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9 Gifts to Make Mom Smile this Mother’s Day

April 29th, 2016

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Mother’s Day is almost upon us! With Sunday, May 8 just around the corner, it’s time for a special sale on your favorite gifts for Mom! For a limited time, you can get the yarn-lover in your life presents she’s been wanting- at 20% off. And all purchases $75 or over come with our best-selling yarn craft mug free as a gift for you. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Tea with Shira Episode 23: 3 Modern Knit & Crochet Patterns

April 29th, 2016

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In this episode of Tea with Shira, our fearless brand ambassador sits down with Lion Brand intern Karin! A creative soul from Shenkar College in Israel, Karin has designed extraordinary patterns for Lion Brand using yarn in unexpected ways!

Meet Karin in the video below, then find three of Karin’s latest patterns!

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – https://youtu.be/nuIovJ9a-pE :: 
 

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Knit Challah Cowl Crochet Split Turtleneck Cowl Crochet and Braids Neck Warmer

 

 

Go Behind the Scenes with Vanna White!

April 28th, 2016

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Ever wonder what it’s like to join Vanna White in front of the camera? Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes!

Vanna modeled new patterns made with Vanna’s Choice®, Vanna’s Complements®, and Vanna’s Glamour® and we were there to give you a sneak peek. She even snuck in some time between shots to crochet and chat with Shira about her passion for the craft and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Having trouble viewing this video? Click here: https://youtu.be/2-8G4yGfYt8

Get all of the patterns featured in the video!

Color Block Modern Paint Afghan (crocheted with Vanna’s Choice®) Axbridge Afghan (crocheted with Vanna’s Choice®) Fisher’s Island Cardigan (crocheted with Vanna’s Choice®)
Overlapping Squares Afghan (knit with Vanna’s Choice®) Slip Stitch Graphic Shawl  (knit with Vanna’s Choice®) Starlight Evening Shawl (crocheted with Vanna’s Glamour®)
City Sleep Ruana (crocheted with Vanna’s Choice®) Simple Two-Color Poncho (crocheted with Vanna’s Complement®) Deerfield V-Neck Pullover (knit with Vanna’s Complement®)

 

Rio Rancho Cardigan Knit-Along Week 1: Grab Your Kit!

April 27th, 2016

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Welcome to the Lion Brand Yarn Spring Knit Along! This spring we will be knitting the Rio Rancho Cardigan. It is a lightweight, flowing pattern that marries love of cardigans with love of shawls.

If you are like me, you have been eyeing Lion Brand Yarn’s newest yarn: Shawl in a Ball.  I had the opportunity to crochet up a shawl recently, and one ball was just not enough to satisfy me! I am thrilled to say that this pattern uses 3 balls of Shawl in a Ball.  It’s the perfect amount for this one size fits all cardigan, and a wonderfully affordable project!

Check out the video below to see some footage of this cardigan in action at the CHA Fashion Show this past winter.

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Every season and complexion is covered in the range of colorway offerings.  If you love autumn colors I suggest Calming Desert and Peaceful Earth.  If you are a neutral lover: Soothing Blue and Feng Shui Grey.  If you love the bright colors like me: Restful Rainbow, Mindful Mauve, Healing Teal and Community Coral are perfect for you.

I am knitting my Rio Rancho Cardigan in Mindful Mauve.  I love the purple hues paired with grey.

There’s still time to grab your supplies — order your KAL kit today!  Join us on Ravelry so we can discuss it as we knit.  You can find us there and also here in the comments below, on Twitter and Instagram.  You will finish just in time to have the perfect garment for those chilly summer nights.

Happy Knitting!

 

Planning on Crocheting or Knitting for Mother’s Day?

April 26th, 2016

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by Tamara Kelly of Moogly
Planning on Crocheting or Knitting for Mother's Day?
Whether you have kids, or you were a kid once (which is, well, everybody!), you probably remember those classroom art projects for Mother’s Day. Clay, macaroni, paint, and maybe even a bit of yarn all combined to make something that was full of love, if not raw artistic talent. I have a whole collection of interesting clay items and glued together poems from my own three kids, and as they get older and the handmade presents dwindle, it makes me a little sad to be honest.

My own mother, who had 6 children, has a very impressive collection on her dresser top of tchotchkes and doodads, drawings and trinkets. The first thing I remember making for her was a small wooden heart, which my grandfather helped me whittle. She loved the heart – or at least pretended to – but was appalled that he let me loose with a pocket knife at only 4 years old! Thankfully, no harm done – and last I looked, she still had the heart.

Now that I’m a mother myself, I know just how special those handmade items are! And while not every mother is the kind that enjoys crafted gifts, we knitters and crocheters are fortunate enough to have the skills to continue creating for our moms, when we are lucky enough to still have them to craft for.

Of course, when we were kids, the crafts were more often than not teacher directed – I don’t know any kid that would come up with the idea of printing out a slightly sappy poem and gluing it next to their hand print on a piece of construction paper. Now, as adults, it’s time to step back and think about what mom would really like and appreciate – not what we just happen to want to crochet or knit for her!

So before you pick a pattern and yarn, be sure to consider these 3 factors!

1. Color
Does your mom like brights? Pastels? Jewel tones? Animal prints? Does she have neutrals around the house but always wear a pop of color? Take into account whether it’s a wearable accessory or a home decor item – her favorite color might be green, but if she never wears it, use that emerald yarn to make a blanket or throw pillow.

2. Style
Is mom’s style sleek and modern, fun and funky, or classic and traditional? More pineapple doily, or colorblocked cowl? Triangle shawl, or rectangle wrap – or bikini top with motorcycle leathers? You know crochet and knit patterns are out there to suit every taste with a little searching!

3. Climate
There are gorgeous crocheted and knitted afghans out there to suit any taste and style, but if mom has retired to a tropical climate, they aren’t the best pick! If it’s always cloudy and rainy in her locale, then a floppy yarn sunhat won’t get much use.

Beyond these factors of course, hobbies and lifestyle can affect your choices as well. If she hates cooking, a set of crocheted dishcloths won’t suddenly inspire her to take up baking. If she collects goat figurines, look for a goat basket pattern (I happen to know where you can find one of those…). If she is traveling the country year-round in an RV, make sure any gift is both practical and small enough to fit in relatively cramped quarters!

So don’t just follow the teacher’s instructions – put some thought into it! Moms are notoriously difficult to come up with gifts for – especially when they like to answer “Oh nothing, dear” to requests for ideas. And for inspiration, there are literally thousands of free patterns here in the Lion Brand Pattern Finder, as well as elsewhere around the web.

And if she’s a crochet or knitter herself… well, you can always order her some gorgeous luxury yarn from the LB Collection and call it a day!

 
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