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Gruesome Knitted Eyeballs

With Halloween just around the corner I am always looking for my next knitted decoration.  These quick gruesome eyeballs caught my “eye”.  Once I knit up a couple dozen I plan to stack them in a clear vase as one of my handmade heirloom decorations that I can pass down to the kiddos.  The free pattern that is posted on Ravelry by Mary Jane Mucklestone calls for fingering weight yarn, I went a little larger using Cascade 220 Superwash Wool in the worsted weight.  I think I could get in the neighborhood of 50-60 Eyeballs out of one skein of white and then you only need small amounts of colored yarn for the iris and the black pupil.  I would just like to say I don’t see me ever making 50-60 of these little guys but I think a couple dozen isn’t out of the question ;)

This would be a perfect way to get rid of some of those scraps that you just weren’t sure what to do with.  If you don’t have the colors you need and want to make a few, we have some kits made up here at the store.  I made a couple minor adjustments to the pattern including my favorite pin hole cast on and I worked each eyeball using the magic loop method.  To take a look at this pattern just click here. -B

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POP Blanket

When I saw this pattern I had to start knitting it immediately, so that’s what I did.  I walked directly over to our Noro Kureyon and started picking skeins with super bright colors.  Then for the background.  Hmmm.  I’ve always wanted to crochet a granny square blanket using pops of bright colors with a black border, I could achieve that same look with this pattern only knitting circles instead of squares so I decided to go with the dark brown Cascade Eco Wool.  I picked out 3 skeins of Noro and 1 skein of Eco and then began knitting.

There was a bit of a learning curve with the pinhole cast on, but I can honestly say that I am so glad I have finally learned this technique.  It can be applied to lots of projects where you begin in the center.  The cast on gives you a fully closed center on the circles and the pattern construction is so extremely cool, each square is knit seamless.  I still have lots of yarn left and could have continued making more squares, so if you want yours bigger you could easily accomplish that with this amount of yarn.

After I completed my squares I steam blocked each one, then I crocheted them all together, after that you just add a crocheted edge to finish it off.  When I had completely finished weaving in all my ends I put it in the washing machine on gentle cycle with some wool wash and then pinned it out to dry.  If you are interested in the pattern just click here.  If you can’t wait to start making this project don’t forget we are hosting a F.E.A.T. on the POP Blanket tomorrow: Wednesday, September 17th from 1:00pm-2:00pm, join us!! -B

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Kudo Paper Poncho

I can never get enough just straight stockinette stitch. Even if I have something a little more complicated in the works its always nice to be able to go back to something simple when I want to relax.  You might remember a few months back when we knit our original Paper Poncho out of Feza ALP Natural, this time we decided to use something a little more colorful.  The Kudo from Plymouth Yarn is a really soft cotton blend that will be perfect to wear during fall weather.  The colors are beautiful, gradually changing from deep purple to bright green, it will be a very versatile piece to wear with jeans or you could dress it up with some black pants.

It is such a simple knit!  Basically you just cast on 88 and knit in stockinette stitch, using all of 4 skeins of Plymouth Kudo, making a long rectangle.  After you bind off just fold the piece in half, seam up the edge starting at the corner working your way in.  Leave a section of the piece un-seamed, thats where you slip your head through.  I recommend pinning the piece from the corner all the way up the edge, this way you can try the garment on to see where you want to stop your seaming.  -B

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Taiyo Pillow

I always get excited when I see home accessories make there way into the shop, it must be the designer in me, there are just so many options for the yarn and so little time.  I love this idea of a crochet pillow cover and would like to say thanks to Margaret for bringing it by for us to photograph, talk about a great gift!  Really any crochet granny square pattern would work.  I like the one that Margaret chose without a lot of holes, that way you don’t have to worry about the color of your insert.  If you pick something with larger holes you can still make it work by just coordinating your insert with the color of yarn you choose.

You really can’t go wrong with any weight or type of Noro that you might love, this one just happens to be made out of 2 skeins of Taiyo.  I am seeing lots of beautiful crocheted projects out of this yarn right now.  A large granny square blanket, crocheted bags, and now this perfect accent pillow just to name a few, I am definitely getting the itch to get something started.  If you love this one as much as I do and are ready to get started just click here for a pattern that will look fabulous plus its free. -B

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Akimbo

Leave it to Stephen West to give us another beautiful shawl pattern to knit.  We love how this one worked up, beginning at the neck edge with lots of easy garter stitch and then finishing with a graphic chevron pattern.  We used Cascade Heritage,  one of our favorite solid sock yarns for our main color.  Heritage is a 75% Merino Superwash and 25% Nylon with a big 437 yards per hank.  The Manos Alegria is what we used for our contrasting color, it is 75% Merino Superwash with 25% Polyamide with a big 445 yards per hank.  Both yarns have a similar ply and fiber content so this shawl will be easy to wash without felting!  You should also have enough yarn left over to accomplish the reverse shawl, which I keep trying to talk Leslie into knitting up.  Not only does the contrasting border create a sudden burst of interest and color to the edge of the project, the chevron creates a interesting scalloped border.

The pattern is available to purchase just click here.  Another thing I like about the pattern is if you prefer row by row instructions vs. a chart this one is written where you can pick your favorite.

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The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People

We have had several yarn dyeing classes over the past couple of months and Leslie’s little girl felt like she was ready to dye up some yarn of her own.  What better than a “Frozen” color palette?  After she dyed her yarn she was ready for Mom to knit her up something special.  We are always looking for cute little shawl patterns that can be knit out of one skein of sock yarn and Silvia Bo Bilvia’s Sunlight Shawl for Sad People fits into that category.

When Leslie was asking what she should knit out of the precious skein of Heritage Sock Yarn dyed by Charlie, I had seen this shawl pattern when I was looking at Silvia’s Ravelry designs after knitting the Lonely Tree Shawl.  She has a bunch of really cute patterns so I would definitely recommend taking a look.  You can find The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People by clicking here.

Silvia came up with this pattern to knit out of lovely yarn to cheer her up in the Vancouver weather, hence the name.  You could knit this shawl in any weight but if you have some beautiful sock weight yarn that you want to show off this would be a perfect pattern.  The stockinette and garter stitch medley will show off all of the yarns beautiful colors and of course I can’t get enough of the picot bind off.

When Leslie completed the shawl, she was praised by Charlie “Oh Mama, you did such a good job, it is so pretty”.  Not being a bias Aunt B, I think she looks quite pretty wearing it ;) -B

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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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