Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This week is the Snowflake Festival, the shops on 5th Avenue will be open until 8pm with special offers - come to the new location 335 5th Avenue between 3rd & 4th Street and take advantage of the Snowflake Festival discount - 15% discount Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn.
Look for a new Hat of the Month and class schedule in January.
Quick Holiday Knits: http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/jejune/jejune.html
Quick Holiday Crochet: http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/phannie/phannie.html
Thursday, December 10, 2009
On a recent trip, my husband and I traveled to Sinop, Turkey, which is about 650 kilometers from Istanbul. After touring the fortifications of this Black Sea town and the Sinop museum, I turned to our guide and said, "Enough! Are there any yarn shops in Sinop?" With a grin, our guide took us to the shop shown in the pictures and introduced us to this lovely woman who was delighted to show me her yarns. As you can see, the store was packed to the rafters. It's a bit smaller than Maxcine's and loaded with amazing yarns.
This was our last stop in Turkey so my husband and I pooled all of our Turkish lira and I held it in my hands. The shopkeeper immediately understood, counted the lira and began pulling skeins. Soon, there was a small pile of beautiful yarns on the table and, selection complete, I left the shop, liraless, but with a bag of lovely yarns to add to my stash. The created garment will be a wonderful reminder of an afternoon spent in a yarn shop in this quaint little town.
Reminder: The Stitch Therapy LYS has moved to 335 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215, between 3rd and 4th Streets. Please stop by to say hello and see our beautiful new space!
Monday, October 26, 2009
In the five years that Stitch Therapy has been on Lincoln Place I have met quite a few amazing people. Years ago a friend reminded me that my mantra was "all I want to do is knit" and now knitting and crochet have become my full-time work, but it is through you, my talented and creative customers and friends, that I have experienced the joy of our craft.
I take pleasure in supporting you through your projects, and if you don't mind, I share the pride that I hope you experience when your project is complete. Stitch Therapy will continue to be an inspirational haven for you in her new home at 335 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th street, opening November 1st – continuing to be a part of the fabric of Park Slope Brooklyn.
This is a move to a future that offers more classes like "Men's Night Out" "Fingerless gloves and Mittens", "Beginner Circle for new Parents-that means you can bring your new baby", "Weekend Kid Camps", "Mystery Squares", a backyard, and more events like the recent book reading. 335 5th Avenue is now the home of Brooklyn Mercantile a wonderful fabric and home shop owned by Tamara Plummer - both shops will now share this address - two shops under one roof!
This change for Stitch Therapy is a good thing! We will be open seven days a week and still be in Park Slope. Did I mention the backyard? The spring will allow for outdoor classes and entertainment. Just as the Lincoln Place spot evolved into the space that it was (if you could see it at this moment you would not recognize it) so will 5th Avenue. I have spent quite a bit of time at the shop and what I love the most is the way the sun floods in through the front window.
This is Phase 3 for Stitch Therapy, Phase 2 was the online shop, I expect this part to be filled with fun and creativity and I hope that you will continue to be a part of it. Check out the new hours on the website and the schedule for the additional classes.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
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Just a reminder about our fantastic reading and trunk show on Saturday, October 10th at 4pm! Take a moment to pop over to the beautiful website for author, Beth Hahn's Miss Flit.
Friday, September 11, 2009
For details, go to www.nycyarncrawl.com
Join author Beth Hahn at Stitch Therapy during the yarn crawl, as we celebrate the first issue of The Adventures of Miss Flitt, , an Illustrated 19th C. Tale with Knitting Patterns, with a reading and a trunk and art show on Saturday, October 10th, 2009, at 4:00. Beth will also have some limited edition books to sign and sell.
Hope to see you here!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The French designer's hand-crafted designs come in an array of shapes and forms, from scarves to necklaces, bags to berets – just about everything you could wish for is covered. Rich in earthly shades and complimentary tones, her use of colour is inspirational; creating a mood that is reminiscent of the English countryside – a peaceful elegance.
In particular her scarves are to be adored. The spring connotations that arise when studying a Sophie Digard scarf are so vivid that only memories of bright summer days enter your thoughts. Most are comprised of tiny 'fleurs' and crochet circles stitched together, creating a classic vintage look as well as an artistic master piece. So detailed, so innovative and yet so at ease, Digard's beauties are faultless. Using fine wool, linen, or a simple sewing thread the Parisian's crocheted idiosyncratic pieces are garments to be treasured for years to come.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The first yarn for the fall season has arrived - I love it. Schulana Merino Cotton 135 - 149 yards of 53% cotton 47% wool - 5.25 - 6 stitches to the inch - 17 rich colors - 12 colors are in 5 more to arrive next week.
Starting today Yarn Sale -
- Summer yarns 15% off - cotton, bamboo, soybean, and linen blends
- Noro Silk Garden Sock - 20% off
- Trekking Hand Art Sock - 20% off
- Ella Rae Lace Merino - 15% off
- Berroco yarns 15% off
- Debbie Bliss yarns - 15% off
- GGH Lara 50% off
- All books and pattern books 20% off
- Back issues $2.00 each
- Clearance 25% off
- Free patterns books
Friday, June 26, 2009
The blue, white and red hat are a single ply -- practically roving -- and the multicolored swatch uses remnants of a light blue yarn for weaving, and hand dyed merino wool. Playing with my Harmony Guide, I picked a two color cable with the idea to knit ear flaps for a hat, add stitches for the back of the hat, and keep the two color cable going.
Well, they do somewhat resemble mutton chops, and the chevron stitch in the red and blue are a bit subtle, but this hat was a hit on the runway last year at the Brooklyn Conservatory where my friend Raphael used it in a fashion show. In muscles and swim trunks the model walked the runway with confidence and my hat covered the beautiful locks of an Adonis. This hat is one of a kind and what initially looked like a odd pairing of yarn worked in the end. Trying something out of the norm can create a fresh new twist on a classic stitch.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Stitch Therapy is thrilled to announce a new series of summer classes for children at the Brooklyn shop!
Summer Camp: Knit
Teacher - Kim Davis
Date: June 23,24, 25, 26, 2009 - Fingerless Gloves
July 14, 15, 16, 17, 2009 - Hats
July 28, 29, 30, 31, 2009 - Shrugs
Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Prerequisites: Min. age 10 yrs old
Summer Camp: KnitWant to learn how to knit? Then this is the class for you! In one week children will learn long-tail cast-on, continental knit stitch, bind-off, continental purl stitch, and knit/purl rib stitch. During the four day camp you'll Knit a pair of fingerless gloves or a hat, or for those of you who already know the basics of knitting - knit a shrug. Beginner's learn the foundation of knitting. Materials cost approximately $40.00 and must be purchased at Stitch Therapy.
Summer Camp: Crochet
Children will learn to crochet in a fun and encouraging environment during this four day camp. They'll learn to read stitch instructions and crochet their own hats using the basic chain, single crochet and double crochet stitches. Materials cost approximately $30.00 for beginners and must be purchased at Stitch Therapy.
Date: July 21, 22, 23, 24, 2009
August 4, 5, 6, 7, 2009
Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Prerequisites: Min. age 10 yrs old
Summer Camp: Finger Knitting for Parent and Child
Knitting is a wonderful way to strengthen dexterity and spatial relationship recognition, as well as enhance basic math skills. Children love the feeling of success when they can create something with their own hands. Beginner sessions will learn to use their hands and fingers to knit rectangles. Advanced sessions will knit a doll blanket.
Teacher - Morgan Hultman
Date: (choose one session at a time)
Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm
Prerequisites: Your child must be at least 5 yrs old, be able to count to 5 and know right and left. Materials included for beginner sessions.
Stop in or call the shop to sign up!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The Belle Bag
The lovely people at Stitch Therapy are continuously thinking about your needs. These hard-working fellows have realised that tiny needles, loose threads and all the wonderful pieces of haberdashery that you’ve been collecting can easily be misplaced causing bouts of heartache and anger among you Knitters and crocheters.
The answer to all your problems? The Belle bag. A cute little bag, in denim or adorned with flowers, to hold all your precious bits in. This exclusive bag, designed and made by Rapheal Huggins, could even double up as a bag to use when out and about. Worthwhile and easy to maintain, the Belle bag is well suited to all your needs.
At $40.00 these limited edition bags are going to sell out fast! You'd better hurry if you want the ones embellished with Rhinestone...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Technocolr Entrelac Wrap
Additional Dates: Saturday: May 23, June 6, 20, July 11, 2009 - 2:00 - 4:00pm.
Knit in the Round on 2 Circular Knitting Needles
New Date: September 30th 6:30 - 8:00 pm
- See class schedule at http://www.stitchtherapybrooklyn.com/
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Sunday, April 5, 2009
learn to knit in the round
- - in one lesson
Date: September 30, 2009
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Class Project: Leg Warmers
Materials : Oat Couture: Leg Warmers - choose from 3 styles, 3 sizes and 3 weights of yarn
Where: Stitch Therapy, 176 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, 718-398-2020
Greatest benefits of circular knitting:
- Circular needles fit far more comfortably in the palms of your hands so you‘re not constantly fiddling with double pointed needles that slip and slide through your stitches.
- Circular needles are less unwieldy to use than DPNS - stitches rest safely on the cable of the circular needle.
- Don’t have to worry about losing a needle – I find the DPNS have a tendency to slide out.
- With two circulars you can knit a project of pretty much any size you don't have to worry about stitches dropping off the end of the DPN.
- Two circulars make a project very easy to carry along with you anywhere, and easier to knit in any situation--even while standing on the subway.
- Circulars allow you to move the bulk of the knitting closer to your lap, making it easier to balance. With a heavier weight yarn, this can make it a much more comfortable project.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This hat is an any gauge any yarn hat - I have given the formula to this hat to many crocheters over the past four years, and have added a few stitch embellishments to make it entertaining. This pattern is in single crochet, but it can also be made with half double or double crochet stitching. Download the pattern in the sidebar.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
In all I have committed to custom knit four or five items: one pair of purple tweed cashmere cable knit fingerless gloves; one tan alpaca lace beret; one aubergene alpaca lace shrug with a slite belle sleeve; a luxurious pair of long southwestern colored fingerless gloves made from alpaca, merino and silk; cable knit sleeves in Joker purple and green; and possibly one pair of socks.
The other day I started my third item "the lizzy" -- a spring/fall staple at the shop that has evolved into a stylish knit since its incarnation three summers ago - the neckdown shrug knit in the old faggoted lace rib is an effortless four row repeat and easily doubles as a scarf on a cool day.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Do you spend hours searching for the perfect yarn and patterns to knit something fantastic? Is knitting a “must-have” in your life? Well, Martha Stewart has the perfect show for you! Coming up in March we are dedicating an entire show to knitting!
Whether you love to knit scarves, blankets or sweaters, whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter, we want you in our studio audience with your favorite knitting project in hand!
If you’re interested in requesting tickets for our knitting show please be sure to tell us about your knitting passion and what project you plan to bring with you…the more details the better! (If this show does not apply to you please do not request it).
Please visit the Martha Stewart website to request tickets.
Hurry before tickets run out!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
2008 was a very fine vintage
Obama made history at home
Phelps at the Olympics
2009 so far a bit less certain
Monday, January 5, 2009
She was walking at a good clip -- in a hurry on a Monday night to get home from work, or rushing to get past the Häagen-Dazs shop and it's daily, delicious temptation. At the red light I caught up and tapped her shoulder, "Excuse me, did you make your hat?" She recognized me from the shop and said that yes, she had made the hat.
This hat was so beautiful, the body was knit in a fluffy rich black angora that rolled under at the bottom, creating a french curl of a brim and giving the hat a cloche look. The fluffy angora made most of the hat crown and two other yarns topped off the hat with two wide bands. Above the black was a yellow and green tweed that knit up a bit stiffer than the angora, followed by a tomato red. The crown was shaped in a mirrored decrease squaring the top off.
I am always amazed at what my customers come up with -- this hat was a feast for the eyes! Unfortunately, you'll have to use your imagination because I did not have my camera with me. But then, sometimes life is meant to simply be lived and savored!