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Continuing this week’s theme of incredibly quick projects for those who are in a time crunch to complete all of their Christmas gifts…I present to you the Plume Scarf by Prism! I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical about it when I first saw Leslie pull it out of her bag, but all of my skepticism vanished as soon as I touched it. I couldn’t believe how soft it was! And talk about easy! The entire cowl is knit in the round, alternating garter rows with stockinette.
Leslie used two skeins of Prism’s Plume for the edges and one skein of Cascade 128 Superwash Merino held double for the center section. While she didn’t have enough left over to make another cowl, she did mention that you could easily get two cowls out of three hanks. So why not keep one for yourself and one as a gift? The combination of the Plume with the merino yarn makes this cowl so irresistibly soft that you’ll never want to take if off your neck. And as this cowl uses such chunky yarn, you’ll be able to knit this up in no time. So stop by the shop today and feel it for yourself! -Michael
As winter draws steadily nearer, boxes full of our fall inventory quickly pile up. And as we open each box, new treasures are unearthed. We recently unpacked a couple boxes stuffed to their breaking point with Wool Clasica by Manos. In case you’re unfamiliar with Manos Wool Clasica, this hand-dyed yarn is a chunky weight, 100% merino yarn. It was almost overwhelming to look at the more than 40 different colorways! So what is a knitter/crocheter to do with so many options?
Thankfully Manos came through with some assistance in this matter. Along with the 40 colors of Wool Clasica, not to mention a large variety of Fino and Silk Blend, they were kind enough to send a collection of patterns that showcase these yarns. Personally, I think the Sherwood blanket out of Wool Clasica would be a fantastic choice. This blanket is made up of blocks of 12 different colors of Wool Clasica, each block featuring a different knitted motif. Not only did we receive the blanket pattern, but we also received patterns for sweaters, scarves, cowls, and fingerless gloves!
So stop by and check out our large display of Manos yarns and patterns. But time is of the essence as we only have a limited number of patterns. Happy knitting! -Michael
Working in a yarn shop always brings surprises, but never as many and pleasant surprises as when the weather cools and our fall inventory comes cascading through the doors. Late yesterday afternoon marked the arrival of the largest order of Madelinetosh yarn I’ve seen to date. Over 20 different colors of Tosh Merino Light, Tosh DK, Tosh Sock, and Prairie in quantities large enough to make whatever your heart desires have taken over the shop. I don’t know about you, but I already have three or four projects planned out for this yarn. And I plan on getting even more yarn for projects that have yet to be planned. But honestly, how can you resist such beautiful colors? So stop by today and get some well-deserved yarn therapy. -Michael
You know I’m always on the hunt for one-skein projects for all of my skeins of sock yarn that I bought on a whim. I know. I have a problem. I buy too many skeins of yarn without having a project in mind. Then again, I’m not ready to admit it’s a problem. Because by calling it a problem, it suggests that it’s something I need to work on improving. And everyone knows that’s not going to happen. This just means that I need to work harder in the future to hunt for patterns featuring one-skein projects. Which is why I was excited when Leslie brought in this hat she knit out of Manos Alegria.
This simple, yet fun hat is the perfect project for TV knitting. It features quite a large amount of stockinette, so you can relax and knit without worrying about messing up the pattern. I’m all about simple projects right now as the summer winds down and schedules fill up in anticipation for the beginning of school. And it really doesn’t get any easier than this hat.
Leslie used Manos Alegria for her Sockhead hat. However, feel free to use any funky sock yarn you can find. Personally I think Frolicking Feet by Done Roving Yarns would look amazing in this pattern. This hand-painted, merino yarn is soft and springy and would lend your hat a truly unique look. Another great choice of yarn would be Noro’s Kureyon sock yarn, which very recently relocated itself to our saleroom. So click here and get started on your Sockhead today! -Michael
Every time Carolyn walks in the shop she’s carrying a stunningly beautiful knitted work of art. This week was no exception. Her latest creation is this shawl, Quite Continental, by Boo Knits. The shawls by Boo Knits are known for their unique increases along the top of the shawl, subtle beading, and the lack of a center spine. Because of the lack of spine, the lace follows a continuous pattern along the shawl without breaking in the center. This shawl also features a lovely picot bind off, which really adds an elegant effect.
Carolyn chose to knit her Quite Continental shawl out of Heritage Silk by Cascade Yarns. Similar to Cascade’s original Heritage sock yarn, Heritage Silk is a luxurious blend of superwash merino wool and mulberry silk that you’ll love working with and wearing! And for a little over $15.00, you get a generous 437 yards. At the moment, we have seven beautiful colors in Heritage Silk with the promise of many more coming in our August shipment. So hurry in and begin your Quite Continental today! -Michael
In my opinion, it’s never too early or too warm outside to start thinking about knitting sweaters. It’s true, Oklahoma summers get incredibly warm, so I understand why you wouldn’t think about cozy sweaters. However, to me, it makes perfect sense. Even for speedy knitters, it generally takes about a month or more to complete an adult sweater, especially if you enjoy knitting your sweaters out of fingering or lace weight like I do. So the problem arises when you start knitting your sweaters in the depths of winter and by the time you finish knitting your sweater, you can only wear it for a few weeks before spring arrives—or, let’s face it, in Oklahoma, when the weather skips Spring and jumps straight from Winter to Summer.
Wouldn’t you rather get an entire season out of your knitted garments this year? In any case, who wants to be outside when the 100 degree weather is coupled by high humidity? At least for me, I would prefer to be inside knitting in the air conditioning. If you need any sweater ideas, this Boxy Sweater, knit by Jenna, is an extremely versatile pattern. Because of the flowing, light weight design, it looks stylish on practically any body type. This pattern would also make a perfect beginner pattern for those of you who haven’t yet ventured into sweater knitting. It features a lot of stockinette and zero shaping.
Jenna chose to knit Boxy out of Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool. As the name suggests, this DK weight yarn combines the warmth and memory of wool with the luster and softness of silk. And at only $9.00 per skein, this yarn is very economical as well. So take a break from the heat and humidity and click here to get started on your winter wardrobe! -Michael
At long last, I can finally announce that we have received the rest of the Vice yarn! There are so many reasons I’m excited about this yarn. First and foremost, the colors are absolutely stunning. Colors like these can only be attributed to specialty, hand-dyed yarns. You see similar dying techniques in yarns such as Madeline Tosh and Manos, of which I simply cannot get enough. The next thing I love is the fiber content of each line of yarn. The content is exquisite enough to appease even the snobbiest of yarn snobs. Ranging from pure, superwash merino to merino/cashmere/silk blends, you are guaranteed to find something that will delight anyone (although, I find it difficult not to keep everything I knit out of such amazing yarn).
Lastly, the amount of yardage in each skein simply cannot be surpassed for the price. The Covet Lace comes with an incredibly generous 750 yards of 100% merino, which is more than enough to finish most lace projects (I’m always on the lookout for one-skein projects). Personally, I think two skeins of the Covet Shades of Grey or Irish Queen would make a beautiful sweater. Perhaps the Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig?
However, I’d love to hear any ideas you have as to which project would work best for this yarn. So leave any suggestions in the comment section! -Michael
Recently I finished reading the book The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which was so amazing and beautiful that I was inspired not only to write this blog, but also to knit this sheep carousel. Now, you may ask how this book inspired me to knit a tea cosy. Good question. Before I can answer that, I must delve into the book a bit. The main draw for me towards this book is that it’s incredibly dark and beautifully written. It revolves around two magicians in a mysterious circus that only takes place during the night. Underneath the façade of the circus lies a dangerous competition between the two magicians, Celia and Marco, that will ultimately result in the death of one of the magicians. The competition is made even more intriguing by the fact that the circus has sparked a love interest between the magicians. Another interesting aspect of the book is that the entire color scheme is black, white, and shades of gray, which appealed highly to my colorblind self.
Hopefully by now the inspiration for knitting this black and white sheep carousel is clear. I knit the tea cosy out of St. Denis Boreale on size US 1, 32” needles. Each ball of St. Denis consists of 225 yards of fingering weight wool. One ball of each color is plenty sufficient. In fact, I have enough left over that I’m considering knitting a second one with the colors inverted. This yarn is a bit rustic, which makes it perfect for Fair Isle knitting. In addition to color work, this cosy also features Latvian, or Vikkel braids, knitting in the round, i-cords, and steeking.
Not going to lie, I was more than a little terrified when I cut through this piece, but as long as you reinforce your knitting with a needle and thread before you cut, you will be fine. If you’re interested in knitting the carousel tea cosy, just click here to get started. -Michael
I’m excited to report that we finally have our first knitted doll for our knitted/crocheted animal drive for Positive Tomorrows! This Knubbelchen doll was knit by Leslie just using scraps of Shibui and Jitterbug yarn. Can’t get anymore inexpensive than that! I must have bags of fingering weight scrap yarn at home, so I’m planning on making a couple of them myself. They’re so easy and quick to knit that it only takes a night or two to complete each doll. And do you remember when I mentioned earlier that I’m always at a loss for what to do with highly variegated yarns? This project is perfect to break out the most colorful and crazy yarn you have at home to make this doll really special and brighten up a child’s day.
As far as the construction is concerned, the doll uses the same techniques that are found in top-down raglan sweaters. So if you are already familiar with raglan sweaters, this doll will be a piece of cake. If you haven’t yet knit a raglan sweater, this is a perfect opportunity to practice your skills on something on a much smaller scale than a sweater. Either way, I consider this a win. Because there is no gauge for this pattern, you can easily substitute whatever yarn you have at home. If you use DK or worsted weight yarn, you will just have a bigger doll to love.
And don’t forget that for each handmade item you donate for the drive, you will get one entry into a drawing for a $25 L&B Yarn Co. gift card. That means if you donate two animals, you will have two entries and a better chance of winning the gift card. What could be better than bringing happiness AND getting free yarn? If you’re interested in knitting the Knubbelchen doll, just click here to get started. Happy Knitting! -Michael
It’s all too tempting when in a yarn store to buy beautiful yarns, even if you do not necessarily have a pattern in mind for each skein. This can lead to later issues when trying to find a pattern to go with the yarn. At least, this is a problem I have. Because of this, I am always on the lookout for projects that only require one skein for all of the single skeins I have at home. An added bonus of single-skein projects is that, because they only require one skein of yarn, they make for relatively inexpensive projects.
This garter stitch shawlette meets all of the above requirements. This super simple (and free!) shawlette is made out of one skein of Silk Jewel. In my opinion, this yarn really lends the shawlette its wow-factor. Each incredibly soft skein of 100% silk features 225 yards of deep, rich colors. Not only are the colors stunning Silk Jewel is also double stranded with beads, adding some glitz to your project!
So the result is that you achieve a stunning beaded effect that looks as though you’ve put in a ton of extra effort without actually beading your project yourself (though, we can keep this our little secret). Add to all of this the beautiful sheen and drape, and what’s not to love about this yarn. We also have new stock of Yarn Bowls in several vibrant colors to choose from. You can find this pattern under our “free patterns” category. -Michael