If you’re anything like me, you probably think an event of any sort that actively encourages hours of knitting or crochet is the best kind of event. Though I have some sort of yarn-craft project going during every baseball game we watch or attend, few days are more exciting to look forward to during the baseball season than Stitch ‘n Pitch days. If you’re not already familiar with Stitch ‘n Pitch, it’s a series of events put on by TNNA–The National NeedleArts Association–that encourage all needlecrafters to come on out to Major and Minor League Baseball games for “the perfect double play”. Crafters sit together in dedicated section and spend the game making new friends and often get the chance for special giveaways. The Stitch ‘n Pitch season kicked off in Atlanta on Saturday, May 4, and the next game scheduled is with our hometown team, the New York Mets!
Mets Stitch ‘n Pitch at Citi Field, Flushing, NY (vs. Pittsburgh Pirates)
Saturday, May 11
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Discounted tickets in the Promenade Reserved section are available for $25 each, and–perhaps best of all–the first 1,000 attendees to purchase tickets will be receiving this really awesome limited edition Mr. Met Knitting bobblehead. I’ll admit I’m biased, as a Mets with a growing collection of bobbleheads, but I think it’s pretty cool to see a team mascot crafting!
Since Iron Man 3 is premiering on May 3rd I thought that I would make a project to prepare with our new yarn, Heartland! Heartland officially goes on sale today but we’ve had a few skeins in the office to play with for weeks. One day I walked by them and realized that it came in the perfect Iron Man colors!
Did you know that March is National Craft Month and National Crochet Month?!
For those of you who want to share your love of these crafts, grab these fun badges for your blog, your Ravelry account, your Facebook page, etc. Simply right-click (Ctrl+click on Macs) the image and save to your computer, or copy/paste the HTML code below to use on your blog or website.
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Finally, we hope you’ll take a little time this month to enjoy these beloved activities, as well as to share them with someone in your life. For tips on teaching someone to knit or crochet, see these blog posts:
For inspiring project ideas and tips on learning, see:
Happy crafting & crocheting!*
*Knitters, we love you too–maybe we should start a petition to create an official “National Knitting Month”…
Valentine’s Day is next week, and there’s still plenty of time to whip up some nice, thoughtful gifts to show people in your life you were thinking of them. Below, I’ve highlighted some patterns that are fun and simple; one can even be made by the whole family!
This lace scarf only requires one skein of Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend. This pattern showcases a beautiful stitch definition, and makes for a nice transitional scarf. The Soft Lace scarf is a perfect gift for mom, grandma and even friends.
Wristers are a great unisex gift for anyone you know; they might also make a great gift for that picky man or son in your life. These wristers made in Sock-Ease come in fun stripes as well as solids. For more knit & crochet wristers, click here.
Earlier this month, our 2012 Vanna’s Choice Contest winner–”Gramma” Nancy Nielsen–and her family flew out to Anaheim, California to meet Vanna White as part of her prize. She showed off her incredible one-of-a-kind baby hat and bootie sets, including the winning elephant set, to Vanna and members of Lion Brand’s staff. She also shared the story of how she got started creating these “Gramminal” sets.
Nancy told me that her daughter, as the wife of a naval officer, was in charge of social happenings among the families of the crews, including celebrating births. Finding that they were having quite a few births a year, she asked her mom to help her come up with a more affordable option for baby gifts, and that’s how Nancy started creating her one-of-a-kind sets otherwise known as “Gramminals.”
Listen to my interview with Nancy here:
(This excerpt is from our next episode of YarnCraft–our podcast, an online radio show. Check out the entire episode on Tuesday, Feb. 5.)
While there, Nancy also drew from 100 envelopes for a chance to win a grand prize of $100,000. Unfortunately, she didn’t win the $100,000, but she did have a great trip with her family, filled with memories and fun!
Want to enter this year’s contest, a story sweepstakes? Click here to learn more! Enter by February 15th.
(Please note that there are NOT yet patterns for Nancy’s projects, but we’re hoping to make some available in the future. In the meantime, click here to check out animal hat patterns on LionBrand.com–in fact, Nancy mentions in the interview that she got started with Lion Brand’s patterns.)
Superbowl Sunday is just around the corner! I’m usually more excited about the snacks at the Superbowl parties than I am about the actual game. About 20 minutes in my attention starts to drift and I find my fingers sneaking towards my newest yarncraft project. Although I am rarely paying attention (and probably wouldn’t understand what was happening if I was), I still have a great time spending time with loved ones and sharing in the excitement!
The Superbowl is a great excuse for crafters to have fun whether you are a sport fan or not. Patty was telling me about how Franklin Habit has a favorite sports bar that he frequents. They know him so well that they give him a resounding greeting when he walks through the door and have a lamp just for him so he can see his knitting!
Here are three ways that you can celebrate this Superbowl Sunday with yarncrafting:
|For all of you knitting and crochet enthusiasts in the Nottingham, White Marsh area of Maryland–we’d like to announce that Lion Brand Yarn Company will open its first Lion Brand Yarn Shop within an A.C Moore Arts & Crafts:
8115 Honeygo Boulevard
We are thrilled to be able to extend the Lion Brand experience to a local store, especially since not everyone can make it to our New York City flagship store, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.
The Lion Brand Yarn Shop will open with a “yarn cutting” ceremony at 9:30a.m., and the first 50 shoppers to arrive will receive a Lion Brand Yarn tote bag filled with goodies. In celebration of the opening, several events will be taking place in the store until 2 p.m.
The Lion Brand Yarn Shop will offer the largest selection of Lion Brand yarns outside of our retail store, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. You’ll be able to choose from a wider variety of some of our favorites, such as Amazing, Wool-Ease, Hometown USA and more. Additionally, the new shop will also be home to an exclusive Lion Brand Yarn inspiration center. The inspiration center will have iPads available for easy access to our extensive pattern library, featuring over 4,700 free knitting, crocheting, weaving, loom knitting, and crafting patterns.
Here’s a little sneak peak!
Do you live near the area, plan on stopping by? Please share your experience with us once you do!
Recently, Jack and I went to the Knit & Crochet Show, a wonderful yarn festival held by The Knitting Guild Association and Crochet Guild of America. I’m always happy when the Knit & Crochet Show is held in Manchester, New Hampshire, because it means that in addition to seeing all of my yarny friends (and experiencing the beauty of converted mill buildings like the one shown in the slideshow below), I get to take a drive out of town to visit the mill that produces our Homespun and Silky Twist yarns.
Over the years, I’ve posted about our visits, and since I often get requests for a look at how this yarn is made, I’m happy to share some photos from our latest visit to New Hampshire and the mill.
Built in 1864, the mill is a facility that’s steeped in New England’s rich textile history, and we’re proud that it makes some of our most popular products. Secret tip: Look out in the coming weeks for an announcement about a brand NEW product from Lion Brand that is also made at this location.
If you want to learn more about Homespun, click here to pick up a copy of our book, The Story of Homespun.
If you’ve ever seen a clever cartoon about a sassy sheep and her knitting, chances are that you’ve met Dolores. The man behind the sheep is writer/illustrator/knitter/teacher/photographer (the man wears many hats!), Franklin Habit.
I first met Franklin in 2011 at Vogue Knitting Live New York, and since then, I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know him and his fantastic work. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce that Franklin will be joining us once a month in The Weekly Stitch, LionBrand.com’s newsletter, with a brand new column!
Excited as I am? Then get in the mood with episode 108 of YarnCraft from earlier this year, in which I got to interview Franklin about why he loves antique patterns, how to shoot better yarn photos, and the classes he teaches. Click here to read the show notes and/or listen using the player below:
Having trouble with the audio-player? Click here instead [MP3].
Writer, illustrator, and photographer Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008–now in its third printing) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on Internet. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep.
Franklin’s other publishing experience in the fiber world includes contributions to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective, and a regular column on historic knitting patterns for Knitty.com.
These days, Franklin knits and spins in Chicago, Illinois, sharing a small city apartment with an Ashford spinning wheel and colony of sock yarn that multiplies alarmingly whenever his back is turned.
The London Olympics are less than one month away! If you’re a member of Ravelry, you know what that means: The Ravellenic Games! Formerly known as the Ravelympics, this event brings together yarncrafters from around the globe as complete yarncrafting projects during the duration of the Olympics. Each participant selects a team (think of it as your country) and participates in special yarn-related events, including Sock Put, Sweater Triathalon, Synchronized Stash Busting, and more. There are just two rules: challenge yourself and finish the project during the Olympics (July 27th – August 12th)! For more information, be sure to visit the Ravellenic Games Ravelry board.
In the meantime, we want to help you prepare! Get 15% off your LionBrand.com purchase of supplies for the Ravellenic Games; just enter code rav2012 at checkout! This coupon is good for US orders now through 11:59pm EDT on Friday, July 6th, so you’ll be able to receive your supplies in time for the mass cast-on during the Olympic opening ceremony. Still looking for a group to join for the Ravellenic Games? I kindly suggest our friends at the Vanna’s Choice Fan Club.
So, what are your plans for the Ravellenic Games? Do you have a project in mind? Share your ideas in the comments!