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New Jilly with Cashmere

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Have you ever imagined what Jilly by Dream in Color would be like if they added cashmere?  Well you don’t have to wonder anymore because we just received our shipment of this beautiful yarn in 12 new colors!!

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Come by to check out this lovely new assortment.

Announcements, Events

Andi Hugs

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L & B Yarn Co. is collecting hats and lap throws for kids with heart defects and cancer in loving memory of Andi Nagelschneider, M.D.  Thanks to many generous donations we have already collected over 15 hats and 5 blankets.  If you are interested in donating, hats and blankets can be either knitted or crocheted and can be children to adult sizes small, medium, or large.  The yarn must be washable and soft if you decide to add an embellishment like a button or flower please attach with a safety pin style stitch marker so it can be removed when washing.  Girls like bright colorful hats and boys prefer darker colors with a bright stripe or two.  OU, OSU and OKC Thunder colors are also popular.

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If you are interested in the pattern we knitted in the photograph just click here.  Thanks to everyone for your donations, we appreciate you!  Donations will be collected through January 10th, 2016. -B

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New Alegria Shipment

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New sock yarn shipment from Manos!  Alegria is an easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide.

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Its “hand” is remarkably soft and resilient, and the bright, playful colorways would make exciting baby projects as well as socks.

Projects

The Walt

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After much discussion about this pattern one afternoon at the shop I decided I had to make it.  I love the raised stripes, they make the blanket more unique than just a typical chevron pattern, although I love a chevron no matter what.  The garter stripes truly make the color pop out at you, it also gives baby a nice texture to play with.  You can have lots of fun picking colors for the 3 different stripes of color or this would even be a great stash buster.  I decided to use Cascade 220 Superwash, 5 balls total: 2 balls for my main color and 1 for each of my 3 raised accent stripes.

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I also wanted my blanket a little wider, so I cast on 164 stitches for an extra repeat, putting my blanket at 30″ wide instead of 23″ wide, the perfect size for a crib blanket or toddler blanket.  If you are interested in making this blanket just click here.  I will also be giving an in depth description of this project at our next F.E.A.T. Wednesday, July 15th at 1:00 so please some join us! -B

 

Projects

Maharashtra Silk Citron

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One of my favorite techniques for adding textural pleats or ruffles in knitting is ruching.  All you have to do to make this beautiful pattern is increase and decrease with a series of stockinette rows in between, a quick and simple knit!  The best part is for those of us who aren’t familiar with the technique it appears to be complicated but it is actually quite simple.

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After eyeing the pattern on knitty for several months Leslie finally decided to knit a summer version of this semi-circular shawl using Maharashtra Silk a hand dyed 100% pure silk yarn, in a large hank of 800 yards.  You only need one hank which makes the shawl very affordable at $20, a great price for a hand dyed pure silk.

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The pattern could easily be knit in other weights and fibers and still be just as lovely.  Leslie knitted the one pictured with one more repeat than the pattern directs, but you can easily add more repeats to make it even larger.  If you aren’t familiar with the pattern you can check it out by clicking here. -B

Community, Events

Annual Toy Drive

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The past four summers L & B has been knitting, crocheting, and collecting through amazing donations, hand-crafted stuffed toys to send 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.  The first in our collection is this extremely cute Jellyfish crocheted by Leslie out of 2 balls of Cascade 220 Superwash Wool.  To take a look at this pattern on Pinterest just click here.  We will collect donations all summer long until Friday, August 28th the day of our drawing!  With so many adorable softies to choose from on Ravelry, you are sure to find one that a child will love.  -B

Community, Events

F.E.A.T. Walt Blanket

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In the month of July we are hosting Walt Blanket 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, July 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 (Cascade 220 Superwash) 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

Announcements, Products

New Interlacements Woollee

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A new shipment of Woollee is here and who can resist this 16 oz. hank of hand-dyed wool!

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With approximately 725 yards of aran weight yarn in each giant hank we have 12 colors available including: Mardi Gras, Stained Glass, Bachelor Buttons, Madame, Ice Princess, Canyon Lands, Las Vegas Brights, Chairman of the Board, and Wagon Wheel Gap.

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Interlacements clear colors mingle to create additional striking colors which is their claim to fame.  Come by to take a look for yourself, the colors are stunning. -B

Projects

Campfire Shawl

Campfireshawl_1This lovely piece is knitted out of four balls of Classic Elite Firefly, the perfect summer weight yarn in a blend of viscose and linen, made in Italy.  The yarn has a unique texture with a slightly slubby but soft texture and a beautiful, glowing sheen.  The drape on Firefly is incredible and it blocks out wonderfully.

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This shawl is the perfect size and weight to keep your shoulders warm on cool summer nights.  This shawl begins at the long side and then decreases by four stitches every row, one on each edge and a double decrease down the center of the piece.  I love the eyelet pattern paired with the rib on the edge adding interest and texture.

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The pattern is easy to read and offers written instructions as well as a chart, perfect for every knitter.  You can check out the free pattern by clicking here. -B

Projects

Owl Basket

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Usually we associate owls with intellectual wisdom or wisdom of the soul.  They are often seen as mysterious, mostly because many owls are strictly nocturnal and we have always found night to be full of mystery and the unknown.  I have just always loved anything owl; jewelry, clothing with owl print, and anything home decor.

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When I saw this pattern on Ravelry, I knew Leslie or I had to make it.  Of course with her speed of completing projects she beat me to the punch.  She used 2 skeins of Cascade Eco Wool and a size M crochet hook.  To get the large gauge you need to hold 4 strands together for this super thick sturdy fabric.  It is perfect for holding anything, but I think mine would need to be filled with yarn ;)  The finished basket is sturdy enough to stand up on its own or for easy storage just lay it flat.  You can get your copy of the pattern on Ravelry, just click here. -B

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