In 2003, Colette Smith was told by a doctor that due to the pain in her hands, she would need eight hours of surgery and she would never be able to knit again. But for Colette, knitting is an essential part of her life. She is a fiber artist and designer and simply loves to knit. When she heard those words from her doctor, she took matters into her own hands (literally) and decided to find a way to heal her hand pain without surgery. Today she is pain free and knits eight to fifteen hours a day – you read that right – she knits 8-15 HOURS A DAY!
If you’re a knitter or crocheter with hand pain, Colette has some great advice based on her own research and experience. Here’s her story, plus suggestions for those of you who have hand pain, including some surprising tips about how to sit, how to sleep and exercises that could make help you continue to enjoy the crafts you love so much.
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The Chinese New Year is represented by a rotating cycle of twelve animals. There are years named for dragons, and others named for dogs, snakes, and even rats! This new year, which begins on February 19th, is the Year Of the Sheep! It’s the cutest animal and the yarniest animal … definite reasons to celebrate. If you’re giving a baby gift to a baby born in the next twelve months, this is the gift – try our Little Lamb Sock Critter as your first project for the new year!
Below are a few of our favorite sheep-inspired patterns for your knitting and crochet enjoyment this year!
|Knit Cute Cabled Lamb||Crochet Little Lamb
||Knit Cabled Sheep||Knit Fluffy Little Sheep|
Our number one trend prediction for 2014 (Big, Bigger, Better) was right on target and will continue to be one of the most important trends in 2015. This year we’ll be seeing more chunky knits and fast-finish crochet projects as the most popular yarns of the last year continue to be important. In our line, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Heartland Thick & Quick® and Country® are all category 6 super bulky weight yarns that make your projects work up quickly while being on-trend with lush, big stitches. Big yarns not only work up quickly but they also have rich texture and great stitch definition that you don’t usually see in store bought items. With the maker revolution in full swing, crafters want show that their work was made by a human being!
Pantone is a global color authority, located in Carlstadt, NJ (coincidentally, Carlstadt is also the home of Lion Brand’s corporate offices). Many industries use Pantone’s service to determine which colors to feature on their products – everything from housewares to fabrics.
How is the color of the year determined? The experts at Pantone immerse themselves in the culture, pulling together colors that organically seem to pop up everywhere. They find the common denominator and it is then identified as the most important color trend for the next year. Pantone also considers how the meaning of the color relates to cultural events and the overall mood at the time.
The color for 2015 is Marsala, a rich, deep color that indicates stability. It’s wonderful for fashion because it is flattering against many skin tones and appeals to both men and women. Spotted on the runways this past season, Marsala is an earthy, 70s throwback, basic, and a neutral color that makes an interesting alternative to black, grey and off-white. In a wardrobe, this color is considered a staple, and it’s wonderful as an accent in the warmer months.
El Paso Autumn
|LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel
|Lion’s Pride®® Woolspun
|LB Collection® Superwash Merino
|Superwash Merino Cashmere
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Lion Brand Yarn Company is a family owned and operated business. Currently, the fourth and fifth generation of the family are working in the company. The children below are all members of the sixth generation and they’re dressed in fashions all knit and crocheted with American-made Heartland yarn. These patterns are easy to make and will delight the next generation in your family.
At this time of year, when families gather together, we wanted to share the faces that make us smile. Hoping you are fortunate enough to see the people who mean a lot to you this Thanksgiving. When you take a break from the traveling, and the cooking, and the cleaning, say hello in the comments below and tell us about your holiday meal.
|Crochet Next Generation Afghan and Hat||Knit Next Generation Crewneck Vest||Crochet Next Generation Crewneck Cardigan||Knit Next Generation V-Neck Cardigan|
|Knit Next Generation Crewneck Cardigan||Crochet Next Generation Vest||Knit Next Generation Crewneck Dress||Crochet Next Generation Vest|
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When you think about the people who have made a lasting impression on your life, who do you remember? I remember my great-grandmother who made holiday dinners for twenty people in a house built for two. I remember every one of my teachers from first to sixth grade. I remember my mother’s best friend who taught me to knit.
Learning to knit or crochet is a lifelong skill and giving the gift of these skills is a meaningful, useful, special ability that has the power to change our lives and the lives of others. If you know how to knit or crochet, you probably are an ambassador for these crafts. Wouldn’t it be great if more people could create handmade sweaters, afghans and scarves? Wouldn’t it be great if more people could give their work to charity and to loved ones? Now’s your chance.
There’s a new website that’s launching in the New York City area that helps people arrange in-person meet-ups so they can either teach, learn or improve their knitting and crochet skills. It’s called Yarndevu and is described as “Rendez-vous for yarn lovers.” Right now you can sign up for a limited test in the New York area and be part of the first wave of people invited to the site.
If you’re interested in being a part of this or in learning more, sign up and tell your friends. The friends who don’t know how to knit or crochet will remember you for it!
When I’m invited to someone’s home for Thanksgiving, I like to bring a gift. On Thanksgiving there’s often such an abundance of food that bringing more food sometimes seems like overkill. I prefer to contribute to the festivities by making something for the table or for the hosts’ home. If you’re the one hosting the meal this year, there are many ideas here for your own festive table.
These twelve gift ideas are super easy and most can be made by someone who doesn’t know how to knit or crochet. Get other family members into the spirit by working on them together.
We’d also love to hear your ideas for hand crafted Thanksgiving gifts and table decor.
|Yarn Bombed Branches
in Vanna’s Glamour®
|Wine Glass Braids
|Crochet Petite Harvest Pumpkin
in Vanna’s Choice®
|Embroidered Place Cards
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We’ve heard so many stories of how knitting or crocheting has helped people feel better. Now’s your chance to weigh in and be counted. In this quick quiz you can tell us specifically what crafting with yarn has done for you. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and to sharing what our community thinks.
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If you were born between November 23rd and December 21st, you are a Sagittarius. Sagittarians are known for being open, friendly, and outgoing, but their most outstanding trait is their love of freedom. They tend to be innovators in whatever they do, with imaginations that run free. They are often artists, writers, actors or entrepreneurs.
The ruling color of Sagittarius is purple. Purple is the color that represents creativity. The combination of blues and purples is perfect for those born under this sign because with such an outgoing personality, you need to balance it with colors that are not too bright and don’t draw attention to yourself.
Famous Sagittarians include Willa Cather, Jane Austen, Woody Allen, Brad Pitt and John Kennedy, Jr.
If someone you care about is a Sagittarius, this scarf will be the perfect gift. It’s not just any scarf, but one that reflects their unique personality and mindset.
Looking to make a customized scarf for other birthdays? Check out our entire collection of Zodiac scarves.