January 1, 2010
Happy New Year from
The Knitter's Edge
We wish a very Happy New Year to every one of you. May this new year be filled with good things for all, and much good knitting too.
I promise many new things for the new year- especially new classes and new projects.  With this email I will begin to highlight all that is new.
Some Class News
Here is the schedule for next week- we are starting slowly with the new classes to let the teachers have a chance to get the projects ready.  I will repeat this schedule in next Tuesday's newsletter.  Each week 3-4 new classes will be added.  Keep your eyes open! 
Class Schedule for next week:  January 5-9.
 New classes noted with **.


TUESDAY - January 5
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Kathy
**10:00 - 12:00 -- Shawls with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 -- General Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 -- Knit & Crochet w/ Linda J.
6:30 - 8:30 -- Knitting & Felting w/Diana
6:30 - 8:30 -- Knit & Crochet w/ Linda J.
**6:30 - 8:30 -- Baby Surprise Jacket w/ Linda Miller 

WEDNESDAY- January 6
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
1:00 - 3:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
**6:30 - 8:30 -- Offering Mitts w/ Eileen
**6:30 - 8:30 -- Headband with Stephanie
6:30 - 8:30 -- Knitting for Beginners with Jean
THURSDAY - January 7
10:00 - 12:00-- Beginning Knitters' Class
**10:00 - 12:00 -- Washcloths with JoAnne
1:00 - 3:00 -- General Knitting w/ Eileen
3:30 - 5:30 -- Charity Knitting Time
6:00 - 8:00 -- Knitting for Kids with Marilyn
6:30 - 8:30 -- General Knitting with Linda M
6:30 - 8:30 -- General Knitting with Diana
FRIDAY - January 8
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
**10:00 - 12:00 -- New Cowls w/ Stephanie
**1:00 - 3:00 -- Sue & Sam (Sue's Scarf) with Pat
SATURDAY - January 9
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - My First Socks w/ E & J
**1:00 - 3:00 - Toe up Socks w/ Eileen
**1:00 - 3:00 - New Socks w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - Kids class with Marilyn


Highlights of upcoming classes
Tuesday January 5
10:00 - 12:00 PM-  with Eileen
Ariel Shawl
Eileen will start 2 (not one but two!) new shawls- one cabled- knit with a worsted -aran weight yarn, and the other- a lace weight openwork shawl.
Lace ShawlThe lace shawl is shown here in Cashmere, but Baby Alpaca Lace could easily be substituted, producing as beautiful a result.  The stitch pattern is an easy repeat for more relaxing knitting.  Call us for the needle sizes to bring- both would be best knitted on circulars.
Tuesday January 5
6:30 - 8:30 PM with Linda Miller
Baby Surprise Jacket
Baby Surprise Jacket
The Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Surprise Jacket is listed in the top 5 favorite, most knitted designs, on Ravelry.  This project has indeed been a favorite for many years.  If you have never knit one- you need to.  Just garter stitch, but a lot of learning available here.  Works up wonderfully in our new self striping yarns.  Join Linda- who is a master on this design, having knitted several and instructed many.  Knitted on circular needles- probably size 5 for most.
Wednesday, January 6
1:00 - 3:00 PM with Eileen
Offering Mitts and others
fingerless mittsEileen had so many knitters who wanted to work on the Fetching mitts (another top 5 Ravelry favorite), that we needed to continue holding this class after the new year.  But for those who got the mitts done already, she is adding a new lace gauntlet called Offering Mitts.  
 Offering Mitts
These Offering Mitts are lovely.  Knit in fingering weight yarn- a dyed solid color would look as good as natural does shown here. Bring double points for either project- size 5 for the fetching, size 1 for the offering mitts.  Yarn available at the Shop.
Wednesday January 6
6:30 - 8:30 with Stephanie
Stephanie's HeadbandA headband that doubles as a neckwarmer, was designed by Stephanie to look like a headband one of our customers purchased in NYC.  She did a great job of deciphering a difficult design. (Shown in Progress here).  It's a fast project, and we have a feeling you will want to make several.  With 2 hanks of Trabajos- you can make 2- just reversing the colors for the second one where trim will be added. Bring size 8 or 9 needles- straights will do.  All yarn available at the shop. 
Thursday, January 7
10:00 - 13:00 PM with JoAnne 
A Classic Washcloth
January ClothThis week Eileen will be filling in for me as I will be on my way to sunny LA.  Don't envy me too much- it's a hard working business trip to TNNA- the industry trade show.  I found this terrific, easy washcloth that will rival the Darryl Waltrip for first place as the most enjoyed and reknit washcloth.  It will be a classic.  Yarn is provided- just bring size 7 needles.

Friday, January 8
10:00 - 12:00 PM with Stephanie
New Cowls
Cream Cowl
The cowl was the biggest hit for the Holidays- now it is time to knit one for yourself.  Try a lacey one- Stephanie has some lovely new patterns to try out.
Saturday- January 8
1:00 - 3:00PM with Pat
Sue's Scarf ( from Sue the Ewe)
Sue the Ewe
Even if you are not making Sue the Ewe and Sam the Sam- you have to just love her scarf.  So Pat will guide you through knitting the scarf only if you wish.  This lovely lace scarf can be worn by the Ewe, or by You!  Takes just 1 hank of fingering weight sock yarn.  Pattern will be provided.  Bring circular needles- size 3-4.
Saturday- January 9
1:00 - 3:00 PM with Eileen
Toe up socks 
 Spiral socks
Eileen and I did these socks as a class project several years ago.  They were a huge hit.  Knitted in a heavy DK weight yarn- they work up fast with a fun slip stitch pattern using a print and a solid.  The afterthought heel makes the knitting an easy go.  Bring double points- size 4. 
Many more classes will be coming in the upcoming weeks- we have lots and lots of ideas 
A January Challenge
For those of you who have known me for a long time, you know that I feel a strong connection between Charity Causes and Knitting.  The 2 go hand in hand.  Throughout History, whenever a need would arise- we knitters would do what we do best: KNIT!- socks for soldiers in WWII, baby blankets for Katrina victims, chemo caps for those in need, helmet liners for soldiers today.  Whenever the call goes out- knitters pick up their needles.   It brings us peace and well being, and provides a needed product.
Every Christmas season I would always try to lead a collection of some items needed in our community.  This past Christmas I feel that I was negligent.  We were just too busy with the new shop.  So now I would like to make up for this.   
The number of homeless in our Lehigh Valley community has risen this past year. They need warm items for this cold weather season.  While knitters will knit hats for the needy children out there, quite often the adult items just don't get made.  I propose that we rectify that.
For the month of January- I CHALLENGE the knitting community to produce 100 Adult Hats for Laura Howell of Trinity Luthern Church to distribute. (Laura heads our Charity knitting class on Thursdays).  Laura told me just yesterday that often the homeless wear 2-3 hats at a time to provide the warmth needed to spend the entire day ( & often nights) out in the elements.  They need these hats often until April- although they may drop to only 1 hat at a time as the weather warms up. 
Knitters- I know we can do this!  It is needed- right here in the Lehigh Valley.  As an added incentive- for every hat brought in- we will add your name to a drawing for a prize to be awarded at the end of January.  Not sure what it will be yet- a gift certificate, ball winder, needle set- Amanda and I will come up with something well worth winning.
We will be putting appropriate yarns on sale throughout the month (beginning next week) and will provide the patterns freely.  I am suggesting a ribbed hat- either short to wear as a beanie, or longer to provide a fold up brim.  Ribbed hats fit a range of head sizes better.  A pattern will be in the next newsletter, and available at The Knitter's Edge.
Only 1 rule:  To get your name into the drawing- please use yarn from the Knitter's Edge.  We will accept hats knitted in other yarns- as the need for these items goes far beyond our need to sell yarn, but we feel it is fair to restrict the prizes to our customers.  We will have lots of yarns available at low to bargain prices so this will not be a hardship for anyone.
Now for the Sale Stuff
REMEMBER:  If you are a class member- you get an additional 10% off any sale prices.
This Saturday we are keeping all of the previous week's sale prices in effect.  We have patterns available for all of these sale yarns.
All of those yarns you used for cowls and scarves--those great last minute gift ideas-- are now on sale for YOU!!!  Pickup some Peru, Llama Cotton Grande, Encore Mega, Big Softie, Punta Meritwist, Twice Tweed, Socos, and last but not least- Baby Alpaca Grande all for 20% off the regular price. 
And to finish off that cowl or scarf in style- all shawl pins and sticks are also sale priced at 20% off.
All sale prices good until the end of day-Saturday, Jan 2.
In Closing...

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Please stop by The Knitter's Edge. 
Check out our extensive list of classes- all at just $6.00 per class.
I know you will find something you will enjoy...and remember- there is never a commitment- try one class, or several- your choice.
JoAnne Turcotte
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1601 West Broad St
Bethlehem, PA. 
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