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The Team

Stacy Charles

Stacy Charles seemingly grew up in the yarn industry. He began in the hand knitting business working for his Uncle Sam and Aunt Irma. He then conquered the industrial yarn and fabric business supplying the ready to wear designers in New York’s garment center. Some years later, Stacy’s love of European fashion and knitting inspired him to start his own eponymous yarn company, importing the prestigious Filatura di Crosa line for the American market, along with countless designer labels, most notably MISSONI and Valentino.
Stacy's passion about knitting, his love of fiber, and his fashion inspiration continue to this day. “I start every season with a fresh approach, and each yarn I create is precious like a newborn baby”. Each yarn is incredibly important to him. He dedicates an inordinate amount of time in research and development. His knowledge of quality raw materials as well as the spinning mills he works with are the finest in the world. He wants his clients to feel each and every yarn he produces- “feel the difference” “once you try one of our yarns- you will understand the difference in the hand feel of the yarn to the finished garment on your body.


Cynthia Crescenzo

With camera in hand, Cynthia travels and photographs everything knitted, gathering yarn inspiration. She works hard to find the perfect yarns, making sure they will provide you with structure, stitch definition and wearability, which results in the high quality garment a design was intended for.

Cynthia's career in the knitting and fiber industry has brought her down many paths. Along the way, Cynthia has managed a local yarn shop in New York City, acted as a consultant on starting, selling and expanding shops and established her own LYS in Westport, CT. She also currently works as a Design Team Coordinator for TSC. Cynthia brings her extended knowledge of the knitting industry and her hands on experience to String as the Director of Operations.


Lidia Karabinech

String would not be String without Lidia! Lidia joined String about a month before we opened in Fall 2002. As our in-house designer, Lidia has designed at least a garment a month for String for the last 11 years, not to mention writing hundreds of custom patterns. Lidia also oversees our finishing services, and she works her magic to make each of our customers pieces look couture.  In addition to Lidia's designs for String, she has published extensively in Vogue Knitting, Interweave, and several books.


Petra Marcelle

Petra is the best yarn store manager, sales person, teacher, helper, and advisor imaginable. And she has more patience than anyone we know. She also keeps the front and the back of the store looking perfect at all times. But that's just the icing on the cake. Before coming to String, Petra worked for 15 years at another yarn store in New York City, and her reputation among New York knitters is unparalleled. Luckily for String, Petra joined us in January 2012, and needless to say, we are all the more loved by having her here!


Lisa Hoffman

Lisa is our instructor extraordinaire! Since she joined us on a part time basis in 2007, Lisa has developed a number of very special courses, most notable of which is our annual Summer Camp Design Workshop, and Lisa's innovative Directed Knitting. And Lisa too is a well published designer with designs published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave, and TSC pattern books. Lisa has also done a number of well loved designs for String including our fabulous sampler blanket.


Whitney Spivey

Whitney joined the team with String's move to the 74th street location and has had a lifelong love of fiber arts including knitting and crochet. Her background in fine art and photography gives her a unique perspective and eye for detail. She is dedicated to making sure that the customers of String have a wonderful experience both in store and online. 


Joan Forgione

Joan Forgione is a knitwear designer and middle school reading teacher. Her design work has been published nationally in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, knit.purl, Knit Simple, Knit.1 and Knit It, internationally in Knit/Yarnwise and Knit Now, featured in the books Wanderlust, 3 Skeins or Less, Knit.101 and 60 More Quick Baby Knits, and commissioned by The Sanguine Gryphon, Filatura di Crosa, Tahki-Stacy Charles, Artyarns and Vijay Fibers. When she’s not designing for others, she self-publishes under Paper Moon Knits on Ravelry. She believes every pattern is an opportunity for a knitter to learn, and she loves helping knitters do just that, all the while creating finished pieces they can be proud of.