March 28th, 2015
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. In this post she shares five charity groups who heal themselves and others through Prayer Shawl Crafting, along with tips and information for crafting prayer shawls whether you consider yourself spiritual or not. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook http://blog.lionbrand.com/author/kathrynvercillo/.
When you knit or crochet a prayer shawl, you set an intention for the person receiving it to heal. You weave a positive thought into each stitch. As you do this, you not only bring healing to the recipient of the gift, you also bring healing to yourself. Learn more about how prayer shawls heal self and others here.
It doesn’t matter whether or not you are religious; it is the act of intentional crafting that soothes the soul. Don’t pray? Get inspiration for secular prayer shawl crafting here.
There are many different ways to donate prayer shawls, but one of the most common options is to join a group that is engaged in prayer shawl crafting. These groups are often, but not always, based in hospitals or churches. To get the most out of prayer shawl crafting, you should choose a group with a mission that touches your heart. These five groups, a combination of secular and spiritual groups, are examples of people who are doing this work today.
Did you know that there are more than two dozen free knit and crochet prayer shawl patterns on the Lion Brand Yarn website? You can search for them in Pattern Finder by selecting “prayer shawls” under “what do you want to make?” in the Category section.
This is a Minnesota-based health care system comprised of several hospitals and clinics. They have a prayer shawl ministry through which volunteers can knit, crochet, sew or quilt both shawls and blankets that are given to patients as “a gift of support and healing”. They say, “when the shawls or blankets are left with a patient, it leaves a tangible example of our care and blessings”.
HealthEast Care System has a monthly prayer shawl craft meeting for volunteers who want to knit alongside others. This community spirit can be healing and supportive for all who are involved. However, they also accept knit and crochet donations from people who work on their own at home and send in what they make. They have specific requirements regarding materials (such as only using acrylic yarn) that are based on the needs of their community. Additionally, this group accepts monetary donations to the group, which are used for the purchase of supplies.
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March 27th, 2015
Here’s a great giveaway to celebrate the end of National Crochet Month! Thanks to our friends Margaret Hubert and Creative Publishing International, we’re giving away two copies of The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd edition by Margaret Hubert, to two lucky winners!
If you’re a life-long crocheter, or new to crocheting, you will love this book! With plenty of photo tutorials, patterns and inspirations, it’ll be hard for you to run out of ideas for your projects. The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet 2nd edition features new projects and 20 new stitch patterns as well – so even if you’ve got the 1st edition, you’ll find this one useful too.
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March 26th, 2015
I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to the Lion Brand® Yarn family, Textures®! Textures® is a self-striping boucle yarn that creates gorgeous drape. The colors are inspired by a natural palette, drawing from the forest, ocean, meadows, and skies. This yarn is an acrylic and nylon blend so your garments are machine washable and dryable. Textures® is light weight which means it’s great for springtime knitting and crochet!
Check out this video to learn more about this exciting new yarn!
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Feeling inspired? Here are a few patterns made with Textures®!
|Knit Sunset Diamond Afghan||Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic||Crochet Button Cowl|
|Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho||Knit Triangle Shawl||Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan|
March 25th, 2015
So now that you’ve worked through the first two sections of our fabulous new collection, are you up for a challenge? We’re excited to show you the third chapter of the collection, A Bit of Technique. These bold patterns build on the idea that garments can be made from simple shapes and use easy shaping to create v-necks, patchwork, and over-sized cowls. Fun techniques like lace, cables, and embroidered embellishments make these projects look like they stepped right off the runway.
See all of these patterns in action here.
March 24th, 2015
The Lion Brand Yarn Company is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of Cast Off Chemo!
Comprised of yarn industry professionals, the organization operates on the belief that a cure for cancer is one of the most important goals in medicine. With the understanding that it’s a disease that affects all of us – our family, our friends, our customers, our sisters in knit and crochet – Cast Off Chemo is asking that yarn lovers of the world unite to beat chemo – and cancer!
How? Well, by supporting the research of Dr. David Krag and his team at the Breast Cancer Center at the University of Vermont Medical Center. By developing new treatments for patients with breast cancer by using their own immune system, Dr. Krag’s team believes this treatment could end the need for chemotherapy.
There are several ways to support this research:
- Buy a pattern. — For just $5, you can buy one of many beautiful patterns donated by popular designers like Cari Clement and Diane Moyer.
- Make a one-time donation. — Cast Off Chemo accepts donations through their association with SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund.
- Host a fundraising event for shops and knit-crochet groups in your area. — Cast Off Chemo has put together over a dozen ways that you could host a fundraiser. Ideas include stitch-n-sip parties, encouraging local yarn shops to donate a portion of yarn sales for a day, offering classes for a donation, and more.
Whatever option you choose, your support will benefit over a million women and men world-wide by bringing Dr. Krag’s research to clinical trials.
For more information, visit Cast Off Chemo at http://castoffchemo.org.
Cast Off Chemo! is a program of the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund, a 501c3 organization.
March 24th, 2015
The intense colors of Landscapes® have really motivated people to craft with this yarn. With names like Apple Orchard, Boardwalk, Metropolis, and Tropics, it’s very easy to be inspired. Whether you knit or crochet, are a beginner or veteran, the roving texture of this yarn will work up in a lovely fabric for you.
From one-stitch cowls to blankets, a simple project becomes a beautifully detailed project. And now until March 31st, Landscapes® is 20% off!
Here is a collection of stunning projects from our favorite bloggers, Ravelry users and Lion Brand staff:
|Hands Occupied made this very colorful cowl using a Brioche Stitch. She even includes a video tutorial for those who work right-handed or left-handed.||Ilana from our Marketing Department knit this beautifully striped cowl with Tropics using just one stitch, the garter stitch!||A customer posted to our project gallery the Crocheted Vest with our Apple Orchard colorway. Check out those stripes!||Brandyce from Marketing is currently working on a seed stitch cowl in Metropolis – she loves watching her project work up in texture and color.|
|lajoyagirl made two beautiful crochet cowls in Boardwalk and Sand Dune||Marlene from Sales chose Apple Orchard to make the Back to School #Scarfie as a gift because it made her think of the person’s bright, cheerful, and friendly personality.||mommy2maya used Apple Orchard to make these adorable baby booties.||Heidi from our Colonie store made the My Celebration #Scarfie in Tropics as her project of the month!|
What patterns do you like to knit or crochet with Landscapes®? Share with us below!
March 23rd, 2015
|Each season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress.|
|We asked you to vote on what knit project you’d like to make, and you picked our Glamour Jacket! Over 5,000 of you voted, and we’re so excited to knit-along with you. Click here to download the pattern for the Glamour Jacket and see below for kits in four color options – all 20% off for a limited time!
To get this knit-along going, this week is about gathering your materials so that we can jump right in the week of April 6th. This lovely jacket is made in our Vanna’s Glamour, a versatile, easy-care, acrylic and metallic polyester sport-weight yarn. It’s also lightweight to give all your projects elegance and drape.
Starting the week of April 6th, our KAL host Kristy Glass will post her progress through the Glamour Jacket project, with updates coming every Tuesday. You’ll know it’s a dedicated KAL blog post when you see our special badge in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group for this KAL as well!
In the meantime, meet Kristy through her video introduction below and please introduce yourself in the comments too! Let us know who you are, where you’re from, and who you’re making this top for!
|I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Spring Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.
I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.
I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!
March 23rd, 2015
It’s National Puppy Day – the perfect opportunity to celebrate our furry friends! So go on, take the pooch out for a longer walk, give them an extra treat or two, and while you’re at it, knit or crochet them a new sweater to show off at the dog run.
Have you knit or crochet anything for your best furry friend lately? Share with us below!
March 20th, 2015
Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.
|Knit Jewel Box Pullover||Crochet Ribs and Shells Shrug||Crochet Happy #Scarfie|
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March 19th, 2015