Shelter from the Storm.....

10/28/2014 by phyllis

Giving Shelter

One of the many things we love about running  a knitting store is the sense of community it gives us.  It's always a joy to see how many people take and give great comfort from fiber craft and we're honored to be a part of that effort.  We also like to acknowledge the companies, people and special creatures (like our pal in the picture) that go into helping us make that real.

Please join us next Thursday, November 6, from 6:30-8 PM, when we welcome Stacy Charles, one of the owners of Tahki/Stacy Charles, providers of quality yarns.  Knitty City has stocked their yarns from the beginning, with great success.  Stacy will discuss fall trends and some of the company's newest designs.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Report on Yarns @ Knitty City

Boy, are the yarns flying off the shelves these days!  You will find lots of great stuff - and we're replenishing as fast as we can.  The new "Woolfolk" Yarn is going fast so be sure to ask for it.  Another wonderful brand  for the Fall and/or gift giving season is Swan's Island'.  Their "All American Collection"  worsted weight yarns celebrates centuries of American textile tradition with a blend of "home grown", a new shipment of Freia Ombré Sportweight just came in. Look at these colors:

Plus, you'l find our usual  selections of  MadelineTosh, Malabrigo and Blue Sky Alpacas Yarns (to name only a few)  in stock.  But, a word to the wise:  If you see it, and like it, grab it!  Everyone seems to be knitting these days, so the yarns that are here today may be gone tomorrow.

Magazines/Books @ Knitty City

The new Holiday Vogue Knitting is in the Store and it's a good one! 

You'll find the Fall issue, too.

The Newest Issue of Amirusu is In!

Check out the newest Interweave  Fall 2014 plus the other Interweave Magazines

( KnitScene, Knit-Purl, Holiday Gifts and Make-It)


Calling All Crocheters

World Amigurumi Exhibition in NY this December

RESOBOX Gallery, a Japanese cultural center, is planning to hold a “World Amigurumi Exhibition” starting December 12, 2014, and they are looking for 3,000 of the little cuties with which to stock the exhibit.  They need a little help and figured we might know smart crochet fans who would be willing to make some.  So, come on those of you who love crochet.  This is your chance to say, 'My work is on exhibit', and, perhaps, to even sell there.  For all details, see:


Don't forget: October is Sock-tober at Knitty City

All sock yarns are 10% off all month - til Halloween!

Our Calendar!

Please check out the calendar on our website ( for information on knitting classes and events at the store.    You will find it on the left sidebar of the front page. 

Looking forward!

Coming Soon!  Knitting Classes in Spanish, Knitting for the Holiday & A Holiday Concert!

New Team Players!

We have two new people (well,not new to us) who are hellping out at Knitty City.  Some of you may remember Ubaldo Feliciano.  He's been able to carve out some time over the holidays and will be with us every weekend. Also lending a hand is Devon Guthrie, a Knitty City regular,  who has been a big support as the Fall Season heats up.  Devon & Ublaldo  possess a range of  skills, talent, language and knit-wise, which further expand our commitment to customer service.  Please welcome them if you get a chance. I'll be posting bios on both in the next newsletter. 


Well, that's it (for the moment).  Don't forget to come see us soon.  It's easy since we're open every day!  Also, don't forget to set forward your clocks, one hour,  this coming weekend.  - Daylight Savings time officially ends at 2 am on Sunday, Nov. 2. 



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It's that Time of Year, Again

10/09/2014 by phyllis


Calling All Knitters - New York & Beyond


It's that time of year again. The Sixth NYC Yarn Crawl is being held this Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11-13.  Read about it, and make a plan to navigate the streets and byways of our fabulous city, by visiting here:  You will find out more about the sponsors and what the various stores are doing on the website.

Isn't it great that the Yarn Crawl will be previewed by "I love Yarn Day", which will be celebrated in NYC in Union Square Park,  this weekend on Friday, Oct. 10.  Visit here and read all about the special event which will be held there from 12-2 PM://

Talking about loving yarn, Pearl has decided to award a $25.00 gift certificate to the person who can impress her with their honest to-goodness, real life love  of yarn by providing her with the top  5 reasons he/she loves our favorite materials. Send  your 5 reasons to or post them on our facebook page  at


Yarn of the Month


All sock yarn is on sale all month at 10% off.

We don't call it "Sock-Tober" for nothing, ya know!

Consider picking some up while on the crawl.


The Big Wool Story

The chunkier the wool, the more dramatic the outcome -or so it seems when taking a look at this winter's accessories.You might want to consider one of these when planning your next fabulous cowl, or toasty mittens or sumptuous scarf.  In many cases, 1 or 2 skeins is enough - so it's a great way to get a lot of effect for a reasonable cost.  In addition to these, we have additional "big" yarns, which you'll find ion the back wall  shelves  - and don't forget to check out the baskets nearby.

Koigu Bulky Merino

Malabrigo "Rasta"

Manos "Franca"

Rowan "Big Wool"

Rowan "Drift"

       And this is just the tip of the skein, so to speak...Dont forget to check out the big yarn section at the backof the store.


New Magazine

From the editors of Interweave Knits comes this special issue, Make it! Knits, filled with favorite projects from past Knits and Knitscene issues.  Perfect for the new knitter or ideal for someone whose time may be limited even though their creativity is not.  Chunky Knits abound as do easy and quick to complete ones. 

New Book

This is a neat book, filled with easy to accomplish patterns, which contain  step-by-step tutorials and straightforward projects for the family and home.  This book contains great ideas for holiday presents, as well.


Well that's it for the moment.  Don't forget to come and see us this weekend.  We look forward to saying "hello" soonl




September's Song

09/18/2014 by phyllis


The beautiful work in this maker's hands, plus the moon and stars in her hair, suggest a  harmonic dream - one that is  being made real. It's just one of the many things we love about working with fiber - the transformation of dreamy thoughts into tangible items.

We have some pretty dreamy materials in the store this Fall, so come in and check them outHere's a rundown of some of the things that you'll find:


Yarns Just in!


"Brushed Fleece"   

Brushed Fleece is a super soft blend of extra fine merino wool and baby alpaca. It's   quick to knit and turns into  warm and lightweight "fabric." You'll find new patterns in the "Brushed Fleece" Rowan book.

 Lang Yarns
"Malou Lite"

Lang Yarns

"Mille Colori Baby"

A fabulous 100% Merino Wool Superwash yarn, each ball of Mille Colori Baby is a  complementary play of varying colors. This fingering weight yarn would be excellent for accessories, scarves, or anything else under the sun! A gift made with this yarn is a great addition to a modern baby's wardrobe, too!


Swan's Island

"The American Collection"

This woolen spun yarn combines rustic sophistication with nature sourced colors. Alpaca and Rambouillet fibers are  spun at a historic New England mill. Hand dyed in Maine at Swan's Island's North port studio, this is a truly All American product.

 More Good Yarns

In addition to the new yarns in the store, we also have our usual complement of favorites, including a new shipment of Nooch, which has become a neighborhood favorite - it's dyed right here on the UWS.

Nooch "Soho" DK

Regia Sock Yarn

"Colorations Color"


New Regia Sock Yarn, in special colors designed by Kristen Nicholas, is rocking our sock yarn section. Sock yarns, being fingering weight, also makes great accessories, so think beyond toes!

New Books!

Another enjoyable aspect of the Fall market is the collection of new books that we see. We have some neat new titles on the shelves... including these:

New from Interweave, this introduction to brioche knitting offers 22 garments and accessories for women and men. Striking brioche stitch designs that are not overwhelming, or full of complicated techniques, will reel in readers to this fun style of knitting.

Well, Hello Kitty!

What a perfect way for crafters and cuteness-lovers alike to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of Japan’s most famous icons!  With easy-to-make patterns, Hello Kitty Crochet allows you to make all your favorite characters. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or have never picked up a hook, you’ll find help. Don't forget: Knitty City is holding a Hello Kitty @ 40 contest. Make us something to commemorate this immortal character, and we'll put it in the window.  Prizes are being awarded in a variety of categories and the deadline is September 30th.

"New American Knits "

Another "winner book" from Interweave, New American Knits offers garments that are casual but appropriate for a busy day. Author Amy Christoffers uses clean lines,combined with  elegant functionality, to create projects that have a classic look. Patterns ionclude beautiful everyday sweaters, tops, and pretty accessories.

Also, be sure to take a look at some of the other new titles you'll find on the front table, New Vintage Lace and Lovely Knitted Lace, among them. 

New Magazines for Fall

In addition to the usual Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits Fall titles, be sure to check out this issue, newly arrived:

The style forward knitting magazine formerly known as Knit.Wear has been re-named Knit-Purl, with a new cover design. Do not despair! The interior is filled with the gorgeous patterns and information that made this magazine special. This month, you'll find a wonderful new design from our own Nancy Ricci. We're so proud of her and happy to have a knitter/designer of this caliber on our staff.   

Rowan Knitting & Crochet

Magazine 56

A strong Scottish influence is seen in the Fair Isle and jacquard patterning featured in the modern design patterns, plus a feature on key shapes for Fall. With gorgeous photography,  these books are collector's items, and we usually sell them out relatively quickly, so don't miss out.

Be sure to look for the new Interweave "Holiday Gifts" issue, too. As usual, it's packed with great ideas that you can start working on now!

Upcoming Event

Young Designer Series

Renee Lorion

Tot Lot Knits

Come to Knitty City's Designer Program for Fall 2014 on Thursday, October 2, from 6:30-8 PM. Meet Renee Lorion, a young knitwear designer who decided to do something about the lack of good designs for young boys. Mom of a 3-year-old, and a former Vogue Knitting professional, she started 'TOT LOT KNITS," a collection for little boys. In addition to her line of kid's wear, you'll find her other patterns on Ravelry: Join us and find out what goes into starting a design line.

Don't Forget

NYC Yarn Crawl

Columbus Day Weekend

Oct. 11, 12, 13

Find all the details here:

We'll be there!  Hope to see you, too!


Well, that's about it for the moment - but only for today, since we're sure that this week will bring in more yarns and inspirations. Be sure to check out our Facebook page on a daily basis to keep up ( and remember to refer to the Calendar ( learn about our new classes and events. 

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Walking the line

09/03/2014 by phyllis

Fall 2014

Walking the Line

Fall in NY!  Is it any wonder songs have been written  about it?  It's a lovely time of year.  Filled with new things: school, cultural events,  beautiful colors, new adventures......and new yarns!  It's also a time of great activity, We know how hard it is to walk that line and stay "balanced". We hope you consider Knitty City a part of your balanced life and come and see us, often.  Here's a bit about some new "stuff" at KC.

New Yarns @ Knitty City

Prism's Kid Slique

Kid Slique works up quickly, with lovely effect.  A mix of rayon and kid mohair, each fiber is dyed separately so there is a  layering of color.  Kid Slique is incomparable in openwork stitch, and is ideal for light weight scarves, wraps and garments.

Radiant Petitie Madison

Radiant Petite Madison is a single ply fingering weight yarn comprised of high quality merino, cashmere and silk. Lustrous, with a beautiful sheen and great colors, achieved through a multiple overdye process. A more delicate yarn, it is a great choice for accessories, and warm, but light weight projects.

Classic Elite Yarns


Vail  from Classic Elite is new to the store, A light weight yarn for garments and accessories, Vail is 70% baby alpaca and 30% bamboo viscose. The bamboo gives it a delicate luster and drape, while the alpaca contributes an ethereal softness. Vail comes in "natural" colors and feels far more luxurious than its price would imply. (This is a great yarn for baby projects.)

Mohawk Wool

Mohawk is a naturally colored, lustrous merino and lofty romney wool combination, It contains a   bit of nylon for good wear.  With a generous 375 yards in each hank, this yarn makes beautiful fabric for shawls and accessories, including socks.. Look for Classic Elite's Everyday Knits Pattern Book for projects that specify this yarn.You will find this charming shawl there:

Classic Elite's "Everyday Knits"

Knitty City's Yarn of the Month (Y.O.M.)

September's Y.O.M. is Berroco.  All Berroco Yarns and pattern books are 10% off for the month.



Fun Events @ Knitty City

We like to celebrate birthdays, so when we heard that Hello Kitty was turning 40, we were super excited.  We are celebrating by holding a Hello Kitty @ 40 Contest. Make something in her honor and we'll put it in the window! We'll be awarding special prizes (direct from the LA Hello Kitty Convention)  for more than one category. For inspiration, check out some of the ideas on Ravelry by looking here: kitty The deadline for entry is September 30, 2014. 

There's a new book on the subject that we'll be stocking as soon as it's shipped:Hello Kitty at 40  Knitty City will be offering it at 10% off, and we'll let you know as soon as it comes in.

Fascinating Fact:  Hello Kitty is NOT just a  cat, thank you very much!  To read that piece of trivia, go here:

Is Double Knitting, Double Enjoyment?

Find out by taking a class with Alasdair Post-Quinn of Fallingblox Design. He'll be teaching  Introduction to Double Knitting on Sat., September 20, from  9-12 P.  Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and a built-in reversible color work pattern.  At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.This class is for those who already knit and purl, cast on, etc..  Fee:  $75

Double Knitting Color Work Class

Double Knitting Color Work Class on Sat., Sept. 20, from 1-4 PM - Perfect for those who wish to use their existing knowledge of double-knitting techniques and add color.  A basic familiarity with knitting charts is helpful and knowledge of knitting and purling techniques is required.       Fee:  $75.00
Note:  There are some requirements for these classes, materials wise.  Pls. visit this site for further information:


Knitty City Goes Country

How do you feel about a 2 day weekend (one night) in the Country with a master color work teacher? We are planning a class on color and finishing techniques in a charming historic inn about an hour and a half from the UWS? We will also have a "Gentle" Yoga  and meditation teacher on hand to keep us moving in the right direction. Neither the knitting nor the Yoga calls for expertise - though you do need to know the knitting and purling basics, including cast-on and off.   It helps to have a passion for color. 

Dates: November 8 & 9

Instructor Alphonse Poulin, Designer, Knitter, Collaborator on the classic  "Knitting with a Smile"

Fee:  Includes all meals, lessons, yoga and transportaiton.

Maximum Number of Student: 10

Place:  Inn @ Millrace Pond  in Hope, NJ (www. - 65 miles from NYC. Please note that double occupancy is  refelected in the price,and that a final cost will be posted next week.   Get on the mail list to receive notice:  Also to note:  There are steps at the Inn and house, with no elevator access to the rooms. 

We are limiting the class to 10 attendees, so do let us know if you are interested.  You will find a thread on our Ravelry group page ( or write to

 Fall Magazines Are Here!

Start Planning!

Check out our Calendar to keep yourself up to date on what's happening at Knitty City.  You'll find it on the front page of our website at 

 Looking Ahead - October

Our young designer series is starting again this fall on the first Thursday of the month, October 2, from 6:30-8 PM, come and meet Renee Lorion, a young knitwear designer who has decided to do something about the lack of good designs for young boys.  Mom of a 3 year old, and a former Vogue Knitting professonal, she's started "Tot Lot Kids".  In addition to her line of kid's wear, you'll find her and her other patterns here: Join us and find out what goes into starting a design line and how she walks the line, herself.


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Fall on the Horizon.....

08/12/2014 by phyllis




Hard as it is to fathom, Fall is right around the corner. For those of us in the knitting industry, it is a time of mixed emotions.   We love the warm weather and lazy days as much as anyone, but we admit to getting excited when the fall yarns start to roll in and that is certainly beginning at Knitty City. We have just received a nice big batch of Madeline Tosh Yarns in various weights. 

It's a treasure trove of color on the back table at the moment. The newest shipment includes Tosh Merino Light, Pashmina, Sock, Sport, etc. Hurry in  to catch a skein or two of  your favrorite weight and color.


More Nooch is in the house, as well. This locally produced yarn has been a big success for us and for the two young entrepreneurs who dye it right here on the Upper West Side! You'll find this new lot on the front table.


And, talking about Favorites...

Malabrigo's Rasta is back in stock!


This 100% wool, chunky yarn is a favorite of knitters of all levels. Its colors are typical of Malabrigo's sophisticated taste and, being a bulky wool, it knits up fast to provide those of all experience levels with great satisfaction. Hurry on in to see it.  Rasta has a lot of fans and it tends to sell quickly. 




For many people, the spinning of yarn is as mesmerizing and soothing as knitting or crocheting.  Since we understand, AND......we have a resident spinner on site (Mary Hayne), we are now hosting  a spinning group every Sunday from 3-4 PM.  Knitty City has spindles and fleece for sale, and the group is welcoming spinners of all types - from beginners to the more experienced. Come on in, meet some nice people, and try your hand at spindle spinning.  It's Pay-what-you-wish,  too!


Kid's Club this September!

Kid's club is starting up again, soon. Beginning in September, Betty Marsella will be teaching our youngest customers (7-9) from 3:30-4:30 ($25), and the older ones (10+) from 4:30-6 PM ($35), on Wednesdsys.  Call the store to find the start date - after Labor Day and school start-up, no doubt. 

Fall Magazines Now In

Interweave's Fall issue and Vogue's Early Fall issue are now in the store. Plus, Interweave has just sent us their newest "Enchanted Knits". Happy planning, everyone!


Knitty City Goes Country

How do you feel about a 2 day weekend (one night) in the Country with a master color work teacher? We are planning a class on color and finishing techniques in a charming historic inn about an hour and a half from the UWS? We will also have a "Gentle" Yoga  and meditation teacher on hand to keep us moving in the right direction. Neither the knitting nor the Yoga calls for expertise - though you do need to know how to knit and purl, of course, and it helps to have a passion for  color. Our target dates are November 8 and 9 and we are limiting the class to 10 attendees, so do let us know if you wish to receive more information. We'll put you on the mail list (for info only) and get back to you with additional information, asap.

Don't Forget!

August is lace month @ Knitty City.  Any and all lace yarns are 10% off, and we continue to offer some super buys (40% off) on our sale table. For information on August classes, please go to our Calendar Page or check out our August listing on our Ravelry group page:

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