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

"Gina"

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

SHORTSTORY

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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 6-8:30 PM

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

"Audrey"

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

 

 

PEARL CHIN

KNITTY CITY


 

 

 

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!

   So here's where OUR GREAT CUSTOMERS & FRIENDS COME IN:

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZINRD3Gp1E

   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!

KNITTING A TRIANGULAR LACE SHAWL

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Men Who Knit......

by phyllis

 

June is for.......

Men Who Knit & The Woman (and store)  who Love them! 

That would be us - all  the women of Knitty City.  So much so, in fact, that we've decided to devote our June windows to        "Men Who Knit".  We thought it fitting, what with father's day being just around the corner and our knowing so many neat men who knit.. We take great pleasure in hosting a really great men's group at the store so our interest in the point of view that men bring to the craft is strong.   Every Wednesday, from 6-8 pm, men who knit meet up and join forces to learn ( and occasionally unlearn) about the craft.  There is really nothing at all unusual about males knitting.  Some of our schools teach it to their students, both boys and girls, to facilitate small motor coordination, and the learning of basic math principles.   For generations before sexist nonsense about "women's work" intervened, fishermen knitted - whether it be in service to their nets or as part of a cottage industry that helped them get by during the months when fishing was not possible. Our Knitty City Men's Group has become very popular.  We even rated a story in the Wall Street Journal not that long ago, which you can find here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303339504575566590405897032.html

With all that in mind, then, we thought that focusing  our monthly  profiles on one of the men with whom Knitty City has a strong relationship made sense, so here goes:

JUNE PROFILE

ALPHONSE POULIN

We first came to know Alphonse when he graced our store with his kind personality and prodigious talent quite a few years back.  From the outset, it was obvious that he was a master knitter with a great grasp of color, technique and design.  Such ability usually comes from years of experience, as was the case with him.  We instantly fell under his positive spell, and in short order Pearl asked him if he would lead our men's knitting night group.  The day he agreed was a good one for our stalwart group of male knitters, as well as the rest of us, since he's proved to be as generous as he is talented.  Always ready to share his knowledge, he is as quick to praise and appreciate the work of others.

Alphonse Poulin  learned to knit at the hands of a parochial school nun when he was 10 years old.  Almost immediately, he felt an affinity for the craft but put it aside until he was l8 and began studying at the Boston School of Ballet, where he had won a scholarship.    There he noticed that everyone knit - a really valuable way to use time while waiting to practice and perform.  It was also a way to make needed garments for rehearsals, so its practicality and portability added to his attraction to it.   

His success in the dance world led to many trips touring with the Boston dance company and those trips proved instrumental to his learning a variety of techniques, dance and craft-wise.  .  Every time he and the company visited a new city or capital, Alphonse would use free time to seek out the best knitting stores.    Marriage to another dancer also increased his repertoire of knowledge since both she and her mother were accomplished knitters.  His success as a dancer and choreographer took him to multiple cities in countries such as Portugal, Brazil, and  Switzerland where he worked with the best contemporary dance companies in Europe. He spent a number of years in Geneva, where he served as the Dean of Dance in the Conservatoire of the Geneva School of Ballet.

During one of his dance related sojourns in Scandinavia, Alphonse met Inge Fredholm (in a knitting store, of course), whose exquisite work in Scandinavian stranded knitting led to her authorship of a knitting book classic, "Knitting with a Smile".  Alphonse was instrumental in the production of the book, translating editorial into English.  All those years of travel had led to  fluency in multiple languages as well as multiple knitting techniques.

In the late 90's, he came to NY in response  to a job offer from Juilliard.  The shock of settling into a new community, country and culture was leavened by his knitting and the books he has collected over the years (Current count:  approximately 600).  Gradually he became acclimated to the pace of New York and credits his interest and abilities in knitting as being a valuable gateway.  When asked his favorite titles and types of projects, he cites, first:  The Principles of Knitting by  June Hiatt, and Elizabeth Zimmerman's titles. He's studied with Shirley Paden and greatly admire her recent book:
"Knitwear Design Workshop"   His knitting of choice is fair isle and lace, but laments the fact that he doesn't have the opportunity to do much lacework.  He likes working with Scandinavian yarns and classic  knitter's yarns such as Jamison & Smith.  When asked if he had a particular philosophy that informs his daily life, his response was " I Never Go a Day without a Stitch".   As you can understand, we like his philosophy as much as we respect and like Alphonse and we consider ourselves privileged to have him be a part of our world.  He'll be taking off for his home in Maine for a part of the summer, but he will continue to lead and instruct our men's night workshops.  If interested in partaking in the men's night meet-ups, call the store to see what's happening and when.

....One more thing:  We are planning to display the work of our male knitters in the window.  If you would like to contribute something to display  for the month of June (we promise to take good care of it and return it), we ask that you bring it to the store this week.  Our window wizard (Melissa) will be creating the June window this coming weekend.

 What's Happening In June

Please Don't forget to Join us for:

World Wide Knit in Public Day

date: Sun, Jun.10, 2012

time: 2:00 PM — 4:30 PM

Location: Bryant Park, NYC

Celebrate World Wide Knitting  in Public Day by doing what else? Knitting or crocheting in public!  Come to Bryant Park with your newest project.  Take the B, D, F, or M train to Bryant Park; 7 train to 5th Ave; 1, 2, 3, N, Q, or R train to Times Square; or the 4, 5, or 6 train to Grand Central. 

Bead Crochet a Necklace with Dana

date: Tues. Jun 5, 2012

time: 4-6 PM

fee:  $60.00 (Includes a $40.00 kit,  outfitted   with all materials)

Learn the basics of beat crochet and complete a necklace that you'll love and wear.  Must know how to do a chain stitch 

Entrelac Knitting with Susie

date: Sat, Jun15, 2012

time: 4:30-5:30 PM

fee:  $40.00

           Learn the technique of entrelac's diamond pattern.  Students must know how to cast on, knit, purl and read a pattern.            Note: No 7 (US) needles are required; yarn will be provided

Knit An Infants's Raglan Sweater with Diane

date:  Wed.June 20, 2012

time:  6-7 PM

fee  $30.00

Springtime brings new babies and every new baby needs a new sweater.  Learn how to make a darling raglan sweater that requires minimal finishing. You must know how to cast on, knit, purl and read a pattern.  Materials needed: Cotton yarn and appropriate needles

Learn to Read Crochet Charts with Amanda

date: Thurs., June 21, 2012

time:  1-2 PM

fee:  $30.00

Let Amanda show you how to read and use universal crochet charts and open a new world of creativity. Student must have a basic knowledge of crochet  and bring with them (or buy) DK or worsted weight yarns and appropriate crochet hook.

Crochet Lessons for Lefties with Jane

Date:  Mon., Jun. 25, 2012

time:  1-2 PM

fee:  $30.00

Let Jane show you the subtle differences that make left handed crochet successful.  Students must bring or buy DK or worsted weight yarn and an appropriately sized crochet hook. 

New Yarns in Store

Summer is the ideal time to pick up light weight yarns and projects. 

Just in is a fascinating and pretty cotton tape from Lang: "Sol de Grade"

You might also wish to consider some perennial warm weather favorites, such as these:

Cotton Classic Lite from Tahki Stacy Charles

Skinny Cotton from Blue Sky Alpacas

Euro-flax Linen from Louet

Cotton Tweed from Rowan

Provence from Classic Elite

New Patterns & Magazines  in Store

 New Jane Austen Knits

from Interweave

 

New Piecework Lace Issue

from Interweave

 

 Sunday, June 3rd, at 8:05 PM is Stitch 'n Pitch Day

Mets. vs. Cardinals @ CitiField, in Queens, New York

Sit together with family, friends and fellow Stitch N' Pitch Fans

Ticket Cost:  $22.00

Available at Game