June 21st, 2015
Here in the marketing department at Lion Brand, we talk a lot about knitting and crocheting and yarn and magic loops and swatches and yarn weights (we know our DK from our super bulky) and and and … bottom line is that we’re all experts in one way or another when it comes yarn. We can talk about it all day — and we do! You may however be surprised to know that we’re also fairly well-rounded with an excess of interests, hobbies and obsessions that go beyond the hooks and needles.
We thought you might enjoy a peek into our inner worlds. Have fun and please share some of your own personal interests outside of knitting and crocheting in the comments below.
Zoe: I am planning a trip to Scandinavia with stops in Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, and Bergen. Stockholm is one of my all-time favorite cities, so I’m getting ready by learning some Swedish with Duolingo! Jag älskar Sverige! I’m also a big fan of Slow TV, so I’m super excited to ride the Bergen Line and experience the journey made famous by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. You can watch a recording of the broadcast here, but perhaps you’d prefer to watch 12 hours of non-stop knitting – 1 million people tuned in for National Knitting Night when it was originally broadcast in 2013!
Sarah: I’m still a novice sewist but I’ve just tackled my toughest project yet! I made the Alder Shirtdress which was a big challenge since I’ve never attached a collar before. After spending some quality time with the seam ripper, I have an even deeper appreciation for the work that went into each piece of store-bought clothing I own! This dress doesn’t fit perfectly and the seams are uneven but I learned so much and built a lot of confidence making this garment!
Danielle: I recently went to see Yoko Ono’s “Ono Woman Show” at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York. It was a larger retrospective than I expected and it did a fine job of showing her long history as a provocative artist across so many mediums — she’s even been known to crochet! Some people also don’t know that she was already fairly well-known before she met John Lennon. In fact, it was through her work as an artist that the two were connected in the mid-1960s. My school-aged son really enjoyed the music room, he insisted on listening to everything – I was really surprised! I definitely recommend seeing this show and you have lots of time, it’s on through to September 7th. Tip: stay for the mini-doc about her 1971 MOMA exhibition, also called “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show” – the show’s subversive nature and subsequent person-on-the-street interviews are a riot.
Margaux: I’m currently reading Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids. I really love getting in this arty though sometimes disturbing atmosphere. It’s fascinating to imagine New York in the 1970’s, when it was becoming the culture capital. Red Hook being my favorite place, I make sure I go every weekend. Last Saturday was the Red Hook Fest where we could watch great dance performances while wandering on the water front. There is so much going on in New York over the summer, it’s hard to make choices but I will definitely check one or two concerts out at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Brandyce: Summer in NYC is amazing, so lately I’ve been trying to do as many outdoor activities as possible. I recently went exploring the Brooklyn Bridge Park for Jeppe Hein’s “Please Touch The Art” exhibit. The park has 6 piers on the Hudson River waterfront, and there are fun interactive art exhibits in each of the pier parks. I had the most fun in the Appearing Rooms section at Pier 1. In this exhibit, you stand on a platform, and water jets sprouts up from the floor and disappear – which turns your space into a room with water walls – but you never get wet! (okay, maybe a few sprinkles). You can run from “room” to room, hoping that the water doesn’t appear again as you transition. There’s so much to do at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, so if you’re in the area, I highly suggest you check it out.
Ilana: Since I found myself on airplanes more than usual in the last month, I’ve had a chance to read more fiction than usual. It’s hard to find the perfect summer read but when you do, you know you’ll be transported to another world and never bored as long as you’re reading. I particularly enjoyed a book by Haruki Murakami called Colorless Tsukuru and His Years Of Pilgrimage. The book had just come out in paperback but was first released last year, when it sold 1 million copies in its first week out in Japan. What’s great about finding this book is that Murakami, the author has written several much-loved books and now I’ve got a great list of follow-up reads for the summer. It’s a coming of age novel that’s a page-turner. All loose ends are not tied up by the conclusion of the book but that’s the way life really is.
Lorena: My friend Jared and I are film buffs to the max — so much so that our friends opt out of seeing movies with us due to our post-viewing discussions about story, cinematography, narrative structure… all the “nerdy” things film lovers chat about. That being said, we recently saw Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. It was sweet, witty, and had us laughing out loud in the theater. If you’re looking to opt out of summer block busters (I can’t say I did; I also saw Jurassic World a couple of days before,) this is one to catch.
Shira: Working in New York City, while very cool, sometimes you just need to get away. I find myself escaping to Upstate NY better known as Woodstock to many for some weekends. My family has a house up there and there is something so nice about just getting away and “being one with nature.” Sometimes I go up with friends,with family or even bring Psy and Thai (my cats) it’ s just such a special place- it’s so quiet, phones don’t work, for two days you are disconnected and I am totally ok with it because it is so beautiful. With all the travel that I am doing lately sometimes it nice to take a minute and — no need for a sound machine — just open my window in my room upstate and ta-dah: Nature!
June 20th, 2015
|Our friend Kristy Glass, leader of the Glass Posse, spotted one of our newest and most popular crochet patterns — the Wedding Capelet — and saw it could be something more than a formal garment. Made with Vanna’s Glamour®, Kristy chose to use the Copper colorway for her version of the Wedding Capelet … let’s let her share her inspiration – take it away Kristy!|
Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/f2xhFLh_wkQ
June 19th, 2015
POSTPONED! Due to thunderstorm activity in NYC today, the event in Union Square is cancelled. We will announce a rain date shortly.
If you’re in New York City on Sunday, June 28th, drop by Union Square between 11am-4pm and add a small swatch of knitting or crochet to our mystery yarnbomb! We’ll be there with world-famous yarnbomber London Kaye Crochet, who is delightful in the latest episode of Tea With Shira #5:
Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/r7KcYktG6U8
Some ideas from StitchFinder:
|Knit Small Leaf||Crochet Octagon Motif|
Who: You, London Kaye Crochet, Lion Brand Yarn and Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal will all be there!
What: We’re crowdsourcing a yarnbomb and we want you to contribute! Bring a small swatch of knitting or crochet, free-form or based on a pattern, and add it to our big yarnbomb!
Where: Union Square, New York City, by East 14th Street & Union Square West
When: Sunday, June 28th, 2015, 11am-4pm (If the gathering must be postponed due to poor weather, an announcement will be made by 9am the day of the event through Twitter and Facebook.)
June 19th, 2015
Little ones will love getting their hands on knit versions of their favorite ocean dwellers — let’s say hello to our tentacled and finned friends with a round-up of ocean-inspired patterns!
|Crochet Undersea Mobile, made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby||Crochet Sweet Hanging Amigurumi Jellyfish, paid pattern by Tori Carroll.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice® Baby and Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Fancy Goldfish Amigurumi by Kate Wood.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.|
|Knit Ollie the Octopus, made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby||Crochet Crab by Repeat Crafter Me.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.||Knit Fishy Wishy Afghan, made with Modern Baby®|
|Crochet Starfish Appliques by Flower Girl Cottage.* Make a few with Kitchen Cotton.||Knit Toy Lobster by Dirigo.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.||Crochet Tiny Turtle, made with Vanna’s Choice®|
* Not a Lion Brand pattern.
Abracadabra, amigurumi – same thing, right? It’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet …
June 19th, 2015
We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.
Enjoy and please share widely!
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Here are a few kawaii patterns to inspire you!
|Crochet Filipa Fox
made with Vanna’s Palettes
|Knit Little Pig And Bunny
made with Vanna’s Palettes
|Crochet Critter Trio
made with Vanna’s Palettes
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Let’s crochet a Sabrina Tunic … announcing your 2015 Summer Crochet-Along with host Elena Ramshaw Hunt!
June 18th, 2015
Several times a year we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you crochet your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress. Want to learn more? Click here for our guide.
The Votes Are In!
Thank you for voting for our crochet-along! The winning pattern is … the Sabrina Tunic!
Feel free to pick up this badge to use on your blog, Ravelry, etc to show that you’re participating! (Right-click on PCs or Ctrl+click on Macs to save it to your desktop and upload it to your site)
Crochet-Along Next Steps
1. This week, download the pattern (click here for the pattern) and read it through so you have a sense of how the project is going to take shape. We’ll be walking you through a different element each week, so don’t worry if you see anything you’re not familiar with!
Your weekend project: Audra Kurtz shows you how to weave an easy wall hanging using a Martha Stewart Crafts™ Loom!
June 18th, 2015
Here’s a fun and easy tutorial from crafty maven, Audra Kurtz. Watch as Audra walks you through the steps to create your very own woven wall tapestry using a Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit and an assortment of Lion Brand® yarns.
Weaving is a great way to continue yarn crafting through the summer months, and you can use this craft to create a beautiful piece of decor for your home or for a friend!
Wall tapestries have been popping up everywhere lately, and although the process of creating them seems complicated, it’s actually not; the weaving process is quite therapeutic, and you can be as creative as you’d like. We hope you enjoy the video below and get started on your very own tapestry, it’s a great opportunity to play with colors, textures, and patterns!
P.S. Check out the patterns below for more tapestry inspiration from our very own PatternFinder.
Can’t see the video above? :: Click here to watch Audra Kurtz’s DIY Mini Tapestry ::
|Loom Woven Heat Wave Wall Hanging made with Unique®, Kitchen Cotton, Landscapes and Hometown USA®.||Loom Woven Natural Instincts Hanging made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Heartland®.||Loom Woven Fiesta Wall Hanging made with Modern Baby, Landscapes®, Textures, Kitchen Cotton, and Homespun®.|
June 17th, 2015
Today we share the last installment of our four video stitch tutorial series with Staci from Very Pink Knits. Below is a step-by-step which demonstrates the knit mesh stitch — an openwork pattern perfect for summer knitting. This is an easy, straightforward stitch that that’s simple to master. Watch Staci’s tutorial below as she highlights the stitch using LB Collection® Cashmere and Crepe Twist yarns.
The mesh stitch can be found in the Lion Brand StitchFinder library (under the “Learning Center” tab at lionbrand.com). Please explore the rest of the StitchFinder library to see what other stitches might pique your interest. There’s a treasure trove of patterns waiting for you!
Can’t see the video above? Please click here: https://youtu.be/zlPIOPninqE
June 16th, 2015
You’ve met Mrs. Blumenthal, now meet another member of the Lion Brand family!
In this episode of Tea with Shira, our brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal sits down with her brother, Adam Blumenthal! Adam is Lion Brand’s Director of Corporate Strategy.
Together, they chat about Adam’s latest “22-ish minute” project — made with an addi® loom — and his favorite tea, a smokey brew called Lapsang.
::Can’t see the video above? Watch it here: https://youtu.be/HwB2eeBusIo ::
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Have a question for Shira? Wondering who’ll stop by and have a bit of tea next? Tweet Shira at @shiraroars or comment below!
June 15th, 2015
You may already know Landscapes® as a gorgeous, self-striping, roving yarn. We love how this yarn works up so much, we added a batch of solid colors!
Create stunning ombre patterns by mixing solid and multi-colored skeins — like the dewy colors chosen for the Misty Moors scarf!
Check out the patterns below – they each feature a mix of the new solid colors of Landscapes® and its original self-striping collection.
|Crochet Rainbow Shawl||Crochet Misty Moors Scarf||Crochet Tonal Diamonds Afghan|
|Loom-Woven Heat Wave Wall Hanging||Crochet Diagonal Stripes Scarf||Loom-Woven Fiesta Wall Hanging|