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Curds, Whey, Crochet: It’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet …

December 17th, 2015

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

Get your own web-ready look with these pattern ideas!:

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Crochet Sunset Stripe Hat & Scarf Set made with Heartland® and Vanna’s Glamour® The Pom Crochet Spider Magnet made with Vanna’s Choice®

A Thank You to Our Writers & Their Top Posts!

December 16th, 2015

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All year long, we’ve shared our own yarn wisdom through our favorite patterns, tips and tricks of the trade, and videos. We’ve also featured columns from writers we think add a dose of humor, help, and advice to your crafting.

We’ve rounded up this year’s top posts as written by contributing bloggers. Check out our top 5!:

She Was Told She Would Never Knit Or Crochet Again … So Here’s What She Did. – This post brought awareness to a problem many knitters and crocheters face; Colette Smith offers relief with hand exercises that are great for any crafter.

Pocket Prayer Shawls Provide Portable Comfort by Kathryn Vercillo – The power of a prayer shawl in the palm of your hand; this surprisingly simple gift was popular among so many crafters who wanted to share comfort with their crafts.

A Brief Guide to Lesser-Known Yarn Superstitions by Franklin Habit – The endlessly funny Franklin Habit demystified a few yarn-isms in this column.

Flattering Sweater Styles For Women Of Every Age by Selma Moss-Ward  – Trends may come and go, but style is always in. In this post, Selma Moss-Ward chose her favorite timeless Lion Brand patterns.

Tamara Kelly Shares 15 Quick & Easy Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season – Popular blogger Moogly, aka Tamara Kelly, is always on top when it comes to trends in crocheting and knitting. Here, she curated a gift guide that you can use for this and next year!

Lola Says, “You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Visited the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City!”

December 11th, 2015

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

Come see Lion Brand®‘s holiday window at 34 West 15th Street in New York City!


Crochet Amigurumi Gingerbread House Knit NYC Skyline Afghan Crochet Red Hook Cheeseburger Dog Toy
Crochet Amigurumi Gingerbread House
— Made with Vanna’s Choice®
Knit NYC Skyline Afghan
— Made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Gleeful Gingerbread Friend
— Made with Vanna’s Choice®


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Franklin Habit Asks, “Why shouldn’t folks who knit and crochet get medals?”

December 2nd, 2015

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franklin_400x400Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.

December already? You have got to be kidding me.

I’ve been cleaning out. This apartment, as city apartments go, is not a cracker box. I am fortunate. But neither is it a many-wingèd mansion, and that keeps me from turning packrat. There’s no room for excess. Every year around this time I get the urge to pick up the household by one end and shake it like a rug to snap out the debris.

Much of my personal debris is knitted. This was a busy year. I made lots of stuff, most of it for books or articles rather than personal use. I can’t keep it all, nor do I have reason to. Without a baby in the family, what do I want with a series of tiny bonnets? Out they go, and may they comfort heads that need them.

Still, laid end to end across the dining room table, they and the dozens of other finished objects from 2015 make an impressively bulky display. They’re even more impressive piled atop one another to make a sort of finished project mountain.

“Check it out,” I said to a visiting friend. “It’s tall as I am. All I need is a little amigurumi Edmund Hillary planting a flag on top.”

“What’s amigurumi?” she said. (She doesn’t crochet, yet.)

“Never mind,” I said. “Look how much I made!”

“What do you want? A medal?”

And I thought to myself, “Why, yes. Yes, I do. I would like a medal, please.”

Why shouldn’t folks who knit and crochet get medals? This is the season for it. Journalists of every stripe are tripping over each other to be first across the line with end-of-the-year lists of who did what best, or most, or loudest.

Maybe that’s the reason we who play with yarn usually aren’t given medals. We are not, on the whole, a loud bunch. This is not to say we don’t sometimes raise a ruckus when we get congregate. We do. But as individuals, we think nothing of binding off a hundred-hour project of ten thousand or more stitches without fanfare, then quietly beginning another.

I know jigsaw puzzle fanciers who celebrate their achievements with more enthusiasm. And they don’t have to deal with necklines or buttonholes.

I propose that here, now, we have our own awards ceremony.

The event staff have been working on a red carpet of 2,648 granny squares made of Lion Brand Wool Ease, and should be here within the hour.  I am, you will have noticed, in full evening dress; but you may come as you are. Tiaras welcomed.

When you’re quite ready, please make your way to the stage and lay claim to the trophy for any and all of your remarkable achievements. Feel free to add others in the comments section.

And don’t worry about keeping your acceptance speech short. I brought my knitting.

Presenting the Franklin Habit Awards! And the winners are…

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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 (, 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

These days, Franklin knits and spins in Chicago, Illinois, sharing a small city apartment with a Schacht spinning wheel and colony of sock yarn that multiplies alarmingly whenever his back is turned.

Lola Turns a Black Friday Frown Upside Down!

November 27th, 2015

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.


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