Bunny, bunny - who's got the bunny??

by phyllis

 

 

A few weeks back we sent out an email asking our friends  and customers help us by bringing in some of their favorite hand made "lovies".  You know - hand made creatures likes rabbits, bunnies, duckies, puppies, etc.   As long as they are 75% yarn, and are knitted, crocheted, felted, pom-pommed, spun -- whatever has struck its creator's fancy - as long as it celebrates Spring time.....and your creativity --we would like to put them in our spring window. There will even be prizes awarded:

 First Prize:  $50.00 gift certificate
Second Prize:  $25.00 gift certificate
Third: $10 Gift Certificate

(All entries must be received by 3.30.13)

 

Next month, we'll be showcasing more soft and cozy things things in the window  and featuring patterns, yarns and finished projects for the true ojects of our affection:

Be sure to keep your eye on our windows!

 

Now, let's talk about some of the terrific new things that came into the store in the past week:

NEW YARNS

Shibui Linen

 

Shibui Linen is a crisp, breezy fingering weight yarn composed of fine linen strands in a chain ply structure. Try it on its own for light, summery garments, or mix with another  yarn for different creative effects. Linen has a superb drape and flow and is the perfect choice for shawls, light weight cardigans and tops.  As usual, Pearl has indulged us by ordering a great variety of color.If you see it, and like it, now is the time to snap it up.

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When we last wrote about Neighbohood Fiber Yarn, it was to tell our customers about the worsted weight that Knitty City is now carrying.   Now, we're happy to tell you we have this great yarn value in a fingering weight:  Rustic Fingering, to be exact.  The colorways are even more exciting in the lighter weight.  Look at this example. 

Image of Rustic Fingering (Cleveland Park)

Soft and smooth, single-ply fingering-weight superwash merino yarn has enough yardage for scarves, small shawls, baby items and more.  Single ply construction gives amazing stitch definition.

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CLASSIC ELITE

Canyon

Canyon is the newest addition to Classic Elite's MountainTop Collection of naturally colored yarns. Pima cotton combines with a just a hint of undyed alpaca, to create a smooth and silky yarn in a perfect weight for spring and summer projects.   The four subtly toned neutral shades are sure to compliment everything in your summer wardrobe. Canyon looks great in stitches ranging from plain Stockinette or Garter stitch to intricate lace and cables.

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ALCHEMY

Tweedy

Alchemy makes  yarns of transformation  and they specialize in unique, luxurious fibers, with emphasis given to an interesting blend.. They import the finest quality yarns from all around the world, in search of the inspiring and the beautiful. We already carry Silken Straw, but when we saw Tweedy at a recent yarn show, we admit that we were smitten.  Can you blame us?

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Tweedy is a luscious blend of alpaca, cotton and silk

That's all we have to say on the subject.  Come in & see for yourself!

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FROG TREE

Pediboo 

Pediboo comes from Frog Tree Yarns, which is a Not-For-Profit company dedicated to supporting the Fair Trades. This amazing machine washable, merino/bamboo  yarn comes in a variety of rich colors, and is so increadibly soft and durable, you'll never want to stop knitting or wearing it.   Knitty City is now carrying both the sock and worsted weights. Having just finished an Easter Sweater for a certain little girl, I admit to being very impressed with Pediboo sock Yarn,  I have always loved the blend of wool and bamboo, and this is an especially pleasing (and comforting) mix. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

A Special New Class with Lisa Daehlin

IMPROVISATIONAL INTARSIA IN LACE KNITTING

USING A PATTERN OF LACE AND BLENDING IT WITH INTARSIA COLOR TECHNIQUE,

THIS "GUIDED IMPROV" KNITTING EXPLORATION WILL UNLEASH YOUR INNER CREATIVE FIBER ARTIST




Saturday, March 23

2:00-5:00PM

Fee: $60.00

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Easy Stitches for Inpatient Knitters

With Edie Eckman

Saturday, May 11, 2013

10A-1P

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

 

 Another...... VERY SPECIAL CLASS

With  CAT BORDHI

Saturday, May 25

10A-3PM

DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MEET ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND INSPIRATIONAL KNITTERS OF OUR TIME!    Being a west coaster, Cat is not often in our great city, so every time she schedules a trip, we make sure to invite her to Knitty City.   We will notify you of the place via our newsletter  and our social media but we wanted you to mark your calendars, today, since we anticipate a very good attendance.

Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters

During her class, your feet will guide you to create a portable Personal Footprint 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 purchase it.       Cost of 6 hr. class:   $100.00

All people who take this class must be able to do the following without supervision: knit in the round with choice of DPNs, 2 circular needles, or 1 long circular needle; knit 2 sts together (k2tog), slip a stitch purlwise, knit into front and back of a stitch (kfb), long-tail cast-on, and standard bind off.

Supplies:  In addition to Cat's Book (see above), you will need:   A piece of cardboard large enough to trace your foot on  and scissors for cutting it out. In addition to the usual knitting supplies: bring an excellent quality sport to worsted weight yarn and an excellent quality sock yarn. Sock yarn is available at the store and will be offered to all class takers at 10% off.   The heavier yarn will be used for learning the toe start and may also be used for the whole sock if you want to make fast progress in class; if you are not a fast knitter this is a really good idea.  This class is limited to 25 people, so make sure you get on the list, today.

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FUN NEW PRODUCTS:

SUB URBAN introduces recycled cement bags collection - "elephant brands". These bags were used for exporting cement to neighboring countries of Thailand. So, it must be water resistant and heavy duty material to hold up the cement. Knitty City is carrying a selection of totes, messenger bags and duffle bags.  Any and all are wonderful and sturdy "totes" for your projects!  These are going quickly - Lots of us love elephants, I guess!



On-Going Classes

More Kids Club

Now 3 days a week

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays!

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Knitty City will be closed March 31, Easter Sunday

 

Another Date to Remember for all  Tri-State Knitters

The Annual Garden State Yarn Crawl will be held this year on April 18-21. 

Check: www.gardenstateyarncrawl.com for details!

 



 

  

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March begins on Friday!!!! Can Spring be far behind????

by phyllis

 

March Begins this Friday!

 

Since Spring is just around the corner, the watchword for March is versatility!  Yarns need to suit the season and we have lots of suitable yarns and ideas for your consideration.  One of the most creative yarns we know is Lopi - Not only because it's a beautiful yarn, but also because it comes in 3 distinct weights:  Heavy, Lite and Lace. 

We now carry Lopi in   3 weights:
Lopi - Traditional heavier weight
Lopi Lite - Half the weight of regular Lopi
Lopi Einband - Lace weight Lopi
The traditional Lopi is ideal for those sweaters that serve as great transitional pieces.  You know what we mean:  On the days you don't want a coat but you desperately need a good covering to stay warm enough to knit outdoors?  And.....remember  how you just "hanker" to knit up some lace at the first spring breeze? Well, Lopi (and Knitty City) has you covered, literally and metaphorically, with its beautiful lace weight. To celebrate this gorgeous yarn, Knitty City is naming Lopi its Yarn of the Month for March.  That means that all Lopi yarns (and a few other European favorites) are on sale at 10% off.
 
But, you don't have to take our word for it alone.  Let us introduce you to a person who speaks from experience:  Vedis Jonsdottir.  She's one of Lopi's favorite designers and she's New York's answer to taming the Lopi.  Come meet her on March 7th when she'll be in the store with a slide presentation and a talk about her love of this versatile yarn and the book she created to showcase it.
Thursday, March 7th
Vedis Jonsdottir
6-8 PM
"Knitting with Icelandic Wool"

If you come in before that - and we sure hope you do - please check out our newest addition to our yarn family:

Neighborhhood Fiber Co's  " Studio Worsted".   Available in a wide range of colors, these 400 yd. skeins are beauty and quality maximized. You can knit a lot with 400 yds of goodness:  scarfs, small people sweaters, hats & long sleeved hand warmers, cowls, pillows - the list goes on and so does Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s yardage.  There's lots of "buzz" about this yarn, so stop by and check it out.  Here's a peak at one of our favorite colorways.  I'm scooping this color up to make a little jacket for my favorite toddler. 

Another Exciting Addition to the Store is Lotus Yarn



Last newsletter, we wrote about their new Mink Yarn, now Lotus has sent us two more versions  of their yarns.


Autumn Wind
A lightweight blend of cotton & cashmere, this yarn is ideal for Spring time wear.


Miya
This shawl was created using Miya, a 70%mink 20%merino 10%silk blend that creates a year-round material.  To find the pattern, just go here: 
www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/miya-shawl

 

Don't forget about our regular "stuff"

Kid's Club on Tues, Wed & Thurs.

On-going knitting and crochet classes

Check it all out on our calendar at www.knittycity.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Truly, Madly, Deeply......Red

by phyllis

Truly, Madly, Deeply.........Red

 

As knitters and crochet enthusiasts, we tend to celebrate each holiday as an opportunity  to create something special.  Valentine's Day is just such an occasion.  At Knitty City, we've upped the action for this sweet reminder of the importance of love by putting all of our red yarns on sale for the month of February. That means that every single, truly, deeply, red yarn  is on sale at l0% off for the entire month.   It's our way of saying celebrate your passions - whatever (or whomever) that may be. 

 

Also on sale this month is a  book that Illustrates both the beauty and wisdom of heart healthy activities and care:

 

The knitting community has always come together to support a great cause, and Knit Red demonstrates  its commitment to women's heart health in a way that is a guaranteed win/win. These 30 beautiful, red-themed projects help raise awareness of the number-one killer of women today: heart disease The patterns are all donated by top designers, including Debbie Stoller, Nicky Epstein, Debbie Bliss, Norah Gaughan and Jared Flood.  In addition, the book offers important medical information, a Heart Healthy Resources and Action Plan, and powerful stories.  It's the perfect Valentine's Day gift for any knitter.   Here's another idea:  Show  it to a non-knitting loved one, and offer to knit them something special with the red yarn you've found at KC!  Here are a few examples of the terrific patterns you'll find in this book

 

 

Yarns Just IN

Our threshold has been crossed with a generous shipment of Hand Maiden Yarns, including Sea Silk and Maiden Hair.

  

Another New Yarn  - Just in from Pagewood Farm is "Comfy"


This gorgeous bulky yarns comes in the most spectacular colors (check out the pink/mango colorway).  A single skein would make up one gorgeous bulky weight hat!

Also In Right Now!

Lopi Forever!

Knitty City is now carrying Lopi Yarns in 3 weights!
Lopi - Traditional heavier weight
Lopi Lite - Half the weight of regular Lopi
Lopi Einband - Lace weight Lopi

Lots of Natural colors, some beautiful richly dyed and guaranteed warmth!

 

 Talking LOPI!

Meet the Designer Series
Thursday, March 7th
6-8 PM
Vedis Jonsdottir

"Knitting with Icelandic Wool"

 

She'll be appearing at the store and presenting a slide show on her work. 

We  just about sold out on our first order of  her books. Not to worry, though, we've ordered plenty more!

All of our Lopi is out and on the shelves already!

New Book In for Vintage Lovers

Vintage Design Workshop is the guide that retro-loving knitters have been waiting for: A welcome resource  for those who have been frustrated by historic patterns that come in one size only.  This essential book, for those who love "vintage" knit wear, teaches you how to update any pattern from the past  to accommodate modern sizes and  offers advice on current day yarns to use. The second section demonstrates how to adapt modern patterns to create a vintage silhouette. 

Talking Patterns

Here's a free and newly edited pattern from us to you!

Lucy’s TML Scarf
**This scarf project is a great way to use up your “stash” odds and ends**

Garter edge rectangular scarf with striped stockinette interior

      

See if this links works:  /knittyblog/user/upload/Lucy's TML Scarf.pdf 

It's often  a gamble when sending a link, so if this doesn't down load, stop by the front desk and ask Zach (or whomever is on the desk) to give you an updated version of this lovely and popular pattern.  It's a great way  to use up all those odds & ends from your Holiday Knitting.


Spring Time Events

OK, so it seems like Spring is a bit off in the future, but given the popularity of these designers and their work, we thought you might want to mark your calendars!

Book Signing
Friday, April 12
1-3 PM
Amy Herzog
"Knit to Flatter"

Knit to Flatter is about celebrating the body you have been given and creating sweaters that make you look and feel great. Part instruction manual and part pattern collection, Knit to Flatter teaches you how to assess your shape and then knit accordingly.  Amy Herzog presents silhouettes and styles that work with each body shape, along with four ideal sweater patterns per category. She then provides patterns for 10 more sweaters with guidelines for customizing, so they can be tailored to flatter. Each pattern is written in up to 10 sizes, and the garments are photographed on "real" people.   You can check out Amy's work (and her blog) at the following url:  http://www.amyherzogdesigns.com/blog/

Saturday, May 11
10-1 AM
Edie Eckman
- Author of the new "Crochet One Skein Wonders" will be teaching a class for us.
(Note:  Class will be held at the St. Agnes Library @ 81st & Amsterdam)

Saturday, May 18
10-1 AM
2-5 PM

Cat Bordhi is in NYC and she will be teaching at Knitty City!

Cat's morning class will be held at St. Agnes Library, 81 & Amsterdam Ave.
Afternoon Class Locale: TBD
All class subjects will be announced in February!

 

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Now that we are 7

by phyllis

Now We Are 7!

We know you can't really knit a sweater for a whole big store, but since we sell materials for knitting sweaters of all kinds and types, we could not resist thinking how fitting t would be now that Knitty City is 7 years old!

After all, we once saw a hat knitted for a bus stop!

But, that's another story!  We are here today to  say that we are so thankful for all the good folks and friends who turned out last weekend for our little birthday celebration.  It was great to see you all and share a little cake and time with you.  We couldn't have done the past 7 years without you. 

This is our first new blog post of the year and since we have a few January  things to tell you, we'd like to get right to it:

PLEASE REMEMBER THESE  DATE(S)




Once again, Knitty City will be the Book Signing Hub of Vogue Knitting's Third NYC Show
Change of Venue this year:  This year, the show will be held at The Marriott Marquis in Times Square
Here's a line up of the authors you can expect to see at our booths: # 612, 614

Friday, Jan. 18
Evening Signing
6-6:30 – Nicky Epstein – “Essential Edgings”
7:00-7:45 Martin Storey – "Aran Knits"
 
Saturday, Jan. 19 
10-:00-11:00 - Betsy Perry -   "Shawls, Wraps & Scarves"
11:00-12:00 –  Leslie Ann Bestor  -  “Cast On-Cast off”
12:00-1:00 - Mary Beth Temple -  “Curvy Girl Crochet”
1:00-2:00 – Katherine Cobey -  “Diagonal Knitting”
2:00-3:00 - Norah Gaughan – “Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Baby & Toddlers"         
3:00-4:00 – Bruce Weinstein –“Boyfriend Sweaters”
4:00-5:00 –Vedis Jonsdottir – “Knitting with Icelandic Wool
 
Sunday, Jan 20
11:00 – 12:00 – Cornelia Hamilton –“ Noro”
12:00 – Anna Hrachovec  Super Scary MochiMochi
2:00 - 3:00    Nicky Epstein – “Knitting in Circles” 
3:00 - 4:00 –  Rosemary Drysdale – Entrelac


OUR YARN OF THE MONTH (YOM)

Rowan Yarns  on sale for 10% off all month long.
It's our Anniversary Yarn of the Month
 and the sale will carry on for all of January,


EVENTS & CLASSES AT THE STORE THIS MONTH

Nancy Ricci, our resident teacher/designer/associate, has been busy designing classes as well as patterns.  Here are some of her upcoming events:

Nancy's Amazingly Easy Garter Coat Knit-a-long


 

Dates: Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29

Time: 2pm-4pm

Fee: The Knit-a-Long Class and pattern is free but you must buy the yarn from Knitty City to participate

Supplies: 10 balls of Rowan Big Wool, #15 circular 40" and a set of #15 dpns
 

We have been waiting for this pattern ever since Nancy showed up in her beautiful coat!
Join Nancy each week and knit her Amazingly Easy Garter Coat using Rowan Big Wool.
The coat is knitted in one piece, mostly garter stitch (knit every row), with a few rows of K2 P2 ribbing at the bottom and cuffs.
Minimal finishing and just a bit of seaming at the shoulder are required.   Easy does it!

 

Rowan Big Wool comes in many beautiful colors;  don't forget that Rowan is our Yarn of the Month, so it's 10% off.
Come in before January 8 to choose the Rowan Big Wool color you would like to use for your coat and Pearl will put in the order.

Nancy has great style ideas for wearing your new coat and is always happy to share them. 
You can read more about Nancy,  her designs (and life) right here:  www.gettingpurlywithit.com

 

 

The Vanessa Headband

 

Date: Friday, January 11

Time: 4pm - 6pm

Class Fee: $40 (does not include yarn and needles)

Supplies: 80 yards of chunky weight yarn, size #11 needles, cable needle, darning needle.

 

Learn how to do left and right slanting cables as you complete this attractive, warm headband. This class will be taught in one 2-hour session

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Dana's Amazing Bead crochet Chain Stitch Necklace Class
Come & meet Dana Freed (another resident author/teacher/designer/associate) and let her show you how to design your own bead crochet necklace.

Sample Picture from Website: www.welldoneexperience.com

Class Date, Friday, January 25, 2013, 4-6 PM
Fee:  $65 which includes cost of kit ($40 value)
Kit contains all materials plus enough to make more projects
Please Note:  Students must know how to chain stitch and  hold the hook & yarn.
Dana & Bert Freed are the Author/Desginers of this beautiful book, available at  Knitty City:



To see some of Dana's Knitting Designs, find her on Ravelry at
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/dana-freed. 
All Dana Freed Knits Designs are also available at Knitty City

 

Exciting Yarns in Store this Month

There's a lot of buzz going on right now about some of the new variegated Madeline Tosh Sock Yarn.  We'd like o show you pictures but the stuff is flying out so fast that we don't want to mislead you.  You had best come in and take a look for yourself.  The stuff is gorgeous!

 

More at the Store

Due to  demand, we are now holding the Knitty City Kid's Club 3 times a week!
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons
Call store for details and to sign up.

Book Club Information
"Little Bee"
Thursday, January 10, 6-8 PM

 

 



 

 

 

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Light Prevails

by phyllis

Leslie Simon's Light Filled Yarn Wreath  - A Gift to Knitty City

Even in the darkest days of winter, we seek to remember that this is the season that brings new light.  Whether its the hopeful  beauty of 8 little candles, the circling of a tree or wreath, or the decorating of  a home, light  serves as a guidepost to goodness and life.  As people who make things by hand, we realize that in  linking light-filled things together- whatever the material -  we link ourselves to one another in a wish for warmth, safety  and community.   

Knitty City, once again, extends its sincere wishes to all for a

healthy and peace-filled season.

In the days to come, you may wish to consider some additional things tthat  will bring you a smile or light up the faces of people you know who like to make things, so in that spirit, we continue our  list begun a few weeks back


 

The Gift of Pretty New Yarn

 

Just in from one of  our favorite yarn providers (Berroco) are two yarns that we think you might find of interest: Fuji and Maya.  These yarns are so new that we have not been able to find info (or pictures) on line yet.  Trust us, when we tell you that they are wonderful, and require you come in to take a look.  We'll be posting on line (Facebook) as soon as we can grab a few shots at the store. 

 

The Gift of Inspiration

One of our resident sales colleagues, who also happens to be a designer and author, Dana Freed, (Bead Crochet Jewelry), is a great pattern developer and  has recently been very active in designing some new knitting patterns.  Be sure to check out her collection of quick and stylish patterns  Presented with the right yarn, a pattern from Dana Freed's collection  is a great  gift.

Also inspiring us all this month is the new Trunk Show from Scrumptious Yarns.  Come on in and take a look at what this yarn turns into - and don't forget, Scrumptious yarns are  on sale all month at l0% off - along with Jade Sapphire's yummy cashmere yarns

The Gift of Learning

This week we have some upcoming events that will serve to broaden your awareness of new books and helpful techniques .  Please  mark your calendar's for this week's following events

Wednesay, December l9th, 6-8 PM

Book Signing with Bruce Weinstein

Boyfriend Sweaters: 19 Designs for Him That You'll Want to Wear


Whether you’re knitting for yourself or for any person in your life, these  projects are sure to be classics you’ll wear—or borrow—for years to come.  Join us as we welcome Bruce this evening. He'll be sharing his knowledge, some cookies and signing his books

Finish Your Audrey Gloves

Friday, Dec 21, 4-5pm*

In this second of her two-part class, Nancy will be demonstrating several seaming techniques and wet blocking.

Note:   You need to have attended the first class to participate in this class. 

FYI:Nancy's Audrey Glove pattern is available to all and is a fast knit for the intermediate knitter;  check with Zach in case you wish to take a private class with Nancy on this or any one of her other projects.  This and many of her additional  patterns are available at the store.

 

The Gift of "Gleen"

We have it on high authority, that The Gleener  is the ultimate in fuzz removal, and  works like magic to quickly and easily remove fuzz, pills and lint from most woven or knitted fabrics. Everything from sweaters, t-shirts, pants, jackets, and scarves to drapes, cushions and upholstery will be completely revitalized!  This is a great gift idea - One of those that will be remembered for not only its thooughtulness but also for its usefulness - for years to come!

The Gift of Music

Great gift for music lovers and history buffs, as well as knitters.  Knitting All The Day is sung by the wonderfully talented Melanie Gall, and provides a glimpse into daily life on the home front during war time.  Some songs are melancholy: Women were knitting for men who they might never see alive again. Others are energetic and very funny. If you are a knitter or crocheter, or if you are interested In historically rich music, you might wish to check this one out.  

 

Kid's Club Announcement

 

Due to the popularity of this after school activity, we will be adding an extra day for Kid's Club, bringing our total to 3 a week.  Desgined for kids in grades 2-5,  and held from 3:30-4:30 PM, a child will have the opportunity to make a scarf, a hat, an  iPad case, leg and arm warmers, a pocketbook or a book bag, and learn the art of felting.  Please call the store for more information on available and specific days.

Cost: $25/session. $10 for materials.

 

We'll be back again before long - so keep an eye out for our newsletter with updates!  In the meantime, keep warm and safe

Pearl & the folks @ Knitty City

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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