HAPPY SUMMER!

Summer finally arrived, just in time for July 4 celebrations, and everyone seems uplifted by the sun and bright skies. 

This month we have some great special events in addition to our Love Lane First Friday family festival, during which we have our Sock Circle from 5:30-8:30pm, and the Love Lane Street Fair on Saturday, July 8 from 9am-4pm. (The street will be closed so please park behind the shop.)

On SUNDAY, JULY 16,  meet the authors of Drop Dead Easy Knits, Gale Zucker and Kirsten Kapur. They will be signing their wonderful book and also teaching two workshops! Sign up on the Classes page.

On Friday and Saturday, July 27 & 28, cast-on, bind-off genius and knitting master, Cap Sease, will be teaching two workshops. Stay tuned for details. 

We have classes for you, too.

If you want to learn to knit, now's your chance! Starting Tuesday, July 11, 10am-12pm, join our KNITTING 101 class. Shestin will teach you all the basics over 3 sessions. You can sign up at our classes page or call the shop. We provide the starter materials and needles, then you provide the yarn for your project from our vast array of lovely fibers.

TOE-UP socks are fun and portable, and you can learn how to knit them on magic loop in Shestin's class, starting July 11, 6:30-8:30pm. This 4-session class runs through August 1. 

Have you seen the beautiful LITTLE BIG WRAP that Rachel knitted up for the shop? She will be teaching it starting on Thursday, July 13, at 10am-12pm. By the end of the month you will be well on your way to, if not actually finished with, a soft and colorful new wrap. Yarn supplies and pattern are included in the $125 price. 

We are always adding new classes, so please stay tuned. If you don't see what you're looking for, please let us know. Private lessons in knitting, crochet, needlepoint, embroidery and sewing are an option, too!

Looking forward to seeing you soon. Remember to bring along your work! We love to see your FO's and WIP's.

K.

CLOSEOUT SALE + COMING SOON

We have too much yarn! I don't know how that happened, exactly. I guess it's an occupational hazard, a shopkeeper's stash. (You think YOU have a lot of yarn...!) I want this shop to be easy to navigate, pretty and clean, well-stocked with your favorites and some nice surprises every season. That means I have to let some beloved yarns go, as well as what's left of the needlepoint canvases and kits.

This month we have all of Classic Elite's yarns on sale. I love every one of these yarns, but maybe they were a little too pricey. They are very well priced now! If you head over to our new CLOSEOUT SALE! tab, you'll see what's available. There are some very good bargains.

Give us a call if you want to make a purchase that you'll pick up, or buy your finds online, and we'll ship it to you via USPS.

COMING SOON (this summer, for fall and winter) we have fresh yarns coming from The Fibre Co including Luma and Acadia, plus (new for us) Arranmore in both DK and aran weights. I am planning a really nice cardigan. I'm really looking forward to starting this new project, so I'm knitting fast as I can to finish up all those things in my project basket. (I will soon post the little cotton sweater I just finished.)

For fall and winter I also bought what will be a whole huge basket-full of Manos' Alegria sock yarn in multicolors, and lots of beautiful colors of the ever-popular Maxima. I also bought their new Gloria yarn, but before I buy the ton of it that I want, I selected just one gorgeous color, so I can test it for you to be sure it will make a nice sweater or poncho or cape. I think it will!

Stop in if you can, say hi, show us what you're working on, see what's happening for summer, and help us make room for fall & winter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWEET MOTHER'S DAY SALE

My mother didn't knit or crochet, but she could sew very well. A child of the Depression, she was very frugal. May father, a child of the Depression, was determined to live better than that, and lived large. So my mother sewed her own clothes, but told my father that she had bought them at various fancy department stores (I. Magnin in La Jolla, most often.)

In honor of her love of a bargain, and her ability to make-do and make-better, I decided to have a Sweet Mother's Day Sale, because my mom was very sweet. And kind and smart and funny and talented and interested in absolutely everything. I really wish she could see where I live now, and my little shop. She would be very happy with all this.

So please come by and take advantage of some nice bargains, or just say hi. We always love to see you.

The sale runs Thursday 10am-8pm, and Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm. More info on facebook.

 

SPRING INTO SUMMER CLASSES

Lots of new things to learn have been added to our CLASSES page here on the website.

WORKSHOPS: CAMPFIRE AFGHAN (crochet), MARKET TOTE (knitted), both taught by Susie Allen, plus CROCHET BASICS and TUNISIAN 1, both taught by Shiri Mor. All these workshops will be held on Saturdays.

PROJECT CLASSES: BABY HAT & BOOTIES (knitted flat) and HOW TO KNIT SOCKS, both taught by Shestin, will take you through May.

Our BEGINNING KNITTING series of 3 classes (3 sessions each) are organized so a student can start with zero knowledge, and end up with a pullover sweater. This round will be held on Wednesday evenings starting May 3 and ending August 2, taught by Rachel, the newest member of our team. (Yay!)

Sign up for 101 to learn the basics as you knit a scarf, 102 to learn how to knit in the round and make decreases while you make a hat, and 103 to learn top-down knitting, increases, sleeves, fitting and more for a sweater that's fun to make and easy to wear year-round. You can sign up for any one of them, or take the whole series.

We have all kinds of ideas for new classes, plus technique workshops! Please stay tuned for more about those, as we squeeze them onto the calendar along the way.

Thanks for all your enthusiasm and support!

Happy stitching!

LONG ISLAND YARN CRAWL 3/30-4/2

THE YARN CRAWL IS COMING!

We are so excited to greet old friends and meet new ones during this annual event. This is our 3rd year, and if this turns out to be anything like the previous crawls, it will be a lot of fun. We have extra staff lined up to for shorter wait times in line, and to answer all your yarn-related questions.

We'll be opening early at 9am to help you get an early start. If you are making baby hats for the charity knit/crochet project, we will hang your contributions in the window with all the others as they come in. We're hoping to fill the whole big front window!

Great specials and sales, door prizes, and treats await all crawlers. Get your passport stamped (no purchase required) at each shop, and be entered to win the grand prize of a $100 gift certificate at each shop. (Yes, that's $900 worth.) Plus each shop will give two $75 prizes to the lucky raffle winners at the end, as well as door prizes every day. And you don't want to miss getting one of the special yarn crawl totes. People have begun collecting them! 

Please go to longislandyarncrawl.com for more info on Altman's offerings as well as what's happening at the other 8 shops on the crawl.

Hope to see you all soon!

SPRING!

Well, almost. In anticipation of warmer and brighter days, we're putting out the new stock that's been rolling in this week, in spring colors as well as a lovely range of neutrals.

NEW SPRING & SUMMER YARNS in the Fashion Dept: Luma from Fibre Co, Ella Rae Merino Superwash DK (and more colors of Chunky), Lolli from Conway + Bliss,  Debbie Bliss Denim Cotton DK, Juniper Moon Zooey, Berroco Remix, and just for fun, Sirdar's Smudge.

NEW YARNS in the Easy Care Dept include Cascade's Elysian, and in every happy color: Sarasota.

We've also added fresh stock of new colors in all our basics and favorites, so there's a lot to inspire you!

NEW PATTERNS TOO! Booklets from Berroco and Sirdar/Sublime are in, plus pattern leaflets from Fibre Co, including the STONE POINT pattern, (which Judy will be teaching in a class starting soon), plus all the "20" books featuring Cascade's yarns.

SPRING STORE HOURS: Monday through Saturday 10-5, Thursday 'til 8.

LONG ISLAND YARN CRAWL IS HAPPENING MARCH 30 - APRIL 2! We are very excited about this! Check out longislandyarncrawl.com for details. Stay tuned for more about our event specials!

WINTER WEDNESDAYS, WINTER HOURS

It's that quiet time of year, or so we expected. We've actually been quite busy! Thanks to all you customers! Nevertheless, we will remain CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS THROUGH WINTER. We will, for the most part, be in the shop anyway, so if you need something don't hesitate to call. If we are in shop, we will welcome you, though with limited services. That is, no winding, and no technical support. Best to call first. 

The main goal for us, as we begin the new year, is to complete the process of setting up a POS system. Hello 21st Century! We've been working on it for about a year, and we're almost ready to launch, but need focused time to complete the last steps. Hence, Wednesdays.

CLASSES scheduled for Wednesdays will proceed as usual. We'll be in 30 min before class times to assist with any shopping needs you may have, and of course to greet you and help you get settled. Our classes have been selling out! We'll get more on the schedule asap! We always love to hear what classes you hope to find here, so please let us know your wishes.

WINTER HOURS are a little shorter, too. We will be closing at 5pm (except on Thursdays, our Knit Night, when we're open 'til 8pm) because it's dead quiet after 5. We started staying open til 6 a few years ago. I'd say we've had less than 5 customers after 5pm in that whole time. We want to be available to people who work (like us!) but it doesn't seem to be needed. If there's an evening class, of course we will be open for business right up to class time, usually 6:30pm. And if you're in need of something, even a little thing, and can't get to us before 5, just give a call. Most likely we'll be able to accommodate you.

Thanks for your patience while we grow the business to better serve you. We appreciate your loyalty and friendship very much!

 

 

ONWARD TO A NEW YEAR!

Thank you to all our wonderful customers who made 2016 a successful business year. Thank you to all the gals who worked in the shop and made that possible - I swear I have the best team anywhere. Thank you to all those who brought their warmth, kindness and generosity through these doors, and offered hugs and sunshine when it was most needed. I appreciate you all very much. 

Reminder: we will be closed the first week of January, reopening Saturday January 7. There's much to do to count the inventory and prepare for the new year. There will be no sock circle this month. We will be closed on Wednesdays at least through February, except for classes, so that we can work on the inevitable kinks as we set up a new system.

We begin 2017 with gratitude in our hearts and stitching ideas bubbling in our brains. Altman's will continue to be a safe place, a sanctuary from reality, and as happy a place as we can make it. We hope you will join us as we move onward into a new year. Wishing you all the very best.

END OF YEAR SALE!

This week is sale week at Altman's! We want less to count next week, and we want to make room for spring things, so the prices are good. These specials and prices are for this week only.

Seasonal items (cards, ornaments, needlepoint, winter cross stitch kits, sock puppets, and one lonely Woolbuddy Santa kit) are 40% off.

ALL needlepoint kits and hand-painted canvases are 40% off, too! 

30% off all CUBICS needles. (We are discontinuing Cubics from regular stock, but can still special order them.)

Needle cases and all zippered pouches are 25% off. Nova needle sets are 25% off, too.

30% off Madeline Tosh DK, and selected Classic Elite yarns: Alpaca Sox, Adelaide, Chateau, Mohawk, Palace & Vista.

BUY 2 GET 1 FREE: Any Cascade Sock/Fingering yarn. (Any style or color combo, lowest priced one is free.)

BUY 3 GET 1 FREE: Any Superwash yarn by Cascade, Ella Rae, or Classic Elite. (One brand/style, any color combo.)

50% off our summer and discontinued items from Berroco, Classic Elite, Shibui.

We expect to be busy this week. We always offer 10 minutes of problem-solving for free, and we always wind enough yarn to get you started on your project, traffic allowing. This week might be different. Just a heads-up.

We hope you can take advantage of this great sale. Maybe it will inspire you to start something new for the new year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY GREETINGS & SPECIAL HOURS

Glad tidings to all, wishing everyone peace and comfort, wherever you are, whatever your faith or situation. We hope you will enjoy the season, as the light lingers a little longer every day.

Please note our year-end-into-winter hours and sale dates.

BIG SALE DAYS: OPEN DEC 26 - DEC 30 Help us have less to count in January! We'll be open every day from 10am - 5pm, except on Sat Dec 31 we will close at 2pm.

INVENTORY DAYS: CLOSED JAN 1 - 6, while we count everything that's left after the sale, and then begin rebooting for the new year.    

WINTER HOURS: CLOSED WEDNESDAYS through February

We WILL be open for classes, even on Wednesdays.

In the meantime, warmest regards and thanks to all you wonderful customers!

 

THANKSGIVING & DECEMBER

Happy Thanksgiving!
We are grateful for so much, but especially you, our wonderful customers. Thank you for your loyalty, your kindness and generosity, your humor, and for sharing your inspiring projects. You are the reason we love to come to work! Thank you, thank you.

This holiday season our hours will be the same as always. This means we will be closed on Sundays even during the high shopping season. I always want to be open all the time, just in case someone needs something to succeed with their projects. I know what's it's like to work all the time, needing Sunday to shop etc, and I'm truly sorry if our being closed on Sundays is an inconvenience for you, especially when there's usually so much extra to do this time of year.

Today, the day before the big day, we will close at 2pm. On Friday, the day after, we will open an hour late (so I can get back from out of town) and close at our usual 5pm. We just might have some specials for you....

Saturday is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. Always a fun and busy day, as we show our gratitude for you by offering special discounts and surprises. Our small business appreciates you big time. American Express offers a great give-back. Find more info at https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

PS: There are a few new classes for December. Check 'em out at our Classes tab.

ABOUT SUNDAYS

Starting now, we will be closed on Sundays, except those that occur between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Many people work during the weekdays (myself included!) and I know it's hard to shop any time but on weekends. That's why I've kept the store open on Sundays, except during winter when almost everyone is hunkered down. As much as we love you, and want to be here for you always, we need a day off, too. And Sunday's the day.

So now we will be closed on Sundays, except those that occur between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There will still be special events and some classes on Sundays, and you can still schedule a private lesson or a party for a Sunday. And of course we'll be open for the entire Yarn Crawl weekend, March 30 - April 2.

There is no way Altman's would have been able to be open on Sundays without Judy, who has been the one on duty almost every weekend for years. Thank you, Judy!! No surprise, she has a huge fan club. Judy will still be part of the team here, and is scheduled to teach a lot of classes. (You can sign up for them at our Classes tab!) Stay tuned for more details on Judy's availability in the shop.

Sunday shoppers: We are very grateful for your business, and hope you understand.

To all of our friends and customers: We thank you heartily for your friendship, inspiration, and business. Hope to see you again, soon.

 

 

GOODBYE SUMMER, HELLO FALL!

Happy first day of Fall!

The night air is crisp, the apples are ready for picking, kids are back in school, and sweater weather is making brief visits to remind us to get ready for cooler days.

Now is the perfect time to learn to knit or crochet, or to start a sweater or hat. Now is a great time to learn new skills, before the holiday madness distracts us, or to start some gift projects. (Yep, Christmas is only 93 days from today.)

Right now you can register for Knitting 101 starting Tuesday, 10am, October 11. Judy's class, the "Common Ground" cardigan (designed by The Brownstitch, AKA Elizabeth Smith), starts Tuesday, 6:30pm, October 18. Judy will also teach the "Arrows Abound" colorwork hat(designed by Miss Babs) starting Friday, 10am, October 28.

For pictures, more info, or to register, please go to CLASSES on this website. We will be sending the whole class selection via email to everyone on our list. You can subscribe by following the link on the lower right of this screen.

Wishing you an inspired and productive season.

THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER WONDERFUL YEAR

Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of our 5th year on Love Lane.

I wish I could express in words how grateful I am for the enthusiasm and support you've shown us from the moment we opened the door.

The creative people of the North Fork and beyond are why Altman's Needlearts is a flourishing small business today. Your friendly, generous spirit and devotion to your craft are what make you such an inspiring group of fiber artists. You are what make going to work every day a real joy for each of us.

Four years ago, Altman’s opened just in time for the Labor Day weekend of 2012. I had just moved from my previous shop in Cutchogue, to my dream spot on Love Lane.

At my old shop, Altman’s North Fork Home, the focus had been on home goods and needlework (I know, but it made sense to me at the time) and the move from there to Love Lane happened in a hurry. We didn’t even have any yarn yet!

The first order of yarn, Cascade 220, which we still offer, arrived in late October 2012. We now carry 22 brands and heaven knows how many different yarns. We started with just a few needles and notions, and now we have over 1,000 line items in that department alone. I have learned a lot about Knitting and Crochet over the last 4 years. Always liked them, but now I love them.
 
Needlepoint is still a favorite pastime of mine, but it’s better to focus on a few things than too many, so going forward there will be emphasis on quality supplies rather than hand-painted canvases. People come from near and far to select threads for their projects, including wool which few shops sell. We will still have kits, though, because it’s fun to pick something up and get stitching right away.                                                                                                                                
Embroidery is a specialty we'll continue to develop. Almost every week we receive new embroidery items, including kits, as vendors, recognizing the renewed interest in this classic art form, provide updated projects. Young kids through teens are especially interested, and of course this makes me happy. It's a subject I love to teach, too.
 
That said, Sewing has always been my favorite thing to do. As many of you know, I had a shop called The Sewing Circle, in Brooklyn, until 1994. Started as a source for garment sewing, it quickly became mostly a quilt shop. I loved that store, those customers, and all the fabulous projects created there. TSC was the inspiration for Altman's Needlearts; I loved providing materials to a creative crowd, and missed being part of a stitching community.

We now carry a nice selection of sewing patterns by indie designers including Colette, Grainline Studio, Made By Rae, and others. Sewing notions have always been lurking in the corner (since day one!), and now that department is growing, too, and coming out of the shadows. Teaching sewing is one of my great pleasures, and I’m looking forward to expanding our offerings during our 5th year. Maybe some day I’ll even bring in some fabric! (Don't hold your breath.)

Altman’s wouldn’t be here without you. With deep gratitude to you – our wonderful customers – we wish you a very happy transition from summer to fall.

See you soon.

Kate
 

 

SIMONE KEREIT

Simone Kereit of Owl Cat Designs is teaching MOSAIC KNITTING at Altman's on Saturday, August 13. The morning session is sold out, but there are spaces in the afternoon (1-4pm) session. This one is for "early intermediate" knitters and beyond. You can sign up on this website (go to the classes tab) or give us a call.

Learn more about Simone at http://owlcatdesigns.com/ and check out her amazing collection of patterns on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#sort=best&craft=knitting&query=owlcat%20designs

Simone is a wonderful teacher, which is why we invited her back after she taught her beautiful Khyber Pass shawl here, to rave reviews. This time she will show us how to make quick work of color work, using the mosaic technique. Only one color is worked per row; no stranding or carrying unused yarn along!

In this workshop you will learn the technique by practicing on swatches. It's your choice which project to make from her newest book, Karyai, and Simone will help you cast on and get started.  There are some very easy and small projects that would be great for gift-giving.

https://issuu.com/owlcatdesigns/docs/karyai_lookbookt

If you're nearby, come by to see the many beautiful examples of Simone's designs (from which you can choose your project) in the shop now, whether you are able to take the class or not!

See you soon. 'Til then, happy stitching!

 

 

GREAT CLASSES TODAY, MORE COMING UP

Today we had so much fun listening and learning from Patty Lyons, as she shared her vast knitting knowledge. I, for one, am no longer afraid of making sweaters with seams. In fact, I can't wait to stitch something together now that I have some fresh tips for success. Many thanks to all the students who traveled from far and near to attend these two sold out classes. If you missed it, don't fret. We have Patty's great DVD's in the shop for you to purchase and learn from at home.

COMING UP!

MONDAY, JULY 25, 6:30-8:30pm: Drachenfels Wrap by Melanie Berg. Join Judy as she guides us through the cast-on and gives us her knitting tips, then finish on your own. We made kits using Mirasol's Nuna yarn (merino, silk, bamboo), which Judy used for our beautiful shop sample. The kits are regularly available in the shop, but at a special 15% discount for the class. To sign up, please go to the CLASSES tab, or give us a call.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2:30-5:30pm: Susie's Sock Intensive! Please call the shop for more details and to sign up. Following the class, join our free SOCK CIRCLE, concurrent with the Love Lane First Friday Farmer's Market, 6-9pm. The shops will be open late, there will be live music, and lots of food and drink. Love Lane will be closed, so park behind the shop. 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, morning and afternoon sessions: SIMONE KEREIT's MOSAIC KNITTING workshops. Please go to CLASSES for more info and to sign up! Link to Simone's latest book about Mosaic knitting: https://issuu.com/owlcatdesigns/docs/karyai_lookbookt

Lots more classes coming soon, including more CROCHET!

SPECIAL HOURS THIS WEEKEND

We will be CLOSED on Saturday, July 23, for our special event: Patty Lyons' workshops (Patty's Knitting Bag of Tricks and Finishing Seams Simple!).

On Friday, July 22, we will be open, but rearranging the shop, so our usual focused attention to your stitching questions will be limited to short answers. We will still be happy to see you!

On Sunday, July 24, we will be OPEN, from 11-3. The shop might still be a little discombobulated, but we will be ready to serve you.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this closing might cause you. Pound on the door if you're really desperate for supplies to finish a project. We never want anyone to not be stitching.

THANK YOU, AMY

Our wonderful shop gal, teacher and friend, Amy Sment, is moving to Virginia. This is wonderful for the Sments, but sad for Altman's and all our customers.

Amy has been at Altman's for over 3 years, and has been such an integral part of the shop's success. She's a talented designer, an expert knitter, a great teacher, a generous friend with a sparkling sense of humor, and has reliably offered warm and knowledgeable customer support for the entire time she's been here. I especially want to mention that she's been a sturdy friend to me through some pretty difficult times. I can't thank Amy enough for her friendship, and for helping to get this shop on its feet and keep it going through thick and thin.

Amy's last day is Wednesday, June 22, so come on by, if you can, to say goodbye. We'll have refreshments in the shop, and lots of knitting going on, too, of course.

 

PATTY LYONS IS TEACHING AT ALTMAN'S ON JULY 23!

If you're on our mailing list, you already know about some of our great upcoming classes, including two that will be taught by the amazing Patty Lyons.

On Saturday, July 23, Patty will teach two classes: Patty's Knitting Bag of Tricks (9am-12pm), and Finishing SEAMS Simple! (1-4pm). They are $85 each, or $150 for both. The classes I've taken from Patty were so much fun and incredibly informative! I encourage you to take one or both if you possibly can. I can't tell you how excited I am to welcome her to Altman's! Hope you can join us!

KNITTING BAG OF TRICKS

Patty says, "There are so many wonderful knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching, I’ve accumulated quite a few fantastic tricks. I love it when I’m teaching a class and a student declares “I love that tip!” So, I’ve decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all into one class. From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YO’s, to how to avoid the gap at the end of a bind off, how to tighten your first stitch, how to make better neck divides, and more! Get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!"

SKILLS: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off and simple increases and decreases.

FINISHING SEAMS SIMPLE!

Patty says, "Has the fear of finishing stopped you from knitting a sweater, or are you unhappy with your seams on accessories? Proper finishing is the difference between hand made and home made.  Master the simple skills needed for the perfect finish. We will learn all the basic seaming techniques such as mattress stitch, shoulder graft and more. We’ll also look at picking up stitches horizontally, vertically and around a neck line. Don’t stop short of a perfect finish!"

SKILLS: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off

HOW TO SIGN UP

Sorry there's no link here (working on that), but please stop by the shop, call 631-298-7181, or shoot us an email (altmansneedlearts@gmail.com) and we will get you registered pronto!

SPRING!

We are really feeling the spring, with hints of summer. So beautiful. Time for working with cotton and linen, and we now have lots of it. New projects, news classes, new ideas. Look for an email next week about our new classes, and check back here for updates.

We are now OPEN ON SUNDAYS! For now the hours are 11-3, though we are judging the traffic to see if these are the best hours to be open. Always love to hear from you about this, or anything else, so feel free to comment below.

The Long Island Yarn Crawl (April 7-10) was fantastic. We met lots of new people and said hello to old friends. It was so much fun. Thank you to all who came by the shop. Thank you to Kerry Weatherhead for organizing this event; amazing work. Thank you to the many people who turned in preemie hats and blankies. There were over 100!! (I'm looking forward to learning how to add photos to this blog. The one I took of all the hats is a picture of abundance that I would add for sure.) And thank you to all who liked our FB page and posted lovely comments and good ratings. We appreciate this so much.

Do you follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook? It's another way to stay in touch with us between newsletters, and to see the pictures I can't post on this blog (yet)!

Happy stitching everyone!