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Graphic Knits Trunk Show and Book Signing with Author Alexis Winslow

Join us here at L & B Yarn Co. Monday, December 22nd from 6:00pm-8:00pm and meet the designer behind KnitDarling.com and the new knitting book, Graphic Knits.  This will be a fun informative event where not only can you get your book signed by the designer Alexis Winslow, you will be able to check out garments from the book, and mingle with friends.

Alexis Winslow is a knitwear and textile designer living in Brooklyn New York. Her designs have a bold graphic aesthetic and often utilize interesting construction techniques. Alexis is the creative force behind KnitDarling.com and author of the book Graphic Knits (Interweave Press).

Alexis is originally from Norman, Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma and received her BFA in 2005, focusing on painting and pottery. After moving to New York City in 2007, she studied textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Alexis now works as a printed textile and product designer, creating children’s bedding and bath products for a large firm in New York City. She established KnitDarling.com in 2010, and cofounded CharitySub.org in 2011. Alexis began self-publishing her independant knitting patterns in 2009, and by 2012 landed her first full length book deal for Graphic Knits (Interweave Press).

Projects

POP Blanket

When I saw this pattern I had to start knitting it immediately, so that’s what I did.  I walked directly over to our Noro Kureyon and started picking skeins with super bright colors.  Then for the background.  Hmmm.  I’ve always wanted to crochet a granny square blanket using pops of bright colors with a black border, I could achieve that same look with this pattern only knitting circles instead of squares so I decided to go with the dark brown Cascade Eco Wool.  I picked out 3 skeins of Noro and 1 skein of Eco and then began knitting.

There was a bit of a learning curve with the pinhole cast on, but I can honestly say that I am so glad I have finally learned this technique.  It can be applied to lots of projects where you begin in the center.  The cast on gives you a fully closed center on the circles and the pattern construction is so extremely cool, each square is knit seamless.  I still have lots of yarn left and could have continued making more squares, so if you want yours bigger you could easily accomplish that with this amount of yarn.

After I completed my squares I steam blocked each one, then I crocheted them all together, after that you just add a crocheted edge to finish it off.  When I had completely finished weaving in all my ends I put it in the washing machine on gentle cycle with some wool wash and then pinned it out to dry.  If you are interested in the pattern just click here.  If you can’t wait to start making this project don’t forget we are hosting a F.E.A.T. on the POP Blanket tomorrow: Wednesday, September 17th from 1:00pm-2:00pm, join us!! -B

Community, Events

Fiber with Friends

Please join us every last Tuesday night of the month for Fiber with Friends. Bring your favorite completed project or work in process for a show and tell and discussion.  This will be a fun time to talk with friends, see cool projects, and get inspired.  Don’t worry, there is no pressure to show off projects if you are just wanting to observe.  Bring whatever you want to knit/crochet on while others discuss.  This get together will start at 5:30pm and end at 7:00pm, we hope you can join us!

Announcements

Fiber with Friends

Please join us Tuesday, September 30th from 5:30pm-7:00pm for our new monthly get together.  Bring your favorite completed project or work in process for a show and tell and discussion.  This will be a fun time to talk with friends, see cool projects, and get inspired.  Don’t worry, there is no pressure to show off projects if you are just wanting to observe.  Bring whatever you want to knit/crochet on while others discuss.  L & B Yarn Co. will be hosting Fiber with Friends every last Tuesday night of the month, so please join us!

Projects

Kudo Paper Poncho

I can never get enough just straight stockinette stitch. Even if I have something a little more complicated in the works its always nice to be able to go back to something simple when I want to relax.  You might remember a few months back when we knit our original Paper Poncho out of Feza ALP Natural, this time we decided to use something a little more colorful.  The Kudo from Plymouth Yarn is a really soft cotton blend that will be perfect to wear during fall weather.  The colors are beautiful, gradually changing from deep purple to bright green, it will be a very versatile piece to wear with jeans or you could dress it up with some black pants.

It is such a simple knit!  Basically you just cast on 88 and knit in stockinette stitch, using all of 4 skeins of Plymouth Kudo, making a long rectangle.  After you bind off just fold the piece in half, seam up the edge starting at the corner working your way in.  Leave a section of the piece un-seamed, thats where you slip your head through.  I recommend pinning the piece from the corner all the way up the edge, this way you can try the garment on to see where you want to stop your seaming.  -B

Classes, Community

Perfect Baby Bib

A cute, practical baby bib that slips over a baby’s head means no strings to tie or buttons or buttonholes.  Come learn how to make this perfect baby shower gift Saturday, September 27th from 10:30am-12:00pm.  The class is $15 and students need to bring 220 yards of worsted weight cotton and size 7 or 8-16″ circular needles.  Materials for the class are not included.

Classes, Community

V-eekender Shawl

This versatile piece can be worn one way and it is a shawlette and by turning the point to the front and wrapping around your neck is a great fall look when paired with a pair of jeans and jean jacket.  If you already have taken beginner crochet and are ready to take your crochet to the next level this would be a great project.  The class is $20 and will be held Saturday, September 20th from 10:30am-12:30pm.  Students will need to bring 440 yards of fingering weight yarn and a size f or g crochet hook.  Materials for the class are not included.

Community, Events

F.E.A.T. POP Blanket

In the month of September we are hosting POP Blanket a project in our F.E.A.T. series.  Remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea.  We are offering the gathering in the afternoon on Wednesday, September 17th from 1:00pm-2:00pm.  The gathering will focus on the current project and we will discuss the why we chose it, offer an abundance of information on the yarn and fiber, conversation, and of course, tea.  Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that it’s entirely free!  And not only is it free, but you will also enjoy the benefit of receiving a discount on the featured yarn if you choose to purchase it after the meeting. -B & Michael

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F.E.A.T. Akimbo

In the month of September we are hosting Akimbo a project in our F.E.A.T. series.  Remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea.  We are offering the gathering in the afternoon on Wednesday, September 3rd from 1:00pm-2:00pm.  The gathering will focus on the current project and we will discuss the why we chose it, offer an abundance of information on the yarn and fiber, conversation, and of course, tea.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that it’s entirely free!  And not only is it free, but you will also enjoy the benefit of receiving a discount on the featured yarn if you choose to purchase it after the meeting. -B & Michael

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Closed for Labor Day

L & B Yarn Co. will be closed Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st for Labor Day Weekend.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

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