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Archive for November, 2010


5 Charity Projects in Your Favorite Yarns

November 30th, 2010

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Last week, I asked you to vote on your favorite Lion Brand yarn for charity crafting. The results are in, and you named Vanna’s Choice as your favorite. Some of the reasons you named were the softness, washability, and wide color range. Homespun was also quite popular in the poll for similar reasons. Now that you’ve selected your favorite yarns, here are 5 patterns to inspire your charity crafting:

Warm Up America Blanket1. Knit Warm Up America Blanket: This comfortable blanket is perfect for donating to Warm Up America or any other charity organization. It’s also a great project for experimenting with the over 50 colors of Vanna’s Choice.
2. Crochet Comforting Blue Cap: This comfortable hat makes a perfect chemo cap.
3. Knit Ribbed Scarf: This versatile scarf can be worn by men, women, or child.
4. Crochet Simply Sublime Shawl: The softness of Homespun makes this prayer shawl extra special.
5. Knit Honest Warmth Shawl: This triangular prayer shawl works up quickly and easily.

What’s your favorite pattern for charity projects? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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5 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Yarn

November 29th, 2010

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Decorating with yarn is fun and easy!  No matter what style your home is decorated in, homemade items add a special touch.  Whether you follow patterns or create your own designs to match your decor, here are 5 great ideas for decorating your home.

1. Pillows: You can never have too many throw pillows!  Pillows are fun to make and easy to customize– just switch up the stitch pattern and colors for a different style.  You can also get creative and whimsical with pillows for kids’ rooms, like the Amigurumi Elephant Pillow above.

2. Vases: Whether you cover a vase in knit or crochet, or even just wrap it in yarn, a  cozied vase is unique and beautiful.  You can create vase cozies for special events, or have everyday vases that brighten up your home.

3. Frames: You can make pictures frames by wrapping a wooden frame with yarn, or you can frame knit or crocheted pieces to hang on your wall, using our Jewelry Frames as a guide.  There is no limit to the colors and stitch patterns  you can use to make this the perfect decoration for your home.

4. Coasters: Coasters don’t just keep water rings off the wood; they add to a simple coffee table or end table.  Choose any shape you want, and simply knit or crochet it densely to make sure it protects your furniture.

5. Table Runners: You can make a beautiful seasonal table runner, or make a simple strip to match your dining room decor.  Whether you knit, crochet, or weave one, use colors that pull everything together to bring your dining room to the next level.

All of these decor items are also great for the holidays.  Make them in holiday colors or patterns and use them every year to celebrate the season.

How do you use yarn to decorate your home?

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Color Trends for Spring

November 26th, 2010

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Each year, Pantone, the well-known color and printing company, invites 10 fashion designers to predict the color trends of the upcoming season. For spring 2011, the colors they chose are:

As we’re currently in gift-making season, it’s useful to consider these color trends when picking gifts to make that can be used in the warmer months, especially for those of us with loved ones who like to be on trend.Whether you mix and match these colors or use them on their own, each one makes a great statement.

Here are just a couple of yarns to consider when thinking about these spring 2011 colors:

Clockwise from top-left: Baby Wool in Peony and Papaya, Vanna’s Choice Baby in Mint, Cotton-Ease in Maize, Baby’s First in Twinkle Toes, LB Collection Angora Merino in Smoked Pearl, Baby Wool in Lavender, Baby’s First in Sea Sprite, Cotton-Ease in Turquoise, and Superwash Merino Cashmere in Cacao.

Wondering what to do with these colors? Consider projects like these:

Knit Striped
Swing Sweater
Crocheted Tote
Knit Sunset Raglan Tee Crochet Scalloped Cowl

What colors are you incorporating into your palette this season? Leave a comment and let us know!

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What’s Your Favorite Yarn for Charity Crafting?

November 24th, 2010

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Here at Lion Brand, we are dedicated to giving back through charity, from our Charity Connection to our Lion Brand Yarn Studio charity initiatives. We know that you love to craft for charity, too. That’s why we want to know which Lion Brand yarn you prefer for your charity projects. Select your favorite and hit the “submit” button below. Feel free to also share your favorite charity projects in the comments. On November 30th, I’ll announce which yarn was most popular. I’ll also share some great patterns for charity crafting.


Giving Thanks and Giving Back

November 23rd, 2010

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This time of year, many of us wake up from our sense of complacency to remember that we should be thankful for what we have.  Studies show that being grateful is actually good for us.  Remembering  to be thankful for something everyday has been linked to being healthier and happier.  When we realize that our lives, while never perfect, have many bright spots, the natural inclination is to give back, to show our appreciation by paying it forward.

One of the lessons I have learned from working for Lion Brand for over a decade is how important charity is to this company.  It’s been part of  the family’s traditions for generations.  We don’t talk about all of the donations, but there is one we would like to share with you today because it is with your help that we make this donation.   Lion Brand Yarn Company and Vanna White have partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the goal of furthering research to fight childhood cancer.  With your help in making Vanna’s Choice, Vanna’s Choice Baby, and Vanna’s Glamour successful, we have raised $622,745 since March 2007 to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This donation supports the extraordinary work of an organization where no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or the ability to pay.

Tomorrow’s post will be about yarn crafting for charity–a topic we know is near and dear to so many of you who believe in charity as well.  Before we all leave for the holiday, from everyone at the Lion Brand family to you we want to express our thanks for being part of our community.

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