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Planet Purl Newsletter - April 2011


Learn at your own pace! If you missed our free Toe-Up Sock Class and knit-along this month, you can join the online class group and get access to all the materials, handouts, videos and audio archives from the live sessions.
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It's an action packed Spring on the Party Line...

Planet Purl Happy Hour Planet Purl Happy Hour
Wed., April 20th, 2011
8 p.m. (eastern)

Here's the link to join the event

Note: Link activates 10 minutes early
Pour yourself a glass of wine, grab your knitting and get online... it's another Planet Purl Happy Hour! Join us to gather and talk knitting and crochet with other Planet Purl members. You can participate by text chat and share your works in progress with your webcam. See you then!
A Knitter's Home Companion with Michelle Edwards "A Knitter's Home Companion"
with Michelle Edwards
Thurs., April 28th, 2011
12 p.m. (eastern)

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Author, illustrator and knitter Michelle Edwards joins us live on the Party Line to talk about her book, A Knitter's Home Companion a charming book of illustrated essays, knitting patterns and recipes. Hmmm, food and knitting - our kind of book! Come chat with Michelle about her journey to this book on Thursday, April 28th at noon Eastern. We'll be giving away a copy of the book during the event!
60 Quick Baby Knits in Cascade 220 with Renee Lorion "60 Quick Baby Knits in Cascade 220"
with Renee Lorion
Tues., May 10th, 2011
12 p.m. (eastern)

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Cascade 220 Superwash and baby knitting are a match made in knitting heaven. So you can imagine how excited we were when we received an advance copy of 60 Quick Baby Knits - Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in 220 Superwash from Soho Publishing. Designer Renee Lorion (whose sheep hat in the book may be the cutest hat ever), and who also happens to be the yarn editor at Vogue Knitting, joins us live on the Party Line to talk about the book. We'll be giving away a copy of the book during the event, so mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 10th at noon Eastern!
Loop-d-Loop Lace with Teva Durham "Loop-d-Loop Lace"
with Teva Durham
Thurs., May 12th, 2011
12 p.m. (eastern)

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If you love knit and crochet that's runway ready, you know the name Teva Durham. With Loop-d-Loop and Loop-d-Loop Crochet -- two of the most beautiful books on the planet and personal faves of us here at Planet Purl - her new book Loop-d-Loop Lace: More than 30 Novel Lace Designs for Knitters, her own yarn line for Tahki Stacy Charles, and publications for that company, you'd think she'd have no time for a live interview, right? Well, guess what? She's coming to visit Planet Purl live on the Party Line! Skip work, let the kids fix their own lunch, tell the boss you have a "dentist appointment" or whatever you need to do to but get yourself to the Party Line at noon Eastern on Thursday May 12th! And if you need more incentive, we're giving away a copy of her new book during the event!

Get your sock pattern published in Planet Purl's new book... "American Sock Knitting"

We all have feet, they all need to be covered, and there's no better way than lovely handknit socks. No doubt about it, in the USA, sock knitting is Queen. What's not to love with choices of toe up, cuff down, endless combinations of heels and toes, cast ons and bind offs. And did we mention the blank art canvas that is the tube of the leg?

Help us celebrate both the beauty of America and the artistry of American knitters with Planet Purl's upcoming book "American Sock Knitting." We'll be selecting 51 sock designs to be included in the book, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Designs chosen win their author two copies of the book and a $100 online gift certificate to!

To enter, follow the guidelines and submissions process for designers. Entries will be accepted through July 4th, 2011.

If you have questions about participating, a Planet Purl Party Line event will be held, Tuesday evening, April 26th at 8:30 p.m. for a live question and answer session with Planet Purl. Check for webcast information and to register for a link to join the session.
American Sock Knitting by Planet Purl


Planet Purl is here to help keep your feet warm!

Knit a Dozen Plus Slippers with Amy Polcyn "Knit a Dozen Plus Slippers"
With Designer Amy Polcyn
Tuesday, April 19th at 8 p.m. (eastern)

With twice as many feet as there are people in the world, it's no wonder that footwear is such a popular knitting project and welcome gift item. Designer/author/technical editor Amy Polcyn joins us on the Party Line to save you from cold feet and talk about her book Knit a Dozen Plus Slippers, as well as her life as a designer and highly sought-after technical editor.

Here's the link to:

Join the Event
Tuesday, April 19th
at 8 p.m. (eastern)

Note: Link activates 10 minutes early

Check out these recent sock books and then vote for your favorite to win a $50 gift card!

Knit. Sock. Love.
by Cookie A.

Toe Up Socks in a Box
by Wendy D. Johnson

Country Weekend Socks
by Madeline Weston

Around the World in Knitted Socks
by Stephanie van der Linden

Socks a la Carte 2
by Jonelle Raffino

Think Outside the Sox
by Elaine Rowley

Toe Up 2 at a Time Socks
by Melissa Morgan-Oakes

The Sock Knitter's Workshop
by Ewa Jostes

Sock Club
by Charlene Schurch


Last month you voted for your favorite lace knitting books and your favorites were Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush, followed by Lace Style by Ann Budd. Congratulations to Maryanne W. who has won 6 balls of the new Aloft lace yarn from KnitPicks. Congrats, your prize is on the way!

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Enjoy these free sock and legwear patterns!

New patterns are being posted to Planet Purl each week by designers and yarn companies. Search over 4,300 patterns.

Lavendar Lace Socks
Lavender Lace Socks
by Vogue Knitting


Yoga Sock with Cables
by Drops Design


Trail Mix Men's Sock
by Crystal Palace Yarns


Fancy Baby Socks
by Knit Picks


Ballet Slippers
by Caron


If you have free patterns to share or patterns for sale, contact us for designer access to our community.

Learn how to knit toe up socks on 2 circular needles

Free Online Class: Basic Lace Knitting FREE ONLINE CLASS:
Toe Up Socks on
2 Circular Needles

Learn at your own pace!

"Toe-Up Socks on 2 Circular Needles" Class (Audio, Video and Handouts)
Cold feet? Our 4-part "Learn to Knit Toe Up Socks Knit-Along" is just what the doctor ordered. We start with toes and seamless cast ons, move on to heels, legs and end with a bevy of beautifully stretchy bind-offs.

Check out these video tutorials!

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