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Archive for September, 2010

Yarn as a Bridal Shower Theme

September 13th, 2010

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Our friends at Craft featured photos of this amazing yarn-inspired bridal shower, and we loved it so much that just had to share it too. Click here to see the original blog post on the Hostess blog, along with even more photos.

If you’re inspired to do some wedding-related yarncrafting, don’t forget to browse through our NEW catalog, starting to arrive in-homes starting today. It features a ton of wonderful wedding decor and gift projects, including these sweet and simple yarn-wrapped monogram letters:

Via Hostess, by way of Craft.

Have you made knitted, crocheted, or yarncrafted projects for someone’s wedding? Tell us about your experiences by leaving a comment!

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Fall Fashion Trends

September 7th, 2010

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Fall fashions are finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited! Here are four trends that are popular this year.
Nothing says cooler weather quite like tweed. The flecks of color and texture in tweed yarns add a sophistication to even the simplest of stitches. Try a matching tweed hat and scarf set for a fast and easy way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. Pictured: Alpine Wool in Barley, stockinette stitch with garter stitch border.
Military colors add an edge to any outfit. This trend is particularly popular with garments like sweaters and jackets. Consider shades like olive, navy, and khaki. Pictured: Superwash Merino Cashmere in Olive, cruller cable with garter stitch border.
Wispy textures add a whimsical accent to fall accessories. Use yarns with mohair, alpaca, or angora to achieve a beautiful ethereal halo. Try this trend with a lightweight cowl or scarf. Pictured: LB Collection Silk Mohair in Azure, reversible mesh stitch.
Neutral shades are popular for their elegant simplicity. This trend is incredibly versatile, so it’s perfect for everything from sweaters to accessories. For a modern accent, add a pop of color or sparkle to your neutral outfit. Pictured: Fishermen’s Wool in Oatmeal held together with Vanna’s Glamour in Topaz, double crochet.

What’s your favorite fashion trend for the fall? Do you plan to incorporate these trends into your knitting and crocheting?

FAQ: What is Duplicate Stitch?

September 2nd, 2010

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Duplicate stitch is a fantastic way to add color to your project after you’ve finished stitching. With this technique, you simply embroider your design onto the completed fabric, mimicking the look of intarsia or other color work techniques. Duplicate stitch is ideal for embroidering small motifs. You can also use it to cover up small mistakes! Click here to see instructions on how to complete duplicate stitch.

Personally, I love to use duplicate stitch for adding initials to my work. It’s great for school spirit items and birthday presents. Here I’ve added my initial to a swatch using duplicate stitch:
duplicate stitch

Click here for a chart of letters for your duplicate stitch. How do you utilize this technique in your yarncrafting?

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Here’s What You Said

September 1st, 2010

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Last week we asked you to tell us one word that came to mind when you think of Lion Brand.  Below is a word cloud that shows you a picture of those words.    We were so honored by your comments that we shared this image with everyone at Lion Brand and it pretty much made everyone’s day.  Thank you!

One Word Word Cloud

We would also like to tell you in a word cloud what comes to our minds when we think about you.

What we think of our customers word cloud

Are you curious about how word clouds work?  Go to this web site and create your own!

Click the images above to enlarge!

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Would You Knit Yourself a Couch?

September 1st, 2010

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Last year, I wrote about artist Kwangho Lee’s beautiful knitted light fixtures, and recently, I came across some of his newest work on a design blog I enjoy. I love how he has taken materials like plastic cord, combined it with knitting, and come up with amazing new applications. In this series, called “Obsession,” furniture emerges out of knitted plastic.

Be sure to visit his website to see even more photos of this series by clicking on “Furniture.”

Via MoCo Loco.

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