Done Roving Yarns

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A new shipment of Done Roving Yarns has just arrived we have 2 of each color of 18 colors of the Frolicking Feet DK weight.  All made in the USA and hand painted in Maine.  Each skein is 350 yards of 100% superwash merino!

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We also received the Frolicking Feet mini gradients in 6 different colorways.  The one in the photograph is called winter sky but L & B has jewel tones, brights, reds, and purples.  There is something for everyone.  Each pack has 6 mini skeins.  We recommend knitting Milton by Jen Lucas a gradient shawl pattern that you can find by clicking here.  I am casting on my Milton today!

Virus Shawl

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The Virus Shawl by Julia Marquardt is a lovely lightweight summer crochet project.  We crocheted ours out of Yumbrel a 100% combed cotton by Araucania Yarns.  The shawl starts in the top center so you can just keep going until you like the size.  We used approximately 450 yards and still have enough to make another shawl out what we have left over from the hank.

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I like how this multicolored yarn makes up in this project, it adds more texture to the open lace work.  It the perfect accent for a warm summer evening.  To check out the pattern just click here.  You will notice you can follow the chart or Julia Marquardt has a video link that will give you step by step instructions.

Emmaline

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Sprout by Classic Elite Yarn is my favorite bulky cotton of all time!  It is 100% organic, making it environmentally friendly and it’s super soft.  Emmaline by Jennifer Wood is the perfect summer sweater with it’s cap sleeves and gathers giving it a Jane Austen feel.  The pattern is worked from the top down so there is no seaming involved.  You can also try on the sweater as you go to make sure you get the perfect fit.

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The raglan increases are incorporated with the yarn over eyelets running across the front of the neckline and sleeves.  Increases are worked on the top section for the bust and the sweater is separated by a purl section to create an empire waist.

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The sweater is worked in the round and is mostly knit in stockinette stitch making it a quick project!  Check out the pattern by clicking here.

 

Boomerang Shawl

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This lightweight asymmetrical shawl by Natasha Sills is a fun quick knit.  We used two hanks of Tricked Out Ewe “Sock It to Me!”.  One Graffiti and one Jagged Sea Glass which gave us a hefty 926 yards of fingering weight to use up, and we did!  This would be a perfect project to use your stash on as well.  Pick your favorite multi and pair it with a semi-solid for a striped effect or just knit it out of one colorway.

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Its shape is halfway between a triangle and a crescent, and it works with any yarn, any gauge.  You begin by casting on at the tip of the shawl and continuing until it reaches the size you want or until you run out of yarn.  Then just bind off!!

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If you like the striped look it is also an easy project to practice carrying the second color.  If you are interested in the pattern just click here.  We are also offering this shawl as a class in May, just click here for more information.

Topaz

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Topaz is a sleeveless baby dress with a simple diamond pattern by Yumiko Sakurai.  This is the perfect project for knitters who want to incorporate a little color into their work.  We used two different colors of Malabrigo Worsted.  The pattern offers different sizes (3 months, 6 months, 12 months, and 18 months).  We knit up the 6 months size and had plenty of yarn left over to reverse the colors and make a second dress!

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The Fair Isle pattern knits up quickly and is completed in just 9 rows.  Each diamond along the bottom of the dress is slightly different which helps hold your concentration.  There is also a pop of color a the shoulders and on the back which gives the dress a nice accent!  If you haven’t tried fair isle or seaming before we are offering the dress as a class in May, just click here to find out more.  To take a look at this adorable pattern click here.

Beachcomber Baby Blanket

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This easy to learn shell crochet pattern makes this baby blanket a fun and fast project.  L & B used 5 hanks of Berroco Modern Cotton.  Made in a palette of sophisticated neutrals and cheerful brights, Modern Cotton is a blend of Pima Cotton and Modal Rayon.  Each hank has 209 yards of beautifully twisted yarn that will showcase stitch patterns and can be machine washed!

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We had lots of yarn left over so you could double the size of the blanket or crochet two smaller versions like the one photographed.  We have over 15 colors of Modern Cotton to choose from for the perfect color combination.  This pattern from Knitterly can be easily striped or color blocked, click here to check out the pattern.  If you haven’t perfected a shell crochet stitch L & B is offering a class on this blanket this Saturday, April 30th.  Click here for more information on the class.

Stitch Markers

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Check out these new stitch markers that have a cute stitch keeper!  I love this idea for keeping all of my stitch markers together in the same place.  They even have a clamp at the top to attach to your favorite project bag.

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We have three styles available so come by the shop to check them out!

Baa-ble Hat

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So, I realize this is not the right time of year to knit this adorable hat by Donna Smith, but I couldn’t stand it any longer and I had to knit this one up!  I have always loved to knit fair isle, I love how the colors work together to create patterns and that alone makes projects fly by for me.  In this case, the colors work together to create little sheep and it doesn’t get any better than that.  I’ve had my eye on this hat since it was still very cold outside, and when I received some requests for a fair isle class this was the perfect project.

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We knit ours using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in 2 colors (Silver and Ecru) and Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed in 2 Colors (Chocolate and Bronze).  I had plenty of yarn left over to knit another hat in all the colors except for the silver because I used it to finish off the pom pom.  If you are interested in taking this 2-part class that begins this Saturday, April 23rd click here for more information.  If you love the pattern, just click here to check it out.

Staggered Shawl

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The Staggered Shawl pattern by Amy Gunderson is such a whimsical fun knit.  This is a great intro to intarsia pattern and only takes 3 balls of Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop.  Bamboo Pop is light and breezy the perfect yarn for summer projects.

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It is a machine washable 50/50 cotton/bamboo blend with amazing drape and softness.  The pattern is fun and definitely holds your interest by staggering the colors every few rows.  The pattern begins in the top center and increases as you work on both sides and the center.

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There are lots of awesome color combinations but we fell in love with the green, purple, and black the second we saw it!  L & B has 20 colors to choose from and the price for the project is under $30.00, what an amazing project.  You can check out the pattern by clicking here.