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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!


Pocket Prayer Shawls: Good For Makers and Receivers Alike

March 21st, 2016

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Pocket Prayer Shawls may be small, but their message is mighty. We’ve often featured ways that prayer and healing shawls can offer comfort to receivers, but when we heard about their pocket-sized companions, we were delighted by their simplicity.

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Just the perfect size to hold in your hand, Pocket Prayer Shawls are small reminders of comfort. With every pocket shawl, the crafter puts their well wishes into each piece. You can reflect on the specific recipient’s needs, or create several pocket shawls with a message of goodwill. Learn more about Pocket Prayer Shawls in this piece by Kathryn Vercillo.

When we set out to design our own pocket shawls, we turned our thoughts to the makers.

Have you ever knit or crocheted to relax and refocus? Using a pattern with simple, repetitive stitches is key to beating stress while crafting. Allow your hands to craft as your mind relaxes. Our Pocket Prayer Shawls were designed to incorporate stitches simple enough to accomplish without looking back at the pattern.

Make a single pocket shawl for someone who may need a quick reminder that they are being thought of. Make several, and keep them handy for trips to doctor’s offices, waiting rooms, or prayer groups.

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Knit Pocket Prayer Shawls

Looking for a crochet version? Click here.


9 Quick ‘n Easy Easter Patterns

March 12th, 2016

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Bunnies and baskets and eggs- oh my! With Easter right around the corner, you might be thinking there isn’t time to finish any DIY yarn crafts- but there is! The key to a handmade holiday? Keeping it small. It’s all about the accessories, and with these 9 little patterns you’ll be cracking open the homespun festivities in no time.

Try our crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket for an adorable spin on your Easter morning, or knit the Bouncy Bunny Sock as a cuddly friend for your little one. For a mess free (and hook & needle free!) alternative to dyed eggs, scramble up some Over Easy Eggs.

You’ll be hopping from one project right to the next in no time- enjoy!

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Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket made with Vanna’s Choice® Craft Over Easy Eggs made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby Knit Bunny Dog Costume made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Knit Little Lamb made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Easter Basket made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Amigurumi Chocolate Bunny  made with Vanna’s Choice®
Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter
Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy made with Wool-Ease® Knit Bunny Hat made with Modern Baby® Knit Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter made with Wool-Ease®
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