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Annual Toy Drive Update

Our final day for toy donations is Friday, August 29th. I am happy to announce that you have outdone yourselves on donations this year.  So far we have collected over 60 toys for Positive Tomorrows, this is a record high!  I would like to say thank you for your participation in this event.  We have enough donations to fill multiple classrooms and your heartfelt stitches are sure to leave children smiling. -B


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

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Zozo Toy

“I come in peace….” This little Zozo Toy looks like he is talking to you with those tiny knitted fingers.  An absolutely awesome toy added to our annual toy drive.  I wanted to give everyone an update and say thank you to those who have donated so far.  We have over 30 animals submitted and a little over 3 weeks to go.  I believe that we will be able to fill multiple classrooms at Positive Tomorrows, an elementary school for the homeless in Oklahoma City, with toys for each child!  Remember  for each hand-crafted donation, you will receive an entry into a drawing for a $25 L&B Yarn Co. gift card.  This Zozo toy was knitted out of Leslie’s leftover Silky Wool from her Color Block Infinity Scarf.  This is a great way to put those leftover scraps to good use, if you are interested in knitting this little Zozo just click here to take a look at the pattern.  Don’t forget the drawing will be held Friday, August 29th.  Thanks for all of your donations and participation in L & B’s Annual Toy Drive! -B