Mock Apple Pie Cowl

September is a difficult month for planning outfits. When I drop off my husband at work in the morning, it’s 50 degrees, I can see my breath, and the butt-warmer in my car is set to high. When I drop off packages at the post office in the afternoon, it’s 80 degrees outside and I have the air conditioner set to full arctic-blast. If you’re my mother, your suggestion would be to wear layers, specifically a light cardigan. That’s nice in theory until you take it off at your sister’s…

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L&L Book Club presents: Hunting Sasquatch Part 1

As you read this I’m on my way to New Orleans! I’ve never been there and I’m pretty stoked about the trip. But not nearly as stoked as I am to say it’s finally time to go ‘Squatching!

The Book

This month we’re reading Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher. It’s a spin off of the Dresden Files, and written in three short stories. You don’t need to have read the Dresden Files before reading this, but if you are a fan of…

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The Summer of Crochet: Sharkington Junior

Shark Week might’ve come and went, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live every week like it’s Shark Week. Whether that means you treat life like an adventure and take advantage of every opportunity, live as if you’re about to be eaten, or rewatch 30 Rock again, we can all agree that we miss our weekly dose of Liz Lemon and we should embrace our healthy fears. Take risks and strive to live closer to the edge.

I’ve found that many crafters, whether they be knitters, crocheters, or…

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L&L Book Club: Merry Christmas Alex Cross

Welcome to Christmas in July!

Our MKAL is underway and on the Ravelry Hot List as I type this! It’s always a big honor to make the top five, it’s like the perfect validation of my chosen profession.

Sometimes, I think I love Christmas in July just as much as regular Christmas, because celebrating it now feels like I’m getting away with something. I don’t know who the “man” is in this case, but I’m sticking it to him with my unrelenting cheer. That’ll teach him. I’m seriously…

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The Summer of Crochet: Lady Shelly Yertle

Moving forward, you should know something about me. I despise sewing things together. If there is a way I can eliminate using my tapestry needle by even one whip stitch, I’ll do it. Since I love to crochet cute little amigurumi as gifts, this creates quite a conundrum for me. Creating the eyes and mouth don’t bother me for some reason, but there is nothing worse than sewing on legs and arms. Which is why you’ll discover that most of my patterns this summer will ask you to crochet them…

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The Summer of Crochet: Octi the Fancy

Before I talk about this dapper little dude pictured above or finally launch the Summer of Crochet, I wanted to say thank you for the outpour of support in response to my post last Saturday, Fairy Tales and the May Prize Winner. Your kind and understanding words — and not to mention seeing my life flashing before my eyes — helped me come to terms with some things and find the joy of knitting again. Or, I should say, the joy of crochet!

This week, I…

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Dabberlock Pashmina

Dear Crochet,

I know it’s been a while since we’ve spent time together. We survived long winter nights by making gloves and hats for my family. We counted down the days until autumn together, creating washcloths and amigurumi, while we dreamed of blankets and a plethora of cozies to keep my caffeinated drinks warm. I’m writing to you today to tell you that those times mean a lot to me, even though we grew apart as I spent more time with my new friends, Knitting and Cross…

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Cashmere Garden Shawl

Mother’s Day is less than a month away. Let’s face it: Mom expects you to knit her something. The knitter’s struggle is real. Resist the urge to make her another pair of fingerless gloves. She gave you life, don’t you think she deserves a shawl?

The Cashmere Garden Shawl was designed to be fun to make and easy to wear. It’s unique shape wraps intuitively around your neck and shoulders, and naturally drapes beautifully. Just toss the wider end over one shoulder and wind around your neck for an elegant, eye catching…

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Dragonologist Shawl

I don’t know if you know this about us here at Lattes & Llamas, but we’re giant nerds. Complete shocker, right? When Megan-Anne set out to make a limited edition colorway for spring, she wanted it to have greens and blues and yellows. There are even hints of pink and red. Now, normal people would look at this color and call it something like “Spring Meadow”, but not us. We’re cooking up a special event for this October, so we have Dungeons & Dragons on the brain right now. Hence…

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Versicolored Cowl

It’s no secret that I used to have an aversion to cotton yarn, which you can read all about here. Basically, I was like one of those people that refuse to touch acrylic yarn and claim all of it is scratchy, because their only interaction with it was Red Heart Super Saver. For years, people would claim that I just didn’t know good cotton, and they were right. It turns out that pima cotton is where its at!

What’s the difference between pima and that other stuff? Ever go…

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