Happy Birthday Knitty City – NYC Yarn Store Turns 4

Knitted cake in Knitty City's window-NYC Yarn Store

Happy Birthday Knitty City! To celebrate its fourth year, Knitty City had a sale and a party complete with cake, both the edible version and the knitted version. The store was crowded for the occasion since there was a 10% sale on everything on the sale. While this may not sound like a large discount, it covers everything including needles, bags and books. Additionally, every purchase received a free Knitty City mug.

Four years for a local merchant, especially in New York City blocks from another long time yarn store, is a major accomplishment before you consider the difficult economic market. At the heart of Knitty City’s success is Pearl, the owner. She is friendly and helpful with a great memory for faces. Since the store first opened, she’s been willing to help knitters and help build a community. She will even order needles and other items If Knitty City doesn’t have them. She keeps a broad array of yarns to fit every pocketbook.

An incredibly helpful and knowledgeable staff patiently help knitters through complex and not-so-complex knitting challenges. Knitty City has a great library of pattern books and magazines including some in German and Japanese. Further, Knitty City has a regular schedule of speakers, activities and a book club.

BTW, Many notable knitterati have been sighted there, some of whom live in the neighborhood.

Knitty City's Edible Birthday Cake

Knitty City celebrates its 4th birthday with a sale

Of course, I had to support my favorite LYS by buying yarn. I had my eye on some Cascade Quarto in magenta and purples to make Stephanie Japal’s Frosted Diamond Shawl in the Winter 2009 edition of Knitty. Despite my regular visits to Knitty City, I still went through the entire stock. I added a ball of Zauberball from Schoppel Wolle in reds, oranges and yellows. I have been intrigued by this yarn since I saw it at Stitches in October.

This visit was a real treat since I persuaded my mother to join me. While she still knits, unlike me, she hasn’t been bitten by the ever-present need to enhance her stash. She spent the time on one of the few available chairs perusing the magazines.

BTW, Knitty City has changed their shopping bags to help knitters. They are clear plastic which zips closed to protect your precious yarns from bugs and dirt!

If you live in New York City or are planning to visit, Knitty City is a must on any knitter’s list of stores to visit.

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

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