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Archive for November, 2010

Introducing Threaded Comments on the Lion Brand Notebook!

November 22nd, 2010

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One of the things we love best about this blog is that it gives us a chance to hear from YOU. With the crochet-alongs and knit-alongs, contests, questions, and all of the other fun posts that we share here, the Notebook has become a place for the Lion Brand community to gather online, share thoughts, and interact.

To help make that experience even better, you’ll notice that we now have threaded commenting (also known as “nested comments”) throughout the blog, meaning that you can reply directly to other people’s comments, “like” their comments, AND you can even get e-mail notifications when people respond to you, so you can stay in the loop! We think it will help make the conversations about each topic even more interesting and helpful by keeping related comments together.

How do you use it? Just click on the “comments” button on any blog post and scroll to the bottom, where you’ll see this:

You can log and comment with an existing account if you have Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Yahoo, and type in your comment, OR if you don’t use any of those services, you can simply fill in your info after you write your comment by clicking the “post as” box.

If you want to respond to someone’s comment, just click on the “reply” button under their comment, as shown below:

You can also click the “like” button found at the bottom of every blog post (and next to every comment) if you just want to give a nice shout-out to someone.

Finally, as you play with this new feature, we hope you’ll review our Rules of Engagement, our guidelines for interacting here on the blog. They state that all conversation on the Lion Brand Notebook should be open, friendly, and respectful; that comments should stay on topic; and that you should identify yourself (by name or pseudonym) when posting, so that others can identify you as a member of the community. For the complete Rules of Engagement, click here.

We hope you enjoy this new feature, and wish you happy commenting!

Crochet on the Beach

November 19th, 2010

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NeSpoon, a Polish artist, adorned her favorite beach with beautiful doilies.  Her street art often involves using lace as a stencil to to create ceramics and paint public spaces, but for this project she decided to use the actual lace.  The delicate doilies were photographed and moved about by beach goers before eventually giving in to the salt air and disintegrating.  If you could decorate anywhere with yarn, where would you decorate and what kind of adornments would you use?

(via DudeCraft)

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We Are Now A Family Of 150,000 On Facebook

November 17th, 2010

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We hope you are part of our growing family on Facebook.  Yesterday we welcomed our 150,000th member!  If you haven’t joined us yet, we invite you to enjoy the friendship and conversation you’ll find there.  Tell others what you are working on, what your favorite patterns and colors are and get ideas from people who share a love of knit and crochet.  It’s a great place to get the support and inspiration you need from other yarn lovers.

4 Essential Tools for Your Project Bag

November 17th, 2010

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For every knitter & crocheter, every project brings with it a couple of basic needs: the right size hook/needle, rows to count and keep track of, and of course, ends to weave in. To help you with these basics, here are 4 essential tools that you will want to keep in your project bag (I know I certainly get a lot of use out of these tools), available at and in your local stores:

Needle gauge: Often needle/hook size numbers get worn down or are just hard to read (or with DPNs, the needles are often unlabeled). Keep a needle gauge in your bag to and simply stick your needle through the various holes to see what size it is. Plus, the 5-inch ruler on the edge, makes it a tool that does double-duty! This tool will work for crocheters too, giving you the number and metric sizes, but if you’re wondering which letter it is, just remember this useful tip from our friend, designer Lily Chin: H = 8 and they sound similar. Working forwards and back, you can now figure out which letter your hook will be!

Row counter: Keep a row counter handy when working on projects where you have to keep track of the pattern repeats or number of rows. Turn the dials every time you complete a row. These Lion Brand row counters even slip onto your circs or straight needles so they don’t get lost! Split-ring stitch markers are another great tool for keeping track of pattern repeats. Slip them on your needles every ten or twenty stitches for place patterns. Since our stitch markers having this neat split-ring design, they’re also perfect for slipping onto the first stitch of your crochet rounds or even slipping onto mistake stitches in your knitting that you want to fix when you come back around to them!

Large-eye blunt needles (or tapestry needles): Essential for weaving in ends, seaming together garments, kitchener stitching your socks, or embroidering facial features onto your amigurumi, every knitter & crocheter needs blunt needles in their bags!

Finally, I like to keep a couple of extras like a pair of small scissors or a yarn cutter and a small crochet hook (useful for fixing mistakes on knitting projects too!). Whether you want to have a set for every project bag or whether you move them from bag to bag, these tools will help to keep you on track, no matter the project.

What are the tools that you always keep in your bag? Leave a comment and let us know!

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6 Ideas For Making Fast, Inexpensive Gifts When You Have A Big List

November 13th, 2010

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For those of you have a very big list of people to appreciate this year, here are some ideas that will allow you to customize gifts and make them special without having to spend too much time or money.  These are combination gifts that include a little handmade and a little storebought.

1.  Washcloths are something everyone can use.  They are fast and easy to make and you can personalize the colors.  You can purchase small basket and fill it with a couple of washcloths, a bar of scented soap and wrap in a clear cellphane.

2. You can  make an especially feminine version of a gift set perfect for harsh winter weather by placing washcloths in a box, tied with a ribbon and add lip balm and a travel size of hand cream or some antibacterial towelettes to ward off winter germs.

3. For the cooks on your list, put together a collection of potholders and add a spatula, wooden spoon and a bottle of the person’s favorite spice.

4. For those who like to decorate for the holidays,  try combining a crocheted coaster set or knit table runner with a carved or scented candle.

5.  Combine a little hand-made purse for kids or adults and add a selection of their favorite candy.

6. Little sachets in sparkling Vanna’s Glamour can hold miniature goodies of all kinds from soap to candy to potpourri.

What ideas do you have for small but special gifts?

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