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Archive for June, 2013


Get Pink!

June 23rd, 2013

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pink graphic2Pink has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. Every gadget in my kitchen is pink, from the coffee pot to the egg separator, and so is my luggage, my toothbrush, and, of course, the walls of my craft room. So, when I heard it was National Pink Day, I needed to take the opportunity to share some of my favorite pink yarns! Of course, they’re all my favorites, so take a look at all of the pink colorways available in our yarns. Pink is a great color year-round and perfect for baby girls, but it’s also an important color in October (and year-round) for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Keep these colorways in mind as you take up crafting for a new arrival, a friend who shares a favorite color with me, or charity projects to benefit breast cancer research. Even if you thought you weren’t much of a pink person before, I’m certain that one of these 85 shades of delicious pink yarn might just sway you!
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Lion Brand Wins An Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of the Year Award!

June 21st, 2013

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David Blumenthal (President/CEO) and Dean Blumenthal (EVP/COO) have won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in New Jersey in the ‘Family Business’ category.  What perfect timing! Just as we celebrate our 135th anniversary.  It means a lot to us to be recognized by such an influential global corporation, especially since we’ve come a long way in five generations from a pushcart on the Lower East Side of Manhattan!  For a look inside the company today, see this video: About Lion Brand Yarn Company – 135th Anniversary Special.


(Left to right: David Blumenthal & Dean Blumenthal)

 “Being recognized by a prestigious organization like Ernst & Young is such an honor for our 5th generation family business. I’m grateful for the leadership of our fathers who mentored us and taught us by example, and for the expertise and devotion of all our associates.”
-David Blumenthal

Congratulations to David and Dean Blumenthal!

 

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Learn to Crochet a Granny Square!

June 21st, 2013

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grannies slide openerAfter crocheting what I was sure was the world’s longest crochet chain (it was at least 60 feet long, but far short of the world record) in fourth grade, I finally decided it might be time to learn another crochet technique. I sat with my grandmother that summer at the kitchen table in our shore house as she crocheted a baby pink granny square, walking me through each step. She fastened hers off without disconnecting, so I could practice on the same length of yarn. Once I got the hang of it, I went around and around on that same square, until each successive skein of pink, purple and white ran out, but I always left my grandmother’s square attached. It’s a wonderful memory of her to keep now.

Making granny squares is a great way to learn to crochet, or to try out a new technique. Today, I want to share my grandmother’s lesson to me from 15 years ago with all of you! Check out this step-by-step tutorial to create your first granny square in ten minutes or less.

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Lion Brand on the Road: Upcoming Events

June 20th, 2013

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One of the best parts about working at Lion Brand is meeting our amazing customers and hearing what you have to say about our products, patterns, and community. Working in the yarn industry, many of us travel and meet knitters and crocheters across the country, and I often get asked, “Will Lion Brand be at an event near me? I’d love to check out your new yarns in person!”

Earlier this year, we had a ton of fun at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA and Vogue Knitting Live in New York, NY!

In the second half of 2013, we’re proud to sponsor and have booths at these upcoming shows and events:

Upcoming Knitting & Crochet Events

kcshowKnit & Crochet Show
Indianapolis, IN
July 17 – 21
Click here for more info.
Lion Brand fans can get this exclusive coupon (or book with this code online: LionBrand11113) for discounted admission to the marketplace .

Stitches Midwest
Schaumburg, IL
August 8 – 11
Click here for more info.
Lion Brand fans can get 20% off classes and events with the coupon code: LBM13.

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Knit & Crochet Show
Charlotte, NC
October 2 – 6
Click here for more info.

Stitches East
Hartford, CT
November 7 – 10
Click here for more info.

Stop by the shows above to check out our exclusive LB Collection, as well as new products–all at show-special prices.

We’re also proud to be a sponsor of many regional knitting and crochet festivals across the country, and we hope you’ll check online for events in your area. Click here for a helpful calendar from Knitter’s Review.

While we don’t have the staff and resources to be at every show and festival, we always love hearing from you, so we hope you’ll continue to share your thoughts here on our blog and through our pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Get Your Cotton Yarn Ready! 6 Knit & Crochet Patterns for Your Kitchen and Bathroom

June 19th, 2013

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With the warm weather now upon us, many of you are probably looking for smaller, more portable projects to work on so that you can still craft, and stay cool.  In addition to choosing smaller projects, it’s important to choose the appropriate seasonal yarn – so today, I’ve rounded up a few washcloth, dishcloth and potholder patterns in various cotton yarns for you to get some some ideas for your summer crafting.

The best part about knitting or crocheting dish and wash cloths is that they’re perfect for practicing new stitches on a smaller scale project!

Momma chickadee potholder
Crochet Momma and
Baby Chickadee Potholder
in Cotton-Ease
Cross-Sttitched Cloths
Crochet Cross-Stitched Cloths in
Kitchen Cotton and Bonbons

Loom Woven Dishcloth Set in
Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp
Folly Washcloth
Knit Folly Washcloth
in Cotton-Ease
Spring Cleaning Scrubbies
Crochet Spring Cleaning Scrubbies
in Recycled Cotton
Knit Long Beach washcloth
Knit Long Beach Washcloth
in Cotton-Ease

What type of stitch pattern do you prefer when working on a washcloth or potholder? Share with us in the comments!

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