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Visit us at Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle!

March 7th, 2014

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We’re excited to be on the marketplace floor as a vendor for our first ever Vogue Knitting Live showcase in Seattle, so be sure to see us at booth 224!

We look forward to greeting our friends in the Pacific Northwest, checking out the amazing fiber art displays that will be around the marketplace, and seeing some of the hottest trends in knitwear fashion.

As usual, we’ll be selling yarn at a 20% off discount, so those who haven’t gotten to experience the LB Collection® in person will be able to pet and fawn over our super-soft Baby Alpaca, luxurious Cashmere, hand dyed 100% Silk and more.  In addition to selling great yarns, we’ll have catalogs and some free patterns available to take home with you.

Plus, you get a free anniversary tote with your yarn purchase!

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Do you plan on going to Vogue Knitting Live, Seattle? Let us know in the comments.


6 Patterns for St. Paddy’s Day!

March 7th, 2014

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There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.

You probably know that St. Patrick is revered as the patron saint of Ireland and that on March 17th every year many folks celebrate his life and Irish culture in general. But do you know why?

via Spoonful:

Born in Britain during the 4th century, St. Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved by Irish raiders when he was a teenager. Although he was able to escape after six years and become a priest in Britain, he later chose to return to Ireland as a missionary, in order to help spread the teachings of Christianity to pagans. According to Irish folklore, he also used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of Trinity to the Irish. In spite of continuous opposition from pagan leaders, he continued to evangelize for thirty years while baptizing newly converted Christians and establishing monasteries, churches, and schools. He died on March 17th and was canonized by the local church.

While some folks still celebrate March 17th as a religious holiday, these days St. Patrick’s Day is more often a celebration of Irish culture in general.

With that in mind, here are several St. Patrick’s day patterns to help you get the festivities started and …

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Top Of The Morning Hat

A brand new pattern, this fun and festive Top of the Morning Hat is crocheted with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Grass and Vanna’s Glamour in Onyx and Gold.

Lucky Shamrock Scarf

Another brand new pattern, crochet this easy Lucky Shamrock Scarf in no time — made in Hometown USA in the colors Green Bay and Oklahoma City Green.

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Shamrock Pin

You don’t need any knitting or crochet experience to craft this fun and festive Shamrock Pin, made with Vanna’s Choice yarn in Kelly Green and Fern. Just one skein will outfit a whole group of little leprechauns!

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Who Wins A Free Trip To Meet Vanna White? You Decide!

March 7th, 2014

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2012 Winner
Vanna White and last year’s winner, Nancy Nielsen,
with her “Gramminal” baby hat and bootie set.

It’s time to vote for the winner of the Vanna’s Choice Contest! The contest started in November 2013 and ran until a month ago. Entrants designed a project with at least three Vanna’s Choice colors and sent us their photos.

The Grand Prize winner gets a trip for two to Los Angeles, California to meet Vanna White. There are 15 additional prize winners who will receive yarn. We’ve selected 27 finalists from the many entries we received. They are some of the most clever, beautiful and original ideas we’ve seen from our contests and we think you’ll be amazed as well.

Many tell the story of what inspired them, the moment that the idea occurred to them, and why they chose their colors. Some even took pictures of themselves and their families using their creations.

Last year our prize winner not only met Vanna, but was offered a publishing contract for a book of patterns for her whimsical baby hat and booties patterns.

Help make someone’s dream come true and get inspired at the same time. You can vote once a day so choose one or more favorites and vote often.

Vote Here*

*Note: You will need to use your Lion Brand account in order to vote. If you do not have an account with us, please create one to not only vote for a winner but have access to over 5,000 knit and crochet patterns.


When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters Book Giveaway!

March 7th, 2014

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Sometimes when we craft we have other things on our mind. Things that contribute to thoughtless mistakes like: forgetting a row, dropping a stitch, forgetting to change needles, etc. Honest simple mistakes . . . and they can happen to the best of us.  Before giving up and calling it quits, take a look through When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters by Marion Edwards and Ahza Moore. It’s a great read and it remind us that even though bad things happen, you can easily correct them.

Providing helping hints and advice, this book is great for all levels of knitters — this updated version also features six great patterns to try!

We’ve partnered with Taunton Press to bring you an excellent giveaway:  we’ll be picking 3 lucky winners who will each receive  a copy of When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters!  

Contest ends March 14th, so enter now and good luck!

CONTEST NOW CLOSED.

Winners are:

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Winners will be notified by email!

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