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Shira’s Guild Visits!

May 23rd, 2016

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Hello Out There!!!

One of the many things I get to do as a Brand Ambassador for Lion Brand Yarn is travel around the country and I to talk different knit and crochet groups or guilds.  Since I started my position as Brand Ambassador I have been to many groups, but the biggest guild I have spoken to was in Madison, WI — a knitting guild made up of over 300+ knitters!  (Fun Fact: it’s really cold in Madison, WI in February!)

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My Goal

When I talk to a group there are a three main things I talk about .

  1. Lion Brand Yarn is not as big as you think! Sometimes people don’t realize that our company is just under 100 people.  I convey the message, I love being able to see people’s faces sometimes it’s like their minds are being blown! t
  1. We are also a family business.  Family business are rare these days especially one that is in its 5th generation (me being a part of the 5th).
  1. I get a chance to let the knitters and crocheters feel and neck test all day long 😉  I bring new colors of yarns and new yarns for people to put their hands on and really get the chance to see what it feels like for themselves!  I also bring knit and crocheted garments with me out of the corresponding yarns so they can see how they work up!

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Feeling #Lucky

I feel honored to be able to talk to these crafters.  They are so talented to be able to see what they do with Lion Brand is amazing.  Some are avid users of Lion Brand and some, well, some admit to me “I didn’t know you had such beautiful yarns until you came!  I can’t wait to buy Lion Brand now!”

That’s my end all goal.  I am there to inspire!  I am there get people excited about knitting and crocheting with Lion Brand Yarn!

These are some photos that I love from some of Guild adventures!

If you are interested in having me come visit your guild please email me at Shiraroars@lionbrand.com.  Please note, a minimum attendance of 70 people must be present for me to visit.

 


13 Patterns to Help Homeless Animals Get Lucky

May 12th, 2016

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Did you know that May 13-15 is National Pet Adoption Weekend? In celebration of the thousands of animals who will get lucky this Friday the 13th weekend, we’ve rounded up your favorite patterns to make for four-legged friends! From toys to sweaters to beds, these quick-make projects will warm human, feline, & canine hearts alike. Make one for your companion or for an animal in need of some TLC today!

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Crochet Casual Friday Dog Sweater made with Heartland® Crochet Curl-Up Cat Bed made with Hometown USA® Knit Hunter’s Urban Dog Sweater made with Scarfie
Crochet Amigurumi Sardines Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Modernist Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Prospect Park Pretzel Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Coney Island Frank Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Kent Street Bagel Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Romantic Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice®
Knit Cat Bed made with Fettuccini® Crochet Poet Dog Sweater made with Homespun® Crochet Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy made with Wool-Ease®
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Crochet Red Hook Cheeseburger Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®

Want to see patterns for other furry critters? Let us know below!


Rio Rancho Cardigan Knit-Along Week 1: Grab Your Kit!

April 27th, 2016

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Welcome to the Lion Brand Yarn Spring Knit Along! This spring we will be knitting the Rio Rancho Cardigan. It is a lightweight, flowing pattern that marries love of cardigans with love of shawls.

If you are like me, you have been eyeing Lion Brand Yarn’s newest yarn: Shawl in a Ball.  I had the opportunity to crochet up a shawl recently, and one ball was just not enough to satisfy me! I am thrilled to say that this pattern uses 3 balls of Shawl in a Ball.  It’s the perfect amount for this one size fits all cardigan, and a wonderfully affordable project!

Check out the video below to see some footage of this cardigan in action at the CHA Fashion Show this past winter.

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – https://youtu.be/36JTTXAp8SE ::

Every season and complexion is covered in the range of colorway offerings.  If you love autumn colors I suggest Calming Desert and Peaceful Earth.  If you are a neutral lover: Soothing Blue and Feng Shui Grey.  If you love the bright colors like me: Restful Rainbow, Mindful Mauve, Healing Teal and Community Coral are perfect for you.

I am knitting my Rio Rancho Cardigan in Mindful Mauve.  I love the purple hues paired with grey.

There’s still time to grab your supplies — order your KAL kit today!  Join us on Ravelry so we can discuss it as we knit.  You can find us there and also here in the comments below, on Twitter and Instagram.  You will finish just in time to have the perfect garment for those chilly summer nights.

Happy Knitting!


#StitchAwayStress with Lion Brand Yarn & the Craft Yarn Council!

April 5th, 2016

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You know how comforting and relaxing yarn crafting can be — now, share it with others! April is Stress Awareness Month, so we’re using our knit and crochet talents to spread the word and offer relief.

In keeping with the theme “When life gives you lemons…” we’ve teamed up with the Craft Yarn Council for a “Lemon Drop”! Using a pattern designed for the CYC campaign, we’re just a handful of many crafters making lemon stress-relief balls. Members of team Lion Brand will be on hand in New York City on April 18th — Tax Day! — to hand out lemons to New Yorkers in a rush.

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Join in on the fun by making your own stress-reliever! Keep one by your desk at work, around the house, or even in your WIP bag for some quick relief. Share your finished lemon on social platforms like Instagram and hashtag #StitchAwayStress.

Get the knit pattern for lemons here.

Get the crochet pattern for lemons here.

Don’t forget — Vanna’s Choice® is one of our featured yarns for April! It’s the perfect yarn to get that vibrant, sunny yellow lemon. Grab a few skeins (we recommend Radiant Yellow and Radiant Lime) and give out your lemons all month long!

 

 


Yoga With Shira: Yoga for Knitters & Crocheters, Poses for Carpal Tunnel!

March 22nd, 2016

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In the latest episode of Tea with Shira, our brand ambassador teams up with a friend to learn how yoga pairs well with yarn crafting. This guest post was written by AJ Wolbrum.

Hi #roarers! I’m AJ, a yoga instructor based in NYC and Shira’s childhood friend. I am not here to convert you to buy a mat, get some new gear and call yourself a yogi, but I am here to tell you that yoga can enhance what you already love to do. And what I can gather as to why you are reading this post is what really makes your heart sing is the sacred art of knitting and crocheting. I do not use the word ‘sacred’ lightly. Knitting and crocheting tap into an ancient ritual (like yoga) of coming together for a common purpose; to achieve a specific goal; and a direct side effect is an opportunity for introspection. Yes, you can potentially achieve enlightenment from knitting your afghan.

Now, here’s the thing; You don’t need to do much to receive the benefits of yoga, but you do have do something. My recommendation is to just get on the floor. Once you’re on the floor your body will want to move. Another suggestion is to lift your arms in the air. Let the blood flow in a new way. This has very therapeutic benefits and will give your wrists and hands a needed flush of oxygen. One more easy addition to your practice is simply observing your breath. Notice if your mind starts to wander and all of a sudden you’ve forgotten to exhale. If you could add an awareness of breath and thread it into your knitting/crocheting routine, you will immediately see a change in mood and the integrity of your work.

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch — https://youtu.be/_dugK70nihA ::

How does yoga relate to crafting? Simply put, the repetitive action of knitting/crocheting causes similar bodily reactions as yoga. Knitting or crocheting, like yoga, slows down the brain, tells the body to go into restore mode and allows time for the body to heal from the inside out. They both reduce levels of cortisol — the stress hormone — and shut down overactive brain noise. Mindfulness will allow you to stitch longer with deeper awareness and a sense of ease. We’re talking about connection here. Connection to self. Connection to the material you are working with and connection to each other. About cultivating inner peace and a sense of community through activities that bring people together.

So grab a friend, get on the floor and do what you love because this life is all about one thing, working from heart and whenever you come from that place magical things will happen.

Find me at Yoga By AJ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Follow Shira on Instagram or Twitter, and don’t forget to check out our YouTube playlist of all the yoga poses we did in this episode!

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