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Yay for New Neons! (In Hometown USA)

April 15th, 2014

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I love that our basic yarn lines such as Homespun,Vanna’s Choice and Hometown USA come in such a wide variety of colors; sometimes it’s hard to select colors for a new project!

Before the weather finally warmed up, I knew I wanted to work on a fun, color-pop project as I awaited spring’s arrival, so I started knitting a hat in Hometown USA in Chicago Charcoal and Key Lime. I thought the green would pair nicely with The Pom in Limelight, and that the bright green would have a nice contrast with my base color, gray. My hat is now finished, and I absolutely love it.

After I made my hat, I saw that we were adding new striping colorways of Hometown USA that already pairs the neon and grey for you, and I was so excited. I think the bright intensity of neon colors always pairs nicely with a darker, neutral color in the grey-to-black tone range. But, for a truly bright and summery feel, neons could also be paired with white. Below, I’ve rounded up our neon colors in Hometown USA, and have included a few neutral options to select from as well.

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Arm Knitting with Mary Beth Temple: A New Book on the Shelves!

April 4th, 2014

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Arm knitting has taken the fiber world by storm. It’s a quick and easy way to produce a chunky knit item, which could be anything from a cowl, to a scarf, or even a blanket. In about 30 minutes or less, you can knit a beautiful cowl or scarf, and you don’t need needles!

Knitting expert Mary Beth Temple has put together a collection of 15 creative patterns in Arm Knitting: How to Make a 30 Minute Infinity Scarf and Other Great Projects . In this book, Mary Beth works with an assortment of Lion Brand yarns in various weights to get you started on your arm knitting journey. Also in the book are well-detailed, step by step photo instructions that will help you become an arm knitting master.

Arm knitting is a great way to introduce friends, children and loved ones to the wonderful world of fiber arts. Take a look at some of the cool projects found in Mary Beth’s book below!


We’re happy to be offering this book at 20% off the retail price at $7.99
. Click here to purchase.

Projects in Arm Knitting book
(pattern images courtesy of Mary Beth Temple: Arm Knitting)

Make A Zodiac Scarf for Taurus Birthdays

April 1st, 2014

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I think it’s safe to say that most of us enjoy personalized gifts, or making things for ourselves that reflect a bit of our personality. For instance, I recently just picked up the Leo colorway in our LB Collection Silk because I’m a Leo and well, I thought it would be fun to work in a colorway that matched my sign’s color palette, which also happens to complement my wardrobe. This post though, is about Taurus and the specific color representations chosen in the Zodiac Scarf that reflect certain qualities of those born under this sign.

Taurus is an earth sign, with birthdays that range from April 20th – May 20th. This zodiac scarf incorporates two shades of green, which are color representations of Taurus’ generous and harmonious nature. Taurus really appreciates balance in life, and wants the people around them to be happy, so they might be more inclined to start a new project with someone else in mind.

A Taurus also tends to be a strong-willed individual who is determined to get the job done, which leads me to think that they may possibly have a lower UFO stash than some of us (can anyone attest to this?). The brown colors in the scarf also represent loyalty, and the Taurian’s need for stability and structure. Could this also translate to having a more organized yarn stash?

Crochet version of Zodiac scarf pictured, click here for knit version. Not a Taurus? Find your zodiac scarf here.

Hey all you Taurus yarncrafters, shed some light on some of these personality traits and how it affects your crafting styles, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 


9 Stylish Spring Patterns to Knit and Crochet

March 27th, 2014

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Spring has sprung! Well, it’s still a bit chilly for us in NYC, but we’re eager to start switching our wardrobes. With the sun shining and the cool chill in the air, now is a great time to work on a new transitional piece for the season.

Below is a round up of seasonally appropriate garments for you to browse in preparation for the warm weather!

My First Raglan Cardigan
My First Raglan Cardigan
in Vanna’s Choice
(Also offered as a Craftsy Course,
learn more here)
Top-Down Crochet Jacket
Top Down Crochet Jacket
in Fishermen’s Wool and Amazing

Knit Tabard Vest
in Wool-Ease

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Visit us at Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle!

March 7th, 2014

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(image via vogueknittinglive.com)

We’re excited to be on the marketplace floor as a vendor for our first ever Vogue Knitting Live showcase in Seattle, so be sure to see us at booth 224!

We look forward to greeting our friends in the Pacific Northwest, checking out the amazing fiber art displays that will be around the marketplace, and seeing some of the hottest trends in knitwear fashion.

As usual, we’ll be selling yarn at a 20% off discount, so those who haven’t gotten to experience the LB Collection® in person will be able to pet and fawn over our super-soft Baby Alpaca, luxurious Cashmere, hand dyed 100% Silk and more.  In addition to selling great yarns, we’ll have catalogs and some free patterns available to take home with you.

Plus, you get a free anniversary tote with your yarn purchase!

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Do you plan on going to Vogue Knitting Live, Seattle? Let us know in the comments.


Come See Us at Stitches West Next Week!

February 13th, 2014

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Next week we’ll be leaving behind the NYC snow and cold to head to Santa Clara for the annual Stitches West show hosted by XRX, Inc – the company that produces Knitter’s Magazine.  Lion Brand is a proud sponsor of Stitches West, and we’ll be selling our newest yarns like Fettuccini, Keppi, Heartland and LB Collection Silk at 20% off!

Make sure you stop by booth 414 and check us out! Print out this coupon below for 50% off your marketplace admission.

Will you be stopping by next week? What are some of your favorite shows to attend?


See the Fun We Had at Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2014!

February 11th, 2014

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In January, Lion Brand exhibited at Vogue Knitting Live NYC and it was such a fun-filled, “yarny” experience. We had knitwear designers Lily Chin, Franklin Habit, and Nicky Epstein stop by the booth for book signings, we sold some of our newest yarns like Keppi, Unique, Heartland and LB Collection Silk, and chatted with some Lion Brand enthusiasts who enjoyed posing for pictures. Take a look at some of the great moments we captured with folks who stopped by our booth!

Lily ChinLily Chin crochets a Homespun afghan and signs copies of her book “Crochet Tips & Tricks
Franklin HabitFranklin Habit signs copies of the illustration from his blog post “Having a Ball, Wish You Were Here” on the Lion Brand blog

Nicky EpsteinNicky Epstein signs copies of her books “Knits for Dolls” and “Crochet for Dolls: 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-inch Dolls

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Four Awesome Crafty Blogs We Recommend You Check Out

February 5th, 2014

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Today, I thought it would be fun to share with you a few of my favorite crafting blogs to showcase some of the amazing talents of other creative folks. The blogs below are great resources, and feature fabulous projects which tend to range from beginner to slightly more advanced levels. Go ahead and check them out, I hope you enjoy them as well!

PetalstoPicots Petals to PicotsThis blog is chock full of fun ideas for crafting which ranges from crochet, needle felting, jewelry making and lots more. Last September, Kara from Petals to Picots started a Crochet Along series for her followers to work through our very own Little Boy Blue Blanket! I love her rustic color choices for the blanket, and suggest you check out the roundup of beautiful finished projects for more inspiration.
Yarn Valentine Repeat Crafter MeSarah is quite the creative individual and has an extensive archive of insanely cute crocheted projects.  If you enjoy crocheting hats and small items for children/babies, I definitely suggest you check out this blog.  She also has cooking recipes and other craft ideas to share with you.
BlogMoogly Moogly BlogTamara creates such amazing accessories and garments – she truly has a knack for pairing the perfect stitch with the yarn she’s ready to craft with.  For example, check out this Luscious One Skein Cowl crocheted with Unique, it’s stunning.  Tamara’s always got some good crochet pattern round ups as well, definitely check her out.
Blogfiberflux Fiber FluxJennifer has a great array of knit and crocheted projects available on her blog. In addition to patterns, she also has plenty of tutorials and how-tos. You’re sure to find something that suits your fancy on this blog.

 


Come See Us at Vogue Knitting Live NYC – January 17-19, 2014

January 10th, 2014

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Come see us at Vogue Knitting Live NYC next weekend!! Stop by booth 518, say hi — and check out the great selection of yarns we’ll be carrying at 20% off, including new yarns Keppi, Unique, Heartland, and LB Collection Silk.

Additionally, we’ll be hosting signings from some of your favorite designers such as Franklin Habit, Lily Chin and Nicky Epstein!

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Franklin Franklin Habit, designer, illustrator and contributing author to Lion Brand’s blog The Notebook, will be signing copies of select illustrations from posts he’s written for us over the past two years on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at booth 518. Check out Franklin’s witty posts here.
Lily Chin, a master knitter and one of the world’s fastest crocheters, will be at the Lion Brand booth signing copies of her book, “Crochet Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Crocheter Should Know” on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at booth 518 Lily
Nicky-Epstein-HS Love our Bonbons and want more ideas for projects? Nicky Epstein will be at the Lion Brand booth signing copies of her adorable “Knits for Dolls and Crochet for Dolls (25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls)” books which has some great patterns utilizing Bonbons and other Lion Brand yarns on Sunday at 1 p.m. at booth 518.

Vogue Knitting Live NYC takes place at the Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square from Friday, January 17th through to Sunday, January 19th.


4 Cozy Shawls along with 4 Beautifully Wood-Carved Shawl Pins

December 16th, 2013

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Shawls are usually thought of as the perfect accessory for the spring and fall because you can keep warm without a jacket; they’re really wonderful transitional pieces. But, shawls are also great during winter months to keep you a bit warmer while you’re inside, such as an office or drafty space. We love shawls for their versatility and practicality, and with the fastening of a shawl pin, you won’t have to constantly maneuver and close your shawl by hand.

Below are a few knit and crochet shawls with some of our suggested shawl pins for closure.  Give a handmade shawl along with a pin to a friend for a cozy and thoughtful gift this holiday season!

TweedyShawlCrochet Daylight Tweedy Shawl
Shawl Stick: Heart in Cherry Shawl Stick

Caramel Tweed ShawlCrochet Caramel Tweed Shawl
Shawl Stick: Wiggle in Cherry

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Knit Crystal Lace Shawl
Shawl Stick: Peacock in Blonde
Ruffle Shawl
Knit Seed Stitch Ruffled Wrap

Shawl Stick: Leaf in Blonde

Do you enjoy making shawls for yourself or others? If so, share your favorite shawl projects with us!

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