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Archive for January, 2011

Pantone’s Color of the Year

January 12th, 2011

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Pantone Color of the Year2011’s color of the year is Honeysuckle, according to leading color authority Pantone. They describe the color as a “dynamic reddish pink” that is “encouraging and uplifting”. With the terrible weather we’ve had on the East Coast, I think this bold color is great for adding a cheery pop of color to a winter’s day, such as with a handmade cowl or scarf. The color is also makes a great transition into spring and summer wardrobes. Want to add some Honeysuckle yarn to your collection? Here are just a few yarn suggestions.

Honeysuckle yarn
From top left: Hometown USA in Honolulu Pink, Vanna’s Choice Baby in Pink Poodle, Vanna’s Choice in Rose, Homespun in Parfait
From bottom left: LB Collection Cotton Bamboo in Hibiscus, Sock-Ease in Lollipop, LB Collection Superwash Merino in Peony, Baby Wool in Peony

What do you think of Pantone’s choice? Will you be adding Honeysuckle yarn to your stash? What do you think the color of the year should be?

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Window Caption Contest Winner!

January 11th, 2011

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We were absolutely delighted by the overwhelming response we received to our Window Caption Contest! We’ve read through all of the entries, and we’ve selected a winner and 5 honorable mentions!

“Yarnia: The Lion, the Stitch, and the Wardrobe” – Karen Frech
Honorable Mentions:
“Pair Ice Skates: $64.99. One Hour Skating Rockefeller Center: $8.00. Handmade Lion Brand Yarn Sweater: Priceless.” – Lori Decker
“Knitting in a winter wonderland.” – Nicole Cushing
“It’s the true ‘March’ of the penguins! In like a Lion, wooly like a lamb!” – Janice MacDonald
“In the jungle, the quiet jungle, the lion skates tonight.” – Rosie Ankers
“Lions and penguins and yarn…Oh my!” – Melanie Blakeney

We want to thank everyone who entered. You all made this contest a huge success, and we loved reading all of your imaginative captions. Congratulations to Karen for winning; we hope you enjoy your prize!

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Spotted: Clever Clay Vases Mimic Yarn

January 11th, 2011

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Think these are just average cones of yarn and some basic knitted fabric? Think again! These pieces are incredibly convincing clay and concrete vases (yes, you can put flowers in them) created by Xinyaoyao Design Studio. I love that these pieces are inspired by yarn and embroidery with a look that’s familiar to us as yarncrafters, and yet they are created in a completely different medium and with a completely different feel and purpose!

Via Moco Loco.

Have you spotted creations inspired by yarncrafts? Leave a comment and tell us about them!

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A Very Special, Limited Time Offer

January 7th, 2011

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We invite you to visit our website, where for a very limited time, you can get  20% off everything you order shipped within the US. Enter the code newyear20 during checkout to receive the discount.  The sale ends at midnight on Tuesday, January 11th.

Take a look at the thousands of free patterns in every category for inspiration and ideas. It’s a great opportunity to replenish your yarn supply, try one of our luxury LB Collection fibers, or give yourself a gift from our tools and accessories collection.

A Bull in a Sweater

January 7th, 2011

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We love to see the creative things that people yarn bomb.  It’s always fun when artists add knit or crochet to existing statues, such as Robyn Love’s “Memorials/The Doughboy”.  New York City’s newest sweater clad statue is the iconic Wall Street Bull.  Olek, the same artists who brought us the crocheted bicycle, crocheted this fabulous cozy.  You can see her putting it all together in the video below.

Tell us about the fun places you’ve seen knitted and crocheted art near you.

Yarnspotting Near the Office

January 6th, 2011

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New York stores are famous for their winter decorations. Two years ago, I blogged about yarn in displays at Starbucks and Urban Outfitters. I’ve recently spotted yarn at the Union Square location of Diesel.
Diesel window
A yarn-wrapped sale sign
Diesel window 2
Yarn on display at Diesel

The 5th Avenue location of Anthropologie used yarn in a very unique way. They yarnbombed the scaffolding in front of their store!
Anthropologie scaffolding

It’s so wonderful to see other stores embracing yarn in their creative displays, just as the Lion Brand Yarn Studio does. It certainly makes the Union Square area a fantastic place to work and to window shop!

Have you spotted yarn in unique places? Let us know in the comments!

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Did You Know…? How to Stay Logged Into

January 4th, 2011

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You probably already know that you need a account to access our thousands of free patterns. But did you know that your account also helps you to keep track of patterns you’ve downloaded as PDFs, in case you misplace them? What’s more, it allows you to edit (or delete) any of the pattern ratings, club listings, photos you’ve shared, and other items on our website. It also allows you to keep track of your favorite patterns, and it even makes sure that information to sync to the Lion Brand iPhone app! Plus your account keeps your shopping cart saved and so much more!

Generally, will keep you logged in for a long time, but if you have issues staying logged in, here are two ways you can address this problem:

First, uses “cookies” to save you the trouble of logging in and out. If you’re not staying logged in, it’s most likely that you don’t have “cookies” enabled on your web browser program (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc.). If this is the case, please go to the “Tools” tab of your web browser, select the “Options” menu, and go to the “Privacy” tab to change the settings to accept cookies from our website.

If you prefer not to activate cookies, most web browsers will save your password for you! To use this second option, just go to the “Tools” tab, then “Options,” then “Security” to manage your saved passwords.

Finally, if you’ve simply forgotten your password and just need a reminder, can send you that information in an automatic e-mail! Just go to, click on the “login” button, type your e-mail address in the designated box, and click on the link that says, “Forgot your Lion Brand password? Click here.” You’ll get your password e-mailed to you right away!