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Noro Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf

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The Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf, as published by Khebhin Gibbons on his blog, 1craftyboy, is just about the perfect spring scarf, very open and airy.  This clever chain of crochet motifs looks great in virtually any yarn weight, composition or color.  It is especially fetching crocheted with Noro Silk Garden Sock because of how the yarn changes tones and colors as you are crocheting.

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Leslie crocheted this one out of a single skein and used a size g hook.  The scarf measures over 95 inches and with yarn left over, you could make it longer if you are wanting to wrap it several times.  It’s fun to wear with jeans or as a dressy lace addition to your favorite summer dress.

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In either case, it’s a very satisfying way to be complimented by perfect strangers.  The delicate pattern reminds me of intricate Victorian lace very feminine and beautiful. -B

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Sakasama Jacket

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I absolutely LOVE this jacket!!  It is so versatile it can be worn right side up, upside down and even inside out to create different looks and textures.

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Leslie knitted this must have in your wardrobe transformable jacket out of 3 skeins of Madelinetosh Prairie held double.  The yarn knits up beautifully holding the two strands together adding more texture and dimension to the finished piece.

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When worn one way the jacket provides a really nice shawl collar giving the jacket a polished look.  Turn it upside down and you get large lapels that drape on sides for a more casual feel.

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With minimal seaming only at the armholes you can wear the garment inside out, oh so cool.  This jacket is perfect to grab for cool evenings out and will look great dressed up with slacks, with your favorite pair of jeans, or it would even be cute over a dress.

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I am definitely going to talk Leslie into letting me take it off her hands, its a must have.  To take a look at the pattern by Olga Buraya-Kefelian just click here. -B

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The Age of Brass and Steam

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With all of this rainy weather and being stuck indoors for the majority of a weekend, which is never a bad thing when you love to knit, I was able to knit this little kerchief up quickly.  It’s a simple knit with sections of stockinette stitch alternating with a garter ribbed eyelet section which adds some interest to the piece.

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Beginning in the top center by knitting a shawl tab the kerchief gets larger as you go and could even be made bigger by adding more repeats.  I couldn’t wait to knit this kerchief with Fancy Tempo by Filatura Di Crosa, a subtly rustic cotton blend yarn that combines 3 strands: a multicolored print, a contrasting thick & thin and a nubby tweed that all together create a Missoni type effect.

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You can knit the kerchief with just 2 balls of yarn and I had a little left over.  I knit this one on size 8-32″ needles which gave me a nice loose gauge perfect to accent my summer wardrobe.  I love the colors and textures in the yarn and it washed and blocked nicely.  To take a look at the free pattern just click here. -B

 

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Annual Toy Drive

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With June quickly approaching it’s time for our annual toy drive!  The past four summers L & B has been knitting, crocheting, and collecting through amazing donations, hand-crafted stuffed toys to send to the incoming kindergarten class at Positive Tomorrows, an elementary school for homeless children in Oklahoma City.

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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.

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The first in our collection is this extremely cute Jellyfish crocheted by Leslie out of 2 balls of Cascade 220 Superwash Wool.  To take a look at this pattern on Pinterest just click here.  We will collect donations all summer long until Friday, August 28th the day of our drawing!  With so many adorable softies to choose from on Ravelry, you are sure to find one that a child will love.  -B

 

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108 Contemporary Art Gallery Yarn Bomb

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L & B is excited to be hosting a knitting circle dedicated to supporting the 108 Contemporary art gallery in downtown Tulsa. The project is composed of knitted squares that will eventually be pieced together to create a landscape that will cover, or “yarn bomb,” the building’s façade. The project is entitled “The Unbearable Absence of Landscapes.”  Please bring worsted or chunky weight acrylic yarn in blues, white, or grey and size 8 needles to read more about the project details click here.

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The meeting will by held at L & B Yarn Co. Friday, May 22nd from 2:oopm-5:00pm.  Materials can also be purchased here at the store but not required for you to join this circle.  If you can’t join the circle but would like to participate please bring your squares to L & B Yarn and we will deliver them to the lead artist.  With 800 squares already complete, 3200 more need to be collected to finish this massive yarn art project!  You can get updates by going to “The Unbearable Absence of Landscapes” facebook page just click here.  I would also like to say thank you to everyone who has already brought squares to the store, we have a  large amount of squares collected already, so excited!! -B

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