August 31, 2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge
Last week, I added a survey to my newsletter.  I think I really hit on something when I added a comment section to the last question.  WOW did I ever get some wonderful replies.  I am so thankful for so many thoughtful suggestions, and for so much praise for what we are already doing.  But even though we seem to be pleasing many of our customers- there is still much room for improvement, and thats where the great ideas come in.  We will be acting on some of these ideas immediately, some others later this fall. 
Please- keep the ideas coming- knowing exactly what it will take to make our customers happy makes all of our jobs easier- and will make us all a happy knitting family!
This is a summery of what I learned:
Most who replied do knit for the winter holidays, but only about 1- 6 items.  They like smaller projects, primarily due to time constraints.  They gather together most of their ideas at this time of year and use Ravelry, magazines, and our knitting family as their primary idea sources. 
Finally, several suggested we hold classes directed primarily at holiday gift knitting- something we are starting next week!  So thanks for the great idea. 
 So what's on sale this week???
Multiplicity is on sale now at 33% off!
 Multiplicity Scarf


Multiplicity is a very interesting yarn which changes thickness as well as color at intervals.  This allowed us to make this  undulating scarf in 2 sizes-  one and two ball versions.  Get the pattern free at the shop with the purchase of either one ball or two of Multiplicity.  Yarn is on sale this week for 1/3 off!

Encore Boucle (in select colors only)Encore Boucle is also on sale this week- filling the pool to overflowing!  This long time staple makes the most wonderfully soft prayer shawls.  Baby Blankets also knit up quickly with 2 balls or more.  Use the Baby Rimini corner to corner pattern on a size 15 needle.  Get the pattern free at the shop.

Since we still need to make room for new yarns, we have moved several closeouts to buckets- center store floor.  Very special low prices are available on these yarns, such as:
Jelli BeenzJelli Beenz: at $3.00 each.  With 1-2 balls of this kid friendly yarn you can knit a pair of socks, 2 balls makes a hat.  The yarn, which is a member of the Encore Family of fine yarns is worsted weight and works up with any Encore pattern (of which there are many). 
So come in and pick up a few balls of Jelli Beenz and get some free patterns for some kids' projects.
These are just 3 of the specials at the shop- stop by to see many more.  
And remember- if your are a regular class member- you get
an additional 10% off of everything.
As always- all sales on closeouts are final. 
This Week's Class List 
Classes for this week
Week of August 31 - September 4
TUESDAY - August 31
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting  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 Lisa
WEDNESDAY- September 1
10:00 - 12:00 - Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - Shawls & General Knitting with Pat
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Eileen
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Steph
6:30 - 8:30 - Knitting for Beginners with Jean
THURSDAY - September 2
10:00 - 12:00 - Beginning Knitters Class w/ Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - Washcloth class & Baby Surprise Jacket with JoAnne
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting w/ Eileen
3:30 - 5:30 - Charity Knitting Time
6:30 - 8:30 - Lace with Milly
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Linda M
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Diana
FRIDAY - September 3
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 - September 4
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - My First Socks  w/ JoAnne
10:00 - 12:00 - Beginning Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - New September Sock w/ Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - New September Sock w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - Kid's Class with Marilyn
New yarns!
Inca is a new wool-- acrylic blend from Katia.  This bulky yarn will knit up quickly into hats, mittens and scarves.  As you can see- the colors are extraordinary!
Borelais is a new yarn from Berroco.  The name says it all- drifting color like the Northern Lights.  Berroco has a beautiful book of designs for this yarn- including a small head wrap that has been a big hit on Ravelry. 
Ok, Cro-pic is my name for this useful little tool.  Small crochet hook at one end for picking up and fixing dropped stitches, and a small pick at the other end for correcting other mistakes.  A great inexpensive addition to your knitting tool kit.
Atenti Bags 
We have recently brought in a new line to exquisite bags.  Each is hand made, and features a level of overall quality far above most other bags.  Come in to check them out.  You will be impressed.
New classes Coming!
Next week and every week from now on Lisa will be at the shop on Tuesday nights for some good crochet!  She has many ideas for beginners and advanced crocheters alike.
Starting in September- Marilyn will be teaching her Thursday night kids class every other Thursday. 
Milly will be at the shop for a lace class on the opposite Thursdays.   
So September- 9/2, and 9/16 will be Lace with Milly; and 9/9, and 9/23 will be Kids class with Marilyn.  Not sure yet who gets 9/30- so stay tuned!
Starting Wednesday, Sept 8 we will have a class to help you with your holiday gift knitting.  Some focus will be on the Countdown to Christmas ideas, but the sharing of other projects ideas will be welcome. 
Eileen and JoAnne will be teaching this 4:00 - 6:00 session.
Several other new classes will be added as they are readied.
Countdown to Christmas
Stop in to see our Advent style calendar for our countdown. Each week a new pattern will be presented free for a new gift idea.
Countdown to Christmas! 
Baby Bibs 
Girl BibThis week's project is for the youngest recipient. These baby bibs work up quickly in Fantasy Naturale and one hank will make three.
Stop by the shop to get your free pattern containing both designs, but here is one to get you started. 
Boy Bib
Washcloth Bib (boy version)
  1 size- newborn to 6 months
  1 hank Fantasy Naturale, 1 button.
  Size 7 needles.

Loosely cast on 15 sts.
Row 1 and all odd rows: K across.
Row 2: Cast on 1 st, BO 1 st, knit to last st, turn.
Row 4: K to last 2 sts, turn.
Row 6: Cast on 1 st, BO 1 st, K to last 3 sts, turn.
Row 8: K to last 4 sts, turn.
Row 10: Cast on 1 st, BO 1 st,, K to last 5 sts, turn.
Row 12: K to last 6 sts, turn.
Row 14: Cast on 1 st, BO 1 st,, K to last 7 sts, turn.
Row 16: K to last 8 sts, turn.
Row 18: Cast on 1 st, BO 1 st, K to last 9 sts, turn.
Row 20: K across row.

Work this 20 row repeat 5 times total. 

On next row: BO the first 9 sts so that only 6 sts remained on the needles.
Work in garter stitch for approx. 5-6".

Row 1: K1, k2tog, YO twice, SSK, k1.
Row 2: k2, Knit into the front and the back of the YO, k2. 
Row 3 - 5:  Knit. 
Row 6:  Bind off.  Sew on button.  Weave in all ends.

Highlights of upcoming classes and projects
Saturdays in September September 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Maelstrom Socks with Pat
 Maelstrom socks
 Pat has these very interesting socks for September knitting.  Great technique and great pattern by Cookie A.  Join Pat in September to knit these diagonal design socks.
Thursdays in Fall 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Milly is Back For Lace!!! 
Milly's sampler
Milly has agreed to do a lace class every other Thursday night through the fall.  We hope this will be a wonderful start to some fabulous lace work.  Milly will be at the shop on Sept. 2 & 16 to start.   If you want to try lace, learn to read lace charts, or just knit up a beautiful project- join Milly on Thursday evenings this fall. 
Please call to sign up. 
This lace project uses lace weight or fingering weight yarn. 
Milly is using Buckingham- a blend of Alpaca and Silk at fingering weight. 


Tuesday night 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Class on the Couch with JoAnne
Thursday morning 10:00 - 12:00 washcloth class
This week both classes will be working on the letters seen below!
letter JOn Thursday, the morning washcloth
class will be doing a fun easy cloth- 
make your own cloth with your inital
on it- and make sure no one else will
steal your cloth! 
Bring size 7 needles.
Saturdays-- 1:00 - 3:00 PM
New September Sock class with Eileen     
Eileen's Saturday afternoon Sock class will be working on a terrific pattern this next month- Beaded socks,  I will have a photo for you as soon as possible. 
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. 
 NOTE:  There will be no Wednesday 4:00 - 6:00 class this week, but starting next week we will be holding a new class session in this time slot- Holiday Gift Knitting with JoAnne & Eileen  Please join us!
WOW!  Look whats in the Pool!
For this week-  
Encore Boucle fills the pool- in select colors only.  Sale priced at $4.00 per ball until its all gone!
Encore Boucle 
 Stock up this week for Prayer shawls!
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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Bethlehem, PA. 
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