Now that we’ve celebrated Independence day and have spent some time at the beach, it’s clear that we’re in full summer mode! Of course as a crafter, you know that just because it’s warm out – that’s not an excuse to stop your knitting or crocheting. Summer is a good time to work on smaller scale, portable projects. You’ll feel so accomplished knocking out project after project on road trips, or just relaxing by the pool. To get you started with ideas, I’ve included some fast, stress free project from crafters on the Internet, as well as our very own Lion Brand patterns.
Projects from Crafters:
|Crochet Picture Frame
|Moss Stitch Bow headband
|Knitted Jam Jar Sweater
in Vanna’s Choice, Wool-Ease
Lion Brand Projects:
DIY No Tangle Ear Buds
Crochet iPad Cover
in Vanna’s Choice
Mini Granny Square Bookmarks
What are your favorite summertime projects? Share with us in the comments!
Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.
It’s July. My grand friends have gone to France, my less grand friends have gone to Michigan, my flat broke friends (the majority) have walked over to the lake for the afternoon. There is a general desire to get out of here, get lost, leave it all behind.
All of it except yarn.
The friends who went to France packed passports and hiking gear. The friends who went to Michigan packed swimsuits and mosquito repellent. The friends over at the lake took snacks and water bottles.
They all packed yarn.
That is, to me, perhaps the surest sign that a person has crossed the line between fancier and fanatic—when it suddenly takes longer to decide which needlework projects to pack than which shoes to pack.
The longer the trip, the more complicated the packing becomes. You find yourself asking questions like:
How close are these current projects to finished? If you’re within an hour or so of completing a piece, you can’t bring it along as your sole project if the trip is going to last more than an hour. You’ll need backup.
Can I work on this while chatting? Vacations often involve proximity to other people who will insist on engaging you in conversation whether you like it or not.
Editor’s Note: This post was updated on July 11th.
Have you ever come across a yarn that you loved the feel and gauge of but couldn’t find the color that you wanted? Well, being the savvy crafter you are you don’t have to let that stop you! I found myself in a similar predicament shortly after I started working at Lion Brand. The smooth softness of the Casey yarn made me melt but it only comes in confetti colors suited for baby items. Since I rarely make baby projects, I tried to put the yarn out of my mind. But occasionally I would be digging through the yarn closets in the office and my fingers would brush a skein of Casey yarn and I would fall in love again. Then it hit me, I could dye it to make it fit my needs!
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Happy Independence Day from everyone at Lion Brand!
[Pictured: Crochet Flag Afghan]
Please note our offices are closed today in observance of the holiday, but we will be open regular business hours tomorrow.
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Every year, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) graduating seniors attaining a bachelor of arts in fashion design collaborate to present handmade collections for a professional runway show in New York City. Lion Brand has provided yarn for the knitwear design students over the years and is always proud to be part of such an inspiring and creative event. Lion Brand has been a long time supporter of FIT, and in 2009, a seminar room specifically designated for knitting, crocheting and jewelry making was dedicated to the late Isidor Blumenthal, Lion Brand’s 3rd generation President and CEO.
This year, I was able to attend FIT’s “The Future of Fashion: 2013 Graduates Collection“, and I was amazed by the designs that came down the runway made by students who will someday be fashion designers. It was so interesting to see how yarn used to make everyday garments and accessories can create high-fashion and out-of-the box designs. The specializations in the show included sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, and children’s wear. Below, you’ll find some images from the seniors who worked on the knitwear collection.
Have you seen any interesting knitwear in fashion lately? Share with us in the comments!