Elyria Woman Gets National Attention for Fab Lab Creations

{mosimage}An Elyria businesswoman received national attention for her unique knitting items that she created in Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab.

{mosimage}An Elyria businesswoman received national attention for her unique knitting items that she created in Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab.

Orders for Lynne Morgan’s snowflake knitting gauge have gone through the roof since the whimsical tool was featured in the September issue of "Vogue Knitting" magazine. Since the issue hit the shelves in late August, Web site hits for Morgan’s company, 7 Yaks Design, have skyrocketed.

"It’s exciting. One day, everything on the Web site spiked," said Morgan, who lives in Elyria.
My sales are way up and it’s wonderful to see my work in an international magazine."

The Fab Lab provides off-the-shelf industrial tools and materials for students and community members to experiment with and invent new objects. The Fab Lab at LCCC integrates digital fabrication experiences in support of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The lab provides equipment that students, entrepreneurs and local residents can use to create objects that range from sensors to signs.

Morgan, who sells her knitting, felting, spinning and jewelry items through the online arts and crafts marketplace Esty, stumbled upon the offerings of the LCCC Fab Lab while looking through a course catalog. A designer by trade – she has a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art– Morgan operated an art gallery in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood until the economy forced her out of business a few years ago. Following the gallery’s closure, she took a job at as paralegal but continued to look for ways to pursue her passion.

"I took the Personal Fabrication course at LCCC and the final project was to create a project using multiple processes in the Fab Lab. I’m an avid knitter, so it decided to make a sock blocker that is also a knitting gauge," Morgan explained.

Blocking is used when you set your stitches by dampening the wool to "lock" the stitch memory into the shape you want. The sock blocker Morgan created is made of acrylic so that it does not warp or splinter like wooden forms. The design includes several holes that aid in ventilation and that can be used to measure the gauge of knitting needles. That first sock blocker got such rave reviews from those in her knitting circle that Morgan decided to try out other designs – including the snowflake knitting gauge – and sell them through her Esty shop.

Her items were spotted by the folks at Vogue Knitting, who requested that she mail them samples of her work. From there, she anxiously waited to see if her pieces made the cut.

"It was a great day when I purchased the magazine and opened it to find a picture of my work," Morgan said.

She continues to expand the items in her shop, using the tools available in the Fab Lab, which she credits with making her business viable.

"Without the Fab Lab, none of this would be possible. If I made these in another material, like wood, I would still have to sand and varnish the piece before it is ready to sell," she said. "The Fab Lab makes it possible for me to competitive as a one-woman business."

Kelly Zelesnik, dean of LCCC’s Engineering Technologies division, said Morgan’s experience is exactly what college officials envisioned when they opened the Fab Lab.

"The Fab Lab was designed with the goal of combining community and academics," Zelesnik said. "Lynne is a perfect example of one of the many local businesses that use the Fab Lab to reach their goals."

For more information or to purchase items from 7 Yaks, visit www.sevenyaks.etsy.com. For more information on the Fab Lab, visit www.lorainccc.edu/fablab.

Elyria Woman Gets National Attention for Fab Lab Creations

{mosimage}An Elyria businesswoman received national attention for her unique knitting items that she created in Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab.

{mosimage}An Elyria businesswoman received national attention for her unique knitting items that she created in Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab.

Orders for Lynne Morgan’s snowflake knitting gauge have gone through the roof since the whimsical tool was featured in the September issue of "Vogue Knitting" magazine. Since the issue hit the shelves in late August, Web site hits for Morgan’s company, 7 Yaks Design, have skyrocketed.

"It’s exciting. One day, everything on the Web site spiked," said Morgan, who lives in Elyria.
My sales are way up and it’s wonderful to see my work in an international magazine."

The Fab Lab provides off-the-shelf industrial tools and materials for students and community members to experiment with and invent new objects. The Fab Lab at LCCC integrates digital fabrication experiences in support of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The lab provides equipment that students, entrepreneurs and local residents can use to create objects that range from sensors to signs.

Morgan, who sells her knitting, felting, spinning and jewelry items through the online arts and crafts marketplace Esty, stumbled upon the offerings of the LCCC Fab Lab while looking through a course catalog. A designer by trade – she has a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art– Morgan operated an art gallery in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood until the economy forced her out of business a few years ago. Following the gallery’s closure, she took a job at as paralegal but continued to look for ways to pursue her passion.

"I took the Personal Fabrication course at LCCC and the final project was to create a project using multiple processes in the Fab Lab. I’m an avid knitter, so it decided to make a sock blocker that is also a knitting gauge," Morgan explained.

Blocking is used when you set your stitches by dampening the wool to "lock" the stitch memory into the shape you want. The sock blocker Morgan created is made of acrylic so that it does not warp or splinter like wooden forms. The design includes several holes that aid in ventilation and that can be used to measure the gauge of knitting needles. That first sock blocker got such rave reviews from those in her knitting circle that Morgan decided to try out other designs – including the snowflake knitting gauge – and sell them through her Esty shop.

Her items were spotted by the folks at Vogue Knitting, who requested that she mail them samples of her work. From there, she anxiously waited to see if her pieces made the cut.

"It was a great day when I purchased the magazine and opened it to find a picture of my work," Morgan said.

She continues to expand the items in her shop, using the tools available in the Fab Lab, which she credits with making her business viable.

"Without the Fab Lab, none of this would be possible. If I made these in another material, like wood, I would still have to sand and varnish the piece before it is ready to sell," she said. "The Fab Lab makes it possible for me to competitive as a one-woman business."

Kelly Zelesnik, dean of LCCC’s Engineering Technologies division, said Morgan’s experience is exactly what college officials envisioned when they opened the Fab Lab.

"The Fab Lab was designed with the goal of combining community and academics," Zelesnik said. "Lynne is a perfect example of one of the many local businesses that use the Fab Lab to reach their goals."

For more information or to purchase items from 7 Yaks, visit www.sevenyaks.etsy.com. For more information on the Fab Lab, visit www.lorainccc.edu/fablab.

Elyria Woman Gets National Attention for Fab Lab Creations

{mosimage}An Elyria businesswoman received national attention for her unique knitting items that she created in Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab.

{mosimage}An Elyria businesswoman received national attention for her unique knitting items that she created in Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab.

Orders for Lynne Morgan’s snowflake knitting gauge have gone through the roof since the whimsical tool was featured in the September issue of "Vogue Knitting" magazine. Since the issue hit the shelves in late August, Web site hits for Morgan’s company, 7 Yaks Design, have skyrocketed.

"It’s exciting. One day, everything on the Web site spiked," said Morgan, who lives in Elyria.
My sales are way up and it’s wonderful to see my work in an international magazine."

The Fab Lab provides off-the-shelf industrial tools and materials for students and community members to experiment with and invent new objects. The Fab Lab at LCCC integrates digital fabrication experiences in support of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The lab provides equipment that students, entrepreneurs and local residents can use to create objects that range from sensors to signs.

Morgan, who sells her knitting, felting, spinning and jewelry items through the online arts and crafts marketplace Esty, stumbled upon the offerings of the LCCC Fab Lab while looking through a course catalog. A designer by trade – she has a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art– Morgan operated an art gallery in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood until the economy forced her out of business a few years ago. Following the gallery’s closure, she took a job at as paralegal but continued to look for ways to pursue her passion.

"I took the Personal Fabrication course at LCCC and the final project was to create a project using multiple processes in the Fab Lab. I’m an avid knitter, so it decided to make a sock blocker that is also a knitting gauge," Morgan explained.

Blocking is used when you set your stitches by dampening the wool to "lock" the stitch memory into the shape you want. The sock blocker Morgan created is made of acrylic so that it does not warp or splinter like wooden forms. The design includes several holes that aid in ventilation and that can be used to measure the gauge of knitting needles. That first sock blocker got such rave reviews from those in her knitting circle that Morgan decided to try out other designs – including the snowflake knitting gauge – and sell them through her Esty shop.

Her items were spotted by the folks at Vogue Knitting, who requested that she mail them samples of her work. From there, she anxiously waited to see if her pieces made the cut.

"It was a great day when I purchased the magazine and opened it to find a picture of my work," Morgan said.

She continues to expand the items in her shop, using the tools available in the Fab Lab, which she credits with making her business viable.

"Without the Fab Lab, none of this would be possible. If I made these in another material, like wood, I would still have to sand and varnish the piece before it is ready to sell," she said. "The Fab Lab makes it possible for me to competitive as a one-woman business."

Kelly Zelesnik, dean of LCCC’s Engineering Technologies division, said Morgan’s experience is exactly what college officials envisioned when they opened the Fab Lab.

"The Fab Lab was designed with the goal of combining community and academics," Zelesnik said. "Lynne is a perfect example of one of the many local businesses that use the Fab Lab to reach their goals."

For more information or to purchase items from 7 Yaks, visit www.sevenyaks.etsy.com. For more information on the Fab Lab, visit www.lorainccc.edu/fablab.

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