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Merry Christmas! Sort of..

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

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Good Day Sunshine Cowl

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!

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Color Block Infinity Scarf

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

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Annual Knitted/Crochet Toy Drive!

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

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The Lonely Tree Shawl

Ok, ok, I know what you’re thinking,  Why Amberly is your Lonely Tree Shawl so much smaller than the one photographed on the pattern picture?  Well, I think there are several reasons this happened.  First of all the pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn.  Well, I wanted to use our new Woobu from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, really though who can blame me, it’s beautiful, it’s soft, it has amazing yardage (620 yards), it’s bambu and merino wool, it’s lofty, it has a beautiful sheen, ok I’ll stop.  Lets just say it’s awesome!  So I chose my favorite neutral (spores) that’s the color name, another reason why it is awesome. And yes Amy, if you would like me to show you something in a nice neutral this is a good one, I can’t help it I love the neutrals ;)   After I chose my favorite new yarn, Leslie helped me find this beautiful pattern to knit up, because I was using more of a sport weight yarn I decided to go with a size 6 needle instead of what the pattern called for which was a size 9.

I should have known better, I know I am a tight knitter, probably should have knit it on a size 8 or stuck with the size 9 because of how tightly I knit.  The good news is, it didn’t all end badly.  I still love my little kerchief (not really a shawl).  It looks really cute wrapped up around your neck with a fancy shawl pin.  Plus, I still have lots of Woobu left in my favorite color to make something else.  To check out this free pattern just click here.  If you are interested in finding out more about the yarn and the pattern join us for our F.E.A.T. Wednesday, July 16th from 1:00pm-2:00pm to find out more about this gathering just click here. -B

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Four Colour Log Cabin Baby Blanket

This is the perfect gift for your new little favorite someone! A quick and cute knit this very simple pattern requires very little concentration, the yarn is very soft and machine washable.  Who wouldn’t want to knit this project up?!  Although I didn’t knit the one in the photograph, I have to admit I am a little jealous that Leslie found this pattern before I did and got to use our new stock of Rowan All Seasons Cotton first.  Well you can’t win every time, and the good news is we still have a awesome stock so I’m sure I will use it sooner than later.  The All Seasons Cotton is a wonderfully soft cotton blend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic.

I love that it has the 3-S’s, if you don’t know what that is it means it’s squishy, springy, and spongy all in one yarn ;)  I like that the pattern is a simple knit.  As long as you know how to knit and can pick up stitches you are ready to knit this pattern.  If any of that scares you just come to the shop and we can help.  If you are interested in the pattern it’s free just click here and you are ready to go.   If you are interested in an in depth presentation on the yarn and pattern don’t forget to join us for our F.E.A.T. Wednesday, July 2nd from 1:00pm-2:00pm.  Click here to find out more about this F.E.A.T. meeting. -B

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Rubbish Bag

So you might remember the Rubbish Bag from when it made its debut last summer.  Well, it’s making a splash again this summer as well!  Last year we knit the Rubbish Bag out of Seedling, a 100% organic cotton by Classic Elite Yarns.  While this textured cotton made a perfect choice for this bag, we have some even more exciting options available this summer!  We recently received a shipment of Noro’s Taiyo featuring 12 beautiful colorways, and I knew as soon as I saw it that it would make a stunning bag.  Each skein showcases  an entirely unique look, allowing your bag to have a one-of-a-kind appearance.

The original purpose of the bag was to corral the abundance of plastic grocery bags that seem to multiply underneath my kitchen sink.  However, while the bag completed this task wonderfully, it is such a cute design that you could easily adapt it to accompany you on your day t0 day errands.  And because the gauge for this project is irrelevant, you could even play with different yarn weights and needle sizes to create your own take on this fun bag.

If you’re interested in knitting one of these for yourself, just click here for the pattern!  We are also offering a two part class for this bag on Saturday, July 12th from 10:30am-12:00pm and Saturday, July 19th from 10:30am-11:30am.  The cost for the class is $25 and does not include the cost of the materials.  You will learn all about picking up stitches, yarn overs, k2togs, and icords.  See you there! -Michael

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Espenson

If you haven’t seen Espenson yet, don’t let the yarn get away.  We just received a new shipment of Berroco Linsey a 64% cotton, 36% linen blend.  It is available in solids as well as gently shifting multicolored shades and is a ultra soft yarn for summer.  The free pattern is a great beginner garment or a fun relaxing knit just click here to take a look at the pattern.

The shape of this tee works well with any body type, wear it with your favorite jeans, a skirt, or it would even be cute with leggings, especially if you lengthened it just a touch.  The pattern is easily adjusted being knit in one piece from one side to the other, vertically then seamed up the sides.  Several people are knitting it by casting on more stitches to lengthen the top and then leaving the width the same.  The one photographed is knit in a small and took 8 different colors of Linsey.

You can’t go wrong with your color selection even a completely solid Espenson would be cute.  Remember to take into consideration when selecting your size that the garment was designed to be oversized and drapey.  Not sure about your size?  Come by the store and try on our model garment. -B

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A Hint of Crochet Blanket

What would it be like to knit a stockinette stitch center with a granny square border? Um, Cute!  This is a really quick project that combines all of your talents into one fun little blanket.  The great thing about this is the size can be adjusted easily to fit any size child or adult.  The one photographed is great for a car seat blanket.  It is also a fantastic stash buster.  We used 4 colors of Berroco Vintage in the worsted weight.  It only takes two of the main color and then I only had to purchase the blue because I had left over red and yellow in my stash at home.

You can also use different types of yarn.  I had seriously considered using the Cascade 220 superwash as my main color and then using Noro Silk Garden as my border.  Some of you Silk Garden lovers may have multiple different colors stashed away and you could mix and match to make a beautiful border.  The possibilities are endless.

On a finishing note, you will notice that even after you have added the border the project will still want to roll because of the body being stockinette stitch, it will get better after you block it.  If you want to try this pattern just click here or go to the free pattern section of our blog.  If you have questions please feel free to stop by the store, we would love to help! -B

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Drop Stitch Scarf

Summer has arrived!  But the humid, 90 degree weather shouldn’t mean that we stop knitting.  Who is the sun to tell us when we can and cannot knit?  I say we rally with our needles and show the sun just what we’re made of!  Besides, it seems that, no matter how oppressing the heat is outside, the incessant air conditioning inside is always trying to freeze us.  So what are we to do?  Why, knit light-weight scarves of course! These colorful cotton scarves are just the thing to stave off the chill of the A/C while giving a splash of color to our wardrobe.

What I love most about this scarf is that it gives you the opportunity to fearlessly drop stitches off your needle and revel in the feeling of being a knitting rebel.  Some of us knit in constant fear of dropping stitches from our needle tips.  However, this scarf requires it!  Another wonderful characteristic of this scarf is the speed with which it’s completed.  You could easily finish knitting this scarf in an afternoon or two, making this scarf perfect for gifts.

I knit this scarf out of Lang Yarns’ Sol Dégradé using size US 10 straight needles.  Let me emphasize the straight needles once more.  While it’s not impossible to knit this scarf using circulars, for everyone’s sanity, I would highly recommend using straights.  I made the mistake once of trying this out on my circulars and it created a rather hostile environment.  After all, knitting should be relaxing.  And with such beautiful yarn, why waste time knitting with angry thoughts?  So grab some straight needles and enjoy all of the lovely colors offered in this yarn.  Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention that we are offering a class on this scarf this weekend!  So if this scarf intimidates you at all, or if you just want to hang out with some awesome people and knit, join us on Saturday, June 7th from 10:30am-12:3opm!  See you there! -Michael

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