June 11, 2013
This month’s Knit Night was moved to Tuesday to incorporate a visit from Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting magazine as well as a host of other magazines and books.
People started arriving en masse at Knit around 6pm, which is pretty normal for a knit night. So many people came that we almost ran out of chairs! There were many knit night regulars, some new faces from the knit along events, and then some brand new people as well. It was getting a little cozy around the two tables, which was great, because I made more than a couple of new friends After we all settled in, finished dinner (if we brought ours), and examined each others’ knitting and crocheting, Trisha arrived around 7pm.
Trisha started her presentation with a slideshow preview of the Fall issue of Vogue knitting. I must say, I was very impressed by a lot of gorgeous designs. The first section had a lot of very cute cropped sweaters; Trisha reminded us that as knitters, we are able to decide to turn a cropped sweater into a full-length sweater if we prefer that style. Judging by the audience’s comments, a lot of people seemed to prefer that style There was an entire section of the magazine dedicated to my favorite color, bright emerald green! I loved Trisha’s observation that everyone can wear a dark green, it’s just a question of whether you need a yellow- or blue-leaning green.
After the slideshow, while her computer was still out, Trisha polled the audience for opinions about a selection of cover options for one of the Debbie Bliss magazines. During the vote it seemed that people strongly favored 2 of the 7 options, and people offered ideas about why their favorite was better. I can’t wait to see the finished magazine to discover which option Trisha chooses!
Finally, my favorite part of the evening was when Trisha showed us all the sample garments from the magazine. Some of the pieces looked so different in person! We got to look at the garments up close and even try them on, and of course everyone had their favorites.
It was a great knit night with Trisha Malcolm. Everyone seemed to leave brimming with ideas and plans for their next knitting projects. I can’t wait to see the magazine itself in July so I can get started on our KAL scarf project!
February 14, 2013
We have been overwhelmed by the response from the knitting community to our Precious Purls challenge. We met our goal of 75 hats and/or blankets for the month of January. There were so many people who made hats that we decided to give a Della Q project bag the two top donors.
With more than 900 preemies born at Winthrop Hospital each year, we have set a monthly goal of 75 item. Pattern suggestions and yarn are available at the shop. The hats use a small amount of yarn and are a great way to use up your leftovers. Each month, there will be an extra incentive to entice you to pick up your needles or hook.
For February, for each item donated, you will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of the month, we will pick a winner and they will receive a pair of Knitter’s Pride needles.
January 22, 2013
Don’t fear finishing your projects, sign up for our finishing class this February. This three part course will cover three-needle bindoff, mattress stitch, picking up stitches, and more if time allows. Check the calendar for dates and times and call the store to register.
Homework for Finishing Class
Make all swatches in light colored worsted or aran weight yarn. The swatches do not all need to be made in the same yarn. Swatches 1, 2 and 3 are needed for the first class. Swatches 4 and 5 will be used in the second class.
Cast on 30 stitches. Work in K1, P1 rib for 4 rows.
Change to stockinette stitch and work until piece measures 4 ½ .
Place on holder.
Cast on 13 stitches. Work in K1, P1 rib for 4 rows.
Change to stockinette stitch and work until piece measures 3”, ending with a wrong side row.
Bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of the next knit row.
Purl next row.
Dec 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 3 knit rows.
Work even until piece measures 4 ½ “.
Place on holder.
Work as for Swatch 2 until piece measures 3”, ending with a right side row (knit row).
Bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of the next purl row.
Dec 1 stitch at the end of the next 3 knit rows.
Work even until piece measures 4 ½”.
Place on holder.
Swatches 4 and 5 (both are the same)
Cast on 22 stitches. Work in K1, P1 rib for 4 rows.
Change to stockinette stitch and work until piece measures 3”.
January 2, 2013
It’s been almost a year since we met Nancy, the founder of the Precious Purls program at Winthrop Hospital. Precious Purls gives a handmade a hat and/or blanket to each preemie born at the hospital. During a recent conversation, Nancy told me that over 900 preemies were born each year. That’s a lot of hats and blankets!
Just before the holidays I received a a big package from my sister’s friend Jennie, and inside I found these beautiful hats and blankets for the Precious Purls program.
The ladies at the LIKCG are always very generous in their support of this program, and I left the last meeting with a bag full of goodies for the babies.
We have some basic patterns in the shop to get you started. Stop by the store to pick up tags for your finished work. Any yarn can be used as long as it’s machine washable, so it’s the perfect use for your odd skeins or leftovers from a project. We also have some donated yarn in the shop to help you get started.
Keeping in mind what Nancy told me about 900 preemies born at the hospital each year, we are setting a goal of 75 hats or blankets each month for 2013. Everyone loves a challenge and a prize so here it is. Each month, the person who knit or crochets the most hats and/or blankets that month will win a prize. The prizes will vary month to month. The prize for January is a project bag. Grab your needles and hooks, and
Ready, set, go!!
November 8, 2012
So here we are 10 days post Hurricane Sandy and 1 day after the Noreaster. The store sustained some flooding from Sandy but we are all cleaned up. We never lost our power and were open for people to come in to charge up and warm up. Then yesterday, with the wind and snow, we lost power. With all the trees down and no power we decided to close on Thursday. We will be open tomorrow and with the warmer weather coming, we hope that things will be better for everyone.
Knit, with the help of our customers, has always been involved in helping others, whether is was collecting for care packages for the troops, knitting hats for preemies, or supporting Stitch Red. So many people so close to us have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. We know that many of you have been without power for days. Others have had damage to their homes. As difficult as things have been for us, there are so many others who have lost everything. We have been contacted by Knitting Fever, a yarn distributor in Amityville, who has started their own hurricane relief efforts. We will be joining their initiative and serving as a collection center for new clothing, which they will distribute to those in need. For more information on their work you can go to their website, www.knittingfever.com. We will also be collecting used clothing which Barbara, one of our customers, will be picking up and bringing to the fire departments in Long Beach, Breezy Point and the Rockaways.
The knit and crochet community has always been a charitable group. We know that we can count on your support again, and we thank you in advance.
November 1, 2012
Hi guys! I just got off the phone with Cheryl. Knit is open today and tomorrow. The store had some flooding, but someone has already come by to remove the water from the carpets. The lights and heat are on but internet and telephone is out, so trying to call won’t be effective.
Cheryl says that people are welcome to come in to charge up cell phones.
Hope all my friends from the store are okay! Ooh, I should go start a check-in thread on Ravelry…
August 22, 2012
Here it is late August and I don’t want the summer to end. But now my dilemma is that there are so many new Fall yarns coming into the store that I want to knit with. I love the lace weight yarn from Manos.
I love the cabled tunic from Knitty and I would love to make it in one of the yarns from Rowan. This is the color that I is calling out to me.
So the arrival of these yarns signals the end of my precious summer weekends, but I can look forward to hours of knitting while checking out the new fall line-up on television.
As long as the change in season comes with knitting time, I think I’ll survive.
July 12, 2012
Have you heard? This summer for the first time we are open on Mondays from noon to 5. Stop by to shop or join us for one of our summer knit-alongs.
From 2:00 to 3:00, there is a crochet-a-long of Harvest Hands. These are fingerless mitts made from fingering yarn.
3:30 to 4:30 Knit-a-long with us on the Road Map Scarf.
Join us any Monday to get started on these projects. The summer is a great time to begin working on your holiday gifts. Audrey had already made the Harvest Hands as a gift and is planning on making another pair.
July 11, 2012
If you missed our Stitch Red event with Trisha Malcolm, then you might not know about our blanket project and raffle.
We are collecting 8″ squares made from Berroco Vintage, which will be put together to make afghans. We will then be selling raffle tickets for people to win the blankets. All of the money raised from the sale of the raffle tickets will be donated to The Heart Truth.
We are asking people to knit or crochet the 8″ squares in one of 4 colors of Berroco Vintage: in 5150 Berries (red), 5143 Dark Denim (blue), 5100 Snow Day(white) and 5107 Cracked Pepper (grey). If you stop by the shop, you can pick up a packet with all of the information and some pattern suggestions, or feel free to design your own as long as the squares are 8″ on each side.
We will be collecting the squares until September 1st. Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful squares that everyone crafts!
June 26, 2012
Our second Stitch Red event was last Wednesday, June 20th. What a great night it was! Trisha Malcolm, the editor of Vogue Knitting, was at the shop to discuss how Stitch Red and the Knit Red book came about. Trisha was a bit concerned on Wednesday morning that the 95 degree temperature would keep people away. We assured her that a little heat would not deter our loyal knitters and it didn’t.
Trisha brought along a few goodies to be raffled off in addition to the ones that had been donated by Knowknits, Tahki Stacy Charles and KFI. Thanks to the generosity of our vendors and the women present, we raised over $100 for The Heart Truth.
Not only did Trisha bring raffle prizes, she brought us an additional unexpected treat – a preview of the new Early Fall issue of Vogue. The ladies were privy to an advance preview of the upcoming magazine. What a treat it was! We can’t wait to get started on those new projects.
During the evening, we introduced our next Stitch Red Project – The Stitch Red Blanket Project/Raffle. Packets were handed out to all the women present and the response was amazing. Everyone was onboard. Trisha was excited about the raffle and suggested (and with her help) that we contact Laura Zander to come for our November Stitch Red event when the blanket winners will be announced. Info on this project is available in shop.
A great big thank you to Trisha for braving the traffic on the LIE and the heat. Thanks to all the ladies who attended and make this event so successful.