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Archive for January, 2014


A Beastly Crochet Giveaway

January 17th, 2014

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We’re starting the new year by teaming up with Interweave Knits and Brenda K.B. Anderson to bring you a giveaway of monstrous proportions. Beastly Crochet is filled with “silly monsters, evil bunnies and killer robots” that you’ll just love to add to your evergrowing project wishlist. Filled with everything from robot toys to monster slippers to skull-shaped totes and many more, you’ll love to have this book on your coffee table for people to admire.

To celebrate Brenda’s latest book, we have an exclusive pattern to share with you: the Robo-Blanky is perfect for that future engineer or science fiction writer. Check it out here.

We’ll be picking ten lucky winners who will receive a copy of the book.

*Contest ends January 31st.

»Click here to enter!«

*Update 2/8/2014*:  Congratulations to Eva Johannes, Tina Cole, Doris Ackman, Tina Sullivan, Sarah Friedman, Stephanie May, Carolyn Thai, Heather Vanderheiden, Claire Davidson, and Karen Burns! We’ll be in touch shortly to get your prizes to you!


7 Tips for Knitting Your First Sweater

January 16th, 2014

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:: Re-printed with permission, Craftsy writer Ashley — aka “The Feisty Redhead” — offers these tips for knitting your first sweater. If you’d like a little more help with the leap to sweater knitting, Lion Brand and Craftsy have partnered to bring you the online class: “My First Sweater“. Keep reading … ::

The step from knitting a scarf to knitting a sweater is a big one, but it’s necessary if you want to avoid knitting rectangles for the rest of your life. Knitting your first sweater can be frustrating, but it can also be a lot of fun. If you’re looking for a winter project, why not knit a sweater? Here are a few things to keep in mind before you even start knitting that sweater.

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Sweater cardigan on a mannequin.
Photos via Craftsy instructor Amy Ross

1. Know the basics

No need to have a PhD in knitting (if only!) to knit a sweater. If you can knit and purl, you can knit a sweater. The cardigan above is one of the sweater patterns from Craftsy’s My First Sweater class with Amy Ross. Enroll in the class and Amy will walk you through everything you need to know about knitting your first sweater, from body measurements to sleeves and seaming. You can even ask Amy questions if you get stuck!

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Make A Zodiac Scarf For Aquarius Birthdays

January 13th, 2014

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Do you want a personalized gift for someone with an upcoming birthday?
How about a scarf that is designed for their sign of the Zodiac? The word Zodiac literally means “Circle of Life.” The twelve signs of the Zodiac offer believers insights into their personalities, qualities, and talents. Whether you consider the traits of your Zodiac sign to be light entertainment or a determining force in your life, as a knitter or crocheter, you’ll find that making a scarf designed with a specific birthday in mind is the perfect gift to create something made with them in mind.

Aquarius birthdays are from January 20th through February 18th, and are people who are both generous and known for their charity yarn crafting. If you’re born during this period you have a drive to make the world a better place. You may be involved in your local community or a religious organization and you are a very social person, so knitting or crochet groups are probably part of your life. You love to engage others, so you most likely enjoy teaching people the craft that has given you so much satisfaction.

The symbol of Aquarius is the Water Bearer and Aquarians bring creativity and ideas into the world. As an Aquarius you like to make things your own. What a perfect way to start the year we’ve designated as “You Shine Through.”

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These creative people may be a bit quirky but that often goes along with being creative. The colors of the Aquarius scarf are the colors of water and creativity (purple).

We have both knit and crochet versions. Start now and you’ll have the scarf for the late January to mid-February birthdays finished in time!


The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – revealed!

January 10th, 2014

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UPDATED 7 Wonders Collage

Lion Brand Yarn Company Showcases “The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World” at CHA Winter Tradeshow

We’re at the Craft Hobby Association (CHA) Winter 2014 tradeshow in Anaheim, CA this weekend and our big secret is now out! Keep watching here as we reveal “7 Wonders of the Yarn World” — a fiber art installation that includes large-scale yarn sculptures representing the 7 wonders of the world.

The 7 Wonders of The World sculptures were designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. Each sculpture represents a different technique found in knit or crochet. The installations that represent the “7 Wonders of the Yarn World” theme stand about 5 feet high or taller, and include marvels such as the Great Wall of China crocheted with granny squares, an embellished knit Taj Mahal, a lace crocheted Leaning Tower of Pisa, a crocheted Lion Sphinx, and more.

Keep watching here as more photos get added to our gallery.


Come See Us at Vogue Knitting Live NYC – January 17-19, 2014

January 10th, 2014

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Come see us at Vogue Knitting Live NYC next weekend!! Stop by booth 518, say hi — and check out the great selection of yarns we’ll be carrying at 20% off, including new yarns Keppi, Unique, Heartland, and LB Collection Silk.

Additionally, we’ll be hosting signings from some of your favorite designers such as Franklin Habit, Lily Chin and Nicky Epstein!

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Franklin Franklin Habit, designer, illustrator and contributing author to Lion Brand’s blog The Notebook, will be signing copies of select illustrations from posts he’s written for us over the past two years on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at booth 518. Check out Franklin’s witty posts here.
Lily Chin, a master knitter and one of the world’s fastest crocheters, will be at the Lion Brand booth signing copies of her book, “Crochet Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Crocheter Should Know” on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at booth 518 Lily
Nicky-Epstein-HS Love our Bonbons and want more ideas for projects? Nicky Epstein will be at the Lion Brand booth signing copies of her adorable “Knits for Dolls and Crochet for Dolls (25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls)” books which has some great patterns utilizing Bonbons and other Lion Brand yarns on Sunday at 1 p.m. at booth 518.

Vogue Knitting Live NYC takes place at the Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square from Friday, January 17th through to Sunday, January 19th.


2014 Pantone Color of the Year is. . . Radiant Orchid!

January 8th, 2014

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At the beginning of every year Pantone appoints one color to inspire world trends for the months ahead. A regular practice since 2000, Pantone recently announced this year’s color: “Radiant Orchid.” According to the leading color authority, Radiant Orchid “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health,” and was chosen to influence fashion, personal style and all creative matters in 2014.

Purple is a color that’s often associated with encouraging individual creativity and used in meditation to help visualize a harmonious, spiritual balance. Expect to see this purple popping up on  inspiration and mood boards everywhere—and of course yarn projects.

With personalization becoming a bigger aspect in fashion this year, we find that purple a great color to work with because of its complexity. While it is a simple combination of blue and red, the variety of shades you choose to use in a project can vary, depending on the mood you wish to reflect.

Two Tone Mobius Cowl Knit Lace Beret Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
Crochet Two Tone Mobius Cowl
in Homespun® Thick and Quick®
in Mixed Berries and Claret
Knit Lace Beret
in Vanna’s Sequins
in Merlot
Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
in Tweed Stripes
in Orchid

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It’s a Purl, It’s a Chain, It’s …

January 7th, 2014

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I was sitting in an airport, waiting for the flight to a teaching engagement, winding yarn. Travel with a swift being sadly impractical, I was making do with the back of an empty chair. Without warning, a screeching ninny plunged into view and grabbed at the unwound skein.

“So cute!” she screamed, jangling a fistful of wool in one painted claw. “Are you, like, doing some crochet or something?”

“That was the plan,” I said.

But it was too late. The skein had become a tangle so dense not even light could escape from it.

Working out occasional small snarls is part of knitting. There’s no avoiding it. But really big messes like this? Forget it. I’ve always taken them as a sign that I wasn’t supposed to knit with that yarn, anyway.

When I got to the guild I mentioned what had happened and displayed the ruined skein.

“It was so pretty, too,” I said. “But now it’s dead.”

“No it’s not,” said the Chief Guild Lady. “Somebody get Eileen.”

There was a general chorus of agreement: Eileen must be got.

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Introducing A Year Of Ideas To Help You Shine Through!

January 3rd, 2014

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The Zodiac Window Display at Lion Brand Yarn Studio, our flagship studio in NYC.

We are creators. In our everyday lives, we prepare our own version of recipes for our families, plant colorful or edible gardens to fit our outdoor spaces, and of course knit, crochet and craft with yarn. We start with some basic components—a washable or exotic fiber in a range of heathers or brights that we couldn’t resist—and turn them into something completely our own.

With everything you make, you shine through.

From the colors you choose to the length of a scarf to the initials you embroidered on the baby blanket—the completely original way your knit or crochet creations unfold is how you share your own unique personality to the world.

In the coming year, we are going to celebrate your shining moments and share with you many ideas to customize and personalize everything you make so it perfectly suits the person you are making it for and in every way possible, you shine through in the finished piece.

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Happy New Year from Lion Brand!

January 1st, 2014

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All of us at Lion Brand want to wish you a Happy New Year!

While most resolutions revolve around good health, life, and a better you, we wonder what your yarncrafting resolutions will be for 2014? Are you looking to learn a stitch or try a new pattern or will you finally organize your yarn stash?

Happy New Year from Lion Brand
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