July 27,  2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge
I goofed it up in the last email- the end of this week marks the end of July (not last week), and as we enter into August we start some new things.   
My newest project is what I call Countdown to Christmas!  More on that later in this newsletter.
We also have a new survey program that we are trying.  To see what this is all about, click on this link, or copy and paste it into your browser:
This is a survey about us going to an Iron Pigs game.  Only 100 people can take the survey;  we only have the trial program for now.  If this turns out to be a fun thing to do ( take surveys) then we will get the full program so all can participate.
Afghan Square Challenge
This is the last week we can make these afghan squares.  I still do need more, so let me know if you need a pattern.  I will provide you with any square pattern you desire to make a 12" square out of Encore for this wonderful charity project.  
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?
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!  This Saturday- July 31 we will have someone here at the shop to install your new licence plate frame for you- at no charge. My oldest son Jonathan will be set up in our Parking Lot to install your plate for you while you knit.  More info on Friday regarding this.
 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. 
This Weekend's Class List 
Classes for this week
Week of July 27- July 31  
TUESDAY  - July 27
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting & Slippers  w/ Kathy
10:00 - 12:00 -General Knitting with Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting  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 with 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 Stephanie
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Stephanie
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Eileen
6:30 - 8:30 - Knitting for Beginners with Jean
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
1:00 - 3:00 -  Beaded Scarf with Dee
2:00 - 4:00 - American Girl Doll Clothes & Cacti 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 30
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 31
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 - Christmas Stocking w/ Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - July Socks w/ Pat

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 very glad to announce that we have a new teacher- Lisa -who will be keeping our Tuesday night classes going.  Stop by this Tuesday during Pat's last nightime class to meet Lisa.
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. 
And Lisa has a few ideas of her own- stay tuned!
Countdown to Christmas
So now to announce my latest project:  Countdown to Christmas!  We noticed that there are (as of today) 21 weeks until Christmas Week, so I am going to start my countdown beginning next week (with a bonus week this week).
If we all do just one project a week, we will have 20 gifts ready to go by the holidays.  Last year we all started too late, so this year we are getting going earlier.
What I am planning is to have a free pattern available each week for a fast Christmas gift idea.  Some weeks the project will be accompanied by a sale on the designated yarn.  Other weeks there will be a free class available for the project.   By no means do I have all of the projects done yet, and I will admit that some weeks I will be winging it, but I think I can do this and keep up with it for the rest of the year.  Please pray for me... I think I will need it.
So to start things off, I am offering this free pattern for week 21.
This is a ladies beret featuring a feather & fan design.  The beret takes 2 balls of Escape chunky- a bulky weight wool/acrylic blend on sale in our pool this week for only $5.00 each.  Last week we discovered a hidden stash of this yarn so the pool is again overflowing with many colors.
Now I know this is a bad photo, but ol' Sheepy here was the only model I had available to me.  I promise I'll get a better photo. 
Escape Chunky Beret
Feather & Fan BeretSize:  Fits ladies medium
Materials:  2 balls Escape Chunky
Needles:  Straight size 8 and 24" circular size 10.5
With the size 8 needles, loosely cast on 74 sts.
Row 1(RS):  K2, *(p2, k2); repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2(WS):  P2, *(k2, p2); repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat row 1 & 2-- 3 more times for a total of 8 rows, increasing evenly across last row to 110 sts.
Change to larger needle and begin working in pattern as follows:
Row 1:  Knit.
Row 2:  Purl.
Row 3:  K1, *[k2tog twice, (yo, k1) 4 times, k2tog twice]; repeat
from * across row to last st, end k1.
Row 4:  Knit.
Repeat these 4 rows until total length is about 7.5" ending with row 2.
Begin decreases:
Row 1(RS):  K1, *[k2tog twice, k4, k2tog twice]; repeat from * across row to last st, end k1: 74 sts.
Row 2:  Knit.
Row 3: K1, *(k2tog, k2); repeat from * across to last st, end k1: 56 sts.
Row 4:  Purl.
Row 5: K1, *(k2tog, k1); repeat from * across to last st, end k1: 38 sts.
Row 6:  Knit.
Row 7: K1, *(k2tog); repeat from * across to last st, end k1:
20 sts.
Row 8:  *(P2tog); repeat from * across row: 10 sts. 
Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts.  Pull up tight and anchor.  Sew up side seam.  Weave in all ends.

Highlights of upcoming classes and projects
Thursday July 29 1:00 - 3:00 PM 
Beaded Scarf with Dee
Beaded Scarf-real one
Dee is once again teaching her now famous Beaded Scarf this Thursday afternoon.  The class is full, but we will take names for the next class which will be held sometime in late August.  Call for more information.
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 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 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.
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 this 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.
Saturdays 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.
 See above free beret pattern too.
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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