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Planet Purl Newsletter - May 2011

  • DID YOU MISS OUR SUPERSTAR EVENTS ON THE PARTY LINE?
  • GET YOUR SOCK PATTERN PUBLISHED IN "AMERICAN SOCK KNITTING"
  • VOTE FOR YOUR FAVE MEN'S KNITTING BOOK AND WIN YOUR CHOICE OF MEN'S KNIT OR CROCHET BOOKS
  • FATHER'S DAY'S COMING! KNITTING FOR MEN BOOK IDEAS AND FREE PATTERNS
  • LEARN NEW KNITTING SKILLS AT YOUR OWN PACE WITH OUR FREE ONLINE CLASS ARCHIVES


It's 5 o'clock somewhere! Join Planet Purl's Happy Hour monthly virtual knitting group. This month's get-together is Wednesday, May 18th at 8 p.m. Eastern. Put on your jammies, pour a drink, grab your knitting and join us!
more info and link to join

Did you miss any of these recent events on the Party Line? Archives are now available.

Knit A Dozen Plus Slippers with Amy Polcyn "Knit A Dozen Plus Slippers" with Amy Polcyn
Recorded: Wed., April 20th, 2011

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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 joined 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.
A Knitter's Home Companion with Michelle Edwards "A Knitter's Home Companion"
with Michelle Edwards
Recorded: Thurs., April 28th, 2011

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Author, illustrator and knitter Michelle Edwards joined 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! We have a free pattern and recipe for you, too.
60 Quick Baby Knits in Cascade 220 with Renee Lorion "60 Quick Baby Knits in Cascade 220"
with Renee Lorion
Recorded: Tues., May 10th, 2011

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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, joined us live on the Party Line to talk about the book. We have a free pattern, too!
Loop-d-Loop Lace with Teva Durham "Loop-d-Loop Lace"
with Teva Durham
Recorded: Thurs., May 12th, 2011

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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 visited us on the Party Line!

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 Dreamweaveryarns.com!

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


If you have questions about participating, you can listen to the recording of our live Q&A session. Check www.planetpurl.com/american-sock-knitting to listen to the archived recording of the Q&A session.
American Sock Knitting by Planet Purl

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FATHER'S DAY IS SUNDAY, JUNE 21ST!

It's time to knit your man something special. Check out these recent men's books and then vote for your favorite to win your choice of the nominated books!


Knits Men Want
by Bruce Weinstein

Men's Knits
by Erika Knight

Crochet Dude's Designs for Guys
by Drew Emborsky

Knits for Men
by Margaret Hubert

Guy Knits
by Knitter's Magazine

Son of a Stitch 'n Bitch
by Debbie Stoller

Knitting for Him
by Martin Storey

The Knitting (Man)ual
by Kristin Spurkland

Classic Knits for Men
by Martin Storey




APRIL WINNER!

Last month you voted for your favorite sock knitting books and your favorites were Knit. Sock. Love by Cookie A., followed by Toe Up 2 at a Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. Congratulations to Michelle D. who has won a $50 gift certificate to Amazon. Congrats, your prize is on the way!





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Enjoy these free men's sweater patterns!

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


Cabled Crewneck by Vogue Knitting
Cabled Crewneck
by Vogue Knitting

FREE PATTERN
Cable and Rib Pullover by Cascade Yarns
Cable and Rib Pullover
by Cascade Yarns

FREE PATTERN
Pisces Pullover by Berroco
"Pisces" Pullover
by Berroco

FREE PATTERN
Silk Tie by KnitPicks
Silk Tie
by Knit Picks

FREE PATTERN
Stone Circles Pullover by Rowan
Stone Circles Pullover
by Rowan

FREE PATTERN

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


Want to learn how to knit cables and twists?

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Knitting Cables & Twists

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"Knitting Cables & Twists" Class (Audio, Video and Handouts)
Do cables and twists have you tied up in knots? It's easy to add fabulous texture to your knits when you know the tricks. Learn how to cable, cable purl, and twist it up with PurlQueen's live online class. And for a sample project, download a free sunglass pouch pattern.


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