With empty storefronts throughout the local business district, Monday night’s party marking the 30th anniversary of the Silver Canvas knitting store in Larchmont was indeed a reason to celebrate.
More than 30 women – each wearing something created under the tutelage of Silver Canvas owner Alice Giunta – came to to the dinner at Anna Maria’s Restaurant to swap knitting stories and show their appreciation for Ms. Giunta.
“When I met Alice, I found a real artisan,” said Mary-Ann Aronstein, who takes classes with Ms. Giunta at New Rochelle High School. “She just looks at a piece and knows what to do.”
Naomi Kaplan, who was one of Ms. Giunta’s first customers 30 years ago, has knit garments for her children, her grandchildren, and now her great-grandchildren, all from yarn purchased at The Silver Canvas. “She’s an institution,” Ms. Kaplan said.
Jessie Rednitsky, said she was thrilled to find a knitting store in Larchmont when she came to work in Larchmont five years ago. “I went in and I never went out,” Ms. Rednitsky said. “She has the patience of a saint.”
Debrah Engstrom, who helps at the store every Saturday and many afternoons, began “working” there when she was only nine.
At the dinner, there were scarves worn by new knitters and elaborate sweaters and dresses worn by pros. The most admired garment was a rust-colored sweater vest with orange ruffle at the neckline, made and modeled by Hope Surpris.
Throughout the evening, Ms. Giunta reminisced with each knitter about the garment she was wearing.
Today, she’s back at work. As always, you’ll find her surrounded by a circle of loyal customers and friends, at The Silver Canvas, 12 Chatsworth Avenue., Larchmont.