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Lion Brand’s Newest Yarn “Textures” Gives Projects a New Dimension!

March 26th, 2015

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I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to the Lion Brand® Yarn family, Textures®! Textures® is a self-striping boucle yarn that creates gorgeous drape. The colors are inspired by a natural palette, drawing from the forest, ocean, meadows, and skies. This yarn is an acrylic and nylon blend so your garments are machine washable and dryable. Textures® is light weight which means it’s great for springtime knitting and crochet!

Check out this video to learn more about this exciting new yarn!


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Feeling inspired? Here are a few patterns made with Textures®!

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Knit Sunset Diamond Afghan Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic Crochet Button Cowl
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Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho Knit Triangle Shawl Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan

 


FREE GIFT With Purchase at lionbrand.com! *

January 30th, 2015

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* Coupon JUSTWRAPS will be applied on qualified orders at checkout. This promotion is exclusive to lionbrand.com and not available at retail locations. Offer good while supplies last.


SALE! Save 47% on this Swift, Ball Winder & Organic Wool Kit PLUS Free Shipping*

January 23rd, 2015

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Swift, Ball Winder, Organic Wool Blowout Sale

* Domestic orders only. Free shipping applied on qualified orders at checkout. Promotion exclusive to lionbrand.com while supplies last. Offer not available at retail locations.


Take Your Project on the Go with the 2-in-1 Yarn Tote!

January 15th, 2015

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When I’m heading out the door, I usually grab my yarn first and keys second. Now I’ve got a place to store my project, pattern, and notions along with my everyday essentials.

The 2-in-1 Yarn Tote has a removable, zippered inner pouch that’s designed to keep your yarn safe and clean! If you’re doing stripes or colorwork, feed your yarn through the two grommets in the pouch and never worry about tangles again! I love this bag because the pouch is big enough for those work-in-progress sweater pieces. We made a little video to show off all of the features of this great tote!

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The 2-in-1 Yarn Tote comes in four great colors. Which one is your favorite?

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FLASH SALE: Save 15% on select Bags, Books, Hooks, Needles, Kits and more! We’ll throw in FREE SHIPPING too!*

December 13th, 2014

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No time to make a gift? We’ve got you covered! For a limited time, save 15% on select Bags, Books, Hooks, Needles, Kits and more! We’ll throw in FREE SHIPPING too!* Order by December 15th, 1pm EST for Christmas delivery.


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* Domestic orders only (Mainland US), $35 minimum order. Discount and free shipping applied on qualified orders at checkout. Promotion exclusive to lionbrand.com. Offers not available at retail locations.

For the full selection, visit lionbrand.com!

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6 Ways to Give Your Gifts a Handmade Touch, Inside and Out!

December 12th, 2014

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ON SALE NOW!

Don’t you wish you could wrap all of your loved ones in gorgeous afghans and sweaters this holiday season? Well now you can … well at least their gifts anyways!

Some of Lion Brand’s most beautiful patterns have been transformed into selections of bold and stately Artisan Gift Wrap. Designed from variety of knit and crochet projects — ranging from funky crocheted hexagons to a classic cream-colored cable — each wrapping paper design (there are six all together) is so gorgeously detailed, we think you’ll have trouble tearing into your gifts! It’s perfect for wrapping hand crafted gifts – or, it can be used on its own for wall art, scrapbooking and origami designs!

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Each wrapping paper is based on one of our favorite patterns, featured below:

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Knit Stained Glass Sweater Crochet New Slant Afghan Crochet Granny Variation Afghan
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Crochet Fireworks Hexagon Picnic Blanket Knit Dancing Cable Afghan Knit Blazing Blocks Afghan

Lion Brand’s new Aristan Gift Wrap is available in an assorted 6-pack or 36-pack.


FLASH SALE! Save 20% on Favorite Fast-Finish Gift Kits

December 6th, 2014

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This sale is now over but for more great kits, please visit lionbrand.com kits.

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*** Click on the project you’d like to make and choose from two kits: one that contains the pattern and yarns; or one that contains everything – the pattern, yarns, needles and hooks. ***


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 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.

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