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February 28, 2012

Unwind This Weekend ... at
The Knitter's Edge

New yarns are hitting the shelves this week and the biggest news is that we have just received SO MANY scarf yarns- They are back friends!



A special note about this past Saturday:


On Saturday morning- we had to do the unthinkable- we had to turn students away. Our 3 classrooms were overflowing, and we even had a group on the couches with an additional teacher.


While we are trying to add more classes where we can, we strongly encourage those who are able, to take classes during the weekdays. As you know, classes are available during the mornings, afternoons and evenings. These classes are often not quite as crowded, so an extra touch of personal attention is guaranteed.


We apologize to anyone who felt left out on Saturday. This was not our intention. We strive to make all feel welcome, and to help each and every person who walks through our door to the best of our ability.




CLASSES- Right Up Front











New classes just keep on coming!

Remember, in our classes-you can always do your own thing! 


Here is where you will find information on whats going on in both our regular and specialty classes.  What new projects are being tackled?
All regular classes are $6.00- Cash only please.

General Knitting classes - work on your own project if you wish! When you are a class member- we welcome you to return at any time for additional assistance. We will always help any knitter get through a project- we are great at hand holding, while encouraging you to move forward in your knitting knowledge.

For classes, we hope that your yarn supplies will be purchased at our shop.




Tuesday February 27 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Jan's class on the couch



Jan's washcloth class- This week knit up the Apartment building ( notice its a Brownstone)  or - remember the house cloth? You can do that one too. You will need 1/2 ball of Fantasy Naturale- bring some from your stash or get it at the shop- we have a wide color selection available.  Bring size 7 needles.




Wednesdays- Pats morning and afternoon classes

Its Tiger time!


Pat's tiger has come a LOOOOng way since we last saw him.  Look how great he looks now.  This is not a difficult project- yet the results look TERRIFIC!!
Join Pat on Wednesdays- or in almost any one of her classes to knit up her tiger.  Now we need a name for him....  any suggestions?










Monday March 5 & 12   1:00 - 3:00 pm

Beaded Scarf Class with Dee


Yes, the beaded scarf class is back again- make this lovely scarf in plenty of time for Spring. 

You will need straight needles- size 5 or 6, 3 tubes of E beads (about 1000 beads) and 2 balls of either Dreambaby DK or Snuggly DK.  YOU MUST PRELOAD 476 beads onto 1 ball of your yarn prior to class.  Stop by or call us for more information.


Call to sign up as space is limited.







Wednesday Feb 29- 10:00 - 12:00 or 1:00 - 3:00 pm

From Norway with Love


Join Linda Miller to knit up a hat with hearts using your newly mastered 2 handed Fair Isle technique.  This hat requires only 2 hanks of Ashton- one in each color.  And Ashton is sale priced at 25% off.  So you can make up this hat for just about $11.00!


You will need 16" circular size 6 needles.

Linda is willing to help you with this pattern in any of her class sessions- not just Wednesday.




March 1- Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 pm

NEW Beginner crochet class with Amy 


This Thursday, Amy will be teaching everyone how to make crochet flowers.  She has 3 styles written up, and even though they are shown here crochetted in Fantasy Naturale- any flat yarn will do.

These are perfect for accents on a knit or crochet hat, headband, or sweater.  Make several- they are fast!


Bring size appropriate hooks- most likely a G or H for a worsted weight yarn.  Yarn  and hooks available at the shop. 


This is one of the fastest growing classes we have.  Amy is terrific and she is showing how much fun crochet can be!



Thursday March 1-- 6:30 - 8:30pm

JoAnne's technique classes- Seaming-
Class is sold out!


Those who are attending- please bring a metal seaming needle (we have them available).  For all others- watch for the next class to be scheduled.



 Lavanya's class for Beginners-

Thursday mornings 10:00 - 12:00 pm


The Maria Hat


Lavanya will be guiding her beginners  through an Encore Mega hat.  Worked in the round with only knit stitches, this is the perfect first hat project!  You will need 1 ball of Encore Mega and  a 16" size US 15 circular needle.  You should get most, if not all of the hat knit up in just one class session!









Monday March 5-- 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Winged Shawl with Jackie-



This is a wonderful pattern- surprisingly simple yet impressive as can be.  Make yours out of any fingering, DK or even worsted weight yarn- striping ones seem to look the best.   Make it as long as you wish.  With just 2 balls of Noro Silk Garden Sock, Jackie knit hers as shown here.  She added a button tab to allow her to wear it as a capelet.





Short row circle

And for any one who is hesitant to take on this great shawl project- hone your skills at Short rowing with the circle cloth.  For the Shawl, bring size 8-- 24" circulars, but remember- you may need to change to another size needle, depending on your yarn choice.

For the Short row washcloth- bring size 8 needles.  We have the yarn available here.





Thursday  March 1-  10:00 - 12:00 class with JoAnne


This week we begin our trek toward knitting up a REAL doily.  We will be taking it in steps- first of all is a small doily type coaster.  Knitting on small needles??- we can do it!!  And if thats too much for you- work the small cloth doily knit in Fantasy Naturale, as seen below. 





Bring double points and a 16" circular needle size 3, 4 or 7, depending on which project you wish to do.  This is going to be fun, and quite a learning experience. 







Tuesday evening class with Lavanya-

6:30 - 8:30 pm



Join Lavanya to knit up a chula hat.  Worked in the round, this hat will knit up in a flash on 16" circular needles size US 10.  This hat will look really good in Taria Tweed.  Just one hank will be needed.









Saturday March 3-  babies need to be warm

Try your hand at a baby sweater or blanket

 10:00 - 12:00 class with JoAnne


I want one more week of this class- I really encourage everyone to try one of these sweaters.  These are 2 terrific patterns.


Knitbot sweater

Knit up this really fun baby sweater.  This is the one I knit, and I truely did enjoy the pattern.   The pattern is sized all the way up to a finished 61" ( thats even too big for me) so we can truely say there is a size on this pattern for EVERYBODY!





Baby and Bears Cardigan


Now this is an absolute classic!  On Saturday,  I think I will start one of these myself.  Since almost any weight yarn will do, I have a lot of choices.  If you have any opinions- please help me to decide what yarn to do.  This makes up into a newborn to 3 month size in a DK weight, or a 6- 12 month size in a worsted. 

Even chunky can be used to produce a 24 size.  Choices, choices...


8 hour baby afghans


Baby Blanket - There are over 20 patterns available for "8 hour baby afghans".  Each blanket needs just 4 balls of Encore and a 24" circular size 13.   They knit up fast!










MARILYN's Kids classes meet every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month- 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Next Kids classes- March 10and March 24. 




Pat's Friday Afternoon Class

1:00 - 3:00 pm in January

Spud  & Chloe


Ok Its time to make Chloe now!

Meet Chlo�. Her bright, shiny personality comes to life as you stitch her adorable blue jumper and red Mary Jane shoes, and create her gorgeous red ponytail. Chlo� is the type to make lemonade out of lemons every chance she gets. Her positive outlook is bound to rub off on her sheep Spud at some point.

REMEMBER:  These projects are only suggestions- you can work on whatever you wish while in class



Friday Mornings & Afternoons with Debra
Beginning March 2!


Debra wants to teach everyone the Magic Loop technique while working on 2 socks at a time.  This is a perfect project for Sockotta Limited, and we still have a little bit left- only $6.99 a ball.


You will need a 40" long needle in a size that works with your chosen yarn.



  Pat's Saturday Classes- not only Socks!


Pat's Saturday morning AND afternoon classes want to work on a sampler baby afghan.  This will start in January.  You can choose the size and the squares to knit.  Pat is planning on using either Snuggly Dk or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK.





The March socks are coming!!


Pat's sock is in the works- A soft green color, green beads, and shamrocks adorn the cuffs of Pat's March socks.  Pat is using K1C2's Pediwick sock yarn--a non wool yarn containing Bamboo and nylon- with plenty of stretch. 




Eileen started working on her March socks this past weekend - she chose our newest sock yarn- Smooshy by Dream in Color.  Eileen chose a lovely Blue Green handpaint shade for her own pair.






Wednesday afternoons with Eileen


Eileen's Wednesday afternoon class (4:00 - 6:00) has chosen to work on a sampler afghan themselves!  Here is Eileen's first square- all finished.  And here are some additional squares- some finished, some in progress.








Just Arrived!











  This is going to be one VERY long section as we have just received so many new items! 



Rozetti's new Spectra has fun little bobbles along the edge.  Looks like a fun trim.  One ball makes a long fluffy





Emily's scarf:

Emily is working on her own Spectra scarf using a lovely pink mixture with chocolate.  The little blue bobbles set it off quite nicely.











 Petals is a spring fling type of ruffle yarn.  Soft pastels are edged with a shiney ribbon for a bit of reflection.  This yarn is knit like Flounce- fast work.  Shown below is my quick attempt at making a sample.


















Marina Multi is available in brilliant colors- enough to brighten up any outfit.  It is knit up just like Triana, so it is fast and easy.







Herdy, Herdy!  Check out these new items from the people who make Dream in Color: 











These notebooks are very well priced for everyone to have one.  Great for your knitting bag.  Herdy also has these adorable bags- in colors of pink, green, and blue.  They have a drawstring closure on the inside to keep everything safe.  Made of cotton duck cloth.












Juniper Moon- Findley Dappled 


The lovely lace yarn from Juniper Farms is now available in Dappled colorways.  This lace weight luxury is already prewound into a workable ball.











  Lovely designs are available from Juniper Farms.



Knit Happy Bags


New from Knit Happy- great, workable canvas totes- wonderful pricing!  Get one for yourself and a small one for any young knitter in your life.




PANSIES by Ella Rae

A beautiful worsted weight cotton- soft speckled stripes.

This is a wonderful, soft yarn.  Perfect for baby items.  Try this new baby sweater pattern.  Written in 3 sizes, worked in all garter stitch.


Check out all of the colors available in Pansies at:




Artyarns has a new shawl kit available- The Every Which Way Shawl.  It uses the best fibers from Artyarns: Supersoft Cashmere and Beaded Silk for a hint of glitter.  Several colorways available.





Every Which Way Shawl by Artyarns 




New from Lantern Moon: Oval Striped Totes


These new carry-alls are made by hand in Vietnam for Lantern Moon.  Each one is different from the next.  SO many fun colors available.  Large enough to hold an accessory project such as socks. 



New Atenti Bags

We have recently received several new Atenti Bags- new fabrics and new styles.


What our customers are knitting...











 Peggy took the Knitbot sweater pattern shown above and turned it inside out!  The vertical lines are less prominent, delivering a softer look.  Her daughter loves the final outcome- knit in Berocco Comfort.   This sweater pattern works up all the way to a finished 61" so it will work for absolutely everyone!

New Yarn Company now part of TKE Family











 Dream in Color's Smooshy


This is the most popular sock yarn from Dream in Color! Smooshy is a perfect name for this yarn! You'll love knitting with  this yarn and wearing the resultant projects.  Smooshy is  super soft and the colors are absolutely stunning. It is dyed carefully to prevent pooling too, so we think you'll be pleased with the results.   Besides socks, this is the best yarn for a shawl!  Each 4oz skein contains 450 yards, so one skein will make a pair of socks.

Please note: Each skein of Dream in Color Smooshy is unique. There are no dye lots and skeins may vary. 

What to knit next?











 For the Knitter that has EVERYTHING!



Get the free pattern at:



 New Kits






We will soon be adding a section to our bulletin board showcasing all of the kits we have available.  Right now have the following:  


This honeycomb cloth is a wonderful way to practice slip stitches. 









Felted Hot pad kits- containing Galway, Boku, and 3 hotpad patterns.




Heart cloth Kits- containing  Fantasy Naturale and patterns for this Heart within a Heart and the 3 Hearts.  These aren't just for Valentine's Day you know.








Alice's Baby Bib- containing Fantasy Naturale Cotton for the bib, pattern, and a button.  Available in several colors.  I just made up a whole bunch of these kits!



                The Lizard Cloth Kits are back!





We keep getting asked to make more of these kits- in this specific  color set as well!  This cloth looks like little eyeballs! 





We still have heart coaster kits available- both for Knit and crochet.

New Colors Arriving





Flicker- New Spring Colors


Flicker is a soft, ultra lofty Baby Alapca with a bit of glitter.  Knit up one of these 2 hat patterns- free with your purchase of Flicker.










Snuggly and Snuggly Kisses

 We have just received several new colors in Snuggly DK and Snuggly Kisses.  Snuggly DK is one of the finest baby yarns around- great yarn at a great price.  Snuggly Kisses has soft striping or drifting colors.  New pattern booklets for these new color palettes will be arriving too.







Road to China Light- This is one of the nicest yarns we have.  Blended from Alpaca, Cashmere, Silk, and  Camel.  Recently we received several new spring colors in Road to China Light- the perfect Dk weight yarn for ultra soft projects.


New Colors

Bohemian Shawl

Hermione Hat




Age of Brass & Steam shawlette


The Alice Cowl- written just for Road to China Light!


This is a new pattern that I found on ravelry- written just for Road to China Light.  It is a slightly Ruched Cowl- done in 3 sizes- using from 2- 7 hanks of this fine yarn.  Man this stuff would be delightful as a cowl- so soft and warm around your neck.








TyDy cotton- New colors












 Ty-Dy cotton is a light worsted 100% cotton with long striping in rich, fun colors. Each 100g ball has great yardage. We purchased several new patterns that show off the best qualities of Ty-Dy cotton. The Bolero shown here is sized from 34" up to 50", and is quite fashionable at any size.  Make it up in no time.

So What's in the Pool?






Last 3 Days in the Pool-- Get yours now!


ODISEA by Katia - 20% off-- only $7.59 a ball!

Odisea is a blend of wool and acrylic.  The chainette construction makes your knitted garment very light and lofty.  Available in many colorways, and this week- in the pool at 20% off!  That's only $7.59 a ball!!   2 Balls can make up one of these projects- a long scarf, or an adorable baby sweater.

I am working tonight on a 1 ball baby hat to go with the baby sweater.  I knitted the sweater myself and it took me only about 4 hours.  Now you all know I am not a very fast knitter so 4 hours is a good estimate for most knitters.  The hat should be done in less than 2 hours- easy peasy! 


I finished the hat- it took less than 1.5 hours- very easy and very fast!  It took less than 1 ball of Odisea.


What else is on sale this week?









 We have some real specials for this week!   There are so many new yarns coming in next month that we need to make some room on the shelves.  So we are offering some of our best  winter yarns at some very special prices all week long.  


 Dreamin'--  $8.00 a ball 

Dreamin' is at a very special price!- a HUGE- 200g ball of supersoft baby yarn- a blend of Acrylic and nylon. Thats 540 yards of fine yarn for baby. Just one BIG ball makes up either a baby sweater (pattern included on the label) or a baby blanket- Free this week with your purchase of just one ball at the low price of $8.00.


Available in all white, white with yellow spots, white with mint spots, and white with blue spots.





MANY Winter yarns- on sale now 25% off

Marley, Riva, Tikal, Aloha. 

Many free patterns fort these yarns as well!




 Sockotta Limited- $6.99 for a pair of socks!!


Sockotta Limited- just $6.99 a ball-- These are 100g balls!

Sockotta is a strong blend of Wool, Cotton, and Nylon. The perfect weight for summer socks- but oh for so much more as well! There are 414 yards of self striping yarn in each ball. We have several patterns available for Sockotta Limited, but remember- there are SSSOOOOO many great sock patterns available on ravelry. 







25% off- now only $5.99 

Ashton is a delightfully soft blend of Silk, Merino, and Alpaca.  Pure luxury which is now available at a very low price.  Works up at a DK weight gauge.  We have several patterns available.


Try this new Fair Isle Hat requiring only 2 hanks of Ashton.  Try it with Linda Miller on Wednesdays- morning or afternoon, or in either of her evening classes- Tuesday and Thursday.



This Week's Class List



Week of February 27 - March 3



MONDAY- February 27

10:00 - 12:00 - Winged Shawl with Jackie

1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Debra


TUESDAY - February 28

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

6:30 - 8:30 - Brownstone Cloth with Jan

6:30 - 8:30-General Knitting with Linda Jones

6:30 - 8:30 - Earflap Hat with Lavanya

6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Linda Miller


WEDNESDAY- February 29
10:00 - 12:00 - Tiger with Pat

10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting with Linda M.

1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Linda M.

1:00 - 3:00 - Tiger with Pat
4:00 - 6:00 - Sampler Afghan with Eileen

6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Eileen

6:30 - 8:30 - Knit & Crochet with Milly

6:30 - 8:30 - General & Beginner Knitting With Jean

THURSDAY - March 1

10:00 - 12:00- General Knitting w/ Eileen

10:00 - 12:00 - Doily cloth with JoAnne

10:00 - 12:00 - Beginning Knitting with Lavanya

1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting w/ Eileen

1:00 - 3:00 - Beginning Crochet with Amy

3:30 - 5:30 -- Charity Knitting Time

6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Linda M

6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Diana

6:30 - 8:30 - Seaming with JoAnne


FRIDAY - March 2
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting with Pat

10:00 - 12:00 -Magic Loop Socks with Debra

1:00 - 3:00 - General & Beginning Knitting & Crochet with Debra

1:00 - 3:00 - Chloe with Pat


SATURDAY - March 3
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat

10:00 - 12:00 - Baby Time Continued with JoAnne

10:00 - 12:00 - Beginning Knitting with Eileen

1:00 - 3:00 - March Socks with Eileen

1:00 - 3:00 - March Socks with Pat 


Product of The Day


At the shop we have a great feature-

Product of The Day. 

Each day we will display a different product- sometimes something new, other times something you may have missed.  Watch for our featured product- each day at The Knitter's Edge.







Sock blockers- Before you start the new March Sock, perhaps you need to get a set of sock blockers- just in your size.  Made of metal- rust proof of course!  Just place your wet socks on the forms and hang to dry. 








For Wednesday- Lantern Moon Accessories


Lantern Moon has the most beautiful accessories for keeping your smallest knitting tools close at hand.   All are crafted in silk.  On Wednesday, take a look at  our vast selection of silk accessory containers from Lantern Moon.





For Thursday- EROS II


If you have been knitting for several years- you remember this yarn's first time around.  Pure excitement.  Eros ushered in the scarf craze!  Well now it is back- in the best of the best colors.  2 balls makes a scarf, 4 balls makes a shawl.  Both patterns free with your purchase of Eros II.

In Closing...
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Please stop by and unwind at The Knitter's Edge. 

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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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