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Archive for March, 2009

5 Baby Patterns from YarnCraft Episode #37

March 31st, 2009

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Now that it’s officially spring, it’s time for new life and great new projects! On episode 37 of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly audio show, my co-host Liz and I share fabulous projects for Easter and for spring newborns. We’re also joined by our senior technical editor, Jackie, who gives us some great tips on projects that will be child-friendly and mom-friendly, too. In our regular segment Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we discuss great ideas for your baby shower. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who has a new baby coming into their life!

Here are five great patterns for spring babies:

To listen to this episode, click here [MP3]. For more information about the podcast or this episode, visit the YarnCraft blog.

Join us next Tuesday for an episode all about Earth Day and eco-friendly yarns.

Even Superheroes Like Knitting

March 30th, 2009

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Imagine yarn so strong that it’s bulletproof. It’s not that unusual — if you’re a superhero, that is.

Handknit Heroes is the first comic book series all about superheroes and knitting. The first issue has already been released to much internet buzz. Each issue also comes with a free knitting pattern.

She’s Still Going Strong at 100

March 29th, 2009

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A positive attitude, a generous spirit and a passion for crochet has kept this lovely lady healthy for 100 years.


March 27th, 2009

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We wanted to thank this blogger for a lovely review of our website.

Moderne Jacket Crochet-Along: Working the Front Panels

March 26th, 2009

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This weekend was a pretty productive time for me and my Moderne Jacket – and I found out that this is a very portable project. I’ve been a “swim mom” for more than a few years and this weekend found me on bleachers with my CAL jacket during a 3 day meet. I always like to look around and see what the other knitters and crocheters are working on – there was sock, poncho, afghan and a dog sweater in the making at that meet!

Even though I had finished the back and was starting work on the left front, I didn’t leave that jacket back piece out of my yarn bag. I’ve found that one of the worst mistakes I can make “on the road” (or on the bleachers) is to leave at home the rest of my project. Although I’ll follow the pattern of my project and take notes, it’s helpful and reassuring to have other pieces as reference for the piece I’m working on at that moment.

So, when I was working on the left front, I kept my back nearby to check measurements to the underarm, and the raglan shaping. In my last post I talked about “lining up” the stitch pattern while working the decreases in the pattern. Besides counting my stitches after those decrease rows, I laid the front on the back to make sure the shaping was going along well. The left front actually turned out nicely and so I used the left front as reference for the right front.

Many times the instructions for the second front says to work it the same as the first front, reversing shaping. I know as a teacher that the term “reverse shaping” can seem rather daunting – but here’s something that I always do to make sure the fronts are the same, but reversed. When I finish my first front, I lay it upside down while I am working the second front. Then as I work the second front, I lay it on top of the first and this helps to make a perfect “mirror image. So here are both fronts “reflecting” each other!

(Click the photo to see it enlarged.)

Oh, and here’s one more thing that makes this pattern easier to shape for the second front — the crochet stitch pattern that is used in this jacket is reversible. So, if you don’t mind the bottom edge of your fronts looking a little different you can actually make two left fronts and just turn one around for the right front! What’s not to love about reversible stitch patterns?

Now that I have started a sleeve, I’m making sure to keep one of the fronts in my yarn bag, and I will make sure the raglan sleeve shaping will be the same length as the fronts. I’m betting that you see where I’m going with this, because I will definitely keep that first sleeve around when I make the second! Doing all this will make sure I won’t have any unpleasant surprises when I go to sew all these pieces together.

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Weaving in the Great Outdoors

March 25th, 2009

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Our friend, artist and weaver, Travis Meinolf is back with another Action Weaver video. Click here to watch it. (Recognize the yarn he’s using?)

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Celebrate Easter & Passover with BK4K

March 24th, 2009

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BK4K (By Kids, For Kids) is our monthly kids’ newsletter that’s perfect for kids and the adults that craft with them, from parents and grandparents to teachers and scout leaders.

Since March is National Craft Month, we’ve decided to get ready for upcoming holidays in advance! In this issue, we share great patterns for Easter and Passover to keep children busy during those rainy spring days. These great crafts can be used as the centerpiece for your holiday table, a toy for children, or just a joyful holiday decoration.

Even if you can’t knit or crochet yet, you can still make handmade decorations! Our Over Easy Eggs are a great way to personalize crafts without all the mess of dyeing eggs.

For even more holiday inspiration, search our Pattern Finder for “Easter” or “Passover“.

For more great kid-friendly ideas each month, subscribe to BK4K. If you already have a Lion Brand account, you can simply add it by clicking on “My LBY“, and selecting it under “My Subscriptions.”

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Lion Brand Wins a Flamie

March 24th, 2009

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On Monday, March 16, we got some exciting news — the Crochet Liberation Front announced the winners of its first annual Flamies. The CLF decided on several worthy nominations in each of approximately 20 categories, and around 4,000 votes were cast online after! Live on Getting Loopy — a great fiber-podcast — they announced the winners of the Flamies and honored Lion Brand as the Most-Crochet Friendly Yarn Company. I was happy to be on the podcast to accept the award.

Lion Brand is so grateful to all the crocheters out there, as well as the CLF!

The Crochet Liberation Front originated as a group on Ravelry and is now a website, blog, and podcast. The CLF is dedicated to the appreciation of crochet as its own entity, rather than the “kid sister of knitting”. The Flamies were devised to honor brands, designers, magazines, etc. that respect their mission of treating crochet equally.

A Knitted Seder

March 23rd, 2009

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It’s about that time of year that people are looking ahead to Easter and Passover. For those of you planning Passover Seder, see what Leslie–of the blog “A TikkunKnitter’s Miscellany”–has knitted for her seder plate.

The Garden Table Featured on the Martha Stewart Show

March 20th, 2009

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We don’t have a pattern for the amazing garden table featured on the show, BUT here is a general description of how it was made:

The moss on the surface of the table was created by wrapping and gluing Jiffy, Homespun, and Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in various shades of green and brown. The “earth” at each leg base is made with shades of brown in Nature’s Choice, Jiffy and Homespun.

The grass is created with a variation of the Loop Stitch in a combination of Jiffy and Lion Wool.

The dandelions are crafted from pom-poms in Lion Cotton.

The leaves are felted Lion Wool, and the flowers were created with felted Lion Wool & Lion Cashmere Blend with accents of Babysoft and Vanna’s Choice Baby. The vines and stems of the flowers are wrapped in Babysoft, Cotton-Ease, Lion Cotton, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and Jiffy.

The butterfly was made with felted Lion Wool and wrapped Cotton-Ease, with Babysoft and Vanna’s Choice Baby embroidered accents.

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