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Archive for May 15th, 2008

How to Knit Along with Us

May 15th, 2008

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Tree of Life Knit-Along BadgeWe’re so excited that over 25,000 of you have read about our first knit-along of the Tree of Life Afghan and that over 200 of you have commented. Since many people have mentioned that they are new to knit-alongs, we wanted to go over some basics of the knit-along with you.

So how do I join the knit-along?
Just download the pattern, pick up your supplies either at your local store or on our website, and start knitting! No need to sign up or anything. Just read the posts and share your thoughts with other participants.

How often will you update?
For this knit-along, Corinna will be updating the community every two weeks on her progress, but you can knit at your own pace! Knit-alongs are all about helping each other through a project, so we want to hear from you!

How do I share my thoughts or questions?
As you’re working, share your questions with other knitters by adding a comment (click on the “comments” button at the bottom of each post), and if you have an answer for someone else, a suggestion, or just an anecdote, share it with us too! If you’re responding to someone else’s comment, it’s helpful to include their name and/or comment number, so we know what you’re referring to.

Please read others’ comments! Someone might have already asked/answered the question you have, or maybe you can answer someone else’s question! It’s all about helping each other!

How do I share photos of my progress?
If you have a blog or an account on a photo service, feel free to store your pictures there and just include a link to your photos in a comment. If you are a Flickr user, tag your photos “lion brand,” “tree of life” and join our Flickr pool! Flickr has a great explanation of how to add your photo to a photo pool. (Note: all links appear in orange on the Lion Brand Notebook, so if something is orange, you can click on it!)

Can I invite my knitting group to join?
Absolutely! This knit-along is all about building community. Feel free to invite your friends. If you have a blog, pick up the badge above (Right-click the badge and “Save image as” to save it to your computer — Ctrl+click and “Save image as” on Macs) and add it to your blog, so that your friends can see it too.

Again, I just want to welcome everyone who’s participating! See you next Wednesday for Corinna’s next post!

BK4K celebrates spring!

May 15th, 2008

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Daffodil Pencil
In addition to our weekly e-newsletter, we also have a monthly newsletter for kids and those who craft with them. It’s a great source of inspiration for kids, teens, parents, girl- and boyscout leaders, camp counselors and more. BK4K (By Kids for Kids) features beginner and easy knit and crochet projects.

In this past month’s issue, our patterns were inspired by spring. We featured the daffodil pencil (shown above), an easy, breezy headband, and a charming flower coin purse. These projects are great ways to practice simple knit and crochet stitches, and they’re perfect for the warmer months.

For more great kid-friendly ideas, subscribe to BK4K. If you have a Lion Brand account, you can simply add it by visiting the “My Account” page, and selecting it under “Subscriptions.”

Yarn is Everywhere!

May 15th, 2008

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There are billboards all over New York city for a company called Manhattan Storage. They’re always interesting and often provactive. The current ad feature knitting and reads, “Maybe we make storage too easy.”

Manhattan storage

I’ve been wanting to get a photo of one but driving down the Westside Highway at 50 mph. makes that pretty difficult. I saw this one on the subway. I was still still in motion so it’s a bit shaky…but you get the idea.