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6 Reasons Why Knitting and Crochet Group Therapy Works

January 21st, 2015

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Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. In this post she shares how crafts can heal when used as a social activity. She also introduces us to Yarndevu, a new resource connecting knitters and crocheters. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.

Knitting and crochet are often used therapeutically in group settings for substance abuse, pregnant women on bed rest and for those coping with social anxiety.  There are several reasons why  group crafting is so effective in addressing these challenges.

The Craft is the Focal Point

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A primary reason why knitting and crochet are useful in group therapy is that the focus is taken off of the patient and put on the needlework itself. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California offered a crochet group to pregnant mothers on bed rest to help them take their minds off of their stress and fears, while still allowing them to connect with other women going through the same experience.

People in therapy groups who are coping with grief, abuse and other difficult situations may find it easier to begin talking with others about a project they are working on before getting comfortable enough to talk about more personal issues. Even in less intense situations, it can be helpful to focus on knitting and crochet in a group.  These activities are great ice breakers and relaxing at the same time.

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6 Projects to Celebrate The Big Game!

January 20th, 2015

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The Seattle Seahawks will defend their championship title against the New England Patriots at the Big Game this year – arm knit a scarf to show your support … or if you’re a New England fan, how about a scarf in the Patriots’ team colors?

Whether you’re a big football fan or know a fan who’s planning to watch the game, it’s a great excuse to knit or crochet! I’ve selected some patterns below that are perfect for showing your team spirit on February 1st:

Crochet Footbal Booties Go Seahawks Arm Knit Scarf Crochet Big Game Cup Cozies
Crochet Football Booties Go Seahawks Arm Knit Scarf Crochet Big Game Cup Cozies
Knit Car Blanket School Colors Hat and Scarf Set Knit The Patriot Scarf
Knit Compact Car Blanket Crochet School Colors Hat and Scarf Set Knit Patriot Scarf

 

Vanna White Shares a Special Message

January 19th, 2015

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We met up with Vanna White at the Craft and Hobby show in Anaheim, California earlier this month and she took a moment to share this special message:

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here: http://lby.co/1CsMFl3 ::

Vanna’s signature collection yarn is on sale for the month of January and as Vanna mentions, you make a difference with every purchase! Since 2007, Lion Brand Yarn Company and Vanna White have donated over $1,500,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and it’s all thanks to you!

All of Vanna’s signature yarns are 20% off through January 31st! Choose from Vanna’s Choice®, Vanna’s Choice® Baby, Vanna’s Glamour®, Vanna’s Palettes, Vanna’s Sequins, and Vanna’s Tapestry.

 

Crafter’s Coloring Companion

January 18th, 2015

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Introducing Crafter’s Coloring Pages, a brand new way to start yarn playing in 2015. Take out your crayons. Treat yourself to a set of brush pens or markers. Coloring pages can be a useful addition to your crafting. 

Here are some ideas for using these pages:

  • Scrapbook your finished page as a personalize record of gifts you’ve given or projects you’ve made.
  • Invite a child into your crafting world. Give them their own scarf to color.
  • Create a handmade #scarfie. Cut and paste a photo of the recipient into the blank face on the coloring page.  Share on social media.
  • Let your coloring pages help you plan your project. Use them to sketch out your ideas for colors or patterns.
  • Before you give a scarf as a gift, offer the recipient some colors to work with and get their design input. They can even add extras, like fringe, by drawing them on.
  • Relaxation! Coloring is a great way to unwind after a hectic day.

Getting started is easy. Just download the image, print and color.

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#Scapbook Page: Use to archive details you’d like to keep below the image: pattern, yarn, colors, date, recipient, modifications, etc.
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#Scarfie: Just add a face and color the scarf!
:: Click the image for print-size version ::

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Michelle Edwards is a life-long knitter and the author/illustrator of A KNITTER’S HOME COMPANION and many award-winning children’s books including CHICKEN MAN and STINKY STERN FOREVER. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys talking about books in schools throughout the US and beyond. Her newest book, MAX MAKES A CAKE is now available from Random House. To keep in touch with Michelle, visit her website, www.michelledwards.com. “Like” her on Facebook . Follow her blog and sign up for her newsletter .

 

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January 17th, 2015

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* Domestic orders only, $35 minimum order. Free shipping applied on qualified orders at checkout, standard shipping only. Promotion exclusive to lionbrand.com. Offer not available at retail locations.

 

The stitches gave him away … it’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet!

January 17th, 2015

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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 patterns to inspire you!

Knit Little Red Riding Hood’s Hooded Scarf Crochet Mini Tote Bag Basket Crochet Little Amigurumi Wolf

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8 New Knit and Crochet Patterns to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

January 16th, 2015

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When I saw these new Valentine’s Day patterns, I immediately thought of Galentine’s Day! For those of you not in the know, it’s the “holiday” that falls on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. It was created by the sitcom Parks and Recreations to celebrate the amazing women in your life, whether they’re single or not!

Galentine’s or Valentine’s, these new patterns are perfect for whatever date you choose to celebrate — the Cabled Heart Boot Cuffs for the friend who loves tall boots; the Heartfelt Cozy for the friend who likes to accessorize their phone; the Warm Heart Cup Cozy for the friends who meet up for coffee regularly; and the Valentine’s Day Gift Bag for someone who loves sweets.

Below is a collection of our newest Valentine’s Day patterns – enjoy!

Crochet Valentine's Day Gift Bag Crochet Valentine's Warm Heart Cup Cozy vdaybootcuffs Heart Key Chain
Crochet Valentine’s Day Gift Bag
in Modern Baby®
Crochet Warm Heart Cup Cozy
in Kitchen Cotton®
Knit Cabled Heart Boot Cuff
in Vanna’s Choice®
( 20% off until the end of January)
Heart Key Chain
in Kitchen Cotton®
crochet-necklace Crochet Heartfelt Phone Cozy Crochet Valentine Scarf vday-bootie
Crochet Hearts Aligned Necklace
in Vanna’s Glamour®
(20% off until the end of January)
Crochet Heartfelt Phone Cozy
in Modern Baby®
Crochet Valentine Scarf
in Vanna’s Glamour®
(20% off until the end of January)
Crochet Baby Love Booties
in Vanna’s Choice®
(20% off until the end of January)

Search under “Valentine’s Day” on our Patternfinder for more great Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day related ideas. What will you be making?

 

Take Your Project on the Go with the 2-in-1 Yarn Tote!

January 15th, 2015

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When I’m heading out the door, I usually grab my yarn first and keys second. Now I’ve got a place to store my project, pattern, and notions along with my everyday essentials.

The 2-in-1 Yarn Tote has a removable, zippered inner pouch that’s designed to keep your yarn safe and clean! If you’re doing stripes or colorwork, feed your yarn through the two grommets in the pouch and never worry about tangles again! I love this bag because the pouch is big enough for those work-in-progress sweater pieces. We made a little video to show off all of the features of this great tote!

:: Can’t see the video below? Click here: http://youtu.be/Up5L88a6aNs ::

The 2-in-1 Yarn Tote comes in four great colors. Which one is your favorite?

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Black 2-in-1 Yarn Tote Blue 2-in-1 Yarn Tote Green 2-in-1 Yarn Tote Pink 2-in-1 Yarn Tote

 

Hand Therapy for Knitters: Tips and Techniques for Hand Health

January 14th, 2015

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We’re excited to have Colette Smith stop by the Lion Brand Yarn booth (Booth #213, 5th floor) at Vogue Knitting Live NYC this weekend to demonstrate Hand Therapy for Knitters. Colette is a knitter, knitting instructor and fiber artist whose work you’ve likely seen at other fiber art shows. Colette knits beautiful, mythical dragons with yarn and other materials and her work will be on display in the gallery area of VK Live (5th floor). She’ll also be present at the Lion Brand booth on Saturday and Sunday to demonstrate hand massage techniques to help alleviate hand and nerve pain.

After consulting with doctors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists, Colette discovered and perfected useful massages for her hands using a rubber bounce ball – the kind you find in toy dispensers at the supermarket!

We hope to see you at our booth on January 17th and 18th to receive a ball and learn the techniques for yourself!

  • Saturday, January 17th: 12:30-1:30pm
  • Sunday, January 18th: 10:30-11:30am

Click here to see Colette talk about some of her massage techniques.

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Give Your Projects a Jolt of Color with Zaps, Lion Brand’s Newest Super Bulky Yarn

January 13th, 2015

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Meet Zaps, a colorful, super bulky weight yarn brand new to the Lion Brand family!

Zaps combines a two-ply strand of a solid color with a strand of contrasting, color changing yarn to produce a lightweight fabric with surprising pops of color. It’s perfect for fast-finish projects and, like so many of your favorite Lion Brand yarns, it’s machine washable!

Zaps comes in eight vibrant colors including Sonic Purple, Busy Burgundy, Quickfire, Espresso, Jet Setter, Supersonic, Lightning, and Atomic Blue!

Here’s a selection of new projects you’ll want to knit or crochet with Zaps!

Cosmic Dorm Throw Knit Latte Rib Scarf Crochet Urban Tweed Vest Knit Cabled Rectangles Poncho
Crochet Cosmic Dorm Throw Knit Latte Rib Scarf Crochet Urban Tweed Vest Knit Cabled Rectangles Poncho

 
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