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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
Antique

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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Top 10 Colors for Fall

August 15th, 2012

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Every season, Pantone, the world’s leading color authority, releases its list of trending fashion colors. To help you incorporate these beautiful shades into your yarncrafting, we’ve selected yarn shades that best match Pantone’s 10 shades for autumn. Check out the trends below!

French Roast Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend in Mink
Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend
in Mink
Vanna's Choice in Espresso
Vanna’s Choice in Espresso
Fishermen's Wool in Nature's Brown
Fishermen’s Wool in
Nature’s Brown
Honey Gold Hometown USA in Las Vegas Gold
Hometown USA in
Las Vegas Gold
Wool-Ease in Gold
Wool-Ease in Gold
Vanna's Choice in Honey
Vanna’s Choice in
Honey
Tangerine Tango Hometown USA in Tennessee Tango
Hometown USA in
Tennessee Tango
Vanna's Chocie in Radiant Orange
Vanna’s Choice in
Radiant Orange
Silky Twist in Tangerine
Silky Twist in
Tangerine
Pink Flambé Vanna's Choice in Rose
Vanna’s Choice in
Rose
LB Collection Cotton Bamboo in Hibicus
LB Collection Cotton
Bamboo
in Hibicus
Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend in Flamingo
Martha Stewart Crafts
Extra Soft Wool Blend

in Flamingo
Rose Smoke Baby's First in Twinkle Toes
Baby’s First in
Twinkle Toes
Wool-Ease in Blush Heather
Wool-Ease in Blush
Heather
Martha Stewart Crafts Merino in Milk Glass Pink
Martha Stewart Crafts
Merino
in Milk Glass
Pink
Rhapsody Hometown USA in Seattle Sea Mist
Hometown USA in
Seattle Sea Mist
Vanna's Glamour in Purple Topaz
Vanna’s Glamour in
Purple Topaz
Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool in Lavender Soap
Martha Stewart Crafts
Roving Wool
in
Lavender Soap
Titanium Superwash Merino Cashmere in Slate
Superwash Merino
Cashmere
in Slate
Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp in Slate
Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp in Slate
Vanna's Choice in Silver Grey
Vanna’s Choice in Silver Grey
Olympian Blue Cotton-Ease in Turquoise
Cotton-Ease in
Turquoise
Homespun in Montana Sky
Homespun in
Montana Sky
LB Collection Organic Wool in Dark Teal
LB Collection Organic
Wool
in Dark Teal
Ultramarine Green Hometown USA in Grand Rapids Green
Hometown USA in
Grand Rapids Green
Martha Stewart Crafts Mambo in Sea Turtle
Martha Stewart Crafts
Mambo
in Sea Turtle
Jiffy in Country Green
Jiffy in Country Green
Bright Chartreuse Jiffy in Apple Green
Jiffy in Apple Green
Hometown USA in Key Lime
Hometown USA in
Key Lime
Kitchen Cotton in Kiwi
Kitchen Cotton in
Kiwi

What do you think of autumn’s hottest shades? Let us know in the comments below!


Show off Your Yarncrafting Pride with Fun Accessories!

July 24th, 2012

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Are you a proud knitter or crocheter who wants to share your love for yarn crafting with the world? Then I have just the right goodies for you!

If you’ve ever been to our store, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC, then you probably know that in addition to selling yarn, we also have a great rotating selection of gifts to choose from for crafters.  But, if you can’t make it to our store – I’ve gathered a selection of inspiring yarn crafting gifts from vendors that can be found online; I also found some items from other vendors that can be purchased on Ravelry. Check out some of these cool accessories below!

(Image to the right is our yarn stash sign in the office from J.L. Flickenstein’s ILiveonaFarm Etsy Shop, scroll down for details.)

These “Getting Through The Day One Stitch at A Time” and “Peace, Love, Crochet” notecards from Kniterella are super cute and would make a great gift for yourself or a yarn crafter you know.  Knitterella also carries bright and inspiring project bags, gift tags and and note cards in her shop.

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4 Yarns Perfect for Your First Dye Project

June 12th, 2012

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Dyeing your yarn is a great project for the warmer months of the year, and can blossom into a hobby that you’ll enjoy year round! When you want to try dyeing your own yarn, here are a few tips that will help you choose the yarn, dye and tools you’ll need to have a successful project:

What tools to use? The first step in dyeing is assembling the right materials. Make your you have a non-reactive pot to heat the dyebath in (try steel or enamel pots), tongs to move the yarn, and protective covering/clothing in case of spills. If you’re working with kitchen-safe dyes, then you can use the pots you cook with, but in general it’s a good idea to have a separate set for dyeing.
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How to Use the Yarn Pages on LionBrand.com

February 28th, 2012

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A few weeks ago, I shared a Customer Tip of the Week in our Weekly Stitch newsletter from Elaine B., who said:

“I only just realized that at the bottom of each yarn’s detail page on LionBrand.com, there is a section called “Patterns for this Yarn.” This is VERY helpful to someone like me who will buy a bunch of yarn when it is on sale, and then wonder what to make.”

This got me thinking that it might be useful to highlight what else you can find on a yarn’s individual page (which you can find by clicking on “Our Yarns” at the top of LionBrand.com and then click on a particular yarn).

What’s on Each Yarn Page

For each of Lion Brand’s yarn lines, the top of each of these product pages has a description of the yarn, along with all of the important details (the size of the ball, what it’s made of, its weight category (thickness), recommended hook & needle size, and its care instructions).

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Did You Know…Some of Our Most Popular Yarns Are Made in the USA

February 20th, 2012

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Beautiful fibers come from all over the world, so we at Lion Brand travel the world to bring you fibers that you’ll love. We bring you Superwash Merino Cashmere and LB Collection® Cashmere from Italy, whose mills are known for luxurious yarns and fabrics. We bring you LB Collection® Baby Alpaca from Peru, where they’ve been raising them for thousands of years, and also LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel from Japan, where the yarn culture is always cutting edge.

But did you know that some of our most popular yarns like Homespun and Hometown USA are made in the USA? In fact, the mill that makes Homespun and Holiday Homespun is a wonderful, historic facility in New Hampshire that was built in 1864 and running on hydroelectric power since 1915. I’ve visited the mill a few times myself, and you can read about one of my visits by clicking here.

Made in the USA

Our current yarns made in the USA include (updated 6/1/2013):

There are so many wonderful fibers from so many incredible yarn cultures, but for those of you who are looking for USA-made products, we hope that you’ll consider these yarn lines.

The pattern shown above is the knit Lion Country Afghan; click here to see the pattern on LionBrand.com.


6 Great Gifts for Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafters

November 22nd, 2011

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It’s always a challenging finding the perfect gift for the friend who has everything, but what about the perfect gift for the crafter who makes everything? Get ready to wow the knitters and crocheters in your life and show them how much you appreciate their careful, loving work with any of the gifts below. If you are a yarncrafter, share this post with your friends and family to show them what’s on your holiday wishlist this year.

Ergonomic Crochet Hook Set Ergonomically designed tools are a great for crafters who are always working. The Ergonomic Crochet Hook Set has a rounded base that makes it comfortable to hold, and a wide variety of interchangeable hooks means you can work with yarn of almost any gauge.
Stress Relief Gloves Another perfect gift for busy hands, Stress Relief Gloves help rejuvenate tired hands and, when worn while crafting, help keep wrist and finger fatigue at bay. They can also be worn during regular activities beyond crafting, helping keep those crafting hands healthy and comfortable.
Yarn Cutter Pendant With this Yarn Cutter Pendant the knitters and crocheters in your life will never have to search for their scissors again! Tiny, well-protected blades keep fingers safe and easily cut through yarn of nearly any size. The pendant itself makes a very fashionable pendant or key chain.
Lily Combo Needle Case Every knitter and crocheter loves being able to find their tools quickly and easily. A tool case like the Lily Combo Needle Case makes it easy to locate needles, hooks, stitch markers and more all at a quick glance. A gift like this will save the yarn lover in your life from the frustration of losing tools and having to replace them.
Lion Brand Gift Certificate Buying yarn for another person can be a challenge; color, quantity and fiber content are often very personal preferences. A gift certificate is the best way to help your crafty friends and family get exactly the yarn they want, in exactly the right amount.
Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom Kit If there’s one thing that yarn crafters love, it’s trying out new techniques and learning new skills. The Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom Kit is a wonderful present for those who already knit and would like to try loom knitting, or those who want to learn to knit but don’t enjoy working with needles. It’s also a very versatile weaving loom. With over 100 patterns on LionBrand.com specifically designed for the loom kit, it will be easy to find new projects to try.

Often, the best gift for busy crafters is time. Homemade coupons for babysitting and household chores never go out of style for knitters and crocheters who would love just a little extra time with their hooks and needles. A special holiday tea or coffee blend would be a relaxing gift to enjoy while crafting, and a series of books on tape would make a perfect gift for a literary knitter or crocheter whose hands are always busy.

Want even more tips on shopping for yarncrafters this holiday season? Click the link below to check out the newest episode of our podcast, YarnCraft, for more gift-giving tips whether you’re adding items to your own wishlist or shopping for yarn-loving friends:

YarnCraft Episode 105 :: 20 Gift Ideas for Yarncrafters, PLUS 5 Sock-Making Tips from Clara Parkes of Knitter’s Review

What gifts have you given or received that were prefect for crafters? Is there anything special you’re hoping for this year? Leave a comment to share your story with everyone.


Get Going on Your Holiday Gifts with the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit

October 28th, 2011

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If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking about making some holiday gifts this season. I love to make accessories in fun colors and textures for my friends and family, since it’s a nice way to change up a winter look. They’re my go-to gift items.

A great tool for cranking out gifts is our Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit, which lets you knit, weave, and double-knit (as shown above), along with making rosettes, and knit in the round. The Kit is particularly fast in weaving and double-knitting, making those crafts perfect for making multiples–especially if, like me, you find yourself perpetually biting off more than you can chew when it comes to gift recipients.

If you’ve never woven before, it’s a great way to mix and match colors to create interesting plaids or striping designs. Check out the weaving patterns on LionBrand.com or click here for my blog post about picking yarns for weaving.

Wondering why you should try double-knitting? First off, it’s extra warm, allowing you to creates a double-thick layer of fabric. But more impressively, one project you’ll want to check out is our Loom Double Knit Duo Striped Scarf (right). Unlike in regular or loom single knitting (in which you would have yarn floats on the back-side of your work), loom double-knitting allows you to make vertical stripes with ease AND it’s completely reversible! I kid you not; double-knitting on the loom is seriously fast, seriously easy, and definitely worth trying.

Finally, for the crafter in your life, you may want to consider giving the Kit itself as a gift. Find out why loom-knitting might be a good option for both younger and older crafters by reading this interview with designer, Isela Phelps.

For the patterns shown above, simply click on the photos to access them on LionBrand.com.

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