Archive for the ‘Products’ Category
Last Saturday morning we unveiled a new yarn to our shop. Leslie and I are so excited to announce that L & B Yarn Co. now carries Blue Moon Fiber Arts the home of Socks that Rock. We now have BFL Sport, Woobu, Silky Victoria, and Socks that Rock Lightweight. All of the yarn colors and bases are beautiful, I took a skein of Woobu home with me on Saturday afternoon and began knitting a lace shawl that I will post when complete and it is going to be lovely and I must say the Woobu is lovely to knit with.
The BFL Sport is 100% Blue Faced Leicester, packaged in large beautiful hand paint hank of 661 yards.
The Woobu is 60% Merino Wool and 40% Bambu, packaged in a soft hand dyed hank of 620 yards.
The Silky Victoria is 85% polworth wool and 15% silk, the hand on this one is awesome and the yarn comes packaged in a extra large hank of 745 yards.
Last but definitely not least is the Socks that Rock Lightweight, 100% superwash merino wool in a 405 yard hank. The colors in this line are absolutely incredible so if you get a chance, come in and check it out -B
Manos Lace isn’t just your typical lace yarn, its composed of baby alpaca for warmth and softness, silk for lustre, and cashmere for pure luxury. One of many of the Manos yarns we carry in our shop because we believe in quality and love the fact that Manos del Uruguay is a non profit organization which assembles over 400 artisans in cooperatives scattered throughout the countryside of Uruguay. The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968, begun by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work. They began modestly, by selling handcrafts at local shops and the annual agricultural show in Montevideo. In time spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting became the focus of the Coop’s efforts. Initially the “faded”, striated colors of Manos yarn were the result of heating yarn for dyeing in large, iron kettles over wood fires. Over the years, the dying process has been refined to provide consistency of color without losing what has become the trademark stria shading. In addition to creating yarns for handcrafters, the Manos Cooperatives have continued to produce ready-to-wear pieces for designers and department stores such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Nordstrom’s, and Sak’s. When thinking about what lace weight to use on your next project I highly recommend taking a look at the Manos Lace, you won’t be disappointed. After all your project deserves awesome yarn!
I’m so excited, we have received our very first shipment of della Q bags and needle cases and they are AWESOME! This is a product that we have been eying for quite some time and now we finally have it. If you aren’t familiar with this line they are definitely designed with the customer in mind. The bags have lots of pockets and are a good size if you don’t want to lug around a giant bag you can fit everything you little fiber heart desires into the Cleo Yarn Caddy.
And who can resist the Pippa Yarn Dispenser. It folds down flat for compact storage and pops right back open ready for your newest project to go with you to wherever your busy day might take you keeping your yarn safe and clean.
My favorite accessory from della Q are the best circular needle cases I have ever seen (and I’ve been on the lookout)! they are light weight and each pocket is nicely labeled so you can organize all of your needles in one spot. I am definitely going to be going home with The Que Grand Circular needle case today and begin to organize. All of the vibrant colored fabrics come from Vietnam and when you purchase della Q products a portion of your proceeds are donated to Vietnam Quilts, a non-profit organization that trains low-income and rural Vietnamese women in the art of quilting and provides them with a means to a steady income. It doesn’t get much better than that, for more information on della Q click here. -B
I’m pleased to present something entirely new offered by L & B Yarn Co! On Wednesday, February 5th from 1:00pm-2:00pm we will begin our first installment in our F.E.A.T. series. F.E.A.T., an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea, will feature a brand new project every two weeks with one gathering in the afternoon and one in the evening. Each F.E.A.T. 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.
This month’s schedule for our F.E.A.T. series is as follows:
Cocoon Me in Manos Maxima:
Wednesday, February 5th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Wednesday, February 12th from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Sweet Dreams in Madelinetosh Merino Light:
Wednesday, February 19th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Wednesday, February 26th from 6:00pm-7:00pm
We hope you’ll be able to join us for this exciting event! -Michael
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