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March 9, 2012

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


I hereby proclaim March to be SHAWL month.  SInce we do not knit windbreakers, what better way to keep out March's  blast of wind than a lovely shawl.


I have been featuring new shawls as well as Classics - Even your favorite Go To pattern will look sensational in a new yarn. 


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

Haruni Shawl

Next week will be Chose your Shawl class!  Jan will be conducting a sorta knit along- but everyone can choose their own shawl to knit (or crochet).  Check out the section i this newsletter about shawls and pick one.  Bring suitable needles and yarn, or pick out a great new yarn at the shop.






I suggest you check out The new Spring Knitty ( go to  They have several new free shawl patterns.



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. 
Bring size 7 needles and 2 colors in Fantasy Naturale- 1 hank each.




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.








March 15- Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 pm

NEW Beginner crochet class with Amy 


Next week- Join Amy to make a Slanted Stitch afghan square.


Please bring size H hook and Fantasy Naturale cotton for a washcloth, or the worsted weight yarn you have chosen for your afghan.








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 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.




So many of you know we ran out of Noro Silk Garden Sock as a result of this wonderful Shawl.  Well we just received MANY new colors- really vibrant ones- stop by soon for the best selection!











Thursday, March 15-  10:00 - 12:00 class with JoAnne


Next week we will take a break from washcloths.  We will join the Shop's effort to have everyone make a shawl for March.  Your choice of yarn and pattern.    Take a look at some of the suggestions in the last newsletter and in this one.

Lets all do a shawl together!










 Thursday  March 22  6:30 - 8:30 pm


We are starting a men's class!  Joe- a local knitter , Pints & Purls attendees- and raveler has agreed to lead the class.  So calling all men- whether you are a knitter or a crochetter- please give this new group a try.  Please call to sign up.  Bring any current project.








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. 




The rainbow is this weekend's project- attach it to your book bag.




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 here!!


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.  


 Mochi Plus and Mini Mochi


We have new colors in both Mini Mochi and its worsted weight older sister- MochiPlus.  Both yarns are 100% superwash- one ply twisted roving that drifts

in color for lots of knitting excitement. 









With our large stock in Mochi Plus- try this new  girls cardigan- knit side to side all in one piece.  Or try this fast & easy shawlette knit in Mini Mochi.  Both patterns are free on ravelry. 


The Mini Shawlette







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. 







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!





The Multnomah



The Clapotis


The Summerflies

     The Naturally Biased Scarf




Rayon Metallic Mini Shawl

And our newest one- using only half a hank of Rayon Metallic- The Mini Shawl.  Get the pattern free at the shop.













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.







Try The New RIC-RAC from Berroco


This is an ultra fast knit (or Crochet).  We will teach you how in about 30 seconds.  Works up in 30 minutes.  No Kidding!


This yarn is beautiful even before you knit it up.  We received all 9 colorways- each more beautiful than the last.  Just one hank makes up this scarf- shown here on Mary the Magnificant.










Check out the actual color card at Berroco:





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...













Christina crochets in Millys Wednesday evening class- this doily was crochetted in #10 crochet cotton.









Linda knit her socks with Happy Feet.  They look great!

New Kits Available












Besides the 2 new washcloth kits shown below we have a very special limited time Coaster (or large lapel pin)- A knit or crochet Shamrock! 

The kit contains enough yarn to make 2 crochet shamrocks or 1 large knit shamrock.  These kits are very specially priced!!!!



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

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 Weekend's Class List

Week of  March 5 - March 10


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  


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

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  Friday- We still have a few YARN bowls!



The Yarn Bowls are back!!   We have pretty many of them, 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 Saturday-  Cotton Supreme Batik

 This side to side scarf shows of Batik's self striping
in all its glory.  very soft, very subtle.  This is a beautiful cotton that is one of the softest you will ever feel

















For Monday- The Sheep Sherpas are back!



We sold out of these back before Christmas.  Now we have more in stock.

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
We are located at:
1601 West Broad St
Bethlehem, PA. 
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