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Autumn Means Colorwork Inspiration! Moogly Shares 4 Color Palettes Based on Regional Foliage

October 28th, 2015

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Today’s guest post is brought to us by Tamara Kelly, author and designer of Moogly Blog. Today, Tamara’s sharing some inspirations for fall color palettes based on the various regions of the country. She has brought this information to us with the help of her crocheting friends who live in different parts of the country: Jessie Rayot, Kim Guzman, and Andee Graves.

Autumn has to be the very best season for crocheters and knitters! Getting comfy on the couch with hooks and yarn, snuggled under a handmade blanket, yummy drink by your side – what could be better? But Fall also provides inspiration in the beautiful colors that show up every time we leave the house. Here in Iowa, the leaves are turning – and falling – at an incredible rate!

And… there’s just something about the beautiful colors, the quality of the light, and the scent in the air — it’s all a little different in various parts of the country. With that thought, I asked three of my best blogging friends from all over the USA to send me their favorite fall photos, and I matched them up with some of my favorite Lion Brand yarns for a little extra autumn fun!

First up is my friend Jessie Rayot, knit and crochet designer at Jessie at Home. Jessie lives in the Northeast, and she sent me a gorgeous photo – You can practically hear the crunch of the leaves! You can bring these colors home with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, for extra cozy!

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The lovely Kim Guzman, designer at CrochetKim.com is a hobby nature photographer, so I had to ask her as well. She lives in the Southwest, so her autumn has some colors we don’t see too often here in the Midwest! Wool-Ease® pairs perfectly with her pretty pumpkin scene, and the yarn is light enough for winter use even down south!

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Way out west, like in Colorado, they’ll be gearing up for the busy ski season, but first — they enjoy some gorgeous fall foliage. The amazing Andee Graves, designer at Two Hands Healing and Creative Arts, sent me this photo from her home in the Rocky Mountains, and I found some complimentary colors in Vanna’s Choice® – great for a mama of active boys living on a mountain, like Andee!

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And last but not least, is my home in the Midwest US, Moogly headquarters! The trees here look much like the trees in the Northeast and in the Mountains… but there is this breathtaking bush out in front of my house that I look forward to seeing every autumn! Over the next month it will start looking as if it’s on fire! Right now it’s just begun.. and matches perfectly with LB Collection Superwash Merino!

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I hope these gorgeous photos have gotten you in the Autumn crochet and knitting mood! Taking cues from nature is always a great way to get inspired, and Lion Brand has the right yarns to translate what you see into works of yarny art! If you’d like to learn how to make your own collages like those seen above, check out the tutorial on Stitch11! Thank you to Jessie, Kim, and Andee for sharing your lovely photos!


8 Knit and Crochet Patterns from Bloggers that You’ll Love!

October 27th, 2015

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The weather is chilly, the leaves are changing, and many of you are casting on to get started with some fall weather patterns! I’m excited to share a range of patterns with you from bloggers you may already be familiar with, so please check out the knit and crochet patterns below — and think about projects for friends, family, and maybe even yourself.

Enjoy!

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Crochet Gingerbread Dress by Repeat Crafter Me
(Vanna’s Choice®)
Knit Lace Top by iKNITS
(Pound of Love®)

 

Crochet Stripes and Blocks Scarf by Moogly
(Heartland®)
Knit Gold Leaf Hat by Gina Michele
(Gold Leaf®)
JessieAtHomeScarfie CabledCowl Macchiato Slouch Crochet Hat | Free Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet MamaInAStitchCowl
Crochet Hooded Cowl by
Jessie At Home
(Scarfie)
Faux Cable Cowl by Margo Knits (Heartland®) Macchiato Slouch Hat by
Little Monkey’s Crochet
(Scarfie)
Black and White Color Block Beginner Infinity Scarf by Mama in A Stitch
(Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®)

 


Provide Comfort During Challenging Times: A “Healing Shawls” Giveaway!

October 23rd, 2015

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We’ve appreciated your stories about knitting and crocheting for friends or loved ones during challenging times, and in response, we’re bringing you a book filled with beautiful crochet shawl patterns, Healing Shawls (Crochet) by Leisure Arts.

We understand that words may not always be enough when it comes to expressing concern or hope for someone else’s well-being. When friends and family are faced with difficult circumstances, sometimes the best way to show or tell them you care is to make something for them. Giving someone a handmade gift is a great way to show your support; a handmade gift is always heartfelt and appreciated.

Perhaps you know someone who is ill, has faced a financial setback, or is working through a personal difficulty like a job loss or divorce — a comforting shawl can be a great gift to give. The shawl is symbolic of the hug you’d give them if you were there. When knitting or crocheting the shawl, it’s also a nice to think positively about the recipient to transfer the energies of well intentions; it becomes a meditative process.

In addition to 15 beautiful shawl designs, this book also features personal stories from people who have made and given healing shawls for people they care about. Today, we’re giving two lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the Healing Shawl book along with 6 skeins of Landscapes® in a color of your choice, to make the Striated Triangles Shawl.

(THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED)

Congrats to Julie T. of Florida and Mona K. of Georgia! Please check your inboxes, if we do not hear from you within 7 days, new winners will be selected.

Rules & Guidelines:

1. Entries must be received by November 6 at 11:59pm EST

2. US entries only.

3. Must be 18 and over to enter.

4. One entry per person.

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25 Knits for Dolls – Enter an Enchanting Giveaway for a Chance to Win!

October 14th, 2015

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EnchantedKnitsGiveawayImageNicky Epstein’s newest book, “Enchanted Knits for Dolls“, is a collection of 25 amazingly creative costumes for 18-inch dolls (such as dolls from the American Girl collection). This book release is perfect for the upcoming holidays, giving you enough time to knit something special for the little girl in your life.

Nicky has given these dolls unique personas by adorning them with meticulously crafted outfits. These fun costumes are diverse and will appeal to the interests of many young children. They can dress their dolls as an ethereal flower fairy, a whimsical witch, an exotic genie, a pirate, and so much more. There are even four specially created pattern sets for both the child and the doll, so they can match and be twins (#twinning!).

Last month, our Brand Ambassador, Shira Blumenthal had the pleasure of interviewing Nicky at our store — the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City — for a Tea with Shira episode. You can see some of Nicky’s fabulous doll designs below!


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Two lucky winners will receive a copy of Enchanted Knits for Dolls, and a pack of bonbons® in Beach, to make the Gnome Girl outfit. (Thanks to our friends over at Sixth & Spring books!)

This giveaway has ended. I have reached out to 3 winners, so be sure to check your inboxes!

See details below for entering the giveaway:

Rules & Guidelines:

1. Entries must be received by October 22nd at 11:59pm EST

2. US entries only.

3. Must be 18 and over to enter.

4. One entry per person.

 


Go for an Adventure in Mochimochi Land! (A Giveaway)

September 19th, 2015

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Anna Hrachovec is back with a new Mochimochi adventure for us! Follow along with Anna’s adorable teeny amigurumi in her newest book, Adventures in Mochimochi Land. You’ll find these little mochis engaging in circus shenanigans, having fun with baking, deep sea diving, and much more. There are 3 different “tall tales” in this book, which would make for great bedtime storytelling when it’s time to put the little ones to sleep. So much creativity went into this book, you absolutely have to check it out.

In addition to the beautifully put together stories and images, there are 25 patterns to accompany the stories so that you can make your own little Mochimochi Land!

Two lucky winners will have the chance to win a copy of this book, thanks to our friends over at Potter Craft!

See details below for entering the giveaway –

Rules & Guidelines:

1. Entries must be received by October 2nd at 11:59pm EST

2. US entries only.

3. Must be 18 and over to enter.

4. One entry per person.

»Click here« to enter the giveaway if the form below does not work for you.

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