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How I Own My Celestial Style

March 5th, 2014

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Click here to get the pattern for this scarf and show your Aries pride!

As a typical excitable Aries I usually like for my accessories to match my inner fire. I found myself gravitating towards crimson hues this winter and was surprised to discover how well the zodiac scarf for my sign meshed with my wardrobe. I could definitely see myself rocking this scarf with a flared red dress, black leggings, and knee-high riding boots for a night out with friends.

Click here to find the pattern for your zodiac sign. Don’t forget to share pictures with us to show us how you make the look uniquely yours!

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My current winter style staples – a tote from Coach and a handknit beanie from my grandmother.


Who Loves You More Than Your Dog!

January 29th, 2014

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They always greet you with a wet nose and a wagging tail when you come home, and they never complain about your taste in TV shows. Even when you’re having a bad hair day they still act like you’re the most beautiful person they know. You’ve been together through thick and thin, and you know they’ll stick by you through whatever the future holds. That’s right, I’m talking about your pet pooch! Commemorate your special bond this Valentine’s Day with this matching Romantic Dog Sweater and Romantic Hat set!


Show Your Support for Team USA!

January 24th, 2014

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With the winter Olympics less two weeks away I can feel the anticipation mounting. I’m usually not a big fan of sports but whenever the Olympics come around I always find myself getting swept up in the excitement. I’m instantly hooked after watching the opening ceremonies and immediately start searching online for the schedule of my favorite events. While watching the US competitors perform astounding acts of athleticism while clad in their dazzling red, white, and blue uniforms I can’t help but feel a little patriotic.

embroidering mittensAfter Lion Brand was featured in David Muir’s Made In America segment on ABC News (check out the video here!), I decided to help our Design team create our own version of the Olympic mittens. The Design team made the mittens first with our American-made Heartland yarn. Next, I got to design the embroidery to give the mittens some patriotic flare. The embroidery went pretty quickly, maybe 15-20 minutes per mitten and I was sort of figuring out the design as I did it. Then they were sent back to the Design team so they could write a pattern for our customers!

Click here to get the pattern for the knit Team USA mittens or click here for the crochet version! You can find the patterns for the hats and scarf shown in the photo above here.

Did you know that many of our yarns are made in America? Click here to see the full list!


Video: How to Arm Knit

December 19th, 2013

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Get the look of knitting without using needles. Using the simple technique of arm knitting, you can make a scarf in just half an hour!

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Video: How to Do a Chain-Less Foundation Row

December 9th, 2013

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Maggie Weldon is a crochet expert who loves to share her expertise with those wanting to master the art of crochet.

How many times have you carefully counted your chain stitches when starting a crochet project to find that you’ve come up short or have extra? With the Chain-Less Foundation Row, also known as a Foundation Single Crochet, you’ll never have to count chain stitches again! Watch the video below to learn this easy technique:

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Expand Your Crafting Repertoire with the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit!

December 2nd, 2013

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We’re celebrating Cyber Monday with 40% off the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit — so it’s the perfect time to try this versatile tool!

With over 30 different configurations, the kit is compact and easy to transport. It’s so adaptable that different members of your family can all be using it at the same time. While you’re knitting a hat, your son or daughter could be weaving a dishcloth! Learn more about this kit by watching the video below:

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The Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s Anniversary is Days Away!

November 15th, 2013

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The Lion Brand Yarn Studio is celebrating its 5th anniversary on Sunday! The brainchild of Lion Brand President and CEO David Blumenthal, David wanted to create an inspiring retail space that would embody the spirit of Lion Brand. Five years after opening, the Studio has become a travel destination for crafters from all over the world! If you live in the New York City area, we encourage you attend the big anniversary celebration this Sunday! If you can’t make it, you can always check out this video about the Studio’s history and celebrate from a distance!

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Join Us for a Celebration!

The store celebrates its 5th anniversary with a party on November 17th, and throughout the month of November, it will be offering special discounts. Visit its website here for more details.

Lion Brand Yarn Studio
34 West 15th Street, between 5th and 6th Aves.
New York, New York 10011
LionBrandYarnStudio.com


Video: How to Make a Fishtail Rubber Band Bracelet

November 14th, 2013

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Did you know that you can use your Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit to make rubber band bracelets? The small configurations will fit perfectly into a purse so you can take a crafting break anywhere. What’s great about the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit is that different members of the family can be using it at the same time! While your son or daughter is making bracelet, you could be using another configuration to make a hat or scarf!

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Video: How to Make a Simple Rubber Band Bracelet

October 29th, 2013

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Learn to use your Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit to make a basic rubber band bracelet.

Click here to get the written instructions for this project.


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Video: A Family-Owned Company Looks Back at 135 Years in Business

October 10th, 2013

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Lion Brand is an 135-year-old American brand that’s still owned and operated by the Blumenthal family! Six generations of the family have been involved in every aspect of the company from the corporate offices, to being the baby models on the yarn labels, to working at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Join the Blumenthals as they recount some of their favorite memories of Lion Brand throughout the years.

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What are some of your favorite memories of Lion Brand from your life? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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