June 1, 2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge
Well, June is now here- for many of us the official beginning of Summer.  I know the teachers are counting the days, if not the hours. 
As promised, The Knitters Edge begins a new slate of classes- designed to TEACH you all summer.  Our classes will begin to be divided in to 2 catagories, fun project classes- where general knitting, help sessions, and some project classes will be, and more teaching oriented classes- designed to further your knowledge of a certain technique. 
These new classes will begin slowly- a couple each week if we can.   Milly starts her new classes this week and next, I will start 2 new ones the 3rd week of June, and Marilyn will start several the last week of June.  And thats only the beginning...
Let me make one thing perfectly clear- you will always learn something new in ANY and ALL of our classes- because the more you knit (or crochet) and the more teachers you are exposed to- the more you will learn, 
Spend the summer trying some new things- new teachers, new projects, new techniques.
Learning is what we want to be all about.  Join us- we will take you far.
Some Class News
For this week- we offer the following classes:  
Week of June 1-5  
TUESDAY  - June 1
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Kathy
10:00 - 12:00 -General Knitting with Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knit & Crochet 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 with Linda J
6:30 - 8:30 - How to Knit a 12" Square with JoAnne
 (and knit a washcloth too!)
10:00 - 12:00 - Design your Own Sweater w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - Entrelac Shawl  &General Knitting w/ Pat
4:00 - 6:00 -- Free help class with Steph
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Eileen
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting / Steph
6:30 - 8:30 - Knitting for Beginners with Jean
10:00 - 12:00- Beginning Knitters' Class w/ Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - My First Lace Chart with Milly
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 - General Knitting with Diana
FRIDAY - June 4
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00- 12:00 - General Knitting and Toys w/ Steph
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - Goodies for Beginners  w/ JoAnne
10:00 - 12:00 - Beginning Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 -New June Socks w/ Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - New June Sock (LOTUS) w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - Kids class with Marilyn
My First Lace Chart Class
This class has filled up fast!!  Please sign up for the nightime session as the daytime session is full! We will hold an additional class session on this subject if needed.
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 and it is lovely.  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.
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 
          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
Saturday June 5  1:00 - 3:00 PM
New June Sock with Pat 
Lotus SockPat will be starting her new June Sock with her Saturday socks class.  This sock is called Lotus from the Joy of Socks book.  It looks like an easy yet interesting sock with scallops and fans.  It will work up nicely in any sock weight yarn- solid, semisolid, or handpaint. 
Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 PM
New Entrelac Shawl with Pat
Entrelac shawlPat  is taking on another new project this month- an entrelac triangular shawl called Dianna.  She is knitting her shawl with Ty-Dy Sock and so far the colors are working out very well- with each color run in the yarn working up about 2 blocks of the entrelac so the colors are looking like an ever changing display of diamonds.  The leaf motif in each block adds a wonderful lace detail.


Fridays 10:00 - 12:00
Wednesdays 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.
Tuesday, June 1  6:30 - 8:30 PM
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!)) 
Note- this class- which is short will flow into the next class- a nice washcloth.  We will work up the wash cloth used in the Knit a 12" Square demonstration.
Tuesday June 1   6:30 - 8:30 PM
Washcloths with JoAnne
 Christmas Lace cloth
After a lesson on how to knit a 12" square we will make a washcloth- This is the cloth used in the lessoon- so we will knit this because its just a pretty cloth.  As always- we supply the yarn  and you bring the needles- size 7 or 8.
Don't let your Dog get your needles!

Chewed needles 
Razor Dog reportedly eats soda cans too!
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 still on sale this week at 25% off! 
Lyndon Hill & the Spiral Scarf
Make a Spiral Scarf fast!
Lyndon HillLyndon Hill- on sale this week for only $5.00 a hank!  We have a large stock of this in many different spring/summer colors = so pick up several.
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.
 Free pattern at the shop
What's in the Swimming Pool?
This week we are happy to announce a very special sale on Baby Rimini- a chunky/bulky weight poofy yarn in baby colors- perfect for a really fast baby blanket.  Just 4 balls makes a nice corner to corner baby throw- in no time at all.  Move up to 6 balls to make it a bit larger.
All Baby Rimini will be priced at $2.00 a ball!
Free patterns available. 
Baby Rimini


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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