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Cozy Up With These Coffee and Tea Cozies!

June 23rd, 2015

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Coffee and Tea CoziesWell, it’s only appropriate that I write a little tea round-up, seeing as I have become a “Tea Maven” here at Lion Brand. As I search the internet for patterns, the first thing that comes to mind is, “why do such warm things need to be cozied?” But, I’m getting off track.

I’ve realized that with my new web series — Tea with Shira — the perfect gift for my friends this holiday season will be Mug Cozies. You can get super detailed and go all out or do a simple single crochet or garter stich. So I’m going though and checking out which ones are my favorites. The first thing that comes to my mind is “aww” when I see those amigurumi tea-cups; they would make a great keychain or earrings! And that lion-themed cozy? Being the Brand Ambassador of Lion Brand, I have to get on this!

Thinking about making one of these? Wondering what’s next on Tea with Shira? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Crochet One-Stitch Mug Cozy, made with Heartland® Crochet Lionheart Coffee/Tea Cup Cozy, made with Wool-Ease® Knit Owl Coffee Cup Cozie by My Knitting Basket* Make it with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Tea Time Amigurumi by Misaki-C* Make it with Bonbons. Knit Cabled Coffee Cozy, made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Brain Freeze! Ice Cream Cozy by The Crochet Dude* Made with Cotton-Ease®

Of course, that Brain Freeze cozy may not be for tea.. but it’s a cozy for ice cream… cold things need cozies too!

 

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern

 

Celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day with 6 Patterns for Pups!

June 22nd, 2015

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This Friday is a special day for dog lovers — it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day! If your place of work allows it, consider bringing along your pup to hang out for the day.

Here at Lion Brand Yarn, we’re pretty fond of dogs — two in particular, in fact!

Barkley and Harold are two sweet peas that belong to our Art Director, Janeen, and our Yarn Development Coordinator, Gail.

Both have modeled a few of our dog patterns — Barkley even has a pattern named after him! The two of them come into the office a couple of times of month, but are eager to celebrate officially on Take Your Dog to Work Day.

The day was first developed as a way to help boost dog adoption by celebrating the special bond between people and their pets. We know knitting and crocheting can be healing and relaxing; having your dog with you during the day can do the same!

Gail shared that having Harold in the office is “a benefit for everyone. The dogs get a lot of attention, and it helps us with office camaraderie.”

Janeen seconded this, saying that having her dog, Barkley, around is therapeutic. “They change the energy,” she added.

 

Whether they’re headed to the office with you or not, keep your doggie stylish with these six patterns just for dogs!

 

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Knit Prep Dog Sweater
Made with Wool-Ease®
Crochet Poet Dog Sweater
Made with Homespun®
Knit Animal Lover Dog Sweater
Made with Vanna’s Glamour®
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Crochet Casual Friday Dog Sweater
Made with Heartland®
Knit Proud Puppy Dog Sweater
Made with Amazing®
Crochet Flower Garden Dog Sweater
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

 

 

8 Things We’ve Been Doing (Besides Knitting and Crocheting!)

June 21st, 2015

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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 dressSarah: 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.

touch the artBrandyce: 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.

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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!

 

Kristy Glass Re-Imagines the Crochet Wedding Capelet for Parties, Festivals & Other Casual Affairs

June 20th, 2015

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kristy_wedding_capeletOur 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!

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Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/f2xhFLh_wkQ

Get the pattern: http://lby.co/1MJ3Wvr
Get the yarn: http://lby.co/1INwRxT

 

POSTPONED! Make a big yarnbomb in Union Square with London Kaye Crochet on Sunday, June 28th!

June 19th, 2015

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POSTPONED! Due to thunderstorm activity in NYC today, the event in Union Square is cancelled. We will announce a rain date shortly.

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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
You can make your swatch before hand if you like — our StitchFinder has some great knit and crochet patterns for small blocks, flowers and motifs — OR you can knit or crochet a little something on the spot. We’ll have lots of yarn, hooks and needles for you to take advantage of.

Some ideas from StitchFinder:

Knit Small Leaf Crochet Octagon Motif

 

Can’t knit or crochet? No problem! Representatives from Yarndevu, a community of knitters and crocheters who meet in person and learn from each other, will be on hand to teach you how! Eager to learn before then? Sign up on Yarndevu now and connect with a local knitter or crocheter eager to teach!

Event Details:

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.)

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* Please note, we are not fastening any yarn to a fixed structure. We are asking participants to fasten their knitted or crochet contribution to a piece of portable mesh that we will provide that day.

 

Go Under The Sea With These 9 Patterns!

June 19th, 2015

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Summer is definitely the time to spot sea creatures! Head on out to a beach to find starfish, or visit your local aquarium to see an underwater world up close! We suspect not many would like a face-to-face encounter with a real jellyfish, but we find the amigurumi kind to be sweet and playful.

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!

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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®.
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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®
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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

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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 kawaii patterns to inspire you!

Crochet Filipa Fox Knit Little Pig And Bunny Crochet Critter Trio
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

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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!

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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!

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Your weekend project: Audra Kurtz shows you how to weave an easy wall hanging using a Martha Stewart Crafts™ Loom!

June 18th, 2015

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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®.

 

 

Learn to Knit the Mesh Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

June 17th, 2015

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Very Pink Knits Tutorial imageToday 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

 
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