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Archive for August, 2009

Team Spirit For Your Dog

August 9th, 2009

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We received this photo and letter from Irene in New Jersey, about a pattern she made for her grand-dog, Zevi.  She is a serious Yankees fan who buys Yankees clothes for everyone on her gift lists but there was nothing available for this Boston Terrier,  so she modified a pattern designed for Martha Stewart’s dogs, which are French Bulldogs. The colors in Vanna’s Choice are Sapphire and White.

“It took 2 days working several hours each to make this sweater.  I used Vanna’s Choice instead of the yarn in the pattern.  I had to make a small back and a large bottom. The back was made in two parts, white and navy, and then sewn together.  I also eliminated the second button because he did not have enough room for his front legs.  I tried the sweater on many times to get the fit right but he was so good about it. He is a terrific dog. We just adore him. Amazingly he really likes wearing it. He actually grabbed it back after I took it off.”

Charity Knit & Crochet-Along: Keep Up the Great Work!

August 6th, 2009

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This week we want to extend a big thank you with everyone who is crafting for charity. It’s been great reading about your projects and organizations. Here are a few comments we’d like to share:

Pam Says: I decided to take on a summer charity project early in June, so I am a bit ahead of the game. I have been knitting baby blankets for the Ronald McDonald House in my area. My goal is to complete one a month for June, July and August. I am about to complete my second blanket. I am using the Lion Brand Pound of Love.

Tammy Says: I regularly knit for charity. I have some leftover wool in the approved colors and am knitting helmetliners for our troops. I found out about the charity on this site. I have one done and would like to finish the one in progress before the end of summer. I calculated that with the yarn I have I can do a total of 7 or 8 altogether.

Sonja S Says: Thanks so much for motivating us! I have been telling myself for some time that I was going to knit something to impact someone’s life and I love the idea of a knit/crochet a long. So I pledge to make at least 6 knitted cotton washcloths to put into Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. And since I just joined Monthly Dischcloth knitalong I can do two KAL’s at once! =0) I’ll just do washcloths instead of dishcloths for the pattern.

Keep up the fantastic work, everyone! Be sure to share your progress with us in the comments, on Facebook, and on Twitter. If you’re still looking for a pattern, don’t fret. Here are some recommendations based upon your area of interest:

Preemie Hats

Afghans (for the Warm Up America! Foundation)

Chemo Caps

Prayer Shawls

Related links:

Studio Snippets – Our Wonderful Customers’ Wonderful Work

August 5th, 2009

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Here in New York at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, our customers constantly surprise and inspire us.  Here are just a few examples of what some of our customers have been up to.

Wendy made this amazing scarf for her mom.  It’s Nicky Epstein’s Tuscan Sun Scarf in Vanna’s Glamour.

We were so impressed we asked her to pose for us.

Fran came by with this beautiful sweater.  She wanted to take advantage of our finishing service and our own Tracey sewed in the zippers and made a cute little tie for the matching bonnet.

When I asked her if she had any yarn she wanted to use for the bonnet ties, she pulled out a skein of a discontinued yarn, Lion Brand Sayelle.  Our own Jack Blumenthal was in the Studio, and I called him over to see the label.  He took one look and said, “I remember that label: 1985.”  Fran said she had been knitting with Lion Brand for years.

From a lifelong Lion Brand knitter to a newer knitter celebrating her first finished project:  Kendace was so happy with her Wool-Ease Thick & Quick blanket that she couldn’t help wrapping herself up in it…

…and also applauding her own beautiful work.  We applaud her too!

Then there’s Bob with his amazing Irish Baby Blanket.  It’s made from Cupcake & the Shamrocks are two colors of Microspun

(Bob is actually quite tall, he just couldn’t resist the old “shoe on the table” gag!)

Keep the projects coming!  We LOVE seeing your work.

And if you’re outside of the New York area, you can show off your work at the Customer Gallery by clicking here.

5 Holiday Patterns from YarnCraft #46

August 4th, 2009

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It’s never too early to start your holiday crafting! In the most recent episode of YarnCraft, our radio-style podcast, my co-host Liz and I offer a wide variety of gift ideas so that you can plan ahead for December. We also introduce one of Lion Brand’s newest yarns, Holiday Homespun, designed in reds, greens, multis, and white, all with a gold metallic wrap — especially with the holiday season in mind.

It’s an episode that’s especially close to me and Liz, as we inevitably get stuck in that cycle of last-minute crafting. Beat the last-minute crunch and get a jump start with these 5 fantastic patterns:

To listen to the entire episode, click here [MP3]. For more information about the podcast or this episode, visit the YarnCraft blog. Join us today on the YarnCraft blog or on iTunes for a brand new episode of our special series, Summer Crafting with Kids. There are only two episodes left of this special series, so be sure to check it out.

AND join us next week for a brand new episode of our regular podcast, featuring a hilarious story by Michaela Murphy and tips on how to make the most out of your vacation or staycation.

Learn to Knit (Or Teach Others)

August 3rd, 2009

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Videos are a great way to learn how to knit or brush up on your skills. If you’re already comfortable with these basic skills, videos are an easy way to help teach others the fundamentals of knitting, even if they live far away from you! We’ve created four short videos to help you cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. If you prefer written directions, visit our Learn to Knit page for detailed instructions.