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Get Started on Back-To-School & Fall Projects with New, Striping Colors of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick!

August 19th, 2013

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Since so many of you turn to Wool-Ease Thick & Quick as your tried and true yarn for afghans and warm fall/winter accessories such as hats and scarves – we’ve updated the line to add a few new self-striping colors.  The new colors of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick were designed to create solid blocks of color, then striping blocks of color as you work, so that you won’t have to change yarns to create the effect.

The new colors of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick stripes in Hoosiers, Hoyas, Crimson, Tigers, Huskies, and Spartans make it easy for you to create fun, fast-finish projects to show off your team spirit and school colors.  Browse the color selections below and see if there’s a shade for your favorite team!

Crochet Wharton Wristers
Crochet Wharton Wristers
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Spartans
Collegiate Hat and Scarf
Knit Collegiate Hat and Scarf
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Crimson
Crochet Bucket Tote
Crochet Bucket Tote
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Hoosiers

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Learn to Knit with Imagine Yarn in 5 Easy Steps!

August 15th, 2013

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Have you been admiring our beautiful Imagine yarn but can’t wrap your mind around how to knit with it? Imagine’s webbed tubing construction is what makes it unique but it can also seem tricky to work with at first. I’ve broken it down into five simple steps for you so you’ll have the confidence to try it for yourself!

Click here to see the pattern for the project shown on the left!

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5 Videos: Knit, Crochet, and Craft with Imagine Yarn!

August 8th, 2013

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Have you tried our Imagine yarn yet? It’s a versatile yarn with a tube-like construction that allows you to knit or crochet with it to create flouncy ruffles.

You can also craft with it, opening up the net-like material to create cowls, scarves, and headbands that are no-knit-or-crochet. These easy projects are great for girl scout troop make-and-takes, birthday party activities, and more!

Want more ideas? Check out the 5 videos below for more project ideas:


Get Pink!

June 23rd, 2013

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pink graphic2Pink has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. Every gadget in my kitchen is pink, from the coffee pot to the egg separator, and so is my luggage, my toothbrush, and, of course, the walls of my craft room. So, when I heard it was National Pink Day, I needed to take the opportunity to share some of my favorite pink yarns! Of course, they’re all my favorites, so take a look at all of the pink colorways available in our yarns. Pink is a great color year-round and perfect for baby girls, but it’s also an important color in October (and year-round) for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Keep these colorways in mind as you take up crafting for a new arrival, a friend who shares a favorite color with me, or charity projects to benefit breast cancer research. Even if you thought you weren’t much of a pink person before, I’m certain that one of these 85 shades of delicious pink yarn might just sway you!
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Introducing… Heartland!

May 2nd, 2013

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HeartlandI’m a sucker for new yarns. I’ve been crocheting since I was eight and knitting since high school, and I’ve realized that sometimes I get myself into a rut: making the same patterns over and over again, using the same yarn or colors, or not stopping to learn new techniques. Each time I see a new yarn make its way into the department, it’s a new opportunity for me to pet something new and dream up different projects. Our newest yarn, Heartland was no exception. I sat down on the floor in front of all of the colors on Friday afternoon, just before my lunch break, and snagged two skeins that looked too precious to pass up: Great Smoky Mountains, which is a gorgeous multi-dimensional tweedy charcoal gray, and Denali, a pale, heathery pink. Of course, anybody who knows me at all knows that pink is my go-to color for almost everything, but I decided that, for whichever project I chose, I’d let the gray do most of the talking. How could I not? With all those different shades in there, it seemed like it had a lot to say–you know, visually. I only talk to my yarn when nobody else is around.

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Love the Earth with Our Organic Yarns

April 26th, 2013

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Yarn crafting is a great way to feel one with nature–creating something from scratch in a peaceful environment, instead of fighting mall crowds to pick up that mass-produced sweater, is one of the purest activities of them all. This is true no matter what fiber you’ve decided to use, but especially so with all-natural fibers. In our final ode to Earth Month, I want to tell you a little bit about two of our all-natural, organic yarns.

LB Collection Organic Wool is one of our affordable luxury fibers, and comes in five rich and beautiful tones to create stunning hand-knits. This worsted-weight yarn is a great choice for fall sweaters and bold felted projects. Not only is the fiber 100% organically produced, it is also dyed with low-impact dyes, and has been certified according to Global Organic Textiles Standards by the Institute of Marketecology. When you’re ready to get knitting or crocheting, we have 20 patterns designed specifically for this yarn listed on LionBrand.com. Click here to see pattern inspiration for Organic Wool.
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Kicking Off Baseball Season with Yarn!

April 3rd, 2013

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The beginning of April means the start to a lot of things: spring blooms, warmer weather, and longer days. But as any sports fan knows, the first week of April means one thing: Major League Baseball’s Opening Day. Want to show your support for your favorite team? I’ve compiled a palette of colors for all 32 MLB teams in one of my favorite team-spirit yarns, Hometown USA. Not only is it soft and bulky so that projects will work up in a few evenings by the fire, it also comes in every bold color you can think of to support your favorite teams and schools.
I was lucky enough to attend the New York Mets Opening Day on Monday afternoon, and I brought the Mets-inspired blanket I’m knitting in Hometown USA along, using this color palette below!

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Neon Orange – Forth Worth Blue  – New York White

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3 Videos: See Bellini Yarn in Action

February 28th, 2013

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Last month, I did a demo of our new Bellini yarn at Vogue Knitting Live, showing how to knit and crochet this yarn to create a rich texture, perfect for great scarves, as well as cool purses.

If you’re curious to see this yarn in action, we’ve made a few videos, so you can learn from the comfort of your own home:


 
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Knitted Boots with Bellini!

February 22nd, 2013

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I was immediately attracted to the Bellini yarn when we were given a few skeins to play with in the office. The bold texture appealed to me since I love making a statement with my style. I imagined knitting with the cushy fringe between my fingers and knew I had to work with it. As I was pondering what I would make with it, it occurred to me that the Turin colorway looked a lot like fur. What kind of accessory could I make that would be different and would lend itself to the the fur-like texture? Then it hit me – I should make boots!
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The Wonderful Creations of Wool Stainless Steel

February 20th, 2013

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Lion Brand has a huge variety of yarns spanning the spectrum of colors, fibers and textures, but the one that is the most intriguing to me is our LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel. It’s about what you might expect it to be from its name: 75% wool, 25% stainless steel. In a yarn! Crazy, right? It’s lace-weight, so you can make really intricate openwork, but the tiny steel thread gives it dimensional body and weight you wouldn’t find in a different fiber makeup. It’s an obvious choice for crocheted jewelry or knitted lace shawls, but the options are truly endless, especially when used double-stranded or in conjunction with other yarns. Take a look at some of the inspiration I’ve found on Ravelry!

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