July 20,  2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge
As summer moves forward, we are continuing to have a wonderful time at The Knitter's Edge.  The heat doesn't bother us inside and it is so nice to see our customers' look of appreciation as they enter the shop and are hit with the nice cool air.  It is indeed comfortable in here.
This past weekend we experienced the joy and pride that comes when a group of knitters- new to the shop- discover us for the first time.  We were visited by a group from NJ out  for the day on a yarn road trip.  They came, they saw, they stayed.  Their enthusiasm  was a wonderful thing to see and it did indeed give me great pride to know that I had something to do with creating the experience that they were sharing.
I think we made some new friends and I hope they enjoyed the day as much as we did.
We are very glad they came.
Afghan Square Challenge
For those of you who have already participated in this project- I thank you. But I need more squares. So until the end of the month- I will provide you with any square pattern you desire to make a 12" square out of Encore for this wonderful charity project. See me for details. 
What's New?
 New From Blue Ridge Yarns
We have just received a delightful collection of colors in a very soft merino sock yarn called Footprints.  Each yarn "Kit" contains a large hank of a handpainted colorway as well as a small hank of a coordinating solid to be used for heels and toes.  Make a pair of fun socks this summer.
Eileen took the blue/purple with the lime accent yarn to knit a pair for her class.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with.
 Whats on sale???
Many cottons and cotton blends are still on sale at the shop at the great price of 20% off, and will remain on sale through the end of July.
Here is the list once again to wet your appetite:
Austerman Algarve - a 100% mercerized cotton at fingering weight for high sheen.  Great for knit lace bookmarks.
Queensland Haze- a very soft DK cotton blended with corn. The summery colors create subtle drifts of tonal variations. 
Louisa Harding Albero is a worsted weight cotton blend with a textured twist.  Great for light weight quick knits for summer.
Aracania Ulmo Multy- the 100% worsted weight cotton that so many have used to knit the wave scarf. 
Katia Samba Dk weight cotton- great thin stripes of elaborate colorwork. 
Katia Tobago- worsted weight cotton- used for the toddler vest I knit.
Mirasol Tika- a terrific DK/WW cotton from Peru- beautiful rich Peruvian colors
Aracania Ruca Multy- DK wieght Sugarcane rayon- very soft, silky, and drapey with subtle colors
Debbie Bliss Amalfi- a DK weight cotton blend for summer knitting
Punta South American Cotton-- worsted weight beauty with magnificant color work.
K1C2 2nd time cotton- recycled cotton blended with a touch of acrylic for a soft hand
Mirasol Hapi- Oh I love this yarn- a worsted weight thick and thin for texture work.  Rich colors from Peru.
Sublime DK weight Organic Cotton in soft colors for that truely naturale look.  Makes up great baby items for that first time mother.
And lastly:  Kudo- one of our best selling cotton blends great oriental dye work with rich self striping runs of color. 
 The latest addition is:
Llama Cotton Worsted 
Llama Cotton Worsted at closeout prices.  A very nice worsted weight version of Llama Cotton Grande- even softer too. 
2 hanks make up a nice small project- hat, cowl, or fingerless gloves.  Value priced this week at  $4.00 each.
This Week's Class List 
Classes for this week
Week of July 20- July 24
TUESDAY - July 20
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting & Slippers w/ Kathy
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting  with Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - General Kniting  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 Miller
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Linda J.
6:30 - 8:30- Washcloths  w/ JoAnne
6:30 - 8:30- Beginning CROCHET with PAT
10:00 - 12:00 - CROCHET w/ Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - Kids knitting with Marilyn
1:00 - 3:00 - Entrelac Shawl & General Knitting with Pat
4:00 - 6:00 - Free help class with JoAnne
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Eileen
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ JoAnne
6:30 - 8:30 -- Knitting for Beginners with Jean
THURSDAY - July 22
10:00 - 12:00-- Beginning Knitters Class w/ Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - Washcloth class & Baby Surprise Jacket w/ JoAnne
1:00 - 3:00 -- General Knitting w/ Eileen
2:00 - 4:00-American Girl Doll Cloths w/ Marilyn
3:30 - 5:30 -- Charity Knitting Time
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 - July 23
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00- 12:00 - General Knits and Toys with Steph
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Pat
SATURDAY - July 24
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - My First Socks with JoAnne
10:00 - 12:00 - Beginning Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 -Christmas Stocking w/ Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - July Sock w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00-Kid's Class with Marilyn
Nightime Crochet continues this week!
 I crochet
 Beginning Crochet with Pat continues on Tuesday nights from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  She will also be starting a daytime crochet class- all levels of crochetters welcome.  Class will be held on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 - 12:00, BEGINNING THIS WEEK on July 21.
For those already signed up for the evening classes- please bring a size G or H hook if you have one,  We supply the yarn to start.  We also have hooks available at the shop for purchase.
PenquinHere is a simple beginner's project Pat will be starting this week- on Tuesday night, and on Wednesday morning.  He is a cute little guy crocheted with worsted weight yarn. 
 Joe Penguin Kits are being assembled and will be available for sale starting tonight Tuesday July 20. 
Blue Heron Has Arrived!
The owners of BLUE HERON YARN visited last week and left  us with a large pile of fantastic yarns. We have 3 yarns:  Rayon Metallic, Soft Twist Rayon, and Egyptian Mercerized Cotton (1000 yd hanks).   These are absolutely beautiful yarns and you will get the very best selection if you can make it in as soon as possible.
Rayon Metallic
Rayon Metallic
Egyptian Mercerized Cotton
Egyptian Mercerized Cotton
Soft Twist Rayon
Soft Twist Rayon2 
Highlights of upcoming classes and projects
Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Washcloths on the Couch with JoAnne

Turn back TimeDue to popular demand, I will now be doing a washcloth class every Tuesday evening.  Truth is, I tried to cancel last week because there were 3 large classes being conducted that night, but my washcloth knitters showed up anyway.  I am so glad they can't take no for an answer.  So, from now on every Tuesday evening there will be a washcloth class on the couch and I promise you some great projects will be coming up! 

This Tuesday we will be doing the cloth shown here, or a simpler version for the beginners present.  Bring size 7 double pointed needles and you will eventually need a 24" circular size 7.  A 16" circular size 7 would be a help, but not necessary.  Also needed are 4 stitch markers.

NOTE:  This washcloth will also be available on Thursday morning.

Thursday July 22 10:00-12:00 PM
 Washcloths with JoAnne
 BSjacket rawThis is a washcloth????
This is a photo of the project we will be starting this week in the washcloth class.   It is time for these now experienced knitters to try their handas at something beyond washcloths.
It may look like a blob now, but will folds up to become a baby sweater!  This is Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket.  A wonderful project and the washcloth class is ready for it.  3 balls of a self striping yarn called Duo Plus will make this sweater.  Yarn is a 50/50 blend of cotton and wool and it is soft as can be.  Duo Plus is available in 6 colors and specially priced at $5.00 a ball.  Join us this Thursday morning to start this sweater.  It will take a few weeks to finish it so we will still feature a washcloth each week to add variety to the class.  Bring a 24" needle size 5 or 6, and  2 removable stitch markers ( the little plastic safety pins work great!) for the sweater. 
PS:  I promised I would show you what it looks like finished:
 Baby Surprise finished
Saturdays-- 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Plus any other Eileen class times
Fair Isle Stocking with Eileen
    Fair Isle Stocking
Eileen's Saturday afternoon Sock class is a Christmas in July stocking class this month.  Bring size 6 DPNS, or 2 circulars.
Use the 2 handed Fair Isle techniques you learned for Linda Miller to speed up your Fair Isle work! There is still time to make your own Christmas stocking.
ANNOUNCEMENT:  This stocking project has been so well received that Eileen has expanded it to be available in any of her classes.  We have the yarn and the pattern- just bring the needles.
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM and
Fridays 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Knitting with Steph 
You can also work on one of Steph's projects- in either of her classes- Wednesday afternoon or evening with JoAnne (this week only!) or Friday mornings with Steph.
Steph's fair Isle Tam
Steph is once again teaching this Fair Isle Tam Class- Knit in Cleckheaton Country 8 Ply- this hat never uses more than 2 colors in a row.  With a great sale price on this yarn- you can knit this beauty at a very good price with some wonderful yarn.
You can also start working on a hedgehog like Steph made.   
PS:  I will be doing Steph's Wednesday classes this week!  Warning, warning...
Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Rambling Rows Afghan with Diana
Diamna's rambling rowsDiana has started the Rambling Rows Afghan pattern by Cottage Creations.  The entire line of Cottage Creations patterns are  wonderful designs to knit.  Work with Diana on your own version of this classic.
WOW!  Look whats in the Pool!
ESCAPE CHUNKY  Escape Chunky 
Escape Chunky is filling the pool this week at a very special close-out price.
Start your Christmas knitting with a fast project.  Good for beginners as well as experienced knitters.
Mittens  Escape Chunky Mittens 

Stop in and get your free copy of this mittens pattern- takes only 2 balls of Escape Chunky for these adult size fast project.   You can knit these flat on 2 needles or in the round on 4 needles.

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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