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Archive for January 19th, 2009

Greetings from the Heartland: Michelle Edwards’ January Report

January 19th, 2009

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This is a guest post from Michelle Edwards–a life long knitter and the author/illustrator of many books for children including the 2006 Gryphon award winner, STINKY STERN FOREVER and CHICKEN MAN winner of National Jewish Book Award. Michelle lives in Iowa City, Iowa with her husband and three daughters. She is a frequent contributor to the Lion Brand Weekly E-Newsletter.

Greetings from the Heartland,

It’s well below zero here, the wind is rattling the windows and everywhere I look is ice and snow- perfect knitting weather.

On my needles right now is Cashmere, from the new LB Collection. I’ll be writing about my adventures with the queen of luxury yarns in this month’s essay which will appear in the January 23rd newsletter.

And for those of you who have been wondering about the one skein charitable knitting commitment, I’m happy to report I’m still contributing to the washcloth brigade. January: two washcloths, one half a skein so far. I’m using the simplest of patterns, the classic washcloth one. (Click here to see the story and pattern.) For fun and a touch of fancy, I like it to blanket stitch edge them in a contrasting color.

LB Collection Cashmere and Lion Cotton, that’s my January report.

Happy knitting and stay warm,

Michelle Edwards, Iowa City Iowa

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Studio Snippets: Customers Helping Each Other

January 19th, 2009

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A few days ago there was a woman sitting at the project table happily knitting away.  A few minutes later her friend joined her, spread out her work and they started working on her sweater together.  After a short time had passed I heard the second lady say, to whom I had assumed was her friend, “Thank you so much for all your help.  What days do you work here?”

It was then that the first woman informed her that she didn’t work here — she was just knitting and was happy to help.

Only at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio do you find EVEN the other customers are helpful!