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Archive for November, 2008

The Lion Brand Yarn Studio in the News

November 20th, 2008

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If you aren’t able to stop by the new Lion Brand Yarn Studio in person, it doesn’t mean that you can’t see, read about, chat about, and even hear about it.

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Something Positive You Can Do

November 19th, 2008

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Handmade Pledge

What is a positive action you can take in a climate where so much is negative?   When you become part of a movement that supports making and giving handmade gifts you support activities that are frugal, sustainable, heartfelt, down-to-earth and meaningful.  Make a pledge to give and request handmade gifts for the holiday season.

A Ruffled Scarf for Miles

November 17th, 2008

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This is a guest post, from Lindsey, one of our marketing interns:

Lindsey and her Ruffled ScarfI’ve known how to knit (and I mean knit, no purling or increasing/decreasing etc) for a couple years, but have spent the last few months working diligently at learning more yarncrafting skills. My most recent accomplishment: learning to crochet!

Less than one week and two projects into crocheting, I decided to find a great project for my new favorite yarn, Homespun! As a fashion-conscious young New Yorker looking for something fun to make, the Crochet Ruffle Scarf seemed logical to me. So, I looked at the pattern, decided it would be easy enough for me to make, grabbed a ball of Homespun in Lagoon (which matches about half of my current wardrobe), and got started.

You’ll notice I never mentioned consciously picking a hook size. I had two hooks in my apartment—N-13 and I-9— and of course I picked the N-13. The pattern calls for a K-10.5, but I tend not to pay attention when working on scarves. It wasn’t until I was on the second row and delighted with how I could see the ruffle taking shape that I noticed this was going to be the longest scarf ever! Well, I finished it anyway. I used more than the one ball it was supposed to require, but I had already prepared myself for that. At first I thought it was too long, but after a little modeling for my roommate and laughing at how ridiculous it was, I realized it was actually kind of cute. In fact, worn just hanging, not wrapped, it makes quite a fashion statement. Or I can wrap it around my neck as many times as my style — or cold weather — deems necessary.

After finishing it, I had just over a ball of Lagoon still in my stash. As it was just a few days before a friend’s birthday, I decided to find the correct hook and make her a scarf too. I made hers a little smaller than my giant scarf; she prefers function over fashion and the ruffle was enough decoration for her. It turned out perfect and she loves it!

What are some new yarncrafting skills that you’ve learned recently or that you want to learn? Tell us about them!

Knitted Music Video

November 14th, 2008

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The images on the video link below create a vision of a Canadian winter by animating 700 knitted panels.  The song is by a Canadian indie rock group called Tricot Machine.

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Thanks to Jane for passing this on.

What a Fantastic Studio Preview!

November 13th, 2008

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On Sunday, I had the most exhausting, exhilarating, crazy, fun- filled, AMAZING day ever!  Of course, I’m talking of Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s first member-only preview day.  At 10:30 am, the line had already started to form. By the time we opened the doors at noon, there were already sixty fantastic, loyal, excited Lion Brand Yarn fans waiting to get in. We opened the doors and the fun began.  In the next five hours, over 500 Lion Brand customers passed through our doors.

First ones in!

It was so great to meet you all! What a remarkable bunch of yarn-crafters. I met someone who flew in from Washington DC, a woman who came in from Maryland, a man who drove from Pennsylvania. I guess it’s true what they say about us yarn lovers: if you build it (and fill it with yarn), we will come. I think my favorite part of the day was when I visited the back of the line to see how everyone was doing. I asked, “How’s everything going back here?” and a wonderful woman said, “Great, we’re all having fun and making friends.”  I hope that will set the tone for our future.

Speaking of the future, we have lots of fun events coming up in the next few months.  First, there’s the grand opening, November 18th.  We will have free demos throughout the day and hourly raffles!

Check out our web page,, for news and events, and be sure to sign up for the Studio e-mail list! If you are on the Lion Brand Yarn e-mail list, you still have to sign up separately for the Studio e-mail.

Today will be our second preview day, from 12 to 7 pm — we look forward to meeting even more of you!

Hope to see you all soon and often!

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