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Top 4 Patterns Knit & Crocheted with Landscapes®

March 28th, 2016

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This month, we’ve got seven self-striping yarns on sale! One of those yarns is Landscapes®. The colors are inspired by vivid scenery and make gorgeous garments and accessories!

Shira showed off our most popular knit and crochet patterns made with Landscapes®! You’re sure to be inspired by them all!

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Misty Moors Scarf (crochet) Jewel Box Pullover (knit)
Textured Cowl (knit) Ribs and Shells Shrug (crochet)

Tranquility in a Skein: A Look at Shawl in a Ball

March 25th, 2016

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It was pure serendipity and a welcome distraction when three skeins of Shawl in a Ball arrived in the mail.  Frequently faced with interruptions, demands, and pressurized decisions, I constantly long for peace and simplicity in my life.  Especially for the peace of knitting.

Knitting is how I escape from the daily barrage—it feels like a protective bubble around me.  As I swatched the colorways called Community Coral, Soothing Blue, and Mindful Mauve, I sensed the calming properties of this yarn.  The more I knitted, the more I discovered about Shawl in a Ball, the better I felt.  Why?  Let me count the ways….

First, it’s an honest yarn.  I love that Shawl in a Ball is exactly what it claims to be—just one skein does it all.  As warmer weather approaches, I’m not inclined to tackle big projects.  I don’t want to deal with weight or bulk.  I want something simple and light—something to occupy my hands when sitting outdoors, or chatting with a friend.  Shawl in a Ball is streamlined:  one skein equals one garment.  Everything fits in a small tote bag.  No measuring required, since the patterns designed for this yarn (in the Lion Brand database) are one size, so no worries about running out of yarn.  This is stress-free knitting at its best.

Second:  the calming colorways of Shawl in a Ball.  Have I mentioned that  I’m often overwhelmed by too many choices, by too many demands for my attention?  And that I crave simplicity?

Each of the eight magical colorways prompts the serene contemplation of one gorgeous shade melting into the next.  The yarn is the palette.  You are the hands.  The free patterns from Lion Brand are basic shapes—triangles, rectangles, semi-circles, circles.  Not complicated, just classic and universally flattering.  They facilitate yarn meditation of the highest order.  Just breathe, and go with the flow.

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Knit Perfectly Simple Rectangle Shawl Crochet Burnham Market Shawl


Third, the texture and drape created by Shawl in a Ball are fabulous.  The yarn consists of two different strands plied together—one cotton, one a fluffy thick-and-thin acrylic. Watching density and coloration change as stitches add up—it’s simply mesmerizing!  Although a worsted, when knitted on size eight or ten needles, the yarn becomes a fabric that’s fine and lacy.  Yet it drapes well—with body, and without curling edges.  Shawls won’t slip off your shoulders.  And if you want to turn your shawl into a heavier scarf, just fold the finished garment to make it thicker.

Perhaps you’ve already experienced the joy of crafting with a gradient yarn, and you know how the yarn’s shifting colors do much of the work.  The same is true for Shawl in a Ball, but just as important, this yarn creates art.  You could knit or crochet a skein into a large rectangle, frame it, and hang it on your living room wall—it’s that beautiful.  So, besides all the simplifying, de-stressing and mood elevating qualities contained in just one ball, you can consider the shawl you make a wearable work of art.

What’s not to love?

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Knit Drop Stitch Shawl Crochet Diagonal Eyelets Shawl



Stashbuster Alert: Shira Updates Her Headphones!

March 20th, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I did a post on how to yarn-bomb your headphones.  In the spirit of the Grammys, I used Vanna’s Glamour.  It was super sparkly and shiny and went really well with my hair.

However, spring has sprung and I needed to spruce up my headphone glam! This past weekend I took what I had left over of some LB Collection® Pure Wool that I had dyed two years ago. There wasn’t enough to really make anything but enough to yarn bomb my headphones — this is a great project for yarn scraps!

Thirty minutes later, I had some pretty awesome new headphones and I must say: people smile at me all the time on the subway now!

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I hope I have inspired you to “fancy up” your headphones!

9 Quick ‘n Easy Easter Patterns

March 12th, 2016

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Bunnies and baskets and eggs- oh my! With Easter right around the corner, you might be thinking there isn’t time to finish any DIY yarn crafts- but there is! The key to a handmade holiday? Keeping it small. It’s all about the accessories, and with these 9 little patterns you’ll be cracking open the homespun festivities in no time.

Try our crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket for an adorable spin on your Easter morning, or knit the Bouncy Bunny Sock as a cuddly friend for your little one. For a mess free (and hook & needle free!) alternative to dyed eggs, scramble up some Over Easy Eggs.

You’ll be hopping from one project right to the next in no time- enjoy!

Amigurumi Bunny Basket Over Easy Eggs Bunny Dog
Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket made with Vanna’s Choice® Craft Over Easy Eggs made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby Knit Bunny Dog Costume made with Vanna’s Choice®
Chocolate Bunny
Knit Little Lamb made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Easter Basket made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Amigurumi Chocolate Bunny  made with Vanna’s Choice®
Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter
Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy made with Wool-Ease® Knit Bunny Hat made with Modern Baby® Knit Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter made with Wool-Ease®

6 Patterns You Can Make with One Shawl in a Ball!

March 11th, 2016

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Love shawls? Whether you’re a crocheter or knitter, this new yarn is for you! Add color to an outfit, wrap yourself in something warm, or give a beautiful gift to a friend in need. And with Lion Brand®’s latest yarn, Shawl in a Ball, you only need one ball to create a gorgeous shawl!

Learn more about this new yarn!

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And get inspired by these fantastic free patterns!

Ebb Tide Shawl (crochet) Sedona Triangle Shawl (knit) Somerset Shawl (crochet)
Misty Haze Cowl (knit) Openwork Shawl (crochet) Easy Half Circle Shawl (knit)