Spring is on the Horizon

02/25/2015 by phyllis

Spring is on the Horizon!

We promise, it's coming!

Winter is always a good time for the Northeast knitting stores, and, don't get us wrong, we love selling you yarn, but enough with the freezing temps.    Bring on a little warmer weather....please.  When it comes, we'll be ready since we have  begun to get in some spring yarns that we think will inspire you. In our last newsletter we wrote about Cotone, a lovely lightweight cotton from Lana Grossa that has just arrived. 

We have it in many solid colors, but we also have a great range of multi color Cotone yarns and Mary Hayne, our erstwhile colleague, teacher  and spinning advocate, pointed out that the multi-colors might be a perfect choice for the well loved Elizabeth Zimmerman "Baby Surprise" Jacket.  We think she hit upon a brilliant  idea with just the right yarn.  Just imagine one of these in one of those.

 

The Baby Surprise pattern is available through KC  or on Ravelry at http://tinyurl.com/ywubra

Wasn't it the best idea, ever?   It's the season for spring babies, after all, and nothing is a sweeter baby gift than the  iconic Baby Surprise Jacket. 

Another New Yarn

FILO

New for Spring from Lang:  FILO.  This is a corded yarn that looks and feels like a very rich material. It's fingering weight, and it would make a lovely drapey shawl or accessory.  Patterns for this yarn appear in the Spring/Summer Lang Collection book #218, which we just happen to have on hand. 

A Yarn for All Seasons

LA FURLA

While we're on the subject of yarn, there's always room for a little 'fancy" in your knitting life and collection, even if it's only a bit of trim or edging. Trendsetter's "La Furla" is a good option. This faux fur yarn is super soft and creates a flirtatious effect when used well.

While we're talking yarns, don't forget that KC's Yarn of the Month is Neighborhood Fibers.  All the company's yarns are on sale for 10% off through the end of the month.


Upcoming Events @ Knitty Ctiy


Designer's Showcase - Please join us on Thursday, March 5th, from 6-8 PM as we welcome Toby Roxane, an independent designer whose charming patterns are sold nationwide.  Toby will bring her trunk show and share  anecdotes about her training at the London School of Fashion, as well as the inspirations that drive this prolific creator.  To see her body of work, you can visit her site at www.tobyroxanedesigns.com or on ravelry at http://tinyurl.com/nq683lv

Book Club @ Knitty City, March, 12, 6-8PM - You don't have to be a knitter, but you'll proably like to read if you decide to drop in for this monthly book club meeting.  All are welcome.  This month's choice is the classic Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Big Apple Knits, March 19, 6:30-8PM - A charity focused knitting group that meets monthly, Care to Knit is a group that works on projects that help the community.  All knitters welcome.  For more info, email: carestoknitnyc@gmail.com

Upcoming & On-going

New Colorwork Class with Mary, March 24, 2-4PM - Take the next step in developing your knit expertise with a seasoned teacher.  Create these lovely 2 color hand warmers. This class is for more advanced students; Skills required: knitting on double point needles, cast on, cast off and knit and purl. 

 

Sensational Slip Stitch Class with Maxine, March 28, 12:00-2:30PM. Add color, texture and design to your knitting with slip stitch and mosaic stitch patterns. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to learn. New knitters welcome, but they need to know how to knit, purl and bind off.

 

Don't forget to get more details on www.knittycity.com -  We have ongoing classes and events, including a kid's club, a men's knit night (every Wed.) crochet lab, etc.  Check our class page, our calendar and our profiles for more information.  Also, follow us on Facebook  (www.facebook.com/knittycity) and join our Ravelry Group at http://tinyurl.com/k2ku284

 

That's it for the moment, but we'll be back soon. Don't forget to come see us, warm up and make sure  to say Hello.  We're open 7 days a week, so someone is always on hand.  Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/kgeyhzw

 

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The Groundhog has spoken.......

02/02/2015 by phyllis

The Groundhog has Spoken!

Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most beloved and furry seasonal prognosticator, saw his shadow on Monday morning (despite overcast skies), portending six more weeks of winter.  If that makes you a bit sad, we have just the thing to cheer you up!  A lovely new wool from Shibui:  

"Maai"
A Shibui Yarn


 

Maai is a luxurious blend of baby alpaca and merino in a springy chainette construction. The plush intervals of chain bloom to create light springy knits with incredible softness - perfect for next-to-skin garments and accessories. This DK weight yarn (70% baby alpaca,30% fine merino) works well with a range of needle sizes. Maai creates defined stitches with a soft hand. Cable, stockinette or any stitch that requires structure works beautifully with this yarn.
 
 
Our Yarn of the Month (Y.O.M.) is Neighborhood Fibre Company.  All yarns from this company are on sale, all month, for 10% off. 
 
 
What's Happening in February @ Knitty City

Knitty City Book Club Meets on Thurs., Feb. 12, 6PM: "Orphan Train" by Christine Kline. 

Knitty City will celebrate Valentine's Day (Sat., Feb. l4)  by giving every customer a Smoothchie Lip Gloss. Stop by and pick one up.

 

Meet Robyn Love @ Knitty City on Sun., Feb. 15, @ 3 PM.   Robyn is the artist and spirit behind  weeballyarns on Ravelry and the author of www.myfairisle.blogspot.com.  She  will join our spinning group from 3-4 PM to share her work and to discuss the importance of community and craft.  Please join us - you don't have to spin, either!

Work by Robyn Love

To see all our February classes, visit our calendar here: www.knittycity.com/knittyblog/kcalendar .

Don't forget: Every Wednesday from 6-8 PM is our Men's Knitting Group and Kid's Club is held every Wed from 3:30-4:30.

Keep warm & Keep Knitting

Pearl & the Knitty City Team

 


 

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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" breeds...plus, 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: http://resobox.com/amigurumi-artists/

GET YOUR SOCKS ON THIS MONTH

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 (www.knittycity.com) 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: www.yarncrawlnyc.com.  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://www.craftyarncouncil.com/I-Love-Yarn

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 pearl@knittycity.com or post them on our facebook page  at www.facebook.com/knittycity.

 

Yarn of the Month

"Sock-Tober"

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

"Maker" 

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!

Rowan

"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"

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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: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/renee-lorion 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: http://www.yarncrawlnyc.com/

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 (www.facebook.com/knittycity) and remember to refer to the Calendar (http://www.knittycity.com/knittyblog/kcalendarto learn about our new classes and events. 

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