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Crafter Stories: Knitting and Crocheting in Public

July 29th, 2013

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Crafter Stories: Knitting and Crocheting in Public | Lion Brand Notebook

A little while ago, we asked you—our blog readers—to share your stories with us about knitting/crocheting in public. From making new friends to delighting strangers, you shared your experiences.

Here are just a few of the submissions we received:

I knit on the “L” in Chicago pretty regularly and it’s not unusual to get a comment or question from a stranger. But one time in particular I really broke the ice when my ball of yarn fell out of my bag and rolled all the way down to the other end of the car. Everyone burst into laughter because it was so unexpected and from then on the whole mood of the car changed. Everyone was talking to me, and to each other, and there were a lot more smiles the rest of the way home.
- Christine Renee, Chicago, IL

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Designer Spotlight: Lily Chin’s Versatile Styles and Skills

July 21st, 2013

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Designer Spotlight: Lily Chin | Lion Brand NotebookSomething I love about working in the yarn industry is all of the creative people you meet. Working with designers, artists, and writers constantly inspires me. One of my favorite people in the industry is extremely prolific designer Lily Chin.

Look her up on Amazon.com or Ravelry and you’ll find dozens of books and individual designs, ranging from accessible accessories to complex cables—reversible, no less!

But don’t take my word for it! Here are a few podcasts and videos from our collections featuring interviews with Lily herself:

Want to make your own Lily Chin original? Here are a few patterns she’s designed for Lion Brand that I think are awesome summer projects:

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Learn Skills Online with Craftsy & Lion Brand!

July 18th, 2013

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Do you love the tutorials and how-tos here on the Lion Brand Notebook? If so, you’ll be excited to hear that we’re partnering with Craftsy–the online education experts–to bring you knit & crochet classes the Lion Brand way! Look out for more info later this year!

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the classes we shot earlier this year…Can you guess what it’s going to be?

Sign up for our Weekly Stitch newsletter or keep an eye here on the blog for announcements later this year!

Save Up to 75% Off Online Classes

In the meantime, save on Craftsy’s online classes during their Sweet Summer Sale. Starting today, save up to 75% off select classes. Click here: http://lby.co/195f99E

Check their site each day through this Sunday (July 21) for different online class offerings!

Today’s selection of classes only lasts until midnight, so be sure to sign up and save on your favorites today then check in tomorrow for new online classes on sale. Get unlimited lifetime access once you sign up and learn on your own schedule, in your own home!


Get Inspired by Our Under-the-Sea Window (Plus 9 Patterns for DIY Sea Creatures)

July 17th, 2013

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At the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, our store and education center in NYC, we’re proud to showcase amazing window displays each month. This summer, our window features a fantasy ocean scene, complete with a knitting octopus, sea stars, coral, jellyfish and even a mermaid.

To see more about how our artists created this one-of-a-kind scene, click here to visit the store’s blog.

9 Patterns for Under-the-Sea Inspiration

Although these large-scale art-pieces took several months to complete and combine many different yarn crafting techniques, you can create your own sea creatures with patterns from LionBrand.com

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9 Colorful, Summery Tote Bags to Knit & Crochet

July 15th, 2013

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During the summer, a fun and satisfying project can be a tote bag. Perfect for taking to the beach or on road trips, tote bags can also be a great opportunity to have fun with color. Below are 9 of my favorite tote bag patterns from LionBrand.com!

Image of 4 Ball Market Bag Image of Loom Woven And Knit Bag Image of Rainbow Burst Tote
Crochet 4 Ball Market Bag Loom Woven and Knit Bag Crochet Rainbow Burst Tote

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Favorite Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body

July 8th, 2013

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A flattering outfit can make you feel more confident and at ease. For plus-sized women, structured pieces, prints proportionate to your body, and details that emphasize your strongest assets can help you to look your best. For petite women, pieces that hit your body at the right places will help you look great. Discover some of our favorite tips.

10 Tips for Dressing to Flatter Your Body | Lion Brand Notebook

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Happy Independence Day!

July 4th, 2013

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Happy Independence Day from everyone at Lion Brand!

Crochet Flag Afghan | Happy Independence Day! | Lion Brand Notebook

 

[Pictured: Crochet Flag Afghan]

Please note our offices are closed today in observance of the holiday, but we will be open regular business hours tomorrow.


An Introduction to Felting: Tips & Tricks

June 30th, 2013

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Felting allows you to take knit and crochet pieces and turn them into thick, sturdy cloth suitable for purses, hats, slippers and more just by throwing your wool items into the washing machine and dryer. This month, Jackie Smyth, our technical editor, gives some tips on felting.

An Introduction to Felting

What is felting, Jackie?
Felting is the process by which wool fibers are agitated and lock together to form a dense fabric. Wool yarn can be felted, but synthetics can’t, but you can change the look of a felted design by working a row or two with a non-felting yarn. If you’ve never felted before, it’s a good idea to read our FAQ about it: click here.

What are some of the benefits of felting?
Felt doesn’t ravel – so you can experiment with cutting shapes or fringes on a felted item. If your felted project doesn’t work out as well as you’d hoped — no worries — you can cut shapes from the felt – like flower petals or dots – and use these as embellishments on other projects.

Wow, you could probably make pins and hair barrettes out of those shapes too. So what are your recommended patterns today?
I’ve chosen these three clutches because they are small, making them an ideal beginner felting project, and because they really emphasize how much we love to embellish simple patterns with things techniques like color-work and embroidery.

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In Your Words: Readers Share How Knitting & Crochet Make Them Better

June 27th, 2013

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One of the most wonderful things about knitting and crochet is how these crafts enrich our lives. The video above was inspired by you, our blog readers, and we hope that you’ll continue to share your comments below about how knitting and crochet affect you every day.


Sock Tips, Pt. 4: Add an Eyelet Stitch Pattern to Your Sock

June 24th, 2013

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As we continue our series on embellishing your socks, we now introduce a new stitch into our basic sock pattern. Because socks are compact and quick to whip-up, they’re a great opportunity to try out new stitches. In our last two installments, we talked about color-work. In this article, we feature an eyelet sock pattern, adding style to our basic sock pattern with a lacy look.

Child’s Eyelet Sock

Here are a few tips on this eyelet sock pattern:

  • It’s helpful to use light color needles for dark yarn, darker needles for a light color yarn – you’ll be able to see your stitches more easily. This is helpful no matter the project.
  • Socks with an eyelet pattern provide a good fit – the spaces created by the eyelets stretch or contract easily to accommodate a variety of leg sizes.

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