August 6, 2010
This Weekend at
The Knitter's Edge
One of our teachers emailed me this story last week.  I thought it was very appropriate and worth sharing, as I feel it decribes why we all love to spend time together knitting.
A thought to share...

I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was on the mind-body connection--the relationship between stress and disease.  The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.  At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. 

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality "girlfriend time" helps us to create more serotonin--a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being.  Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going.  Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes.
Fishing, hunting, golf?  Yes.  But their feelings? Rarely.  Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.  

There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged. Not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!  So every time you hang out to schmooze (OR KNIT) with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health!  

So join us any day, any time, at the
Knitter's Edge to "Get Healthy!
 Project Idea
Despicable Me
This is a picture of the main character, Gru, from the hit movie Despicable Me!  You can knit his scarf for a special recipient with a free pattern from us. Just one thing- What colors do these look like to you?  This is driving me crazy!  I have heard dark green & light green, navy blue and grey and dark grey and light grey.  What do you think?
 Whats on sale???
feather & fan hatThis week we still have Escape Chunky on sale at $5.00 a ball. 
2 balls makes a hat or a pair of mittens- both patterns available free with the yarn purchase.
Escape Chunky 
This Week's Class List 
Classes for this weekend
Week of August 3-August 7
FRIDAY - August 6
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 - August 7
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 -August Sock w/ Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - August Sock w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00-Kid's Class with Marilyn
Nightime Crochet continues to grow!
 Lisa- our new crochet teacher held her first crochet class this past Tuesday and it was a big success!  We still have room for a few more students, but make sure you join up soon.  
 Lisa has been coming up with some easy fun projects for our many newbie crochetters.

crochet bagsBesides Joe the Penquin (seen below), Lisa has 2 new small bags to crochet.  Please join Lisa this  Tuesday- August 3 -- 6:30- 8:30 for her first class!

PenquinHere is a simple beginner's project Lisa will be doing- on Tuesday night, and Pat on Wednesday morning.  He is a cute little guy crocheted with worsted weight yarn. 
Joe Penguin Kits are assembled and are available for sale.
Also, Pat is now doing a daytime class- on Wednesdays
at 10:00 - 12:00. All levels of crochetters welcome.  
Countdown to Christmas
Countdown to Christmas! 
This week is Week 20 and I am offering a new yarn to go with the new project.  
We recently received  a glorious assortment of Artyarns exquisite Beaded Mohair & Sequins.  We have about a dozen colorway selections for you to try.  With just 1 hank, you can quickly knit up this lovely little scarf that Steph worked up for you to try:
Pattern by Steph Boozer

Beaded mohair scarf 
Size:  One Size

Materials: 1 hank Artyarns Beaded Mohair & Sequins

Needles: 24" circular size 10. Gauge:  not critical: about 3 sts =1"

Loosely cast on 3 sts

Row 1:  K1, yo, k1, yo , k1.

Row 2:  K1, p3, k1.

Row 3:  K1, yo, k1, yo, place marker, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1.

Row 4:  K1, purl to last st, k1.

Row 5:  K1, yo, knit to marker, slip marker, yo, k1, yo, knit to last st, yo, k1.

Row 6:  K1, purl to last st, k1.
Repeat Rows 5 & 6 until almost out of yarn. End after working a row 6.
Next Row: K1, yo, *(k2tog, yo); repeat from * to marker, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, **(yo, k2tog); repeat from ** to last st, yo, k1.

Repeat row 6.

Bind off loosely knitwise.  Weave in all ends.  Block out.

Highlights of upcoming classes and projects
Several new classes have been added this past week, and a couple more to come next week as well.  We are always trying to discover "What's new, What's popular"- so we can bring it to you.
Thursday August 12  6:30- 8:30 PM
Snow People with Lynn
snow people
Remember the snow family we did last winter?  It might have been a bit close to Christmas to get them done- so this year we are starting early.  Join Lynn next week on a Thursday evening to get these people knitted up.  All materials available at the shop.  Call for more details and to sign up. 


Tuesday August 10 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Milly is Back For Lace!!! 
Milly's sampler Next Tuesday Milly will be back with us to teach more lacework, and reading of lace charts.  This time she is working on a sampler scarf.  5 separate lace stitch patterns make up this long lace weight beauty. (Photo shown here is the actual scarf- half done).  If you want to try lace, learn to read lace charts, or just knit up a beautiful project- join Milly next Tuesday evening to get started. 
Follow up classes will be scheduled. Please call to sign up.
Lace project uses lace weight or fingering weight yarn. 
Milly is using Buckingham- a blend of Alpaca and Silk at fingering weight. 
 Milly is busy making a 1 hank version as well- it will be longer and narrower.  Stop by the shop to see this- we have it hanging on the wall.
Tuesdays  6:30 - 8:30 PM
Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Washcloths on the Couch with JoAnne
Happy faceOK- Back by popular demand - next week we will have a MYSTERY CLOTH!!  I had to find just the right one and I think I did.  You will need  size 7 needles and a solid color yarn- available at the beginning of class as always.
 NOTE:  This washcloth will also be available on Thursday morning.
Saturdays-- 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Sock class with Eileen     socks with Fancy Cuffs
Eileen's Saturday afternoon Sock class will be working on these lovely fancy cuff anklets this month.  Perfect for the summer weather. Knit on size 1 needles.  The turn down cuff is a lovely accent.
ANNOUNCEMENT:  On Monday I included a survey about sock knitting: Here is a summary of the results:  Cuff down socks won 3-1 over toe up socks.  I will save any comments on this subject for the teachers.
Second question- how do you ususally knit your socks?- double points won 2-1 over all other methods.  Now, I will comment: We learned from this that we need to do more teaching of the other methods.  Many want to learn to use 2 circs, and magic loop so we will be increasing our effort to include these techniques on our upcoming classes.  All methods of knitting socks have merit!  The more ways we know- we greater versatility we have.
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM and
Fridays 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Knitting with Steph 
SlippersJoin Steph for the French Press Slippers- they continue to be a huge hit!
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.
 Fair Isle Mitts
Steph has a new project- these beautiful Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts.  All yarn and patterns available at the shop.  Join Steph this week to start these mitts, or one of the other projects she has developed. 
Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Rambling Rows Afghan with Diana
Diamna's rambling rowsDiana has finished her own 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
Tuesdays or Thursdays 6:30-8:30 PM with Linda Miller
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 August 19  2:00 - 4:00 PM
Adult Knitting with Marilyn
Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 Pm Kids Knitting
cactusMarilyn will not be here next Thursday August 12, but all students may attend Eileen's class in the same time slot.  But on Thursday, August 19 Marilyn will be teaching this cactus!  We have made up kits so all you need to bring is your needles- everything else is provided!!!
Also- on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 PM and next Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 Marilyn's kids classes will be making an apple for their teacher!  And if the adults want to make this one- they can as well.
WOW!  Look whats in the Pool!
DUO PLUS- $5.00 a ball!Duo Plus ball 
Duo Plus is filling the pool this week at a very special close-out price.
 Baby Surprise finished
This is the yarn I am using for the EZ Baby Surprise Jacket.  I also have a couple of other patterns available for Pedicure socks and a baby cardigan. 
This yarn is a 50/50 blend of wool and cotton that feels like ultra soft pima cotton.  The colors knit up into really cool stripes- great for small projects where the striping can be at its best- wonderful socks, hats, baby items.
Specially priced at $5.00 a ball.  1 ball makes up baby socks, 2 balls makes a pair of adult socks, 3 balls makes a baby sweater. Good for beginners as well as experienced knitters. 
Free Duo Plus Baby/Toddler Sock Pattern
Duo Plus baby socks
To Fit Size: 0-3 m (6-12 m, 18-24 m, 3-5 years).
Materials:  Duo Plus: 1 ball
Gauge:  28 sts = 4" on a US 3 needle over st st.
Needles:  Double pointed needles: size US 3, or size necessary to obtain given gauge. 
Note: When slipping stitches, always slip as if to purl, except for the SKP:(Slip one as if to knit, slip one st as if to purl, knit them together in that position through the back loop).
With one needle, cast on 24 (28, 32, 36) sts.  Divide onto 3 needles.  Being careful not to twist the sts, join and work in the round as follows: (k2, p2) around for 3 (3, 3�, 3�)".  Knit 2 rounds. 
Transfer sts around so that there are 12 (14, 16, 18) sts on the first needle, and 6 (7, 8, 9) sts on each of the other two needles.  Work back and forth across the first needle ONLY as follows to work the Heel:
Row 1: *(Slip 1, k1), repeat from * across.
Row 2:  Slip 1, purl across rest of row.
Repeat rows 1-2 for 12 (14, 16, 18) rows total, then work row 1 once more.  The heel will be 13 (15, 17, 19) rows long.
Row 1: Purl 8 (9, 10, 11) sts, p2tog, p1, TURN.
Row 2: Slip 1, k5, k2tog, k1, TURN.
Row 3: Slip 1, purl to 1 st before the last turn (you'll see a small gap where the last turn was), p2tog, p1, (no p1 for first & third sizes on last time across), TURN.
Row 4: Slip 1, knit to 1 st before the last turn (look for the gap), k2tog, k1 (no k1for first and third sizes on last time across), TURN.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until all sts at the ends are used up, ending with a knit row.  There will be 8 (10, 10, 12) sts left.
Continuing to work on the same needle, pick up and knit 8 (9, 10, 11) sts along the side of the heel (needle 1).  Using a new needle, knit across the sts on the next 2 needles (needle 2).  Using a new needle, pick up and knit 8 (9, 10, 11) sts along the other side of the heel, and continue knitting to the center of the heel sts [4 (5, 5, 6) sts] (needle 3).  

There should now be 12 (14, 15, 17) sts on needles 1 & 3, and 12 (14, 16, 18) sts on needle 2.  The center of the heel is the beginning of the round; needle 2 contains the instep sts.  Begin decreasing as follows:
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: Knit to within 3 sts of the end of the first needle, k2tog, k1.  Work across second needle in st st.  On third needle, k1, SKP, knit to end.  Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until there are 6 (7, 8, 9) sts left on both needles 1 & 3.  Needle 2 will remain at 12 (14, 16, 18) sts since no decreases take place there.  You will now be back to the original # of sts [24 (28, 32, 36)].  Begin to work even again, until length from back of heel is 3 (3 � 3�, 4)", OR 1 (1, 1�, 1�)" less than desired length of finished sock.  At this point you can slip the sock on to see the length.  Only the toenails should stick out.
TOE SHAPING:  Rearrange the sts on the needles, if necessary, so that there are now 6 (7, 8, 9) sts on each of needles 1 & 3, and 12 (14, 16, 18) sts on needle 2.  The beginning of the round is still at the center back of heel.  Begin decreasing as follows:
Round 1: On needle 1: knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.  On needle 2: K1, SKP, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.  On needle 3: K1, SKP, knit to end (center of heel).
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until there are 12 (16, 16, 20) sts left [3 (4, 4, 5) sts on needles 1 & 3, and 6 (8, 8, 10) sts on needle 2].
KITCHNER STITCH:  Continuing to knit with needle 3, knit to the end of needle 1.  There are now only 2 needles in use: 6 (8, 8, 10) sts on each.  Cut the yarn, leaving 18".  Thread it onto a blunt needle.  Kitchener st the toes together.
Make a second sock; counting rows to make sure it is the same length.
In Closing...

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