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Kika Knit-A-Long

L & B will be hosting our spring knit-a-long beginning Tuesday, April 7th from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  We will be knitting Kika by Olga-Burava-Kefelian a versatile triangular shaped shawl that transforms from a garment to an accessory.  Worked with custom pattern that creates differently textured looks on each side lends this knit to be completely reversible.

You can check out the pattern by clicking here.  The name Kika translates to geometry in Japanese.  While searching for the perfect DK weight yarn for this spring knit we decided to knit our Kika out of Rowan Purelife Revive, a yarn that is made up of completely recycled fibers (silk, cotton, and viscose).

This is quite a large project so we are planning on four meeting dates over a four month time span: April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd, and July 7th, each evening is a Tuesday and we will be here at the store knitting from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  All you need to do to participate is purchase the pattern on Ravelry and buy your yarn at L & B Yarn Co.  This KAL is an awesome way to meet fellow knitters.

Spaces are limited so please sign up by calling 405-310-3636, e-mailing, or coming by the shop to visit. -B

Projects

Cadence Shawlette

I can’t tell you how excited I am for warmer weather and sunshine!  Being a long time fan of Noro Yarn I have been looking for the opportunity to knit with Taiyo a heavy worsted cotton blend perfect for spring knitting.  I ran across this cute little Cadence Shawlette while searching Ravelry and was excited about its simplistic but interesting design.

The alternating segments of stockinette on the right and wrong side and lace stitches paired with the beautiful self striping Noro creates an interesting textural finished project.  It is also a great project for beginner knitters because all the stitches are basic increases, decreases, and yarn overs.  I was also able to complete the project out of two skeins of Taiyo.

I did increase the amount of repeats, instead of 2 completed 5 and then finished with 7 rows of garter stitch instead of 3 like the pattern calls for.  Even thought the yarn is a heavy worsted the cotton keeps the project lightweight and airy so you can enjoy it throughout the spring.  If you are interested in taking a look at the pattern just click here.

Projects

Nymphalidea

I love to see color combinations in completed projects and this one is absolutely beautiful.  Riddled with a multitude of yarn overs and a loose, open gauge, this shawl will keep you warm without causing you to overheat making it the perfect accent piece.  While Nymphalidea is full of yarn overs, the lace sections of the scarf do not consist of complicated lace patterns, keeping your shawl from becoming overwhelming to knit.  While more involving lace can be fun, you probably don’t want to juggle complicated lace motifs while working with two skeins of yarn.

Carolyn chose to knit her Nymphalidea out of one skein of  Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere and one ball of Crazy Zauberball.  The combination of the tonal Smooshy and the self-striping Zauberball creates a wonderful and unique color gradient.  Choose either a contrasting yarn to create a striking effect or choose a complementing yarn to achieve a more blended effect.

Whichever path you decide to take will present you with a beautiful shawl.  If you are interested in knitting this project you can check out the pattern by clicking here!  Thanks to Carolyn for bringing in her final project, it is lovely!  -B

Products

New Blue Moon Shipment

A brand new shipment is here!  Come by and see all the beautiful new colors of Socks That Rock from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  We will be open tonight January 27th until 7:00pm for Fiber with Friends.

Events

More from The Graphic Knits Trunk Show

As Monday, December 22nd nears we are becoming more and more excited about Alexis Winslow visiting L & B to sign her Graphic Knits books.  Here are a few more garments from the Trunk Show.  This easy cropped cardigan called the Finch Cardigan is perfect for first-time sweater knitters.

I love the shape of this light, airy, Engle Cardigan and you can dress it up with slacks and a button down top or wear it a little more casual with jeans and a t-shirt.  There are minimal seams and the circular shaping on the bottom gives the project visual interest.

All of these projects are absolutely fantastic, but I have to admit, this Minnow Top is one of my favorites.  I love chevron patterning and feminine lacy things so this is the perfect project.  I have several ideas on how I want to wear this, I better get to knitting one for my closet.  Please join us this coming Monday, December 22nd from 6:00pm-8:00pm for The Graphic Knits Trunk Show and book signing with Author of Graphic Knits, Alexis Winslow. -B

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