Luxurious Yarns and Kits Featuring Our LB Collection®. Shop Now!

  • 6 Patterns in LB Collection Cotton Bamboo

    cotton bamboo

    LB Collection Cotton Bamboo yarn is smooth to the touch and glides through your fingers and across needles with ease. This yarn does split slightly, but the results are well worth using a less pointy needle or hook than with other tight-twist yarns. Squish a skein of Cotton Bamboo and it will ask to be worked into a garment or accessory that brushes against your skin. This yarn, with a subtle sheen from the bamboo, speaks of cool comfort.

    Below is a collection of garment patterns and kits to inspire you. Want to learn more about Cotton Bamboo before getting started? Check out Getting to Know LB Collection Cotton Bamboo.

    Continue reading

    Tagged In: Read More
  • 7 Designs to Make in LB Collection Superwash Merino

    LB Collection Superwash Merino is a light worsted weight yarn. The palette boasts 26 colors, so finding the perfect shade for your style is no problem. And there are boundless opportunities for color pairings for designs like the Shaded Eyelets Shawl and Loop Scarf (shown below).

    Items made from LB SW Merino have excellent drape and are perfect for next-to-the-skin wear. You can read more about this yarn in the article, Getting to Know LB Collection Superwash Merino. And if you are wondering what "superwash" is exactly, you can find that information in the post, What is Superwash Wool.

    Below is a collection of 7 designs to knit and crochet that will get you started on exploring this very versatile yarn.


    Cross Country Poncho (Crochet kit)

    poncho

    Skill Level: Level 3 (Intermediate)

    The Cross Country Poncho was designed by Two of Wands. This intermediate level pattern uses 6 skeins of LB Collection Superwash Merino in the Hemp color.

    Continue reading

    Tagged In: Read More
  • Yarn of Mystery

    franklin habitWho are you?

    You’re in the bin clearly marked LACE WEIGHT. You are as close to being lace weight as I am to being an internationally famous professional wrestler. That is not your bin. Yet there you are.

    You should probably be four bins over, in the bin marked WORSTED WEIGHT THAT IS REALLY MORE OF A SPORT WEIGHT.

    Except aside from your apparent heft, you’re unlike anything else in that bin.

    I’m sure I never bought you.

    There is, for one thing, the question of your color. What color is that? It’s difficult to describe. Your label, if you ever had one, is missing, so I don’t know what the person who dyed you had in mind. Perhaps he or she was inspired by a childhood memory of old boogers, smeared across the underside of a battered grade school desk and left to dry for a decade. You do have that sort of greeny-yellowy-brown as your dominant note, with occasional flecks of rust that might have been intentional or might, for all I know, be actual flecks of rust.

    What would a person do with a color like this?

    What person would knit you into, say, a winter beanie; then parade the streets looking from the ears up like a dried booger?

    Perhaps this is what grandmother meant when she told me there was a lid for every pot.

    Certainly the dyer must have felt you would be appreciated by that audience in which the love of yarn and the love of boogers dwell in single blessedness.

    Also, you are fuzzy. I don’t often collect wildly fuzzy yarn.

    No, that’s not the word for you. You’re not fuzzy. Fuzzy is a nice word. Puppies are fuzzy. Fresh peaches are fuzzy. My chest is fuzzy. You’re not fuzzy.

    You look, if I may be so bold, like you were spun out of hairy nastiness fished from the Bathtub of Doctor Moreau. There is fuzz, of a sort. But it isn’t a fuzz one wishes to caress or ruffle playfully. It is fuzz one wishes to have removed by a professional who is wearing proper safety equipment.

    And yet you don’t appear to have been spun at all, really. You look more like you...accumulated...or grew...in a damp corner...of a cellar...a dark cellar...in an abandoned insane asylum. You may be alive. Should I poke you?

    I would rather not.

    So what are you doing in the bin marked LACE WEIGHT?

    It could be that you hopped over from the bin where yarn goes that friends give me, but is more to their taste than my own. Yarn like the sweater quantity of excellent merino that I can’t bear to part with even though it’s that shade of red that makes me look like something crawled out of the laboratory tank and bit me on the cheek and now I have a spotty rash that may or may not convey superpowers.

    But what friend of mine would give you to me?

    I haven’t got a bin for yarn given to me by enemies. Or yarn that crawled in through the front door of its own accord. Yarn that may well hate me. Yarn that may want to harm me.

    You do look rather...malevolent.

    Did you just move?

    Maybe I spun you myself. Should you be in the bin marked HANDSPUN? I’m a terrible spinner. There are some yarns in that bin one could only describe as woefully misbegotten. Freaks of twist and ply. I keep them all together so they can wallow in their collective sorrows. That bin is a group home for perfectly good fibers done wrong by a guy who doesn’t know when to leave the spinning wheel alone. Did you come out of that bin?

    You can’t have. I feel sure if I’d spun you, I’d have set fire to the bobbin before you were more than a few yards long. And there is so much of you. Why is there so much of you? Was there this much of you a few minutes ago?

    Are you growing?

    I’m starting to think this is not a good day to sort the stash. There’s nobody else in the house. Probably I should do this when there’s someone else around, someone who can hear me scream. Yeah.

    Back in the bin you go. Any bin. This bin.

    Did you just say no?

    (help me)



    Writer, illustrator, and photographer Franklin Habit is the author of I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book (Soho Publishing, 2016) and It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and proprietor of The Panopticon, one of the most popular knitting blogs on Internet. His publishing experience in the fiber world includes contributions to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Ply Magazine, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective, and Knitty.com.

    He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, Stitches Events, Squam Arts Workshops, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.

    These days, Franklin knits and spins in Chicago, Illinois, sharing a small city apartment with a Schacht spinning wheel, two looms, and colony of sock yarn that multiplies alarmingly whenever his back is turned. Visit him at www.franklinhabit.com

    Tagged In: Read More
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. Previous
  5. ...