December 10, 2015
Coming down from holiday festivities can be a hard fall for many people—you’ve made resolutions, gained some (albeit delicious and well-worth-it) holiday pounds, and if you’re in the northeast, you’re deep in the throes of winter with no end in sight.
Thankfully, we here in New York City get a mid-season boost in the form of the always-exciting Vogue Knitting Live! If you’ve never been to Vogue Knitting Live (#VKLive), here’s what you need to know…
Held at New York City’s Marriot Marquis in the middle of Times Square, VKLive is a multidimensional shopping and education experience for knitters and crocheters of all levels. With dozens of vendors, a full workshop roster featuring famous knitwear designers and educators (the knitterati sightings are a definite highlight!), a gallery of fascinating fiber art, and the Knit-Couture fashion show, VKLive is not to be missed.
This year, String Yarns is excited to bring along some of its very Best Fibery Friends (our BFFs, if you will). The String Yarns booth will feature garments and yarns from Loopy Mango, Koigu, Prism, Tahki Stacy Charles, Tricoter Yarns, and Zealana Yarns!
We’re also hosting our very own fashion show, which is pretty much String Yarns’ ultimate dream. A whopping 30 garments and accessories will be sent down the runway—a selection curated from our BFFs and String Yarns.
We don’t want to give all the surprises away just yet, but visitors can look forward to seeing (clockwise starting from top left) The Little Monster Jacket and Nantucket Wrap from Loopy Mango, the Eccentric Chevron Wrap from Prism Yarns, the Ruana Wrap from String Yarns, and the Rainbow Star Jacket from Koigu.
Not only will you have the opportunity to watch these gorgeous garments in motion as they flow down the runway, but you can also get up close and personal with them in the String Yarns Booth. Feel the fabrics, stare longingly at the stitchwork, plan your own version with our on-site yarns—it’s truly a full-service experience! String’s staff will be on hand to answer your questions and guide you towards your next perfect project.
To get you better acquainted with #StringStyle and amped for VKLive weekend, we sat down with our event coordinator and resident design guru, Lisa Hoffman. She’s currently working on the weekend’s events for String—we’re only giving you a small taste here. There’s so much more in store!
What is String's favorite aspect of VKLive?
VKLive in NYC is such an exciting experience for everyone, but especially for us here at String. It’s an opportunity to get out of the store’s physical space and be part of a bustling marketplace filled with vendors from across the country. We love to show our luxurious cashmeres and beautiful designs to knitters and crocheters gathered together from near and far.
We look forward to meeting new people and seeing their excitement at our booth, and we love when our friends and customers come by to say hello when shopping the marketplace between classes or looking to shop after an awesome fashion show.
How does String define style?
String Yarns strives to occupy the space between fashion-forward and timeless, which can often be a difficult thing to do! We want to acknowledge trends without being totally defined by them—knitting isn’t a thoughtless or quick activity. We understand that when someone undertakes a knitting project they want a garment that is fashionable and wardrobe worthy. It can’t go out of style in a years’ time. That’s an important thing we keep at the forefront of our design process.
So when we’re designing for ‘style,’ we try to remember that the best and most long-lasting recipe for a successful, timeless garment happens when we marry traditional knitting techniques with modern sensibilities. Style, for String, is personal: What do you love to wear? What do you feel most comfortable in? Look in your closet—which garment do you find yourself coming back to, time and again? Forget the trend forecasts—what do you feel good in? That’s style. As Iris Apfel, NY fashion icon, said, “I don’t dress to be stared at. I dress for myself.” A lot of people might look at the outrageous, eye-grabbing pieces worn by Iris Apfel and think ‘Ugh! Too much!’ but she feels good in them and hence always looks amazing.
Style is truly who you are when you feel your best, and that can mean many things to many people.
How did you choose the garments for the String fashion show? Is there a theme?
We chose the garments for String’s fashion show to reflect our idea of what style means, as outlined above. We’re showing our most popular sweaters and accessories from the season, together with some new pieces designed with luxurious fibers and eye teasing colors to draw attention and inspire our fans. We are highlighting a few select pieces from our booth partners that also reflect our style and that are sure to entice the fashion show viewer to visit our booth, try it on, and purchase a kit to go!
Where does String find inspiration for garments?
We look at current fashion trends in all areas, not just knitwear, and we follow designer fashion shows seasonally. We’re big magazine people and love to see shapes, patterns, and interesting construction pop up in magazines like Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. And being native New Yorkers, there is nothing so inspiring as getting out and walking the streets of Manhattan—yes, the storefronts are amazing, but you wouldn’t believe the inspiration you can find by people watching. The women of New York City are amazing dressers and much can be gleaned just by watching them.
Most importantly, we talk with our customers to see what they are wearing. Like us, our customers pick up a lot of fashion information when they’re out and about in Manhattan, so they often come to us with an idea for a garment they saw somewhere. We strive to keep up with their desires to have the “it” piece that everyone will want to knit—I can’t stress how important our customers are to us in that respect. They really keep us on our fashion toes!
Pantone just released its polarizing Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz & Serenity.
Does String have a current color palette that inspires in-house designs, and how does String see Rose Quartz & Serenity best used in 2016?
Being that we are NYC-based, of course black, white, and grey are the most popular colors by far. But the Pantone Color of the Year infiltrates our design process each year, and this year is no exception. Whether it’s for an entire garment or just an accent color, many of our cashmere and blend lines have the new colors in their palette, ready to be knit into a favorite classic or inspiring new design. We've already reknit a popular hat in Rose Quartz just for this year's VKLive! These two colors (two this year—how exciting!) can be magnificent for knitwear from winter to spring, summer to fall. You’d be surprised how versatile a powdery pastel can be, seasonally. Give [in-house String designer] Lidia a chance, and she’ll have another magnificent piece finished in these beautiful colors and it will reflect our style.
Vogue Knitting Live takes place at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square from January 16-18. Visit the Vogue Knitting Live website for tickets and more event information and stay tuned to our website, newsletter, and social media channels for updated String-at-VKLive news!
Want To Win A FREE 3-Day Pass to VKLive?
Get pumped! *String Yarns is offering one lucky reader a FREE 3-day weekend pass to Vogue Knitting Live NYC! Just leave a comment in the comments section below and let us know what you love about VKLive and who you’re looking forward to seeing at the event. Contest ends 12 midnight EST January 9, 2016.
Upcoming December Events
Long Island Livestock Holiday Trunk Show & Cocktail Reception – 1-7pm
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*Giveaway does not include airfare, transportation, or accommodations. One entry per day only. FREE patterns and more VKLive info here.
December 09, 2015
We love to see how our fellow knitting lovers work with String Yarn designs. The "Wrap It Up Ruana" was a huge hit this season, we're thrilled that "fischtail" on Ravelry thought so too!
"I became slightly (seriously) obsessed with this wrap the minute I saw it. The pattern is great -- so simple but just enough details to make it interesting." - fischtail
Check out her take on the "Wrap It Up Ruana" on Ravelry [HERE].
photos courtesy fischtail.
Are you on Ravelry and want to be a String Yarns Featured Knitter? Email our Ravelry specialist.
December 09, 2015
This time of year is the perfect season for layering. The Stacy Charles Fine Yarn Collection book offers “many” options for staying warm and looking chic as the temperature begins to drop.
One of our favorites is the “Yorkville Vest” designed by Rosemary Drysdale. Worked in Ella yarn, a super soft wool, silk and mohair blend. Just reading the fiber content gives us the feeling of warmth and coziness.
We suggest layering the vest and pairing it with a skirt or slacks for work; it looks great under a blazer. Or a soft collared shirt and jeans for a more relaxed style, that will look just as put together, adding warmth but without the heavy look. Either way, it's an easy but very versatile piece.
Other Patterns from the Stacy Charles Fine Yarn Collection:
Get the "Yorkshire Vest" [HERE].
December 08, 2015
DECEMBER 17TH HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPECIAL POP-UP EVENT
FEATURING TABBETHIA HAUBOLD-MAGEE OF LONG ISLAND LIVESTOCK COMPANY
1-7 pm - Shop the beautiful line of fibers, accessories, home decor and skincare products.
5-6 pm - Cocktail reception featuring Long Island wines and cheeses, with a presentation on Fibers & Farm Life on Long Island by Tabbethia Haubold-Magee
Tabbethia Haubold is the founder of Long Island Livestock Company, a 17-acre farm in Yaphank. NY. She produces a beautiful range of fibers, many from her own stock of llamas, alpacas, angora goats, sheep and rabbits, some 100% and some blends, that are coveted by knitters and crocheters worldwide. She will bring a large trunk show of yarns, with sample garments of her exclusive patterns, as well as her fabulous line of lanolin-based skincare products – perfect for yourself or holiday gifts - that sell out at knitting shows across the country.
“I love knitting with Tabbethia’s yarns for myself and have designed some pieces for her as well, and I have to admit that some of her yarns are so naturally beautiful that I just keep them at home in a bowl on my coffee table!” – Lisa Hoffman
In her presentation, Tabbethia will talk about how travels the East Coast as a professional shearer, shearing more than 1,000 animals a season. Her farm hosts llamas, alpacas, angora goats, sheep, rabbits, and 2 pot bellied pigs. She is involved in educational programs, teaching children to handle llamas, and she and her llamas participate in animal assisted therapy programs at rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. She also does public shearing demonstrations.
Register for this FREE event on December 17th [HERE]. Have questions? Give us a call at 212-288-9276.
December 08, 2015
How to decrease using k2tog (knit 2 together) and ssk (slip, slip knit) video.
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December 07, 2015
The weather is certainly chilly outside! Time to bring out the big guns. In the knitting world, that means big, fat, fluffy, extra cuddly yarn. Knit the “Great Outdoors Scarf” and you will be able to tough out the arctic chill heading our way.
This scarf is a contrast of yarn thickness and texture in Tahki’s rustic wool BIG MONTANA (BM) and ZONA.
Big Montana is a deliciously soft, super-bulky roving of 100% pure new wool in the natural shades of the sheep’s coats. Zona is the best cotton-wool blend and is available in a palette of marled colorways. Any of the colors will work perfectly with the natural shadings of the BM. Together, they work up into an incredibly soft, super warm scarf that can allow for versatile styling. The best part is the "Great Outdoors Scarf" works up quickly! Make one for yourself and still have time to make and gift to others this holiday season.
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December 02, 2015
When a new yarn arrives at String, you can almost hear the wheels turning in everyone’s head thinking of what the yarn wants to be, and our new cashmere yarn is no exception. Introducing Silky Cashmere - a 90% cashmere/10% silk blend created from our wishlist of yarns for Filati Biagioli Modesto. Lidia Karabinech knew this yarn was perfect for her latest design. Inspired by a silhouette created from a past season and a piece that we all admired from our Anya Cole for Hania in-store event, behold, the “Two-Way Vest”.
The vest is versatile and looks great two ways. By reversing the direction of the vest, it transforms this piece from casual and classic to chic and sophisticated. Wear it in the traditional silhouette and the cables travel along the top of the design and flow down on either side of the body. The pockets lay towards the bottom and create a very comfortable garment that always looks smart. Wear it with a pair of jeans or cords and look sharp as you meet friends for lunch, head off to a meeting at work or take a brisk fall walk. Reverse it and the piece converts into a trapeze shape with a modern flowing, soft silhouette. Pockets now lay to your sides but at a slant and the cables now create an elegant flowing lower panel.
Silky Cashmere has wonderful characteristics to it. The silk strand wrapped around the super soft cashmere creates a slight texture, similar to a delicate boucle. The light reflects the cashmere and the silk differently, adding depth before we even start with a pattern stitch. A broken rib pattern stitch was chosen for the majority of the body to achieve movement and great drape.
Amazing new yarn. Extraordinary design. Finish up those holiday gifts and knit something amazing for yourself. Enjoy!
Offered in Stacy Charles Silky Cashmere (90% cashmere, 10% extrafine merino wool)and Filatura di Crosa Zara 8 (100% extrafine merino wool).
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November 30, 2015
This could be one of our all-time favorite Lisa Hoffman hat designs.
The “Snowflake Hat”, made from our softest than soft String Classica cashmere is not only the most elegant looking Fair Isle hat, but it’s a great first fair isle in the round project.
This design was created for Lisa’s students in her Directed Knitting group. The instructions are written out very clearly. The pattern includes an accompanying chart in a large, easy to read scale. As a bonus, this hat does not require any shaping! Work it up, close it with a seam or three needle bind off (your choice), put your pom-pom on and you’re done! This hat could not be easier.
The fun part is choosing the palette; three colors create a great contrast and pop! A bit of color always brightens up a winter’s day. As you can see, no matter what color combo you choose, this hat looks fantastic!!
Gauge: 5 1/2 sts = 1"
MC (2) skeins Classica
CC1 (1) skein Classica
CC2 (1) skein Classica
Novelty yarn (NY) Stella
US #4 16”
US #7 16”
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November 26, 2015
It’s Thanksgiving night, you’re feeling dozy and content with a bellyful of turkey, stuffing, and maybe some wine, and we imagine you’re knitting away on a holiday project with a shrinking deadline.
Settle in, dear friends, because we’re reaching out through the tryptophan haze to help you hit your holiday gift knitting goals. We’ve dug deep into String Yarns’ kit stash to pull up the very best of our last minute knits.
Each of these projects can be finished inside of a day or a week, many of them are unisex, and they are all knit with decadently soft, gorgeously hued yarns. Let’s go!
It doesn’t get much faster (easier/nicer/better) than our 1-Hour Mitts. Powerhouse designer Lisa Hoffman created these quick mitts using a single ball of our gorgeous String Yarns Classica Bulky Cashmere, which is available in 28 stunning colors, so you can make one for every member of your family! Our 1-Hour Mitts are incredibly versatile too, with instructions for both knitting flat and in the round.
Once upon a time, Prada designed an awesome cabled headband, and we were immediately inspired to create our Prada Headband. It quickly became one of our most popular and bestselling accessories. Knit in String Classica Bulky or Zara 14, it’s a fast, easy knit that is also great for beginner cablers!
The Copellia Hat was designed by Anya Cole in our exclusive HANIA by Anya Cole Cashmere. It’s a classic unisex stockinette hat with a ribbed edge and a slight slouch.
Knit in 2 balls of HANIA by Anya Cole Cashmere, the unisex Coppelia Snood features textural stitchwork, highlighting the gorgeous quality of the yarn. Nothing beats a beautiful cashmere cowl—as any knitter will tell you, you can never have too many!
This luxurious hat is surprisingly fast. It alternates one row of Furaz Rabbit Fur with one row of String Yarns Classica Cashmere and doesn’t require any decreasing to finish. If you like the idea of fast, furry knits, check out our other kits in Furaz Rabbit fur here.
The Glam Cowl & Wristlets make a perfect pair. The cowl is knit in the round and the wristlets are knit flat, but both are worked mainly in String Classica Bulky with a Furaz Rabbit Fur trim.
Inspired by the movie Funny Face, the Think Pink Hat is knit in String Classica and features a wide ribbed brim and fun and easy-to-memorize stitchwork.
The on-trend Cabled Cashmere Hat uses 2 balls of String Classica and sports a fun, no fuss, fur pom pom as a finishing touch. The large-scale cables are easy to knit and work up quickly.
Simple is often best, especially for the pickier people on your list. The Willow Cowl is knit in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ Willow and is worked simply in stockinette with ribbed borders—perfect for both men and women.
If you’re looking for something impossibly cute that will almost fly off your needles, you can’t go wrong with the Winter Skies Hat. Worked on US Size 15 needles in Loopy Mango’s squishy-soft Merino No. 5, this earflap hat is trimmed with Furaz Rabbit Fur for added softness and warmth.
Another favorite among String’s clientele, the Super Scarf is offered in String Classica Bulky or Zara 14. Knit in an openwork lace pattern on large needles, you’ll be shocked how quickly this project moves from cast on to bind off. It’s an oh-so-chic scarf your gift recipient will be surprised you didn’t keep for yourself.
The Chunky Air Hat is knit in Zealana AIR Chunky, a blend of brushtail possum, cashmere, and silk that produces a comfortably warm, light-as-air fabric. A quick knit, the cable and rib stitches of this hat pop beautifully in Zealana AIR Chunky, which is available in a stunning array of brights and neutrals.
All 12 of these kits make great gifts that knit up quickly, but remember they also work well for any knitters in your life—simply toss in a Knit Kit or GoKnit Pouch for a gift set to die for!
In the spirit of sharing and giving that happily occupies this delicious holiday, in closing we offer you the String Staff List of Favorite Tips & Techniques. We hope they help you in your gift knitting and beyond!
String Staff's Favorite Tips & Techniques
Cynthia – Always read a pattern through, thoroughly, before you cast on to ensure you understand things before you start and know exactly where important steps like shaping take place.
Joan - My favorite knitting tip may seem obvious, but, unfortunately, many knitters don't do it... make a gauge swatch. There is nothing worse than knitting an entire garment and not being able to wear it because it turned out too big or too small. Think of it this way: the tiny investment of time you spend on a gauge swatch will pay off with a well-fitting garment.
Lidia – Finishing begins at the beginning, and by that I mean it’s very important that you take note of your knitting as it’s happening—count your rows when working sleeves so that you know your sleeves will match. Take clear notes and don’t rely on memory alone.
Petra – Make a gauge swatch! I repeat, MAKE A GAUGE SWATCH. Even if you think you’re someone who always knits a yarn to gauge, you should still make a gauge swatch. You never know how a yarn will behave once it’s on the needles and in your hands. If you can, wash your swatch to see how the yarn will behave once you’ve cleaned your garment, but first things first—make a gauge swatch!
Whitney – I put charted or complicated patterns in a plastic sleeve and use a dry erase marker to mark my progress. This keeps the pattern clean and the marker comes off the sleeve easily with a wet paper towel.
And yes, we know we told you twice to make a gauge swatch, but it really is that important! Do you want to gift a hat that flops down over your recipient’s eyes?
Upcoming December Events
Socks on 2 Circs – 3-5pm
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Do you have a favorite knitting tip or technique? A favorite last minute knit? Let us know in the comments!
November 23, 2015
When a shipment of cashmere arrives at String, trying to choose just one is no easy task; each color is more beautiful than the next, what is a knitter to do?
Norway Bulky and Norway Sport are new members of our String cashmere family. We had this cashmere developed to our specifications in Italy! Norway is another Filati Biagioli Modesto luxurious cashmere multi-plied with six luscious cashmere strands, resulting in a palette of contrasting or tonal colors. The colors work so beautifully together; you can’t go wrong with any of them. Each color is so special that customers are finding it hard to choose just one. And why should they?!
Our “very” quick to knit - “Norway Bulky Cowl” solves this dilemma. You no longer have to choose your favorite color of Norway Bulky - wear three colors at a time with this simple, stockinette and garter pattern. We are offering it in two lengths to make this piece even more versatile. What you are wearing can also determine which color to wear on the top and bottom color.
Because we know that everyone is going to want this great design our holiday gift giving list just keeps getting longer and longer. Make one for everyone on your list and change up the colors. All the possibilities make it even more fun and exciting.
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Smaller size- (3) balls of Norway Bulky
Larger size - (6) balls of Norway Bulky
Sample knitted in:
color A - #513334
color B - 513339
color C - 513336
Norway Bulky Cashmere
Gauge: 4 sts = 1”
US needles #10.5