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Meet Our New Creative Director

October 9th, 2013

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I’ve been a knitter, a shop girl at my LYS, the editor in chief of Vogue Knitting and Knit. 1 Magazine, and now, as Creative Director of Lion Brand and my motto has always
been “Fun to Knit and Fun to Wear.”

I didn’t start out in the hand-knitting industry. I studied writing and film at Oberlin and after college I worked as an assistant editor on feature films. I took time off from the grueling hours of independent film post-production to write my first screenplay,
“Knit 1 Purl 2.” I was an avid knitter, making about a sweater
a week, and got a part time job at my favorite LYS to keep me sane while I worked on the script. The late, great Melissa Matthay owned the shop and taught me how to design, combine yarns and create fun, easy garments for our clients. I remember the two of us squealing with joy as the new yarns arrived and we immediately would start swatching. We loved combining yarns to create different textures in simple but chic, over-sized silhouettes that looked good on all our customers: big, little, old, young.

 Our new Creative Director, Adian, and her daughter
Pictured: our new creative director, Adina, and her daughter.


6 Easy Halloween Costume Patterns For Kids!

October 9th, 2013

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You’ve bought bags of candy to hand out to the all the trick or treaters, the decorations are all hung up ready to scare, and you’ve even created a Halloween music playlist.

But what about the costumes for the kids?

Here are some costumes that can easily be put together with some hooks, needles, and of course, some yarn.

where-the-wild-things costume goldilocks costume

Max from Where the Wild Things Are

Sew some ears on a sweater (or glue them on barrettes or pins) and felt a knit crown (in Martha Stewart Crafts™ Roving Wool in Snowdrift),
your child is ready for their own wild rumpus!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Knit this easy sundress with three pockets (instead of two) for Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear which makes this costume just right. For brunettes, try this wig on for size.