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After My Hair Turned Grey, My Whole Outlook on Color Changed …

August 26th, 2015

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The Scarfie Effect! A funny thing happened when my hair began to grey.  I was thirty-five and resented a situation that seemed premature and, well, unfair.  For every grey hair I plucked, ten appeared, suggesting that resistance was futile. So I began experimenting with different DIY hair colors offered by the neighborhood drugstore.  Experimenting was fun.  I could choose shades with cool or warm highlights, go auburn in the summer, or Goth when I felt dramatic.  After a while, though, I sadly realized I wasn’t very good at covering what needed to be covered.  I sought professional help.

Between Brunette and Blonde…

My hairdresser worked for months to remedy the self-inflicted dye damage.  By now I was a decade older.  My underlying color was so grey that when brown dye was applied, my hair seemed blonde.  So, I became a dark blonde.  But it didn’t stop there—I went lighter and lighter.  My hair is now honey-colored, and I’m satisfied with the results.

My point is about personal color, but it applies equally to clothing.  No matter what, I want to look my best—don’t we all?  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that the colors most flattering to me aren’t the brights I wore when my tresses were chestnut.  With light hair, I prefer neutral and natural shades.  Fortunately, I really like neutrals and naturals.  They seem serene, and they play well with jazzy accents.  I love a camel coat with a crimson scarf, a grey tunic with a cobalt shawl, and anything black with apple green.

…And Every Shade in Between

My knitting, of course, reflects this preference.  Right now I’m in the mood to knit a beautiful sweater to wear in the cold months ahead, and I want an interesting yarn, as enjoyable to work with as to wear.  And—total wish fulfillment!—I’ve discovered Lion Brand’s Scarfie!

The Scarfie palette fits my personal color theory exactly. Scarfie is an ombré yarn that subtly moves from one shade to another.  It’s dreamily dynamic, hypnotic, and outright magical as it transitions from light to intermediate tones, then darkens. Working with it is like watching clouds at sunset or morning haze over mountains, except it’s you and your pattern, not Mother Nature, behind the changes!  The natural shades have a rustic purity, from cream to taupe in one skein, from silver to charcoal in another.  There are stunning low-key colors, too—rich cranberry to deep black, forest to deep black, denim to midnight.   All of them are in the palette most flattering to me.

It’s called Scarfie because one generous skein makes one generous scarf.  But I’m determined to do something larger—a sweater.  The gorgeous “Free Spirit Topper” in the Lion Brand Pattern Finder is exactly what I had in mind.  But there’s also a high-fashion crochet pattern, the “Duo Tone Throw” which is ultra simple to make but totally interesting at the same time, because two different shades of Scarfie, moving along their individual paths, create a rhapsodic interplay of colors.

I might have to make them both….

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Knit Free Spirit Topper Crochet One Ball Scarfie Crochet Duo Tone Throw
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Crochet Pero Poncho Crochet Diagonal Shaded Shawl Knit Neutral Slant Shawl


The Luxe Look For Less: 9 Autumn Coats and Cardigans

August 24th, 2015

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The Luxe Look for Less: 9 Autumn Coats and Cardigans
We admit it — we like to fawn over designer wear in magazines and blogs just like any other fashion-savvy person. As yarncrafters, however, we know some looks are just a few skeins away from being ours! When we spotted this Stella McCartney wrap-front cardigan, we immediately loved its high-low hem and chunky knit.

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Get the look for less with a few of our coat and long cardigan patterns! Stay sleek and chic with shades of greys or mix it up with self-striping brightly colored yarns — either way, you’ll turn heads this season.

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Knit Glamour Jacket made with Vanna’s Glamour® Knit Eclectic Entrelac Cardigan made with Vanna’s Choice® and Unique Knit Teddy Vest made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick & Quick®
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Knit Riding Jacket made with Country® Crochet Top-Down Jacket made with Amazing® and Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Level 2 Cardigan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®
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Knit Helio Poncho made with Homespun® Knit Chillingworth Cabled Long Cardigan made with Fishermen’s Wool® Open Knit Cardigan made with Gold Leaf®

Knitting and Crocheting at the Movies: Patterns Inspired by Almost Famous

August 8th, 2015

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7 Patterns Inspired by Almost FamousShaggy hair, flared jeans, and classic rock — drenched in the mellow vibes of the early 1970s, Almost Famous is one of my absolute favorite films. It wasn’t until I watched it recently that I noticed I was drawn to the costumes more than ever.

Although the film follows a fifteen-year-old boy as he finds himself on tour with a rising rock band, the women of Almost Famous are perhaps the most notable — and most interesting — characters. As for their wardrobes? Simply stunning.

I’d always specifically envied the closet of Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson. Her bohemian curls paired well with her uniform of cropped shirts and flared jeans; her suede and fur coat is one of the most iconic pieces from the film.

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Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous Knit Tie Front Vest made with Homespun® and Fun Fur®

It wasn’t until one scene where she dons a dramatic fur cap that I noticed something…

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Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous Knit Simple Hat made with Pelt

I’d pinned this Lion Brand pattern a while back so I could make it for winter. Had I been subconsciously inspired by Penny Lane?

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Fairuza Balk as Sapphire in Almost Famous Knit Soft Touch Cardigan made with Romance®

This feathered bolero shrug that Sapphire wears is over the top glam, with a bright color palette. While it makes a great costume, toning it down with neutral colors makes it a more wearable option. Get the texture effect with Romance® yarn, and use it a statement piece for your next party!

 

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Frances McDormand as Elaine Miller in Almost Famous Crochet Whiter Shade of Pale Car Coat made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Even non-rock star characters get a fantastic wardrobe. Frances McDormand’s flowery tops and housecoats clash wonderfully with her strong role as the protagonist’s harried mother — “Rock stars have kidnapped my son!” This vivid housecoat is crocheted — a very on-trend piece for the 1970s — and features beautiful bell-shaped sleeves. Our Whiter Shade of Pale Car Coat gives it an updated silhouette.

Have you ever made a garment based on a costume you’ve seen in a movie or TV show? Let us know! Below are a few of my picks for more patterns inspired by Almost Famous:

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Crochet Granny Square Coat made with Unique Knit Tapestry Panel Coat made with Heartland® Crochet Inside Out Circles Top made with Bonbons

 


Introducing Curvy Girl: Knit And Crochet Fashions To Flatter A Curvy Girl Like Me!

May 28th, 2015

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In my life I’ve modeled for Lion Brand a total of three times. The first two times I was a little girl and I didn’t care much about the garments I modeled. I really love the floppy hat I wore when I was seven-ish but the bobbly cardigan before that — not so much.

The third time, just recently as a fashion-conscious adult, I had the opportunity to give input into the garments beforehand and let me tell you, I’m thrilled with the results. Today, I’m ecstatic to share the new Curvy Girl collection! With Susan Haviland, Lion Brand’s Design Editor, the Design team and some of my own clothes as inspiration, I really believe we hit the nail on the head with this fabulous collection.


:: Can’t see the video above? Watch here: https://youtu.be/uRyjXmNboxI

When I get dressed in the morning, as much as I am a proud curvy girl, there are parts I want to cover up. My tush, my stomach — muffin top anyone? And I have to admit, I’m never the first to go sleeveless …

There are four new patterns designed especially for women like us, women who have curves — two knit and two crochet — and I think you’ll be excited to knit and crochet these garments. We’re confident you’ll feel good and comfortable in your finished products. Since I was the fit model as well, they were designed to look great on a real-world curvy girl, not just a size 10-12 the fashion industry often uses for plus-size garment modeling.

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Curvy Girl Crochet Rufled Collar Cardigan
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Curvy Girl Knit Cabled Cardigan
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I love the tunic and the open shoulder tops. The tunic is crochet and the open shoulder is knit. It was also really important in this process to make the patterns easy, yet intricate. The patterns are simple enough for beginners while allowing for pro- knitters and crocheters to add pizzazz with more complex finishing touches!

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:: these are some of my favorite action shots from the shoot ::

I hope that you all love this as much as I do! It was a pleasure to model these garments and I hope that we continue making more Curvy Girl patterns because I like ice cream and chocolate and I am not willing to give those up!


Learn How to Crochet An Easy Spring Shawl with Yolanda Soto Lopez!

April 24th, 2015

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Spring has officially sprung, which means warmer weather and longer nights – and we’re excited! With the warm breezy days and cool nights, finding the right outfit can be a little tricky. The key to staying comfortable in this fickle weather is to dress in layers.

Shawls are a great layer to have when you want to go out in a cute dress or maybe just short or long sleeves with no jacket. Throw a shawl over your shoulders, and you’ll certainly be comfortable and cozy on a spring day or night – while showing off your handiwork. The openwork in the Daylight Tweedy Shawl in Heartland yarn is perfect for spring because it lends itself to being light and airy, perfect for those “in between” weather stages.

We’re happy to share this tutorial with you today in which Yolanda Soto Lopez shows you how to crochet this easy shawl that you’ll be able to work up in no time!

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