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My Visit to the Soundview Knitting Guild in Trumbull, CT!

December 22nd, 2014

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Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the amazing folks at the Soundview Knitting Guild in Trumbull, CT.   Having seen Jack Blumenthal present to a guild the month before, I was able to see how well he connects with people when he talks about our company.  So when he asked me to fill in for him in Trumbull, I was thrilled and a bit nervous.  But as a communications major and drama minor in college, I really do love standing up and talking in front of people, and as a fifth generation member of the family business, I’m more than happy to talk about Lion Brand.

We regularly visit knit and crochet guilds to share what’s happening at Lion Brand face-to-face with people who use our yarns. The feedback our customers give us is so important. These presentations are also an opportunity to show samples of our latest yarns.   I love getting “ooohs and ahhhhhs” when I show off our American-made yarns such as Heartland, Heartland Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, Country®, and Homespun Thick & Quick®.

At the Soundview Knitting Guild I also shared samples of Unique and Ice Cream, the latter of which was a definite favorite.

Personally, I have a soft spot for the LB Collection®, our exclusive collection of fine fibers which includes 100% Cashmere and Baby Alpaca.   I showed the Soundview Knitting Guild the newest addition to this collection,  Silk Chiffon Ribbon. It’s made from recycled Indian saris, and each hank is unique and gorgeous.

I also did an arm knitting demonstration. In the past year, arm knitting has become incredibly popular.  It’s perfect for people who are a bit intimidated by knitting and it’s a great introduction to knitting. You can easily finish a scarf in less than half an hour and if you keep going, you could have a blanket in less than an hour! I chose Quickie, which makes the project go even faster! At the guilds I love to demonstrate arm knitting and at Soundview, one lady was even arm knitting before my demonstration ended! She was so ready to go go go and make a scarf!

I had a great time visiting Soundview Knitting Guild in Turnbull, CT. Thank you to Guild President Nancy Boccuzzi and to everyone who made it such a memorable night. I’m looking forward to my next visit!

 

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Tell us about your guild in the comments below. If it’s located in the tri-state area (NY, NY CT), Shira would love to visit!

 

Be Eco-Conscious with our Newest Faux Fur Yarn, Pelt

December 21st, 2014

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Pelt is our newest faux fur yarn and it’s made in natural and dyed shades – great for fashion-forward accessories and garments.  For people who love our Fun Fur®, but prefer a yarn that is a bit more glamorous, Pelt is the yarn for you!

It’s the perfect yarn to use if you like the look and feel of real fur, but want to be eco-conscious. You can make textured projects like the Simple Hat, or you can use it as trim for items like the Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking and the Bristol Bay Hat.

Below, I’ve put together a collection of our favorite patterns that use Pelt – enjoy!

Knit Bristol Bay Hat Crochet Foxy Wristers Knit Dinner in Aspen Scarf Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer
Knit Bristol Bay Hat Crochet Foxy Wristers Knit Dinner in Aspen Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer
Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking Knit Winter's Tale Poncho Crochet Fabulous Fur  Scarf Knit Simple Hat
Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking Knit Winter’s Tale Poncho Crochet Fabulous Fur Scarf Knit Simple Hat

For more patterns using Pelt click here.

 

How to Make a Fluffy Pom Pom Topper in 4 Easy Steps!

December 20th, 2014

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This article series was featured previously in our Weekly Stitch newsletter. The Weekly Stitch features new products, tips, and more, so if you enjoy this article and would like more content like it, subscribe!

Wrap Your Gift with a Fluffy Pom Pom Topper

Make a big statement with a fluffy pom-pom! Make it one color for a classy look, or combine two colors for something bolder! Once the gift is unwrapped, the pom-pom can also be used as a luggage tag.

For this project, you will need yarn (for the gift on the left, we use Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in the color Fisherman, coupled with Vanna’s Glamour® in the color Diamond; and for the gift on the right we use Alpine Wool in the colors Chili and Olive), along with a pom-pom maker.  For the tutorial below we used Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Starlight.

To make your pom-pom follow the directions on the pom-pom maker package or see below on how to make one using cardboard.

Step 1

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Take a rectangular piece of cardboard about 2″ X 4″ and use scissors to cut two, half-inch slits. Cut a piece of yarn to a desired length — I cut mine about a foot to wrap around my present — and secure the ends in the slits.
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2015 Pantone Color Of The Year: Marsala

December 19th, 2014

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Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_ChipDrivePantone is a global color authority, located in Carlstadt, NJ (coincidentally, Carlstadt is also the home of Lion Brand’s corporate offices). Many industries use Pantone’s service to determine which colors to feature on their products – everything from housewares to fabrics.

How is the color of the year determined? The experts at Pantone immerse themselves in the culture, pulling together colors that organically seem to pop up everywhere. They find the common denominator and it is then identified as the most important color trend for the next year.  Pantone also considers how the meaning of the color relates to cultural events and the overall mood at the time.

The color for 2015 is Marsala, a rich, deep color that indicates stability. It’s wonderful for fashion because it is flattering against many skin tones and appeals to both men and women. Spotted on the runways this past season, Marsala is an earthy, 70s throwback, basic, and a neutral color that makes an interesting alternative to black, grey and off-white. In a wardrobe, this color is considered a staple, and it’s wonderful as an accent in the warmer months.

 

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Amazing®
Vineyard
Heartland
Yosemite
Homespun®
Barks
Hometown USA®
El Paso Autumn
LB Collection Stainless Steel Wool Woolspun in RUst LB Collection Superwash Merino in Mahogany Root Beer
LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel
Wine
Lion’s Pride®® Woolspun
Rust
LB Collection® Superwash Merino
Mahogany
Sock-Ease®
Root Beer
Superwash Merino Cashmere Burgundy Cocoa WETQ Sequoia
Superwash Merino Cashmere
Wine
Vanna’s Choice®
Burgundy
Wool-Ease®
Cocoa
Wool-Ease® Thick
& Quick®

Sequoia

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Spotlight: 6 Crochet Projects from Bloggers Featuring Heartland Yarn

December 18th, 2014

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Blogger Heartland Roundup

Today, I’m excited to share 6 awesome crochet patterns from some wonderfully talented bloggers and designers. Some of you may be familiar with the works of these bloggers already, and if not – be sure to browse through and check out each site; I’m sure you’ll find something that piques your interest! All of the links below feature projects from crafters who made items with our yarn of the month, Heartland (which is now 20% off).

(Top left to right)

  1. Baby Elephant Hat (Katmai and Olympic Blue) by: Repeat Crafter Me
  2. Cabled Beanie (Grand Canyon) by: All About Ami
  3. Tunisian Crochet Cowl (Acadia and Yosemite) by: Rescued Paw
  4. Fairy Tale Poncho (Redwood) by: Moogly
  5. Gold Leaf Infinity Scarf (Shenandoah) by: Fiber Flux
  6. Braided and Broken Wrap (Yellowstone) by: Cre8tion Crochet

 

Dress with a Smile For Annie! 8 Cute Patterns for your Favorite Little Girl

December 17th, 2014

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The newest rendition of Annie comes out in theaters this Friday. Whether you grew up with the film or plan to see it for the first time – it’s a great movie to inspire little girls to believe in themselves.

One of my favorite songs from Annie is “You Are Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” so in honor of my favorite song, here are a 8 patterns to inspire you to knit or crochet for your favorite little girl.

Crochet Next Generation Dress Little Sweetheart Bolero Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan
Crochet Next Generation Dress Knit Little Sweetheart Bolero Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan
Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat Crochet Headwrap with Bow Knit Sassy Stripe Leg Warmer Trio Crochet Country Cute Cardi
Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat Crochet Headwrap with Bow Knit Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio Crochet Country Cardi

 

9 Knit and Crochet Patterns to Celebrate the Release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 16th, 2014

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes out tomorrow, December 17th, marking the last installment of a long-loved trilogy.  The Hobbit features magical creatures – elves, dwarfs, dragons, oh my! – stunning landscapes, and epic battles.

Will you join Bilbo, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and Thorin (phew!) on the final leg of their journey as they battle Smaug for Middle Earth? If so, you may want to add a little something to your wardrobe to get in the mood …

If you’re feeling inspired to take a trip to the Misty Mountains of Middle Earth, here are nine knit and crochet patterns for you!

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Knit The Hobbit: Bofur’s Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® and Homespun®
Crochet Gimli Inspired Helmet made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour® Knit Jordanna’s Beard pattern
Made with Wool-Ease®
by Ravelry user melissalm
hippie chic crocheted wristers
Knit Pippin’s Scarf
made with Wool-Ease® by Ravelry user SuzieBlue
Crochet Hippie Chic Vest made with Fun Fur® Easy Crocheted Wristers
made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Merino
cable luxe cable vest tall trees
Knit Cable Luxe Tunic
made with Wool-Ease®
Knit Cabled Teal Vest made with LB Collection® Organic Wool Knit Tall Trees Tunic
Made with Fisherman’s Wool

 

10 Most Popular Knit and Crochet Patterns of November!

December 15th, 2014

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This past November, knitters and crocheters alike were deep in gift-making mode. Some of the most popular patterns focused on simple silhouettes like the Canyon Shrug and the Emily Bronte Topper. And whether it was a cat and mouse, reindeer or penguin, novelty mittens were also must-have addition to the project list.

It appears that colder weather was also on the minds of many – the Essential Fall Pullover, made with Heartland, took the lead as the most popular pattern to knit for November! Super-bulky yarns like Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick&Quick® were also popular, likely because they work up quickly and will bring you closer to finishing your gift list for friends and family faster.

Here is a collection of popular Lion Brand patterns that inspired crafters in the month of November:
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FLASH SALE: Save 15% on select Bags, Books, Hooks, Needles, Kits and more! We’ll throw in FREE SHIPPING too!*

December 13th, 2014

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No time to make a gift? We’ve got you covered! For a limited time, save 15% on select Bags, Books, Hooks, Needles, Kits and more! We’ll throw in FREE SHIPPING too!* Order by December 15th, 1pm EST for Christmas delivery.


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* Domestic orders only (Mainland US), $35 minimum order. Discount and free shipping applied on qualified orders at checkout. Promotion exclusive to lionbrand.com. Offers not available at retail locations.

For the full selection, visit lionbrand.com!

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Lola finds peace and harmony when she knits a Cat and Mouse Blanket – will it last?

December 13th, 2014

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Knit Cat and Mouse Mittens Knit Cat And Mouse Blanket Knit Cat and Mouse Scarf

Visit lionbrand.com for more holiday patterns.

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