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Planet Purl Newsletter - August 2011

  • WIN A KEURIG MINI-PLUS COFFEEMAKER!
  • CELEBRATE AMERICA AND HAVE YOUR FAVE GIFT KNITTING OR CROCHET PATTERN PUBLISHED IN "AMERICAN GIFT KNITTING"
  • MEET SUPERSTAR DESIGNERS ON THE PARTY LINE
  • BACK TO SCHOOL KNITTING BOOK IDEAS, FREE PATTERNS AND TUTORIALS
  • LEARN NEW KNITTING SKILLS AT YOUR OWN PACE WITH OUR FREE ONLINE CLASS ARCHIVES
  • JOIN OUR ONLINE KNITTING AND CROCHET CIRCLE AT PLANET PURL'S "HAPPY HOUR"


Wednesday, Aug. 17th at 8 p.m. EDT. Now with 2-way internet audio! Join our virtual knitting group. You can turn on your web cam (or not), use typed chat, listen using your computer speakers, and if you have a computer headset with microphone, you can talk and knit at the same time!
Click to join the party. NOTE: Link activates 10 minutes before the party

Take a break for the summer heat with Planet Purl's Party Line Events...

Planet Purl Happy Hour "Finishing School"
with Deborah Newton
Thursday, October 13th, 2011
12 noon (EDT)


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Deborah Newton joins us live to talk about her new book Finishing School, THE reference book for knitter's who want their garments to look hand-crafted rather than homemade. Finishing makes all the difference! We're giving away a copy of the book during the event!
Knit Local with Tanis Gray "Knit Local"
with Tanis Gray
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
12 noon EDT


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Tanis Gray joins us live to talk about her new book "Knit Local", celebrating America's home-grown yarns. With designs from some of today's hottest designers, it's a must-have for your library. We're giving away a copy of the book during the event!
Snow Princess Capelet Fair Isle Class "Snow Princess Capelet Fair Isle Class and Knit-Along"
with Planet Purl's Beth Moriartym
Coming this Fall!


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Ready to step up to colorwork? We'll make it painless!
Some of the skills you'll learn:
  • Two color cast on

  • Stranded knitting in the round with 2 hands

  • Steeking (cutting open the knitting)

  • Short rows

  • Embroidered embellishment
  • Weekend Hats "Weekend Hats"
    with Cecil Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre
    Thursday, October 27th, 2011
    8 p.m. EDT


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    You loved them in "New England Knits", now Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre joins us live to talk about their new book "Weekend Hats", Just in time to whip up some holiday gifts, or if you're really strapped for time, give the book, needles and some yarn and presto change-o, shopping done! And yes, we're giving away a copy of the book during the event.

    Get your own gift knitting pattern published in Planet Purl's new book... "American Gift Knitting"

    Nothing says "love" more than a hand-knitted or hand-crocheted gift from the heart. Small projects made with a little yarn and a lot of heart are on the needles and hooks of knitters and crocheters everywhere for holidays, weddings, birthdays, Valentine's Day and "just because." Show us how you say "I love you" with yarn.

    For Planet Purl's upcoming book "American Gift Knitting," we plan to select 51 designs 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 Dreamweaveryarns.com! We will be providing yarn for the selected projects.

    ATTENTION SHOP OWNERS: Your shop could be featured with your winning pattern.

    To enter, follow the guidelines and submissions process for designers. Entries will be accepted through October 31st, 2011.


    If you have questions about participating, you can join us for a live Q&A session at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, August 23rd. Click here to join the event. NOTE: Link activates 10 minutes before the event.

    American Gift Knitting by Planet Purl

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    In honor of the kids finally going back to school (YAY!) and the dream of cooler weather, we're celebrating with a special prize!

    " target="_blank"> Keurig Mini-Plus Win a Keurig Mini-Plus Personal Coffeemaker and Sample Pack of Single Serve Coffee Pods

    I love, love, love my own Keurig - I admit it is my favorite thing in my house that doesn't have legs. In summer, I make iced coffeee and tea. In cooler weather, coffee, tea, hot cocoa (in many flavors) and hot apple cider. First thing in the morning, it's a little bit of quiet bliss before the start of the day. Oh yeah, you deserve this!

    Check out these family knitting books, perfect for back-to-school projects for all your kids from kindergarten through college and vote for your favorite to be entered in a drawing to win a Keurig Mini-Plus Personal Coffeemaker


    Family Knits
    by Debbie Bliss

    Family Album of Knits
    by Bobbie Matela

    Creative Collection to Knit
    by Spinrite

    Knitting Classic Style
    by Veronik Avery

    Stitch 'n B**** Nation
    by Debbie Stoller

    Rowan's Greatest Knits
    by Rowan Yarns

    Special Family Knits
    by Debbie Bliss

    Not Another Teen Knitting Book
    by Vickie Howell

    Classic Elite Knits
    by Classic Elite




    JULY WINNER!

    Last month you voted for your favorite holiday gift knitting or crochet book and your favorite was Warm Knits, Cool Gifts by Sally Melville, followed by 60 Quick Baby Knits by Sixth & Spring. Congratulations to Camiila N. who won a copy of 55 Christmas Balls to Knit. Congrats, your prize is on the way!





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    Austentatious Austen-tatious Crochet now available for pre-order. 32 crochet designs inspired by one the classic works of one of our favorite authors.


    Kitten's Vintage Jewelry on Ruby Lane Vintage jewelry from Kitten's Vintage. Deep colors and jewel tones are the thing this Fall. Mention "Planet Purl" in your order comments to receive and additional 10% off and free shipping!


    Best of Knitscene Best of Knitscene now available for pre-order. New from editor Lisa Shroyer, all your favorite Knitscene patterns in one volume.

    Enjoy these free back-to-school family knitting patterns!

    New patterns are being posted to Planet Purl each week by designers and yarn companies. Search over 4,500 patterns.


    Kid's Unisex Vest
    Unisex Kid's Vest
    by Coats & Clark

    FREE PATTERN
    Pastaza Adult Hats
    Pastaza Hat
    by Cascade

    FREE PATTERN
    Morris Cardigan
    "Morris" Cardigan
    by Rowan

    FREE PATTERN
    Cable Fun Fingerless Mitts
    "Cable Fun" Mitts
    by Crystal Palace

    FREE PATTERN
    Kid's Fair Isle Hat and Mittens
    Kid's Hat and Mittens
    by Drops Design

    FREE PATTERN

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


    August means getting ready for back-to-school and Fall's cooler weather. Nothing says 'Fall" more than tweedy cables and twists. Learn "Basic Cables & Twists" with our free recorded class and how-to videos.

    Free Online Class: Basic Cables & Twists FREE ONLINE CLASS:
    Basic Cables & Twists

    Learn at your own pace!


    FULL CLASS ARCHIVE:
    "Cables & Twists" Class (Audio, Video and Handouts)
    Learn the basics of cable knitting techniques in one evening. Create twity, turny works of knitting art. It's so much easier than it looks. Promise!


    Check out these video tutorials!



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