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Meredith sometimes wondered how life would be if she could travel back in timeand change just one thing. What if a seemingly random choice had been different? Like, why had she craved bright pink everything when she was a kid? She’d had the pink lunchbox, backpack, pencil case, flip-flops, barrettes…even a bright pink toothbrush!
Now, in college, she absolutely couldn’t fathom why she’d adored that color. She wondered, though, if she’d have become a different person had her early taste run to earth tones.
An ecology major, Meredith loved studying organisms and their environments. Similarly, she loved living in the balance–this was how knitting came in. The beautiful simplicity of two sticks and a ball of yarn offset the high-tech essentials of 21st century life. The subtle yarns she favored evoked country roads, open fields, dunes, rocky shores. Like the rugged, marled Fishermen’s Wool she’d recently used–it conjured up a time when handwork was honored, and things made to last.
Especially pleasing were the useful lunch bag and pencil case she’d knitted of Fishermen’s Wool® in only a few hours, then felted (magical!), then appliqued with a beguiling acorn and rustic apple tree. Afterwards, she showed them to Paige, her roommate.
“These are totally adorable!” Paige exclaimed. “How’d you find such great projects?”
Meredith flashed onto her younger self and suddenly realized it was actually because of that Pink Phase that she’d become everything she was, here and now.
“Oh,” she smiled, “someone I used to know pointed me towards them.”
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.
Do you love sharks? We do! In celebration of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel we’re bringing you a roundup of some of our favorite shark-themed patterns to knit and crochet while you watch.
|Crochet Shark Hat by Repeat Crafter Me
made with Vanna’s Choice®
|Crochet Shark Time Pouch by Moogly||Knit Whale Shark iPhone Cover by Reuben Briskie||Crochet Shark Pencil Holder
by For His Glory Handiwork
|Crochet Shark Hat by Boomer Beanies||Knit Shark Hat and Mittens by Nuriya Khegay
made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby
|Knit Lemon Shark by Karen Null||Crochet Hammerhead Shark weight by Jazmo
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Wool-Ease® is one of our classic, wool-blend yarns that’s perfect to use when you’re just learning to knit or crochet. It’s soft and versatile for all sorts of projects, big and small — our Tree of Life Afghan being the most popular! It’s a great yarn to use for your first sweater, as well as for smaller sized projects like amigurumi and fall accessories like wristwarmers.
The best part is that Wool-Ease® is on sale now through August 31st!
Below is a selection of our most popular patterns that use this yarn.
|Crochet Curvy Girl Intertwined Poncho||Knit Slip Stitch Afghan||Crochet Lady Like Pullover|
|Knit My First Raglan Cardigan,
3/4 Sleeve Variation
|Crochet Robo-Blanky||Knit My First Raglan Pullover|
|Crochet Amigurmi Penguin||Knit Meandering Rib Scarf||Crochet Fingerless Gloves|
If you were born between August 23rd and September 22nd, your Astrological sign is Virgo, the sixth sign of the Zodiac. Virgo is represented by the Virgin Maiden, and like their namesake, people born under this sign are typically gentle and reserved. Virgos often gravitate to care-taking professions like healthcare and medicine and they make loyal friends and companions.
Virgos are known for their attention to detail. They are intelligent, analytical folks and great problem solvers. Careful Virgos prefer to take their time making decisions and with their slow and calculated approach, they are excellent communicators. For better or worse, people born under this sign are often perfectionists and while this quality may lead them to great professional success, it can also cause them to be too critical of themselves and others.
Famous Virgos include Beyoncé Knowles, Keanu Reeves, Sean Connery, and Sophia Loren.
The colors used in this scarf are inspired by the attributes associated with the astrological sign: sapphire for eloquence, navy for intelligence, colonial blue for helpfulness, and chocolate for loyalty. If you have a Virgo friend with a birthday coming up, they will surely appreciate the time and skill that goes into a handmade gift. Since Virgo loves to analyze, an especially thoughtful gift would be to teach them your craft. Activities like knitting and crochet are great for Virgo’s careful, methodical mindset, so don’t be surprised if your friend wants to make you something in return!
Every baby is a member of a royal family and deserves to wear a crown! This month’s top pattern is an ingenious design knit in everyone’s favorite new yarn, Modern Baby®.
There is definitely a theme to what’s popular this month. Many of the other popular patterns were designed in the lively, upbeat colors of Modern Baby® and several were created with Sock-EaseTM, a fingering weight yarn, perfect for working with in the warmer months.
As you can see, you don’t need to make socks to enjoy Sock-EaseTM. The Crochet Candy Color afghan was made with this yarn. It’s bright and lightweight–perfect for a warm weather throw to keep you cool in an air conditioned room.
So keep it light this summer and you can continue to knit and crochet even when it’s 90 degrees outside!
We love using lots of color in our patterns, which is why I’m excited to introduce a new Lion Brand yarn: Vanna’s Palettes. Similar to Bonbons, with Vanna’s Palettes you get eight mini-skeins of yarn, specifically designed to compliment each other and a coordinating skein of Vanna’s Choice®. Each package of Vanna’s Palettes comes with suggested Vanna’s Choice® color pairings and a knit or crochet pattern. Couple Vanna’s Palettes with a matching skein of Vanna’s Choice® and you’ve got a nine-color project at an affordable price!
Below is a selection of Lion Brand’s latest Vanna’s Palettes patterns:
Sock-Ease™ is a Lion Brand finger weight yarn that is perfect for socks. The colors range from bold, vibrant solids to colorful gradients excellent for striping. Not just for socks, Sock-Ease™ is also great for scarves, accessories, and even afghans. And that’s not all. . . you may not know this but for easy-care crafting, Sock-Ease™ is also finished with aloe vera which will soften your hands as your knit or crochet! Pretty neat, don’t you agree?
Make your next project the All Season Wristers, the most popular pattern for this yarn. And now until July 31st, Sock-Ease™ is on sale for 15% off the original price.
Below you’ll find a selection of popular patterns that use Sock-Ease™:
|Crochet Candy Color Afghan||Cozy Crochet Socks|
|Knit Baby Bright Pants||Knit Women’s Double Strand Toe Up Socks||Knit Sparrow Fingerless Gloves|
|Crochet Garden Scarf||Knit Thigh High Footless Socks||Knit Houndstooth Check Tie|
If you were born between July 23rd and August 22nd, your zodiac sign is Leo, the fifth house of the zodiac, represented by the lion. Leos tend to have warm hearts, are ambitious, and loyal to friends and family. Social, like the lions and their prides, Leos enjoy spending time with those close to them and making the most out of life. Being that they’re such great companions, chances are, you may have a Leo friend who has already given you a thoughtful or handmade gift at some point.
The colors of this zodiac scarf are very representative of the
essential Leo color palette. As a fire sign ruled by the sun – colors such as gold, orange, rust and red tend to be attractive to this bunch. Gold is actually a lucky color for Leo and should be worn during times of high stress to encourage positivity.
Leos will enjoy making this scarf for themselves, or perhaps another Leo friend in their life, especially since this group enjoys showing off the fruits of their labor. The Leo enjoys being admired and feeling special, so I’m sure they’ll love this scarf you thought to make for them. If a Leo makes one on their own, she (or he) will most likely add some embellishment, or modify the pattern just for extra flair!
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This past June it seems everyone was knitting and crocheting with our American-made yarns like Heartland and Kitchen Cotton. We also noticed through the month may of you prepared for July 4th with Americana-inspired projects like our Independence Day Table Mats and Flag Afghan. It was also a great month for shrugs and shawls, like our Cabled Buttoned Wrap in Heartland , our most popular pattern for June. It’s a great garment for air-conditioned offices by day and dinners out by night!
Below is a collection of our most popular patterns in June:
|Craft Friendship Bracelets
|Crochet Open Air Shrug
in Kitchen Cotton
|Crochet Round-About Cropped Cardi
|Crochet USA Afghan
in Hometown USA®
|Crochet Independence Day Table Mats
in Kitchen Cotton
|Knit Colorwaves Tank Top
in Kitchen Cotton
|Knit & Crochet Splendid Triangle Shawlin Heartland||Crochet Flag Afghanin Heartland||Crochet Arrow Lake Shawl in Homespun®|
Were you working on anything in June? Share with us!
We’re excited to bring you a completely new kind of yarn for the modern baby or child. Your newborn, toddler or young child will delight in the lively colors of this unique yarn. It’s an easy-care yarn with a chainette construction for an extra-soft, downy feel. The palette consists of crayon-like primary shades, along with rich pastels and neutral tones. You like soft? This yarn has a similar feel to merino, alpaca and cashmere blends but with an anti-itch, non-allergenic, easy-care fiber blend of premium acrylic and nylon.
A yarn like Modern Baby® deserves a collection of patterns that make the most of its softness, comfort and color options. Choose from a selection of free, whimsical knit and crochet patterns — from Easy to Intermediate — that fit your child’s personality. Animal lover? Choose the Fishy Wishy Hat and Scarf or the Circus Afghan. Drawn to brights? Choose one of our patchwork style throws.
Don’t be surprised when a Modern Baby blanket becomes the one your child can’t live without!
|Knit Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio||Crochet Patchwork Style Throw||Knit Fishy Wishy Scarf and Hat|
|Crochet Graphic Blanket||Knit Circus Afghan||Crochet Buttoned Wrap|