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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The Time Draws Near......

by phyllis

The Time Draws Near!

When a little gift (or two) might be appropriate! 

No matter what you celebrate, it's most often the case that some gift giving is in order at this time of year.  So, now that Thanksgiving 2012 is a thing of sweet memory (hopefully), we are setting our eye toward the next holiday on the horizon - and we have been planning accordingly.   This Season we've created a little list of our own - All with an eye toward being useful, of course.    Every week until December 25,  we'll  be sending  YOU  a list - for some of the  most intriguiing things we can think of that are currently available at the store.

 

#1

The Gift of Experience

Nothing keeps on giving like the gift of learning, and this month we have a lot of learning going on!  Treat yourself (or a friend) to a class with one of the most spirited and creative knitting designers and teachers in the biz.  We'll be serving a little bit of bubbly, dishing up some snacks and Annie will be imparting a whole lot of knowledge!


Make the  Holidays bright(er)  by taking a Color Class with Annie Modesitt, well known designer, author and teacher, and let her take you in:
"A New Direction in Color"

Join us at the store,  after hours, and learn while  Annie Modesitt explain some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to deciding on color combinations & techniques

Special Holiday Class Offer::  $40.00

The  class will be running, after hours, so  we'll be serving refreshments and the store will be closed to the public.
Call us and reserve your spot in this not to be missed special holiday  class. 
(To see Annie's blog and read about her books and classes, please  visit:  www.modeknit.com
 
#2
 
The Gift of Inspiration
 
Grab a pal or 2, or come on your own,  to a Trunk Show Party with
Berroco's Super-Star  Designer
Norah Gaughan
 
Saturday, Dec. 8
3 PM onwards
We are  excited that Norah Gaughan of Berroco yarns will be showing off some of the most popular garments from her latest book of designs.     She will be at the store from  3:00 - 5:00 (or so)  aand she will be bringing a host of sweaters and items from her latest Volume 11 book, as well as a few of the new ones from the upcoming new Spring/Summer book.  There will be a variety of sizes  and try-ons will be encouraged.   The Trunk Show and Appearance is our gift to you, but since we have a full line of Berroco yarns, you just might find that the gift of inspiration turns into a gift of yarn, as well.
 
Also inspiring this month is Nancy Ricci - our special teacher and designer in residence. 
Nancy will be presenting her work at a:
Design Meet Up  with Nancy Ricci
 Thursday, December 6, from 6-8 PM.  
 
Some of you already know lovely Nancy from her cool blog and design site, www.Gettingpurlywith it.com. Nancy is most frequently at the store, but when we allow her to go home, she gets right down to the business of creating more classic designs.  She'll be here to tell us about the many things she's discovered since becoming a knitwear  designer and sharing not only her passion but her ideas.  Nancy is also a frequent designer for Jade Sapphire, one of the loveliest cashmere lines in the industry.  (More about that later...)
 
 #3
The Gift of Creativity
 
We're very proud of our inventory at Knitty City.  Some say, we have a lot of yarn - and some say it can get a little overwhelming ~ but we say, what limits can you ever place on beautiful materials for the artistic hand?

We stock some of the finest brands in the yarn world and that includes, of course, Malabrigo.  This week we welcomed a new line of their gorgeous yarn.  Named "Rastita", it's  a sportweight version of Rasta.  It’s a lightly fulled, DK weight single that comes in a rainbow of delicious watercolor hues- some existing favorites, and some brand new! Yardage is generous: 310 yds ~ which means that one skein  will render a small muffler and two can generate a nice shoulder wrap for you  or the shoulders of one you love.  Here's a peek at just 3 of the many colors currently on the shelf:

                                                                                             

     

Also in stock this week is the newest Malabrigo book: No. 4  - filled with lovely ideas,  beautifully executed.  A few skeins of this yarn, plus the new Malabrigo book, would light up anyone's world.  Even a non-knitter would learn to knit just to make this yarn come to life! 

 

Another book from beyond beautiful is this  newest Amimono Book

" The Bird Collection"

 


The latest from designer Helga Isager, Amimono 4 is a double faced pattern book that features "The Bird Collection" on one side and the "Little Bird Collection" on the other. With 7 classic designs for women and 6 darling designs for children, Amimono 4 makes a wonderful addition to any library.

 

#4

The Gift of Help

Knitty City's  colleagues love to share our knowledge about the crafts that give us such enjoyment.  We feel fortunate to have attracted a great clientele and to work with some of the most knowledable people. We recently added a new person to our staff:  Sarah Solomon.  Here's a picture ) and a  bit about her, in her own words:

Sarah Solomon studied music, literature and foreign languages at Sarah Lawrence College.  After years of sewing, she finally decided to try knitting about 5 years ago and hasn't put her needles down since.  She loves natural fibers, marrying traditional and innovative techniques, and achieving the perfect fit.  A fan of Knitty City since she first started knitting, she is delighted to finally be part of their team.

#5

The Gift of Anticipation

Followng are a few more things to look forward to this month

12.7.12 - Fyberspates Trunk Show Begins  In Store

Check out the Saturday Treat Book we have on hand, as well

An exciting new collaboration between Ysolda Teague  and Fyberspates, the six accessory patterns in Saturday Treat feature a color palette selected by Ysolda in Fyberspates Scrumptious, a luxurious wool / silk blend with a beautiful sheen ~ the colours practically glow. Containing designs for pretty little additions to your wardrobe, or gifts that you know will be treasured, all of the patterns feature interesting details against a relaxing background.

Make the most of your special knitting time with Ysolda and Scrumptious.

12/19 - Book Signing for Boyfriend's Sweater

6-8 PM

Knitwear designer Bruce Weinstein has fashioned the classic boyfriend sweater with 19 ultra-comfortable projects designed to work on both men and women. Come in and meet him in person and pick up your signed copy at this in-store reception.
Whether you’re knitting for yourself or for the person in your life, these gorgeous projects are sure to be classics you’ll wear—or borrow—for years to come.

As always, don't forget to check us out, daily, on Facebook and Twitter. 

We'll be back next week with another "list" of things that you'll want to keep in mind as the holidays approach.  In the meantime, happy knitting (and/or crocheting).  Keep warm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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