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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

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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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Noro Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf

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The Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf, as published by Khebhin Gibbons on his blog, 1craftyboy, is just about the perfect spring scarf, very open and airy.  This clever chain of crochet motifs looks great in virtually any yarn weight, composition or color.  It is especially fetching crocheted with Noro Silk Garden Sock because of how the yarn changes tones and colors as you are crocheting.

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Leslie crocheted this one out of a single skein and used a size g hook.  The scarf measures over 95 inches and with yarn left over, you could make it longer if you are wanting to wrap it several times.  It’s fun to wear with jeans or as a dressy lace addition to your favorite summer dress.

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In either case, it’s a very satisfying way to be complimented by perfect strangers.  The delicate pattern reminds me of intricate Victorian lace very feminine and beautiful. -B

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Sakasama Jacket

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I absolutely LOVE this jacket!!  It is so versatile it can be worn right side up, upside down and even inside out to create different looks and textures.

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Leslie knitted this must have in your wardrobe transformable jacket out of 3 skeins of Madelinetosh Prairie held double.  The yarn knits up beautifully holding the two strands together adding more texture and dimension to the finished piece.

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When worn one way the jacket provides a really nice shawl collar giving the jacket a polished look.  Turn it upside down and you get large lapels that drape on sides for a more casual feel.

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With minimal seaming only at the armholes you can wear the garment inside out, oh so cool.  This jacket is perfect to grab for cool evenings out and will look great dressed up with slacks, with your favorite pair of jeans, or it would even be cute over a dress.

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I am definitely going to talk Leslie into letting me take it off her hands, its a must have.  To take a look at the pattern by Olga Buraya-Kefelian just click here. -B

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The Age of Brass and Steam

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With all of this rainy weather and being stuck indoors for the majority of a weekend, which is never a bad thing when you love to knit, I was able to knit this little kerchief up quickly.  It’s a simple knit with sections of stockinette stitch alternating with a garter ribbed eyelet section which adds some interest to the piece.

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Beginning in the top center by knitting a shawl tab the kerchief gets larger as you go and could even be made bigger by adding more repeats.  I couldn’t wait to knit this kerchief with Fancy Tempo by Filatura Di Crosa, a subtly rustic cotton blend yarn that combines 3 strands: a multicolored print, a contrasting thick & thin and a nubby tweed that all together create a Missoni type effect.

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You can knit the kerchief with just 2 balls of yarn and I had a little left over.  I knit this one on size 8-32″ needles which gave me a nice loose gauge perfect to accent my summer wardrobe.  I love the colors and textures in the yarn and it washed and blocked nicely.  To take a look at the free pattern just click here. -B

 

Announcements, Projects

Annual Toy Drive

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With June quickly approaching it’s time for our annual toy drive!  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.

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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.

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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

 

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Noro Mitered Coasters

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Duffers

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A project you can complete in just a few hours, what?  You can’t go wrong with these cute little slippers, what a fantastic gift.  We used just one skein of Cascade 220 but the options on color and how you knit them are endless.  You can knit them with two different colors making the bottom a different color than the top.  You can add an embellishment like a flower, button, or needle felt a design directly on the project.  You can hold the yarn double to make a thicker slipper or knit them out of a chunkier weight.  The pattern says using a DK weight yarn held double will work too!  Such a simple pattern knitted either on straight needles or back and forth on a short circular the slippers have only 19 rows.  If you are interested in joining us for some fun this Friday, May 1st from 1:00pm-5:00pm, we are offering a 4 hour workshop.  This will be a fun time to talk, snack, and meet fellow knitters while we all make a pair of Duffers.  The workshop is $25 and includes 1 skein of Cascade 220.  Participants will need to bring a pair of size 11 straight or circular needles, darning needle, and the pattern. The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry click here.  Just give us a call to sign up 405-310-3636.

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Blooming Flower Cushion

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Loving this cute little crochet cushion to brighten up the house for summer!  The original pattern which is actually a vintage potholder design from the 1940’s was rewritten and can be found on Ravelry using UK crochet terms just click here.  The free pattern includes a picture-heavy tutorial and explains precisely how the circle takes shape, you shouldn’t have any trouble giving this project a whirl.  We used 6 skeins of Berroco Comfort, the yarn is very soft and easily washed.  The cushion has a textured 3-dimensional front panel and a smooth back panel which helps it lay nicely either flat or upright.

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I love the bright multicolored but I also think it would be fabulous in a nice neutral using its texture to add interest on a chair or sofa.  Starting from the center and working out with a size H crochet hook, changing colors as you go makes this a quick fun crochet.  We are also hosting this project as a F.E.A.T., Wednesday, April 22nd at 1:00.  For more information about F.E.A.T. just click here. -B

 

 

Announcements, Projects

Kika Knit-A-Long

L & B will be hosting our spring knit-a-long beginning Tuesday, April 7th from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  We will be knitting Kika by Olga-Burava-Kefelian a versatile triangular shaped shawl that transforms from a garment to an accessory.  Worked with custom pattern that creates differently textured looks on each side lends this knit to be completely reversible.

You can check out the pattern by clicking here.  The name Kika translates to geometry in Japanese.  While searching for the perfect DK weight yarn for this spring knit we decided to knit our Kika out of Rowan Purelife Revive, a yarn that is made up of completely recycled fibers (silk, cotton, and viscose).

This is quite a large project so we are planning on four meeting dates over a four month time span: April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd, and July 7th, each evening is a Tuesday and we will be here at the store knitting from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  All you need to do to participate is purchase the pattern on Ravelry and buy your yarn at L & B Yarn Co.  This KAL is an awesome way to meet fellow knitters.

Spaces are limited so please sign up by calling 405-310-3636, e-mailing, or coming by the shop to visit. -B

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