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.
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
“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
We are moving this weeks F.E.A.T. series to next week Wednesday, August 6th. There will not be a F.E.A.T. gathering this week Wednesday, July 30th. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but, hope to see everyone next Wednesday!! Remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea. We are offering the gathering in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 30th from 1:00pm-2:00pm.
The gathering will focus on the current project and we will discuss the why we chose it, offer an abundance of information on the yarn and fiber, conversation, and of course, tea. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that it’s entirely free! And not only is it free, but you will also enjoy the benefit of receiving a discount on the featured yarn if you choose to purchase it after the meeting. -B & Michael
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