A Brilliant Light!

A Brilliant Light!

When one passionate person gets to know another with the same interest, the result can light up their world. So it must have been when Kathleen Dames and Anne Podlesak first began communicating. They "met" on-line when each was working on a project for Jane Austen Knits, a specially themed publication from Interweave Knits, and the compatibility was further strengthened by a collaboration on Knitty.com. Their complementary skills convinced them of their suitability as partners in craft, and they soon decided to merge their talents to create "Filament", a quarterly online magazine. Kathleen and Anne live far apart, but distance was no barrier for them. In fact, it may have aided their design work since each lives in a uniquely stylish area of the country: New York (Kathleen) and New Mexico (Anne). That's part of the creative spice which is evident in their first collection. Here are 4 examples from Issue #1, whose theme is Classic Nostalgia, a combination of vintage form and practical function.

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These "Hankies" are not for sniffles!

These "Hankies" are not for sniffles!

I had one of those mothers who always carried a hanky in her purse. It was a charming, if old`fashioned, habit and I loved it. So, when Mary Hayne, our resident spinning guru, showed me Knitty City's collection of beautiful "silk hankies," I was smitten. When she explained that this beautiful 'hanky" could be turned into knitting yarn without being spun, I instantly wanted to try it. Mary, being Mary, pointed me in the right direction. I love a good "how to" so, as soon as I got home, I checked it out online.

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Revisiting Woolfolk Yarn... And Kristin Ford

Revisiting Woolfolk Yarn... And Kristin Ford

Woolfolk Yarn appeared on the knitting world's horizon in 2014 when Kristin Ford, owner and CEO, debuted the yarn at the Fall TNNA Show, the industry trade show for independent retailers. It was there that she introduced a uniquely luxurious yarn: Ultimate Merino. The inaugural presentation was for two superb weights: Far (worsted) and Tynd (fingering). The yarn was introduced in an assortment of colorways that reflected Kristin's appreciation of the colors of the Pacific Northwest, her family's home territory. In no time at all, the show floor was abuzz with talk of the special new merino yarn.  

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The Creative Life of Computer Scientist Ed Rodriguez

The Creative Life of Computer Scientist Ed Rodriguez

For the past 8 years, Ed Rodriguez has been attending Men's Night at Knitty City. Quietly he sits at the table, always working on a spectacular project. Cabled vests, cabled hats, doilies, and magnificent woven pieces have gone through his hands and wowed customers and staff alike. Seeing such beautiful pieces coming from this quiet man, one cannot help but wonder how and when crochet, knitting, and weaving came into his life. This is the story of Ed Rodriguez, a valued member of our craft community.

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A Knit Life... from Coping to Helping

A Knit Life... from Coping to Helping

Margaret Crawford is a knitter, a crocheter, and a newly graduated social worker. She was taught to crochet by her grandmother. It helped her to cope,  following the death of her own mother. "My grandmother taught me to crochet in 2001, and that began my healing. That began my healing. The rhythm is what I found kept me calm and distracted me from my grief."

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A Member of The Knitty City Men's Knitting Group REPORTS IN...

A Member of The Knitty City Men's Knitting Group REPORTS IN...

For a number of years now, Knitty City has been host to a Men's Knitting Group. Meeting every Wednesday, from 6:00-8:00PM, it has brought together a very special band of creative men. The group, open to all, encompasses men of a variety of ages, professions, and cultures. For a number of years, the lead mentor in the group, Alphonse Poulin, was a treasured source of experience and support. Alphonse retired to Maine last year. He is missed, but the group soldiers on. This week we asked David Freeman, a gifted writer, fiber artist, and painter, to share with us his insights on what has transpired for him since he became a part of the Men's Group. Originally, with the help of Alphonse, he completed a beautiful Scandinavian style sweater that we reported on in a Facebook posting. As David's love of fiber art progressed, he discovered he had an affinity and passion for weaving. This, then, is that story, written in his own hand. 

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Remember the ZickZack Scarf?

Remember the ZickZack Scarf?

This blog post  is a follow up to one done a few weeks back, "A Tale of Two Scarves." 

It all began when Jane Martin, a Knitty City team member, gifted teacher, designer, and artist, fell in love with a scarf project that Diane Scheinman, a colleague and fellow artist, made. On a previous blog, Jane explained how she created a new version for her daughter-in-law:  

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A LIFE IN YARN - A study in Twists & Turns

A LIFE IN YARN - A study in Twists & Turns

One of the huge perks in this buisness is that we get to meet a lot of people who are passionate about yarns and fashion, and some are fortunate enough to have made a career out of it. One of the best in this category is a yarn representative named Antonia Shankland.  Her background is steeped in sales, retailing and, recently, designing. Antonia  represents some of the finest yarn providers in the industry, including Madeline Tosh, Woolfolk,The Fiber Company, Shibui Yarn, and Manos del Uruguay. It's always a pleasure to sit and talk with her during one of her frequent trips to NYC. With that in mind, we asked her to be a guest blogger so that she could share with our customers how and why she's in the business. Here's her story, in her own words:

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One of Our Team: Maxine Levinson

One of Our Team: Maxine Levinson

Last week we announced that we would be using our blog to post more about the artists and creative "influencers" that enrich our world at Knitty City. In the weeks to come, among other things, you will be reading about the people who work at the store. They are a diverse and talented group and all of us are bound together by our love of making things. This week, we asked Maxine LevInson, a Knitty City instructor and designer, to take the blog helm, and tell us more about herself. 

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Something New...

Something New...

On any given day, there are a thousand stories in our city, and when it comes to artistic endeavors, there are even more. So, we have decided to use our blog space to share some of those stories. Some are from our team members, some from our friends and customers (one and the same group) and some are things we discover in the byways of our marvelous city.    So we'll be sharing those tales here, from now on. We hope you will let us know how you like them by commenting. Also, if you have any interesting tales of your own to share, we hope you will let us know by leaving us note at the store. In the meantime, first up, is a little story we like to think of as "A Tale of Two Scarves."

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Director's Cut

Director's Cut

There are all kinds of "makers," and those that create things with different mediums, including yarn, have always entranced us. That's why when the distributors of the film "Yarn" contacted us, we were thrilled to give them some information that would help them promote the film currently playing at the IFC (Independent Film Center) here in NYC. We were interested in finding out more about the directors behind the film so we asked for an interview and received the following thoughtful responses to a series of questions. We thought you might be interested in knowing what motivated the creation of this specialized film, so here goes...

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, KNIT ACTION...

LIGHTS, CAMERA, KNIT ACTION...

See that mermaid tail? Look closely. It's crochet! And its only one of the many interesting items you will find in a new movie about our favorite subject: "Yarn." This new film highlights a diverse group of artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing the relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends.

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