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See Nathan Vincent’s Crochet Taxidermy in NYC until Sept. 30

August 26th, 2010

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If you didn’t have an opportunity to see crochet artist Nathan Vincent’s fascinating yarn taxidermy when it was at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio back in late 2009 (as seen above), and you’re in the New York City area, you now have a second chance to see them! Nathan’s pieces will be on display from now through September 30 at Volume Black, a gallery in downtown Manhattan, located at 89 Washington Street.
From the artist’s website:

My work explores gender permissions and the challenges that arise from straying from the prescribed norms. It questions the qualities of gender by considering what constitutes masculine and feminine. It critiques stereotypical gender mediums by creating “masculine objects” using “feminine processes” such as crochet, sewing, and applique.

Want to learn more about Nathan’s work? Listen to our radio-style podcast YarnCraft’s episode 60 :: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Fiber Artists Ruth Marshall & Nathan Vincent to hear more about his fascinating pieces in his own words.

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Coney Island Comes to Manhattan

June 11th, 2010

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Those of you who guess Coney Island on the Studio Window Sneak Peak blog were correct!  Here is a picture of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio‘s Coney Island window:

This fabulous knitted, crocheted, and yarncrafted creation is a wonderful way to celebrate NYC in the summer.  Click here to see some of the cool details (like a finger puppet bride and seagull eating french fries).

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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, 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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