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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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

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: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=hello 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: http://www.digitalspy.com/fun/news/a594461/hello-kitty-is-not-a-cat-not-a-human-but-both.html#~oOUS2FMKwPhNEd

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:
http://www.double-knitting.com

 

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.http://www.innatmillracepond.com/) - 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: phyllis@knittingandhowe.com  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 (www.ravelry.com/knittycity or write to  phyllis@knittingandhowe.com

 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 www.knittycity.com. 

 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:http://www.ravelry.com/people/reneedles 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

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FALL IS ON THE HORIZON @ KNITTY CITY

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. 

 

Spinning...Anyone?

 

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! 

 FREIA FROM KNITWHITS

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.

 

WONDER # 3

 

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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