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
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
Please join us Tuesday, September 30th from 5:30pm-7:00pm for our new monthly get together. Bring your favorite completed project or work in process for a show and tell and discussion. This will be a fun time to talk with friends, see cool projects, and get inspired. Don’t worry, there is no pressure to show off projects if you are just wanting to observe. Bring whatever you want to knit/crochet on while others discuss. L & B Yarn Co. will be hosting Fiber with Friends every last Tuesday night of the month, so please join us!
I can never get enough just straight stockinette stitch. Even if I have something a little more complicated in the works its always nice to be able to go back to something simple when I want to relax. You might remember a few months back when we knit our original Paper Poncho out of Feza ALP Natural, this time we decided to use something a little more colorful. The Kudo from Plymouth Yarn is a really soft cotton blend that will be perfect to wear during fall weather. The colors are beautiful, gradually changing from deep purple to bright green, it will be a very versatile piece to wear with jeans or you could dress it up with some black pants.
It is such a simple knit! Basically you just cast on 88 and knit in stockinette stitch, using all of 4 skeins of Plymouth Kudo, making a long rectangle. After you bind off just fold the piece in half, seam up the edge starting at the corner working your way in. Leave a section of the piece un-seamed, thats where you slip your head through. I recommend pinning the piece from the corner all the way up the edge, this way you can try the garment on to see where you want to stop your seaming. -B
Our final day for toy donations is Friday, August 29th. I am happy to announce that you have outdone yourselves on donations this year. So far we have collected over 60 toys for Positive Tomorrows, this is a record high! I would like to say thank you for your participation in this event. We have enough donations to fill multiple classrooms and your heartfelt stitches are sure to leave children smiling. -B