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Archive for August, 2009

Learn to Knit: Increasing and Decreasing

August 28th, 2009

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We’ve created 5 more videos to help you learn to knit and teach others. This round of videos is all about increasing and decreasing. These techniques change the shape of your item, giving your garment a better fit. If you prefer written directions, visit our Learn to Knit page for detailed instructions.

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Design Inspiration from the Crochet Dude

August 27th, 2009

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Recently, I was at the Knit & Crochet Show up in Buffalo, and I got to chat with popular blogger the Crochet Dude, Drew Emborsky, who came all the way from Austin, TX and was gracious enough to tell us about his design inspiration in this week’s YarnCraft episode. Want to listen to our interview for yourself? Click here to launch the episode [MP3].

Drew has a new line of small pattern books out with Leisure Arts, some of the patterns of which I got to see at the show. I especially love the handbag book, featuring projects in vibrant and easy-care Vanna’s Choice (I saw a great green tote on the runway of the Knit & Crochet show fashion show that I adore), as well as a collection of quick crochet dishcloths (great gift items) in fashionable colors of Cotton-Ease. These  dishcloths are almost too pretty to be used!

Interested in seeing some more of Drew’s handbags? Click here to see the slideshow from the Knit & Crochet Show.

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What’s Stitching at the Studio

August 25th, 2009

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If you love to see what the staff here at Lion Brand is working on — from Lindsey’s great scarf to our group-made Lion — then you’ll definitely want to stop by the Lion Brand Yarn Studio‘s blog (for our retail store here in NYC), and see what the staff there has on their hooks and needles. I know I’m certainly impressed with all of the projects they are making for personal pleasure (in addition to the great things they are always making for the displays)!

Click here to see their great projects!

Picture and Video From Our Annual Barbecue

August 21st, 2009

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We had our annual company Barbecue on August 18th.  It was one of the hottest days of the year but they set up tents and giant fans.  Anyway, we were having so much fun we hardly noticed.  Our chief administrator of fun, Mike D. oversaw the entertainment, which consisted of Karaoke and competitive games, from a free throw contest to a trivia challenge.  The barbecue was a feast of steaks, chicken and hot dogs on the grill along with salads, pasta and vegetarian choices.

Here is the winning team in the trivia contest. Holding their trophies left to right top row: Carolyn head of Customer Service, John of IT, India of Design, and left to right on bottom row: Danielle of Sales and Debbie from Customer Service.

Our CEO, David, was a real sport and let us share this video clip from his Karaoke performance.  Enjoy!

Enter Our Twitter Contest for a Chance to Win $50!

August 20th, 2009

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In honor of our newsletter’s new Tip of the Week, we’re having a Twitter contest! Simply tweet your favorite knitting, crocheting, or yarn-related tip @LionBrandYarn by Friday, August 28th. Be sure to use the #LionTip hash tag to make it easy to spot. Only one entry per person, please. Our favorite will win a $50 gift certificate to the store. What are you waiting for? Start tweeting!

Not a member of Twitter? Don’t worry. We’ll be having another contest soon, so keep an eye on our blog for more chances to win.

You can also always share your knit and crochet tips on by clicking here.

**Only tweets (Twitter posts) are eligible. Tweets must be up by 11:59:59 pm EST Friday, August 28th.