Here in New York, we’ve all been really excited as we get ready for the Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s grand opening on November 18th. It has also been great to see all of the buzz from knitters and crocheters online too!
For all of you who can’t wait for the Studio to open, here’s just a little sneak peek into the space:
That’s not all though! Can’t wait until November 18th? Lion Brand Notebook aficionados and E-Newsletter subscribers are invited to two EXCLUSIVE preview days! Come visit the Studio BEFORE the general public!
November 9th, from 12 pm to 5 pm
November 13th, from 12 pm to 7 pm
Click here and print out your admittance ticket, redeemable for a special gift when you come for the preview days!
Almost 3,000 of you submitted funny, quirky, and clever captions for our Lola Halloween Contest. We enjoyed reading them so much that we couldn’t pick just one first place winner, so we are happy to announce TWO winners!
FIRST PLACE WINNERS:
Cindy of Ocala, FL:
Suzanne of Parrish, FL:
Both ladies will each get a $100 gift certificate for use on the Lion Design catalog and LionBrand.com!
I know I may not look at it, but I am definitely “sport-weight,” so no snide comments!
– Debora of Eatontown, NJ
Gimme that candy! I’ve got a concealed knitting needle and I ain’t afraid to use it!
– Irma of Cypress, TX
It’s as close to looking like Vanna as I’m going to get!
– Jessica of Cincinnati, OH
I’m just not thin enough to dress as a knitting needle.
– Debra of Middletown, RI
I promised the neighborhood I wouldn’t knit my costume this year…
– Lyz of Marshall, MN
All the honorable mentions will receive a copy of Lion Brand Vintage Styles for Today!
Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated! Just a reminder that in the case of duplicate submissions, only the first person to submit the caption was eligible to win.
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My approach to most of my knitting and crocheting projects is to design it myself and to play it by ear — I like knowing the gist of how to make something, so that I can make my own version, customized to my needs. Earlier this month, I wrote about how to knit a basic hat. In today’s post, I’m going to give you directions for crochet a basic beanie. Of course, as with all things, there is more than one way to do it, but I think that these directions will give you a good basis.
You will need:
Here’s how to do it:
Following these steps, you get a solid hat, similar to the one above. A hat like this is also good for practicing working in the round, which is useful for many of our amigurumi animals.
The great thing about a basic pattern like this is that you can do so much with it. Make stripes instead of only using one color. Switch out the single crochets for half-double crochets or double-crochets. Alternate stitch patterns. Add a pom-pom on top. Add earflaps. Cross-stitch a design on top of your basic hat. You could even use these steps to create a beret by making the base circle larger than the circumference of your head , then decreasing until you get to the circumference of your head (that you wrote down in step #3), and then working a band in a contrasting stitch pattern for the brim.
Now that you have the basic tools, get creative and make the hat that you’ve always wanted!
Of course, we always have many great hat patterns for knitters, crocheters, and loom-knitters available on LionBrand.com, for those who prefer traditional patterns. (You can also click on the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick hat pictured above, if you’d like that exact pattern.)
In the most recent episode of our audio-podcast, YarnCraft, my co-host Liz and I chat about great toys for kids of every age, as well as toys for our furry friends. We also share an interview with Nicky Epstein, who tells us all about her love of knitting and crocheting for Barbie! Click here to listen [MP3].
Here’s a sneak peak at 5 fast patterns we discuss in the episode:
And join us next Tuesday for our next episode, when we talk about great gift ideas for the holiday season!
Jacqueline, a knitting friend from Arizona, sent us this picture of a Pom Pom Tree that was inspired by the Pom Pom rug on the cover of our Fall 2008 catalog (shown below). She donated the yarn and the Pom Pom maker to residents of a nursing home in France, and they came up with this idea.