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Archive for April, 2009

Yarn Meets Math Meets Art

April 24th, 2009

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As every yarn lover knows, it takes a lot of math to make an item, from gauge to garment measurements to modifications. Therefore, we’re excited to support PS 122 in New York City, a well-known performance space and gallery, featuring an exciting exhibition entitled Yarn Theory: Knitting, Crochet, Math and Science.

This exhibit features innovative work from 15 yarncrafting artists, including Robyn Love’s Knitted Mile. Visitors are invited to join in on the art by knitting and crocheting on the scaffolding outside; materials will be provided at PS 122. Yarn Theory will be on display from April 25-May 17 at 150 First Avenue in New York City. For more information, visit the PS 122 Gallery website.

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Cake as Yarn!

April 22nd, 2009

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Birthdays are always a fun occasion here at Lion Brand, but sometimes it gets extra special. We recently celebrated Lion Brand Yarn Studio manager Patty’s birthday. Our very own Michelle and Nili helped make a fabulous chocolate cake shaped like a ball of yarn! Check out this amazing cake for this amazing lady!

Patty was surprised and ecstatic, and so were the customers in the store that day — they got to partake in this delicious chocolate cake with raspberry filling!

Even Chickens Like Sweaters

April 21st, 2009

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It’s amazing to see what people can do with their yarncrafts. For instance, we saw on BBC that an English woman has gotten very creative with her knitting. She uses eyelash yarn to make sweaters for rescued hens who have lost their feathers. To learn more about this story, click here.

Vintage Lion Brand

April 20th, 2009

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Recently, I visited Tucker’s Yarn of Allentown, PA, an old time customer of Lion Brand, with my nephew Evan. Tucker Yarn is a great family business that’s been around since 1949, run by 87 year-old Phil Tucker and his daughter May. Because they’ve been Lion Brand customers for so long, they have a huge collection of our yarns through the ages.

Entering the store was like entering a time-warp back to the 1950s. Throughout the store we found 17 skeins of vintage, now discontinued, Lion Brand yarns, as well as our current yarns. Some of the vintage yarns they had included Charmette, Tic Tac, Finelon, Sayelle Pompadour, Aree, Co-Co, Glitterknit, Jasmine, La Difference, Molaine, Bianca, 100% French Angora, Unique, and Lion Chenille Sensations. They also had vintage Wool-Ease and Jiffy in their old labels.

Evan hadn’t even heard of some of these yarns, despite having grown up in the family business, since many of them were around before he was born!

These yarns came from all over the world, from the U.S. to Italy, Israel, Belgium, France, and Turkey. It is interesting how the yarns are still in great shape, but that you can tell that they’re vintage by the ball bands.

What’s great about knitting and crocheting with these vintage yarns is that it’s like working with a piece of history.

Nili Demos Machine Knitting with Michelle of

April 17th, 2009

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When we started carrying the LK-150 knitting machine, lots of people asked us what it was like — although machine knitting has been around for a long time, many yarncrafters have never tried it or seen it, but it’s a wonderful (and fast) way to create.

Click below to watch our video demo!

The yarn being used is LB 1878, a fingering weight 100% wool yarn on cones (making it easier for machine knitters), but you can use any yarn up to category 5 (bulky) on this machine. The LK-150 comes with a user’s manual and all the parts you see here.

AND if you’re in the NYC area, call or visit to find out how you can take lessons on the machine at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.

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