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FLASH SALE! Save 25% on Select Bags at lionbrand.com

November 22nd, 2014

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Save 25% on select bags – perfect gifts for the knitters and crocheters in your life!

Project+ Tote Bag: Knit Purl Print Small Project Bag: Crafty Girl Sock Plus Bag: Leap Frogging Pippa Yarn Dispenser: Navy Pop
Project+ Tote Bag: Knit Purl Print Small Project Bag: Crafty Girl Print Small Project Bag: Leap Frogging Sheep Print Pippa Yarn Dispenser: Navy Pop

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Hand Carved Amish Looms: The End Of An Era

August 29th, 2014

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32 inch amish loom Amish Loom 19 inch
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.)


Yarns Perfect for Arm Knitting in Spring and Summer Weather

June 18th, 2014

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Join Shira at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Manhattan as she walks you through a selection of yarns great for arm knitting a summer scarf.

The yarns that Shira mentions are: Vanna’s Choice®, Tweed Stripes®, Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton, Cotton-Ease®, LB Collection® Superwash Merino, Kitchen Cotton, and Romance®.

For a selection of arm knit patterns, click here or search “arm knit” at lionbrand.com.


Did you know we’re having a 50% off Spring Blowout Sale?

May 19th, 2014

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Take advantage of this limited-time offer to stock up NOW on all the yarn you know you’ll need later …

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Visit lionbrand.com now to get your favorite yarns for 50% off!


Arm Knitting with Mary Beth Temple: A New Book on the Shelves!

April 4th, 2014

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Arm knitting has taken the fiber world by storm. It’s a quick and easy way to produce a chunky knit item, which could be anything from a cowl, to a scarf, or even a blanket. In about 30 minutes or less, you can knit a beautiful cowl or scarf, and you don’t need needles!

Knitting expert Mary Beth Temple has put together a collection of 15 creative patterns in Arm Knitting: How to Make a 30 Minute Infinity Scarf and Other Great Projects . In this book, Mary Beth works with an assortment of Lion Brand yarns in various weights to get you started on your arm knitting journey. Also in the book are well-detailed, step by step photo instructions that will help you become an arm knitting master.

Arm knitting is a great way to introduce friends, children and loved ones to the wonderful world of fiber arts. Take a look at some of the cool projects found in Mary Beth’s book below!


We’re happy to be offering this book at 20% off the retail price at $7.99
. Click here to purchase.

Projects in Arm Knitting book
(pattern images courtesy of Mary Beth Temple: Arm Knitting)

Introducing Keppi: our newest Lion Brand Yarn!

December 20th, 2013

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If you love knitting or crocheting hats for children or just love seeing the bright-eyed look children have when giving them the latest “it” accessory, you’ll love our latest addition to Lion Brand.

Keppi is a our newest yarn; made up of bright pastels and candy-like colors, it’s the perfect yarn for a child’s or even an adult-sized Small hat. This yarn is not only multicolored but multitextured, made to look like you’ve used several different types and colors of yarn.

Keppi is just one continuous strand, no changing colors or yarn.

It comes in 8 fun, exciting, Hello Kitty cute colors like Rainbow Cupcake, Orange Fizz, Taffy, etc. Plus every ball of yarn is topped with a matching colored pompom, like the cherry on a sundae.

Whether you knit or crochet a hat for the kid who wants the new “it” accessory or a children’s charity project to bring a smile to someone’s face, using Keppi will be fun to make, fun to wear, and fun to touch!

Keppi in Cotton Candy Pink
Featuring Rose Garden (#302)
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Sparkle Crochet Hat
in Grape Jelly
Jazzy Knit Hat
in Cotton Candy Pink
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in Rainbow Cupcake
Jazzy Crochet Hat
in Taffy

4 Cozy Shawls along with 4 Beautifully Wood-Carved Shawl Pins

December 16th, 2013

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Shawls are usually thought of as the perfect accessory for the spring and fall because you can keep warm without a jacket; they’re really wonderful transitional pieces. But, shawls are also great during winter months to keep you a bit warmer while you’re inside, such as an office or drafty space. We love shawls for their versatility and practicality, and with the fastening of a shawl pin, you won’t have to constantly maneuver and close your shawl by hand.

Below are a few knit and crochet shawls with some of our suggested shawl pins for closure.  Give a handmade shawl along with a pin to a friend for a cozy and thoughtful gift this holiday season!

TweedyShawlCrochet Daylight Tweedy Shawl
Shawl Stick: Heart in Cherry Shawl Stick

Caramel Tweed ShawlCrochet Caramel Tweed Shawl
Shawl Stick: Wiggle in Cherry

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Knit Crystal Lace Shawl
Shawl Stick: Peacock in Blonde
Ruffle Shawl
Knit Seed Stitch Ruffled Wrap

Shawl Stick: Leaf in Blonde

Do you enjoy making shawls for yourself or others? If so, share your favorite shawl projects with us!

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Expand Your Crafting Repertoire with the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit!

December 2nd, 2013

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We’re celebrating Cyber Monday with 40% off the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit — so it’s the perfect time to try this versatile tool!

With over 30 different configurations, the kit is compact and easy to transport. It’s so adaptable that different members of your family can all be using it at the same time. While you’re knitting a hat, your son or daughter could be weaving a dishcloth! Learn more about this kit by watching the video below:

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For Crocheters Who Want To Learn To Knit and Knitters Who Want Their Friends To Learn

November 21st, 2013

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If you’re an avid crocheter like myself, you’ve probably always wanted to learn to knit. I’m especially moved to learn how to knit when I know a new baby is on the way.

I think so many people want to learn because they know that it really is a great skill to master … plus, it’s nice to know you have many of options when it comes to creating a handmade gift.

Now you can learn to make precious keepsakes with Lion Brand’s latest Learn to Knit Baby Kit.  This all-in-one kit will teach you to knit while making a hat and booties set for a baby.  We have two kits available: one for girls (pictured right) and one for boys.  This kit includes everything from the instructions, to the yarn, needles, and gift supplies.

Just learn it, make it, and give it. All for 9.95!

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12 Shades of Winter White Yarns Including Wool, Alpaca and More

January 4th, 2013

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12shadesofwinterwhiteIt’s the first month of the new year, which for us here in NYC usually means – cold, wind, ice and snow.  But there’s something about heading into the dead of winter that makes me really appreciate winter white knitwear such as a cozy sweater, or chunky cowl; it may help brighten up your mood when it’s cloudy and cold out.

Yes, there is that old fashion adage about not wearing white after labor day, but it all depends on the fiber content.  You would certainly wear your white/cream cashmere sweater in the winter – because cashmere keeps you warm; also, those lovely aran sweaters look stunning in winter whites. I’ve included a round-up of some appropriate yarns to use for projects where you may want to include whites and off whites.

(sweater in image to left: Madison Pullover)

Fishermen's Wool Natural
Fishermen’s Wool Natural
LB Collection Pure Wool
LB Collection Pure Wool

Wool-Ease Fisherman

Homespun Deco

Superwash Merino Cashmere
Ivory
Luve Fur Ivory
Luxe Fur Ivory
LB Collection Cashmere Natural
LB Collection Cashmere Natural
LB Collection Silk Mohair Wisp
LB Collection Silk Mohair Wisp
LB Collection Superwash Merino Antique
LB Collection Superwash Merino
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LB Collection Angora Merino
Vanilla
Alpaca Blend Buttermilk
Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend
Buttermilk
 Extra Soft Wool Blend
Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft
Wool Blend Bakery Box White

Do you like to knit or crochet with white or cream color yarns in the winter? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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