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Archive for February, 2009

Seen in the Yarniverse: Knitting the Brain

February 13th, 2009

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Ten years ago, semi-professional artist Karen Norberg set out on a difficult task: to knit a scientifically accurate brain. With one year, lots of textbooks, and even more yarn, Norberg achieved her goal. Her true-to-life brain is now receiving ample media attention, including an article from Scientific American. Click here to read the story, or visit the Museum of Fabric Brain Art to see Norberg’s knitted brain exhibited next to other scientifically accurate hand-crafted brains.

Fashion Show at the Studio with Designer Nicky Epstein

February 12th, 2009

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Last Thursday, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio had the pleasure of hosting Nicky Epstein, renowned designer and author of Knitting on Top of the World, Knitting on the Edge, Crocheting on the Edge, and many other books.

The evening started with a few questions that our Studio Manager Patty had collected from attendees, which Nicky answered with great humor and sincerity. One question I thought was particularly interesting was, “Where do you get your inspiration?” Nicky spoke about how she draws inspiration from everyday life, from a tapestry in her hallway to pottery she spots in a museum.

Nicky then shared some of her beautiful designs, some from Lion Brand — including the Tree of Life Afghan and the Temair Throw — and some from several of her books, including her newest, Knitting on Top of the World. The fashion show was so fun and interactive as audience participants got to model Nicky’s amazing designs.

Nicky also brought with her beautiful silk scarves, which are available exclusively at the Studio. The evening ended with more conversation and excitement as Nicky signed books for her fans. Some signed books are still available, so stop by the Studio!

If you missed Nicky Epstein, listen to her on our podcast YarnCraft, and don’t miss my good friend Lily Chin next month! Sign up for the Studio News and Events feed to be the first to know about events and new products, and RSVP!

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Last-Minute Handmade Valentines

February 11th, 2009

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Etsy just featured a round-up of quick, little Valentine’s Day projects, including our Amigurumi Love Birds.

Check out all of the other projects by clicking here.

Studio Snippets: Our Customer-Made Scarf

February 11th, 2009

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A few weeks ago, Claire — one of our fabulous Studio staffers — unpacked the Cricket Weaving Loom, read the directions, and set it up in no time.  She picked out a whopping seven different kinds of yarn to play with: Vanna’s Choice, Wool-Ease, Microspun, Homespun, Moonlight Mohair, Vanna’s Glamour and Cupcake.  After getting it started, we left the loom on the table and encouraged customers over the next few weeks to try their hand.  Some were conservative, doing a row or two of the yarn on the shuttle. Others were more creative freely mixing yarns, while others were down right daring, holding two yarns together creating a stunning effect.  The bottom line is: anyone can create a work of art with no training. Just pick out some yarn and start weaving!

Here’s some close ups of all our customer’s work on one magic scarf:


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Here’s the final result:


By the way, if the customer scarf ever “goes missing” from the Studio . . . it’s because it’s found it’s way home with our own Will.  He has his eye on it!


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Meet Us at the Knit-Out & Crochet Event!

February 10th, 2009

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Last year, over 50,000 knitters and crocheters came to the annual Knit-Out & Crochet at the Mall of America!

This year’s Knit-Out & Crochet event at the Mall of America will feature all your favorite knit & crochet designers, celebs like bestselling author Debbie Macomber, workshops, fashion shows, and so much more! Stop by the Lion Brand booth and check out all of our newest yarns and patterns! Meet the ladies of YarnCraft or take a picture with the Lion!

Click here for more on the event.