May Magic

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:                                            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...

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:
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.

Welcoming Spring.....

by phyllis

March  ( and the months that preceded it) has had it's way with us, and we are more than ready to show it the door.  But while we usher out winter, we welcome in all of you to partake of some new spring projects. 

New Yarns @ Knitty City

"Extra, Extra"

Some of our light weight yarns have come in, and a few of the heavier ones are new to the store, as well.  Given the changeable nature of the weather and the current love of  puffy little  cropped jackets that we've been seeing around town,  we were  drawn to  the beauty of Blue Sky Alpacas new  "Extra" yarn.  It's a 50/50 blend of baby alpaca and fine merino so it's light and luscious.  A worsted weight yarn, knitted on US 7-9 needles, this yarn is swoon-worthy.



Radiant is the best way to describe this almost pure (97%) silk yarn. It has an incredible range of colors and variations that work like mad with the "starry" bits. Each skein has 200 yards of silky delight and a simple scarf or cowl would light up the neckline of any spring top.


Madras is a cottony yarn that has great body and drape. Worked on a size 7 or 8 needle, it is a relatively fast knit that could translate nicely into a spring (yes, it is coming) camisole that would work really well under a blazer or a lightweight jacket.  We have this in about 4 or 5 colorways, and we've swatched up a square so you can pick it up and see and feel its pleasing weight.


Next time you want to glow in the dark, consider knitting yourself something in this Regia Sock Yarn - It's great for the outdoor types and it even aids in visibility.   The colors are so bright and cheery they're sure to put a bounce in anyone's  step.  Great for hats, mittens, socks, running gloves - the possibilities are endless.  Page through the pattern book for even more inspirations!

Magazines Just in @ Knitty City

Knitty City has  long known and admired Michelle Wang and her great sense of style - and we're in good company.  We were especially happy to see one of her most recent designs turn into a cover for the Spring edition of knitwear. Congratulations, Michelle.  We love what you do and how you do it. To read about Michelle's design process, visit her blog @

Knit Simple

The Spring/Summer Issue is in and has some sweet patterns for the younger ones in our lives, as well as the usual complement of easy-to-do and pleasant-to-have projects


Upcoming Classes & Events @ Knitty City


Young Designer Series

Holly Chayes

Join us on  Thurs., April 3, from 6-8PM, when Holly Chayes will share   her work at our Young Designer Series. She is a maker of exquisite lace and fiber and we think of her as a magician of the best kind.  Here's one of our favorite quotes from Holly: "I want to create magic. And knitting is magic, a quiet kind." Get a preview of Holly's work here:
and then come and meet this lovely young alchemist who turns fiber into fairy treasure


Don't Forget

All Malabrigo yarns are on sale for the rest of today. Come in and stock up. Starting tomorrow, April 1, the Yarn of the Month will be Manos!  - Another fabulous find @ 10% off for the whole month.

In our newest yarn industy profile, we talked with Betsy Perry, owner of Classic Elite Yarns, who summed up life in the knitting world: "Even on a bad day, we get to work with yarn."   We couldn't agree more and we might add that we also get to meet some of the nicest people on the planet.


Come visit us soon and in the meatime, keep knitting or crocheting. 

Better yet, do both!




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March Madness

by phyllis



That's as good a way as any to describe this winter's weather! One day 18 degrees, the next 50. One day snow, the next sunshine. March has always been a mercurial month and it will be even more so this year, or so we hear. Knitty City has worked to keep you covered, literally, by riding the divide between the seasons with yarns that will enable you to transition smoothly from the coldest days to the more temperate ones. 

 Yarns & Patterns @ Knitty City

It's all about layering in our northeastern climes. To that end, we have some lightweight wools and wool blends tthat are the perfect answer to that age-old question: 'How do I dress for this weird weather?'

Take a look at this beautiful pattern Lisa Myers designed in Manos's Fino, a lightweight merino.  Worked on a size US6 needle, it uses only 2 skeins and done in coordinating colors, it makes a beautiful counter-point to a sweater or light spring jacket.

Both pattern (Churros) and yarn are in stock at the store

Here's another solution and one that will bring out the best in your knitting skills. Designed by Hiroko Fugatsu and knit in Madeline Tosh Light Merino, it requires only 2-3 skeins, depending on size.

This lightweight knit jacket is knit in one piece and you know what that means - no seams to sew.  It's also longer in the back than the front, a flattering silhouette for a variety of people. 

Pattern "Hitofude" available on Ravelry


More New Yarns @ Knitty City

Plumette by Prism


Plumette has all of the incredible silky softness of its big sister yarn, Plume, with a cropped length of fur that makes you think of sheared mink or panné velvet. Pretty jewel toned colors are a great way to bring out the color in your eyes or highlight your skin tone. Think cowl, scarf, jacket trim - just let yourself go and this yarn will meet you more than half-way.

When next in the store, be sure to check out the new Rowan Pure Linen that just hit our shelves, as well as some of the other spring-like new yarns that Pearl has stocked. Misti Alpaca's Pima Silk is a gorgeous blend of pima cotton and lustrous silk. The silk adds just a touch of sheen to this yarn and the hand painted colors are gently beautiful. This yarn is also an ideal pick for spring baby projects. Another new entry from Lang is Seraina, which is a fiber filled knit tube-like yarn that yields a  unique color effect. The beautiful color sequences result in striking geometric patterns.

In last week's newsletter, we wrote about our Shibui Multi Grain Scarf kits, which contain 4 skeins of Shibui Pebble, 2 of Silk Cloud and 2 of Cima. The blending of these different yarns and fibers creates a texture that is as interesting as it is striking. We now have the kit available in Rust as well as the dark blue color-way and black/charcoal version.


Complete kit in stock at Knitty City


New Goodies in the Store


Cool Labels

Anne Kuolukito has designed some rather terrific new labels. You work hard, for heaven's sake, why not sign your work with good intentions and care instructions? You can do both with one of these:


Next time you find yourself checking out, take a look at some of the other fun stuff we have at the counter, including the funny and oh-so-true Anne Taintor magnets that seem to get snapped up as soon as they come in.

Coming Events @ Knitty City

We're still firming up our March schedule (more will be revealed in our next newsletter), but we think you should know what is coming. Both of these events will be popular so we suggest you write it down today!

Kristina McGowan, Designer - Thursday, March 6, from 6-8 PM,


Modern Top-Down Knitting & More Modern Top-Down Knitting

Kristina McGowan will be appearing at the store as part of our Young Designer's Series. She will be discussing her techniques and showing many of her original knit samples. Kristina enjoys teaching and sharing her techniques, so you're sure to learn a lot!

Sunday, March 16, 1:00 PM - Meet Dyah Dyanite (a.k.a. dy-dy)

We think you may want to get to know this fascinating self-taught fiber artist from Indonesia. Her fascination with cats changed her focus on the knitting path. She makes them in all forms - even scarf adaptations. Here is one of her creations - catching a little nap.



Don't forget: All Shachenmayr Yarns are 10% off for the rest of February. If you wish to learn about March's Yarn of the Month, you'll have to come vist us or subscribe to our newsletter.

In the meantime, stay warm and keep knitting!

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The Little Prince Has Landed at Knitty City

by phyllis



"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!
HiKoo Simplinatural

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
(see: for more info)

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
(see: for more info)


Feb. 20, Thurs., 6;30-8 PM - Big Apple Knits


Charity knitting with NYC's chapter of Cares to Knit - FREE
(email: for info)

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!



Kristina McGowan

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.  


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.

New Delhi

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

Rampur Bagnar

 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


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