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!
Each wrapping paper is based on one of our favorite patterns, featured below:
|Knit Stained Glass Sweater||Crochet New Slant Afghan||Crochet Granny Variation Afghan|
|Crochet Fireworks Hexagon Picnic Blanket||Knit Dancing Cable Afghan||Knit Blazing Blocks Afghan|
*** 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. ***
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 Print||Small Project Bag: Leap Frogging Sheep Print||Pippa Yarn Dispenser: Navy Pop|
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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.)
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.