So, if you follow L & B on Ravelry you probably saw my post a couple days ago about this fun upcoming event! Leslie and I are designing and knitting up a storm for our upcoming Cowl of the Month Club. In past years we have done: “Scarf of the Month” and “Hat of the Month” so this year is “Cowl of the Month” and it includes 6 projects in 6 months. In past years the patterns were exclusive to club members, but this year we are changing things up a little bit.
Those who sign up and pay in advance for The Cowl of the Month Membership will receive a 20% discount on all the yarn needed for each pattern and the patterns will be free. The patterns will still be available for non-club members but they won’t be free and the yarn for each pattern will be priced at regular retail price. This gives club members a nice perk
We are excited about this years designs so be thinking if you might want to be a Cowl of the Month Club Member at L & B Yarn Co. Some of the yarns we are using are Berroco Abode, Cascade Heritage, Manos Fino, Berroco Boboli Quick…there are 2 more in the works so I will keep everyone updated. This is the first in the series and our first reveal. Sign ups will begin the first of March and the first cowl will be available for pick up or delivery the first week of April. I will be posting more pictures of the cowls as we complete them and giving some pricing information in the next week. -B
I’m so excited, we have received our very first shipment of della Q bags and needle cases and they are AWESOME! This is a product that we have been eying for quite some time and now we finally have it. If you aren’t familiar with this line they are definitely designed with the customer in mind. The bags have lots of pockets and are a good size if you don’t want to lug around a giant bag you can fit everything you little fiber heart desires into the Cleo Yarn Caddy.
And who can resist the Pippa Yarn Dispenser. It folds down flat for compact storage and pops right back open ready for your newest project to go with you to wherever your busy day might take you keeping your yarn safe and clean.
My favorite accessory from della Q are the best circular needle cases I have ever seen (and I’ve been on the lookout)! they are light weight and each pocket is nicely labeled so you can organize all of your needles in one spot. I am definitely going to be going home with The Que Grand Circular needle case today and begin to organize. All of the vibrant colored fabrics come from Vietnam and when you purchase della Q products a portion of your proceeds are donated to Vietnam Quilts, a non-profit organization that trains low-income and rural Vietnamese women in the art of quilting and provides them with a means to a steady income. It doesn’t get much better than that, for more information on della Q click here. -B
This week we are hosting the second project in our F.E.A.T. series. On Wednesday, February 19th from 1:00pm-2:00pm we will begin F.E.A.T. Sweet Dreams, remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea. We are offering the same gathering on two different days and times so that hopefully everyone will have a chance to come in and participate. The second gathering for F.E.A.T. Sweet Dreams will be Wednesday, February 26th from 6:00pm-7:00pm.
Each 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
First of all I would like to say Happy Valentines Day! It’s been a little while since I’ve felted anything and it is as much fun as I remember. Some of you might be wondering what is felting? Basically you can either knit or crochet a project out of 100% wool (non-superwash) then all you do is put it in a washing machine and wash the project on hot. When you remove the project it has transformed (don’t forget to shape and let dry)! The wool has shrunk and made more of a solid, stiff fabric that is much like felt that you would purchase from a hobby store. You can felt anything you knit out of non-superwash wool. Over the years we have done quite a bit of felting, bags, purses, bowls, vases, slippers, and even sweaters. Just remember when you are felt a project the before is going to be much larger than after you shrink it down. For example, the slippers we have made in the past look like something a giant would wear until after the felting process is finished. It is also possible to felt a fiber that isn’t a full wool, alpaca/wool blends will also felt, and we have even felted a bag that was made with 50/50 wool/acrylic. If you decide to try out this simple little project you will need one skein of Cascade 220 and size 10-40″ circular needles. Just go to the free pattern section of our blog to check out the pattern or click here.
The project is fun for any season just change the color of your yarn and your motif by adding a different shape at the end. We added our shape by needle felting, which happens after you have felted your project. You do this by using a single ply yarn in a different color in this case white. You add the white in bunches to the top of the project and apply by using a needle felting tool and mat. If you have questions feel free to come in and see us and we can help explain or feel free to give us a call 405-820-7391. -B
Ha ha ha, being her sister I find this quite amusing. Leslie doesn’t like to knit with yarn that has been hyped up and there has definitely been some hype around the shop about Manos del Uruguay’s newish 70% Merino 30% Silk, 490 yard hank of Fino. This is the part I love, she finally had to admit after knitting up this Iron Maiden that Fino is like knitting with butter (and she wasn’t talking about the color she choose). The light variation in the yarn that comes from the dying process gives the project some depth and texture without loosing the lace work in the shawl. The crescent shaped shawl pattern is extremely well written and only takes one hank of Fino. Leslie is a chart reader but in this case she found that the lace pattern was just as easy to read in the written instructions, so if you find charts daunting this will be a good pattern to try. The pattern is also easy to memorize and see so stitch markers weren’t a necessity. The body of the shawl consists of diagnal stripes that change direction as they meet in the middle so it appears multi-directional. It blocked out to a really nice size exactly like the pattern said it would. To take a look at the pattern just click here.
My favorite thing about this project or any project that uses Manos del Uruguay is it is a fair trade yarn. With each purchased skein of yarn you will be helping a woman to support her family. Each skein is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village in Uruguay it came. Can’t get much better than that! -B