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We’ve Added New Colors to Ice Cream®!

February 26th, 2016

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Straight from the nursery, we’ve got 8 brand new colors of Ice Cream®! These delicious yarns are perfect for baby gifts because they’re machine washable and, best of all, these colorways are just too cute! The original 8 colors are tasty self-striping pastels but now we’re bringing you Sprinkles— speckled colors that coordinate perfectly!

Who doesn’t like sprinkles with their ice cream?


It only takes two balls of Ice Cream® make a baby blanket so it’s a great opportunity to combine these new colors! Check out the video below to get a look at Ice Cream® Sprinkles!

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Is your sweet tooth ready for more Ice Cream®? Here are a few patterns!

Blueberry Hill Cardi and Hat (Knit) Ice Cream® Sprinkles Springtime Cardi and Tam (Knit)
Ashburn Afghan (Crochet) Sweet Shoppe Dress and Cardi (Crochet) Park Slope Hexigon Afghan (Crochet)

Meet our Newest Yarn!

February 18th, 2016

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Get to know the newest member of the Lion Brand® family! Wool-Ease® Tonal is a very special addition to the Wool-Ease® family and we’re so excited to be sharing it with you. This bulky weight yarn has a unique, tone-on-tone color that gives it a beautiful hand-dyed look.

Check out the video below for a full introduction to Wool-Ease® Tonal!

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And get started knitting and crocheting with Wool-Ease® Tonal!

Plum Perfect Hat (Crochet) Sun and Shade Ribbed Hat (Knit) Blue Bobble Hat (Crochet)
Clovis Afghan (Crochet) Lady Vanessa Hat (Crochet) Zanzibar Afghan (Knit)

Meet Wool-Ease® Tonal!

February 12th, 2016

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Meet the newest addition to the Wool-Ease® family! If you love the feel of Lion Brand®’s other Wool-Ease® yarns, get ready to be wow-ed by this new yarn.

Wool-Ease® Tonal is a bulky-weight yarn that’s made in fantastic tone-on-tone colors. This gives each ball a hand-dyed look which will create a unique dimension in your knit and crochet projects. And, like all of our Wool-Ease® yarns, Wool-Ease® Tonal is a wool blend that’s machine washable!

Below, check out a short video where you can see the gorgeous colors of Wool-Ease Tonal® and get an exclusive sneak peek at some of the new patterns made with this new yarn!

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Wool-Ease® Tonal is available now! But stay tuned for Wool-Ease® Tonal knit and crochet patterns!


Click here to shop Wool-Ease® Tonal!

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Crochet Hudson Hat & Mittens!

January 26th, 2016

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‘Tis the season for Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®! This yarn has always been a fan favorite, and we think it’s safe to say that the Hudson Bay colorway is the reigning skein this season!

We spotted this sweet matching set over on Repeat Crafter Me:


Blogger Sarah Zimmerman offers patterns for multiple sizes, from baby to adult! With 4 classic colors blending into neutral cream, these mitts will go with just about any winter wear. Top the hat off with a large pom-pom to add some fun!

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Get the pattern here. // Grab this yarn here.

How-To Tuesday: Declutter That Stash!

January 12th, 2016

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It’s a new year and we’re looking at our overflowing stashes with simultaneous glee and fear. In this edition of How-To Tuesday, we’ve rounded up ways to declutter and much more — you’ll thank us next season when Spring Cleaning is in full gear!

First off, let’s learn to read a yarn label.

Organizing by yarn weight? Check out our guide!

See which household items you can re-purpose to store your yarn in.

If you’re short on space, learn how to edit your stash to a manageable size.

While you’re at it, organize all your notions too!

Learn how to wind a center-pull ball by hand — it makes a difference when storing and working with yarn, really!

Fastest way to stashbust? Hold multiple strands of yarns together and create chunky knits with big needles.

Phew! You did it! Now that you’re organized, here are 8 things to think about before starting your next project.