Lion Brand Notebook

News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

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Welcome to the Lion Brand Notebook

April 23rd, 2008

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Welcome to Lion Country

Hi, I’m David Blumenthal, President of Lion Brand Yarn Company, and I’d like to welcome you to Lion Brand through this notebook. As a family business with a long history (Lion Brand has been around since 1878), we are passionate about yarn and dedicated to upholding the values that our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents have instilled in us. Several times a week we’ll share ideas, information and thoughts about crafting with yarn and we’d like to hear your comments.

The picture above is a sign that greets visitors in our corporate offices Carlstadt, New Jersey offices. There is also a bronze plaque in our reception area with the following quote:

The ideals set forth by our parents for this company will ever remain the guiding spirit in our efforts to promote lasting friendship and fair dealing.

We’ll be bringing you answers to your most asked questions, tips and technical support for crafting with yarn, information about the community of knitters, crocheters and crafters, and knit and crochet events. Please check this notebook regularly for up-to-date news and information about new products and plans for an exciting new endeavor that we’ll share with you soon.

We’re looking forward to the conversation. We hope you’ll become part of our extended family. Please feel free to leave a comment, introduce yourself and say hello.

  • Sarah

    Hello!

    I have been knitting with Lion Brand Yarn since college (about 5 years now). I am really excited to hear what other knitters, and Lion Brand members have to say, and happy to have an easy way to talk to other knitters.

  • http://justme@blogger.com susand

    I knit every day, and I’m usually knitting with Lion Brand yarn! I have been kniting for 37 years!
    Hello to everyone!

  • LeOrace

    I knit as much as I can, anywhere I can, it will be nice to talk to others that knit and crochet

  • Wanda

    I love your patterns but so many are not in my size. Please consider size 32″ for future designs. Us thin people also need patterns that fit us! So many patterns today are geared for the higher end of the scale.

    Thank you.

  • Laura

    I just want to thank you for all the interest things I find at your place.
    I´m from Argentina, so I can´t buy your products, but I love to see the patterns and all the tips you give us.
    Thanks again
    Laura

  • Helen

    Just wanted to let you know that Lion Brand Yarn is my favorite yarn to crochet with. I’ve made 8 afghans so far and every one loves them.
    Thanks for being there.

  • Joyce Becker

    And to think that any one of us can have high fashion with just a click of our knitting needles or crochet hooks. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!

  • http://pattscreationsmadness.blogspot.com/ Patt

    First thing that went thru my mind when I saw the long yellow scarf project was “Something made to waste a lot of time and great yarn in the name of ART.” ha Guess we can do just about anything and call it art. here is my ART project for the day.
    ————_____===++++++++&&%
    there ya go, ART, kind of reminds me of the knitted mile!

  • Linda

    Regarding the “Knitted Mile” article, all I can say is, what a waste of good yarn! I scrimp and save in order to buy it, as things are tough for me right now, and to read an article like this where people feel that they have to waste a resource in order to make a “statement” really bothers me. They could have used that yarn to make something to keep someone in need warm, but instead they lay it out on a road. As if anyone cares what they think, anyway — let’s get real, ladies. This “statement” you’ve tried to make states more about you than what you’re trying to get across.

  • Zontee

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for introducing yourselves and sharing your comments!

    Please note that comments should relate to the post and should be added using the link at the BOTTOM of each post. For more on commenting, please read the Rules of Engagement before adding to the conversation. We hope to hear more from you!

    ~Zontee~

  • Gemma

    Hello, Mr. B and Zontee:

    It’s a joy to see you here and to listen to your podcasts. I especially enjoyed the ‘casts relating to Ms White, who certainly comes across as a delightful and humane person.

    I am a satisfied user of your products, and it is great to know that I can really respect and like the people behind the product.

    Please keep up the great work!

    Gemma

  • Diane

    Hello Lionbrand Notebook

    Thanks so very much for always being there to answer and/or solve my knitting, crocheting puzzles…and for making some absolutely perfect yarns and threads…and for providing FREE patterns that are easy to follow.

    And now for bringing thread/yarn/knitters/crocheters/crafters together.

  • Deb

    While the knitted mile is interesting in concept, as one who’s day job consists of working with low income children & families, I see it as a sad waste of resources. We have some wonderful local knitting groups that knit hats & mittens for our children & families. Some years, the supply they send us is gone in 4-6 weeks, sometimes it last longer, rarely has it lasted as long as we need it to.
    I don’t want to think about how many hats or pairs of mittens all that yarn could have made.

  • Tena

    Did the mile of yarn make the Guinness book of records?
    Tena

  • http://fnelsonsusan@aol.com Susan F

    Sue Says: The knitted mile was a waste of yarn, but it was a fun thing. So we can have knitted fun once in awhile.
    Sue

  • http://golden-apples.blogspot.com helen (of troy)

    Man (humankind) does not live by bread alone…

    ART is not a luxury for only the rich.

    all the scarves and hats, for all the worlds poor, doesn’t meet all their needs.

    Generosity of spirit is just as important as a warm hat.

    i would guess, a good 50% of the people involved in knitting segments, are working poor.. (they have enough to get by, but not much more) and while Lion Brand made a huge contribution of yarn, they provide less than 1/2 by weight. the project was collaborative–I gained way more than i gave.

    and nothing that changes your way of thinking (and this project did–in ways i didn’t expect!) is a waste.

  • http://SouthCarolinamatchcovers Sunny

    Holy Cow! Amazing yellow mile! I’m sure I have knitted/crocheted enough over the years to cover another few miles! Glad you shared the pics. Wonder what will be next?

  • Debbie

    I am new to your products but not to crocheting and really enjoy seeing what articles you send out. Keep up the great work.

    Deb

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