For most people, pets are part of the family. They have their own individual personalities that the family has come to know and love, and in return, their pet loves them back just as much (if not more).
Pets can’t tell you what they want for the holidays, so it helps to have some ideas on what to give your “furry family member.”
Here are some great dog sweater patterns, starting with an easy knitted number modeled by a Boston terrier who is part of my extended family. He was extremely nervous on the day of the shoot and breathing heavily, hence the extended tongue.
|Knit Need for Tweed Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Crochet Striped Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Knit City Stripes Dog Sweater in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
As you may know, Lion Brand has partnered with Craftsy, the premiere, online crafting education platform, to develop classes that will inspire you and take your yarn crafting skills to the next level.
One of the classes we wanted to develop first is a My First Sweater class. Many of you have been knitting for years–20, 30 or more–yet there are some of you who’ve never felt confident enough to move from flat knitting (i.e. scarves and afghans) to garment knitting. This class will give you the confidence to move to garment knitting. You’ll learn to follow a pattern, breeze through the process of shaping and create what will likely be your favorite sweater.
One of the most important things we do at Lion Brand is offer education through tips, techniques and step-by-step how-tos. That’s because we know that learning will enhance your ability to enjoy working with yarn.
This year, we asked ourselves how we can get more deeply involved in teaching knitters and crocheters all over the world to grow their skills in a way that can mimic the classroom setting. That’s where Craftsy came in. Craftsy is the premiere online education platform for crafters. We are combining Lion Brand’s beautifully designed patterns and quality yarns with Craftsy’s know-how in online education and their sophisticated, interactive technology.
You’ve probably had the experience of desperately looking through the bins for the color of yarn you need to make sure there are enough of one dye lot to make your pattern. It’s almost always an important consideration for bigger projects. No one wants to put all that work into a sweater or afghan, only to look at it in the light of day and see unwanted color shifts. It’s difficult to find more than a few balls of the same color in stores, and nearly impossible to find many of the same dye lot.
At Lion Brand, we take the worry out of the process. When you order from LionBrand.com, you are guaranteed to get the same dye lot for every color, no matter how many balls you need. And, you don’t have to worry about being short a ball because you can order extra and return unused balls to us.
It’s a little thing that makes your projects a big success.
That’s one of the most popular questions on the Lion Brand FAQ section. Maybe you don’t have a pattern with you when you shop or you want to design your own creation. Having a general idea of the amount of yarn you will need for a project can be helpful in the planning phase before you get started.
Click here to see an approximate yardage for a variety of projects from afghans to scarves and get an idea how much yarn each project takes in some of our most popular yarns.
Did you know that we offer so much more than patterns and products on our site? We’ve developed a wide range of information that is designed to help expand your yarn crafting horizons. From a helpful list of pattern abbreviations to a virtual encyclopedia of stitch patterns, you’ll find a wealth of useful facts, images, and instructions that help you grow your skills and hopefully bring you more enjoyment when you pick up your hooks and needles.
If there anything we don’t have that you’re looking for, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
We appreciate the warm, supportive and creative Lion Brand community. You generously share your ideas and your photos on Facebook, in the comment section of this blog, and face-to-face wherever we go.
As we think about the possibilities for new Lion Brand offerings, we’d love to have your input. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts, we invite you to apply to become a Lion Brand Advisor. We are looking for 20 people who are willing to try out new products and provide feedback about your experience with them. Advisors will be provided samples several times a year.
If you are interested in participating, click here to tell us more about yourself and to apply. Although we are only selecting 20 advisors, we will also be asking a larger group of applicants to be part of the Lion Brand Panel to answer surveys from time to time.
Thank you for considering this opportunity, and we look forward to hearing from you.
|Last week I headed out to Los Angeles with Zontee, my coworker in Marketing, and Pete, a videographer we have worked with on many of our recent videos. We were going to visit Vanna White at her home and talk to her about her life, her love of crochet and the yarns that bear her name. I first met Vanna about 12 years ago when I attended the big craft trade show where Vanna emcees the Lion Brand fashion show every year. I remember being impressed with her warmth and her kindness to everyone she met. I knew it would be fun to spend time with Vanna at her home.
Zontee, Pete and I arrived at the gate of her community in the morning. She lives in an area with Mediterranean style homes set close together on quiet tree-lined streets. Her house is lovely and spacious without being showy. Vanna greeted us at the door, hair up in a ponytail, looking delicate (she is surprisingly petite) and beautiful without a drop of make-up. She offered us coffee, Entenmann’s chocolate donuts, and raisin toast. We had just come from breakfast so we thanked her, but boy, those donuts were calling to me anyway! Then Vanna told us to make ourselves at home–to walk around anywhere in the house we wanted to scout out places to film and she went upstairs to get ready.
|Vanna White and her cat, Stella|
We did look around, saw a lovely outdoor deck where we would want to shoot but settled on the living room to start with. What I noticed walking around Vanna’s house was that on almost every horizontal surface were photos of her family and friends. Many of the photos were of her children, now teens, as they grew up.
Before Vanna came downstairs after getting her hair and makeup done, she invited us to come up and look in her closet for clothes we thought she should wear. Did I mention how accommodating and open she is? It’s amazing how many times she asked us what we would like. Her closet was probably the most organized closet I’ve ever seen. As we were looking for a pair of white slacks and sweater, I noticed that although there may have been more of them than we have in our closets, the brands were as down-to-earth as anything we’d wear from the local mall store. The pants we settled on were from White House | Black Market and the top from Banana Republic. Of course there is a section of the closet devoted to gowns like you might see her wearing on Wheel of Fortune, but that was the exception in a wide range of jeans and crew neck tops, which seem to be her favorites.
The interview and the filming were easy. Vanna is so comfortable and natural with people. I think you’re going to love seeing the videos we made. You’ll get to see Vanna talking about things you’ve never heard her say before, and since so many of you have asked if she really crochets, you’ll see her crocheting as well. I don’t want to give too much away but you’ll see for yourself in about 3 weeks.
|Planning the camera angle||A little touch-up|
|The outside space at Vanna’s
|When we left, Vanna walked us
to the door!
We spent several hours with Vanna and got to know her–you’ll be getting to know her soon too! We look forward to sharing our visit.
As you celebrate Thanksgiving with your families, I’d like to share with you the Thanksgiving feast we enjoyed with the Lion Brand family. This year was the most delicious food ever since we each bring a dish and try to outdo our previous years’ offering. It’s all organized by Mike, our official Director of Fun with help from others.
Some of the tables of food
There were six folding tables filled with hearty foods and an entire room dedicated to tables of desserts. We had traditional American foods as well as Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern and even vegetarian options. We’re a diverse group and it was fun to sample everyone’s specialty dish.
David Blumenthal, the President and CEO gave a brief talk that we’ll share with you here:
Here’s a photo of Dean Blumenthal, and his son, Evan, part of the fourth and fifth generations of the family that owns and operates the company.
Evan and his dad, Dean, at the Lion Brand feast Our group chows down!
In the video above, you heard David speak about being grateful for the people who protect us and for living in the greatest country in the world. I’m grateful for many things, including having the opportunity to work at a company that is doing good for people and is a wonderful place to work. It’s been a difficult year for many people in our country and around the world, but being able to appreciate what’s good is a life affirming practice. What is it that you are grateful for this year?
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lion Brand!
We want you to know that we are here for you to support your yarn crafting needs. There are many ways to “talk” to someone at Lion Brand, and not only that, but depending on how you choose to connect, you can also share with other yarn crafters.
Find us on Facebook by searching for “Lion Brand Yarns”. There are a lot of great conversations going on over there. You can read other peoples’ comments, you can comment yourself and you can ask us a question. You’ll find about 190,000 fellow knitters and crocheters there. Everyone can post pictures for the community to look at, and if you do, you’ll find that other community members may even comment on it. You can participate in our polls and be the first to hear about special offers. If you stop by, say hello to Jess, who works with our Facebook community.
Click the email link above to ask us a question about patterns, yarns, tools, and more. You’ll find it easy to reach the right person depending on what type of help you need. You can make suggestions or pattern requests, ask about an order you placed. Did you know that we answer questions about our patterns if you get stuck? Don’t hesitate to drop us a line if there is any way we can help. We answer these questions within a day or two during business hours, Monday through Friday. We have a team of people who answer emails including Laura, Barbara, Carolyn, Zontee and more, because we want to take care of everyone’s needs as quickly as possible.
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Well, here you are at the blog. We really love to hear from you when we post! Please feel free to comment on these posts. Tell us what you think or ask a question. We will comment back to you on the blog.
There aren’t as many of you on Twitter, but for those who are, we’re there and talking to anyone who talks to us! We share interesting links to yarny fun stuff and we tweet away about everything you can do with yarn. We’re at @LionBrandYarn and Jess is there during the week, so say hello if you’re new.
We are active on Ravelry. If you haven’t discovered Ravelry yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s a community of knitters and crocheters and there are always people to talk to, any time of day or night. There are many fan-run Lion Brand groups where we love to hear what you have to say, like Lion Brand Lovers, Lion Brand Cafe, Vanna’s Choice Fan Club, and more. You can also find a group for our podcast, YarnCraft, and a group for our NYC store and education center, Lion Brand Yarn Studio.
Many of you have written to us about not being able to find your favorite Lion Brand yarns at your local stores and have encouraged us to offer more there. We thought we would give you a little behind-the-scenes info about how our yarns end up in your local store to help you understand what you’ll find.
Lion Brand offers over 800 different yarn colors and over 45 different types of yarns. The major retail chains that carry yarn–Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and Walmart–as well as the smaller stores, could not possibly have room for all of our yarns in the space they have available in their yarn department. Of course, we would love for them to offer a wider selection of Lion Brand but we don’t control what retailers offer. As a result, you will often find a good selection of the most popular Lion Brand yarns like Vanna’s Choice®, Homespun®, and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in many retail outlets, but you may not see some of our cult favorites like Cotton-Ease®, Wool-Ease®, or Recycled Cotton. But even if you find a popular yarn like Homespun®, no one store will carry nearly 60 colors.
We know that everyone has her favorite yarns and colors so if you’d like your local store to carry your favorites, don’t hesitate to ask them. You can write on their Facebook page, if they have one, you can email their corporate office, or you can ask a store manager for the yarn and color you like. When enough people demand the same product, it may push your local store to carry it.