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Archive for July, 2010

The Versatility of Yarn Painting

July 21st, 2010

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Yarn painting is a fantastic way to craft with yarn without knitting or crocheting. Most famously practiced by the Huichol people of Mexico, yarn painting is a simple way to create beautiful art. All you have to do is adhere the yarn to a background surface. For my yarn art, I printed out Andy Warhol’s famous painting of Marilyn Monroe. To make the background a bit sturdier, I used cardstock instead of regular paper. Next, I cut strips of yarn and glued them one by one to my picture. The result is a fun little portrait where the yarn imitates paint strokes.

Marilyn Monroe

Yarn painting doesn’t just have to be portraits. You can mix colors to create an abstract piece, or you can make basic outlines to help children learn shapes. You can learn more about traditional yarn paintings by clicking here.

Spotted in the Yarniverse: Crochet-Covered Smart Car

July 20th, 2010

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I love checking out design and crafting blogs for inspiration, ideas, and yarn-spotting. Browsing blog posts last week, I came across this photo of a Smart Car, completely covered in crochet, sitting on the streets of Rome!

Photographed by StartTheDay on Flickr.

It’s a project from KnittaPlease, the yarny graffiti team, who are setting up for Il Lusso Essenziale, a festival in Rome that celebrates the “luxury of essential.” Click here to see their blog post about this project.

What a great way to dress up your car and give it some personality!

Via and Inhabitat.

What incredible yarn art have you seen around your neck of the woods? Tell us about it by leaving a comment!

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What’s Popular at the Knit & Crochet Show

July 19th, 2010

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Earlier this month, Lion Brand Yarn sponsored the Crochet Guild of America’s Professional Development Day and exhibited at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, New Hampshire. Here at Lion Brand we truly enjoy being a part of the consumer shows because it gives us a chance reach out to the public. Having our booth filled with Lion Brand fans and witnessing their creativity is always such a gratifying experience for us. (If you didn’t see Lindsey’s post last week about the projects that Lion Brand customers brought to our booth, be sure to check it out!)

Another wonderful part of the show is finding out what products our customers were really into. As usual, our LB Collection of luxury fibers at affordable prices was a big hit, especially the LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel. We brought the Lace Net Scarf as an example of how this yarn is both soft enough to wear around the neck and how the steel content actually allows it to keep its shape, staying open and lacy with just a little stretch! One of the many reasons we like to attend shows like this one is to show off our yarns in person, as many people prefer to touch yarn and see the colors in person before buying! (Tip: Another great way to see our yarns in person is to order a color card. Click here to see the LB Collection color cards.)

Our color-changing Amazing yarn was also a big hit — people love seeing the swatches and how the colors work over a long stretch of yarn. Haven’t seen how it works? Click  here to see swatches!

Finally, walking the show and seeing all of the Lion Brand tote bags being carried around always brings a smile to my face. It makes me feel as though our fans share the same sense of pride in our brand as I do.

(If you’re looking at this blog post on the website, click on the slideshow to move to the next photo. If you’re viewing this blog post in your e-mail and you’re having trouble with the photos, please click the title to see it on the website.)

We can’t wait to see what this event has in store for us next year!

Were you at the Knit & Crochet Show? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment on this blog post!

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Enter to Win One of Four $25 Gift Certificates

July 15th, 2010

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We have never failed to be amazed at the creativity of our readers.  We were so impressed with your entries for our Father’s Day Lola caption contest and you seemed to enjoy participating, so here’s another chance to win some free yarn from the Lion Brand web site.

This contest is for writing a yarn or craft-related Haiku.  For those of you who have an idea about what a Haiku is but haven’t had an opportunity to write one since middle school, here’s a reminder.  A Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry.  For the purpose of this contest, we will follow the most common rule of writing Haiku:  three lines with the first line having 5 syllables, the second line having 7 syllables, and the third line having 5 syllables. Here’s an example:

Create a Haiku
Send us your entry form now
Dreaming of fiber

Click here to fill out the entry form. Be sure to submit your Haiku by Thursday, July 29th for your chance to win.

PLEASE NOTE that comments left here on the blog will NOT be counted. Please click the link above to submit an entry.

On the Road: Customer Projects at the Knit & Crochet Show

July 14th, 2010

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One of the most fun things about going to shows is seeing all the wonderful things our customers make with our yarn! Last week I got to go to the Knit & Crochet show in Manchester, NH, where a few of our customers stopped by the booth to show off their wonderful projects.  Some were original designs, while others were made using our patterns.  Here are just a few of the finished products I got to see:

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Come see Lion Brand in August at Stitches Midwest!  If you can’t make it, share your projects in our Customer Gallery.  We always love to see what you do with yarn!

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