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Back from TNNA, with photos to share

Barb and BenThe National NeedleArts Association's (TNNA's) Summer Market in Columbus was huge! It always is such a terrific time for me, seeing old friends and making new ones. Seeing all of the new yarns, patterns, styles, designs and accessories for the upcoming seasons. With more than 350 booths, my congratulations go to all of the people who put this show together. It was fantastic. You can see the many photos I took at the show on Facebook, here, and we also uploaded a separate Facebook album of just the "Friends of the Festival" who were exhibiting there this year, here. The photo at left is of me with Ben Levisay, the president of XRX and Stitches, the biggest Knit & Crochet shows in the US.

I brought back lots of prizes, books, and yarn for upcoming sweepstakes prizes, and for the fall Bedford Springs Knittreat. The July sweepstakes info and prize descriptions are at the end of this issue.

Barbara Grossman

Book review (and July sweepstakes prize): Circular Knitting Workshop

Radcliffe bookCircular Knitting Workshop, by Margaret Radcliffe is for all knitting levels. It covers converting flat patterns to circular, including bags, hats, shawls, socks, mittens, gloves and sweaters! This book is a must-have for all knitters, showing you essential techniques to master knitting in the round.

Margaret covers it all in this book. Divided into 10 chapters (more than 300 pages), she starts with explanations of why to knit circularly, photos of various circular needles, cast on techniques, and how to solve the most frequent problems that new circular knitters will encounter. The photos are easy to follow for those who prefer a pictorial way to follow instructions.

With multiple patterns featured in each chapter — hats in one chapter, shawls in the next, sweater, gloves, etc. — Margaret offers instructions for any size, using any yarn! Various techniques are explained as well, including twined knitting as an edge for gloves, reversible seamless technique, and excellent finishing techniques shown too. There are hand-drawn diagrams that translate the architecture of a sweater, knitted in pieces worked from the top down, or from the bottom up, plus a step-by-step set of detailed instructions showing how to rewrite patterns for any sweater to be knitted circularly. There is even a section devoted to the anatomy of a sock.

She makes it seem so simple, but the book is far from a simple technique and project book. The sheer volume of this book looks like a lifelong labor of love. Margaret is a dedicated knitter, teacher and the author of other knitting books too. I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret at TNNA's market last month, and we hope to have her teach at one of our future events. Her designs can be found at Info on how to enter for a chance to win a copy of the book can be found at the bottom of this issue.

Bedford Springs Knittreat Prizes announced

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Just in case you needed a few extra reasons to register for Bedford Springs Knittreat this fall, take a look at our ever-growing goody bag and prize list:

July Sweepstakes: Double the fun...

Radcliffe book

In addition to the Circular Knitting Workshop book by Margaret Radcliffe, reviewed at the top of this issue, our other July sweepstakes prize package consists of the Classic Holiday pattern book from Rowan's RYC Collection, with such designs as ponchos, wraps that can be thrown over swimwear or flung over your shoulders in the coolness of the evening, crocheted bags, and sun tops, too; PLUS a package of two
750-m skeins of Mercerized cotton crochet yarn from AslanTrends: "Anne 500" and "Clea 5 Pratica."

To enter either or both of these sweepstakes, please send an email (one entry per person, per prize, please) to by July 31, 2012, with the subject line of "Margaret Radcliffe" or "AslanTrends." Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached.

No shortcuts of smushing all the prize names in the subject line, please — if you want to enter for both prizes, send two emails with two different subject lines.

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Congratulations to our June Sweepstakes winners

Our June enews had double the chances to win a prize: either a copy of Seven Things that can "Make or Break" a Sweater™: Techniques and Tips for Hand Knitters by our Bedford Knittreat headliner, Margaret Fisher, or a DVD of "Crochet Me Workshop: Design Your Own Crocheted Hat with Robyn Chachula."

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Our random drawings were Candi Derr, Mechanicsburg, PA, as the winner of Margaret Fisher's book, and Peg Mallin, Erie, PA, as the winner of Robyn Chachula's DVD. Congratulations, ladies!

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