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Archive for September 15th, 2008

A Hat of My Own — with Sparkle

September 15th, 2008

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Jessica\'s HatAs one of the new interns here at Lion Brand, I thought it might be fun to share a knitting story.

When I started working here last week, I knew there was something I had to do: knit a hat. You see, my grandmother taught me many things when I was young, like crocheting, baking, stitching, and gardening. One day, she gave my twin sister Casey and me this hat that she had knit many years prior. It was a floppy beret knit out of black yarn with silver glitter. Of course, it was way too big for our heads, but it was fun to carry around.

As we got older, Casey and I became far more interested in this hat. We developed a sort of joint-custody situation. She has the hat right now, so my poor head gets cold. I decided to knit an alternative inspired by my grandmother’s classic.

My version isn’t a beret, but it’s still got sparkle. I used Wool-Ease Chunky in Tinsel White on size 9 needles. I cast on 60 stitches and went from there. Since I wasn’t following a pattern, I just knit and purled my way around until I finished. I was pretty surprised that it fit my admittedly large head, but it’s a perfect fit! Best of all, it only took me a weekend to complete.

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Lion Brand Associates Team Up to Knit & Crochet a Baby Blanket for a New Addition to Our Family

September 15th, 2008

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This post is from Rose, who works in the Lion Brand sales department.

For the past six months, I have been teaching a crochet class for Lion Brand associates. A few months ago, a Lion Brand associate mentioned that he and his wife were expecting their first child. Our crochet group joined together to create their first baby blanket. Each member crocheted or knitted two squares with Vanna’s Choice Baby. The result was a beautiful baby blanket, which we presented to our co-worker Michael and his wife Tracy during their baby shower on September 8, 2008.

We are grateful to Lion Brand Yarn, who donated the yarn, and to all of those associates who contributed to the gift with their handiwork.

Our knit and crochet team are (from left to right): Gina, Ling, Anny, Mily, the future parents Tracy & Michael, Marlene, Maya and Carla, (bottom row, left to right): Carolyn, Nicole, Danielle and Rose. Hilary is not in the photo, but also participated as knitter.