May 11, 2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge
I hope all of you had a very happy Mother's day.  I got to go to an Iron Pigs game and then to dinner with my Mom and the rest of my family.  All in all- a very nice day.
Now we move our focus to the retreat on Monday, May 24.  Read more below to see how you can join us.
Some Class News
For this week- we offer the following classes:  
Week of May 11-15
TUESDAY - May 11
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting with Kathy
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting & 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
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Linda J.
6:30 - 8:30 - Nighttime Market bag class with JoAnne
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 - General Knitting w/ Eileen
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Steph
6:30 - 8:30 - Knitting for Beginners with Jean
10:00 - 12:00- Beginning Knitters & Market Bags Class w/ Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - Market Bags with JoAnne
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting & Market Bags  w/ Eileen
3:30 - 5:30 - Charity Knitting Time
4:00 - 6:00 - Explore the World of Toys w/ Steph
6:30 - 8:30 - Knitting for Kids with Marilyn
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Linda M
FRIDAY - May 14
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting with Pat
10:00- 12:00 - General Knits, Cowls, Shawls, & Scarves w/ Steph
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - My First Vest & other goodies with JoAnne
10:00 - 12:00 - Beginning Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - May Sock  w/ Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - May Sock w/ Pat
New Class coming
In June, we will have a new teacher joining us for two types of classes.  Millie is a wonderful lace knitter who will be teaching a class on Thursday mornings June 3 & 10 called My First Lace Chart.  In this class you will learn to read simple lace charts while knitting a lovely summer lace scarf.  If all goes well, she will stay with us to teach more advanced lace chart work with a lace shawl.
But Millie has another talent- she speaks Spanish and is a professional translator.  She has offered to teach a beginning knitters class in Spanish.  We already have 2 new knitters signed up, but we need more.  If you know of anyone who could benefit from this- please let us know.  Also- for this Friday's newsletter- Millie will be translating this message and I will be including it in Spanish. 
This could be a very nice thing for our community.
Highlights of upcoming classes
TUESDAY MAY 11 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Thursday May 13 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Market Bags with JoAnne & Eileen
 Market bag
This week on Thursday morning JoAnne & Eileen will be joining forces and classes (in 2 rooms) to all knit a Market bag with Fantasy Naturale.  There are 3 styles- all needing from 2-3 hanks of Fantasy Naturale.  All have open eyelet worked sides and either 1 or 2 straps,  3 choices for the bottom are provided.  We have samples knit in each style for you to see.  This is a project perfect for beginners, and interesting for experienced knitters.  Everyone needs a market bag for the spring and summer, so make one now.  They also make a perfect gift- for anytime of year.  Bring size 7 or 8- 16" circular needles and same sized double points (depending on which style you choose.  Also a 24" size 13 will be needed.  Specially priced yarn (and lots of it) will be available.  There should not be a shortage of seats with 2 classrooms available, but we have had so many interested knitters say they are going to do this bag so sign up now.  All those already on the Thursday morning class are already on the list.   PS: WE HAVE A CROCHET BAG TOO!
This class will also be held on
Tuesday night- May 11 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Felted Mitered Purse
Mitered Iro BagDiana just finished a brand new Felted bag- this time a small mitered one.  It takes only 1 hank of Noro Iro- a chunky weight self striping yarn with colors like only Noro can do.
Join us on Tuesday or Thursday nights to quickly work up this purse.
Its small size means you will get it done in no time! 
Tuesday & Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Lace Shawls with Linda M. 
Heartland lace shawl 
Linda Miller IS crazy about shawls.  She just finished one- the Nightsongs shawl and is now working on The Audrey Triple.  She is also interested in soon beginning work on the Heartlands Lace Shawl (shown above) for which she has chosen a soft brown shade of NUNA as the shawl has a rustic southwest feel to her. 
She has a couple of additional patterns in mind, and it is just fine if everyone is working on a different one.  It will make you realize how versatile shawls can be and just how many yarns will knit up well as a shawl.  
REMEMBER- you can freely come to either of Linda's classes- Tuesday or Thursday.  So if one week the Tuesday works best- come then, and the next week- Thursday of it suits your schedule better. 
Saturday May 22
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Marilyn's Kid's Class
Please note that Marilyn has moved her kids Saturday class to the opposite Saturdays now.  Next class is Saturday May 22.
Thursdays 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Toys with Steph
devilish DragonWait until you see this one.  Steph is outdoing herself now.  This dragon is going to be an adorable addition to her toy collection which now includes mice, chipmonks, bunnies, and more.
Interesting Reading

I thought this was an interesting article from  Knitting Daily:
Knitting for Harry Potter
When Lucy Mackenzie got a message on her answering machine from the Leavesden film studio outside London in spring 2000, she had no idea why. The owner of Pride and Joy, a children's handknit clothing company in southern Scotland, Lucy simply didn't have time to call back right away. Maybe they want free sweaters for something, she thought nonchalantly.

When she did respond a few days later and the receptionist answered, "Harry Potter Productions,'' Lucy's nonchalance quickly turned to excitement. She is a huge fan of J. K. Rowling's phenomenal novels about the orphaned boy who at age eleven learns he is a wizard and is taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

As Lucy soon learned, the film's head costume designer Judianna Makofsky was hoping Pride and Joy could make a few handknits for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first in the seven projected films in the Harry Potter series.  To start,
they needed a sweater with an H on it for Harry, and a sweater for each of the four Weasley brothers with their initials-R for Ron, F for Fred, etc.

They needed two to three exact replicas of each sweater for a total of nearly 15 sweaters and they needed them all within three weeks. And the sweaters needed to look as though they were made by Mrs.Weasley, described in the book as a rather poor knitter. The yarn was Rowan Felted Tweed, chosen, according to Judianna, for its "primitive'' felted texture and tweedy English look.

Because the initial sweaters were meant to look as though they were made by a fairly unskilled knitter, Lucy instructed her knitters to "misplace" the initials high up on the chest and not to worry about mistakes, but she reports, "It's hard for a skilled knitter not to knit properly."

For Lucy and her company, the magic of Harry Potter continues- as orders for Harry's initial sweater and a vest worn by Neville Longbottom in the last scene of Sorcerer's Stone are constantly coming into her Pride and Joy's website.
Just Arrived

Shawl pins
shawl pins
We have just received many new shawl pins.  They aren't just for heavy shawls or cowls- many are light weight and look just lovely on this summer's airy shawls, scarves and cowls.
Our Quiet Day- The Retreat
We need to get some final numbers on people who wish to attend the retreat.  This number is needed primarily for a lunch count.
We have decided that during the morning knitting session we will  concentrate on starting a project to aid our mid year charity of choice:  Turning Point.  My thought is to knit and crochet washcloths which can be used at the safe houses.  We will supply everything needed except for needles and hooks.  We will have several patterns available- at several experience levels. 
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley is a safe place where victims of abuse and their children can find refuge  They provide services in Lehigh and Northampton Counties to more than 5,000 victims of domestic violence each year
The Retreat
The St. Francis Renewal Center on Bridle Path Road in Bethlehem has offered all of us a day for reflextion and relaxation on May 24 (a Monday).  This will officially be called:
A Retreat and Refresh Day for Charity Knitters and Crocheters  
Please be sure to reserve that day on your calendars!  The only cost will be for lunch- $10.00 and I am told they put on a very nice lunch.  You are also welcome to bring a lunch along instead.
Our plans thus far are to hold 2 sessions: 10:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00 with the lunch being from 12:00 - 1:00.  The morning session will be a knitting class- informal but a learning experience none the less.  We will learn a new technique that can be practiced and implimented during the afternoon.
The afternoon session will be more of a reflection time with some spiritual readings and discussions- while we knit and work on some group project. 
We will provide final details next week.  For right now- please sign up  by emailing Laura Howell at: 
This could be a very recharging experience.  Eileen and I plan on attending, and teaching, and we hope that everyone who helped us with our charity projects this year will join us as well.
The Swimming Pool is Back!
So whats in the pool this week?
TWICE TWEED- 1/3 off this week!
Twice Tweed
Twice Tweed is composed of  42% wool, 32% nylon, and 26% cotton.

It is made from 100% recycled fibers using a patented manufacturing process that saves water and energy, with no discharge into the environment. No polluting dyeing is used in the process.
The yarn is a bit stiff while working with it- which makes it an easy knit.  But once done- you wash it and WOW does it ever soften up! 
Twice Tweed baby sweater
It makes a lovely baby or kid's sweater as seen here.  This sweater uses only 4 balls for the baby size and knits up easily in no time.  The pattern is free with yarn purchase.  This will also work up very well in the 5 hour baby sweater (you remember- the one that took me 10 hours???)  Free pattern available for this one too.
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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