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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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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