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Merry Stitchmas from the Lion Brand Yarn Family to Yours!

December 24th, 2015

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What will you get this Stitchmas?

Watch as we count down three Wool Hats,

two Lace Shawls,

And a pattern for some booties!

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The Force Awakens: Claire’s Star Wars Amigurumi & Hat!

December 18th, 2015

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Claire Cromwell is the Studio Manager at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City. In this post, she celebrates Star Wars with both knit and crochet projects!

You may have heard about this film sequel coming out today – a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yes, the highly anticipated sci-fi film comes out today and you can bet I’ve got my ticket ready! I’ve been a Star Wars fan for most of my life and here at work I’ve been providing a daily countdown to the new film.

There may not be an iconic crafted item for Star Wars (like Doctor Who’s long stripey scarf), but that doesn’t mean that fans haven’t put their creativity to good use. A few years ago in our staff holiday swap I received a knitted “Gnomda”  – a co-worker adapted a gnome doorstop pattern and turned it into venerable Jedi Master Yoda!

Also adorning my bookshelves are amigurumi figures of Han Solo, Princess Leia, Wicket the Ewok and Boba Fett (one of my favorite characters). For these, I used patterns published by Lucy Collins and scraps of Vanna’s Choice®, LB Collection® Superwash Merino & Cashmere and Lion Wool. I have some gold Vanna’s Glamour® stashed that’s going to be perfect for C-3PO too!

For the new film I had the urge to make a new project and paged through the patterns tagged “Star Wars” on Ravelry. Right away the free pattern for The Force Awakens hat caught my eye. I knew that I could get LB Collection® Superwash Merino to work at a sport-weight gauge, so I picked three colors (Night Sky, Charcoal, and Ivory to represent the Empire!) and cast on right away.

Since I’m going to spending a couple hours waiting in line I brought the perfect travel project with me – socks! Self-striping yarn like Sock-Ease is perfect for my preferred stockinette sock pattern. The yarn does all the work and knitting round and round means that I can speculate about the plot without dropping a stitch.

May the Force be with you!



A Thank You to Our Writers & Their Top Posts!

December 16th, 2015

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All year long, we’ve shared our own yarn wisdom through our favorite patterns, tips and tricks of the trade, and videos. We’ve also featured columns from writers we think add a dose of humor, help, and advice to your crafting.

We’ve rounded up this year’s top posts as written by contributing bloggers. Check out our top 5!:

She Was Told She Would Never Knit Or Crochet Again … So Here’s What She Did. – This post brought awareness to a problem many knitters and crocheters face; Colette Smith offers relief with hand exercises that are great for any crafter.

Pocket Prayer Shawls Provide Portable Comfort by Kathryn Vercillo – The power of a prayer shawl in the palm of your hand; this surprisingly simple gift was popular among so many crafters who wanted to share comfort with their crafts.

A Brief Guide to Lesser-Known Yarn Superstitions by Franklin Habit – The endlessly funny Franklin Habit demystified a few yarn-isms in this column.

Flattering Sweater Styles For Women Of Every Age by Selma Moss-Ward  – Trends may come and go, but style is always in. In this post, Selma Moss-Ward chose her favorite timeless Lion Brand patterns.

Tamara Kelly Shares 15 Quick & Easy Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season – Popular blogger Moogly, aka Tamara Kelly, is always on top when it comes to trends in crocheting and knitting. Here, she curated a gift guide that you can use for this and next year!

See the First Yarnbombed Billboard in Times Square by London Kaye!

December 9th, 2015

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The bright lights of Broadway are shining on an exciting new venture for Lion Brand®! Yarnbomber London Kaye created a completely crocheted billboard for Miller Lite beer using Vanna’s Choice® and Pound of Love®!

Made up of 300,000 stitches, nearly 44 miles of yarn and a lot of creativity, London and a team of 10 made the billboard entirely by hand! Brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal was on hand with London as the billboard made its debut.

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If you live in New York or plan on visiting for the holidays, see the billboard in person in the heart of Times Square at 7th Avenue and 49th Street!

Talk to the Paw by Franklin Habit

November 3rd, 2015

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franklin_400x400Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.

“Leelee just loves my knitting,” she said brightly, plucking the ball of yarn from the corner into which it had rolled. “Don’t you, Leelee?”

Leelee was silent.

“She just loves it,” she said again, winding on the twisted clew that had circumnavigated the legs of the armchair, the coffee table, and a medium-sized plaster reproduction of the Venus de Milo. “You love it, don’t you?”

Leelee watched sullenly for a moment, then turned her back and began licking her foot.

Leelee, as you may have guessed, is a cat. Unable to speak for herself, she is frequently given voice by the knitter with whom she resides. Leelee is often said by the knitter to be quite the yarn fanatic. Leelee pores over the knitting magazines that litter the floor and offers mewling critiques of the patterns inside. Leelee does not care for intarsia, drop shoulders, or very bright colors. Leelee is presently infatuated with chenille.

“Did she tell you that?” I asked.

“She doesn’t have to, silly!” said the knitter. “Cats and yarn! Cats and yarn!”

I felt, on Leelee’s behalf, a certain resentment. I understand what it’s like to have everyone assume they know you just by looking at you. As a man, I am generally reckoned to have a deep love of football (no) and a violent aversion to needlework (also no). It’s not quite fair.