We are moving this weeks F.E.A.T. series to next week Wednesday, August 6th. There will not be a F.E.A.T. gathering this week Wednesday, July 30th. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but, hope to see everyone next Wednesday!! Remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea. We are offering the gathering in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 30th from 1:00pm-2:00pm.
The gathering will focus on the current project and we will discuss the why we chose it, offer an abundance of information on the yarn and fiber, conversation, and of course, tea. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that it’s entirely free! And not only is it free, but you will also enjoy the benefit of receiving a discount on the featured yarn if you choose to purchase it after the meeting. -B & Michael
As July is winding down and the heat gets ever more intense, there’s only one thing that can be on everyone’s mind: Christmas! At least, that is what always comes to my mind during the sweltering days. And for good reason, too! I long for the colder weather, hot tea, warm sweaters, and of course, more knitting. But as it always turns out, I am forced to neglect my own knitting and crocheting during the colder months in order to prepare my Christmas knitting. So what better time than the summer to get a head start on your holiday projects? Trust me, you’ll thank me for it later.
So if you need a little push to get you in the holiday spirit, check out this awesome crocheted garland that’s decking our halls now! Carly crocheted this garland out of Cascade 220 Sport, using a size F hook. If you have yet to use Cascade 220 Sport, you’re really missing out. Not only does the yarn come in an unbelievable selection of colors, this 100% superwash merino just feels amazing to use. This project also makes for a wonderful opportunity to really expand your crochet skills if you’re just beginning to venture into the world of crochet. The pattern calls for a double, triple, and half double crochet as well as an array of slip stitches. It even provides an option to try your hand at needle felting, incorporating cute felted berries into your garland.
If you’re interested in crocheting a garland for yourself, stop by the shop and check out the pattern today! And don’t forget to take a look at all of our wonderful colors of Cascade 220 Sport! -Michael
I’m sure you all have noticed the resurgence of chevron patterns lately. And for good reason, too! They’re kind of awesome. They add an entirely different element to traditional stripes and they give your project that “wow” factor. While they look difficult to create (and if you’re in the mood to impress, we can keep the actual level of difficulty our little secret), in reality they’re quite simple and a lot of fun. And what a perfect way to brighten up your summer wardrobe by adding a splash of yellow around your neck!
Betsy created this bright and cheery cowl as a birthday gift, but it has made such a splash around the shop that we decided to keep it around for a while. She chose to knit her cowl out of Classic Elite Yarns’ Sprout, using just over one skein of each color. However, you could easily shave off a few inches from the cowl and work the entire cowl out of one skein of each. And as Sprout is made of 100% organic cotton, you will be able to wear this scarf all summer long, staying stylish outside while keeping away the chill of the air conditioning inside. The pattern incorporates a lot of different techniques, including the provisional cast one, yarn overs, ssk, k2tog, and kitchener stitch, making this a wonderful way to increase your confidence as a knitter as well as your skill level.
If you’re interested in adding this awesome cowl to your wardrobe, click here for the pattern! And don’t forget to stop by to check out all of our amazing colors of Sprout!
This year I’m all about easy, reversible cowls, and this one really hits the mark. What I love most about this cowl is its simplicity. While I love the look of striped knits, sometimes the thought of all of the stranding, coupled with the multiple balls of yarn, can be a bit daunting. Especially as I seem to grow more and more relaxed (or lazy) with my knitting as the years pass. This cowl incorporates the striped aesthetic while still maintaining the mindless knitting.
Leslie chose to knit her Color Block Infinity Scarf using Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool using a color combination inspired by the Disney villain, Maleficent (kind of awesome, wouldn’t you agree?). What I find most appealing about this yearn are the colors. While each skein is solid, the dyeing process used creates a beautiful, heathered look. So rather than getting a one-dimensional color, you instead end up with a unique, almost rustic look. It’s truly wonderful.
Leslie chose six colors for her scarf, using one skein per color, however, feel free to make your Color Block Infinity Scarf as colorful as your heart desires! Whatever color scheme you choose, it’s bound to look amazing! And with nearly 20 different colors from which to choose, your possibilities are nearly endless. So if you’re interested in knitting your own scarf, click here for the pattern. Happy Knitting! -Michael
It’s that time of year again! In case you’re new to this, we have spent the last three summers knitting and crocheting stuffed dolls and animals to donate to the incoming kindergarten class at Positive Tomorrows, an elementary school for homeless children in Oklahoma City. Each year we have had such overwhelming success that we have been able to donate enough toys to supply not only the kindergarten class, but also the first grade class. So this year we are once again turning to the knitting and crocheting community to help us make this year another success! As always, for each hand-crafted donation, you will receive an entry into a drawing for a $25 L&B Yarn Co. gift card.
I’ve kicked off this year with Herman, a stuffed Jelly Baby doll, knitted out of Cascade’s Pluscious. What I love most about Herman is that he’s such an incredibly simple knit. I modified the pattern slightly in order to eliminate the need for seaming at the end, but as this yarn lacks stitch definition, the seam would be virtually invisible if you choose to knit it flat rather than in the round.
If you’re interested in knitting Herman or any of his many other friends, you can find the pattern in Jean Greenhowe’s Little Gift Dolls here at the shop. So stop by today and help bring a smile to a child who needs it. Happy knitting! -Michael