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Archive for March, 2009

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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