The new year is a great time to focus on learning new knitting techniques. The more you know, the more fun you'll have!

To that end, we have a bunch of classes to help you advance your skills: Block of the Month (starts Wed Jan 17), Colorwork Afghan (starts Feb 14), and Hat of the Month (starts Mar 6), all series that slowly build in difficulty. At the end of each, you'll have a blanket or a pile of hats for gifts or to keep, not to mention a feeling that you can take on all kinds of new projects with confidence.

We're also getting our new Technique Tuesdays underway. Last week we had the Fair Isle Warm Up workshop (sold out morning and evening - it was fun!). On Jan 23 we have the Magic Loop Workshop, to get you ready for the Hat of the Month series, or just to get you comfortable using this super useful technique. It's one of the handiest skills to have in your bag of tricks.

Of course we have new project classes on the schedule already (see the Classes tab), with more ideas forming for near-future projects, KALs and workshops.

I hope you'll be able to join us to learn new skills, and for the camaraderie that makes your LYS a fun place to be.



I will now stop complaining that it's too warm for fall into winter. Winter arrived with a blast, and now it's too cold! Wherever you are, I hope you are able to stay home and be cozy and take some time to make something. 

We were scheduled to be closed today for inventory anyway, so we'll be doing that work tomorrow instead, if the roads are clear enough to get there. Please give us a call (631-298-7181) if you're thinking of coming over to the shop, just to be sure we're there for you. 

The Sock Circle, always on the first Friday of every month, will not be happening this month. Even if the roads are clear, it's going to be cooooold and icy, so stay home! 

Happy knitting, happy crocheting, happy sewing, happy making, happy snow day!


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because I love gathering with my family of friends to enjoy a spectacular meal of fine food, and feel the love that happens every year. I realize not everyone is so lucky, and I am very grateful for the blessings I enjoy, not just at Thanksgiving, but every day, all year round.

I’m especially grateful for you, dear customers, for my talented and dedicated staff, and for the opportunity to set up shop on Love Lane where I have the privilege of meeting interesting people every day, and seeing so many beautiful hand made things.

Warmest wishes and thank you to you all.

Our Team

Our beloved Rachel is about to head out on her long-planned road trip! Please come by this week to say goodbye and give her your best wishes. Her last day is Saturday, Nov. 4. We are going to miss her so much, but feel very grateful for the knowledge, humor, inspiration and sunshine she shared with us all. We wish her smooth roads, beautiful views, and good fortune. Rachel, you'll be welcomed back any time!

We will still have a friendly and talented team here. You can find Stacy on Mondays, Shestin on Tuesdays, Debbie on Thursdays, and Judy on Saturdays. With Rachel's departure comes a new opportunity to join our team. Read on.

We're looking for a friendly, smart, reliable and energetic person to join our team. Must be an excellent knitter, know basic crochet (or willing to learn), and be able to teach these skills. Knowledge of sewing is a plus, as is embroidery and needlepoint. Good people skills a must. This job is for W, Th, F all day, plus some evening classes and occasional Saturdays and fill-ins, year-round, though winter hours are shorter. If this sounds like the job you've been looking for, please send us a note and your resume to northforkshop@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!





With a huge THANK YOU to every one of our customers, for their business, inspiring show-and-tells, and kind words, we are ready to celebrate this benchmark anniversary! Five years is a big deal in retail, and we wouldn't have made it without your loyal support. Thank you, thank you!

Our anniversary celebration will be on Monday, Sept 4, from 10am-6pm, with special discounts, door prizes, and refreshments all day. Come by and say hi, if you can!

And before that, our annual end-of-summer sale begins, on Friday, Sept 1, and continues through Saturday, Sept 9. Doors open at 10am every day (still closed on Sundays). This is a great opportunity to stock up on cotton yarns, perfect for all kinds of year-round knitting and crochet. Think household items, baby blankets, Florida-ready scarves, and get a jump on spring and summer garments.  We will have big mark-downs on lots of wool, too, as we make way for exciting new yarns for fall and winter.

The Sock Circle, our free gathering held on the first Friday of every month, from 5:30 - 8:30pm, will be happening again on Sept 1, concurrent with the Love Lane First Friday event, sponsored by the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce. It's our own little block party, and it's lots of fun for the whole family, with live music, eats and drinks from our local purveyors, shopping, and games to play. This event begins at 6, and tries to wrap up by 9. The street will be closed from 5pm on, so please park behind the shop.

Special discounts on sock yarn happen at every Sock Circle, but this month will be extra-special. And Susie will be back with a mini tutorial, related to sock-knitting. You can still join us even if you're not making socks; you just need to be working with sock-weight yarn.

That’s a whole lot going on for one long weekend!

We always love to see you, and hope you can come celebrate with us. Thanks again to all who made our longevity possible!



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.



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!









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.



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!



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!


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!


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!




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.


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!










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.    


We WILL be open for classes, even on Wednesdays.

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



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/


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


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.




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.


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.




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.


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!