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Introducing 14 New Colors of Lion’s Pride Woolspun!

August 28th, 2015

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters
Arranging a color palette for your project is easier than ever with new colors of Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®! This wool-blend yarn is already a fan favorite for its softness and bounce — you’ll love the new color additions.

We’ve added mixes and prints to the Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® line — these skeins stitch up to create beautiful color work easily without the trouble of having to switch yarns. Create your own color palette, or choose from 6 color families to make coordinating sets!

Watch as our brand ambassador Shira introduces our new Color Made Easy program!:

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – https://youtu.be/59upD_Td4Q0 ::
 

Find our latest patterns for this yarn below:

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Beginner Loom Knit Hat & Scarf set in Metropolis Color Family Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat in Campfire Color Family Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat in Metropolis Color Family
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Easy Knit Scarf & Hat in Forest Color Family Easy Knit Scarf & Hat in Mesa Color Family Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat in Ocean Color Family
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Easy Knit Scarf & Hat in Quarry Color Family Easy Crochet Cowl in Metropolis Color Family Beginner Knit Cowl in Forest Color Family

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters

August 27th, 2015

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters
With seasons changing soon, we’re tempted to get started on scarves and hats — but it’s not that chilly yet! Fall is a wonderful time to experiment with layers – try adding a vest over a button down, a poncho over a simple top, or knee high socks or legwarmers over tights. Accessories like these a great ways to try out new patterns and introduce a new style to your closet. You’ll also be able to dress up existing outfits without having to buy a new seasonal wardrobe!

Vests and wraps are trendy alternatives to simple cardigans. They’re versatile, pairing well with both billowy blouses and solid basics. Keep one on your office desk chair to layer on your work outfit!

We prefer ponchos over pullovers for walks in the park, cheering on the team from the sidelines, or just wearing as a statement piece. With their simple construction, they’re a great project for beginners not yet ready to tackle on shaping sweater sleeves.

Use up the rest of the summer to get started on these fall knits!

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Knit Prince Street Legwarmers made with Tweed Stripes® Knit Level 1 Vest made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Knit Penelope Poncho made with Country®
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Knit Veranda Vest made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Autumn Light Gauntlets made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Cuffed Poncho made with LB Collection® Silk Mohair
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Knit Rustic Embroidered Wrap made with Wool-Ease® and Unique Knit Honeycomb Poncho made with Wool-Ease® Knit Cabled and Buttoned Wrap made with Heartland®

 

After My Hair Turned Grey, My Whole Outlook on Color Changed …

August 26th, 2015

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The Scarfie Effect! A funny thing happened when my hair began to grey.  I was thirty-five and resented a situation that seemed premature and, well, unfair.  For every grey hair I plucked, ten appeared, suggesting that resistance was futile. So I began experimenting with different DIY hair colors offered by the neighborhood drugstore.  Experimenting was fun.  I could choose shades with cool or warm highlights, go auburn in the summer, or Goth when I felt dramatic.  After a while, though, I sadly realized I wasn’t very good at covering what needed to be covered.  I sought professional help.

Between Brunette and Blonde…

My hairdresser worked for months to remedy the self-inflicted dye damage.  By now I was a decade older.  My underlying color was so grey that when brown dye was applied, my hair seemed blonde.  So, I became a dark blonde.  But it didn’t stop there—I went lighter and lighter.  My hair is now honey-colored, and I’m satisfied with the results.

My point is about personal color, but it applies equally to clothing.  No matter what, I want to look my best—don’t we all?  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that the colors most flattering to me aren’t the brights I wore when my tresses were chestnut.  With light hair, I prefer neutral and natural shades.  Fortunately, I really like neutrals and naturals.  They seem serene, and they play well with jazzy accents.  I love a camel coat with a crimson scarf, a grey tunic with a cobalt shawl, and anything black with apple green.

…And Every Shade in Between

My knitting, of course, reflects this preference.  Right now I’m in the mood to knit a beautiful sweater to wear in the cold months ahead, and I want an interesting yarn, as enjoyable to work with as to wear.  And—total wish fulfillment!—I’ve discovered Lion Brand’s Scarfie!

The Scarfie palette fits my personal color theory exactly. Scarfie is an ombré yarn that subtly moves from one shade to another.  It’s dreamily dynamic, hypnotic, and outright magical as it transitions from light to intermediate tones, then darkens. Working with it is like watching clouds at sunset or morning haze over mountains, except it’s you and your pattern, not Mother Nature, behind the changes!  The natural shades have a rustic purity, from cream to taupe in one skein, from silver to charcoal in another.  There are stunning low-key colors, too—rich cranberry to deep black, forest to deep black, denim to midnight.   All of them are in the palette most flattering to me.

It’s called Scarfie because one generous skein makes one generous scarf.  But I’m determined to do something larger—a sweater.  The gorgeous “Free Spirit Topper” in the Lion Brand Pattern Finder is exactly what I had in mind.  But there’s also a high-fashion crochet pattern, the “Duo Tone Throw” which is ultra simple to make but totally interesting at the same time, because two different shades of Scarfie, moving along their individual paths, create a rhapsodic interplay of colors.

I might have to make them both….

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Knit Free Spirit Topper Crochet One Ball Scarfie Crochet Duo Tone Throw
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Crochet Pero Poncho Crochet Diagonal Shaded Shawl Knit Neutral Slant Shawl

 

3 Amigurumi Patterns Inspired By Birdwatching

August 25th, 2015

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I personally enjoy reading all the responses when we ask our Facebook fans, “What are you doing besides knitting and crocheting?” These posts are favorites of mine because they give me ideas on things to do and books to read. In the office here, it’s fun to take a break and chat about upcoming personal plans and different hobbies that we’re interested in; we tend to find that many of us have similar interests. So I was thrilled to read that many of you also enjoy bird watching!

BlackbirdBird watching can be so fun – I love walking down the street and seeing a beautiful array of colors flutter by. In my neighborhood and in the Northeast in general, the most common birds that can be found include cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, and mourning doves.

One day, as I was walking through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, a bird’s call caught me by surprise, and when I looked to see where it was coming from, I saw a bird I never saw before. I was so intrigued by this bird and had to know what it was. Thanks to my colleague Danielle, I used my Merlin Bird ID app by Cornell Lab of Orinthology, and based on the description (black bird with red wings), I found out it was a male red-wing blackbird. I was so excited! The app also gave me more information on the bird’s behaviors and sounds. I suggest you check out the app or play around on the website to see what birds in your area you can identify.

Share you love for birds by knitting or crocheting some amigurumi for your desk, shelves, or even friends!

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Momma bird and her Baby birds Blue Tit Bird Love Birds Cake Topper

NYC Bird watching sources:

Where do you like to bird watch, and has it inspired any of your crafting projects? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

 

The Luxe Look For Less: 9 Autumn Coats and Cardigans

August 24th, 2015

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The Luxe Look for Less: 9 Autumn Coats and Cardigans
We admit it — we like to fawn over designer wear in magazines and blogs just like any other fashion-savvy person. As yarncrafters, however, we know some looks are just a few skeins away from being ours! When we spotted this Stella McCartney wrap-front cardigan, we immediately loved its high-low hem and chunky knit.

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Get the look for less with a few of our coat and long cardigan patterns! Stay sleek and chic with shades of greys or mix it up with self-striping brightly colored yarns — either way, you’ll turn heads this season.

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Knit Glamour Jacket made with Vanna’s Glamour® Knit Eclectic Entrelac Cardigan made with Vanna’s Choice® and Unique Knit Teddy Vest made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick & Quick®
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Knit Riding Jacket made with Country® Crochet Top-Down Jacket made with Amazing® and Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Level 2 Cardigan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®
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Knit Helio Poncho made with Homespun® Knit Chillingworth Cabled Long Cardigan made with Fishermen’s Wool® Open Knit Cardigan made with Gold Leaf®

 
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