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L & B Closed for Thanksgiving

Closed November 26th and 27th.  We will open November 28th from 10:00am-1:00pm for our Black Friday Sale and will resume regular business hours Saturday, November 29th.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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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

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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

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

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

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