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Farewell to The Point NYC

The Point NYC's Last Day 

 

The Point NYC's Last Day

It’s amazing how fast The Point NYC went from bustling knitting cafe bursting with color to a shell of a store with white painted bricks. Less than a week earlier, The Point NYC was filled with new fibers such as corn and sugar cane and knitting supplies that arrived daily.  Knitters and other fiber enthusiasts occupied every  chair in the cafe and worked fueled by caffeine and fiber fumes.

On Wednesday evening, April 29th, the store was the location of celebration among those who considered it a quiet haven from the daily routine of their lives. It was a place where people came together and developed friendships bound together by their love of fiber.

Despite the bittersweet feelings associated with The Point’s closing, Helane, the owner, made it a celebration with wine and fresh baked cookies. The feeling of love for this unusual institution that had been nestled in New York City’s West Village filled the white space that once held wire baskets of yarn bursting with color.

The Going Out of Business Sale announced on Sunday evening was incredibly effective (based on my knitter’s perspective). Much of the inventory was picked over on Monday.

Eat, Knit and Be Happy: The Point NYC

Eat, Knit and Be Happy: The Point NYC

The Carols & friend celebrating at The Point NYC

The Carols & friend celebrating at The Point NYC

Megan K serves wine, not wool at The Point NYC

Megan K serves wine, not wool at The Point NYC

Knitted Yarns Editor Heidi in Swallowtail Shawl and Alyssa, The Point NYC manager

Knitted Yarns Editor Heidi in Swallowtail Shawl and Alyssa, The Point NYC manager

Knitters celebrating

Knitters celebrating at The Point NYC

 

Doug showing off his latest WIP

Doug showing off his latest WIP at The Point

 

Knitwear Designer & regular at The Point - Connie Chang Chinchio

Knitwear Designer & regular at The Point - Connie Chang Chinchio

 

Knitted Yarns Editor and The Point Staff

Knitted Yarns Editor and The Point Staff

 

Yarnless Walls at The Point NYC

Yarnless Walls at The Point NYC

 

Lone Knitted Sweater hangs on The Point NYC's empty racks

Lone Knitted Sweater hangs on The Point NYC's empty racks

 

Former Point Manager Rebecca

Former Point Manager Rebecca

Wherever we wind up knitting, The Point NYC will always hold a special place in our hearts for my knitting friends and me. Thank you so much for providing this fiber haven for us.

Farewell to The Point NYC for the last time

Farewell to The Point NYC for the last time

While The Point NYC may be gone, our memories, friendships and knitting items are still tangible reminders of the good times we had.

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G is for Good-bye-The Point NYC is Closing

The Point NYC Yarn Store  

The Point NYC Yarn Store

It is with great sadness that I write this post. The Point NYC on Bedford Street in New York City’s West Village is closing. The news was announced by Helene the owner on Sunday evening at their sale. It was followed by an email outlining their “Going Out of Business” sale Sunday evening. Everything in the store is 30% off. 

The Point NYC was a bright spot among the New York City yarn stores. It was a small shop with baskets of yarn hanging off of the walls with a cafe and free wifi. It was a mecca for  knitters as well as locals to stop have a snack in a colorful, creative environment. 

Knitted Yarns Editor at The Poing

Knitted Yarns Editor at The Point

 

Knitted Hats at The Point NYC

Knitted Hats at The Point NYC

From a yarn perspective, The Point NYC tended to have a more upscale selection of brands with a fondness for smaller producers such as Brooklyn Handspun. As a knitter, its strength was its warm, inviting environment. It was filled with tables where groups of knitters could gather on a regular basis or just drop in to look and meet new fellow knitters. This open knitting environment will be missed. 

While I have always had a project with an interesting yarn from The Point NYC on at least one set of needles, looking back, it’s not the knitting that I remember but rather the friends that I spent hours knitting with. Over the years, I’ve met a group of fellow knitters at The Point NYC who I might never have met otherwise. We have become friends and I looked forward to seeing them each week. I am filled with tears as I write this. 

Most special for me was the fact that I announced my engagement at The Point NYC with a bottle of champagne after the store closed in September 2007.

Engagement announcement at The Point NYC

Engagement announcement at The Point NYC

Heidi and the Two Carols at The Point NYC

Heidi and the Two Carols at The Point NYC

The Point Engagement Celebration September 2007

The Point Engagement Celebration September 2007

The Point NYC will always have a place in my heart. It was a very special environment where there was always a smiling face. I will truly miss my regular visits and the welcoming staff. Goodbye!

Happy Birthday to The Point (NYC)

Happy Birthday Martini Glass

Happy Birthday Martini Glass

To celebrate its 4th birthday, The Point NYC had a sale. In addition to baskets of specially marked yarns in wonderfully lush colors, everything else was 20% off. I used this sale to treat myself to some wonderful Malabrigo 100% Merino Sock Yarn which I had been craving since it first hit The Point’s shelves. At the time, I had just started knitting (and reknitting) my Swallowtail Shawl so that I couldn’t indulge myself in yet more shawl related stash. 

Unfortunately, the lush sock yarn has been flying out of the store so that there were only 7 skeins left by the time that I arrived at the sale. Despite the fact that I vowed to myself that I wouldn’t make another black shawl after finishing the Shetland Lace Scarf for my mom, I found myself magically drawn to the black Malabrigo Sock Yarn. The problem was that there were 3 skeins of black, 2 white and 1 brown skein. So black it was. 

It has 440 yards and Alyssa the manager commented that she was able to make the fountain pen shawl from the Spring 2009 Interweave with about 750 yards (and she used the Malabrigo!)  

Since I am in the midst of making the Estonian Lace Inspired shawl from Brooklyn Handspun and the Ribbon Lace Shawl in grey angora and silk lace weight, I will have to wait to start this project. Fortunately, a black shawl is useful 12 months of the year.

Malabrigo Superwash Merino Sock Yarn in Black

Malabrigo Superwash Merino Sock Yarn in Black

Planning Knitted Valentine Joy – NYC Yarn Sale at Annie & Co

One way to put the love back into Valentine’s Day is to make something special for your sweetie.

The first Valentine’s Day that I spent with my husband we had agreed not to exchange gifts. We had planned a quiet dinner at home since I was teaching that night.

Packing to leave for class, I got nervous. What if he had gotten me a gift despite our agreement? By this point, the lines at Godiva were out the door and the green grocer’s roses were twice the price that they had been the day before. What was I going to do?

Looking around my apartment, a cone of periwinkle blue silk and wool yarn caught my eye. As I wrapped it, I decided that I would make my boyfriend a sweater. (He already had a sweater that I had made him so I didn’t have to worry about the  boyfriend curse.) To complement my unmade gift, I picked up some orchids which were less expensive than roses.

As it turned, my boyfriend had a surprise for me and I had a surprise for him…a promise of a new handmade sweater.

BTW, to help you those of you who live in New York to spread the love this year, Annie’s is having a 14% off sale from February 8th through 14th on any yarn that is red or pink in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Photo source: Old fashioned valentine by Amber E on Flickr (2198146164_30138f57ea.jpg)

Submitted by Editor-in-Chief Knitted Yarns

5 Helpful Hints for Subway Knitting

 

NYC Subway Turnstile Entrance

NYC Subway Turnstile Entrance

For those of you who KIP (aka as Knit in Public) on subways and other forms of public transportation, here are some suggestions to help ensure that you make progress on your knitting. 

1] Always carry your work in a project bag, even if it’s only a recycled plastic bag from the grocery store.

2] Keep the bag hooked on your arm so that you’re ready to exit fast and don’t leave your precious knitting on the train. I have had fellow passengers hand me a run away ball of yarn.

3] Use circular needles since it’s easier to keep your work on them without loosing stitches. Also, they ‘re less intrusive and don’t knock into the people who may be squished into the seat next to you.

4] Keep pattern work to a minimum. Scarves and other relatively mindless knitting are prime choices. That said, I have learned to do less complicated lace patterns once I learn the rhythm of the pattern.

5] Leave your work at a good stopping place (this requires paying attention to the conductor so that you know when your stop is called.)

Lace Ribbon Scarf Knitting in 86th Street IRT Subway

Lace Ribbon Scarf Knitting in 86th Street IRT Subway

 Knitting While Waiting for the Subway at West 86th Street

Do you have any other ideas that might help other KIP knitters that you would like to share? If so, please add your comments .

If you like this article, you may also like my posting 7 Reasons I Like Subway Knitting.

Submitted by Heidi Cohen, Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

Happy Chinese New Year-Year of the Ox

Empire State Building Dressed in Red & Yellow

Empire State Building Dressed in Red & Yellow

 

We celebrated the Chinese New Year by having dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant on Ninth Avenue. It’s the year of the ox. Even the Empire State Building was dressed in red and yellow for  the occasion.

UWS Knitters-Happy 7th Birthday!

The UWS Knitters group (translation Upper West Side Knitters for those of you from outside of Manhattan) celebrated their 7th Birthday at their regular meeting this week. For our birthday, our list mom, Judi brings a birthday cake.

Upper West Side Knitters 7th Birthday Cake

Upper West Side Knitters 7th Birthday Cake

Upper West Side Knitters List Mom Judi

Upper West Side Knitters List Mom Judi

We meet in the Starbucks on West 86th Street and Columbus Avenue from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm every Wednesday. The staff at this Starbucks is very friendly to our group. The manager even arranged for us to meet at another local Starbucks when this location was closed for renovation! We’re a very open group and welcome new knitters and visitors. Our oldest member is 91 years old (although she wasn’t with us for this party.)

Mary in Shetland Triangle Scarf

Mary in Shetland Triangle Scarf

For those of you who may not have met her, Mary is the author of the Snit n’ Knit blog.  She’s always knitting a shawl of pair of socks. She’s also on Ravelry as Mc Mary so check out her work!

Elizabeth's lace scarf making progress!

Elizabeth's lace scarf making progress!

UWS Knitters Group Photo

UWS Knitters Group Photo

UWS Knitters showing off their knitting

UWS Knitters showing off their knitting

The Upper West Side Knitters are even crocheter-friendly. (Of course, we live in hope that we will be able to convert our hooking friends to a pair of straight needles.)

Jessica shows off her crocheted pants patches!

Jessica shows off her crocheted pants patches!

We’ve been joined by out-of-towners from Holland, Germany and England! If you’re going to be in New York City on a Wednesday evening, bring your knitting and join us! You can join us online by registering with our Upper West Side Knitters Yahoo Group.

I hope that some of the UWS Knitters will add their comments and words of cheer!