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Margaret Hubert’s Favorite Fan Interaction!

January 26th, 2015

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Margaret Hubert has written over 30 books about knitting and crochet! With so many years in the yarncrafting industry, I just had to sit down with Margaret to hear about her career as a designer and author. She loves her fans and shared a fun story with me about one of her favorite pieces of fan mail!

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Here are some of Margaret’s great patterns!

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Knit Alpine Zip-Neck Pullover Knit Wooden Handle Tote (and a Crochet version, too!) Crochet Wild Flowers Shawl

 

Knitting to the Rescue: The Traffic Throw

January 25th, 2015

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This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

Helen didn’t mind her nighttime schedule at Children’s Hospital, but after hours of sick kids and distraught parents, decompressing was hard. That’s where knitting came in.

Mom, herself a pediatrician, had suggested it. “Knitting clears your brain,” she said. “You see results.”

During the time she’d been at Children’s, Helen had knitted constantly, not for herself, but for the kids. She made what was needed — chemo caps, security blankets, stuffed animals. Now she was knitting a throw with a cheery design of trucks and cars.

It was almost done, just a few rows left. Helen loved that the “Traffic Throw” was knitted with Vanna’s Choice®. For every skein purchased, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, dedicated to curing childhood diseases, received a donation. Knowing that made Helen feel she was doubling the benefit of her knitted gifts. She loved everything else about the yarn, too–its softness and clear, bright colors. On break, she’d sit in the lounge and knit away. When others asked, Helen answered, “Oh…it’s for someone I haven’t met yet.”

Then one of the surgeons told her about Charlie. “Helen,” he said. “Check out room 102.” He pointed down the hall, where the post-op kids were monitored.” Charlie pulled away from his mom in a mall parking lot, into the path of a car backing out. Every parent’s nightmare, right?”

Charlie was four; he’d sustained contusions, a concussion and a broken arm. He looked incredibly small, his head bound with gauze, a rigid cast on his arm. On his bed were a teddy and small toy trucks. His exhausted dad sat in an adjacent armchair.

“I’m Dr. Chen,” said Helen, on entering. “How ya feeling, Charlie?”

Charlie looked away.

Dad said, “I think Charlie’s feeling as bad about disobeying his mom as he is about getting hurt. Aren’t you, son?”

Charlie said nothing.

Helen said, “Everybody makes mistakes.” She went to Charlie’s bedside. “I guess you like trucks, right?”

Charlie nodded. “I have more at home,” he whispered.

“I think there might be some around here,” Helen said. “I’ll look for them, okay?”

Charlie nodded again, then closed his eyes.

When he woke up, he was covered with something warm and soft. As Charlie and his dad counted the cars, trucks, and traffic lights, their hands found a note:

Dear Charlie,
Get well soon.
Your friend,
Dr. Chen

Save 20% off Vanna’s Choice® until the end of January!

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

A story by Selma Moss-Ward.

Selma Moss-Ward writes and knits in Rhode Island. You can find her work on our blog, as well as Lion Brand’s monthly newsletter, Pattern Journal, which you can subscribe to here.

 

“Lola, this is an intervention.”

January 24th, 2015

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

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Knit Color Grid Pullover Crochet Granny Square Skirt Knit Cardigan Of Many Colors

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SALE! Save 47% on this Swift, Ball Winder & Organic Wool Kit PLUS Free Shipping*

January 23rd, 2015

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Swift, Ball Winder, Organic Wool Blowout Sale

* Domestic orders only. Free shipping applied on qualified orders at checkout. Promotion exclusive to lionbrand.com while supplies last. Offer not available at retail locations.

 

Lily Chin Shares Her Biggest Knitting Mishap!

January 23rd, 2015

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Lily Chin always has great stories to tell. Known for her speedy crochet skills and her impressive hand-knit costumes, she’s knit and crocheted it all!

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Lily at Vogue Knitting Live and here’s what she had to say:

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Now that you know Lily LOVES to knit dresses, maybe you’re inspired to make one for yourself. Browse through our collection of dress patterns, we’re certain that you’ll find one you like!

Here are several of Lily’s own beautifully designed patterns for you to knit and crochet:

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Knit and Crochet Tunic Crochet Circular Shrug Knit Ballet Wrap
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Crochet Flame Stitch Coat Crochet Modern Lace Scarf Crochet New Lace Tunic

 

6 Knit & Crochet Hats Perfect for Playing in the Snow!

January 22nd, 2015

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Perfect Hats 2We haven’t had much snow here in NYC, but plenty of folks throughout the country and in Canada have already woken up to blankets of it. If you’re lucky enough to simply enjoy a snow day, why not bundle up, grab your sled, board, or skis, and have fun in snow!

January is peak ski season, so it’s a safe bet that many of you are hitting the slopes or out tobogganing. As knitters and crocheters, I’m sure you’ve donned some form of handmade knitwear while enjoying winter activities. Hats are great accessories for snow activities because they keep you warm, and can help friends and family spot you in a crowd or at the bottom of a hill.

To celebrate winter and having fun in the white, vibrant snow, I’ve rounded up six hat patterns that’ll help you stand out from the masses.

Bright and Cheery: You’ll be easy to spot in these vibrant colors!

Knit Basic Hat
in Unique (Cornucopia)
Ribbed Slouchy Hat and Cowl
Ribbed Slouchy Hat
(and Cowl)
in Hometown USA (Albuquerque Orange, Memphis Blues)
Crochet Over the Rainbow Hat
in Unique (Circus)

Stylish & Sophisticated: Neutral Colors with Fun Details

Animal Lover Hat
in Vanna’s Glamour (Onyx, Gold)
Toboggan Hat
Toboggan Hat
in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Fisherman – Love this style, but I suggest a different color)
Glitter Blizzard HatGlitter Blizzard Hat
in Gold Leaf (Black/Gold)

What type of handmade items do you like to wear (or make for others) for enjoying snow activities? Share with us in the comments!

 

6 Reasons Why Knitting and Crochet Group Therapy Works

January 21st, 2015

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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. In this post she shares how crafts can heal when used as a social activity. She also introduces us to Yarndevu, a new resource connecting knitters and crocheters. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.

Knitting and crochet are often used therapeutically in group settings for substance abuse, pregnant women on bed rest and for those coping with social anxiety.  There are several reasons why  group crafting is so effective in addressing these challenges.

The Craft is the Focal Point

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A primary reason why knitting and crochet are useful in group therapy is that the focus is taken off of the patient and put on the needlework itself. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California offered a crochet group to pregnant mothers on bed rest to help them take their minds off of their stress and fears, while still allowing them to connect with other women going through the same experience.

People in therapy groups who are coping with grief, abuse and other difficult situations may find it easier to begin talking with others about a project they are working on before getting comfortable enough to talk about more personal issues. Even in less intense situations, it can be helpful to focus on knitting and crochet in a group.  These activities are great ice breakers and relaxing at the same time.

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6 Projects to Celebrate The Big Game!

January 20th, 2015

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The Seattle Seahawks will defend their championship title against the New England Patriots at the Big Game this year – arm knit a scarf to show your support … or if you’re a New England fan, how about a scarf in the Patriots’ team colors?

Whether you’re a big football fan or know a fan who’s planning to watch the game, it’s a great excuse to knit or crochet! I’ve selected some patterns below that are perfect for showing your team spirit on February 1st:

Crochet Footbal Booties Go Seahawks Arm Knit Scarf Crochet Big Game Cup Cozies
Crochet Football Booties Go Seahawks Arm Knit Scarf Crochet Big Game Cup Cozies
Knit Car Blanket School Colors Hat and Scarf Set Knit The Patriot Scarf
Knit Compact Car Blanket Crochet School Colors Hat and Scarf Set Knit Patriot Scarf

 

Vanna White Shares a Special Message

January 19th, 2015

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We met up with Vanna White at the Craft and Hobby show in Anaheim, California earlier this month and she took a moment to share this special message:

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Vanna’s signature collection yarn is on sale for the month of January and as Vanna mentions, you make a difference with every purchase! Since 2007, Lion Brand Yarn Company and Vanna White have donated over $1,500,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and it’s all thanks to you!

All of Vanna’s signature yarns are 20% off through January 31st! Choose from Vanna’s Choice®, Vanna’s Choice® Baby, Vanna’s Glamour®, Vanna’s Palettes, Vanna’s Sequins, and Vanna’s Tapestry.

 

Crafter’s Coloring Companion

January 18th, 2015

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Introducing Crafter’s Coloring Pages, a brand new way to start yarn playing in 2015. Take out your crayons. Treat yourself to a set of brush pens or markers. Coloring pages can be a useful addition to your crafting. 

Here are some ideas for using these pages:

  • Scrapbook your finished page as a personalize record of gifts you’ve given or projects you’ve made.
  • Invite a child into your crafting world. Give them their own scarf to color.
  • Create a handmade #scarfie. Cut and paste a photo of the recipient into the blank face on the coloring page.  Share on social media.
  • Let your coloring pages help you plan your project. Use them to sketch out your ideas for colors or patterns.
  • Before you give a scarf as a gift, offer the recipient some colors to work with and get their design input. They can even add extras, like fringe, by drawing them on.
  • Relaxation! Coloring is a great way to unwind after a hectic day.

Getting started is easy. Just download the image, print and color.

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#Scapbook Page: Use to archive details you’d like to keep below the image: pattern, yarn, colors, date, recipient, modifications, etc.
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#Scarfie: Just add a face and color the scarf!
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Michelle Edwards is a life-long knitter and the author/illustrator of A KNITTER’S HOME COMPANION and many award-winning children’s books including CHICKEN MAN and STINKY STERN FOREVER. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys talking about books in schools throughout the US and beyond. Her newest book, MAX MAKES A CAKE is now available from Random House. To keep in touch with Michelle, visit her website, www.michelledwards.com. “Like” her on Facebook . Follow her blog and sign up for her newsletter .

 
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