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Archive for July, 2008

Vote on a Project for the Crochet-Along!

July 31st, 2008

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The Tree of Life Afghan Knit-Along was such a hit that we’re planning a crochet-along in August. Help us choose the project for this crochet-along by taking our quick and easy survey and telling us which of the following designs YOU want to make with us!

[Click here to take the survey.]

Yarn Adventures in New Hampshire

July 30th, 2008

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Last week, Jack and I drove up to Manchester, New Hampshire, for the Knit & Crochet Show and the Crochet Guild of America‘s Chain Link Conference. We arrived on Tuesday evening and took in a baseball game–the local minor league team, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats were playing the Trenton Thunder.

On Wednesday, the CGOA hosted Professional Development Day for crocheters who are or want to work in the field. Lion Brand was proud to sponsor this event, and I had a great time meeting crocheters from all over the country, and fans of the YarnCraft podcast, including one all the way from San Juan, Puerto Rico! Speaking of YarnCraft, while there, I interviewed Drew Emborsky (also known as the Crochet Dude), a designer and all around great guy who you’ll hear in our latest episode. I also interviewed quite a few other writers and designers–including Lily Chin, Margaret Hubert, Jean Leinhauser, and more. Interviews to follow in upcoming episodes.

Jack and I also went up to the mill that makes Homespun yarn, as it was pretty close to the convention center. In fact, the whole area used to have yarn and textile mills all over! The restaurant off of the convention center, JD’s Restaurant, actually had spinning wheels and old spools from the old mills. There’s even a mill museum in Manchester.

The Homespun mill is housed in a building that was built in 1864! (That’s it on the left.) It’s really amazing to see the various raw fibers and colors being spun into our various shades of Homespun. We’re really proud of the fact that Homespun is made in America in a place steeped with such a strong yarn history.

Back at the Knit & Crochet show, we walked the Market Preview, and I even appeared as a guest on writer and yarncrafter Mary Beth Temple’s podcast, Getting Loopy!

All in all, a great time. Want to check out the next Knit & Crochet Show, taking place in Portland, OR, in September? Maybe we’ll see you there!

Even Barbie Knits!

July 25th, 2008

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One of our associates, Lisa, in Accounting, collects Barbie Dolls and has this vintage “Knitting Barbie” in her office.

If you have Barbie dolls and would like to knit for them, pick up a copy of our friend, Nicky Epstein’s book.

Seen in the Yarniverse – Pizza as Scarf

July 24th, 2008

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I always love seeing the creative things that people do with Lion Brand yarns, whether it’s making something based on a pattern or doing something entirely out of the box–pizza box, in this case. Craftzine’s blog recently featured this great crocheted pizza scarf by Starcee. It’s crocheted out of Cotton-Ease and Vanna’s Choice, and it looks good enough to eat!

Want to show us what you’ve been making with our yarns? Add your projects to the Customer Gallery.

Make a Pattern – Rate a Pattern

July 23rd, 2008

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One of the great features of our Pattern Finder(R) is the feedback we get from people. You’ll find a wealth of information from people who have actually made the pattern and taken the time to write a detailed review along with a rating from 1 to 5 stars.

We invite you to participate in the rating process. You’ll be helping others by sharing the experience you have had making a pattern.