October 2007
In this issue:
  • New Patterns 
  • Knitter's Block -  a Newsletter Exclusive 
  • The Knit and Crochet Show - recap
  • Our Favorite Stores
New Patterns! (available as a download or via US Mail - $5.50 each)
Amelie"Amélie" made her debut at the Knit and Crochet Show a couple of weeks ago in Oakland. She was an instant hit with lots of "oohing" and "aahing". I'm using yarn from our Merino Mini Skeins for this project as the colors have the look of a pre-aged softness to them that is perfectly suited to this design. My goal is to make a queen size coverlet. It's going to take a while, but the beauty of this project keeps me going! 
As shown here, each granny square is about 3-1/4" across. I'm using 3 colors per square, with two central light and dark shades and a contrasting outer border. Keeping this consistent throughout will give a nice weight and balance to the throw, regardless of how many colors end up being used in the project. The pattern calls for single, double and treble crochet making it simple enough for even new crocheters to try.
Caitlin"Caitlin" is just the first of a new range of children's wear designs that we are launching in the next few months. This sweet cardigan is sized for kids aged 2 - 8 years. Fun details like bobbles, colored cables and corrugated rib add charm and originality to this design.
This little project works up quickly at a gauge of 6 sts/inch - suitable for those who've tried their hand at cables before, but not too challenging for those who've yet to try.
Knitter's BlockKnitter's Block
- A Newsletter Exclusive
I learned about this marvelous kit at the Oakland Knit & Crochet show. This product is two years in the making and oh-so very clever! I bought my own, fell in love with it, and had to share it with you! Here is what Julie, knitter extraordinaire and creator of the Knitter's Block has to say:
"I used to demonstrate blocking with pieces of carpet, but carpet scorched easily and was too thin for blocking pins to sink into.  Rugs, towels and bulky blocking boards weren't much better. Many of my students didn't bother to block because it was such a cumbersome task.

With this in mind, I set out to improve on the carpet pieces. I eventually had special tiles custom made for blocking, and the end result is my Knitter's Block kit."

Knitter's Block - An Interlocking System for Blocking Handknits
What makes Knitter's Block so special?
  • Very low, lightly barbed pile
    • fabric covering gently grips your knitting without pilling or leaving fibers
  • Heat resistant
    • essential for steam blocking
  • Thick backing of waterproof EVA
    • suitable for use on any surface since moisture won't seep through
    • blocked items will dry faster than with towels and cloths that become soggy
    • holds pins firmly in place 
  • Versatile
    • can be assembled in a variety of sizes from a 36" square to an extra long 12" x 108" rectangle, and many shapes in between
  • Compact
    • blocks are stored in a sturdy 14"x14" bag

The Knitter's Block kit includes an instruction pamphlet, nine 12" square blocking tiles, 20 T-pins, and a 32" × 36" lint-free pressing cloth made of 100% Egyptian cotton all packed in a sturdy and stylish reusable bag.

Price $52.00 ($10 shipping, plus tax for orders within California)

The Knitter's Block is so new to the market that it currently has very limited availability, however, by special arrangement with Julie, Knitwhits has been able to make these kits available to you via this newsletter.
DanielleThe Knit & Crochet Show     
Much fun was had by all - I want to send out a special thank you to my wonderful helpers:  Brigitte, Betty, Sandy, Mia and of course my Mum - your help was invaluable!
Brigitte (left) Brigitte presents some Knitwhits hats with a big smile!
(right) Cute little Danielle models
Lilley Spring Blossom Aviator Cap

Unique OneOur Favorite Stores 
Here are a few of our favorite stores that carry Knitwhits patterns and kits:

If they are in your area, stop in and tell them we sent you (and that we said "hi!")

Happy Knitting!
Tina Whitmore