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  • Summer of Sock Techniques: Stretchy Bind Off

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    This week we had a toe up sock knitter finishing off her first sock, so I showed her how to work Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off – frequently abbreviated as “JSSBO”. Many knitters find their bind off becoming tight, which is undesirable in the top of your socks, and this bind off bends with the ribbing whether it’s k1, p1 (as in the photos) or k2, p2. It really is quite stretchy, and uses up more yarn than a standard bind off, so be sure to leave a longer tail than you usually would to bind off – about twice as much.

    To work this bind off, you will add a yarn over before each stitch you are binding off. Before KNITS you’ll add a BACKWARDS yarn over. Before PURLS you’ll add a REGULAR yarn over. Once you create the yarn over, simply bind it off with the stitch behind it:

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    1: Backwards yarn over before first knit stitch.

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  • The Studio's New Window is a Spring Wonderland


    The seasons are changing, and the Lion Brand Yarn Studio is celebrating the incoming mildness and beauty of spring with a stunning floral window display. And unlike the actual weather in New York, this window won't be fluctuating between winter and spring multiple times a week.


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  • Meeting a Justice in the Air

    When you travel as much as I do, you have the opportunity to run into inspiring and/or interesting people. On a recent flight, I had the pleasure of sitting across from Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


    Naturally, I asked her the same question I ask nearly everyone I meet. I asked her if she knits or crochets. I have to admit I was a little bit disappointed to hear that she did not. That did not stop me from encouraging her to pick up the hobby, of course. As you all know, these crafts are a major stress reliever. What could be more stressful than making decisions that frame a nation? I suggested she bring her yarn up the bench with her! She said she would consider lessons at our flagship store in Manhattan.

    Once I got the most important topic out of the way, I was able to ask her about politics. Before you cringe and stop reading, please be aware that she gave nothing away. When asked about our new President she gave a very political and neutral, "let’s wait and see" answer. We then discussed how she spoke at my son’s school, University of Delaware, based on former Vice President Joe Biden’s suggestion (it is his alma mater as well).

    Had this meeting occurred a few months ago, I don’t know that Justice Sotomayor would have had any business questions for me. As it was she did have one yarn related question: “How have your pink yarn sales been lately?" It was lovely chatting with Justice Sotomayor and I look forward to hosting her for some knitting or crocheting lessons.

    Have you ever run into someone famous in your travels? Did they meet your expectations of them? Let us know in the comments section below!

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