May 14, 2010
This Weekend at
The Knitter's Edge
I think many of the teachers out there are counting down the days until school is out... so are the kids.  Therfore, even though the recent weather has been less than spring or summer like, lets all turn our thoughts to those warm weather months ahead.  Teachers- we are adding a few classes this summer just for you so you can relax and enjoy your time off-and knit away...
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 weekend- we offer the following classes:  
Week of May 11-15
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.  Milly 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. And, since so many have asked me- Yes!! she will teach the My First Lace Chart class at night too- sometime this summer- I promise!
But Milly 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.  And now as I promised:  Milly has translated my request for the Spanish speaking would be knitters to join us:
The Knitter's Edge ofrecerá a partir de junio clases EN ESPAÑOL para aprender a tejer a dos agujas (tricot).  Por favor díganos qué día de la semana sería el más conveniente para usted. La clase durará 2 horas y el costo es $6.00.  Nosotros tenemos en la tienda todos los materiales que necesitará, pero si ya tiene sus propias agujas, tráigalas a la clase. Para obtener más información y decirnos que le interesa tomar las clases, llame a:
610-419-9276 (inglés)
484-788-4455 (español)
o envíenos un mensame electrónico a
Highlights of upcoming classes and projects
Saturday Mornings 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Join JoAnne & Eileen for beginner's projects
Eileen has a beginner's class where she is teaching the basics for brand new knitters. JoAnne's class is full of newer knitters too- ones ready for the next steps.  A vest is underway now and small fun projects are added on a regular basis.
SATURDAY 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Join Pat & Eileen for socks.
Eileen and Pat both have a new pair of socks on the needles at all times.  Join them any week for some fun with socks,  You will learn alot!
TUESDAY MAY 18  6:30 - 8:30 PM
Thursday May 20 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Market Bags with JoAnne & Eileen
 Market bag
Next week on Thursday morning JoAnne & Eileen will be once again joining forces and classes (in 2 rooms) to all finish knitting our Market bags 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
crochet market bagPS: We have a crochet bag and another new knit bag too!
Starburst cloth 
For those needing a break from their market bags next week, we will provide yarn and pattern for this fun washcloth.


This class will also be held on Tuesday night- May 18 6:30 - 8:30 PM to finish their bags- Join me!!
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. 
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.
Our Customers show their stuff!

Trish's sweater
Trish knit this simple, yet elegant baby sweater using Jeanne DK and a Sublime pattern.  Very nice indeed! 
And dear Ronni- the Queen of Lace just adores Noro Aya- she owns a ball of EVERY color!  Just look at that striping!
Just Arrived

New from Knit Happy
We recently picked up a new vendor who makes all kinds of goodies!
We got Knit Happy Mugs- large wide open mugs.
Roll bag closed
 We also got these great storage bags
Roll bag open
They open up and roll out to reveal 4 zippered compartments to store all kinds of little accessories.
We also received some knitting bags- clear ones and canvas ones- all from Knit Happy!
Come see all our new sweater manequins!
What till you see whats coming next week!
Hint... Baahh 
Ulmo Multy Wave ScarfWe talked about this wave scarf a few weeks ago- knit from Ulmo Multy- just one hank.  Well, we now have it on display and it is WOWing everyone!  Come take a look.  Free pattern with yarn purchase.
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. Please bring size 7 or 8 needles or size H or I crochet hook. Cotton yarn will be available.
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. 
The afternoon session will be more of a reflection time with some spiritual readings and discussions- while we knit and work on our 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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