As the new owners, we know that our customers demand a friendly, warm and inviting atmosphere when they come to knit, sew, or shop. We’ve gathered an amazing staff of our favorite long timers and some new additions to help you learn new techniques, start a project, work on a pattern, or find the right yarn, thread or fabric. In terms of expertise, professionalism and friendliness, our team has it all. Best of all, each of them brings their own special skills, design esthetic, and backgrounds. Come and meet us!
Amy - Retail Manager
Amy Tyszkiewicz is a knitter, spinner, dyer, and proud New Jersey native. Her adventures in fiber began at the age of 7, when her grandmother taught her how to knit, and she’s loved crafting and playing with color and design ever since. She sells yarn, fiber, and knitting patterns under the Limonene Designs umbrella and blogs about her adventures at http://limonene.wordpress.com.
AssafAssaf is responsible for the orange trees in the windows, and for our sunlit knitting bar. He is also responsible for the magazine jail; the pipes throughout the showroom that display jewelry, sweaters hats and cards; for Keffi our mascot; for the Colinette meat hooks and the time-tunnel sewing table, as well as for the gallery button jars, jam jar displays of threads, and every last inch of the design you see when you walk in. Did we mention he designs most of our exclusive colorways with the yarn dyers? He is also a corporate lawyer and co-owner of The Yarn Company. He grew up in Soho and lives in Manhattan to this day.
Baby LomesBaby Lomes is a photographer, blogger, color consultant and budding fashion designer. Bably Lomes runs The Electric Thread, our sewing and fashion blog. She gathers much of her inspiration from her bird, Tweety.
David von Buskirk (Weaving)
David van Buskirk has been studying and working as a weaver and textile designer since 1974. David studied art and education at the University of Northern Colorado. He subsequently spent 3 ½ years studying weaving and textile design in Sweden first as an apprentice to Age Faith-Ell, one of the pioneers in Swedish Modern Design. David continued his studies at Handarbetets Vänners Vävskola in Stockholm and at the Textil Institute in Borås, Sweden.
David has designed woven fabrics for home furnishings and women’s wear since he moved to NYC in 1981 He created and produced his own line of decorative fabrics selling, “To the Trade” through his company Weave Design, Inc. David currently designs for a variety of textile mills and teaches weave design at FIT.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Gretchen Kreutz has a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After her recent graduation (June 2013), she relocated to New York to pursue her lifelong goal of working in design. In her work, Gretchen strives to portray the natural beauty of the materials and form in designs which reflect Modern minimalist ideals. Her work can be seen at www.gretchenkreutz.com.
Irina Poludnenko- House Designer
One of the industry's foremost and most talented and prolific designers, Irina is trained as an industrial engineer (Art School), weaver, tapestry artist (Art School), and more recently (since 1993), a freelance designer in Vogue Knitting Magazine, Berroco, and Stacy Tahki Charles. We are so proud to have Irina aboard.
Jasmine double majored in Scenic Design and Costume Technology at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University where she graduated in 2008. Since then she has been working as a freelance set and costume designer since then in and around the tri-state area. She loves the challenge of figuring out how garments were constructed just by looking at them. She is the Technical Director at Trinity School in Manhattan where she designs sets and lights for their 8+ theatrical productions a year and teaches Technical Theatre and Design.
Laura Zukaite-Design, FinishingWho does our finishing? Laura Zukaite! A native Lithuanian, Laura has moved to the United States when she was 18 years old. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 2007, Laura has been pursuing her career as a Sweater Designer in New York City.
Her work has been published in major knitting magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and various collective designer books. Laura’s two solo books: Luxe Knits (Lark 2009) and Luxe Knits: the Accessories (Lark 2010)- showcase collections of garments and accessories that represent her aesthetics and design philosophy.
Laura’s Feather-weight Mohair Lace Dress was selected as the winner of The International Magic of Mohair Competition (Sponsored by Vogue Knitting and Mohair South Africa).
The Golden Girl Collection is Laura’s first online group created to represent her design aesthetics. With many additional collections on their way - this website is soon to be a book of Pattern Designs accessible to every knitter.
Maria Zverin- International House Designer (Israel)
Maria Zverin is an (Ukrainian born) Israeli textile designer. She etaches knitwear design at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel, and specializes in knitting (machine, and hand knitting). Her designs are greatly influenced by nature, and her techniques involve combining yarns and other materials of different textures and colors to produce garments, fabrics and sculptures with differing visual effects and characteristics.
Maria’s Avant-garde dresses have been exhibited several times at the Tel Aviv Museum and the Weizmann Institute of Science. She holds many prizes from Shenkar for various competitions. Maria is a graduate of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and also holds a masters degree from Tel Aviv University.
Rebecca Klassen (Weaving)
Rebecca Klassen studied textiles at San Francisco State University with Candace Crockett. She has been a production rug weaver at a Minnesota atelier, a research assistant in the archives of a pioneering fiber artist and, most recently, associate editor of Vogue Knitting. She also has a master's degree in the history of design.
Tavy grew up in Soho in the same house as Assaf. They both had a mother who loved reading Burda patterns, sewing, knitting, painting, drawing, design, architecture and amassing degrees of various sorts. They both had to help, each in their own way. Somehow it rubbed off on them. Their dad taught them to always pursue their dreams and think out of the box. So here we are.
Zabeth Loisel Weiner learned knitting as a child and began her career as a freelance knitwear designer in NYC in 1986. Her work has been widely published in magazines and as house patterns for yarn companies; she has also worked with knit studios, designing for the fashion industry. Zabeth's recent focus on lace composition has resulted in some spectacular designs, including her wildly popular lace Mid-Spring Night Shawl, inspired by seeing Madeline Tosh's exclusive Yarn Company colorway Midnight in Manhattan at Vogue Knitting Live NY 2012. You can see her beautiful contributions in recent issues of Vogue Knitting, other magazines, and as exclusives for The Yarn Company. A devoted instructor, Zabeth has taught knitting at all levels. We are thrilled to have her on our team!