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Archive for July, 2009

Studio Snippets – Improvising a Pattern!

July 31st, 2009

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A new pattern came out, the Thermal Scarf, and it had a stitch that I wanted to try.  It was a scarf using front post double crochet.  I grabbed a ball of Cotton-Ease from our demo bin of yarn and gave it a try.  I wanted to make sure I understood the pattern in case any of our customers asked about it.  I was having so much fun I couldn’t stop.  I took it to home and I realized I was getting close to the end of the ball, but alas, I had no idea what the dye lot was.  I had two choices, rip it out and start again, or improvise.

I decided to look up how to do crochet button holes.  I put in two button holes, picked up some cute buttons from the Studio and turned it into a one ball neck warmer.  I love it.

Charity Knit & Crochet-Along: Crafting with a Group

July 30th, 2009

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Now that you’ve started your project, why not connect with others locally? A charity group is a great way to share your love of crafting and keep each other motivated.

First, find out if there is a local chapter of your charity. There may also be a local group that generally crafts for any charity. Use your charity’s website or the Lion Brand Charity Connection to search for such meetings.

If no local groups already exist, make your own! Invite friends and relatives to join you at a set time and location. Many groups meet in casual locations, such as a member’s house or a coffee shop. You may also consider contacting local community centers or churches to see if you can use a meeting space, especially if you need to accommodate a larger number of people.

The most important part of crafting with a group is staying positive and motivated. Bring in your finished items, and ask others to do the same. Viewing your collective work acts as a reinforcement of your progress.

Share your progress in our comments section! We want to hear about your projects and your groups. Keep up the great work!

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Quick Poll: What Are “Baby” Colors?

July 28th, 2009

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When you make a baby blanket, sweater or other baby garments, what family of colors do you prefer: pastels or brights?

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Studio Snippets – Making a Pattern Your Own

July 28th, 2009

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Following a pattern as written is great, but sometimes you want to mix it up a bit.  Don’t be shy, jump in.  Here are two different takes on one of our most popular patterns, the Weekend Retreat Cardi.

Michelle followed the pattern as written, but substituted Lion Cotton, color Sagebrush.  She really like this yarn and wanted to find a simple stockinette pattern that would really show it off.

How cute is she?


The next take on the same pattern comes from one of our customers, Jodi.  She described to me a sweater that she wanted.  I suggested she start with the Weekend Retreat Cardi, but then instead of going to rib she knit the feather and fan pattern for the bottom.  I think it turned out great.

Before you say, “I could never change a pattern like that,” note that Jodi took her very first knitting lesson at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in February.  She has only been knitting for five months!  If she can do it, you can do it.

Visit Us at the Knit & Crochet Show!

July 27th, 2009

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I always have fun meeting other yarncrafters (talking about our latest projects, seeing what good tips and tricks there are out there, and…maybe doing a little shopping for cool new tools). Luckily for me, next week, Michelle, India, and I will get the opportunity to meet some of you at an event just for all of those things!

Want to join in? Visit us at the Knit & Crochet Show in Buffalo, NY! It’s going to be a fun weekend of fiber, friends, and learning! Come by the Lion Brand booth, where we’ll be giving out free patterns and goodies, showing you the latest in Lion Brand yarns, and raffling off amazing prizes!

And if you’re interested in learning more about getting into the industry professionally, join us for the Crochet Guild of America’s Professional Development Day, and get an inside look at how to become a professional knitter or crocheter.

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