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Planet Purl Newsletter - March 2011

  • LEARN TOE-UP SOCK KNITTING AT YOUR OWN PACE WITH OUR KNIT-ALONG ARCHIVE
  • PLANET PURL HAPPY HOUR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH 8 P.M. EASTERN
  • MEET THE AUTHORS AND DESIGNERS FROM "VINTAGE MODERN KNITS" AND "KNITTING PLUS" ON THE PARTY LINE
  • "GET PUBLISHED!" WITH MELANIE FALICK ON MARCH 29TH
  • WIN 6 BALLS OF THE NEW ALOFT LACE YARN FROM KNITPICKS
  • LACE KNITTING BOOK IDEAS, FREE PATTERNS AND LACE TUTORIALS


Learn at your own pace! If you are missing 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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Coming up on the Planet Purl Party Line...

Planet Purl Happy Hour Planet Purl Happy Hour
Wed., March 16th, 2011
8 p.m. (eastern)


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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!
Vintage Modern Knits with Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley "Vintage Modern Knits"
with Kate Gagnon Osborn
and Courtney Kelley
Thurs., March 17th, 2011
8 p.m. (eastern)


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We're huge fans of vintage design and are excited to host designers Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley, authors of Vintage Modern Knits. Classic, fitted shapes with a modern twist, these are sweaters you'll reach for again and again. Help us welcome them to the Planet Purl family when they join us on the Party Line on Thursday, March 17th at 8 p.m. (eastern).
Party Line with Melanie Falick "Get Published!"
with Melanie Falick
Tues., March 29th, 2011
12 p.m. (eastern)


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Designer, author, and now mega-editor wih her own imprint at STC Abrams books, Melanie Falick makes her first visit to the Party Line to talk about her journey from food writer to editor at a major publishing house where she shepherds other knitting designers through the publishing of their books. If you've ever thought about becoming a published designer, or just want a sneak peek into what's coming soon from STC, you won't want to miss this rare opportunity. She joins us live March 29th at noon (eastern) on the Party Line.
Knitting Plus with Lisa Shroyer "Knitting Plus"
with Lisa Shroyer
Thurs., April 7th, 2011
8 p.m. (eastern)


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If you've ever picked up a Knitscene magazine, you probably know the name Lisa Shroyer. Editor of the knitting mag and a prolific designer, Lisa is joing us on the Party Line to talk about her new book, Knitting Plus. If you're a curvy girl, or want to knit for a voluptuous friend, this is the "must have" book of the year. So, join us on the Party Line on Thursday, April 7th at 8 p.m. (eastern) to learn Lisa's secrets that she's sharing just with us!


Aloft by KnitPicks

In Spring, a knitter's or crocheter's thoughts turn to... Lace!

Scarves, shawls, hats, gloves and bags, there's nothing that doesn't look better with of bit of airy knitted or crocheted lace. Lucky for us, whether you're new to lace knitting or a pro, there are lenty of great lace books out there to inspire. Vote for your personal fave to be entered to win 6 balls of KnitPicks new lace yarn, Aloft.
Wrapped in Laced by Margaret Stove
Wrapped in Lace
by Margaret Stove
Crochet So Fine by Kristin Omdahl
Crochet So Fine
by Kristin Omdahl
Successful Lace Knitting by Donna Druchunas
Successful Lace Knitting
by Donna Druchunas
Crochet Lace Innovations by Doris Chan
Crochet Lace Innovations
by Doris Chan
Crazy Lace by Carol Rasmussen Noble
Crazy Lace
by Myra Wood
Knits from the North Sea by Myra Wood
Knits from the North Sea
by Carol Rasmussen Noble
Knitted Lace of Estonia
Knitted Lace of Estonia
by Nancy Bush
Lace Style by Ann Budd
Lace Style
by Ann Budd
Amazing Crochet Lace by Doris Chan
Amazing Crochet Lace
by Doris Chan




FEBRUARY WINNER!

Last month you voted for your favorite knitting book of "wraps and shawl" and the top picks were Cowl Girls by Cathy Carron, followed by Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush. Congratulations to Lily M. who has won a copy of Kim Omdahl's new release A Knitting Wrapsody. Congrats, your prize is on the way!

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Kristin joined us earlier this month to talk about her new book. Watch the video archive for "A Knitting Wrapsody" with Kristin Omdahl.





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Enjoy these free lace knitting patterns!

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



Summit American Yak Wrap
by Kristin Omdahl

FREE PATTERN

Lacy Tank
by Caron

FREE PATTERN

Lace and Garter Cardigan
by Red Heart

FREE PATTERN

Pacific View Tunic
by Tahki Stacy Charles

FREE PATTERN

Rib and Lace Top
by Garn Studio

FREE PATTERN

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


Learn basic lace knitting techniques and how to read lace charts

Free Online Class: Basic Lace Knitting FREE ONLINE CLASS:
Basic Lace Knitting
Learn at your own pace!


FULL CLASS ARCHIVE:
"Basic Lace Knitting" Class
(Audio, Video and Handouts)
Learn how to make holes in your knitting on purpose and create lovely lacy designs. It's easy when Planet Purl's own PurlQueen shows you how to knit lace and keep your sanity in our upcoming live online class, Basic Lace Knitting. Learn how to read charts, basic increases and decreases used in lace knitting, and blocking lace. Best off all, she'll show how to use vertical an horizontal lifelines while knitting to save your sanity (and your lace) when the inevitable mistake shows up! And you can enjoy a free beginner lace pattern to try out your new skills from the PurlQueen.

Check out these video tutorials!


Reading Lace Charts - Part 1

Reading Lace Charts - Part 2

How to Block Lace Knitting

Knitting with Lifelines

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