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Save 20% on July’s Yarns of the Month: Kitchen Cotton, Cotton-Ease, Cotton Bamboo and Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton

July 1st, 2015

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July yarns of the month
Kitchen Cotton: Made in the USA, this classic worsted-weight cotton is perfect for kitchen items and bath accessories.
Cotton-Ease®: Combining the absorbency of cotton with the lightweight of acrylic, it is ideal for making year-round garments and accessories for the entire family.
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo: Combining the softness and drape of bamboo rayon with the durability of cotton, our beautiful Cotton Bamboo yarn is great for year-round projects, such as clothing and baby items.
Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton: Nature’s Choice is grown and spun without the use of pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. Nature’s Choice is a soft, versatile yarn that’s so easy to work with and perfect for everything from baby blankets to fashion items. It’s good for your crafting and good for the planet.

All of these amazing yarns are on sale now – SAVE 20% off for the entire month of July!

Below is collection of our most popular patterns using these popular cotton yarns:


Patterns We Keep Coming Back To: Anne loves the Honest Warmth Shawl made with Homespun®!

June 28th, 2015

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Honest Warmth Shawl

This Pattern Journal comes to us from Anne B. in New Hampshire. Anne shares this story about one of her favorite Lion Brand patterns, the Honest Warmth Shawl.


Erica cast on the three stitches to begin the Honest Warmth Shawl. This would be the third one she had knit. The first, knit in Lion Brand’s Homespun® in Rococo, was for Mum. The soft golds and whites were the perfect color that Mum always liked to wear, and brought out the healthy rose of her skin. The second shawl, for Gram, was Baroque, the purples and blues the colors Gram always loved best. She had knit the shawls one after the other, consciously infusing each stitch with warm memories and love, imagining with each row how the warmth would envelop them like a hug, keeping the cold drafty breezes of New Hampshire off their hips and shoulders. But this shawl was a little different. This one was for Mum’s Japanese sister.

Mariko was visiting in two months time, and her visit was very special. Erica wanted this shawl to show the respect and honor the family felt at receiving this visit. She had researched color meaning in Japan. Mariko was a doctor, and she knew that Japanese culture associated white with the medical profession, referring to nurses as “angels in white”. She also knew that Mariko might appreciate the warmth on a cool New Hampshire evening. She saw the Homespun® in Deco, and knew the light cream was perfect.

As Erica knit this shawl, she thought of the hard work Mariko had done to become a doctor. And she thought of the bonds forged when Mariko had visited the United States as a teenager, living with her host American family for a whole year. Mariko had returned many times to visit over the decades, sometimes bringing her own family to meet her. One time, when she was a little girl, Erica had played for a weekend with Mariko’s daughter and son.

As the shawl grew over the evenings of knitting, Erica recalled the times she had met Mariko as she grew up. The last time she had seen her, Mariko had given gifts to Erica’s own daughters, enchanting the little girls with beautiful origami paper and clever pens. She hoped her gift would show the appreciation and love the families had forged over the years and generations.
Once finished, Erica wrapped the Honest Warmth Shawl in beautiful paper, tied it carefully with a bow and added a fabric flower. It was perfect.

A story submitted by Anne B. from New Hampshire.

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Lola Gets Crafty for the Fourth … Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Yarn!

June 26th, 2015

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

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You can get crafty too!


Firework Treat Toppers Crochet Independence Day Top Hat Crochet Independence Day Table Mats Knit Flag Pullover
Firework Treat Toppers
Made with Vanna’s Glamour®
Crochet Independence Day Top Hat
Made with Kitchen Cotton
Crochet Independence Day Table Mats
Made with Kitchen Cotton
Knit Flag Pullover
Made with Heartland®

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8 Things We’ve Been Doing (Besides Knitting and Crocheting!)

June 21st, 2015

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Here in the marketing department at Lion Brand, we talk a lot about knitting and crocheting and yarn and magic loops and swatches and yarn weights (we know our DK from our super bulky) and and and … bottom line is that we’re all experts in one way or another when it comes yarn. We can talk about it all day — and we do! You may however be surprised to know that we’re also fairly well-rounded with an excess of interests, hobbies and obsessions that go beyond the hooks and needles.

We thought you might enjoy a peek into our inner worlds. Have fun and please share some of your own personal interests outside of knitting and crocheting in the comments below.


 

Zoe: I am planning a trip to Scandinavia with stops in Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, and Bergen. Stockholm is one of my all-time favorite cities, so I’m getting ready by learning some Swedish with Duolingo! Jag älskar Sverige! I’m also a big fan of Slow TV, so I’m super excited to ride the Bergen Line and experience the journey made famous by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. You can watch a recording of the broadcast here, but perhaps you’d prefer to watch 12 hours of non-stop knitting – 1 million people tuned in for National Knitting Night when it was originally broadcast in 2013!

sarah dressSarah: I’m still a novice sewist but I’ve just tackled my toughest project yet! I made the Alder Shirtdress which was a big challenge since I’ve never attached a collar before. After spending some quality time with the seam ripper, I have an even deeper appreciation for the work that went into each piece of store-bought clothing I own! This dress doesn’t fit perfectly and the seams are uneven but I learned so much and built a lot of confidence making this garment!

Danielle: I recently went to see Yoko Ono’s “Ono Woman Show” at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York. It was a larger retrospective than I expected and it did a fine job of showing her long history as a provocative artist across so many mediums — she’s even been known to crochet! Some people also don’t know that she was already fairly well-known before she met John Lennon. In fact, it was through her work as an artist that the two were connected in the mid-1960s. My school-aged son really enjoyed the music room, he insisted on listening to everything – I was really surprised! I definitely recommend seeing this show and you have lots of time, it’s on through to September 7th. Tip: stay for the mini-doc about her 1971 MOMA exhibition, also called “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show” – the show’s subversive nature and subsequent person-on-the-street interviews are a riot.

Margaux: I’m currently reading Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids. I really love getting in this arty though sometimes disturbing atmosphere. It’s fascinating to imagine New York in the 1970’s, when it was becoming the culture capital. Red Hook being my favorite place, I make sure I go every weekend. Last Saturday was the Red Hook Fest where we could watch great dance performances while wandering on the water front. There is so much going on in New York over the summer, it’s hard to make choices but I will definitely check one or two concerts out at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

touch the artBrandyce: Summer in NYC is amazing, so lately I’ve been trying to do as many outdoor activities as possible. I recently went exploring the Brooklyn Bridge Park for Jeppe Hein’s “Please Touch The Art” exhibit. The park has 6 piers on the Hudson River waterfront, and there are fun interactive art exhibits in each of the pier parks. I had the most fun in the Appearing Rooms section at Pier 1. In this exhibit, you stand on a platform, and water jets sprouts up from the floor and disappear – which turns your space into a room with water walls – but you never get wet! (okay, maybe a few sprinkles). You can run from “room” to room, hoping that the water doesn’t appear again as you transition. There’s so much to do at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, so if you’re in the area, I highly suggest you check it out.

Ilana: Since I found myself on airplanes more than usual in the last month, I’ve had a chance to read more fiction than  usual. It’s hard to find the perfect summer read but when you do, you know you’ll be transported to another world and never bored as long as you’re reading.  I particularly enjoyed a book by  Haruki Murakami called Colorless Tsukuru and His Years Of Pilgrimage.  The book had just come out in paperback but was first released last year, when it sold 1 million copies in its first week out in Japan.  What’s great about finding this book is that Murakami, the author has written several much-loved books and now I’ve got a great list of follow-up reads for the summer.  It’s a coming of age novel that’s a page-turner.  All loose ends are not tied up by the conclusion of the book but that’s the way life really is.

Lorena: My friend Jared and I are film buffs to the max — so much so that our friends opt out of seeing movies with us due to our post-viewing discussions about story, cinematography, narrative structure… all the “nerdy” things film lovers chat about. That being said, we recently saw Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. It was sweet, witty, and had us laughing out loud in the theater. If you’re looking to opt out of summer block busters (I can’t say I did; I also saw Jurassic World a couple of days before,) this is one to catch.

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Shira:
Working in New York City, while very cool, sometimes you just need to get away.  I find myself escaping to Upstate NY better known as Woodstock to many for some weekends.  My family has a house up there and there is something so nice about just getting away and “being one with nature.”  Sometimes I go up with friends,with family or even bring Psy and Thai (my cats) it’ s just such a special place- it’s so quiet, phones don’t work, for two days you are disconnected and I am totally ok with it because it is so beautiful.  With all the travel that I am doing lately sometimes it nice to take a minute and — no need for a sound machine —  just open my window in my room upstate and ta-dah: Nature!


Abracadabra, amigurumi – same thing, right? It’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet …

June 19th, 2015

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

OOTL-MagicSchool

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Here are a few kawaii patterns to inspire you!

Crochet Filipa Fox Knit Little Pig And Bunny Crochet Critter Trio
Crochet Filipa Fox
made with Vanna’s Palettes
Knit Little Pig And Bunny
made with Vanna’s Palettes
Crochet Critter Trio
made with Vanna’s Palettes

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Lola Can’t. Not After Who She Met Today …

June 12th, 2015

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

Lola visits the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Manhattan and you won’t believe what happens next …

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Have you checked out Lion Brand’s latest pattern collection, Curvy Girl? These patterns are Lola-approved!


Curvy Girl Knit Tunic Curvy Girl Knit Tunic Curvy Girl Knit Tunic Curvy Girl Knit Tunic
Curvy Girl Knit Tunic
Made with Textures®
Curvy Girl Crochet Rufled Collar Cardigan
Made with Heartland®
Curvy Girl Knit Cabled Cardigan
Made with Heartland®
Curvy Girl Crochet Tunic
Made with Heartland®

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New Pattern Journal: Shira Loves to Knit the Octavia Blanket for New Babies!

May 31st, 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. Would you like to be featured in an upcoming Pattern Journal? Submit a story, click here.

Patterns We Keep Coming Back To: Shira Loves to Knit the Octavia Blanket for New Babies!

Shira Blumenthal is Brand Ambassador for Lion Brand Yarn Company, a family-owned and operated business for 137 years. A fifth-generation member of the family, Shira shares a personal story about one of her favorite Lion Brand patterns, the Octavia Blanket.

I learned to knit when I was nine years old and while I often knit special things for myself, there’s nothing better than making something special for someone and seeing them wear it or use it.

About two years ago my "big sister” Jasmine (our moms grew up together) told me she was expecting. As unofficial auntie, I decided to up my game from the usual hat or scarf. I searched the Lion Brand PatternFinder to see what I could comfortably knit in a month or two.

I found the Octavia Blanket which uses Baby’s First®. The pattern is super-easy to knit – just garter stitch with some yarn overs and knit-two togethers … "I can handle this," I reassured myself and I did!

I really love Baby’s First®. It’s so soft and it comes in a great selection of beautiful pastels! I love it for babies too because it’s an easy care yarn – machine washable and dryable!

Octavia Blanket

Did I mention it’s a fast knit? I added cute labels that say, "Made with love by Shira”, giving it an extra touch of love.

I visited the week before the baby was due to hand deliver the blanket. As luck would have it, he was born while I was there! In fact, I was one of the first people to meet Zen and witness the blanket I made for him in action.

Then about a year ago my brother and sister-in-law told me that they were expecting. I had my usual cry-fest for joy when someone tells me they’re expecting. They decided that they were not going to find out if they were having a boy or girl beforehand. So besides being super-excited, I also had to figure out what I was going to make. Of course, I chose the Octavia Blanket, but this time instead of just one color, I decided to get fancy and use two gender-neutral colors, Honey Bee and Beanstalk.


On June 30th she was born. At the time of her birth, I was on a business trip with my dad – she was probably delivered while we were mid-air, between NYC and Germany. Girls do not happen often in my family so this was a big deal. Alas, like most knitters and crocheters, I suffer from a mild case of procrastination … the blanket wasn’t even started and here she was.

Octavia Blanket

No problem, it’s such a quick knit I knew if I started it on my way back from the trip, it would get done in good time.

My life took an unexpected turn when I returned but looking back a year later, I realize that everything happens for a reason. Knitting this blanket became about healing for me. I could not wait to see my niece use it, but also the amount of love, tears and strength that went into knitting it meant a lot to me. This blanket marked a point when my life changed and just knowing that it would keep her warm and protect her and it could one day turn into her "blankie” eased my heart.

I think of that blanket as strength, I hope to share with my niece one day what that blanket means to me. It kept me focused and allowed me to say "onward and upward.”

After that, the Octavia Blanket has just been my go to for both beginners and experts. It’s one of those blankets that you really can make your own because the pattern is that simple it allows for simple modifications.

Thanks for reading my story.

A true story by Shira Blumenthal.

Enjoy 20% off the Octavia Blanket kit for a limited time!


Lola Meets “Dino-Kitty” …

May 29th, 2015

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

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Crochet Dotty Dinosaur Crochet Dinosaur Scarf Cats In Hats: Knit Dinosaur Hat

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Do You Really Have to “Lay Flat to Dry”? It’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet …

May 20th, 2015

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

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Here are a few woolly patterns to inspire you!

Crochet Log Cabin Afghan Knit Felted Tribal Bag Crochet Gaelic Bay Afghan
Crochet Log Cabin Afghan made with Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Felted Tribal Bag made with Fishermen’s Wool® Crochet Gaelic Bay Afghan made with Fishermen’s Wool®

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Meet Shira Blumenthal: Lion Brand Yarn’s Brand Ambassador!

May 11th, 2015

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Shira_Studio_CountryYarnLion Brand® Yarn, a family-owned and operated yarn company, announces the official launch of a new web series with its newly appointed Brand Ambassador, Shira Blumenthal, a fifth generation member of the family. The new web series, Tea with Shira, was created to share the story of this 137-year-old brand directly with crafters in person and online. Tea with Shira launches with three videos including a Mother’s Day episode, where she interviews her mother, whose husband, David Blumenthal, is the President and CEO of the company.

Shira began working for the company in 2013 as an associate in the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, the company’s Flagship retail location in Manhattan, which is a global destination for yarn lovers.  At the Studio, where customer service and education is key, she specialized in teaching children to knit and helped customers find the yarns and inspiration they were looking for.

Now, as an associate in the Marketing Department, Shira is part of a team that engages directly with consumers through conferences, email marketing and social media, including YouTube, Pinterest, Blogging, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Shira will be traveling the country to speak with knit and crochet guilds, as well as appearing in videos about Lion Brand® products, behind the scenes videos about the company, and starring in a new video series called Tea with Shira.


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Find Shira’s upcoming schedule below:

2015
May 21- Atlanta, GA- North Georgia Knitting Guild and Chain Gang Crochet Guild
May 28- Long Island, NY- Eastern Long Island Knitting Guild
June 15- Greyslake, IL- Greyslake Crochet Guild
June 16- Chicago, IL- Windy City Knitting Guild
June 29- Caldwell, NJ- Caldwell Crafting Groups
July 22 – 24- San Diego, CA- Knit and Crochet Show
October 8- Merrick, NY- Long Island Knit and Crochet Guild
October 19- Chappaqua, NY – Westchester Knitting Guild

2016
February 8- Madison, WI- Madison Knitters’ Guild

For further information, including how to arrange for Shira to speak, please contact Brandyce Pechillo.

About Lion Brand® Yarn Company

Lion Brand® Yarn Company is a 5th generation, family-owned and operated business, and a beloved American brand since 1878. The company is devoted to inspiring and educating knitters and crocheters with yarns, patterns, how-tos, and ideas that elevate their yarn crafting experience.

 

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