One of the best parts of attending craft shows like STITCHES Midwest for me is seeing projects that customers have made with Lion Brand yarn. Some customers approach me shyly, while others proudly brandish their handiwork. They’re often surprised when I enthusiastically ask to take their pictures, they have no idea how gratifying these moments are for me! Check out some of my favorite finds from the last show!
Mitered Ridges Top made with Lion Brand® LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Click here to get the knit pattern.
Poncho made with Fishermen’s Wool®
She made this project back in the ’70s (wow!) so the pattern is no longer available.
The highlight of the show was definitely when designer Lily Chin came to our booth wearing a girl scout costume that she made with Recycled Cotton in Seagrass, Kitchen Cotton in Olive, and Bonbons in Brights and Celebrate were for her badges.
*Please note: this is an original design so no pattern is available*
Didn’t get to see us at the last show? Come visit us at STITCHES East from November 10-11 in Hartford, CT! Don’t forget to bring you Lion Brand projects!
Every once in a while we like to highlight the great project submissions that have been uploaded to our online Customer Gallery, and today I’ve got 9 great projects to share with and inspire you. It’s always fun to see our patterns come to life by others, especially when made with modifications. Take a look at the projects below, and see if something you created made a guest appearance!
Modified Snowstorm Hat Pattern
By: Myra Gabriel
Pattern: Snowstorm Hat
|Baby Throw with Toy Car Appliques
By: Myra Slatkoff
Pattern: Sunshine Day Baby Throw
|Perfect Crochet Cardigan
By: Mary Cast
Pattern: Perfect Crochet
Last week, we brought you a few stories from our readers about their experiences knitting and crocheting in public. Today, we want to share a longer story from Jessica Leete of Orchard Park, NY.
I often spend my weekend mornings at the local Starbucks for a few hours, enjoying my specialty coffee while working on my most recent crochet project. Although I love the coffee shop atmosphere, it can often get quite noisy as well, so I usually also bring my laptop and earbuds so I can listen to music or play a TV episode in the background to help drown out the noise. As a result, I am often zoned into my project, completely oblivious to the sounds and activity around me.
On a number of occasions, I have looked up from my project to find someone sheepishly standing right in front of me, who has undoubtedly been clearing their throat a few times to get my attention, while I unaware, had been crocheting away.
I quickly pull my earbuds out and apologize that I hadn’t heard them. On most occasions, it is a a woman who simply wants to pass on a compliment regarding what I am ‘knitting’. I always give a big smile and a ‘thank you’, while politely clarifying that I am actually crocheting, but reassuring them that they are quite similar and easily confused. I love these small chances to spread a little knowledge on these two crafts and their differences.
In one instance, I was actually addressed by two guys from the adjacent table. The one looked at my project and said, “You are crocheting, right?” Impressed, I replied with “yes” and a smile. He continued that his grandmother used to crochet all the time when he was young and that he didn’t know crocheting was done any more.
I definitely had to stifle a laugh. I told him that crochet is still around and actually becoming quite popular recently. I loved the opportunity to increase the awareness of my craft.
My favorite instances though are when kids are around. They don’t just stare, but they come right up to my chair and stand next to me watching my every yarn over and draw through. They cannot help themselves—they are just so curious to see something they never have before. The parents are always embarrassed and try to call the kids away, but I quickly intervene and assure them it isn’t a problem. I happily answer any questions they have and show them step by step how I complete each stitch.
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
Something 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:
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!
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!
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Every year, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) graduating seniors attaining a bachelor of arts in fashion design collaborate to present handmade collections for a professional runway show in New York City. Lion Brand has provided yarn for the knitwear design students over the years and is always proud to be part of such an inspiring and creative event. Lion Brand has been a long time supporter of FIT, and in 2009, a seminar room specifically designated for knitting, crocheting and jewelry making was dedicated to the late Isidor Blumenthal, Lion Brand’s 3rd generation President and CEO.
This year, I was able to attend FIT’s “The Future of Fashion: 2013 Graduates Collection“, and I was amazed by the designs that came down the runway made by students who will someday be fashion designers. It was so interesting to see how yarn used to make everyday garments and accessories can create high-fashion and out-of-the box designs. The specializations in the show included sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, and children’s wear. Below, you’ll find some images from the seniors who worked on the knitwear collection.
Have you seen any interesting knitwear in fashion lately? Share with us in the comments!
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.
David Blumenthal (President/CEO) and Dean Blumenthal (EVP/COO) have won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in New Jersey in the ‘Family Business’ category. What perfect timing! Just as we celebrate our 135th anniversary. It means a lot to us to be recognized by such an influential global corporation, especially since we’ve come a long way in five generations from a pushcart on the Lower East Side of Manhattan! For a look inside the company today, see this video: About Lion Brand Yarn Company – 135th Anniversary Special.
(Left to right: David Blumenthal & Dean Blumenthal)
“Being recognized by a prestigious organization like Ernst & Young is such an honor for our 5th generation family business. I’m grateful for the leadership of our fathers who mentored us and taught us by example, and for the expertise and devotion of all our associates.”
Congratulations to David and Dean Blumenthal!
One of the best parts about working at Lion Brand is meeting our amazing customers and hearing what you have to say about our products, patterns, and community. Working in the yarn industry, many of us travel and meet knitters and crocheters across the country, and I often get asked, “Will Lion Brand be at an event near me? I’d love to check out your new yarns in person!”
Earlier this year, we had a ton of fun at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA and Vogue Knitting Live in New York, NY!
In the second half of 2013, we’re proud to sponsor and have booths at these upcoming shows and events:
Knit & Crochet Show
July 17 – 21
Click here for more info.
Lion Brand fans can get this exclusive coupon (or book with this code online: LionBrand11113) for discounted admission to the marketplace .
August 8 – 11
Click here for more info.
Lion Brand fans can get 20% off classes and events with the coupon code: LBM13.
Knit & Crochet Show
October 2 – 6
Click here for more info.
November 7 – 10
Click here for more info.
Stop by the shows above to check out our exclusive LB Collection, as well as new products–all at show-special prices.
We’re also proud to be a sponsor of many regional knitting and crochet festivals across the country, and we hope you’ll check online for events in your area. Click here for a helpful calendar from Knitter’s Review.
While we don’t have the staff and resources to be at every show and festival, we always love hearing from you, so we hope you’ll continue to share your thoughts here on our blog and through our pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.