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Kate Nash Visits the Lion Brand Yarn Studio

June 10th, 2010

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A few months ago, the amazing indie star Kate Nash came by to spend the day with us at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.  Turns out she is a long time knitter and she really wanted her new interview for Nylon Magazine to be done in a yarn store…and lucky for us, she picked ours!

Click the video below to see her interview. (Reading this blog post in your e-mail? Click the title of the blog post to see it in your web browser and see the video.)

She planned on spending an hour with us and ended up staying all day. (Sound familiar? Who can only spend 1 hour in a yarn store?)  She knit and talked, and played with our amigurumi.

Kate is an old fashioned girl she doesn’t much care for digital photography; what she does love is her handy Polaroid for instant gratification the old school way.  Here’s her signed picture with me and Will.

As she was leaving, after filling two huge bags with yarn, she declared, “This is the best wool shop ever…ever!”  Kate, we think you are the best indie singer/knitter ever…ever!

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Studio Window Sneak Peak

June 4th, 2010

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Every season the Lion Brand Yarn Studio changes it’s window display.  This is a quick preview of this summer’s window display:

Can you guess what it will be?  Check back next week to find out and see pictures of the finished window display!

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World Travelers Leave Us With Souvenirs

May 12th, 2010

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At the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, we are thrilled to meet people from all over the world.  We’ve had visitors from every country you can think of, from Australia to Zimbabwe.  We love hearing your stories, seeing your projects, and even finding your change in our cash drawer–okay, we might not love the last one.

Our loose change box has become our own foreign coin collection.  Pictured above is a small sampling of recent finds.  We have coins from Ireland, Great Britain, Canada, the Bahamas and France.

So next time you are visiting us from a far away country and need to visit a currency exchange . . .perhaps you can visit us instead!  Maybe we can make change.

Have you visited the Studio? Tell us where you’re from and how you found the experience!


Lion Brand in the ATL

May 4th, 2010

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At the end of April, Andrea (one of our great Lion Brand Yarn Studio staffers) and I headed down to Atlanta, Georgia for Stitches South. It’s only Lion Brand’s second time to Stitches ever and our first time to Stitches South, so it was a exciting experience for us, as well as the hundreds of people who stopped by our booth to say hi!

As usual, we showed off the LB Collection and other new yarns like Amazing, we gave away free patterns, dozens of door prizes, raffle prizes, and more at the booth — we even a huge basket of yarn at the Ravelry party. We also featured 3 different gorgeous garments at the Knitter’s Magazine fashion show: the knit Modern Lodge Pullover in Amazing (pictured below left), the knit Dressmaker Detail Cardigan (pictured below right), and the beautiful crochet Lavish Lace Shawl, which got a big cheer from the crocheters in the audience.

Another highlight of the show is always seeing the what our customers have done with our yarn. Check out this beautiful beaded necklace that this lady knit in our LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel.

Finally, I also got a chance to meet some of the listeners of our podcast, YarnCraft, which I write and produce. It’s always very rewarding to meet listeners in person and to know that they’re enjoy what you do!

As always, it was wonderful to see and meet our customers, and we hope to see you at some of the upcoming events that we’re attending:

Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA – May 22-23
Knit & Crochet Show in Manchester, NH – July 7-10
Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg, IL – August 19-22

We go to events throughout the year, so keep an eye on the blog and our official newsletter, The Weekly Stitch, for updates!

Were you at the show? Tell us about your experiences!

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Best of Both Worlds: Combining Machine Knitting and Hand Knitting

April 12th, 2010

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I tend to have many projects going at any given time, and sometimes I want to “skip to the good part” of a project.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy knitting stockinette stitch–I just want to finish more projects and the simple parts sometimes take a while.  Patty from the Lion Brand Yarn Studio posted a great example of how she combined machine knitting and hand knitting to make a sweater go a little faster.  Click here to check out how she got through 8″ of her cardigan in 12 minutes!  I admit, at first I thought it was “cheating”, and then I remembered that I have enough potential hand knitting projects to last me a lifetime.  If machine knitting parts means more projects off the needles, I’m all for it.  If you’re in the New York City area and you’d like a demo, stop by the Studio or call them to book a private lesson.

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Brightening Our World With Yarn!

April 7th, 2010

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We all know, yarn makes everything better.  Yarn brightens our lives and our world.  Many of you who have visited us at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio might have noticed the bike rack in front of our store . . .

or our door handles:

A few days ago, spring was finally in the air, the trees were starting to bud, and the city landscape around our us was calling out for a little brightening up.  So, we figured, the pipes and the lamp post deserved a new spring wardrobe.

Yarn just makes everything more cheerful!


Spring 2010 Crochet-Along Vote

March 22nd, 2010

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It’s time for another Crochet-Along, where crocheters from around the world gather to work on the same project.  With the help of our leader and the virtual community, you’ll be able to finish a project that pushes your skills to the next level.

Before we can get started on the next Crochet-Along, YOU need to vote on what project you want to make. Click here to vote!

We’ll announce the winner at the beginning of April, so be sure to check back on the Lion Brand Notebook.

New to Crochet-Alongs?  Click here for a Guide to KALs/CALs.

Want to check out the patterns above? Click on the photos to see their patterns.


Yarns on Set: The Martha Stewart Show

March 7th, 2010

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Our friends at The Martha Stewart Show were changing up the look of their craft set, and they stopped by the Lion Brand Yarn Studio for some inspiration and ideas — they then dressed the craft area with yarn and adorable garments.

Anduin Havens, art director of The Martha Stewart Show, was also kind enough to share a photo of her own knitting project that she just completed — made in Alpine Wool from a Fiber Fool pattern:

Anduin also wrote all about the craft area on the Craft Department’s blog over at Martha Stewart.com, so see photos of the set in its many beautiful incarnations by clicking here — the final set with yarn-decor is towards the end.

See a great craft project for knitters & crocheters on The Martha Stewart Show, this Tuesday, March 9th.

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Vanna’s Glamour Goes to the White House

December 22nd, 2009

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A few weeks ago, LBY-customer Lisa S. posted on the Lion Brand Yarn Studio‘s Ravelry board some pretty cool news:

So I knit my sister a Golden Honey Shrug in the Sapphire colorway of Vanna’s Glamour and she wore it to the White House Christmas party last night!

How cool is that????

Lucky for us she shared pictures of her sister, Brenna (who looks beautiful in the shrug!), taken by her husband Chuck, who works in the White House photo office.

…And here’s the shrug up close, photographed by Lisa:

As always, the orange links above are clickable, so you can click them to see the pattern, the yarn, etc.

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A Magical Night to Honor St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

December 16th, 2009

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There is nothing like being in Manhattan during the holiday season. There are people everywhere, tons of beautiful holiday lights and a wonderful chill in the air. It truly is something special!

Last week, our VP of Marketing, Ilana, and I attended a magical night at Brooks Brothers store on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. It was their fourth annual Holiday Celebration to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is close to our hearts here at Lion Brand, so we were eager to see how another company helps raise money for this worthy cause.

There were various activities for children, such as decorating cookies, creating balloon art and meeting Santa. Throughout the night, guests were also able to meet Marlo Thomas, see a performance from the cast members of the Broadway musical Memphis and enjoy a jazz performance by Wynton Marsalis.

Meeting Marlo was such a great experience for me and Ilana. Marlo was nice enough to sign copies of the book, Henry’s Unsuitable Adventure, for us (these will make very special holiday gifts.)  For each book purchased that evening, 15% of the proceeds were donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  We chatted with Marlo for a while about the book and our shared love for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Even though she is not a knitter or crocheter, she was delighted to hear about our Vanna’s Choice yarns and how portions of the proceeds of the sales of those yarns go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Overall, a great night was had by all.

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