"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes."
Come check out our new window at the store. We're celebrating the Little Prince's 70th Anniversary with a homage to Antoine de St. Exuperury's classic story. When you stop by, please be sure to check out this new sock yarn from Opal.
With Opal's Le Petit Prince, the color work is done for you! The self-patterning sock yarn, named after the fabled classic, creates interesting patterns and stripes as you knit. It's so easy and the effect is as classic as the story. Le Petit Prince is a 75% wool and 25% polyamide (for durability) blend that comes in a great collection of colors.
Yarn of the Month: Schachenmayr Yarns
All Schachenmayr Yarns are on sale this month at 10% off. We are pleased to tell you that this includes My Mountain Yarns, a line that we have at the store for a limited time only. Use the link below to find this free pattern along with many others. Wouldn't it be fun to knit while watching the Olympics? It will go fast since the yarn is lofty and worked with a good-sized needle.
Also from Schachenmayr line are Regia Sock yarn and Lumio, a new reflective yarn. Here's a cute pattern for your favorite four-legged pal.
More New Yarns @ Knitty City
Jade Sapphire's Khata
This luxurious blend of yak and silk yields both warmth and shimmer in equal measure.
Khata provides 700 yards of warm beauty in a range of colors that are swoon-worthy!
Simplinatural combines 3 exquisite fibers - baby alpaca, fine merino, and mulberry silk - in a worsted weight yarn. Each of the fibers picks up color differently and the result is a rich and slightly heathered look.
Calling in Spring Yarns: Lang Sol Color
Not that we're rushing the season or anything, but we couldn't resist this new cotton yarn from the folks who brought us Sol and Sol deGrade, a tape yarn that results in great lightweight garments and accessories. Meet Sol Color. We have this new version of a well-liked cotton in 3 colorways.
Lang's Sol Color
Tahiki Stacy Charles' Flora
A crisp lace weight cotton yarn studded with palettes, Flora is versatile enough to be knit in a wide variety of gauges. This yarn knows no season and can be knit right now. Imagine a loose fitting little shimmery shell you can pop over a velvety top - or make one up for summer and stash it away for a warm day - which may be coming faster than you think.
Upcoming Classes/Events @ Knitty City
Feb. 8, Sat., 1-3 PM Color Work with Lisa Daehlin - $40
Explore different techniques using color
Feb. 13, Thurs., 6-8 PM - KC Book Club:
Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham - All Welcome - Free
Feb. 15, Sat., 1-3 PM Architectural Knitting with Lisa Daehlin - $40
Explore new directions in knitting
Feb. 20, Thurs., 6;30-8 PM - Big Apple Knits
Charity knitting with NYC's chapter of Cares to Knit - FREE
Feb. 22, Sat., 12-3 PM - Make the "It's Only Knit & Purl" Cowl with Maxine Levinson - $40
A workshop those who can knit and purl - Yes, you!
Learn a variety of stitches & techniques and make a "sampler" neck warmer.
Give yourself a Valentine's Day Present & Take this Class
Feb. 23, Sun., 8 AM-Noon - Shirley Paden's Finishing Class-$75
Only 10 spaces left - Sign Up Today
This is the Only Winter Finishing Class Shirley's teaching at KC
You'll be happy you got up early for this one!
Please check out our Profiles page on our Home Page to read about Kristina McGowan, author, designer, and teacher. Then mark your calendar for Thursday, March 6, from 6-8PM, when Kristy will be at the store to discuss her newest book, More Top-Down Knitting: 24 Garments Based on Barbara G. Walker’s 12 Top Down Templates. She will also be sharing tips and techniques culled from her study of Barbara’s top down methods.
JOURNEY TO INDIA – PART II
The following is a continuation of a 3 part series detailing a recent trip to India, which was undertaken by one of our colleagues, Phyllis Howe. The trip was a press tour on behalf of Knitter’s Pride, manufacturers of fine knitting needles, crochet hooks and accessories for the needlecraft industry. The final installment of this series will be presented in the next blog posting, scheduled for February 21, 2014.
Our trip to Jaipur completed, the next stop on our tour was New Delhi – a city very different in both energy and industry. More cosmopolitan, it is the site of many office buildings, luxury hotels and many thousands of people.
The Lotus Temple
THE APNA SCHOOL
The day after we arrived, we were invited to attend a ceremony held at the Apna School, which is located about 50 miles outside of New Delhi. The school is supported and financed by Knitter’s Pride.
Owner, Mr. Roop Jain is a passionate supporter of education for young women and men – in equal measure. We visited the school so that the students and staff could show us how their educational resources were being used.
What was once an area for refuse is now a good-sized campus, where a number of connected buildings house young students. As is the local custom, girls and boys are taught separately, but the campus accommodates both in multiple classrooms.
When we arrived at the village where the school is located, we were greeted by a good sized band of people. Accompanied by a man, beating a drum to announce our arrival, we walked through the streets of the village to the school. Along the way, people stood in the doorway to watch us pass.
Upon arrival, we were given a room by room tour of the school. We were impressed with the young women in their school uniforms just as much as we were by the curiosity of the youngest students – some of whom looked to be no more than 4 or 5 years old.
Karin Strom, Editorial Director of Interweave Magazines, being presented with a gift of marigold flowers
As we entered each classroom, we were greeted with flowers and a demonstration of what the children were currently working on. These young women come from different villages in the area to obtain an education. It’s the only school that serves them. A nominal fee of $50.00/year is charged to each student, but if families are unable to pay, they are given free tuition.
Since we were the first American women that most of the villagers had ever seen, our assortment of hair colors, sizes and ages, were a source of great interest. Here they are crowding around to meet us up close. The desire to learn about us was as heartening as their warm smiles.
All in all, we spent about five hours at the school, with the students and administrators. It was eye opening, as well as heart warming, to see the difference a company’s commitment to education and human rights can make.
The trip continued with some of the following days devoted to shopping, incredible meals and visits to former palaces and strongholds of power.
The Red Fort
To come: A visit to Agra and the Taj Mahal