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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

Announcements

Graphic Knits Trunk Show

The Graphic Knits Trunk Show has arrived and this is just a small preview of all the beautiful things we received from the designer behind KnitDarling.com, Alexis Winslow.  We would love for you to join us here at L & B Yarn Co. Monday, December 22nd from 6:00pm-8:00pm for this 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).

Community, Events

F.E.A.T. Holmes Cable Hat

In the month of December we are hosting Holmes Cable Hat 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, December 10th 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 Christmas and Inventory

L & B Yarn Co. will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th for Christmas.  As we come to the end of the year we will also be closed Sunday, December 28th – Thursday, January 1st for inventory.  Happy Holidays!!

Projects

Marshmallow

After making the Pop Blanket from Tin Can Knits I began browsing through their other 91 designs and there are oh so many cute things to choose from.  I decided on these simple fingerless mitts.  Completely knitted in garter stitch these mitts are easy and the fabric is spongy just like a marshmallow.  Perfect for quick Christmas gifts you can knit these up to fit everyone you love, from a child to adult sizes small medium and large.  The pattern calls for a size 7 needle but I did go up to a size 8 needle to obtain the correct gauge, I finally knit something in the correct size, yay!  They fit perfectly.  I also knitted them entirely using the magic loop method using a size 32″ circular needle.  I love that you can add an accent button for a little interest, I even thought you could knit the entire family some in the same color and change the button so everyone knows which pair is theirs.  We used Ella Rae Lace Merino in the worsted weight yarn and this medium size mitt used 54 grams so I definitely have enough to knit a mini pair with my leftovers.  The Lace Merino can also be machine washed, bonus!!  Just click here to take a look at the pattern.-B

Classes, Community

Seed Stitch Hat

This slouchy hat explores a fun way of adding sparkle to any project.  By holding a separate, dazzling thread with your yarn, you can create a sparkling masterpiece.  Bronze thread is included in the class.  Students are responsible for other colors if they with to use a color other than bronze.  This class is $15 and will be held Saturday, November 29th from 10:30am-12:00pm.  Students will need to bring 120 yards of chunky weight yarn and size 10-16″ circular needles.  Materials other than bronze thread are not included in the class fee.

Announcements, Projects

Matchmaker Knit-A-Long

L & B will be hosting our winter knit-a-long beginning Tuesday, November 11th from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  We will be knitting Matchmaker by Martina Behm a versatile triangular shaped cowl perfect for keeping you cozy all winter long.  You can check out the pattern by clicking here.  Martina picked the name “Matchmaker” for this project because she matched two of her favorite hand dyed yarns.

We followed her lead in matching one of our favorite fingering weight merino wools in contrasting colorways, Colinette Yarns Jitterbug.  This pattern is suitable for beginners or more advanced knitters because it is all knit in garter stitch, and lets be honest, who doesn’t love knitting in garter stitch.  This is quite a large project so we are planning on four meeting dates over a four month time span: November 11th, December 9th, January 13th, and February 3rd.  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

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Closed for Thanksgiving

L & B Yarn will be closed Wednesday, November 26th and Thursday, November 27th for Thanksgiving.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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L & B Closed Early

The store will be closing at 3:00pm on October 31st.  We hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!!

Projects

Gruesome Knitted Eyeballs

With Halloween just around the corner I am always looking for my next knitted decoration.  These quick gruesome eyeballs caught my “eye”.  Once I knit up a couple dozen I plan to stack them in a clear vase as one of my handmade heirloom decorations that I can pass down to the kiddos.  The free pattern that is posted on Ravelry by Mary Jane Mucklestone calls for fingering weight yarn, I went a little larger using Cascade 220 Superwash Wool in the worsted weight.  I think I could get in the neighborhood of 50-60 Eyeballs out of one skein of white and then you only need small amounts of colored yarn for the iris and the black pupil.  I would just like to say I don’t see me ever making 50-60 of these little guys but I think a couple dozen isn’t out of the question ;)

This would be a perfect way to get rid of some of those scraps that you just weren’t sure what to do with.  If you don’t have the colors you need and want to make a few, we have some kits made up here at the store.  I made a couple minor adjustments to the pattern including my favorite pin hole cast on and I worked each eyeball using the magic loop method.  To take a look at this pattern just click here. -B

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