on knitting and healing and other stuff


Posted by Janis on October 18, 2007

I have been away so long, it’s hard to know where to start. Since I’ve spent a couple of weeks wondering where to start, I think I’ll just jump in at the point I left off, which is a trip to New York at the end of September. My wonderful school sent me to New York for the Educational Theatre (edTA) Conference, which was held smack in the middle of the Theatre District, Manhattan. It was a great conference (yes, even the sessions!), Orestes got to come with me, and we had time outside the conference for plenty of theatre adventures, and even a day prowling the Chelsea Antique Markets. AND – last but not least – I made a pilgrimage to School Products. More on that in a minute. First — the pix:




havana.JPGFrom left to right: the obligatory “me in Times Square” shot, “Mauritius” at the Biltmore Theatre (great!); “Mary Poppins” (I loved it for sentimental reasons – sniff); Havana Central – fab Cuban restaurant in the Theatre District with live and smokin’ Cuban band (eat, dance, eat, dance… even the servers and bus folks are bustin’ a move)(order the paella); Orestes at the Hard Rock with Lou Reed’s outfit from the album cover of “Transformer” (he asked me to fully identify this, owing to the sanctity of these garments). We also saw “Forbidden Broadway,” which was brilliant, sharp as a razor — even after 25 years of parodying Broadway.

I think I should confess that when we got to our seats for “Mary Poppins,” I had a little meltdown, missing my mother, as “Mary Poppins” was a very special film for us. We had talked of going to London when it opened there in musical form, but didn’t get it done before she passed. The whole show was a pretty emotional experience for me — and you can just fugeddabout the Bird Lady — I was a mess. (I never could take that number.)

Back to my pilgrimage to School Products. I had exactly an hour and a half lunch break during Friday’s meetings to hoof it from about 35th and 8th down to 23rd and Broadway, so off I went. School Products is on the 3rd floor of a building in the Fashion District, with a sign saying “YARN” in the window that faces the street. I went up in the elevator, the door opened, and Behold! There it was, School Products. I was greeted by the very kind and knowledgeable Mr. Karapetyan, husband of the famous Berta Karapetyan, knitwear designer (“Runway Knits”). He gave me a good introduction to the shop and the yarns it carries, then left me to roam, ogle, and pet the yarns at will. School Products is known for its coned yarns, and for good reason. They have beautiful, luxurious yarns at amazing prices for larger quantities. I bought a cone of cream-colored merino-cashmere blend that is soooo soft, and has a nylon binder to keep those soft fibers together in the garment. I feel like a real pro when I buy coned yarn — there’s something exciting about having NO ENDS to join in a sweater and NO FEAR of running out of yarn. I have plenty to make at least 2 sweaters of any style I choose. School Products is also the home of Karabella Yarns – Berta created the line – so of course they carry the complete line, in all their colorful glory. How I wish I could skip a month’s bills and spend the money here! They have lots of cashmere and cashmere blends at very good value, and a silk/cotton blend that I couldn’t resist. School Products has many items available online at: I only had time for one yarn shop on this trip to New York, and I’m very happy with my choice. Thanks to Knitties who recommended it on the Knittyboard!


Here it is, in not-a-great picture. Mr. Karapetyan, on the other hand, is looking good, weighing my cone of merino-cashmere.


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