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Archive for October, 2013


The Cowl: A Winter Favorite

October 27th, 2013

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Our Design Department shares their thoughts on a favorite accessory of theirs.

We have been watching the cowl take off on the runways as this season’s favorite accessory. This face-framing neck warmer is versatile, practical and fashionable. Here are two variations on the theme that show how different a cowl can look, depending on your choice of yarns.

Knit Dobbs Ferry Cowl Crochet Wildfire Cowl
Knit Dobbs Ferry Cowl Crochet Wildfire Cowl

The Dobbs Ferry Cowl in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, knit by holding three strands of this extra-bulky, easy-care yarn together, features the popular look of large stitches. It not only keeps you warm, but also creates a flattering high collar. The Wildfire Cowl uses only one bright painterly shade of Homespun to make a simple stitch look like a complex mix of different colors of yarn. You’ll love the compliments you’ll get when you wear this eye-popping cowl with your dark winter coat. Wear the cowl long (as pictured) to stay warm indoors, or loop it over again for a cozy accessory that keeps you warm while staying in place.

For a selection of over 60 cowl patterns, click here.

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Getting Nostalgic at the Knit and Crochet Show

October 25th, 2013

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Rita Weiss induction into Crochet Hall of Fame.One of my favorite shows to attend has always been the Knit and Crochet Show.  And earlier this month during Crochet Guild of America’s Professional Development Day, I got to hear my fellow colleagues and peers in the yarncraft industry speak about what we’ve all learned this past year.  What always excited me about this show was hearing other people, who were just as passionate as I was about yarn, talk about what they love.

It always felt like a family coming home for the holidays, reuniting and catching up what everyone has been doing since the last show. It was this experience I always look forward to the most.

Crochet Hall of Fame

This year was particularly special because I got to see Rita Weiss be inducted into the Crochet Hall of Fame. It reminded me of the reason why I work in this business and at Lion Brand. She has served as my role model, and was the reasons why Lion Brand got involved with the Crochet Guild of America. How she has become a household name and what she has done for the yarncraft industry is what I hope that Lion Brand will one day become.

Lion Brand Home Movies

Not only that but because I travel so much it also gives me a chance to see what Lion Brand has been working on this past year. When videos of my family and I talking about Lion Brand and Vanna White giving Lion Brand’s annual proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, it brought a tear to my heart knowing I was seeing on screen what I always want our customers to know about Lion Brand. Just like a family, we are taught to be generous and to care about others, but most of all that family comes first.

Knit and Crochet Fashion Show

This year I also got to see I got to see Lauren and Brandyce model for the Lion Brand segment of the Crochet Fashion show. It always impresses me how much our employees go above and beyond when it comes to showing their love for Lion Brand. Whether it’s working behind a desk or working the runaway to model this year’s designs.

I can hardly wait what the next show will bring but I do hope to see some of you in July…

Want to check out a Lion Brand booth near you?  We’ll be in Hartford, Connecticut for Stitches East from November 10-11!


An Upcoming Birthday: the Lion Brand Yarn Studio Turns 5!

October 24th, 2013

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One of my favorite things about working at our New York offices is that the Lion Brand Yarn Studio is just a short jaunt down the stairs—on the ground floor.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit, I highly recommend that you add it to your visiting-New-York-City to-do list. A showpiece space featuring fiber art, hundreds of shades of Lion Brand yarns, artisan tools, and dozens of classes—the Studio is more than a yarn store, it’s a love note to yarncrafters from Lion Brand, a haven from the busy New York City streets.

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Join Us for a Celebration!

The store celebrates its 5th anniversary with a party on November 17th, and throughout the month of November, it will be offering special discounts. Visit its website for more details.

Lion Brand Yarn Studio
34 West 15th Street, between 5th and 6th Aves.
New York, New York 10011
LionBrandYarnStudio.com

New, Informative Labels on Lion Brand Yarns

October 23rd, 2013

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HSTQ label

Have you noticed that we’ve changed our label? Over the past year, we’ve updated the Lion Brand yarn labels to be more helpful for you and your crafting needs.  New additions such as a ruler grid, project icons, and care icons have been added to help you select the perfect yarn for your project. You can find the following label icons under the project image on various Lion Brand yarns.

 Project Icons indicate what kind of project a particular yarn is ideal for:

Trilingual Icons From left to right: scarf, hat, garments, and baby items.

Trilingual Icons

From left to right: afghans, amigurumi/toys, accessories/purses, and socks.

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Crochet Your Own Very Hungry Caterpillar

October 22nd, 2013

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crochethungrycaterpillar
When I heard a friend of mine had crocheted her own version of the “Tickle Monster” for her daughter,
I immediately thought of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

It was one of my favorite books growing up. I would read it over and over, gobbling all the words just like the Caterpillar eating all food.  As result, I’ve become a voracious reader.

I’ve also become a voracious crocheter.

When I saw this pattern by Twinkie Chan (I’d recommend using Amazing® yarn in Rainforest for a gradient look), I was immediately taken back to my childhood and my favorite book. Make one yourself, along with everything the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate, and pick out items as you read the book together with the children in your life.

For those unsure how much he actually ate:

Although he ate so much … remember he did eventually turned into a beautiful butterfly.  Are there any books that have inspired you to knit or crochet the main character?

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