|Mother’s Day happens on May 10th this year – that’s a little over two weeks away!
Still wondering what to do for Mom? Below is a collection of crafty items we know Moms would love this year – all at great prices!
Free Pattern: Amigurumi Momma Bird
Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, this Joss Whedon-directed epic is already buzzing with great reviews. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st and we thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favorite superhero-inspired knit and crochet patterns.
Who’s your favorite Avenger?
|Crochet Little Super Hero Blanket made with Hometown USA®.||Crochet Iron Man / Tony Stark made by Amilovesgurumi. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®! *||Crochet Incredible Hulk made by Hook Monster. Make it with Vanna’s Choice® – Hulk SMASH! *|
|Knit Marvel Comics Dice by Andrea Trooperschaf *. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®!||Crochet Nick Fury from the Avengers by Irene McCormick *. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®!||Knit Captain America Knit Hoodie by Beth Kluckhohn *. She made it with Vanna’s Choice®!|
|Crocheted Thor Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *||Crocheted Hawkeye Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *||Crocheted Black Widow Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *|
* not a Lion Brand pattern
“You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” – Henry Drummond
Presenting 12 gorgeous new patterns to help you make it a handmade wedding!
|Crochet Mr. And Mrs. Chair Covers||Crochet Say Woof To The Dress||Crochet The Barking Groom Tuxedo And Top Hat||Knit Wedding Belle Lace Gloves|
|Crochet Wedding Capelet||Knit Ring Bearer Pillow||Crochet Wedding Bouquet||Knit Wedding Cummerband And Bow Tie|
|Crochet Fascinator||Knit Bridal Bag||Crochet Boutonniere||Crochet Lovebirds Cake Topper|
For our whole wedding pattern collection, visit lionbrand.com.
We can’t help but fall in love with this cardigan sweater designed by Bonnie Marie Burns. Knit with Lion Brand’s classic Fishermen’s Wool, undyed pure virgin wool with natural lanolin oil, the IBA sweater features top-down construction, no seaming, built-in neckband, and a relaxed fit.
This is a paid pattern, available through Ravelry for $6.
:: seen here in Oatmeal which the designer refers to as “light taupe” ::
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’ve been getting into birdwatching. I’ve got a pair of binoculars and so far I’ve spotted some familiar birds, like Blue Jays, Cardinals, and Starlings, and a few others that were new to me, like the Purple Finch, Tufted Titmouse, and Red-winged Blackbird. I’ve even had the pleasure of several Red-tailed Hawk sightings in Central Park.
Ilana: Almost every morning I spend an hour before work reading blogs. In addition to marketing and social media blogs, I read about culture, creativity and innovation. Some of my favorites are Thought Catalog, Mental Floss, Digital Tonto, and 99 Percent and HBR. My secret to staying ahead of the curve on topics that matter to me personally and professionally is a heavy dose of curiosity and Feedly.
Brandyce: I’m trying to get into the spring spirit, and the best way I do that during this transitional time is by switching up nail polish colors with pretty, feminine hues. I was just sporting Essie’s awesome deep lavender shade, play date, and now I’ve got my eye on the coat azure color. Coat azure is one of the few bottles of nail polish I have at home that’s halfway finished, I love it!
Sarah: I’m very excited that Mad Men starts again on April 5th. I spent the past weekend watching the first half of this past season again so I had all of the details fresh in my mind. I recently saw the Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. It was so cool to get up close with the sets and costumes! I’ll be so sad to see the show come to an end!
Danielle: I just finished reading Kim Gordon’s memoir, “Girl in a Band” and I really enjoyed it. It started off a bit rocky, but once I got deeper into it, I couldn’t put it down. Outside of being the bassist for Sonic Youth, I didn’t know a whole lot about her. She often presents as this moody, evasive being which, after reading this book, I understand is not really her true character. She offers an interesting perspective on the realities of an artist’s life in NYC in the 1980s and 1990s and, of course, being a girl in a band.
Margaux: Being new to the team, I’m really excited to discover Lion Brand’s world and people! When I’m not knitting, I teach French in Brooklyn and get to share my culture (from French grammar to French wine!). I like going to Zumba classes where I forget I’m actually not on a dance floor … dancing is my way to relax. Being also new to NYC, I spend my weekends wandering around with my husband and my two daughters trying to understand how this incredible city works.
:: Blue Jay photo courtesy of FishHawk via Creative Commons license ::
With Mother’s Day just about a month away, there’s still time to thank the mothers in your life with a handmade gift. Show your favorite mom how much you appreciate her with one of the beautiful gifts below!
|Knit Blooming Tea Cozy||Mother’s Day Catchall||Knit Crystal Lake Shawl|
|Knit Tweed Cowl||Mother’s Day Crochet Bag||Knit Seashell Shawl|
|Crochet Broomstick Lace Mother’s Day Scarf||Knit & Crochet Aromatherapy Eye Pillows||Crochet Necklace in Bloom|
|Mother’s Day Knit Bag||Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl||Crochet Lacy Poncho|
Posted in Pattern Recommendations | Comments Off on 12 Ways to Make it a Handmade Mother’s Day – There’s Time! Comments
It also looks like you’re in good shape for Mother’s Day this year (Don’t worry if not, there’s still time! Mother’s Day is May 10th this year). The Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy and the Simple Crochet Shrug are top favorites for Mom.
Enjoy our selection of the most popular patterns from last month:
|Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy||Simple Crochet Shrug||Neck’s Best Thing Knit Afghan|
|Crochet Easter Basket||Knit Tree of Life Afghan||Crochet Bunny Lovie|
|Neck’s Best Thing Level 2
Neutral Slip Stitch Scarf
|Crochet Popover Top||Knit Chatsworth Cable Poncho|
What have you been making this past month? Share with us below!
Posted in Pattern Recommendations | Comments Off on Our Most Popular Knit and Crochet Patterns in March Comments
Tell us which one you think is crocheted, the Tri Color Cowl or the Simple Shrug, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a 2-in-1 Tote Lion Brand Bag and six (6) balls of LB Collection® Superwash Merino. *
* Only one entry per person. Promotion ends April 12th, 2015 at 11:59m EST. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email before April 17th, 2015. Open to residents of the USA and Canada. No purchase necessary. Retail value of prize is approximately $65 USD.
The Lion Brand Yarn Company is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of Cast Off Chemo!
Comprised of yarn industry professionals, the organization operates on the belief that a cure for cancer is one of the most important goals in medicine. With the understanding that it’s a disease that affects all of us – our family, our friends, our customers, our sisters in knit and crochet – Cast Off Chemo is asking that yarn lovers of the world unite to beat chemo – and cancer!
How? Well, by supporting the research of Dr. David Krag and his team at the Breast Cancer Center at the University of Vermont Medical Center. By developing new treatments for patients with breast cancer by using their own immune system, Dr. Krag’s team believes this treatment could end the need for chemotherapy.
There are several ways to support this research:
Whatever option you choose, your support will benefit over a million women and men world-wide by bringing Dr. Krag’s research to clinical trials.
For more information, visit Cast Off Chemo at http://castoffchemo.org.
Cast Off Chemo! is a program of the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund, a 501c3 organization.
|Each season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress.|
Get Your Kit!
We asked you to vote on what knit project you’d like to make, and you picked our Glamour Jacket! Over 5,000 of you voted, and we’re so excited to knit-along with you. Click here to download the pattern for the Glamour Jacket and see below for kits in four color options – all 20% off for a limited time!
To get this knit-along going, this week is about gathering your materials so that we can jump right in the week of April 6th. This lovely jacket is made in our Vanna’s Glamour, a versatile, easy-care, acrylic and metallic polyester sport-weight yarn. It’s also lightweight to give all your projects elegance and drape.
Starting the week of April 6th, our KAL host Kristy Glass will post her progress through the Glamour Jacket project, with updates coming every Tuesday. You’ll know it’s a dedicated KAL blog post when you see our special badge in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group for this KAL as well!
In the meantime, meet Kristy through her video introduction below and please introduce yourself in the comments too! Let us know who you are, where you’re from, and who you’re making this top for!
|I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Spring Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.
I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.
I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!