February 16, 2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge
Dear Marian,
Ok,  I am officially sick and tired of snow! 
Luckily, it looks like this one tonight will be easy on us.  Remember to call first if you have any question as to whether we are open.
Some Class News
Amanda has asked me to write some information regarding how our classes are set up. 
We have 2 types of classes- General and Project. 
In our general classes, you can pretty much work on whatever project you wish, and you will receive help with any problems you encounter.   These class sessions can be laid-back, socializing times, encouraging friendships, chit chat, and learning.  And believe me--you will learn!
Our project classes usually focus on a specific project or technique.  They are more education oriented, but are still flexible and full of laughter and friends.
Steph and I are working toward adding a third type of class- specific technique clinics which will be held every other Saturday afternoon.  These will be more involved lecture times concentrating on teaching through the use of swatches.  These classes will be held in our smallest classroom and will be limited to 8 students.  The first session will be held Feb 27, and will
titled: Sewing Up Seams. 
For this week- we offer the following classes:
TUESDAY - February 16
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Kathy
10:00 - 12:00 - New Shawls with Eileen
**10:00 - 12:00 -  Crochet for Knitters  Crocheters with Pat
1:00 - 3:00 -- General Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting w/ Linda J.
**1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting w/ Pat
4:00 - 6:00 - Entrelac Cowl with Diana
6:30 - 8:30 -- General Knitting & Felting w/Diana
6:30 - 8:30 -- General Knit & Crochet w/ Linda J.
6:30 - 8:30 - Baby Surprise Jacket w/ Linda M 
WEDNESDAY- February 17
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 18
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 - Aran Sweater Hat with Linda M
6:30 - 8:30 -- General Knitting with Diana
FRIDAY - February 19
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00- 12:00 - General Knits, Cowls & Scarves w/ Steph
1:00 - 3:00 - Sam the Ram with Pat
SATURDAY - February 20
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - Teddy Bear Sweaters 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 - Kids class with Marilyn

Highlights of upcoming classes
 BIG NEWS!!!!!
Tuesdays- Beginning February 16 
10:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00 PM with Pat
Crochet for Crocheters and Knitters in the morning,
General Knitting in the afternoon 
Starting this week, Pat Walker will be joining us on Tuesdays.  In the morning- 10:00 - 12:00 Pat will hold a class called Crochet for Crocheters and 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.  And if you are a crocheter already- Pat will be able to take you far!!!
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
This 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 18
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.
Thursday February 18
10:00 - 12:00 PM with JoAnne
Fishy Washcloths
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 mug rugs above are called Tawashi Fish.  They are fast & easy to make and look really cute.  One can be completed in less than a 2 hour class.
Bring size 8 needles (NOTE:  8's not 7's this time). 
Thursday, February 18
6:30 - 8:30 PM with Linda Miller
Aran Hat
sweater hat 1 
This is a great project- learn to work an aran design (lots of cables) while knitting a hat.  Yarn and pattern at the shop.
Call about what needles are needed- as I didn't bring the pattern home (sorry).
Saturday, February 20
10:00 - 12:00 PM with JoAnne
It's Teddy Time 
Teddy Cardigan 
Come join me to knit another cute sweater for our Teddy Bears.  This time its a cardigan.  I will have pants knit by this Saturday to complete his outfit.  If you already have your bear- bring him along and more yarn- Jeannee Worsted will be available.  We have more bears if you need one.  Bring size 7 needles, and 4 stitch markers.  We have everything else. This is a great beginner project.  Call to sign up.
Saturday Morning
February 20
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.
Some New Stuff !
New yarns are arriving.  We are trying to make room and put them on the shelves.  We will be highlighting specific projects for each new yarn in upcoming newsletters.
February is Olympic Month!
Olympic Torch February is Olympics Month!
The Olympics have begun and we hope you are knitting during TV time.  Remember it is not too late to join us in our Olympic Challenge.  Knit an afghan during the olympics- bring it in for us to photograph, and you will receive a coupon worth 20% off your next purchase during the month of March.
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.
If you are working on an afghan- send us a photo of your work in progress!
Free Fingerless Gloves pattern

Country 8ply Fingerless gloves 
Country 8ply Fingerless Gloves
Materials:  2 balls Cleckheaton Country Silk or Country  8ply
Size:  Approx 7 x 10" long
Knitting Needles: US 7 double pointed needles.
Gauge: Approx 5 sts = 1" measured over stockinette st.  

Loosely cast on 40 sts.  Divide onto 3 needles, join, being careful not to twist the sts.  Work in k2-p2 ribbing [*(k2-p2); repeat from * around] until total length is 7", ending
at the beginning of the round. 
Next round:  Bind off the first 6 sts in ribbing, continue around as established. 
Next round:  Cast on 6 sts over the bound off sts.  Continue in ribbing around.   
Work in ribbing until total length is 10" or desired length.  Bind off loosely in ribbing.  Make a second glove to match.
Weave in all ends. 
©2006 Plymouth Yarn Co. - Designed by JoAnne Turcotte. 
Now for the Sale Stuff
REMEMBER:  If you are a class member- you get an additional 10% off any sale prices.
Oceanside Organic Cotton- NEW LOWER PRICE! 
Now $3.00 each
Oceanside Organic 
Oceanside Organic is a DK weight certified organic cotton- no chemicals- no dyestuff- only natural cotton colors.  Can be used with 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 my last newsletter (you can also get the pattern at the shop).  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! 
Country 8ply & Country 8 ply Silk- now only $3.00 each
Country 8ply

Cleckheaton Country 8ply is a wonderful superwash wool.  Although it is an 8ply (DK) it works up very well at worsted weight gauge.   The 50g balls fill the pool this week- and are available at a bargain price that you shouldn't miss.
On-line Linie 231- now only $3.00 each
Linie 231 
A terrific wool- very soft.  The variegated colors are lovely.  One ball makes a baby hat- 2 makes an adult hat- or cowl.  We will help with patterns and ideas for this yarn.  Variegated colorways only.   
In Closing...

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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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