Anyone who knows us, knows our love for this city - no matter what the season. We admit that our hearts beat a bit faster in the winter since it gives us chance to share our love of making warm and cozy garments. It also gives us a chance to admire those made by our customers - so do share with us by sending pictures of how you're coping with this blast of arctic air - knit wise. (Pets, too, of course.)
We also love the winter in NY since it's a time for community. We hope you'll be part of our community by attending some of our upcoming January events: First off, Lisa Daehlin, renowned knitter, designer, artist (musical as well as fiber) will be conducting another of her popular series of classes. Beginning this Saturday, Jan.11,from1-3 pm, she'll be teaching the first of two classes. Color,Texture and Form is first up, followed by a class on Saturday, January 25th, 1-3 pm, on Tunisian Crochet. For more details, be sure to visit her explanatory blog at http://lisadaehlin.wordpress.com Fee: $40.00 per class.
Talking community, don't forget that VK Live is happening next weekend, January 17, 18 and 19 at the Marriott Marquis Time Square(1535 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Street). Knitty City will, once again, be the Author Signing hub. We're located at Booths 712 and 714, right next to Rowan's Booths, 708 and 710. Apart from selling our usual selection of fabulous yarns (think Madeline Tosh, Malabrigo and lots more) we'll be saying hello to aulthors such as Clara Parkes (The Yarn Whisperer), Nicky Epstein, and Sally Melville. So come by, say hello, meet an author and be happy!
We are willing to bet that anyone who has made one of Martina Behm's, wonderful "leftie" shawls knows what it is to be happy with a pattern. We're happy to announce that she'll be at Knitty City on Monday, January 20, from 6-8 PM. She'll be bringing lots of examples of her work, including her own versions of Leftie and Matchmaker - and that's just a few - she promises to bring a lot. So put on your own leftie, or just come and meet this valued talent on January 20th. We can't wait to see her in person.
Every year the annual NYS Sheep & Wool Festival attracts thousands of die-hard yarn and nature lovers. To celebrate this annual festival of community, Ysolda Teague brought together eleven designer friends, including Gudrun Johnston, Amy Herzog and Mary Jane Mucklestone, to share the sweaters they would wear to Rhinebeck, NY, the city in which the the event is held. Shot on location at the festival, the book is beautifully inspiring, filled with the rich colours and textures of autumn in Upstate New York. Clear patterns in Ysolda’s signature style are included for each design so that you, too, can make your own special Rhinebeck sweater.
Also in this week are the Spring issue of Interweve Knits (Spring???? that's right) as well as the late Winter Vogue Knitting. Buy both. You could knit the gorgeous scarf on Vogue's cover and start to plan what you will be wearing come warmer times. How cool is it that knitting and crochet are year round activities? This week, Pearl is visiting San Diego and is at the trade show at The National Needle Arts Association, where she's considering the warmer weather yarns.
Well, that's it, but only for the moment. We'll be back via our newsletter or on this blog. Also be sure to catch us on FB, Ravelry (join our group) and don't forget to come see us at VK Live next weekend.
Some of us will go to any length to Get in the Spirit!
Not that we have much lack of spirit at Knitty City!! That spirit is strong and we sure have been active. Everyone - and we mean everyone - seems to have caught the knitting, crochet and spinning spirit. We have had to reorder all our top selling yarns - not that we're complaining, mind you! We have met seen so many cool people - old friends and new! Just last week, Vickie Howell, the host of Knitting Daily TV and the designer/contributor to magazines such as Knit Simple stopped in to visit.
Some of the yarns that we're happy to see are new shipments of Madeline Tosh's Vintage, Pashmina, Merino Light and Merino dk. All in her gorgeous signature colors - the ones that everyone love! New colors are in from Julie Asselin in the lines we carry. Malabrigo's roving has also gladdened our doorway once again. Some are knitting with it. Some are spinning it - Both are creating beautiful projects. Another bulky (think quick knit) yarn that we have in is Cascade's Magnum - You can make a hat in a night with Magnum. Here's an appropriate seasonal pattern for you. You can find this pattern, as well as a whole bunch of other free Magnum patterns, here: :http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patterns_magnum.asp
Holiday Event at Knitty City
Monday, Dec. 23, 6-7 PM
We hope to see you there!
Oh....One More Thing.....
Knitty City is turning 8 this January! Come help us celebrate on Sat., Jan. 4.
Here's why: First of all, the Yarn of the Month is Blue Sky Alpacas, which includes the Spud & Chloe yarns as well. All BSA yarns and patterns are 10% off this month. Anyone who has knit with their yarns, knows what a pleasure it is. Look for their Metalico and Alpaca Silk if you want to be impressed, and Royal Petites are the perfect choice if you're knitting for a winter baby.
Here are a couple of new ones well worth the talk:
Julie Asselin's newest addition to her line comes in 6 colors.
Subtle sparkle mixed with luscious yarn results in Holiday Magic.
We're very happy to be able to carry this special yarn from Tibet, which is spun from Yak down. Yak down is warmer than cashmere and credited with being softer and hypo-allergenic as well. "Rewya" (which means "hope" in the Tibetan language) yarns are the result of a cooperative of people who live in Tibet. Profits from the sale of this yarn are reinvested directly into the community - thus making life a little easier and helping to preserve the traditions of Tibet.
Mugs of Joy
Special Holiday Gift
This is perfect for any Knitty City fan who craves a big cup of something warm along with their knitting project! Our over-sized Mug of Joy contains one skein of Malou, an ultra soft alpaca and wool yarn, and the five patterns. A great gift for your favorite knitter ... or yourself!
December Happenings - January, too!
Exploration of Knitting Color, Technique & Form
An ongoing series with Lisa Daehlin
Sunday, December 8th; 2-4pm-Explore Lace Openwork, (increases and decreases used to create imagery in your knitting, also used as the building blocks of garment shaping, intro to chart and pattern reading
Sunday, December 15th; 2-4pm - Colorwork (slip-stitch/mosaic knitting, striping, intarsia) Your resulting swatches of fabric can serve as a sketchbook of ideas for future projects, or work them together into a showpiece of a shoulder bag or a quilt. The sky’s the limit!
PREREQUISITE: know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off.
Thursday, December 12; 6-8 PM - The Good House by Ann Leary
Saturday, December 7; 12-3 PM
Learn the very useful skill of knitting in the round as you create a wonderful warm hat with no seams to sew up! You will cover proper joining, when and how to use double pointed needles and how to read a pattern. You will gain the skills to make a variety of beautiful hats and cowls. Fee:$45.00
Dates to Remember
January 4 & 5 - Knitty City is 8 years old this weekend!Help us celebrate and have a piece of cake on us!
January 17-19 - Vogue Knitting Live @ NY Marriott Marquis. We'll be hosting our usual Author's Signing Table (We'll be posting that schedule within the next week or so.)
Be sure to read about Upper West Sider and Crochet Designer Extraordinaire Dora Ohrenstein's class on Tunisian Crochet, which is scheduled for Saturdday, January 17, from 2-5 PM. Sign up now to insure a place in her class. For more information, go to: http://www.vogueknittinglive.com/ehome/66410/classes/
Some of you may know that we had our web site down for a little tender R & R but now we're back and just in time for our favorite time of year: Fall & Winter Knitting Time! Read about our newest items and classes and learn how you can make gifts, save on yarn(s) and learn something new - all at once!
As you may have noticed, the weather has a little nip in it these days. We've felt it since the shop has been busy with customers eager to begin their cold weather knitting. We're happy to see old friends and welcome new ones! For those of you who are new, let us take just a moment to let you know about our Frequent Buyer Rewards Program. For every $20.00 spent at the store, you get the gentle "punch" of a star shape on our Knitty City Bonus Card. Be sure to ask Zach (aka: the "guy at the counter") or one of our fellow knitting colleagues at the store for the details.
Yarn of the Month
November's YOM will be any and all yarns by Tahki/Stacy Charles. All of TSC's terrific yarns will be 10% off for the month of November.
The Tahki Stacy Charles's line of yarns consists of a number of notable brands: We carry Filatura Di Crosa, S. Charles Collezione, Tahki Yarns, and the new TSCArtyarns. Within the collection of fine yarns, you're sure to find something special. The sale began Nov. 1 and runs through the 30th!
Note: We now are carrying Zara l4 - a chunky version of the popular Zara yarn. For one skein of Zara 14 purchased, TSC is providing one free hat pattern. You'll find the pattern selection at the counter - Just ask Zach or Pearl to show it to you, and we'll download a b/w version of your choice.
October's classes were a big success - so much so that we'll be repeating some of them. Here are the details about new ones as well as already scheduled upcoming events!
Intermediate Knitting Sampler:An Exploration of Color, Texture, and Form with Lisa Daehlin Nov 2, 9, and 16, 1-3pm; $40 each The technique of knitting allows for so many variations.
Join us on an exploration of facets of the craft as we review and learn different techniques. Each week focuses on a new one. Sign up for any or all sessions:
Sat, Nov 2 - Texture (cables, bobbles, knit/purl combinations, etc)
Sat,Nov 9 - Lace & Openwork
Sat,Nov 16 - Architectural elements (picking up stitches, working in unexpected directions, etc.
Requirements: Know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. Materials: Worsted or DK weight yarn (1 ball each of 2 or 3 solid-colors, fairly smooth texture), knitting needles (size appropriate to your chosen yarn),darning needle, small crochet hook (size E or similar). For more about Lisa Daehlin, please visit http://www.delisa.us/ andhttp://lisadaehlin.wordpress.com
Crochet With Dana Freed - Tues, Nov. 5, 12- 2 PM; Fee: 30.00
An individualized class for both newcomers and eperienced crochet lovers.
Needle Felting Jewelry with Leslie Horan Simon
Thursday, November 7, 5-8pm; $60 We will cover some of my basic techniques for creating felted jewelry. All equipment and fiber will be supplied. Jewelry findings supplied by Leslie Simon will be available at a nominal cost. Please bring your own tools and fiber if you like. No previous knowledge of needle felting needed so beginners are welcome.
Friday, Nov 8, 5-8 PM - Knit-Along with Nancy Ricci - A Knitty City FREE Event Start your Holiday knitting with like-minded knitting enthusiasts, using materials bought at Knitty City
Thurs., Nov. l4, 6-8 PM - Book Club Meet Up - "Pope Joan"
Thurs, Nov. 21, 6-8 PM - Cares to Knit Meet Up
Advanced Needle Felting with Leslie Horan Simon Wednesday, Nov 20, 5-8pm AND Thursday, Nov 21, 6-8pm; $80
We will be creating a bird in this class. We will be using a variety of tools techniques and fibers in order to "sculpt" a realistic looking bird. Please bring your own tools if you have them. Fiber and foam work surfaces will be provided. Some previous experience with needle felting is required. This class is in 2 parts - please make sure you are available to take both parts (Thursday, November 20, 5-8pm and Thursday, November 21, 6-8pm).
For more information on classes and events at Knitty City, please visit our website at www.knittycity.com. You can click on the calendar and check our regular class list as well. You can also find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/knittycity) or join our Ravelry Group. Thanks for stopping by. We always love seeing you!
We're riding the cusp of Labor Day this weekend, and that means that Fall is almost officially here. With the kids back to school and many of our friends back from vacation, it's beginning to feel like it, anyway. Since it's the official "start" of knitting season in the city we thought it fitting that we begin this posting with news of the Surprise we promised in our last newsletter.
New Knitty City "Rewards" Program
Knitty City has initiated a Rewards Program for Knitty City customers. Zach (aka "the guy behind the counter") and Pearl have been busy developing a plan for those of us who like to knit a lot! The sytem is simple and the rewards are many - so what could be better?
Here's how it works:
We give you a KC Rewards Card on which you fill in your name, phone number and email.
Every $20.00 spent, earns one "star " per our unique handy-dandy KC star-puncher.
Every fully "starred" cards (showing ten $20 purchases) earns you 20% off on your next transaction
Things to Keep in Mind:
While partial amounts (i.e.$19.98) do not qualify, you earn one "star" for every $20 spent.
All merchandise qualifies, but not purchases made with a credit or gift card. (but....you do earn "stars" when you buy a gift card)
Cards must be presented at time of purchase to qualify.
Classes, private lessons & gift cards are not eligible for the 20% discount.
When redeeming, the 20% discount is maximum discount allowed, including already discounted items. (No multiple/cumulative discounts given)
Be sure to stop by and make sure to get your Knitty City Rewards Card today!
Our Yarn of the Month for September is Berroco. All of our Berroco yarns are 10% off and, boy, do we have some beauties, including new ones. A long-standing favorite of many of our customers, Berroco yarns give great value and style thanks to their creative director, Norah Gaughan. Let's begin with one of their newest; BRIO. Meant to be worked on a large needle, it knits up quickly and yields a big effect. Each brilliantly dyed colorway of this thick and thin wool blend is infused with glittering metallic strands that are completely soft to the touch. Take a look at some of these colors - and that's just a small part of the Brio color story. We have more to show you, in store.
Knitty City has lots of new stock and colors in some of our favorite "standard" Berocco yarns, including: Lodge, Borealis & Flicker. In addition, we are holding a special Berroco Yarn Tasting on September 7th, from 2-6 PM. Stop by and take a turn testing out the new yarns and choosing a new (or favorite) color to play with while you're there.
Other Yarn News
You remember Lang's Mille Colori, sock yarn, don't you? So many people like this yarn that when it came out in a Baby (fingering) weight and a bulkier weight, we decided to carry that, as well. Lang is also the producer of Balou and Forte as well as some gorgous pattern booklets - all of which we happily present to you. Ask one of us to show you some of hese lovely European beauties when next you are in. While you're at it, don't forget about "Souk", the new silk and wool yarn from Cascade which we wrote about n the last newsletter. It's worth a touch. Cascade's Venzia's new Fall colors are also on the shelf.
Rowan Yarns tend to inspire the classicist in everyone and their fall selection is no exception. We have Alpaca Colour, Lima Colour, Kedsilk Haze Eclipse, Thick 'n Thin and a new Angora Haze yarn that is pure femininity. Be sure to ask to see the garment sample on that one. In addition, there are new fall colors in for Big Wool, Cocoon, Lima and Kidsilk Haze.
A last minute shipment of Cephlapod's "Bugga" just arrived.
Hurry, this stuff lasts about as long as ice cream on a hot day!
Fall's Color Bounty
And those of us who love Lorna's Laces, will want to check out the new season's colors for Helen's Lace, Shepherd Sock, and Shepherd Worsted. Sweet Georgia has new colors for their Tough Love Sock, and Superwash Worsted and for the truly sensitive souls who can't abide wool, we just added to our collection of cotton yarns with a new one from Blue Heron, a mercerized fine weight cotton ideal for a spectacular shawl or a soft and wondrous baby's blanket.
We stock a number of Skacel Yarns (they distribute a lot more than just needles). Take a look at one of new Fall Colors for Reggae Ombre. Can't you picture this in a bright blanket or a wonderful pair of arm warmers? On a size 8 needle, it will knit up fast as well as happily!.
Books @ Knitty City
Fall is one of the most exciting seasons for new yarns and new books as well. This year is an especially "rich" one with titles and designs from some of the most talented designers in the world of knitwear. Come in and see:
-Fair Isle Style by Mary Jane Mucklestone
-Scarf Style 2 by Ann Budd -Knitting Architecture by Tanis Gray
Fall Magazines In!
Interweave Knits Magazine - Fall
Interweave Holiday Gifts 2013
Vogue Knitting - Fall
Rowan Fall - #54
Events @ Knitty City Metropolitan Knits Book Signing Thursday, September 19, 6:30-8 PM Melissa Wehrle (long time friend of Knitty City) will be joining us for a signing of her new book
Saturday, September 28, 2012 Class on Seamless Knitting & Techniques
Learn the Art of Seamless Knitting , Shaping and Stitch Placement
with Designer/Authors Simona Merchant-Dest & Faina Goberstein
Simona & Faina will teach shaping techniques that focus on unique shaping
and stitch placement options with full sized garments from the book.
Full-size garments from the book will be on display and part of our discussion.
Book signing to accompany class;Call the store for time, cost and knit-prep instructions.
A Celebration of All Things Koigu!
Sunday, September 29 - 12-4 PM
Teacher/Designer Rhonda Fargnola will be here to showcase and discuss Koigu's magic.
Other Dates of Note: Kid's club starts w/of September 10: After-School Classes held Tues, Wed and Thurs for kids 7+.Call store or get details on blog @ www.knittycity.com
Book Club: September 26, 6-8 PM - "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" by Anna Quinlan
Nancy Ricci Fashion Show: September 30 @ LaCasita Yarn Shop, 253 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY. Time: 7-9 PM; Tickets: $30.00
NYC Yarn Crawl: October 5,6 (Saturday & Sunday)
Knitty City will be celebrating our 5th Year as a Yarn Crawl Sponsor with a Kick Off Event on Thurs., October 3rd, from 6-8 PM
Join us and meet Nick and Marianna of Nooch Fibers, a locally dyed yarn that we've just begun to stock.
Interested in Getting Away From It All?
If you're the type that loves a trip and meeting other like minded people, (who doesn't?), we thought you should know about The Round House Knitter's Retreat hosted by Metaphor Yarns. They dropped off some information about a neat little event in Colrain, MA that they are hosting this December!. Go here: www.metaphoryarns.com to find out all about it.
Keep an eye out for the next newsletter - coming in about a week. We'll be doing an interview with a young new yarn producer whose work we think you'll really appreciate - and she's local.
'Til then don't forget to keep knitting and, when you're not, stop on by and say Hello.
Just don't forget to bring your latest project along with you.