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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

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Women’s Peaked Cap

This class provides an excellent opportunity to bring your crochet up to the intermediate level.  This hat introduces front-post stitches and how to read a charted pattern.  The class is $10 and will be held Saturday, October 25th from 1:00pm-2:00pm.  You will need 250 yards of worsted or aran weight yarn and a size H-J hook.

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Estonian Rib Hat

This beautiful, self-striping hat is a wonderful way to teach you how to incorporate two colors in a single project.  In this class, you will learn a provisional cast on, striping, and decreasing.  The class is $15 and will be held Saturday, October 25th from 10:30am-12:00pm.  Students will need one skein of variegated DK yarn, one solid DK yarn, and size 4 and 6-16″ needles.  Materials for the class are not included.

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Holmes Cable Hat

It’s cooling down , so it’s time to break out your chunky cabled hats!  Don’t have one?  Well, then this class is for you!  Learn how to cable and knit in the round with this Holmes-inspired hat.  The class is $20 and will be held Saturday, October 18th from 1:30pm-3:30pm.  You will need 120 yards of chunky weight yarn, cable needle, and size 11, 16″ or 32″ circular needle.  Materials for the class are not included.

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Crochet flannel Squares

If you have ever wanted to combine your yarn addiction with your addiction to fabric this class will show you how to do it!  Learn how to merge flannel fabric and crochet with these adorable squares.  All you need is some DK weight yarn, worsted weight yarn for your main color, an embroidery needle, and a size G or H hook.  The class will be held Saturday, October 18th from 10:30am-12:30pm and is $25 for 2 hours of instruction, pattern, and flannel fabric.  Other materials for the class are not included.

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F.E.A.T. Crochet Fingerless Mitts

In the month of October we are hosting Crochet Fingerless Mitts a project in our F.E.A.T. series.  Remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea.  We are offering the gathering in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 15th 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

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F.E.A.T. Schuyler

In the month of October we are hosting Schuyler a project in our F.E.A.T. series.  Remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea.  We are offering the gathering in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 15th 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

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F.E.A.T. Feza Triangular Scarf

In the month of October we are hosting Feza Triangular Scarf a project in our F.E.A.T. series.  Remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea.  We are offering the gathering in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 1st 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

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Graphic Knits Trunk Show and Book Signing with Author Alexis Winslow

Join us here at L & B Yarn Co. Monday, December 22nd from 6:00pm-8:00pm and meet the designer behind KnitDarling.com and the new knitting book, Graphic Knits.  This will be a fun informative event where not only can you get your book signed by the designer Alexis Winslow, you will be able to check out garments from the book, and mingle with friends.

Alexis Winslow is a knitwear and textile designer living in Brooklyn New York. Her designs have a bold graphic aesthetic and often utilize interesting construction techniques. Alexis is the creative force behind KnitDarling.com and author of the book Graphic Knits (Interweave Press).

Alexis is originally from Norman, Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma and received her BFA in 2005, focusing on painting and pottery. After moving to New York City in 2007, she studied textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Alexis now works as a printed textile and product designer, creating children’s bedding and bath products for a large firm in New York City. She established KnitDarling.com in 2010, and cofounded CharitySub.org in 2011. Alexis began self-publishing her independant knitting patterns in 2009, and by 2012 landed her first full length book deal for Graphic Knits (Interweave Press).

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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