makes the yarn warm enough to take the chill off the night air, the light lace is perfect for spring and summer knitting. We have it sitting on our front table. An added benefit: profits go to educational sponsorships for children of Tibetan families. To read about Reywa Fibers and their mission, go here: http://reywafibers.com
Isn't Revive a great name for a Spring Yarn? This is an ideal summer yarn so Pearl ordered it in lots of colors. Each skein has subtle color flecks in it that  pop up to add a little dimension to the light weight yarn. Hurry in and take a look. since this stuff keeps on jumping into people's shopping baskets. This is the perfect yarn for a pretty summer top, shawl, shrug or any lightweight knit.

 More "Spring-y" Yarns

We are now carrying Koigu Lace Yarn - those incredible colors are available in the perfect weight for diaphanous summer confections. Also, just in is Neighborhood Fibers Capital Luxury Sock yarn. It has just a touch of cashmere - hence, the luxury. Our shipment of Julie Asselin's new lace weight yarn, Merletto, has also arrived!  


Merletto means lace in Italian, and with 800 yards in every 115 gram skein this yarn will take you a long way. The blend of Merino Cashmere and Silk along with the 3-ply construction makes for softness and sheen but also sturdiness. Use it for a shawl or cardigan. It makes a light, warm, airy fabric.


There are only a few more days left...
Don't forget our Yarn of the Month!
All Manos Yarns are 10% off through April 30.
(Just wait till you see our Y.O.M. for May!)
Spring Time Accessories
When you take your knitting on the road this summer, here's one way to keep yourself "contained." This neat little tin holds many necessary tools and won't leave you wondering where your scissors or measuring tape are hiding. Available in an assortment of tin "patterns," you'll find it at checkout.

Magazines for May

They're beginning to arrive and one of the first in the door was the Special Collector's Issue of Vogue Crochet.  A "must-have" for any crochet enthusiast (or one who plans to be), this is a definite keeper. It's chock filled with beautiful patterns, and includes an article on shaping by one of Knitty City's favorite NYC Crochet Artists, Dora Ohrenstein. 

Mother's Day Thoughts

Whether you know a mom who knits, are a mom who knits or have a mom who knits, we've got you covered. Gorgeous yarn, incredible needles, wonderfu packaging ideas - we can make it happen or help you create a unique package of yarn goodies. Challenge us - we love to make things by hand, you know. Just one more reminder on the subject:  Knitty City will be closed on Sunday, May 11 for Mother's Day.

The Sun Will Come Out.....

by phyllis


The Calm After the Storm 

Knitty City reopened yesterday and while we won't attempt to summarize the experience that was Hurricane Sandy, we do wish to state, once again, how proud we are to be a business in New York.  We saw many friends and familiar faces  and it warmed our collective heart to have them stop by and tell us how they have fared over the past few days.  For those who are feeling the effects downtown and in the outlying boroughs and areas, we are thinking of you and we hope to see you soon.  Drop us a line via Facebook, if you can, and let us know how you are doing.  We are here and we care.

A Few Changes in Schedule

There will be no Curvy Girl Crochet Presentation tthis evening, so please make sure your calendar is cleared if you were planning to attend. We will be rescheduling with Mary Beth Temple as soon as we have more information on her availability.

Maxine's Beginner's Knitting Class on Saturday (1-3P)  will be taught by another Knitty City teacher as of this writing.  Maxine had a non-storm related mishap which will keep her out of commission for a short while.  We'll keep you posted as to when she'll be back.  

Yarn of the Month


We are offering a 10% discount all month on any/all Cascade Yarns.    Anyone who knits is probably familiar with this line of quality knititng yarns.  We are fortunate to stock  a wide range of weights, and we heartily  recommend you take advantage of this sale to stock up for your Holiday and Winter Projects.

New Yarn


This worsted weight 100% yarn will knit up quickly on a size 7 needle.  This is  one of 10 luscious colorways  just in. 

Pop on by to check it out.  What a hat, or scarf this would make!

Upcoming Events

Lucinda Gudy Book Signing @ Knitty City.

Saturday, November 10, 2-4 PM

Please join us and meet British Designer, Lucinda Guy. 

Many a knitter knows her charming collection of  children's pattern books (4 in total) and her  successful "Northern Knits" book,which features a range of beautiful scandinavian inspired sweater and accessory patterns.  She has followed that up with Northern Knits Gifts, a collection of smaller items and accessories which have the same Scandinavian theme. She's seldom in NY so  this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet her!!!!

New Books to Note


In "Shortstory", the follow-up to her bestselling Hattitude and Cowl Girls, knitwear designer Cathy Carron offers fashion-forward knitters 35 designs for boleros, shrugs, cropped cardis, and short wraps, along with instructions on how to adapt patterns to your own measurements.

Big Apple Knitting Guild Presents

Special Appearance, Book Signing & Presentation from Cathy Carron


PEARL STUDIOS, 12th Floor Studio

500 Eighth Ave. (between 35 & 36 St.)

Knitty City will be sellling copies of Cathy's Book so we'll see you there.

Note:  You do not have to be a member of the Big Apple Knitting Guild to attend this meeting.  It is open to all.

Knitty City currently has these books in stock, as well. 


Knits for Babies 0-18 Months 

Susie Haumann

An essential for anyone who knits for babies. 

16 designs for baby including pullovers, vests, a hoodie, socks, mittens, a dress, caps, leggings and a bib. Softcover; 9" x 9"; 40 pages.  We keep on ordering this one.  Get it while in store.  

Upcoming Special  Class

 Nancy Ricci Teaches


The perfect Holiday Gift

Thursday, November 9, 5-6 PM &

Thursday November 16, 5-6 PM

Designer/instructor, Nancy Ricci, will conduct a class on knitting her charming "Audrey" fingerless gloves.

Just two 1 hour classes and you'll know how to make these!

Fee:  $40.00 for the two class series

Once made, we can almost guarantee that you won't want to part with them - especially if you use a skein of

Jade Sapphire Cashmere Yarn,

We have that and other alternatives in stock for you to purchase before the class. 


For a full listing of all our classes and workshops, please be sure to go to http://www.knittycity.com and click on the class tab.

Knitty City Named Finalist in Big Break Competition from AmExpress and Facebook!

by phyllis








American Express OPEN has notifed the Upper West Side’s Knitty City that it is one

of 10 finalists in this year’s Big Break for Small Business Competition! 


We are excited to announce that Knitty City Along with 9 other worthy
   businesses, is a finalist in the Big Break for Small Business contest
   from American Express.  That means if we can get enough votes (lots and
   lots) Knitty City,  along with 4 other businesses, will  each win
   $25,000.00.  That money will enable us to fund some of the social
   community projects we wish to underwrite!


You can help us win the prize plus some
   great help from American Express and Facebook,  by voting for Knitty
   City once a day, starting today, up to and including August 31,
   2012.    All you need to do is go to this link:  http://ow.ly/cSMmL
   and vote.  If you want to see something that will make you smile,

please take a look at this neat video that AmEx created just for us.


   Thank you for your support!

   Pearl Chin

Who's that Doggie In the Window?

by phyllis

We Know Just  How He Feels//1


If you have taken a look at our windows this month, you know we are smitten with our canine family members and the wonderful things we can make for them and with them in mind, Like our little Boston Terrier pal here, we admit to feeling a little immersed in yarn these days, 


It's no wonder:    We just received 94 lbs. of Madeline Tosh's gorgeous yarns - in a variety of glorious weights and colors. Now, you may ask, wool in August?  Well the smart knitter knows that this is the absolute best time to come in and have your pick because, we can promise you, come September, these incredible fibers  will be selling out.

Also just in the store is  some really incredible silk lace from Skacel, Fili Silk.  Take a look at this beautiful  shawl made from their  silken yarn.  We found this beauty on line, by googling Fili lace.  If you want to have some help in picking out the perfect shawl pattern, come visit us.  We have many and are always happy to recommend.

While in the store,  please  don't forget to look at the  gorgeous selection of  4 new yarns from Hand Maiden that you'll find on the front table.  Also,  Sweet Georgia just sent us a lovely selection of Silk Mist, their new   combination of silk and mohair.  Take a look:

In addition, a shipment of Tundra (Fibre Company) is in. Since August's Yarn of the Month is Fibre Company,  this is the month to pick up some of this outrageously sensual yarn.  It's a glorious blend of Alpaca, Silk and Merino that will knit up quick as a flash on size 10 needles.  While it may be a bit warm at the moment, smart knitters know that now is the time to get the colors (these are just a few of them)  and the price they want.  For a free pattern (or two or three) from Fibre Co., visit  here:            http://www.kelbournewoolens.com/freepatterns.html



Coming this weekend!

For those of you who may be in town or about to leave on holiday, have we got a class for you!


with Lisa Daehlin

Sunday, August 12th 2012; 1-4pm

This popular class is being repeated due to demand.

  We think it's the perfect way to learn and fall in love with knitting lace. 

Lisa will teach you all the smart tricks and methods that have enabled her to become a great knitting designer. (That lovely lace poncho on the cover of the newest Vogue Knitting is her design.)

You need to  know the basics (knit, purl, cast on) but Lisa will  help you go farther in lace,  and we guarantee you'll never look back:

For additional information: please see:http://lisadaehlin.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/class-at-knitty-city-_-knitting-a-triangular-lace-shawl_-redux/

Also in August

Vogue Knitting @ Knitty City
August 29, 2012
6-8 PM

Join us when  the senior editors from Vogue Knitting share their  thoughts on new seasonal  trends and present a  trunk show from the Fall Issue. 
Be sure to come by and meet the people who put together the most fashion-forward
knitting magazine in the knitting world.


We're So Excited

For all Malabrigo Lovers and everyone who wants to  be!

Knitty City is excitied to be hosting a Yarn-Tasting with

Malabrigo owners, Tobias and Antonio,

on Friday, August 31 at 5:00 pm!

Be sure to bring your needles!

Door Prize!

Coming in September

Fall normally starts with  crazy schedule demands, so we want to let you know about some upcoming events so you can mark your calendars, now!


Nicky Epstein @ Knitty City

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 6-8 PM
Book Signing & Meet 'n Greet 



Melissa Leapman Teaching*
Saturday, September 15, 2012
11-2 PM (3 hours)
Fully-Fashioned & Fabulous!
It’s all in the details!  
Explore fun and easy ways to work
garment shapings with style and finesse.
Discover designer tricks which use full-fashion techniques
with figure-flattering results!

Fee:  $65.00
Note:  Check at sign up for info on homework and supplies needed for class.
  *To accommodate the large group we know will be interested, we will hold the class at the  St. Agnes Public Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave, (81st St.), 3rd Floor.

The class  will be followed with a signing for Melissa's new book, back at the store.


Note:  Book will be 20% off for the month of August

New Books!
To heat things up even more, all books on the shelves will be 20% off all month. 
That includes even the brand new ones, just in:
Other Dates to Remember:
October 6, 7 & 8
Get on Board!
Mark Your Calendars for
The 4th Annual NYC Yarn Crawl
14 Stores
Explore them All!
NYS Sheep & Wool Festival
October 20-21, 2012
Want to go to Rhinebeck?
Why not take the bus?
You'll ride comfortably, meet some neat folks, get to knit & crochet both up and back and...
maybe even  win something.
For information, email:  phyllis@knittingandhowe.com today!








Dog Days of Summer are almost here.

by phyllis



The Dog Days of Summer are Upon Us

However, we are staying cool, calm and collected as we look forward to the fall seson and some of the yarns that we know are comng - some, in fact, are here already.  Come on by and check them out, along with all the new magazines and books that have started to come in for fall.  While you're here,   be sure to also check out our sale table - it's grown much smaller but it's stil 40% off and the cotton colors are perfect for late summer knitting. Talking "Dog Days", please be sure to keep an eye out for our August Windows.  We are featuring our favorite Knitty City pets.  If you have an interesting or fun picture of your best animal friend, please send it to pearl@knittycity.com.  You just might see your favorite animal  pal in our front window, or up on our Facebook Page, or, at the very least, right here on our blog!

On going Events

Bryant Park Knits - We could not be more pleased with how well the knitting classes in Bryant Park have gone.  We have made many new friends and to accommodate them and others who may wish to learn (or just stop by to knit with us), we will keep on going through August 28th.    If you or anyone you know is interested in these classes, please contact us directly at 212.787.5896 or just drop by Bryant Park any Tuesday afternoon from 1:30-3:00 PM. 

Vogue Knitting @ Knitty City

Please mark your calendar for August 29th, when Vogue Knitting Editors will be at the store, from 6-8 PM.  They will be  presenting  their thoughts on new fall trends along with a trunk show from the Fall Issue.  . Be sure to come by and meet the people who put together the most fashion forward knitting magazine in the knitting world.

(As seen in Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2012)

Looking Forward!

Fall normally starts with  crazy schedule demands, so we want to let you know about some upcoming events so you can mark your calendars, now! 

Nicky Epstein @ Knitty City
Thursday, September 6, 2012, 6-8 PM

Book Signing & Meet 'n Greet


Melissa Leapman @ Knitty City

Melissa Leapman Class*
Saturday, September l5, 2012
11-2 PM (3 hours)
Fee:  $65.00
Fully-Fashioned & Fabulous!

It’s all in the details!  Explore fun and easy ways to work
garment shapings with style and finesse. Discover
designer tricks which use full-fashion techniques
with figure-flattering results!
Note:  Check at sign up for info on homework and supplies.

*To accommodate the large group we know will be interested, we will hold the class at the        St. Agnes Public Library at 81st and Amsterdam, 3rd Floor Large Room. 
The class  will be followed with a signing for her newest book
back at the store 

Next Up @ Knitty City:

Coming In August

New Staff Picks Including Our Favorite Five Patterns for Fall

Check back next week on August's Yarn of the Month

New Yarns for Fall

Fall Books

Before we Sign off, One last Thing!

Congratulations to one of Knitty City's treasured friends & designer/teachers, Lisa Daehlin whose gorgeous lace design is featured on the cover of Vogue Knitting's Early Fall Issue:

Congratulations, Lisa, on this well deserved honor  along with your recent graduation from Columbia Teacher's College!