May 25, 2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge
This Monday, we held our first retreat.  It was a fine success. There were about 60+ of us- all knitting, crocheting, and chatting the morning away.  It was relaxing and extremely enjoyable.  After an AWESOME lunch we went back to work on our projects as we listened to soft music, and words of reflection.  A perfect day it was. I have about 50 finished cloths with more to come.  These cloths will be donated to Turning Point.
I would like to thank everyone who attended, the Sisters at The Retreat Center for a terrific lunch, and especially Eileen Novak and Laura Howell for their hard work in helping to put this all together.
I invite anyone who attended to write to us at and let us know your thoughts on the day.
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. 
Lastly-  We ARE open this Saturday may 29
Some Class News
For this week- we offer the following classes:  
Week of May 25- May 29
TUESDAY - May 25
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 - Gen. Knitting & Shawls with Linda M
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 - Washcloth class with JoAnne
1:00 - 3:00 -- General Knitting 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
6:30 - 8:30-Knitting with Diana
FRIDAY - May 28
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 -Last of the May Sock  w/ Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 -Last of the May Sock w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 -  How to make a 12" square w/ JoAnne
New Class coming
Please sign up now for the daytime My First Lace Chart class or let us put you on a list for the future night class.  Night class will be on Tuesdays beginning sometime in June.  Please call.
Milly's scarf 
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- On Tuesdays beginning sometime in June.
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
The Cornwall Yarn Shop in Cornwall has issued a challenge to the fine knitters of the The Knitter's Edge.   Gail- the owner thinks that her knitters can out knit our knitters.  Well.... I think we need to show just what we can do.
The Challenge is for each shop to knit 20 afghan squares out of Encore Worsted- each a 12" square.  These 20 best squares will be judged on their creativity, beauty, etc.  Then, 20 overall winners will be chosen from the 40 squares proved by the 2 shops.  The shop that has the most "winning squares" will receive a pizza party provided by the losing shop.  All squares will be sewn into aghans to be auctioned off for charity.  Our charity of choice is Turning Point.    All squares must be knit out of Encore Worsted- fall palette colors.  Each will take less than 1 ball of yarn.  All entries must be in by July 15.
I will be holding some free class sessions to teach how to make sure your square is 12". You know I always like to teach you something with every project we do.   Full guidelines for this challenge will be available at The Knitters Edge- just give me until Wednesday to put it all together. 
Highlights of upcoming classes and projects
Thursdays 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Toys with Steph
Here is Steph's next toy project -  a cute little hedgehog- far less dangerous than her last toy- the fire breathing dragon! 
Thursday 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Steph's new Felted French Slippers
Steph has knit and felted these slippers for herself and now she would like to help all of you do the same.  They are not at all difficult- working up quickly. Join Steph in either class session to make these for yourself or for someone as a great gift.
News on Diana
Diana's lLittle dog is recovering, just not as quickly as we hoped.  For the next month she will be with us on Thursday nights for her 6:30 -8:30 class only.  We will use her Tuesday night timeslot to bring you some interesting new short classes.  For next Tuesday,  Linda Miller will introduce some new shawl ideas.  For June- I have some new ideas too- watch for them! 
Thursday afternoons this summer- WOW
We finally talked her into it!!  Marilyn will be teaching an adult class this summer on Thursday afternoons.  Not sure on the time yet- most likely 1-3 PM.  You all know what Marilyn is capable of when working with the kids- I can only imagine what she will come up with for this adult class!  Stay tuned!!  This is going to be fun! 
For Marilyn's first project, she will be leading the class in the knitting of some American Girl Doll garments.  More info to come!
May 29, Saturday 1:00 - 3:00
How to make a 12" square
Class with JoAnne
You might need a bit of help making sure your square for the Encore Afghan Challenge is 12" square.  Come to this free class session to gain a bit of knowledge on how to take a stitch pattern and make it come up to a certain knitted size.
Bring a calculator, paper, pen and your stitch pattern ideas ( WOW- no yarn!)) 
Thursday, May 27 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Washcloths with JoAnne
lace cloth
This week please join me for a very textured cloth with an easy pattern repeat. Remember- just bring needles- size 7 or 8 and we provide the yarn.
A REAL 5 hour baby sweater

You all remember the 5 hour baby sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann- the one that took me 10 hours to knit.  Well now I have one that will REALLY take you only 5 hours to knit- worked on a size 11 needle from the top down-it was fast, and easy.
Llama Cotton Grande sweater
This sweater is available in kit form at the shop.  We made the kits ourselves, and can make more for you- just pick the color.
LLama Cotton Grande is a very soft yarn made of 70% cotton and 30% Llama.  Great for a baby sweater which will take you from Summer into Fall.  I have written this in just one size- 9-12 months.  Knit in one piece from the top down for minimal finishing.
The Kit includes 2 hanks of Llama Cotton Grande, 5 free buttons of our choice, and the pattern.   This is a cute one- you won't want to miss it.  On sale this week for only $17.99 for the Kit- just add needles.
And as an added special- ALL Llama Cotton Grande is on sale this weekend at 25% off! 
New Market bag
We have a new market bag on display.  This one comes in 3 sizes, and has solid knit sides.  Free pattern available with the purchase of the yarn.  Knit using 2 ( 3, or 4) hanks of Fantasy Naturale.
The Swimming Pool is Back!
So whats in the pool this week?  Eros at $2.00 a ball!
EROS is still in the pool-   Our customers emptied it!! so we are now refilling it.  Much, much more Eros will be back filling up the pool by 5:00 PM on Tuesday.  Free patterns available, and samples on display.
Eros ballThis week the pool is filled with EROS!  Its time to get knitting those fancy scarves-  Purchase just  2 balls and work as follows to make a very pretty scarf in no time.


S088MATERIALS:  2 balls Eros, needles size US 15.
GAUGE:  ~3 sts = 1 inch over pattern st.
SIZE:  8" X 52", before fringing.
FRINGE:  Cut 96 strands of Eros, each 16" long.  Cut half from each ball.  Set aside.
Using a double strand of Eros, loosely cast on 21 sts.
Row 1:  P1, *(yo, p2tog); repeat from * across row. 
Repeat row 1 for pattern.  Work in pattern until desired length is reached, or almost out of yarn.  Bind off loosely purlwise.  Weave in all ends.
Attach fringe:  Holding 2 strands of fringe together, attach at 24 points along each long end of scarf.
Yarn cost- Just an amazing $2.00 per ball- while it lasts.
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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