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March 6, 2012

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


Our Biggest news of the week can be summed up in 3 words: 

               KOIGU has Arrived!


It hit the shelves last Friday.  We bought big on this one so there is plenty available.  We have several great pattern ideas- stop by and see us!  Ravelry is FULL of pattern suggestions and we have KOIGU pattern books and magazines available. 

  Try the Charlottes Web Shawl for an exquisite look! 


Our other BIG news is that Blue Heron was here with loads and loads of Rayon Metallic!



Remember- you need only ONE hank to knit up the Blue Heron Unraveled as shown above.


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 March 6   6:30 - 8:30 pm

Jan's class on the couch

Fiesta Cloth- A crocheted Hotpad 



Jan's washcloth class- Next week Jan is back to crochet with this very sunny fun round cloth.  Bring a size G or H hook and a Hank of Fantasy Naturale along with small amounts of several accent colors.    We have lots of Fantasy Naturale at the shop if needed.     











Thursday March 15 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Fixing Mistakes with JoAnne

Next Thursday I will be holding the fixing mistakes class. 


Learn how to pick up dropped stitches, dropped yarn overs, take back a row and correct stitches. For advanced beginners to intermediate knitters. Bring knitting needles size 8 or 9 plus a mid range crochet hook- size F, G, OR H.  I will supply the yarn.

Sign up soon as space is limited.



Wednesdays- Pats morning and afternoon classes

Its Tink the 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.  And remember we needed a name for him?  It's TINK!









Tuesdays 4:00 - 6:00 beginning March  20

Double Knitting with Lori



Join our newest TKE family member Lori on Tuesdays- late afternoon to learn the art of Double Knitting.  Lori is starting with a potholder- knit in Fantasy Naturale.  I will get the needles size and yarn requirements to you soon.  For right now- get signed up!




Monday March 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 March 7- 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 8- Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 pm

NEW Beginner crochet class with Amy 


Last tweek Amy held a class on crochet flowers.  WOW!! What a crowded class!   I guess Amy hit upon a winner here.  We will do this class again- and soon.  But for right now- we have to stay on crochet schedule...







So for this week- Amy will be teaching the treble crochet stitch by making these shamrocks.  Please bring a size G or H crochet hook and just a couple of extra dollars to purchase the yarn kit to make them.  We will have small inexpensive kits available in Fantasy Naturale and Encore Worsted.  They make a great embellishment or a lapel pin. 


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


ALSO- please note...  Amy encourages all to work on a crochet project of their own choice.  The featured project of week is just a suggestion- and its usually a fun one too.



 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 & 12-- 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.





For the Shawl, bring size 8-- 24" circulars, but remember- you may need to change to another size needle, depending on your yarn choice.




Thursday, March 8-  10:00 - 12:00 class with JoAnne


Last week we began 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!!

Bring size 3 or 4 needles, both a 16" circular and double points.  Also some stitch markers will be helpful.  Yarn available at the shop.


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.  For this one you need a half ball of Fantasy Naturale, and size 7 needles- both a 16" circular and double points.

Stitch markers will be helpful.  Yarn available at the shop as well.


If neither doily is to your liking- try knitting an entire Apartment building!   For this one bring size 7 needles and a generous half ball of Fantasy Naturale ( that means over 50g).  Yarn available in class as well.








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 10-  Shamrocks

 10:00 - 12:00 class with JoAnne


Let's make a little something for the holidays. 


 Bring size 5 or 6 needles- just straights, and a seaming needle.  We have everything else at the shop for these small shamrocks.










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

Next Kids classes- March 10 and  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
Continuing March 9!


Debra is teaching 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 some left- only $6.99 a ball.  Any sock yarn will do!!


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





The March socks are coming!!


Pat's March socks are now complete.  These look GREAT!!   She calls them her shy shamrocks socks.  The sock shines in a  soft green color, with green beads and shamrocks adorning the cuffs.  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.



 Here is Eileen's socks in prgress...

And below is what they will look like when done.  This pattern is called a Sampler socks- you get to test your skills with several pattern stitches.





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!











New yarns and accessories are arriving daily.  





Rayon Metallic is our favorite yarn from Blue Heron.  It is a glistening rayon with a drapey hand and 550 yards of great Shawl-ability. 






Rayon Metallic-  The Citron


WE BOUGHT BIG!!  We have an extremely large inventory of Rayon Metallic. 

Plus, we have several great ideas for this yarn.  You have seen these patterns before, but I bet you have never seen them knit up in Rayon Metallic!



 Rayon Metallic- The Multnomah


 Rayon Metallic- the Clapotis


 Rayon Metallic- The Summerflies



Syros by Katia

Syros by Katia is a lace weight yarn, composed of Polyester, Cotton, and Acrylic.  It has a terrific sheen and a slightly firm hand that makes it perfect for lace weight crochet.


We stock this new offering in many great colors- soft neutrals and daring brights.





 This absolutely stunning shawl takes 6 balls of Syros, but I swear half of it is in the dramatic fringe.  Each ball of Syros contains over 300 yards of pure shine.














This smaller scarf takes only 3 balls of Syros- two in the main color and one in a contrasting color for the bauble trim.








 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.





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 















Hopefully you are all familiar with ravelry.  It is a wonderful site- loaded with yarn information and patterns!!!  We often suggest that you take a look at what is available on ravelry.  Besides the best pattern selection anywhere- it is a great place to meet knitting friends and share information.  We know that we have been neglecting our The Knitter's Edge Ravelry page lately- mostly due to lack of time, but that ends now!  Lori has agreed to help me keep our page up to date and full of interesting threads.  We invite everyone to stop by The Knitter's Edge group page and say Hi, add a comment or 2 (or 3 or more) and maybe even a photo if you care to.  Teachers- and class members- please help us add information on what's going on in your classes.  I know this will be fun!


If you are completely unfamilar with ravelry, you are in for a big surprise.  Go to and sign up.


What our customers are knitting...












Ann recently finished her Lyndon Hill Lace Shawl.  This pattern was originally a scarf, but we widened it into a shawl- get the pattern for this beauty free at the shop- scarf or shawl- perfect for any fingering weight yarn.  WOW- it would be georgous in the new Blue Heron Rayon Metallic!



Karen chose the Taria Tweed Basketweave Cowl for one of her first projects.  Just one hank was needed, and she chose a great looking grape color.  Nice job Karen- what's next on you needles? 

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. 

New Kits Available












2 new washcloth kits are available this week.  Each kit contains enough Fantasy Naturale to knit up ONE cloth, plus 2 possible patterns to use.  Remember- the kit has enough yarn to knit up only ONE cloth.  Great price.


This week:

Kit #1- contains a variegated colorway plus these 2 patterns:

  Multidirectional Cloth        Superswirl Cloth



Kit #2- Contains a solid colorway plus these 2 patterns:

          Tulip Cloth                          Spa Day Cloth



We also have some other kits available for some great cloths!!


    Lizard Ridge cloth             Honeycomb Cloth



Cabled Baby Bib                Heart in a Heart Cloth

A new Project idea












This is a great shawl pattern, easy, yet very interesting.  The final result is incredibly beautiful!!  This can be knit in any DK or fingering weight yarn.  Shown here in 2 hanks of Happy Feet Dk.  Will also work up wonderfully in 3 hanks of our new KOIGU!!!






Take a look at the new Koigu- this is perfect for this shawl! 








This would also look FANTASTIC in Rayon Metallic!

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.









So What's in the Pool?






This week the pool is still full of wintery yarns- let's enter March like a LION and shove out all those thick winter wools to make way for the spring yarns.  THE POOL IS FULL!!!




 MARLEY- We have a large stock of this yarn and now its on sale at 25% off.  One hank can make up into a scarf or hat.  Maybe try this new cowl set- 2 cowls out of 1 hank- wear them alone or stack them.  Pattern free on ravelry.














ALOHA- 25% off.    Make a scarf in literally 10 minutes!  Make one to go with your Inca Button Hat.  Inca also available at 25% off.













Tikal is a heavy version of Inca and  makes up into a hat in record time.

Get it this weekend for 25% off


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.


This Week's Class List


Week of  March 5 - March 10


MONDAY- March 5
10:00 - 12:00 - Winged Shawl with Jackie
1:00 - 3:00 -  General Knitting with Debra
1:00 - 3:00 - Beaded Scarf with Dee

TUESDAY - March 6
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 - Crochet Hotpad w ith 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

10:00 - 12:00 -  Tiger with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 - Fair Isle & General Knitting with Linda M.
1:00 - 3:00 - Fair Isle & General Knitting with Linda
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 8
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

FRIDAY - March 9
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 10
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
10:00 - 12:00 -  Shamrocks  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
1:00 - 3:00 -  Kid's Knitting with Marilyn  

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.



For Tuesday - We have a big announcement! 



The Yarn Bowls are back!!   We have pretty many of them (as of 9:30 AM Tuesday morning), but they will not last long.  We are sorry, but due to the high demand, we cannot put the yarn bowls on hold.  So get in to the shop and check them out!!






For Wednesday-  Stiletto

This yarn was originally for socks, but wow is it ever great for so much more!  Jackie is working up a Winged Shawl in Stiletto. Shown above is the Little Shells shawl pattern- knit up in Stiletto




For Thursday- Dusk & Dawn



2 fun novelty yarns for scarves.  Great colors available

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

Check out our extensive list of classes- all at just $6.00 per class.
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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