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.
August in NY and the weather is cooperating by sending us a little balmy summer weather. Close your eyes and you may feel the winds of change in the air - especially here on the west side. Not that we're trying to rush the season, mind you. We know we have quite a bit of warm weather in front of us. That's why we're intent on keeping our Incredible sale going through the end of August! Here are the details:
The Incredible Summer Sale @ Knitty City
We have a great selection of Dream in Color Yarns, including Smooshy & Baby at 40% off. In addition, there are other high quality brands, including a Rowan Kid Silk Haze Ribbon yarn which knits up into a fabulous boa or scarf..
Plus....You might want to get a jump on your fall and winter projects with some of our outstanding single skein sale yarns --perfect for hats, gifts, mittens, scarfs, etc. This sale is on-going through August.
August's Yarn of the Month
Knowing the reality of summer in the city, we thought that lace would be the ideal answer to summer heat, so we've put all lace yarns on sale for the entire month of August at 10% off. Cotton yarns are also on sale all month at 10% off.
Summer Reading (and Inspiration)
Knitty City has long been known for its great collection of knitting books, and, we want to share the wealth. Right now, all of our books are on sale at @ 25% off through the end of this month. Now's the time to snap up the best in both classic and current titles. Since the August Book Sale is in effect, you might also wish to snap up one of the Lace Weight Classics that include titles such as "Victorian Lace Today" and "A Gathering of Lace".
Also on Sale: Magazines dated prior 2013 are on sale for $2.00 each, but please note that this does NOT include: Rowan, Koigu, Interweave's Knit Wear and Interweave's Special Interest Issues: Jane Austen Knits, etc.
Fans of Selvedge Magazine will want to snap up any/all Selvedge Issues @ $5.00 each!
New Yarn @ Knitty City
Knitty City is very proud to announce that we are now carrying
Cephlapod's Skinny Bugga!
Fingering Weight Skinny Bugga has the drape needed for lace yet is sturdy enough for a gorgeous pair of socks. This lush blend of merino, cashmere and a touch of nylon is perfect for any lightweight project your heart desires, and it shows stitches with crisp definition. Hurry in for this one, too. We have a finite supply of a much-in-demand yarn and you know how fast that goes at Knitty City!
Other August News!
The Knitty City Book Club will meet on Thursday, August l5, from 6-8 PM.
This month's selection: Beautiful Ruins
We'll be back soon with some new and exciting news for September!
In the meantime, check us out on Facebook and Twitter and look for us on our new Pinterest Page!
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
The Art of Seamless Knitting Class
Saturday, September 28
Author's Simona Merchant-Desi and Faina Goberstein will be on hand to teach the Art of Seamless Knitting. They will be explaning how to convert flat patterns to circular techniques with 12 classic, beautiful projects suitable for all ages. Check in with Zach or Pearl for exact time on September 28!
Well, the temperature/humidity index may have soared last week, but it doesn't mean that your knitting has to plummet. It's the perfect time to begin your vacational (is there such a word?) knitting plans. We suggest you start with one of the newest additions to our impressive inventory of yarns:
This lovely line of yarn comes in a variety of weights (worsted, sport & fingering) and wondrous colors. To top it off, it's also our Yarn of the Month (YOM) and is 10% off all month. Here's a quick look at just a few of their colors. You have to pop in to get a real sense of the marvelous assortment and variety of colors we have on hand....and, on Saturday, JUNE 8, please come to the store and meet Karida Collins, Neighborhood Fiber Co. owner. She'll be discussing the trunk show of knits that we'll have in the store. We look forward to sharing her enthusiasm for all things knit and beautiful with all of you.
Outdoor Knitting is in Order on a (almost) Summer's Day!
World Wide Knitting in Public Day
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 2:30-4:30 PM
A FREE EVENT
Join us as we, once again, celibrate the craft and the people who make knitting the joy it is for so many. We'll be meeting in Bryant Park, just like last year - near the statue of Gertrude Stein. This year, we will be setting up tables for the Crochet Guild and Big Apple; if you'd like to have a group there, we'd be happy to set up a few more. Just let us know ASAP.
Free Knitting Lessons in the Park
The following Tuesday, June l8,from 1:30-3:00 PM, we begin our annual Learn to Knit Meet-Ups in Bryant Park. Every Tuesday, throughout the summer months, we teach the craft to all who wish to learn. We supply yarn and needles - both of which need to be returned to us at lesson's end. (If you already know how to knit, bring along your current project and hang out with us.) We will be making squares for blankets for this year's recipients: Blankets of Love. This volunteer effort was organized to create blankets as gifts for young people who are transitioning out of foster care and into mainstream living. Donated squares are crocheted into wonderful blankets like this:
PS: If you have any yarn you would like to donate, the organization has told us they'd be pleased to take any sport weight washable wool or wool blends. They use it for crocheting together the many squares they collect for this worthy effort. Let us know and we'll be glad to tell you how to do it!
Some Additional June Events
Mark your calendars, if possible, for the following:
Subway Knits Maria @ Knitty City
A FREE EVENT
Thurs. June 6, 6-8 PM
Come and meet this intrepid traveler and charming woman who has lived and traversed all over the world and is thrilled to call NYC home. Always seen knitting on the subway, she's also an avid chef, teacher and a recent graduate of a Master's Program in Special Education (Hunter), a pod-caster and blogger. Devoted to knitting and the creative world, she's sure to be someone you'll want to get to know. Do it here this Thursday evening. Check her efforts at http://subway-knits.blogspot.com
Special Dates in June
Crochet for Knitters w/Maxine Levinson
Sat., June 15, 12-2 PM
A reprise of Maxine's class for knitters who want to learn crochet basics. Learn a super neat way to seam, create pretty edgings and make button loops - even if you don't currently know how to crochet. The only thing you need for class is 3 knitted swatches and a crochet hook suited to the yarn. (We always have crochet hooks for sale.)
"Care to Knit"
Thurs, June 20, 6-8 PM
Join this group of knitting enthusiasts who knit for a special cause.
Join designer, creator Lisa Daehlin and learn the basics of this special and unique lacemaking technique. Included in the class are the ins and outs of increases and decreases, a crucial step towards garment construction and pattern design. Broomstick is easy to learn (provided Lisa's at the helm, of course) and is admired for its beauty and drape in garments and blankets. Participants must know how to make a chain and single crochet stitch.Supplies Needed for Class: crochet hook (size g or h), size 50 plastic knitting needle, one ball of dk or worsted weight yarn (light colored and smooth). Supplies can also be purchased at store.
Exciting New Books
Spring time normally sees the arrival of new books since the designers and publishers like to give us new "grist for our knitting mills" for summertime projects and fall planning. This spring was no exception and here are the newest books just in:
East Coast knitwear designer, Melissa Wehrle, has created a collection that perfectly reflects the rhythm of city life. From a chunky cabled sweater and hat to a beautiful tunic and gossamer cardigan, Melissa's designs are shaped, expertly finished, and ready to be shown off on the street. They feature a variety of construction and finishing techniques and are classic - like the city they appear in!
Nicky does it again - only this time it's for the dolls we all love. She has created 25 playful, fashion patterns for 18-inch dolls. The enchanting pieces include everything from tops and pants to dresses skirts, and coats—even a lacy princess gown! Adorable accessories (hats, headbands, scarves, purses, mitts, and socks) complete this cutest-ever wardrobe - all by Nicky. Note to the practical among us: Not only are they adorable, they are perfect stash busters, as well. Come over to the store,today and pick this special little book up - we expect to sell out fast!
You don't need us to tell you that crochet has made its way back onto the fashion scene in a huge way and is comfortable for both day and night wear. Award-winning designer Doris Chan helps you get more out of crochet with these contemporary and endlessly adaptable patterns that work with a variety of different looks, personal styles, and body shapes. Doris's style aesthetic is as modern as her ideas. This book is a stunner!
Well, that's about it for the moment - but only for the moment. We'll be posting on our usual social media and there's always our newsletter, which will be coming out next week. To sign up, go to www.knittycity.com - or, better yet, just drop by the store, say hi to one of us and sign up there. We're always happy to see you.