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: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knitty-city/2989974/1-25

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July Sale!

07/14/2014 by phyllis

Do you believe we are half way through July already? Yikes! That means there are only 12 more days of our super July sale since Knitty City is taking a brief week off from the 27th of July through August 1. So hurry on in and help us sweep clean with some real bargains for your summer and fall knitting. Pearl doesn't fool around with the word "sale" so for the whole month  sale yarns are 40% off and all sale books, too. All other books are on sale at 10% off.  You will find the sale yarns on a center table, and you'll want to check back often since Pearl likes to surprise us with new offerings.


Fabulous New Fall Yarns are Arriving!

These are not on "sale," but they are still well worth checking out.  New yarns include one from Madeline Tosh:  A.S.A.P. - a "cool", single ply, chunky type yarn in her signature colors. It sounds like a hot knit, but it's only hot in the stylish sense when you  use one skein to make something lush like this:



It's quick, it's easy and it's a good start on projects for the Holiday season - which, as we all know, is waiting in the wings! 


For those who love Freia Yarns - and for those who have not yet fallen in love - consider stopping by soon to check out our newest shipment of Freia Sportweight. Pearl has done her usual good job of ordering lots of colors and if there's anyone out there who is not captivated by this lovely yarn, we have yet to meet them.


Gumballs from Knitted Wit

Mini Skeins for Mini Projects

Are you knitting the Beekeeper’s Quilt? Maybe some mochimochi? Looking for a small quantity of pretty colored yarn? Gumballs are the perfect mini skein! 45 yards of 100% super wash merino. Perfect for tiny projects!


More Minis!

Unicorn Tails 


These Madeline Tosh 50 yard mini-skeins are priced reasonably and they provide the perfect amount of yardage for edgings or trim. Buy a variety of colors and make a wonderful combo-color project.

Frabjous Fibers Wonderland Yarn

Making  Color Coordination Easy

One of us is in the middle of making a back-to-school Fair Isle for her favorite second grader and she was driving everyone  wild while she tried to find the perfect color coordinates for her about-to-be-created cardigan. Then she discovered this new collection of yarns from Frabjous Fibers and her problem was solved!

  Inspired by Lewis Carroll's timeless classic Alice in Wonderland, Frabjous Fibers has developed a whole new line of soft merino yarn  in 3 differeent weights: worsted, sport & fingering. The yarn comes in 16 core colors and there are tonal variations on each which you need to see to appreciate. Our fair isle friend chose the pack of 1 oz. coordinated colors you see here to work with a pale grey main color. We'll make sure she sends a finished picture when all is done.

How About A Little Summer Reading & Fall Planning?
The Early Fall Issue of Vogue Knitting is in the house!

The Knit Goes On!

We may be taking a week off (July 27 through August 1), but we'll still be supporting the craft we love so well with our on-going "Learn to Knit" classes in Bryant Park every Tuesday, from 1:30 to 3 PM. A few weeks ago, 40 "beginners" left knowing how to knit! Thanks to our sponsors Plymouth Yarn and Crystal Palace for their donation of yarn and needles. All yarn and needles are provided for lessons, but both must be returned at the end of the session. If you are already a knitter, please join us  and bring your project. We would love to see you! You inspire us. (All our learn to knit squares are made into blankets which are donated at the end of the summer season. To register or read more: http://www.knittycity.com/knittyblog/index.php/kevent/view/464



Well, that's it for the moment.  Be back with a newsletter before we close, but wanted to catch up via the blog.  We know that summer is a slow time for cool weather knitting, but don't forget that we carry loads of cottons, linens and some are even on sale.  Stop by soon!





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Wonder-filled Summer News from Knitty City

06/21/2014 by phyllis

  Summer Wonderland @ Knitty City

We have more than one wonder this summer at Knitty City:

Wonder #1: 

Let's begin with our First Wonder: Knitty City is proud to present a new selection of terrific yarns from Frabjous Fibers aptly named:

Inspired by Lewis Carroll's timeless classic Alice in Wonderland, Frabjous Fibers has developed a whole new line of wonderful yarns in 3 differeent weights.  Choose "March Hare" (worsted weight), "Cheshire Cat"  (fingering weight) that's perfect  for a delicate shawl or cowl, or "Mad Hatter" (sport weight).  The lighter weights are ideal for current (or on the road) projects, while you might wish to stash the worsted since we don't believe it will linger for long. 


Wonder #2: 

Nooch Yarn!

A neighborhood sourced yarn, Chelsea sock yarn is in! It's a gorgeous blend of merino and cashmere, with a touch of nylon for long wear. Knit yourself a burst of color with a pair of Fourth of July Hiking Socks! The nylon will insure long lasting wear while the comfort of soft, breathable wool will make the trekking easy.




Just when we thought that she couldn't top herself or her yarns, Madeline Tosh went and did it again -- and we have it in stock!  Welcome to Madeline Tosh's new A.S.A.P. - a spectacular single ply merino chunky yarn. It's available in all her luscious glazed solid colorways. Working up at a super bulky guage (size 13-17 needles),  A.S.A.P is perfect for  accessories that  you’ll complete with quick turnaround  and lots of  satisfaction.   It may be a "bulky" yarn, but it's sure to fly high, very quickly - it's all about the color and the quality.. Also just in is a new shipment of Merino DK Light plus  the most beguiling assortment of "unicorn tails".  These 50 yard mini-skeins  are priced very reasonably and they provide the perfect amount of yardage for edgings or trim.  Buy a variety of colors and make a wonderful combo-color  project.


Wonder #4:

Summer Knitting Lessons at Bryant Park


Our free beginner knitting lessons, held on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30-3:00, started off with a great turn-out: 40 people were there and all beginners left knowing how to knit! Thanks to our sponsors Plymouth Yarn and Crystal Palace for their donation of yarn and needles. All yarn and needles are provided for lessons, but both must be returned at the end of the session. If you are already a knitter, please join us - bring your project. We would love to see you! You inspire us.

Special Promotion for new knitting students: All beginning knitters are eligibe for a $5.00 coupon good towards any purchase of $25 or more. Just one per student, for the season.


Dates to Remember for the Month of July!

Knitty City will be closed on Independence Day, July 4th.

Knitty City will be closed from Sunday, July 27 through Friday, August 1

(We will reopen at the normal hours on Saturday, August 2)

In Honor of Maya Angelou, our Book Club will be reading:

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" - Discussion: Thursday, July 10, 6-8 PM

Big Apple Knits: Charity Knitting Meet-Up:  Thursday, July 17, 6:30-8 PM


Well, that's it for the moment. Don't forget to stop by and pick up some fun summertime project materials. We have plenty of light weight yarns that will be glad to accompany you on your warm weather adventures. Stop by often!

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May Magic

05/18/2014 by phyllis


Marvelous May

Hooray, Hooray it's the Month of May

Outdoor knitting begins today!

The weather is balmy, the sky is blue

We put Madeline Tosh Yarn on sale for you!


That's right!  All Madeline Tosh yarn is on sale all month for 10% off.  Now's the time to scoop it up. You don't have to know what you will do with it - though we'll be happy to suggest one or two projects.    Just take advantage of this good deal since we tend to put MT on sale only once a year.  Here's the low-down on some of our other "new" yarns:


Fyberspates "Vivacious"

We now have this beautiful 100% Merino (washable) yarn in two weights: dk & sock.  The hand is luscious as are the colors.  This is the same company that produces  Scrumptious yarn, so you know it's special.


Manos "Franca" Bulky weight yarn in glorious (washable) merino - in colors that only Manos achieves.


Upcoming Events



May 24 (Sat.)2-4 PM - Meet Julie Asselin, creator of yarns extraordinaire.  This talented young Canadian woman is rocking the fiber world with her new, exciting yarns in signature colors.  She'll be bringing some garments that showcase her yarns, and she would love it if you brought in anything you made with her materials.  She'll delight you with her enthusiasm and warmth!  Please join us! 


Please mark your calendar for Thursday, May 29, (6-8 PM) when Vogue Knitting's top editorial team joins us for a look at Cascade Yarn's newest book and the trunk show featuring some of its most popular patterns.


Like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share, and on Thursday, June 5, from 6-8 PM, that's what she'll be doing with her new book:  Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects.   Jessica has honed her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources.  Join us for a book signing and a talk and a little project sharing at this FREE event.  We promise you'll learn a lot!



June 14 (Sat) 2:30-4:30: Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day by knitting or crocheting in public!  Come to Bryant Park with your newest project. Join us behind the statue of Gertrude Stein, with her orange knitted scarf, for an afternoon of knitting/crocheting and community! We will be collecting 6″ or 12″ washable squares to be used for  FEGS Blankets of Love program. We’ll gladly reserve special tables for your knitting group if you email us in advance: pearl@knittycity.com.                                            What to bring:
Bring snacks. If you wish to destash, you can donate your yarns to FEGS Blankets of Love Program, and the New York Asian Women’s Center.

PS: Bryant Park’s restrooms are the best in the city.


Please Remember: In honor of Memorial Day, Knitty City will be closed on Monday, May 26

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M is for the Many Things...

04/25/2014 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.