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My mom always says, “Teach someone to knit, and they’re warm for life.” She taught me to knit, of course. Mom’s saying is like my dad’s. Dad taught me to fish. At the lake he’d always say, “Give someone a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach someone to fish, and you feed them for life.”
When Mom says, “Teach someone to knit, and they’re warm for life,” I feel close to my parents. It helps me remember Dad. (Like me, he always wore the things she knitted.) My parents’ kindness taught me so much.
When I was eight, I knitted Mom a red garter-stitch scarf for Mother’s Day. She burst into tears.
“I thought you liked red,” I said. “I love red, sweetie,” she sobbed. “This is the best scarf ever.”
That’s how I learned you could cry when you were happy.
So, when the day came that Joe asked my permission to marry Mom, I was, first, speechless, then I felt tears start. That he asked me before asking her was totally amazing. I certainly saw that Mom loved Joe. They’d met years before at a bereavement support group. They knew about loss.
They knew about happiness, too. Together, we’d had good times, whether just at home, or taking hikes, or yes, going to the lake to fish. But it wasn’t until last year, when I was fifteen, that Joe proposed.
Mom accepted, of course.
The afghan, of lusciously thick yarn, was so textured and interesting, I could hardly stop knitting. The cool part was it looked intricate, but worked up fast. As the panels flowed from my needles, the bobbled trees of life at the center, flanked by rich vertical cables, reminded me of everything about Mom and Joe that was strong and good. They were positive people. Despite their losses, they wanted to make a future together–and with me.
Just before the wedding, I gave them the afghan. “I love you both so much,” I said, handing it over. I burst into tears, and so did Mom and Joe.
And we were all incredibly happy.
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
A story by Selma Moss-Ward.
In celebration of the fun new movie Boxtrolls, which will be in theaters on September 26th, we’ve got these cute little critters for you to crochet for (or with) your children. You’ve even got enough time to make some and bring along to the movie premiere!
Boxtrolls are shy trolls who live and hide in boxes (similar to turtles with their shells). Despite living in the sewers, these boxtrolls are actually just peculiar, yet sweet little characters who are more than what their name implies. The story of this movie originated from the beloved children’s book series, Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, so it will be exciting to see this story come to life.
This boyfriend and girlfriend set (pictured) will be the perfect companion for anyone who is just as shy and quirky as the boxtrolls in the movie. Check out the Out of the Box Girlfriend and Out of the Box Boyfriend, and get started on a fun and unusual project.
P.S: Make it super special by customizing it to for the person you’re making it for! Check out our previous post on making monograms.
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Welcome all to the 2014 Fall Crochet Along! I’m Grace and I will be guiding you through the Top Down Crochet Jacket. This is a great project that should give most a little challenge. (If you haven’t acquired your materials yet, you still can: http://lby.co/1liJ1a1.) Throughout the next 5 weeks we will explore swatching, raglan shaping, working with multiple colors and much more. If you are a beginner don’t let the skill level discourage you. We are all here to support each other. Throughout the project post your questions and I’ll be here to help. I also invite other experienced crocheters to share their knowledge so we can all learn from each other.
There are so many things that excite me about this project. I love wooly yarns like Fisherman’s Wool®. While at first is may seem a little rough it softens up wonderfully with wear, the longer you wear it the cozier it gets, perfect to cuddle up with this coming winter! The self-striping colors of Amazing® are beautiful and add so much interest without the extra work. For those of you who don’t need such a warm wooly sweater there are plenty of yarns that you could substitute. For something wool-free and machine-washable I would suggest substituting Vanna’s Choice® for the Fisherman’s Wool® and Landscapes® for the Amazing®. For my project I will be using Fisherman’s Wool® in Nature’s Brown and Amazing® in Strawberry Fields .
Saks Fifth Avenue recently released the latest edition of The Trendcaster, their monthly report on what’s hot for the upcoming season.
We love all of the pieces they recommend and we realized gleefully that many of the furry fashion trends could be recreated with Lion Brand® products and patterns.
1) If you’re inspired by the Eugenia Kim Pom-Pom Hat, knit your own version for just $9.49 using Lion Brand® yarn Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® — available in 65 colors! Enjoy the FREE pattern, “Pompoms Hat (L32106)” and make the pompoms yourself, or try one of our faux-fur Poms in a variety of colors for $1.99 each.
2) Fur accents are a big trend this fall and no doubt that’s why the Alice + Olivia Fur-Collar Jacquard Poncho is a big seller! To stay on trend and save money, we recommend Lion Brand®‘s free pattern “Dinner In Aspen Scarf (L40312),” which uses two skeins of Pelt and one ball of Landscapes®, for a grand total of $18.97.
3) Easy, easy, easy … for $2.49, you can embellish any pumps or shoes you like with a set of Lion Brand® Pompoms.
Who says you can’t be fashionable on a budget?
Heartland, one of our most popular worsted-weight yarns, is loved for its soft and silken make. We super-sized it to create a super-bulky weight version, Heartland Thick & Quick® — perfect for soft-to-touch garments, quick afghans, and plush accessories.
For the month of September, enjoy Heartland Thick & Quick® at 20% off the regular retail price.
Below is a selection of Lion Brand’s FREE popular knit and crochet patterns that use Heartland Thick & Quick® (scroll down to the bottom for a special pattern from The Crochet Crowd’s Diva Dan):
|Crochet Ridge Pattern Hat||Knit Capelet and Hat||Crochet Flower Power Hat|
|Knit Chunky Cabled Hat||Knit Slouchy Ribbed Hat||Knit Deep V Cabled Vest|
|Knit Striped Cabled Hat||Knit Ski Lodge Hat||Knit Mixed Ribbed Scarf|
And below is an inspired winter scarf pattern from The Crochet Crowd’s Diva Dan:
Get the FREE pattern via The Crochet Crowd: http://thecrochetcrowd.com/winter/
|Micheal Kors, The Row, Rag + Bone via NYMag|
OK, well maybe Harper’s Bazaar doesn’t tell us what to knit or crochet, but they do offer great fashion guidance on what to wear … and we can make it! In the current issue, knitwear fashion designer Michael Kors shares his style advice on that one special piece to add to your closet this season — whether you’re an avid fashion trend follower or a classic-wear kind of woman.
“For fall, it’s all about statement making knits, anything with a lush texture …”
We’ve selected 5 patterns that fit the bill: dramatic, statement-making garments that you’ll love to make, and love to wear.
|Dinner in Aspen Scarf in Landscapes®
|Cozy Textured Pullover in Homespun® Thick &
|Naturally Chic Cape in LB Collection®
|Cabled and Buttoned Wrap in Heartland||District 12 Cowl Wrap in Wool-Ease® Thick &
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The knitting group was baffled by Roseanne. A first-time expectant mother, she was making a jazzy-looking rectangle in a self-patterning yarn called “Vanna’s Tapestry,” whose variegated hues—earth brown, leafy green, cranberry, birch-bark grey and white—were unusual for infant clothes.
“It’s an edgy baby blanket, right?” asked Maddy.
“I think it’s a car-seat cover,” Jane declared.
“Come on, tell us,” pleaded Grace.
“Why not be surprised?” Roseanne asked.
“Because we don’t want to knit duplicate stuff,” Irene, always practical, said. “If you’re doing a blanket, I’d rather knit the baby a sweater or a cap.”
Roseanne’s coyness drove them crazy. She was the first of them to become a mother. “Roseanne’s always been so sharing and giving. Pregnancy has changed her,” they decided.
Meanwhile they knitted their friend a layette, favoring primary colors and neutrals—because if Roseanne knew her baby’s gender, she also wasn’t telling.
As students get ready for school, knitters and crocheters are finishing up summer projects like the Semi-Tropical Shawl, the Poncho Pullover and the ever popular Open Air Shrug, to make room for colder weather projects that use yarns like Heartland and one of our newest yarns, Landscapes®.
In fact, our sporty and stylish Portland Poncho, made with Heartland, turned out to be the most popular pattern for August! For those who want to start their fall knitting and crochet, I recommend starting with small garments like the Multi Directional Hat or the Textured Cowl – or try a combination of both with our Asymmetrical Neckwarmer!
Here is a collection of your favorite patterns from August:
|32 inch Portable Amish Loom||19 inch Portable Amish Loom|
About 12 years ago I received a call from someone who wanted to help an Amish friend sell his hand crafted looms. It sounded like an interesting and unique way to use yarn so I decided to get in touch with him. I was told that Joe was a carpenter who lived and worked on a farm in Mio, Michigan, where the population was somewhere under 2,000. Joe did have a phone and I was able to call, but the phone was in the barn, since the Amish are not permitted to have telephones in their homes. So I had to call many times and let it ring a lot in order to reach Joe when he happened to be there.
Joe built his entire home himself, with help from neighbors, and made his living as a carpenter. As a hobby, he started crafting looms from local wood. They were beautiful works of art. Eventually a few of his neighbors started using the looms to make shawls and blankets to sell. The women who used the looms loved to work with Homespun® because of its silky feel and the fact that it worked so well with the loom.
Over the years we bought the looms to sell online, although the supply was not always easy to get. There was the fact that Joe made every single one himself, which meant there was a limit to how many we could purchase, and there were life events that interfered. One year there was a fire in the barn that put him out of commission for 6 months and one year his wife was ill so he stopped making the looms.
Joe is retired now, so there won’t be any more looms.
We’re selling the last of the inventory, although we’ll definitely be keeping one as a keepsake. If you’d like a piece of history and a beautiful object crafted lovingly by hand, now is your chance. One of a kind made by one person in the world doesn’t last forever.
(If you’re interested in other looms, we have a selection which you can find here.)
Congratulations to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who just got married in France this week! In honor of the “Brangelina” marriage, we’re rounding up some of our previous wedding pattern posts which include great ideas for handmade wedding attire, gifts, decor, and more!
“After all these years, we have history – and when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together.”
-Angelina Jolie (Elle Magazine)