City Knits

SPRING  2012
Metro Parkway Edition
Farewell Fisher Building; Hello Metro Parkway!!

Life is change. As City Knits' owner, Karen Kendrick-Hands, permanently relocates to Madison, Wisconsin, she has reluctantly decided to close the Fisher Building location. "For the last decade City Knits in Detroit has been a labor of love and I am proud of how much we have accomplished in our mission to revive knitting and crochet in Greater Detroit and set a new standard for offering the best and broadest selection of quality yarns. As I am unwinding from my personal journey in Detroit, the time has come for me to unwind from our fiber journey in the Fisher Building. The Fisher Building will close Sunday, May 13.  


"I feel blessed that the adventure will continue at our location in Harrison Township - at Metro Parkway (16 Mile) and Crocker Boulevard. By consolidating staff and inventory at our new City Knits Metro Parkway [CKMP] location, we will be able to continue City Knits' legacy of fabulous fibers, inspirational classes and top-notch customer service. I-94 access is easy, and you will never have to worry about parking and meter maids.  

Owen and Grandma in Snowflake Berets
Owen & Grandma

Thank you all for everything - you have enriched my life so much; nevertheless, my grandson Owen and my dream of a Knitting Heritage Museum are calling me."


Our Fisher Building[FB] staff will be announcing the new class times and topics they will be offering at CKMP in the next email. Meanwhile, stop in to share hugs and memories, and perhaps a few tears before the Fisher Building's final day on May 13. Check out the greatly expanded selection of CLEARANCE items at the FB as part of our consolidation planning. There will be no "Consolidation Sale" at the FB location. Be sure to pick up your Crescendo Coupon for CKMP as we transition to our City Knit's Metro Parkway location.

Tying up Loose Ends at the Fisher Building: Hours, Classes, Holds & Lay-Aways, CLEARANCE DEALS & Coupons!!!!!
Hours: City Knits in the Fisher Building will maintain its regular hours until it closes May 13, including extended hours during the last Fisher Theatre performance of the subscription series: Blue Man Group.


Classes: Existing class vouchers not used by May 13 will be honored at City Knits Metro Parkway [CKMP]. No new class vouchers will be sold from the Fisher Building. For every class voucher Fisher Building students already have, receive a second voucher for free at City Knits Metro Parkway: a two-for-one offer to encourage you to try classes at CKMP. We will continue to offer one time $10 off coupon for "new" students through September 15, including all Fisher Building students who sign up for an additional class session at CKMP. The MP Class package is $50 for six 2 hour classes for 6 weeks. Students' 10% discount on yarn will continue. We are eliminating the Fisher Building's no frills class package, but of course, those tickets will be honored and matched at the Metro Parkway location 


Merchandise on Hold or Layaway: We have lots of yarn to count. A staff member will contact you if you have yarn on hold. Please understand that any yarn on hold will be returned to regular inventory one week after the contact attempt. If you have yarn on Lay-Away - please email us or call Glenna at CKMP 586-469-9665.


Projects in Process: The yarn professionals at CKMP will continue to offer you the same user-friendly tech support you have always received at the Fisher Building. Stop by the Fisher Building through May 13 or make an appointment for help at CKMP after May 21 (we need a little space to complete the move).


Summer Coupons to Entice You:

Clip the Crescendo Coupon at the bottom of the newsletter:

10% off a JUNE visit, 20% off a JULY visit, and 30% off an AUGUST visit.

See details and restrictions below.

Summer Classes  
One of the bonuses of City Knits' consolidation is that we will be offering a greatly expanded selection of Topics and Teachers.  We will be adding more Social Knitting, too.  Look for details in the next newsletter.
What Karen will be doing in Madison:
It's about Time for a Museum to Honor Knitting and Crochet

Knitting and crochet have been part of the fabric of our lives since the colonizing of the Western Hemisphere - yet this legacy often is overlooked and underappreciated.


Thanks to the vision and generosity of the Wisconsin Historic Society and The Yarn Group of the The National NeedleArts Association, a symposium has been planned to explore the formation of a Knitting Heritage Museum. Our kick-off speaker, Dr Susan Strawn, author of Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art, will provide an historical perspective of the craft, Thursday evening.


Curators of the Wisconsin Historic Society's Textiles and Costume Collection and the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection of the University of Wisconsin-Madison are collaborating to create a special exhibit, "Curators' Choice" in conjunction with the Symposium.

Melissa Leventon, Principal of Curatrix Group Museum Consultants and Appraisers, former Curator-in-Charge of Textiles, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will speak based on her six years of experience as consultant to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok, which opened in spring 2012: "So You Want to Start A Museum."


Participation in interactive forums and discussions groups will help determine how best to preserve and secure the valuable legacy of our knitting and crochet heritage.


The symposium will be held on Thursday Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in downtown Madison, WI, with a facilitated work group continuing on Saturday morning Nov. 10, 2012, to develop next steps.    


More information will soon be available, but in the meantime, mark your calendar.


If you would like to assist with the symposium planning or have other questions, contact Karen Kendrick-Hands at kdkhands at me dot com or 313.600.1670.


I will miss you all.  I am so grateful for you, my customers and my amazing staff, who will let the dream of City Knits continue.
If you are ever in Madison, please look me up.




Karen Kendrick-Hands
City Knits
In This Issue
Fisher Building: Hours, Classes, Holds, Lay-Aways
Summer Classes
What Karen will be doing in Madison:
Metro Parkway is Closer Than You Think
TRU News
Harrison Township Library Fair:

City Knit's Metro Parkway is Closer Than You Think . . . .

City Knit's Metro Parkway location welcomes Fisher Building Family

Metro Parkway is closer than you think . . . .

 Click here to see City Knits-Metro Parkway on google maps  

26050 Crocker Blvd, Harrison township 48045

We want our Fisher Building Customers to experience our glowing new conveniently located store on Metro Parkway.


Until now you may not have had a reason to explore the new City Knits that we created after we had to close the Mt. Clemens store. It's spacious, airy and welcoming, with three separate teaching tables and space to just sit and knit. (Did I mention that we have the same great yarn as at the Fisher Building). City Knits Metro Parkway is located in Mariner's Plaza, at the southwest corner of Crocker Boulevard and Metro Parkway (16 Mile Road), just east of the Metro Parkway exit on I-94 East. (Same plaza as the last McDonald's before Metro Beach Park). It's the perfect spot for trip chaining - whether you need a quick trip to Kroger, CVS, the Hallmark, Family Video, Verizon, the Florist, Dry Cleaners or take-out for your family (Little Caesars, Subway, Empire Chinese) - there is always time to include a guilt-free stop at City Knits for a yarn fix or tech support.   We are on the way to Metro Beach, so come by, and grab a summer project on your way to Lake St. Clair's sun and sand.



CKMP offers expanded evening shopping hours Beginning May 21,

City Knits Metro Parkway will stay open til 8 pm Tuesday - Friday and til 5 pm Saturdays: more daylight - more knitting - more fiber fun!



Monday 10 am -6 pm

[closed Mondays in June, July and August. Classes and Socials continue]

Tuesday -Friday 10 am -8 pm with evening classes continuing.

Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.

Sunday - CLOSED  




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Knitting Heritage Project
TRU's Transit Hero
Award Dinner, and
Creating a Regional Transit Authority
Even though Karen is changing states,
she continues to care deeply about Greater Detroit's Transit progress
Join us for a fundraising dinner
May 15 at the Gorgeous Atheneuem Hotel in Greektown.
Click here for more information.

Our Region desperately needs a Regional Transit Authority to make real transit progress. Join the TRU advocacy effort. Click Here to see how you can help.
Harrison Township Library Fair:

The Friends of the Harrison Township Library are hosting a Gold Exchange Fair, and have invited City Knits to attend. The Fair will feature 20 +  vendors.  


Stop by and say hi to the City Knits Staff on Sunday May 6, 2012, at the  

Harrison Township Public Library, Between 12:00 - 3:00PM; located at 38151 L'Anse Creuse, 586-329-1261. A $1.00 donation at the door will enter you into multiple drawings throughout the day for gifts donated by the participating vendors.   



  • JUNE: 10% Off first purchase when used, you will receive the next coupon.  
  • JULY: 20% Off for a visit in July; when used, you will receive the next coupon. 
  • AUGUST: 30% Off for a visit in August.  

[LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER. Offer valid: June 1-June 30, 2012. Minimum $20 merchandise purchase after all discounts to earn next coupon. Some exclusions and restrictions apply to the July & August coupons. See coupon for details. You must use the coupon in the preceding month to be eligible for the next month's coupon discount.]