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Manos Lace

Manos Lace isn’t just your typical lace yarn, its composed of baby alpaca for warmth and softness, silk for lustre, and cashmere for pure luxury.  One of many of the Manos yarns we carry in our shop because we believe in quality and love the fact that Manos del Uruguay is a non profit organization which assembles over 400 artisans in cooperatives scattered throughout the countryside of Uruguay.  The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968, begun by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work.  They began modestly, by selling handcrafts at local shops and the annual agricultural show in Montevideo. In time spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting became the focus of the Coop’s efforts. Initially the “faded”, striated colors of Manos yarn were the result of heating yarn for dyeing in large, iron kettles over wood fires. Over the years, the dying process has been refined to provide consistency of color without losing what has become the trademark stria shading.  In addition to creating yarns for handcrafters, the Manos Cooperatives have continued to produce ready-to-wear pieces for designers and department stores such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Nordstrom’s, and Sak’s.  When thinking about what lace weight to use on your next project I highly recommend taking a look at the Manos Lace, you won’t be disappointed.  After all your project deserves awesome yarn!

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Cowl of the Month: Third Reveal

Ok, so it was a week later than I thought but, it did finally happen. I finished it!!  I’m so helpful ;) Leslie has already knitted three cowls for the club and this is my first to complete, better late than never.  That is a bunch of knitting people, over 900 yards of beautiful Fino and it was totally worth it.  I feel like it is a heirloom piece that I will always love to wear and I did.

I wore it all day yesterday and if any of you were out and about here in Oklahoma it was so so cold, I was happy to have my cowl complete.  As most of you know our Cowl of the Month Club starts the first week of  April and this cowl is one of 6 designs that we will be giving our club members.

If you want to find out more information about the Cowl of the Month Club just click here.  I am also happy to e-mail you the sign up form if you want to read more of the details.  -B

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Ictis

So I haven’t knit this one yet, but I do love anything designed by Boo Knits.  The Ictis is no exception to my rule, MUST KNIT THEM ALL.  Inspired by the silhouette of St Michael’s Mount, this wide, triangular, shawl is knit in one piece from the top center in simple bands of stockinette stitch that alternate with bands of lace. It is a pattern that is simple enough for beginners to lace knitting and yet interesting enough for those with more experience and as all her patterns are absolutely stunning.  The versatile pattern can be made larger by repeating the 22 row pattern block, and can be made a bit more frilly by adding the picot bind off to the end of the project and adding beads.

All of the Boo Knits patterns are written extremely well and can be knitted by either following a chart or written instructions, just click here to check out Ictis.  Of course Sue used the Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Glazed Pecan, again you can’t go wrong with either the pattern or the yarn in this case.  I hope those of you who think you can’t knit lace might try this one out because her patterns are so fantastic, I truly believe if you can knit you can conquer lace. -B

Etsy Favorites, Projects

Lucky No. 7

Really can’t get enough of chevron right now, so when Shanna came in wearing this cowl I was hoping she would let me photograph her.  I absolutely love this, and when I finish up my cowls for L & B’s upcoming Cowl of the Month Club, I plan to make one for myself.  She used 3 hanks of Cascade Heritage, a super soft merino superwash/nylon blend that is sturdy and can be washed on gentle, you can also throw it in the dryer on low (it doesn’t get better than that).  The pattern is called Lucky No. 7 by Jenny Faifel and it is a seamless reversible infinity scarf featuring a bold and stylish black and white zigzag pattern. The scarf offers endless options for modification, although I do like the more simple minimalist approach by just picking two colors you do have the option to make it with multiple colors, which could be really fun, bright, and happy!  A little about the knitter as well, Shanna is a fantastic knitter but she is also an accomplished potter and we typically carry her yarn bowls in the shop.  We are out of stock at this time, but I do recommend checking out her Etsy shop just click here.  I think every knitter and crocheter should have a yarn bowl to call there own. -B

Announcements, Events

Cowl of the Month: Second Reveal

Loving the final product on this Cowl of the Month! Leslie is on a roll getting these things whipped out, and now I’m starting to feel some pressure to get mine finished up.  I plan to get one finished up this weekend, hurry knit!  She has been giving me a hard time all day about how long its taking me.  I know, I know its not a shock to most of you who know that most of the time I don’t finish projects.  I have been better lately and I do think this weekend is the weekend for completion.  So if you haven’t heard about L & B’s Scarf of the Month Club that is starting in April click here to find out more.

This is the second design in the set of six designs so we hope you like it.  It’s three hanks of Cascade Heritage held in a way that makes the project go from white to a dark green.  Super fun and cute!  -B

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