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Thursday
Oct152009

NYC Yarn Crawl Winners!

We'd like to thank everyone who made it out to the first annual NYC Yarn Crawl! Thanks to you it was a smashing success! It was so much fun to see old friends and meet new friends too. It's truly inspiring to see all of the enthusiastic knitters out there - people of all ages from all around the world! We feel so lucky to have such vibrant and creative customers.

One of the most exciting parts of the Crawl at Purl were our raffles! We gave away some great prizes to some great folks. Here is a list of the winners and what they won (they've been notified and are all very excited!)... drum roll please.....

Joelle's Giant Granny Square

Joelle's Giant Granny Square Blanket is a perennial favorite Purl Bee project. It's easy enough for even the most novice crocheter and it makes a simply stunning blanket. Congratulations to Jane N. from New York for winning this colorful set!

  Whit's Knits Socks for Giving

Whit's Socks for Giving are quick to make and soft and warm to wear. Congratulations to Tina D. from NY for winning this cozy project!

Jen's Shimmer Scarf

Jen's Shimmer Scarf is so elegant! Best of all the pretty zig zag lace pattern isn't as hard as it looks! Congratulations to Michelle W. of New York for winning this pretty prize!

 

Blue Sky Polka Dot Hat and Mittens

This set was generously donated by our friends at Blue Sky Alpacas. It is totally adorable and since it's made with the ultra luxurious Blue Sky Suri Merino it's totally wearable. Congratulations to Brandi T. from New York for winning this cute set!

 

Spud & Chole Flap Hat

This darling prize was donated by the lovely people at Spud & Chloe.  The hat is as fun to make as it is to wear and the Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn is soft and washable making this a very kid friendly hat! Congratulations to Andrea K. of Massachusetts for winning this cheerful prize!

In addition to these great prizes we also gave away Purl Tote  to everyone who made a purchase of any size, so hopefully everyone came away feeling like winners!

Thanks again to everyone who made this such a special event... we hope to see you again next year!

Friday
Oct092009

Visiting Artist, Book Signing and Book Review: Kata Golda's Handstitched Felt

We are very happy to announce that Kata Golda will be coming to Purl Patchwork to do a book signing and workshop for her beautiful and charming new book Hand Stitched Felt on October 21st!

Workshop with Kata Golda
Kata Golda will explain her unique handstitching techniques and will walk students through making a tool pouch and finger puppet from her new book Hand Stitched Felt. No sewing experience is required! The class fee is $45.00 and students can purchase a materials kit for the class which includes everything you need for the projects including her book for an additional $35.

We have long been admirers of Kata Golda's beautiful work. She creates lovely cards, bags, and toys, all sewn by hand using gorgeous hand dyed felt. We love the pretty yet playful feeling she brings to whatever she approaches and are so excited to be carrying her book.

This book has so many great ideas, from the ultra cute and practical "Holds Everything Bucket" to the absolutely adorable "Stuffed Animal Family." All of the projects are well explained and include detailed templates.

These projects aren't concerned with looking ultra perfect, which is always encouraging, but rather, they radiate a kind of relaxed beauty that is very inspiring. One of the most approachable aspects of this book is that everything in it is made from felt, which doesn't have to be hemmed! It's very freeing to be able to sew such fine detail, like the little birds on the "Songbird Mug Cozy and Coaster" and not care about turning the edges under!

Hand-Stiched Felt would make a wonderful gift, maybe along with one of our custom wool felt bundles, for anyone who loves to sew special little things. It would also be a great book to get  for yourself before the holidays if you want to make some of your own gifts this year. I can just see the "Finger Puppets" featured on the cover peaking out of a stocking!

We recently had the opportunity to ask Kata Golda a few questions about her use of color, her techniques, and the upcoming workshop at Purl Patchwork:

The Purl Bee: Can you tell us a litte about your use of color? What inspires your palette?

Kata Golda: In my studio my shelves are stocked with felt arranged by subtle gradation of color.  I like to look at them when I am working on a project.  If a project requires 4 dominant felt colors I pull down 3 that I like and think about how they relate to each other and then choose the last color to tie it all together in a way that does not feel too complimentary or too contrasting. 

An important aspect of color in these projects is also considering the thread color.  I like to see stitches so I generally choose a contrasting thread color (for example if i am stitching something with mustard yellow and brick red i might choose aqua blue thread). 

Above are some photos of some things that inspire me... I am also inspired by hikes in the mountains above the tree line where the wild flowers are abundant, fall mushrooms and my ever changing garden of fruits and vegetables.

The Purl Bee: The book says you used to be a professional quilter. How has that experience influenced the type of sewing you do now?

Kata Golda: Working as a quilter, helping people make color choices and striving for consistent, tiny stitches was greatly influential in creating my style. Knowing the rules of which colors go together helped me see that I prefer colors together that live close together on the color wheel.

The Purl Bee: Please tell us about what you'll be doing in the Purl Patchwork workshop.

Kata Golda: In the Purl Patchwork workshop we will be making a tool pocket and a finger puppet.  We'll start with the tool pocket which has a specific purpose and pattern, and then we will work on the finger puppets which is a looser project where your stitches can't help but have personality.

 

If you'd like to try your hand at some of Kata Golda's great projects you can purchase her book Hand-Stitched Felt at this link, or sign up for the workshop at Purl Patchwork by calling 212-420-8798.

P.S. Check out this adorable video for even more cute inspiration!

Thursday
Oct082009

Reminder: The NYC Yarn Crawl Starts Tomorrow!

We are so excited that the NYC Yarn Crawl is almost here! Beginning tomorrow, Friday October 9th through Monday October 12th, Purl will be participating in the first annual self guided tour of New York City's premier yarn shops.  Word is that the Yarn Crawl is even being written up in The New York Times!

At each store, you will find different promotions including raffles, discounts, giveaways, and even a super fun scavenger hunt put on by our friends at Mason Dixon Knitting! For a full list of all the events check out the promotions page on the NYC Yarn Crawl site here.  You can find our previous post about the Yarn Crawl here. We're not allowed to tell you what exactly we've got up our sleeves but we can tell you that it's going to be really great (we CAN tell you that there are some hints in this post!).

We're so excited about this event that we're going to be opening an hour early on all four days of The Crawl! Both Purl and Purl Patchwork store hours will be:

  • Friday October 9th  11am-7pm
  • Saturday October 10th  11am-6pm
  • Sunday October 11th  11am-6pm
  • Monday October 12th  11am-7pm

You can find a map to our shops here.

This is the perfect opportunity to spend a beautiful, crisp fall day in the city surrounded by tons of glorious yarn, knitting supplies, and fellow knitters. It's also the perfect time of the year to get inspired for holiday projects.

We're really looking forward to celebrating the colorful creativity of this city with all of you! We hope to see you at The Crawl! 

For complete details about the crawl, check out The NYC Yarn Crawl site at this link.

Sunday
Sep202009

For the Love of Yarn, A New York City Yarn Crawl: Come Visit Us at Purl!

If you're a knitter or crocheter and can make it to New York City this upcoming Columbus Day weekend you'll be pleased to learn about the big NYC Yarn Crawl organized by Knitting and Howe

The official dates of the Crawl are Friday, October 9th - Monday October 12th, 2009, Purl is one of 14 yarn shops in the city that are participating! 

 

The Crawl is a self-guided tour for knitters, crocheters and other fiber artists of 14 of the city's yarn shops, and it's the perfect opportunity to explore all (of the yarn!) the city has to offer.  There will be lots of great prizes and special deals at each of the participating shops. To register and to find all participating stores and event information, please visit the New York Yarn Crawl site at: www.nycyarncrawl.com

Below are just some of the exciting promotions you'll find being offered in our city's individual shops.  But you'll have to visit each store to find out where each promotion is being offered!

  • Yarn discounts
  • Door prizes
  • Store give-aways
  • Demonstrations
  • Free books
  • Special readings
  • Scavenger hunt

In addition to the great deals and surprises being offered at each individual shop, Knitting and Howe has organized 6 big baskets full of yarn and related goodies that will be raffled off during the course of the event and your chances to win will be multiplied every time you visit another shop. Visit all 14 stores and get 14 chances to win one of the amazing baskets.  Baskets will include products from participating sponsers such as: Jade Sapphire, Blue Sky Alpacas, Fibre Company, Tilli Thomas, Louet, Cascade and lots of other companies.  Visit www.nycyarncrawl.com for specifics on the raffle as well as pictures of the raffle prizes.

We're so excited for this event, we've decided to open an hour early during all four days of the Crawl.  Both Purl and Purl Patchwork store hours during the crawl will be:

  • Friday October 9th  11am-7pm
  • Saturday October 10th  11am-6pm
  • Sunday October 11th  11am-6pm
  • Monday October 12th  11am-7pm

You can find Purl at 137 Sullivan Street, between Prince and Houston.  You can find a map to our shop here.

*Please note that the participating stores have individual schedules and not every one is open at the same time. Please be sure to check for updates about specific stores and hours as the dates approach at www.nycyarncrawl.com

We look forward to meeting you all during the crawl!

Friday
Apr172009

Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren: Book Signing and Trunk Show at Purl!

You are all invited to a very special knitting event at Purl! We're thrilled to be hosting an exciting book signing and trunk show with Kristen Rengren, author of Vintage Baby Knits, a very beautiful collection of baby patterns from the 1920s through the 1950s, new this spring from STC!  This one is destined to be an instant classic and we are simply in love with each and every sweet design.

Where + When

Purl, 137 Sullivan Street, NYC 10012, Friday, April 24th from 4:00 until 7:00 (click here for a map to the store)

Kristen will be signing copies of Vintage Baby Knits and talking about her love for vintage knitting patterns, while many of her gorgeous samples will be displayed around the shop. Don't miss this opportunity to meet Kristen, talk knitting with her, and have her sign your copy of her inspiring first book!

Nothing occasions a new knitting project quite like a pregnancy or birth, and with the arrival of Vintage Baby Knits, Kristen brings the distinguished charm of knitting's past to a brand new generation of knitters. Vintage Baby Knits packs in more than forty patterns that make heirloom gifts for your most special little ones, ranging from the ease and simplicity of the Billie Beret pictured below, to the more ornately complex Pearl Shrug, above. A few prove to be both practical and environmentally sound by today's standards, like the two Kristen includes for soakers, the old term for a cloth diaper cover, which are finding their way back in fashion. Knitters of any ability, sensibilty or attention span will find the perfect gift for baby right here!

Kristen is a former vintage clothing dealer and a noted knitwear designer who has made patterns for Blue Sky Alpacas, O-Wool, and her own Retroknit Design. She spent years collecting countless patterns from garage and estate sales, thrift stores and eBay. Kristen particularly loved the designs she found for babies, but soon found that knitting these patterns proved difficult because often no gauge, size, or charted instruction was included, and the yarns they used were no longer available. So she chose a few favorites and began to painstakingly update them into modern knitting language. This adorable volume was born and now today's knitters can enjoy making these timeless pieces by hand.

The chapter entitled "Getting Ready to Knit" covers some knitting basics, including valuable information on essential tools, using natural fiber, and choosing an appropriate size for your intended baby; later in the book you'll also find out how to knit from vintage patterns you yourself have acquired. And for extra fun, you'll find interspersed among the projects a few brief histories of knitting in the decades they span. Kristen charts knitting's rises and falls throughout the prosperous 20s, the Depression, the war years, and the Baby Boom, tracking the trends and styles that influenced each design. These entries will be an education for new knitters and a nostalgic trip for the grandmas and great-grandmas who knitted for them!

So be sure to come by and join Kristen Rengren and the Purl staff on April 24th from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at our shop, located at 137 Sullivan Street, New York, NY (click here for a map to the store) for an evening of good old-fashioned knitting company and conversation. We can't wait to see you!

PS. You can find Vintage Baby Knits at this link.