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Planning on Crocheting or Knitting for Mother’s Day?

April 26th, 2016

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by Tamara Kelly of Moogly
Planning on Crocheting or Knitting for Mother's Day?
Whether you have kids, or you were a kid once (which is, well, everybody!), you probably remember those classroom art projects for Mother’s Day. Clay, macaroni, paint, and maybe even a bit of yarn all combined to make something that was full of love, if not raw artistic talent. I have a whole collection of interesting clay items and glued together poems from my own three kids, and as they get older and the handmade presents dwindle, it makes me a little sad to be honest.

My own mother, who had 6 children, has a very impressive collection on her dresser top of tchotchkes and doodads, drawings and trinkets. The first thing I remember making for her was a small wooden heart, which my grandfather helped me whittle. She loved the heart – or at least pretended to – but was appalled that he let me loose with a pocket knife at only 4 years old! Thankfully, no harm done – and last I looked, she still had the heart.

Now that I’m a mother myself, I know just how special those handmade items are! And while not every mother is the kind that enjoys crafted gifts, we knitters and crocheters are fortunate enough to have the skills to continue creating for our moms, when we are lucky enough to still have them to craft for.

Of course, when we were kids, the crafts were more often than not teacher directed – I don’t know any kid that would come up with the idea of printing out a slightly sappy poem and gluing it next to their hand print on a piece of construction paper. Now, as adults, it’s time to step back and think about what mom would really like and appreciate – not what we just happen to want to crochet or knit for her!

So before you pick a pattern and yarn, be sure to consider these 3 factors!

1. Color
Does your mom like brights? Pastels? Jewel tones? Animal prints? Does she have neutrals around the house but always wear a pop of color? Take into account whether it’s a wearable accessory or a home decor item – her favorite color might be green, but if she never wears it, use that emerald yarn to make a blanket or throw pillow.

2. Style
Is mom’s style sleek and modern, fun and funky, or classic and traditional? More pineapple doily, or colorblocked cowl? Triangle shawl, or rectangle wrap – or bikini top with motorcycle leathers? You know crochet and knit patterns are out there to suit every taste with a little searching!

3. Climate
There are gorgeous crocheted and knitted afghans out there to suit any taste and style, but if mom has retired to a tropical climate, they aren’t the best pick! If it’s always cloudy and rainy in her locale, then a floppy yarn sunhat won’t get much use.

Beyond these factors of course, hobbies and lifestyle can affect your choices as well. If she hates cooking, a set of crocheted dishcloths won’t suddenly inspire her to take up baking. If she collects goat figurines, look for a goat basket pattern (I happen to know where you can find one of those…). If she is traveling the country year-round in an RV, make sure any gift is both practical and small enough to fit in relatively cramped quarters!

So don’t just follow the teacher’s instructions – put some thought into it! Moms are notoriously difficult to come up with gifts for – especially when they like to answer “Oh nothing, dear” to requests for ideas. And for inspiration, there are literally thousands of free patterns here in the Lion Brand Pattern Finder, as well as elsewhere around the web.

And if she’s a crochet or knitter herself… well, you can always order her some gorgeous luxury yarn from the LB Collection and call it a day!


#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!

 

 


How-To: Dye Any Kind of Yarn!

March 29th, 2016

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bloggerWe love getting crafty, and dyeing yarn is just another way to have fun with your crafts! Check out our round-up of ways to dye any kind of yarn — yes, even acrylic!

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What’s your favorite method of dyeing yarn? Share with us, and stay tuned for more creative ways to customize your yarn!

 

 


Stashbuster Alert: Shira Updates Her Headphones!

March 20th, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I did a post on how to yarn-bomb your headphones.  In the spirit of the Grammys, I used Vanna’s Glamour.  It was super sparkly and shiny and went really well with my hair.

However, spring has sprung and I needed to spruce up my headphone glam! This past weekend I took what I had left over of some LB Collection® Pure Wool that I had dyed two years ago. There wasn’t enough to really make anything but enough to yarn bomb my headphones — this is a great project for yarn scraps!

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Thirty minutes later, I had some pretty awesome new headphones and I must say: people smile at me all the time on the subway now!

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I hope I have inspired you to “fancy up” your headphones!


Get Organized with Crochet and Knit Patterns in 2016!

January 20th, 2016

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Today’s guest post is brought to us by Tamara Kelly, author and designer of Moogly Blog.

New year, new resolutions – and one of the most common ones for us crafters is getting our stash and supplies organized! You can by bins and shelves and all sorts of sorting things… but you can also use your stash to make organizational supplies! Two in one, and so much more fun than store bought items. Here are some great free knit and crochet patterns using Lion Brand® Yarn to get you started!

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1. Valentine Pouch (Lion Brand – Knit): You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to make this pouch – made with Vanna’s Choice®, it will keep all sorts of goodies organized and show your supplies some extra love!

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2. Felted Acorn Pencil Case (Lion Brand – Knit): This pouch, made with Fishermen’s Wool® and Vanna’s Choice®, is excellent for storing pencils, pens, cable needles, stitch markers, and all sorts of notions!

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3. Felted Hook Book (Lion Brand – Crochet): What good is yarn without hooks? Make this pattern with Fishermen’s Wool® or LB Collection® Pure Wool and try felting while giving your tools a pretty new home!

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4. Nifty Needle Case (Moogly – Crochet): Keeping the yarn needles, scissors, and stitch markers out of the couch cushions and carpet can be tricky – but this pattern made with 24/7 Cotton keeps it all under control!

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5. Fettuccini Knit Bowl (Sarah E. White – Knit): A simple knit basket/bowl worked from the circular bottom up with one ball of Fettuccini® – quick, easy and sturdy!

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6. Felted Needle Holder (Lion Brand – Knit): Knit with your needles… for your needles! Perfect for Fishermen’s Wool® or LB Collection® Pure Wool!

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7. Large Crocheted Bowl (Lion Brand – Crochet): Featuring Fettuccini®, this quick crochet project will hold it all, and look good doing it!

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8. Moroccan Basket (Moogly – Crochet): This basket is sturdy, pretty, and big enough to hold several skeins of yarn – made with Heartland® Thick & Quick®!

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What are you doing to get your stash and supplies organized in 2016? Using Lion Brand Yarn to make new containers of course means you need new yarn to fill them – it’s a win win all around! Happy Organized New Year!

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