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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®
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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®

Comfort With Crochet: Showing Love with Stitches

March 3rd, 2016

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It’s National Crochet Month! This March, celebrate the craft by sharing it with others. In this guest post, Tamara Kelly of Moogly shares how she uses her crochet talents for good.

As my friend Kathryn Vercillo has shown time and again, crochet can be healing, comforting, even life saving. I know my own life was changed and improved by crochet, before I even began Moogly! But crochet isn’t only for the crocheter.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last few years as a member of the online crochet community, it’s that crocheters love to give back. There are dozens of crochet based charities, with new ones popping up all the time. And then there are those who crochet scarves to leave tied to trees for those who need them in cold climates. Those who crochet recycled plastic mats for the homeless. Those who crochet tiny, heartbreakingly small hats for their local NICU.

However, crocheting for people we know and love is a natural instinct as well. Sure, there’s a little bit of fun in showing off what we can do with hooks and yarn. But when we crochet for those who need extra comfort in times of trouble or stress, it’s the love in each stitch – the time we spend thinking about them, what they like and how they are doing – that makes crocheting comfort gifts so special.

Prayer shawls are a particularly popular gift for those who’ve gone through a loss, whether it’s a spouse, a child, or a job, a home. Those who make them often say there is a little prayer in each stitch! But you don’t have to pray, or follow a particular religion, to stitch a comfort wrap for those who need it. The warm, cozy hug of a handmade wrap or shawl needs no words to give comfort, and any favorite pattern will do – it’s doesn’t have to be designed as such to be made and given with love.

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Crochet Fortune’s Wrap by Moogly made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino Knit Prayer/Healing Shawl made with Homespun® Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan made with Heartland®

And it isn’t always one to one. There’s something very special that happens when an entire community of crocheters comes together to support one of their own. Whether it’s the happiness of a new baby or the tragedy of loss, blankets are another popular project to make and give as a group. I’ve been honored to participate in several such projects, and it’s always amazing seeing the all the individuals’ efforts come together to create a greater whole.

When making a group blanket like this of course, organization is key. Making sure everyone is using the same weight of yarn, ideally with the same hook size, and creating the same size block, hexagon, or section. The person putting them all together at the end will certainly appreciate the pre-planning!

Do you know someone who could use a comfort wrap or blanket? Someone who could use something to wrap up in, someone who needs to feel a little extra love? Or are you inspired to find a crochet charity to donate to? Here are some resources to get you started!

Lion Brand Charity Finder – Lion Brand offers a charity registry and a search feature so those who wish to craft for charity or donate can find appropriate groups and services.

Comfort Wrap Patterns – Find lots of free Lion Brand patterns for shawls and wraps here, as well as chemo caps and other items!

Printable Prayer Shawl Cards – Some lovely sentiments, as well as handy dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

Afghan Pattern Ideas for Group Comfort Blankets

Already Have a Charity You Support? – click the link to add your favorite yarny charity to Lion Brand’s Charity Finder!

 


Our Vogue Knitting NYC 2016 Recap!

January 21st, 2016

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We had a blast at Vogue Knitting Live here in New York City!

#VKLive saw the debut of one of Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s most magnificent window displays — the Fruit Stand! Lion Brand president David Blumenthal has always envisioned a fruit stand display and the result is a cornucopia of yarncrafting. Fans who stopped by couldn’t stop marveling at the details, which included hand-felted apples, amigurumi vegetables and an ingenious use of textures!

 

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Fans of Lion Brand got a good laugh in our photobooth, where attendees were able to take home snapshots of their weekend! One of our featured writers Franklin Habit stopped by to join in:

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Our friend London Kaye was right at home with other yarn artists as she crocheted a piece commemorating David Bowie. Here’s the finished piece!:

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We brought some of our new favorite yarns to sell at Vogue Knitting Live. Yarn fans were able to grab Color Clouds, LB Collection® Wool, and 24/7 Cotton!

 

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Color Clouds LB Collection® Wool 24/7 Cotton

 

 That’s a wrap for us at Vogue Knitting Live.  We can’t wait to see where we’ll end up next!


Lion Brand Yarn Wins Best Booth at CHA!

January 16th, 2016

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Members of Team Lion Brand recently visited the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show in California!

There, new yarns were shown, as well as new patterns … don’t worry, they’ll be available soon! Our brand ambassador, Shira Blumenthal served as MC for the Lion Brand Fashion show, where new designs are shown for the first time.

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To top things off, Lion Brand won “Best Booth” at the show! Our booth featured yarnbombing by none other than our friend London Kaye, who created two beautiful sweeping yarnbomb pieces (using all Lion Brand yarn!) for the booth.

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