July 23,  2010
This Weekend at
The Knitter's Edge
This weekend will mark the end of July- Wow is this year ever flying by. 
We noticed today that Christmas is only 21 weeks away.  So with that in mind, I have been developing some ideas to get us going toward that greatest of all handknit gift holidays!
Next week I will let you in on what I have been working on.  So, as always, stay tuned...
Afghan Square Challenge
For those of you who have already participated in this project- I thank you.  But I still 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 more details. 
We intend to put together a beautiful afghan of knitted squares.  The afghan will be auctioned off for Turning Point.  Please join us in this worthwhile venture.  See me for more details.  
What's New?
 New From Artyarns
We have just received a collection of yarns from Artyarns- beautiful Beaded Mohair & Sequins.  We purchased this fine luxury fiber in many colorways- from soft subtle shadings to colorful variations. 
With just 1 hank- make a simple triangle shawl.  We have other free patterns available as well.
Another new yarn from Artyarns is CottonSpring.  This ultra soft DK weight cotton will make a lovely baby sweater or shawl.
Now for something really new: 
licence plate
We purchased these licence plate frames- and they are for sale for only $3.99!  But if you don't have anyone to put it on your car for you- we do!  Next Saturday- July 31 we will have someone here at the shop to install your new licence plate frame for you- at no charge. 
 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 Weekend's Class List 
Classes for this week
Week of July 20- July 24
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
There will be one more session of Beginning Crochet with Pat on Tuesday night July 27.  The class is full with several people on the waiting list.  With such a demand we knew we had to continue featuring Crochet!
So, Pat is now doing a daytime class- on Wednesdays at 10:00 - 12:00.  All levels of crochetters welcome.  
We are also in talks with a new teacher- who has Pat's seal of approval- to teach a nighttime crochet class.  We will keep you informed on that issue.  Keep your fingers crossed that it will work out!
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 are available for sale.
Amigurumi catOther simple crochet projects will appear each week, such as this amigurami cat that Steph is working on. 
Blue Heron Is Here!
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 
Pine Cone Lace ShawlPat has finished this gorgeous shawl knit out of 1 hank of the Egyptian mercerized cotton.  This is called the Pine cone lace shawl and will be offered during her classes.
Highlights of upcoming classes and projects
Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00
Washcloths on the Couch with JoAnne

fountain lace clothDue 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 coming Tuesday I am planning on this Fountain Lace Cloth- much easier than last week's project that drove everyone crazy. It was indeed a tough one. Bring size 7 needles.  

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

Thursday July 29 10:00-12:00 PM
 Washcloths with JoAnne
 BSjacket rawThis is a washcloth????
This is a photo of the project we started last week, and you are still welcome to begin it this coming week.  It is time for these now experienced knitters to try their hands 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 next Thursday morning to continue on, or begin 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.
EZ February Baby Sweater
Starting next week with Linda Miller
Tuesdays or Thursdays 6:30-8:30 PM
EZ February baby Sweater
Make this one piece baby sweater from Elizabeth Zimmerman
called the February baby sweater
lady february sweater
Or you can also knit the adult version of this sweater-
called the Lady February.
Pine Cone Lace Shawl Class with Pat
Any of Pat's Classes
Pine Cone Lace Shawl
 This shawl was knit out of one hank of the Egyptian Cotton from Blue Herron.  An easy to knit design and my goodness how lovely.  Plenty of yarn in that 1000 yard skein to make it plenty big.
Saturday July 24 10:00 - 12:00
My First Socks with JoAnne
Jeannee Sock-adultWe did this class once before and it is time to do it again.  Join me for your first sock class- worked on double pointed needles.  Bring needles such as 3's or 4's if you have them.  Yarn and patterns will be available.  We have a few really cool yarns to use for this and you can knit baby, kids or ladies sized socks.
Thursday July 29 & August 5
2:00 - 4:00 PM with Marilyn
cactusJoin this adult knitting class for a cactus!  Kits will be available that include everything except the needles!  Stop by to see this in person. It looks so realistic!
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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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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