KNITTY CITY WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU:
Just because it's April l5th, doesn't mean it needs to be stressful. Many knitters, organized souls that they are, have probably taken care of the pesky business of taxes and almost all will tell you that the very smartest and best way to relax is to make something! That's why this blog - and Knitty City - is here. To tell you about, some of the things we have on hand to help you do just that.
NEW YARNS @ KNITTY CITY
As many of our friends already know, we just love new yarns. In fact, we think that one of Pearl's goals in life is to seek out the best and the beautiful in the yarn business, and spring time is no exception as she pursues her endless quest. Just in, besides the usual complement of new Malabrigo yarns and new Madeline Tosh yarns, are some fascinating new fibers. Here a bit about our two latest:
Ancient Arts is a company that specializes in high quality yarns that are dyed responsibly. Most recently, they have partnered with The Meow Foundation, which supports feline health and humane care. For every skein of yarn that is sold from this collection, they make a donation to benefit stray and abandoned cats in need. You can be a part of this effort by purchasing yarn, and by learning more about the Meow Foundation and the important work Meow does in our communities. Here's just a sampling of some of the lovely yarns we recently received in the store:
Who here thinks that knitting is only for wearing? Some of the most striking home furnishings and textiles are knitted, and we decided to get on the bandwagon with this new yarn from The BagSmith. Working with Ohio alpaca breeders and local mill Morning Star Fiber, BagSmith has created a new yarn specifically for creating rugs, cushions, blankets and really luxurious wraps: BUMP!
We have the yarn and pattern book (BUMP! VOL. 2) that will show you some of the wonderful things you can make with this soft, yet sturdy, yarn: Rugs, Cushions, Log Cabin Throws. Expand your knitting repetoire and your horizon with BUMP!
NEW BOOKS @ KNITTY CITY
Some of you stopped by to meet Amy Herzog last week when she was at the store to sign her new book: "Fit to Flatter". We were (and are) all smitthen with Amy and so is that well respected Editor on yarn and all things knitting, Clara Parkes. Read her excellent review on Amy's book here: http://www.knittersreview.com/article_book.asp?article=/review/reading/130411_a.asp Then turn around and come right down to the store today to get your own copy.
Use Amy's insights and discoveries to make sure everything that you knit for yourself (or others) flatters.
Another "Essential" Book from Sally Melville
What’s the number one mistake that knitters make? They follow a pattern exactly! In this comprehensive guide to sweater construction, acclaimed knitting instructor Sally Melville reveals the secrets to creating or modifying a pattern so the finished project looks and fits exactly how you want it.
Thanks to Sally's talent for demystifying knitting, the next time you see a pattern that you fall in love with, you can modify it to suit your body and your tastes. Knitting Pattern Essentials is one more contribution to our passion that Sally can claim - along with her original books on the Garter Stitch and the Purl Stitch. If you ever get a chance to hear her lecture on "Why we Knit", you owe it to yourself to attend. She's as good a speaker and writer as she is a designer - and that's saying a lot!
UPCOMING EVENTS @ KNITTY CITY
TAKE YOUR DAUGHTERS & SONS TO KNITTY CITY ON THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 11-8 PM
"Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, so we're taking part in it by asking you to bring your daughters and/or sons to Knitty City! Nothing beats teaching a child a craft - It helps facilitate the learning process and many schools are now incorporating it into their curriculum. Bring your child in that day and we'll have something special for him or her.
Mother's Day Promotion
We have a soft spot in our hearts for all moms, and since Mother's Day is coming soon (May 12) , we thought we'd like to do something to honor her, so here it is: Write a letter to your mom - wherever she may be. It an be an online note, or a regular 'ol snail mail letter. Make it 100 words (or less) and send it to Pearl. She'll read it and give the winner a special gift card to Knitty City. The final day for all submissions is April 30, 2013. If you do regular old l mail, send it to Pearl, c/o Knitty City, 208 w. 79th St., NYC 10024. Email should be addressed to Pearl@knittycity.com
Upcoming in the Month of May
Mark your Calendars for these Events @ Knitty City
May 2, Thursday, 6-8 PM
Tricia Malcolm (VP/Editorial Director of SoHo Publications) will be presenting the Vogue Crochet Magazine that goes on Sale this month. Tricia will be bringing selected items from the magazine and talking about what goes into creating a special issue focusing on crochet. She always does the best presentations, so come on in - have a bite of something - and let a publishing pro tell you how its done.
Easy Stitches for Inpatient Knitters
With Edie Eckman
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Bored with stockinette and garter stitch, but too busy for something difficult? Let Edie Eckman, author of scads of books (most recently: Connect the Shapes) teach you quick-and-easy stitch patterns that will keep your interest alive --and allow you to watch the ball game at the same time! A knowledge of knit and purl stitches is required as are materials for the class, which will be held at the local St. Agnes Library Community Room (3rd Fl) on 81st & Amsterdam .
Call for details today! Cost: $60.00
The Insouciant Sock with
Saturday, May 18
Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters
This is only the second time Cat Bordhi has visited New York, and heaven knows when she will be back. So get in on this class today! Cat will teach you how to create a portable Personal Footprint - a pattern which will carry all the information you need to knit yourself perfectly fitting socks anywhere you go. These socks are knit 100% in the round, with no rows or purling. There are no short rows, no stitches to pick up, no gauge calculations, no gussets, no heel flaps, and no grafting. The method is described in detail in Cat's book, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, which you will need to have for this class. Please note: Knitty City is offering this book at 25% off if you need to buy it Cost of 7 hr. class: $100.00. Call for details on class materials and experience level required.
This class is limited to 25 people, so make sure you get on the list, today. This class will be held at the St. Agnes Library (81st & Amsterdam) 3rd Floor Classroom.
Special Staff Pick
Phyllis's Choice for mid-April
I love knitting for kids! It's fast, fun and no matter what you make, it's bound to look great since the wearer is so cute!
So, when one of our favorite knitting friends (June) sent me the gift of a knitting pattern, I got right to it, and made this darling little jacket which is perfect for the oh-so changeable month of April. The first one went to my friend's daughter and the next one is for a little girl who is looking forward to her First Birthday next month.
Here's the Ravelry link to this adorable little knit:
I used Plymouth Yarn's Encore in a beautiful blue Green. You'll find it on the back shelf - to the left of the doorway to the back room. For a size 2 it took all of 2 skeins - a bargain at twice the price. The leaves were done in a contrasting bright spring green.
Happy Spring Everyone - Finally!