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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Knitting for Teens @ the Fauquier Library

Need inspiration for your holiday gift giving? Try a Holiday Knitting Class at the library! The Bealeton Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is hosting this fun event. All young adults in the 6th grade and above are invited. Library staffer Ms. Jen will teach participants to knit a simple ornament or gift just in time for the holidays. Yarn and knitting needles will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. This is a great way to learn more about TAG and learn a new craft!

Bealeton Library, Tuesday, December 16, 4 p.m. 

TAG membership is a cool way to get involved at the library, make new friends, plan events and have fun; most schools accept TAG activities as service hours. Meetings are held monthly at the Bealeton branch library and Warrenton central library. TAG now forming at the John Marshall branch library.

Membership forms are available online or stop by your local library to find out more about how you can get involved.

You don’t have to wait for the class to start knitting. The library has some great books to inspire your creativity and get you started. From simple scarves and wrist bands to complex handbags and sweaters, these books provide lots of color photographs and step-by-step instructions. Or maybe you’d like to get “hooked” on crochet. We have books for that, too!

Check out the following list and then check out the books at your nearest library location.

Knit Grrl and Knit Grrl 2 by Shannon Okey — Fun and funky projects and patterns from the basics of getting the first row on the needle (casting on) to cool finished and useful projects–how about thumb-free mittens just perfect for texting?

Teen Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit by Jennifer Wenger — You don’t have to be in a club to knit, but knitters seem to form a community of people who appreciate handmade stuff. This book offers lots of detailed project instruction and even advice to start your own knitting club.

Chic Knits for Young Chicks by Sarah Paulin — Packed with unique knitted patterns and accessories — who knew you could knit a sweater for a water bottle? Perfect for the more experienced knitter.

Not Another Teen Knitting Book by Vickie Howell — Reads like a high school yearbook; everyone is in this book—knitted crafts for the preppy, punk, jock and more. Advice on how to create a variety of cool knitting projects, with ratings of difficulty and instruction in different needlecraft techniques.

Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater by Anna-Stina Lindén Ivarsson — Transform sweaters and second-hand clothing into other garments and accessories, including such items as skirts, tops, hats, vests, small bags, and leg warmers.

Get Hooked: Simple Steps to Crochet Cool Stuff by Kim Werker — If you can imagine it, you can crochet it! All you need is a hook and some yarn. Clear instructions and bright, bold photographs make this guide book a winner.

Way to Crochet! 20 Cool, Easy Projects for Kids of All Ages by Sherri Haab  — Here’s another great book filled with cool projects. From tiny beaded rings and friendship bracelets to thick, cushy pet blankets – your dog will love you and so will your friends and family for all the hand-made gifts.


Chicks with Sticks (it's a Purl Thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard — Four teenage girls from very different social cliques at their progressive Chicago high school become friends after forming a knitting club.

What I Call Life by Jill Wolfson — Placed in a group foster home, 11-year-old Cal Lavender learns how to cope with life from the four other girls who live there and from their storytelling guardian, the Knitting Lady.

Happy Reading and Knitting!

Ann, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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