December 8th, 2013
Last week I put up my Christmas tree, a tiny two-feet tall plastic tree that was the perfect size for a cozy apartment in New York City. Since I started working at Lion Brand a few months ago, I’ve been thinking about adding some handmade ornaments to reflect my love of yarn and crochet.
When one of our readers had mentioned she had used baby booties as ornaments, it gave me the inspiration to crochet amigurumi! They would be small enough to fit on my tree and could also fit in a shoe box once the holiday season was over. Cute and functional!
Here are some ideas for decorating your tree:
|Amigurumi Graduation Bookworm
in Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour®
|Amigurumi Lady Bug
December 6th, 2013
|For over 30 years working at Lion Brand as a traveling salesperson, it has been one of my greatest joys to witness the growth of the many crafting communities all over the United States. I have always felt immeasurably proud to be a part of a company that enables people to find happiness in each stitch and a sense of accomplishment in every final product.Recently, I was given the opportunity to speak at the Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club, the Connecticut Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America. This group started in 2001 as a bunch of crafters who wanted to get together and share their love for crochet. Now they have expanded to an organization “dedicated to preserving, promoting, and teaching crochet” within the Tri-State Area; it was like looking into Lion Brand’s past.At the end of my talk, the president presented me with a personalized honorary membership, for all of the hard work, passion, and inspiration Lion Brand has helped give the crafters of today.|
|Irene and Ariel in a sweater she made.|
Following the event, there was a “show and tell” parade of garments made by members who used Lion Brand yarn, ending in the biggest surprise of all: my longtime, good friend Irene Iannelli had brought her young daughter, Ariel, that day to model some of her own garments!
Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing how our product has transformed itself into a handmade sweater thanks to an imaginative crafter. Seeing members of Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club enthusiastically welcome Lion Brand and myself into their community makes visiting knit and crochet guilds across the nation all the more worthwhile.
December 5th, 2013
You can crochet animals, food, and practically anything you can think of as amigurumis, but have you ever thought of crocheting an amigurumi version of Mr. T or Bob Dylan?
We’ve teamed up with Lark Crafts and Allison Hoffman to bring you a great giveaway. AmiguruMe is all about taking amigurumi to the next level and creating mini-celebrities or even a mini version of yourself! The book goes through techniques on how to customize your doll from skin tone to facial shapes to the clothes so you’ll have an amigurumi that is right for you.
One lucky winner will receive a copy of the book, as well as their own amigurumi of Frida Kahlo!
*Contest ends December 12th.
- Just in Time for the Holidays: 12 Fast-Finish Toys to Knit & Crochet
- How to Make Amigurumi Cuter with Perfect Eye Placement
- Favorite Yarns for Amigurumi
December 4th, 2013
Homespun® and Homespun® Thick & Quick® have become two of our most popular yarns because of their softness, colorways, and versatility. Whether it is the unique painterly shades or the bouclé texture, people are just drawn to it. Before trying out a new yarn it’s always good to know the best ways to use it in order to create amazing projects. Here are some things that we at Lion Brand think you should know when it comes to handling this plush yarn
December 2nd, 2013
We’re celebrating Cyber Monday with 40% off the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit — so it’s the perfect time to try this versatile tool!
With over 30 different configurations, the kit is compact and easy to transport. It’s so adaptable that different members of your family can all be using it at the same time. While you’re knitting a hat, your son or daughter could be weaving a dishcloth! Learn more about this kit by watching the video below:
December 1st, 2013
With less than a month to go until Christmas, it’s fun to make quick and easy little projects to add a festive touch to your home. Friend of Lion Brand, Chris Zimmerman, of the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Festival sent us this photo of his great ornament idea from the last holiday season. Here’s what he had to say about it:
We were invited to bring an ornament to trade instead of a gift to trade with other attendees at the party. The ornament was suppose to be related to something that was important in your life or related to you life in some way. Of course since my partner and I do so many things with fiber arts we automatically thought of something with yarn. Being only a day or so before the event there was no time to actually knit something so our thoughts were running into dead ends. While walking through Joann Fabrics I spotted the last few packages of Bonbons that they had. A little imagination and what I came up with are seen in the pictures.
For more ornament ideas from LionBrand.com, click here.
November 29th, 2013
Margaret Hubert is a legendary crochet designer, and continues to inspire crocheters with great new patterns year after year. This time around, Margaret has ventured into granny square flowers, and shares with us the amazing versatility of a simple granny square with her newest book, Granny Square Flowers: 50 Botanical Crochet Motifs and 15 Original Projects.
To celebrate Margaret’s new release, we’ve got an exclusive pattern to share with you, plus – a giveaway of the book, along with all of the LB Collection Silk Mohair you’ll need to make this beautiful “Wild Flower Shawl”
3 lucky entrants will have the chance to win a copy of Granny Square Flowers, along with LB Collection Silk Mohair in Midnight (2), Iris (1), Azure (1), Sunbeam (1), Sunset (1).
*Contest ends December 6th
- Patterns by Margaret Hubert for Lion Brand
- Learn to Crochet A Granny Square
- How to Invisibly Seam Granny Squares
November 27th, 2013
For most people, pets are part of the family. They have their own individual personalities that the family has come to know and love, and in return, their pet loves them back just as much (if not more).
Pets can’t tell you what they want for the holidays, so it helps to have some ideas on what to give your “furry family member.”
Here are some great dog sweater patterns, starting with an easy knitted number modeled by a Boston terrier who is part of my extended family. He was extremely nervous on the day of the shoot and breathing heavily, hence the extended tongue.
|Knit Need for Tweed Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Crochet Striped Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Knit City Stripes Dog Sweater in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
November 26th, 2013
Sister and brother duo, Elizabeth and Robby Miracle, first created this dyeing series for a Lion Brand newsletter several years ago. Although that newsletter is no longer around, we loved the idea of making kitchen-safe dyes so much, that we’ve updated it and reprinted the series here.
Creating your own dyes can be a fun and exciting way to personalize projects. This month, we show you how to make all-natural dyes and use them with different cotton and wool yarns.
We used only edible items purchased at our local market, boiling water (and in some cases, salt or vinegar) to make beautiful, all-natural dyes.
After trying our dyes, you will probably want to experiment with other natural food dyes of your own. Start by using fruits or vegetables that stain and experiment! You can mix dye baths to make different colors. You will probably find, as we did, that the colors are all — surprise — “earth” tones!
Because this project requires boiling water, adult supervision is required.
Dye Bath with Grape Juice
This quantity of dye will easily color 2 skeins of LB Collection Pure Wool or , 2 skeins of Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton. Other options include: Alpine Wool, Fishermen’s Wool, LB Collection Organic Wool, LB Collection Superwash Merino, Martha Stewart Crafts™ Merino, Martha Stewart Crafts™ Roving Wool, Martha Stewart Crafts™ Cotton Hemp, Kitchen Cotton. Click here to see all Lion Brand yarns.
|Dyed Cotton||Dyed Wool|
November 24th, 2013
There are some deceptively brief phrases used in prose instructions that have a powerful, agreed upon meaning. At first, you should approach patterns with such phrasing cautiously as they assume a higher level of knit or crochet knowledge.
End with a RS row
This phrase simply means that the last row you work before proceeding to the next part of the instructions should be a RS row and that you should be ready to work a WS row when you begin the next part. Of course, the opposite is true for the phrase “end with a WS row.”
The first row or round following a “end with a WS row” or “end with a RS row” often indicate on which side the row or round is to be worked (e.g., Row 1 (RS)). Looking for this reminder can help you be sure to end on the correct side before beginning the next group of instructions.