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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



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.


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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