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Archive for June, 2010

Yarncrafting Fun in the Sun

June 21st, 2010

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Now that it’s summer, we at Lion Brand love to knit and crochet outside! PT shot this a short video of Jess, Zontee, and me working on our projects in the beautiful Madison Square Park. Jess and I are both knitting the Marigold Sweater from Interweave Knits in LB Collection Superwash Merino, and Zontee finished crocheting her adult version of the Bebop Cardi (free on in Baby’s First.

It Takes A Village – Winners of Vanna’s Choice Contest Announced!

June 18th, 2010

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The second annual Vanna’s Choice contest has ended and the winners are now posted on the contest website. The entries showed extraordinary talent, skill and creativity. They also demonstrated the amazing versatility of Vanna’s Choice–that it can be used successfully to make virtually any type of garment, afghan, toy, or in the case of the grand prize winner–an entire village. They also showed how the wide range of easy-to-match colors allowed for endless possibilities of creativity in creating beautiful color combinations.

Our judges found selecting winners from among the thousands of entries extremely challenging, but the grand prize winner was a true stand-out.

The grand prize winner, Andrea Miners of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada created a miniature world in her entry entitled Fantasy Village Playmat. Her prize is a trip for 2 to Los Angeles, where she will meet Vanna White, accommodations for 2 nights for 2 people, plus $500 spending money.

We look forward to sharing the story of Andrea’s trip to meet Vanna with you in a future blog post.  Here is an image of the entire village, as well as two close-up detail images.


Spotted in the Yarniverse: Yarn-Wrapped Road Barriers in Austin, TX

June 17th, 2010

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We’ve talked about “yarn-bombing” or “yarn graffiti” before, but it’s always fun to see new examples of this subversive form of urban art, involving covering everyday, public things with knitted and crocheted fabric.

You know, we’ve even contributed a little to our own neighborhood, here in New York.

Well, our webmaster Nancy’s daughter Elizabeth just sent us this photo she took while out and about in Austin, TX, and since we love seeing examples of yarn-bombing, we wanted to share it with you:

Yes, these road barriers are cozied in striped, solid, and even chevron knits.

Do you have a fun yarn-bombing story? Tell us about it by leaving a comment!

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Setting World Records at Citi Field…with Crochet!

June 16th, 2010

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This is a guest post from Mike D., whose last blog post was about our company bowling night.

Have you ever seen 426 people simultaneously crocheting? If you are saying “yes,” then it could be that you were at Citi Field on June 5th for Stitch N Pitch. While I was not one of the 426 crocheters that set the Guinness Book of World Records, I was there to help set up, and it was a tremendous experience for everyone there. (I am also a big Mets fan, so when asked, I jumped at the opportunity to help.)

There were people (like the people standing next to me above: Libby, Stacy, Gabby, Lily, etc.) that put way more time and energy into making this happen than I did, but it was a pleasure lending a helping hand where I could. I enjoyed having the opportunity to chat with so many wonderful people, and listening to their feedback about the yarn, this experience, or the different projects they were working on (a pair of socks from each possible color available in our Sock-Ease!!!). I learned that this was going to be the second time one young lady entered the Guinness Book of World Records, as she had previously tapped danced her way into it once before.

As much as I enjoyed being around so many wonderful people, the biggest moment of the day for me came after the world record had been set. You see, I have a “bucket list” (Don’t know the term? See the Morgan Freeman/Jack Nicholson movie of the same name for reference), and on this “bucket list” is to be on the home field of the New York Mets. Since Jack wasn’t able to go to the game, I was happy to take his place and check this task off my “bucket list.” I made my pilgrimage onto the field that day, saw my picture on the scoreboard, and had my name announced over the loud speaker. All-in-all, it was a truly awesome experience!

Were you at the game? Tell us about your experiences! Leave a comment!

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Kids’ Craft Camp: Yarn-Wrapped Projects

June 15th, 2010

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Children don’t need to knit or crochet to make amazing projects with yarn. With a little bit of creativity, you and your kids can make imaginative creations from yarn and some household objects! Colorful yarn, glue, paper or plastic cups, cardboard, buttons, safety scissors, and felt are all all of the supplies you need for an entire afternoon of fun crafting. These wrapped animals are just a few of the ideas we came up with.

Yarn wrapped animals
Clockwise from left: Owl Picture Frame, Wrapped Giraffe, and Wrapped Lion.

But you don’t have to just make animals. With just yarn wrapping, we’ve also made bracelets and decorative vases. Try combining lots of different yarn colors and textures to make a truly exciting project. What yarn wrapping project will you create?

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