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May 27th, 2015

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Pattern Journal

Each month the Pattern Journal newsletter features a story inspired by an irresistible pattern. We know you love to knit and crochet, so you must have stories to share about your favorite patterns, right? To see past Pattern Journals, visit the archive.

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12 Things We’re Doing Besides Knitting & Crocheting: Cooking, Reading, Traveling and more!

May 16th, 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.


Margaux:The place I like the most these days is my rooftop; it has nothing fancy but the view of the city is spectacular. On sunny evenings we like to relax there and share a nice bottle of wine with my neighbors. Recently, I had a great time at a low-key dance performance: Andy Warhol’s 15 (Color Me, Warhol) at Dixon Place. This small theater is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of dance, theater, music, visual art… It’s a very unique place! And continuing on my “discover NYC” tour, I discovered my favorite restaurant in the city: Hometown. It may sound a bit silly but this BBQ joint encompasses the exact image I had of traditional American food.

chicken facing rightShira: Well, I feel like I’m Kelly Clarkson preparing for my summer tour. I am starting my tour by heading to Atlanta to talk to the North Georgia Knitting Guild and the Chain Gang on May 21st! You can check out where I’ll be next here.

On a more personal level I have been getting back into cooking. Life happened and I just put cooking to the side. However a friend came in from out of town and I was feeling very Martha Stewart sooo … A friend of mine told me about this delicious recipe for Hummus-Crusted Chicken. It is so yummy, a real crowd-pleaser and SOOOOO easy! I don’t even use veggies as the recipe calls for! Here’s what you do: 1) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees; 2) Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper; 3) Coat the chicken breasts in hummus, then sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika on top; 4) Squeeze on some lemon juice (I then take the lemon and slice it and put it on top of the chicken); 5) Bake for 25-30min and oulah … I guarantee that you will have re-occurring guests for dinner!

Lorena: My best friend from elementary school just got married to a guy we grew up with, and another old friend just proposed to his girlfriend! The wedding bug has officially hit my circle of friends and I’ve been inspired to read Galt Neiderhoffer’s “The Romantics”, about a group of friends reuniting for a wedding (art imitating life?) Since the weather’s nice, I’ve been taking my reading outdoors to Riverside Park, Union Square Park, and, of course, Central Park. Up next for me? Exploring (and reading in) Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden!

zoewilliams_OraclesPSGGalleryZoe: I’m getting ready for my third solo exhibition and it’s really crunch time now! Even after the artwork is finished, there is still photography, marketing, packing and shipping to be done before the show can finally be hung in the gallery. ORACLES opens Friday, June 5th at PSG Gallery in Philadelphia. If you are in the Philadelphia area and enjoy surreal sculpture in needle felted wool, I hope you’ll check it out!

Brandyce: New York City has so many different museums and galleries, it’s almost like you need to carry around a checklist just to keep track with what’s going on! I just recently went to the Brooklyn Museum to check out the exhibition, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks. The museum itself currently has some exhibitions which are quite enlightening and make you think about how you interpret the world around you. I look forward to seeing a lot more art this summer; The MET has just unveiled its new rooftop garden piece and I can’t wait to check it out.

Hudson tennisIlana: After the winter we just had, all I want to do is be outside and soak up the warmth. As soon as the temperature hit the high 50s I started playing tennis. In a city where real estate is at a premium, you either have to wake up early to reserve a court or wait in line. Court time may be a scarcity but I don’t mind waiting for a spot at my favorite location on the Hudson River where I can play under the lights and see a sunset. That’s New York. You face a lot of challenges but the benefits are pretty amazing!

Danielle: I went to Cort Theater last Saturday to see Larry David in his new play, Fish in the Dark. It’s a quirky show about a dysfunctional family facing the death of their patriarch. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry … it’s great. Fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm will appreciate the hidden references (well, one is pretty, pretty obvious). If you’re visiting New York in the next while, grab tickets if you can – I give this show a big thumbs up! (Pro tip: Larry David’s run ends June 7th and Jason Alexander steps in on June 9th – great news for Seinfeld fans!)

sarah_burgersSarah: I just got back from a vacation in Las Vegas. While I didn’t do much gambling, I did a bit of eating.

Shake Shack has my favorite burger so I had to stop at the one in the New York New York casino. It was just as good as home! I also went to In-N-Out Burger since we don’t have any on the east coast! Right now Las Vegas is the only place where you can get both cult favorites! There’s a big rivalry.

Which one do you prefer?

Welcome Lorena!


We Like How You Use Our Yarn (Mother’s Day Edition): Susan the Sunflower

May 10th, 2015

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How cute is this? Crochet designer Alyssa Voznak knocks it out of the park with this super-sweet amigurumi sunflower made with our popular Vanna’s Choice® yarn.


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This is a paid pattern, available through Ravelry for $5.

:: Vanna’s Choice® colors seen here in Duckie, Sweet Pea, Chocolate and Rose. ::



Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With You!

May 4th, 2015

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It’s May the Fourth, it’s May the Fourth! Happy #StarWarsDay!

In observance of this great day of geekery, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite patterns. Enjoy!

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Crochet Dark Commander mask by Crafty Ridge.* Make your own with
Vanna’s Choice®.
Crochet Droid Beanies by Jen Spears.*
Make your own with
Vanna’s Choice®.
Mini Master Amigurumi by Vivianne.* Make one using
Vanna’s Choice®.
Butterfly Sandals by Repeat Crafter Me Crochet Summer Sandals by AshleeMarie Loopy Love Booties by Moogly
Crochet Dark Side Cat* by MysteriousCats. Make one with Modern Baby®. Crochet Freezie Cozy* by Dearest Debi. Make them with Vanna’s Choice®. Crochet Farmboy Amigurumi* by Amidorable Crochet. Make with Vanna’s Choice®.
l40365a Snips and Snails Set Made by Marni Knitted Booties l40366a Berry Pretty Set
Crochet
Yub Nub Scoodie*
by Kristen Stevenson.
Make this hat with Wool-Ease®Chunky!
Knit Droid Tea Cosy* by TeaCosyFolk. Make one with Modern Baby®. Crochet Patricia Castillo’s Doomed Star pillow.*
Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.

* not a Lion Brand pattern


Lola’s Alternate Take on Yarnbombing …

April 30th, 2015

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

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Crochet Crafty Disguise Yarn Bombed Branches Knit Kitty Cat Headbands

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Is there a “Men’s Night” for knitters and crocheters where you live? Tell us about it!

April 29th, 2015

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mens_nights_04292015Here in New York City, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio hosts a monthly get together for men who knit and crochet – all skill levels welcome!

Hosted by Darrin Morris, it’s a great group for beginners who want support and inspiration from their fellow men. If you live in the New York City area, rsvp to join in the fun!

For those of you not in New York City, tell us about the knitting and crocheting groups for men in your area in the comments below.

Let’s get the word out!


Here’s a round-up of five our favorite posts that feature patterns and stories for men:

  1. 22 Popular Patterns for Boys and Men
  2. 6 Man-Friendly Scarf Patterns
  3. How Three Young Men Used Their Crochet Skills To Change The Lives of Hundreds Of People
  4. 5 Things Everybody Should Know About Knitting for Men
  5. Stories and Illustrations by Franklin Habit – featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts – We Know What Moms Want!

April 24th, 2015

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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


9 Fun Patterns Perfect for Fans of the Avengers!

April 18th, 2015

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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?

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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®!
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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


12 *NEW* Patterns Perfect for Your Wedding Day!

April 16th, 2015

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“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 Wedding Belle Lace Gloves
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 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
Crochet Fascinator Knit Bridal Bag Crochet Boutonniere Crochet Lovebirds Cake Topper

For our whole wedding pattern collection, visit lionbrand.com.


We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Fabulous Fishermen’s Wool Sweater by Bonne Marie Burns

April 11th, 2015

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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.


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This is a paid pattern, available through Ravelry for $6.

:: seen here in Oatmeal which the designer refers to as “light taupe” ::


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