Lion Brand Notebook

News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

Image frame

Archive for April 27th, 2009


A Special Event at FIT

April 27th, 2009

Pin It

It’s not often I have an opportunity to write on the blog as my family and business responsibilities keeps me quite busy. I thought it appropriate to share about an event that was very special to the Blumenthal family and those that knew my father, Isidor Blumenthal, of blessed memory (1909-2003) that took place last Monday, April 20, 2009.

At the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, a division of the State University of New York, Lion Brand Yarn dedicated a seminar room to Isidor Blumenthal. In addition to being my father, Isidor was President of Lion Brand Yarn from 1957 until his passing in December 2003. He was truly the driving force behind our family and family businesses – Lion Brand Yarn Company and Orchard Yarn & Thread, Inc.

My father was a soft-spoken, modest individual with a passion for education. The importance of learning and teaching were among the most essential things in the world to him. It is most gratifying to have a seminar room named after him at an institution of higher learning and one that he thought so much of and to which he and our company are connected.

Dr. Joyce Brown, President of FIT, and Lisa Braverman, Dean of Students, spoke at the dedication regarding Lion Brand Yarn and its affiliation with FIT through scholarships, the endowment of the seminar room, and, on the occasion of Lion Brand Yarn’s 125th anniversary in 2003, by sponsoring an exhibit at the FIT museum.

During her remarks, Dr. Brown announced the establishment of a new award by Lion Brand Yarn for the student that shows the most creativity in hand knitting and/or crochet in the field of textiles.

We at Lion Brand are blessed with a wonderful heritage of helping others and providing a superior quality products that people enjoy working with.