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February 9, 2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge
We are hoping that we will get in a full week at The Knitter's Edge, but that looks doubtful.  It appears like snow will once again keep us at home knitting (hey- maybe thats not so bad after all- is it?)
If we are going to alter our store hours due to the weather, I will once again email all of you, and Amanda will put a message on our answering machine at the shop. 
Make sure you call before stopping by if the weather is questionable,
Some Class News
For this week- we offer the following classes:
TUESDAY  - February 9
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Kathy
10:00 - 12:00 -New Shawls with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - Knit & Crochet w/ Linda J.
4:00 - 6:00 -  Entrelac Cowl with Diana
6:30 - 8:30 - Knitting & Felting w/ Diana
6:30 - 8:30 -- Knit & Crochet w/ Linda J.
6:30 - 8:30 - Washcloth class with JoAnne
WEDNESDAY- February 10
10:00 - 12:00 - Design your Own Sweater w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
4:00 - 6:00 - Free help class with Steph
6:30 - 8:30 - Offering Mitts w/ Eileen
6:30 - 8:30 - Gen. Knitting & Headbands w/ Steph
6:30 - 8:30 - Knitting for Beginners with Jean
THURSDAY - February 11
10:00 - 12:00- Beginning Knitters' Class w/ Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - Washcloths with JoAnne
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting w/ Eileen
3:30 - 5:30 -- Charity Knitting Time
4:00 - 6:00 -- General Knitting & Mittens w/ Steph
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 - February 12
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00- 12:00 - Gen. Knits, Cowls & Scarves w/ Steph
1:00 - 3:00 - Sam the Ram with Pat
SATURDAY - February 13
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - Teddy Bear Sweater w/ JoAnne
10:00 - 12:00 - Beginning Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - Toe up Socks w/ Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - Cabled Socks w/ Pat
**1:00 - 3:00 - Sock Clinic w/ Steph

We have heard that teachers are one group of knitters who love the idea of a 4:00 - 6:00 PM class.   We have a class session on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.  Why go home when you can come knit for 2 hours first!  Please join us, and bring your friends.
Highlights of upcoming classes
 BIG NEWS!!!!!
Tuesdays- Beginning February 16 
10:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00 PM with Pat
Crochet for Knitters in the morning, General Knitting in the afternoon 
Starting next week, Pat Walker will be joining us on Tuesdays.  In the morning- 10:00 - 12:00 Pat will hold a class called Crochet for Knitters.  I think I will even take this class!  All knitters should know how to do some crochet- they should especially be able to work borders around their knitting.  Think of an afghan... You should know how to add that picot edging. Or that cute washcloth- can you add a single crochet border in a contrasting color?  Learn all of these things with Pat on Tuesday mornings. 
On Tuesday afternoons- 1:00 - 3:00 Pat will hold a general knitting class.  Our Tuesday classes are getting way too full- so adding an additional class session will allow for more personal teacher attention for each student.
Tuesday February 16
6:30 - 8:30 PM with Linda Miller
Baby Surprise Jacket
 Baby Surprise Jacket
NEXT WEEK- Linda will be back for this class- this sweater has been way too popular to end it now- so join up!
The Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Surprise Jacket is listed in the top 5 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.  Linda will continue this class for a few weeks to come- so join up now.
Free Help session on Wednesday afternoons
Starting last week- Steph began leading a session from 4:00 - 6:00 to provide for free (yes free!) help with projects.  With as busy as we have been- some days we just don't have enough time to give each and every one of you enough time to fix those small problems.  We hope that this Wednesday afternoon session will help. 
Thursday February 11
Stephanie's 4:00 - 6:00 PM class will be Exploring the World of Toys
You are all aware of all of the adorable toys that Steph has been creating.  It is one of her passions.  Well she would like to share this passion with all of you.  Some of her toys are simple- some are very intricate- like Maxwell here.  Come see what Steph has in store for knitters- every Thursday afternoon.
Tuesday,  February 9
6:30 - 8:30 PM with JoAnne
EZ's Heart cloth
This week we will take a pattern from the supreme master herself- Elizabeth Zimmermann.  This cloth is a wonderful learning project.  Don't miss this one.  This class will be held on Tuesday night- February 9.
Bring size 7 needles.  Yarn will be provided.
Thursday February 11
10:00 - 12:00 PM with JoAnne
Tawashi Fish
I have some fun ideas for this week's washcloth class.  Please bring as many odd & ends as you have in Fantasy Naturale.  These things are called Tawashi Fish.  They are fast & easy to make and look really cute.  Each can be completed in less than a 2 hour class.
Bring size 8 needles (NOTE:  8's not 7's this time). 
Friday, February 5
1:00 - 3:00 PM with Pat
Sue the Ewe
It is time for Sam the Ram- Sue the Ewe is getting lonely.  Sam can be knitted with several weights of yarn.  Your choice.
Saturday, February 13
10:00 - 12:00 PM with JoAnne
It's Teddy Time 
Heart Bear 
Come join me to knit this cute sweater for this adorable teddy- Just in time for Valentines Day.  Class will be priced at a total cost of $20.00.  All inclusive!  Bring size 7 needles, and 4 stitch markers.  I will supply everything else including the teddy bear.  This is a great beginner project.  Enough yarn included to make 2 sweater /hat sets.  Call to sign up.
February 13
Saturday Morning All Beginner's class- Learn with others at the same skill level.  You won't be in this class for long.   Join Eileen on Saturday mornings 10-12.
February 13
Saturday Afternoon 1:00 - 3:00 PM with Steph
Join Steph for a new Clinic session- get more in delth look at certain aspects of knitting.  This week- Heel possibilities
2 Handed Fair Isle Class- Saturday February 27 with Linda Miller
Linda Miller will once again conduct the ALL DAY 2 handed Fair Isle class on Saturday Feb 27.  Her last two classes were sold out- so call soon to reserve your spot.  After this class, Linda has agreed to run an advanced Fair Isle class to take your work to the next level.  YOU MUST CALL TO SIGN UP. 
Fair Isle hat II 
Some New Stuff !
A lot of new stuff has come in recently- we are trying hard to get it all into the computer, and out onto the shelves.   Stop by to see whats new- and watch this space in newsletters to come for photos and details on all the new goodies!
February is Olympic Month!
Olympic Torch February is Olympics Month!
The Olympics begin on February 12 and end on February 28.  17 days of high paced olympic events.  Even if you watch only an hour each night- that's 17 hours of TV- plenty of time to knit an afghan!  We have decided to make our Olympic Challenge an Afghan Event!
So why an afghan?
Afghans are often difficult projects to knit- they are usually large, not very portable, and often hard to keep excited about as the project can seem never- ending.
My solution is to keep a large project such as an afghan near your TV chair- work on it nightly- or as often as you watch TV.  This will break the project down into smaller, more managable parts- an hour or two a night will not seems like much- but will move a large project along nicely.
If you still think that an afghan is not a doable project in the time you personally have available- consider a double stranded afghan.  A baby blanket, or lap robe size throw can work up easily in 8 hours or so.  A full size throw can be completed in a long weekend- maybe 30 hours (well maybe 2 long weekends). 
With the Olympics coming- we are taking about 17 nights of events- maybe 2 hours a night- thats 34 hours- hours spent knitting a large afghan- not spent just sitting & watching TV.  More productive oh yes!
Rules of this event:
Purchase yarn for an afghan between now and the olympics.  Knit up your afghan during the olympics.  Bring in the finished afghan around the time of the closing ceremonies for all of us to admire (we will take pictures), and we will award you with a
20% off coupon
to use during March 2010.   We will also be awarding our own Gold, Silver & Bronze medals- just for fun.
Please join us and get an afghan knitted by the end of this month.   Crochetters are invited too!
To help you choose a project- we will have several afghan booklets available free of charge with your yarn purchase.   
Stop by The Knitter's Edge for more details. 

Free baby hat pattern
Knit in the round
SIZE: 0-3m (3-6m, 6-12m, 18m)
MATERIALS: 1- 50g ball of Katia Sugar; needles- double points size US 3 & 6; 1 stitch marker.
GAUGE: 22-24 sts = 4" over st st.
With larger needles, loosely cast on 77 (77, 84, 98) sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Repeat row 1 (st st) until total length is 4.5 (5, 5.5, 6)", ending at the marker.
Begin decreases:
Round 1: *(K2tog, k5); repeat from *.
Round 2, 4, 6, 8, 10:  Knit even.
Round 3:  *(K2tog, k4); repeat from *.
Round 5:  *(K2tog, k3); repeat from *.
Round 7:  *(K2tog, k2); repeat from *.
Round 9:  *(K2tog, k1); repeat from *.
Round 11:  *(K2tog); repeat from *.
Work even in st st for 2 rounds.
Change to smaller needles, and continue in st st for 3 rounds. 
Next row: *(K2tog); repeat from *, end k1(1, 0, 0): 6 (6, 6, 7) sts.
Work 3 rounds even with the smaller needles.
Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts.  Pull up tight and anchor.  Weave in all ends.
Now for the Sale Stuff
REMEMBER:  If you are a class member- you get an additional 10% off any sale prices.
Oceanside Organic
20% off!
Oceanside Organic 
Oceanside Organic is a DK weight certified organic cotton- no chemicals- no dyestuff- only natural cotton colors.  Can be used with the Sugar hat pattern or the many other Dk weight baby patterns we have at The Knitter's Edge.  We also have 2 free sock patterns available- one for cabled socks, and one for yoga socks.
 SUGAR- 20% off!
Sugar is a sport weight baby yarn by Katia.  It is a self striping acrylic that makes up into a great baby sweater or hat.  Just 1 ball will make 2 of the smaller sized baby hats shown in our free pattern above.  Available in 4 colorways- this yarn is on sale at 20% off for this week.  You will be able to knit a hat for less than $2.00! 
MegaEncore Mega is still sale priced at $5.00 per 100g ball.   It has been the yarn of choice for the hats for the homeless- it works up quickly .  We have the pool full to over flowing and we think it is time for you to make yourself a hat or a cowl.  Free patterns available for the asking!
In Closing...

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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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