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10 More Things We’re Doing Besides Knitting & Crocheting

April 10th, 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.



Shira:
Right now I don’t know what it is about Spring, but while cleaning out my closet and doing some spring cleaning I feel like I’m doing a lot of shopping! My favorite shop is a little boutique on the Upper West side of Manhattan called ShiShi. Also there’s a website I love called Soft Surroundings — literally you’ll want to snuggle with everything, it’s sooo soft!

5647697408_c553259a54_mZoe: 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.

nakBrandyce: 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.

Welcome Margaux!

:: Blue Jay photo courtesy of FishHawk via Creative Commons license ::


12 Ways to Make it a Handmade Mother’s Day – There’s Time!

April 9th, 2015

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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!

Crochet Romantic Lacy Shawl Knit Everday Glamour Cardigan Knit and Crochet Tunic
Knit Blooming Tea Cozy Mother’s Day Catchall Knit Crystal Lake Shawl
Knit Tweed Cowl Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Knit Seashell Shawl
Knit Tweed Cowl Mother’s Day Crochet Bag Knit Seashell Shawl
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug
Crochet Broomstick Lace Mother’s Day Scarf Knit & Crochet Aromatherapy Eye Pillows Crochet Necklace in Bloom
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug
Mother’s Day Knit Bag Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Lacy Poncho

Our Most Popular Knit and Crochet Patterns in March

April 4th, 2015

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The big winner last month was the Ribs and Shells Shrug and it’s no wonder. With it’s simple rectangular construction in one of our most popular yarns, Landscapes, this garment is a dream come true.

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:

Blooming Teapot Cozy Simple Crochet Shrug Neck's Best Thing Knit Afghan
Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy Simple Crochet Shrug Neck’s Best Thing Knit Afghan
Crochet Easter Basket Knit Tree of Life Afghan Crochet Bunny Lovie
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
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Neutral Slip Stitch Scarf
Crochet Popover Top Knit Chatsworth Cable Poncho

What have you been making this past month? Share with us below!


Can you tell, is it knit or crochet? Guess and win!

March 30th, 2015

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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 Supports Cast Off Chemo!

March 24th, 2015

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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:

  • Buy a pattern. — For just $5, you can buy one of many beautiful patterns donated by popular designers like Cari Clement and Diane Moyer.
  • Make a one-time donation. — Cast Off Chemo accepts donations through their association with SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund.
  • Host a fundraising event for shops and knit-crochet groups in your area. — Cast Off Chemo has put together over a dozen ways that you could host a fundraiser. Ideas include stitch-n-sip parties, encouraging local yarn shops to donate a portion of yarn sales for a day, offering classes for a donation, and more.

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.


Let’s knit a Glamour Jacket … announcing your 2015 Spring Knit-Along with host Kristy Glass!

March 23rd, 2015

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KAL_BADGE_2014 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.
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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!

  1. Grey Stone / Moonstone (as seen in photo)
  2. Garnet / Moonstone
  3. Lapis / Moonstone
  4. Jewel / Rhinestone Pink – This is the very pink kit that Kristy Glass, your KAL leader, is making!

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!


:: can’t see the video above? click here: https://youtu.be/6xtZihaKKiY ::

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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!

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22 Popular Patterns for Boys and Men

March 19th, 2015

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Voting is now open! Help Pick our SPRING Knit-Along Project!

March 16th, 2015

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Wondering who the winner is?! Click here …

It’s that time of year again! Come knit-along with us as we make one of the garments below. First, meet your Spring KAL leader, Kristy Glass (who’s wearing the Granny Raglan Pullover, which she mentions in her introduction video below):

:: can’t see the video above? click here: https://youtu.be/Uz29IwpNuoo ::

So let’s get started! FIRST you have to help us pick the pattern! Learn more about each of the patterns by clicking on their photos/names below and then come back to cast your vote. They’re all so good, we predict a very tight race!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, March 22nd, 2015. You must use the voting tool below to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Mitered Shawl Textured Topper Shimmer Nights Slip Stitch Cardigan Glamour Jacket

 

Ready? Cast your vote!

Voting is now closed. Wondering who the winner is?! Click here …

(Can’t see the voting tool above? Click here to vote.)

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This knit-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with knit-along host Kristy Glass here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join! (New to knit-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

Remember, the winning pattern will be announced the week of Monday, March 23rd 2015 here on the blog and at that time we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, March 22nd, 2015. You must use the voting tool above to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Crocheters, look out for a crochet-along later this year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.


Celebrate Pi Day with Some Nerdy Knitting and Crochet

March 14th, 2015

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Happy Pi Day! It’s a special one too because today is 3/14/15, which happens to be the first five digits of Pi (3.1415) and if you’re super-into Pi, you know that this post went up at 9:26am, the next three digits (3.1415926)!

Don’t know what the heck I’m on about? Pi is an irrational number relating to the circumference and diameter of a circle. It’s approximately equal to 3.14, though the decimal places are believed to go on forever. You can learn a little more about Pi here, or you can just have fun with the collection of math and Pi-themed knitting and crochet patterns below!

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Pi Family by Alicia Kachmar Butterfly Pi Shawl by lafarrelly
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Knit Pie Top for Pi Day by Lorna and Jill Watt, aka Knits for Life Pi Guy by Ms. Premise-Conclusion
Knit Irrational Scarf by Anne Bruvold Knit Pi Digits Scarf by Christina J
Knit Pi Dish Towel by Shannon Servesko Crochet Amigurumi Pi by Alicia Kachmar

*Note: Some of these patterns require a Ravelry account. Make sure you are signed up or create a free account to access.


Celebrate National Crochet Month with Lion Brand and you could win an afghan named after YOU!

March 11th, 2015

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Celebrate National Crochet Month!

Vote for your favorite crochet block below and you could win the opportunity to have a Lion Brand afghan pattern named after you, we’ll even throw in the afghan too! You can vote once a day! (Not a Facebook user? Don’t worry, you can vote here).

We’ll randomly select and contact the lucky winner no later than April 15th, 2015.*

To vote, click on the image or “like” button below and be sure to fill out the entry form. Thank you for voting and don’t forget to come back to vote again tomorrow!

* One entry per person. Click here for the official rules.

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