Pompoms are showing up in projects everywhere! And no wonder … it’s an easy and fun craft for everyone to do, even if you don’t know how to knit or crochet. Pompoms make great additions to your finished projects – you can turn them into garlands or use them for fashion accessories — the options are endless!
Now that the weather is warmer and children are out of school, making pompoms is a great summertime activity. Thanks to our friends at Creative Publishing International, we’re giving away two copies of Make Your Own Cute and Easy Pompoms. Additionally, we’re pairing a package of Bonbons in the Crayons colorway for you to start crafting immediately. In this book, you’ll learn how to make food items, animals, and even little Matryoshka dolls out of pompoms – the designs are quite ingenious!
Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Make Your Own Cute and Easy Pompoms and a package of Bonbons.
Contest ends July 3rd.
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2. Must be 18 or older to enter.
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Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. This is part 2 in her 6-part series for us on the topic of yarncraft health. Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.
Last month we explored the top ten health benefits of yarncrafting. Many of you chimed in with great comments about how crochet and knitting have helped you to heal from a variety of different ailments. Want to get more intentional about that? This five-step guide will help you create your own yarncrafting wellness plan.
Knitting and crochet can help with each of these things. For example, it can be a distraction that reduces physical pain and helps control diet cravings and it can provide relaxation to reduce stress-related headaches and irritability. However, not every symptom will apply to you so think about what you really want to solve. It’s a lot easier to get healthy when you know what specific ailments you’re trying to reduce.
The sun is shining, it’s warm outside and you’re enjoying frozen and iced drinks – must mean summer is here!
Summer is a great time to work on projects you may not otherwise tackle because you’re busy working on a sweater, afghan, or holiday gifts, etc. With the arrival of warm weather, small and portable projects like washcloths, dishcloths, scrubbers, and coasters are ideal. Find yourself frequenting the farmers market for fresh produce? Knit or crochet yourself a reusable market bag!
There are so many great ways to enjoy your yarncrafting this summer. Check out some of our previously posted blog posts for some summertime inspiration.
As the weather gets warmer, we often make the switch to working on smaller, light-weight projects like market totes, kitchen items, and lacy shrugs. Kitchen Cotton is a great summer yarn to use when it’s too warm for wool. It’s made of 100% cotton that’s super absorbent, and exceptionally durable – perfect for kitchen and bath accessories that need to be more sturdy.
Best of all, it’s on sale at 15% off for the month of June.
See below for our most popular Kitchen Cotton projects!
|Crochet Hexagon Market Bag||Knit Bright Stripes Dishcloths||Crochet Shaped Washcloth|
|Knit & Crochet Soap Bags||Crochet Fireworks Hexagon Blanket||Knit Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote|
|Cross-Stitched Cloths||Knit Modern Luncheon Mats||4 Ball Market Bag|
For more information on Kitchen Cotton and other cotton yarns, we’ve also have some great tips when you’re working with this yarn.
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Join Shira at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Manhattan as she walks you through a selection of yarns great for arm knitting a summer scarf.
Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.
* 6–7 a.m. Twisted Pearl. Early morning yoga for knitters and crocheters with Pearl Cotton.
7–9 a.m. Morning Wound Up. Who’s making news? Who’s making socks? Cast on for the perfect day with Tencel Washington, Angora Blends and the whole Wound Up team. Plus: weather and color forecasts for your area.
9–10 a.m. Sesame Street. Brought to you by the letters K and P and the number 2.
10 a.m.–11 a.m. The Price Is Right. Contestants guess the retail prices of various yarns, then buy all of them.
11–noon. Swatch Game. Contestants don’t actually play, they just tell everyone they did.
Noon-1 p.m. The Selvedge of Night. Wrench returns from his secret mission to find that Veracity has run away with his size four needles. Dolores discovers a baby in a pile of discounted merino.
1–2 p.m. All My Mill Ends. Stricken with amnesia after falling into the spinning machine, Clarice struggles to remember which clue of the mystery shawl she was working on.
2–3 p.m. Stitch and Kvetch. Today’s discussion topics include What Are You Working On, What Yarn Is That, Where Did You Buy It, and Do You Think This Is Going to Fit Me.
3–3:30 p.m. The Brady Bunch. The kids attempt to knit a sweater for Carol’s birthday; everyone but Jan is able to get gauge.
3:30-4 p.m. Gilligan’s Island. At Mary Ann’s request, the Professor develops a primitive version of Ravelry made from coconut shells and old clothing. When Gilligan posts a question about copyright, the island descends into madness and bloodshed.
Buttonholes are commonly used in cardigans but you may also find the need to make one for purses, shawls, or scarves.
Many patterns will have an instruction to make a basic buttonhole by working a yarn over and then knitting the next 2 stitches together. This buttonhole is functional but it’s not very stable and it can look a little sloppy. Moreover, the size of the buttonhole is totally dependent on the weight of the yarn and the needle size. The thinner the yarn and the smaller the needle, the tinier buttonhole will be.
So what if you want to create an extra large button?
A vertical buttonhole can be made any length. It can be used in many situations when you would usually work a horizontal buttonhole. If you are working a 6 stitch buttonhole band on a cardigan however, it’s not practical to use this type of buttonhole.
This horizontal buttonhole can be made any size you wish. You’ll need to count your stitches and carefully determine the placement as this buttonhole requires 1 extra stitch…a 3 stitch buttonhole requires 4 stitches total to knit it.
With a little practice, you’ll master buttonholes in no time!
Try a baby sweater (like the Fresh Melon Sideways Cardigan shown above right) or an accessory pattern like our Embroidered Hood for practice, then graduate to an adult project (like the Modern Raglan Cardigan shown above left)
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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.
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Designated by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14. It’s observed to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777.
Although not an official federal holiday, it is at the President’s discretion to proclaim its observance.
We don’t want to step on anyone’s toes or anything, but here at Lion Brand we’re calling it … it’s time to celebrate Flag Day and do it in style. In fact, all of Lion Brand’s American-made yarns like Heartland, Hometown USA® and Kitchen Cotton are 20% off for a limited time!
Here are some of our favorite patriotic patterns in red, white and blue:
|Crochet Flag Headband||Knit Flag Pullover||Crochet Flag Afghan|
|Knit Team USA Mittens
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|Crochet True Colors Scarf||Loom Woven Placemats|
|Crochet Little Super Hero Blanket||Knit Americana Afghan
|Crochet Independence Day Mats|
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If you were born between June 22 and July 22, your zodiac sign is Cancer, the fourth sign of the Zodiac represented by the crab. Folks born under this sign are often gentle souls who take great pleasure in the comforts of their home and family life. Traditionalists by nature, Cancers also tend to be patriotic. Another thing to know about Cancer, those born under this sign definitely wear their hearts on their sleeves and they have no shame about it!
The colors in this scarf match the essence of the sign of Cancer: pink for hopeless romanticism, orange for strength and endurance, silver blue for water (the element Cancers are ruled by), and silver grey for the Moon (also Cancer’s ruler).
If you have a friend who has a birthday coming up, a handmade gift is perfect anytime, but being Cancers are so caring and affectionate, there’s no doubt your friend will appreciate the sentimental value of a gift that’s come from your own hands. If you are a Cancer yourself, make two – one for you and one for a friend!