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Archive for October, 2012

Happy Halloween from Lion Brand!

October 31st, 2012

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Click the image to view the pattern for the Crochet Halloween Ghost Ornament.

Awesome Customer Projects Across the Country

October 26th, 2012

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One of my favorite parts of attending yarn conventions and fiber festivals across the country is that I get to talk to Lion Brand customers face-to-face. Sometimes, customers will also come to show us their favorite projects in Lion Brand yarns. It’s always exciting to see what you, our customers, do with our yarn and your creativity. Here are just a few photos from events I’ve been to:

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Want to show off your latest Lion Brand creation? Click here to browse our online customer gallery and share your own project photos with us!

Or stop by the Lion Brand booth at one of these conventions!

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How to Knit Your Own Coffee Cozy

October 25th, 2012

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knit your own coffee cozyAs an obsessive coffee drinker, I love handmade coffee cozies! The coffee sleeves cafes use always seem to be too thin, so coffee cozies are an amazing reusable alternative. In the winter, they keep my coffee warm and my hands burn-free; in the summer, they keep my beverage cool and my hands dry. No matter what your style is, you can make your own cozy in just a few easy steps. Here’s how to do it!

1. Gather your supplies. Choose a yarn you want to work with and the appropriate hook or needle size. If you’re using buttons, grab some of those as well. Remember that wools are fantastic for insulating beverages, and both wool and cotton will absorb condensation from your cup. For my cozies, I used Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool in Sea Glass Blue and DaVinci in Quartz.


Halloween Fun: Free Pattern from Anna Hrachovec’s New Book, “Super-Scary Mochimochi” (Plus a Video)

October 24th, 2012

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Super-Scary Mochimochi and Sarcophacat

Just in time for Halloween is Anna Hrachovec’s fun new book, Super-Scary Mochimochi!  This is the 3rd book to Anna’s “Mochimochi” collection, and this time, she has turned her cute little plush knits, into toys that are creepy and spooky.  You’ll find pumpkins, vampires, spiders and more, amongst a crew of cute creatures turned scary.  There’s still plenty of time to make some of these adorable toys for yourself or someone you know before Halloween; we even have the pattern for you to make the super-scary Sarcophacat pictured above!

Anna was recently at our retail store, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City, for a meet and greet and book signing of Super Scary Mochimochi.  While she was here, Anna shared her inspiration behind her new book, and some of the extremely unique patterns featured in it with Patty Lyons, manager of the Studio.  Check out the video below for a sneak peak into the book and to hear about the mochimochi collection from the artist herself!

Interested in hearing more from Anna? Watch her first video at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, where she discusses how her mochimochi came to be.

Have you ever tried to knit any Mochimochi or amigurumi? Share your favorite patterns with us in the comments.

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15 Sweaters, Hoodies, and Dresses for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

October 22nd, 2012

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Earlier this month, I showcased some of our great patterns for babies and toddlers, but if you’re looking for a great project for a school-age child in your life, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite Lion Brand patterns for girls and boys:

Sizes Up to 5-6

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Knit Perfect Sundress Crochet Child’s Hooded Cardigan Knit All Dressed Up Dress