December 14, 2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge

This week-

1.  Try at least one of our ideas for fast projects.


2. Get your knitted mittens in this week for the Mitten Tree Contest.


3.  Come in for a class to get some help  finishing your projects.


4.  Take a few minutes for yourself- drink a cup of tea, sit back and knit.


Final Week for the Mitten Tree Contest



On Saturday December 18 we will award prizes in our Mitten Tree Contest.  We hope you will continue to bring in handknit mittens for the children at one of our local Elementary Schools- one where the need for warm items is BIG.  We will continue to collect and distribute these mittens through January.  The air is getting quite cold now and those small fingers need warmth.  Please help. If you need patterns- just ask.
You can still get this done...


Yes its getting close to Christmas- but we are still coming up with new ideas.   Here is one quick project that you can get done before the Holiday: a fast knitted Cowl out of 2 balls of Chunky Mochi.
Chunky Mochi Cowl 

Chunky Mochi Cowl

Size:  26" circumference x 7"
Yarn: 2 - 50g balls Crystal Palace Chunky Mochi

Needles:  24" Circular Needle Size US 11.
Gauge:  12 sts = 4" in St st


CO 72 sts. Place a stitch marker and join, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: P
Rnd 2: K
Rnd 3: P
Rnd 4: K
Rnd 5: P
Rnds 6-10: K
Rnd 11: P
Rnds 12-14: K
Rnds 15-16: P
Rnds 17-21: K
Rnd 22: P
Rnds 23-25: K
Rnd 26: P
Rnd 27: K
Rnd 28: P
Rnd 29: K
Rnd 30: P
BO loosely.
Weave in ends.

A new pattern for you

 New headband pattern for Baby Alpaca Grande

BAG headbandI noticed last week that apparently you love headbands.  We offered the new Encore Mega Headband and I have rarely had so many requests for a pattern!  So I figured we would offer you another headband to try.  This one is to be knit out of just one hank of Baby Alpaca Grande.  Pattern is free at the Shop with the purchase of just one hank of Baby Alpaca Grande.


I have yet another headband pattern that I will feature on Friday!

So what is on sale???

Specials for This Week:  
strickwear C
ALL STRICKWEAR Kits- 25% off- these are incredible kits that contain the many colors of lace weight merino wool to create a one of a kind scarf, shawl, or cape.

REFASHION-- $5.00 Each! 

refashion Cowl


A new scarf yarn--and just in time! This yarn is made of 100% recycled fibers.  Makes a colorful scarf or cowl. With just 2 balls- make this sharp patterned cowl. Add some great buttons for a fashionable look. Fast Knitting. Free pattern available at the shop with the yarn purchase.


ARTYARNS Beaded & Sequined Mohair- 15% off
Artyarns Scarf 
We have a new pattern for this absolutely "To Die For" Yarn. The ultimate in glitzy luxury- this Silken Mohair blend shows off its Beads and Sequins in style. One hank makes this new scarf, and quickly too.  Note: the yarn itself makes a wonderful gift for that special knitter on your list.
Pattern is free at the shop wioth the purchase of one hank of Beaded Mohair.
Capriccio-  $5.00 each!

Capriccio cowl


I finally finished the cowl- just 2 balls and not too much time soent knitting. You will get it finished before the holiday. Free pattern available at the shop with the purchase of the yarn. The pattern for the 2 ball scarf is available as well.












JUST REDUCED!!!  NOW 40% off!!!
marshmallowssmallI am sure you remember this fun yarn. Make a one ball Scarf in less than 1 hour-  Marshmallow is now 40% off - so now only $6.00 each! Until it's all gone!  100% nylon- washable & dryable.
Sax bags- on Sale 20% off. 
Sax bag
These great bags- with a luxury look and great large interior are now 20% off.  These bags make terrific holiday gifts for yourself, or for a fellow knitter.  Many colors to choose from.


This Weekend's Class List

Week of  December 14 - December 18  
TUESDAY  - December 14
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/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Linda J
6:30 - 8:30 - Get Your Projects Finished with Lavanya
6:30 - 8:30 - Washcloths  w/ JoAnne
6:30 - 8:30- Beginning Crochet with Lisa
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Linda J.
WEDNESDAY -  December 15
10:00 - 12:00 - Knit & Crochet with Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Pat
4:00 - 6:00 - Gift Knitting with Eileen & JoAnne
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Eileen
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with JoAnne
6:30 - 8:30 - Knitting for Beginners with Jean
THURSDAY - December 16
10:00 - 12:00- Beginning Knitters' Class w/ Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - Washcloth class with JoAnne
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting  w/ Eileen
3:30 - 5:30 -- Charity Knitting Time
 6:30 - 8:30 - Get Your Projects Finished With Lavanya
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Diana
6:30 - 8:30 -  Lace Knitting with Milly
FRIDAY - December 17
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00- 12:00 - General Knits with Debra
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - Beginning Knitting with Debra
SATURDAY - December 18
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - Adult Mittens  w/ JoAnne
10:00 - 12:00 - Beginning Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - December Socks  w/ Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - December Socks w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - Kid's Class with Marilyn

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.
Dare Scarf
Countdown to Christmas! 
Dare Scarf

So the final week before Christmas week is here. We will have this pattern and just one more- and that one had better be a fast one!
This Scarf is knit in a new yarn for us- called Dare. It is a HUGE hank- and one is all you will need.  Knit using a simple yet interesting pattern on size 17 needles! Now that makes for some fast knitting. The pattern is free at the shop with the purchase of just one hank of DARE!
   Check out the beautiful colors in Dare!
Highlights of upcoming classes and projects

PLEASE REMEMBER all classes are $6.00- Cash only please

General Knitting classes - work on your own project if you wish!
NEW TEACHER! Linda Miller cannot be here this week for her Tuesday and Thursday evening classes, so please give our new teacher a try. Lavanya comes to us as a gift out of the "great knitting beyond"- just when we needed her- she appeared! Very knowledgable - she worked in another yarn shop where she taught classes as well. We feel truly blessed to have her and we want all of you to  benefit from our great find. Please join Lavanya  this Tuesday or Thursday night from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. 

Fridays 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Beginners & Other Knitters with Debra


Debra has so quickly turned into one terrific teacher!  So terrific that we have asked her to do another regular class for us- on Friday afternoons.  We ask all beginners to give this class time a try.  Debra is very patient and very knowledgeable.  She will take you far!  All knitters are welcome- especially beginners.


NOTE! Debra is our teacher who presented the Moebius cast on technique. If you join one of her Friday Classes she will teach you the cast on too!!



Saturday Afternoons 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Socks Socks Socks!!!  

Flying Saucer socks
Pat and Eileen will be working on a new pair of Socks for the month of December. This month Pat will be working on the socks shown here knit out of our new Flying Saucer Sock yarn. Join them to have some fun and make a pair. 

Coming in January:  A weekday Sock class! 
Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 PM = SOCKS
Watch for more info


Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00 PM and 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Stocking Ornaments with Linda J

Linda's Stockings

Join Linda on Tuesdays for some fast and fun knitted stockings.  These miniatures can be knit in either DK or worsted weight yarn.  They make a wonderful ornament or gift tie.  Bring size 3 needles for DK weight yarn, or size 5 or 6 needles for worsted weight.  Yarn is available for purchase at the shop.

Wednesday afternoons- 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday Morning 10:00 - 12:00

Mittens For Me!! with JoAnne & Eileen- Open to Knitters of all levels

maplewood mittens
Cabled Cuff Mittens

Many of us have knit mittens for the kids- for our mitten tree. Well now its time to knit some mittens for ME! I have 2 great patterns as well as a very simple beginners pattern. If you want to knit mittens- these 2 class times are for you.  Bring double pointed needles size 6.  Worsted Weight yarn available at the Shop for either mittens.
Join us either on Wednesday afternoons or on Saturday mornings this month. 
NOTE:  Bring size 7 straight needles for a real beginners pair.

Saturday Mornings 10:00 - 12:00 Noon
Terrific Beginners class with Eileen.

There is no one better at starting new knitters on the right path.  If you know someone who wants to learn- bring them in on a Saturday morning for Eileen's class.


Thursday Night  December 16  6:30 - 8:30 PM
Lace Work with Milly

Milly's mitts
Milly has knit up this lovely pair of Fingerless Mitts- easy yet dramatic lacework.  Milly used Manos Silk Blend - only 1 hank needed for these mitts.  Join Milly this week and knit up a pair before the holidays!


Tuesday evening 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Crochet with Lisa
Lisa's ornaments
Join Lisa next week for crochetting up these cute little ornaments. Join Lisa every Tuesday evening for some great crochet work!


Saturday December 18-- 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Kid's Class with Marilyn
Marilyn's Saturday Kids Class will NOT meet this Saturday, but will meet NEXT SATURDAY DECEMBER 18  1:00 - 3:00 PM. 

 Washcloths on the Couch class on Tuesdays- 6:30 - 8:30 PM and  and Thursday mornings 10:00 - 12:00 PM
snowman cloth
Next week we will be doing an easy Cloth- a big fast snowman!
Join me for either class session- Bring size 6 needles if you knit loose, and size 7 if you knit tight.  I will supply everything else.








WOW!  Look whats in the Pool!



ENCORE MEGA -- Only $5.00 a ball!
 MegaEncore Mega 
We keep filling up the pool with Encore Mega and it keeps disappearing. We have several hat patterns (one new one here) plus headbands, socks, cowls and baby sweaters. Soon we will be returning to Hats for the Homeless Days and there is nothing better than Encore Maga for fast warms hats. So stock up now.


Encore Mega Ribbed Hat
Encore Mega Ribbed Hat
Materials:  1 Ball Encore Mega
Size:  Adult medium
Needles: 16" circular size US 15, and size US 13 or 15 double pointed needles.
Gauge: 8 sts = 4" using size US 15 needles.  

2x2 Ribbing for hat:
Round 1:  *(K2, p2); repeat around.

With size US 15 circular needle, cast on 40 sts.  Place marker and join, making sure not to twist the stitches.  Work in 2x2 ribbing 7", ending at the marker. 
Next round, begin decreases as follows:  Change to double pointed needles when necessary. 
Round 1:  *(K2, p2tog); repeat from * around: 30 sts.
Round 2:  *(K2, p1); repeat from * around.
Round 3:  *(K2tog, p1); repeat from * around: 20 sts.
Round 4:  *(K1, p1); repeat from * around.
Round 5:  *(K2tog); repeat from * around: 10 sts.
Round 6:  *(K2tog); repeat from * around: 5 sts.
Cut yarn and weave through remaining sts and secure. Weave in all ends.
Stock up now on Encore Mega for Hats for the Homeless-- coming in January 2011
In Closing...

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JoAnne Turcotte
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