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The Walt

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After much discussion about this pattern one afternoon at the shop I decided I had to make it.  I love the raised stripes, they make the blanket more unique than just a typical chevron pattern, although I love a chevron no matter what.  The garter stripes truly make the color pop out at you, it also gives baby a nice texture to play with.  You can have lots of fun picking colors for the 3 different stripes of color or this would even be a great stash buster.  I decided to use Cascade 220 Superwash, 5 balls total: 2 balls for my main color and 1 for each of my 3 raised accent stripes.

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I also wanted my blanket a little wider, so I cast on 164 stitches for an extra repeat, putting my blanket at 30″ wide instead of 23″ wide, the perfect size for a crib blanket or toddler blanket.  If you are interested in making this blanket just click here.  I will also be giving an in depth description of this project at our next F.E.A.T. Wednesday, July 15th at 1:00 so please some join us! -B

 

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Maharashtra Silk Citron

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One of my favorite techniques for adding textural pleats or ruffles in knitting is ruching.  All you have to do to make this beautiful pattern is increase and decrease with a series of stockinette rows in between, a quick and simple knit!  The best part is for those of us who aren’t familiar with the technique it appears to be complicated but it is actually quite simple.

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After eyeing the pattern on knitty for several months Leslie finally decided to knit a summer version of this semi-circular shawl using Maharashtra Silk a hand dyed 100% pure silk yarn, in a large hank of 800 yards.  You only need one hank which makes the shawl very affordable at $20, a great price for a hand dyed pure silk.

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The pattern could easily be knit in other weights and fibers and still be just as lovely.  Leslie knitted the one pictured with one more repeat than the pattern directs, but you can easily add more repeats to make it even larger.  If you aren’t familiar with the pattern you can check it out by clicking here. -B

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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

Events, Projects

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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