May 28, 2010
This Weekend at
The Knitter's Edge
Beginning June 1, we will herald in a slate of new classes- each based on teaching new techniques.  Learning is what we want to be all about.  Join us- we will take you far.
We ARE open this Saturday may 29
Some Class News
For this weekend- we offer the following classes:  
Week of May 25- May 29
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 - Beginners & Goodies with JoAnne
1:00 - 3:00 - Last of the May Socks w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 -  How to make a 12" square w/ JoAnne
New Lace Class
The new My First Lace Chart Classes with our new teacher Milly will be held on Thursday mornings June 3, and 10, and on Tuesday evenings June 8, and 15. 
Milly's scarf 
Milly has finished and blocked out the scarf you will be making, but this class is about much, much more than a scarf... its about learning about LACE- how it is created, what rules apply and how to read the charts that go with it.   Our classes are sometimes more about the process and less about the product- learn HOW to make this stuff happen and you can create anything.
Please call to sign up now for either class- June 3 & 10 at 10-12 noon or June 8 & 15 from 6:30-8:30 PM.  The daytime sessions are quite full so I recommend the night sessions.  Bring paper and pen to take notes and size 8 needles- straight ones are fine.  You will need 2 balls of yarn- either Pure Pima by Berocco or Somerset by
Plymouth.  We have both yarns in a wide range of colors.
Our Terrific Students!
This is where we get to brag about how great our students and customers are.
Pat's shawl
This is 
 Pat's new lace shawl
Linda's shawl
                                                   Linda's Brandywine Shawl
Rebekah's shawl
Rebekah's Royal Llama Silk beauty
Linda's bag
                                                        And Linda's felted tote. 
Linda is still a newbie knitter, but pulled this off nicely with
Steph's help.

These projects look wonderful.  

The Cornwall Yarn Shop in Cornwall NY 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 provided 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 17.
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- or look them over here. 
     In an effort to fund the "Shared Stitches" project at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital,  the Cornwall Yarn Shop has challenged The Knitter's Edge in Bethlehem, PA to design afghan squares.  Completed afghans will be raffled/auctioned and proceeds will go to Shared Stitches.
Rules of the competition:
The theme is Autumn.  Each square must be designed to the following specifications:
Squares must be knit or crocheted with Plymouth Encore worsted in any combination of the following colors: 
12 inches square - including the border
Knitting gauge in stst is 4 sts/ inch  & crochet gauge is 3 SC/inch
Borders:  Knit squares should have a garter st border of 4 sts on each side
                       8 rows at the bottom & top
                       Crochet squares should have 3 rounds of SC
All embellishments must be machine washable
All entries must be submitted with written instructions to The Cornwall Yarn Shop or The Knitter's Edge by 5:00 PM on July 17.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
          Interpretation of theme
          Use of Color
          Use of Texture
          Technical -  quality of stitches & written instructions
          Artistic - "whimsical nature"
Squares will be judged by The Plymouth Yarn Co and returned for afghan assembly & raffle/auction.
Highlights of upcoming classes and projects
Fridays 10:00 - 12:00
Wednesday s 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Class with Steph
Here is Steph's next toy project -  a cute little hedgehog- far less dangerous than her last toy- the fire breathing dragon! 
Here is what he looks like right now- before felting- and he will be a lot cuter very soon!  please help Steph name this little guy- send us your ideas.
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 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.
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!)) 
Tuesday June 1   6:30 - 8:30 PM
Washcloths with JoAnne
lace cloth
Next 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. 
Also- if you haven't finished your market bag- bring it! 
Or make a new one- like one of these!
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! 
Earrings for Sale
earringsSusan- our intern this month is a very talented jewelry maker.  She has made us some earrings that we are selling at the shop.  Beautiful crystals on sterling silver wires.  She even made a pair in Flyers colors!
Spiral Scarf
 Make a Spiral Scarf fast!
Spiral ScarfThis lovely spiral scarf is knit out of Lyndon Hill- an 85% Pima Cotton 15% Silk fingering weight yarn.  Pattern is free with the purchase of just 1 hank.  A mere 218 yards is all you need- works up easy & works up fast.  It is truly a delicate summery fling thing.
Eros is still in the Swimming Pool!
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 up a very pretty scarf in no time.


Yarn cost- Just an amazing $2.00 per ball- while it lasts.
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
We are located at:
1601 West Broad St
Bethlehem, PA. 
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