July 13th, 2015
Looking through Ravelry and various crafting blogs is always such a pleasure, because you come across so many creative and talented people. These sources are great places to find inspiration for projects you want to work on, or new skills to learn and master. So today, I’m happy to share six projects made in our supremely soft cotton yarns, LB Collection and Cotton BambooNature’s Choice Organic, by various designers and bloggers. Cotton
Check out the patterns below, which includes an adorable pouch to keep your accessories in, and precious designs for the little one(s) in your life.
July 12th, 2015
It’s true! Using Vanna’s Choice®, she designed this bright and starry granny square, perfect for a sampler afghan:
This is a FREE pattern, available through beatriceryandesigns.com.
:: Vanna’s Choice® colors seen here in Magenta, Kelly Green and Mustard. ::
July 10th, 2015
Tell us which one you think is crocheted, the Mosaic Cowl & Hat or the Sabrina Tunic, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a 2-in-1 Tote Lion Brand Bag and six (6) balls of LB Collection® Superwash Merino. *
Mobile users, click here if you can’t access the voting tools below.
* Only one entry per person. Promotion ends Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 11:59m EST. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email before August 5th, 2015. Open to residents of the USA and Canada. No purchase necessary. Retail value of prize is approximately $65 USD.
July 10th, 2015
Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.
The caption with the most votes will receive $250 to spend at lionbrand.com!
* Can’t see the entry form? Visit: http://lby.co/1G9NUFL
|Crochet Sea Breeze Top
Made with Cotton-Ease®
|Knit Fishy Wishy Afghan
Made with Modern Baby®
|Crochet Shark Afghan
Made with Hometown USA®
|Crochet Amigurumi Octopus
Made with Vanna’s Choice®
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9 Knit and Crochet Patterns Using Cotton-Ease and Kitchen Cotton (That you can work on in the Summer!)
July 9th, 2015
July 8th, 2015
I love seeing a project come together!! Last week we made our swatches to assure our gauge was correct, joined the first row without any twists (hopefully) and worked on the first few rounds of our Sabrina Tunic!! Like I said last week… Those first few rows are the hardest part… So now we are ready to kick into gear and get our Yoke made!!
Since the Sabrina Tunic is made in one piece from the top down, this project will start shaping up quickly and we will see a hint of how it will look by the time our Yoke is complete. I love working with Vanna’s Glamour Yarn… The small amount of shimmer and sparkle will make this a perfect piece to wear this fall, and the nice bounce the yarn provides is also going to make the garment fit nicely. It’s still not too late to join us and make a Sabrina Tunic for yourself. You can even have the yarn shipped right to your doorstep… Click here to view and order your yarn kit!! If you are ready… Let’s get our hooks and get the party started!!
July 8th, 2015
In this latest episode of Tea with Shira, I’m honored to chat with Emeric Harney!
Emeric Harney is a 3rd generation member of the tea company, Harney & Sons. Of course we had many stories to share, both being part of family businesses and all, but get this: he’s a knitter too!
Emeric and I discuss what’s on his needles currently, who he’s making it for and, of course, TEA!
So, grab your needles and/or hooks, your tea, and enjoy the latest episode of Tea with Shira!
:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch: https://youtu.be/nZ0lg5O4ook ::
Yarn mentioned in this video: LB Collection® Superwash Merino
July 7th, 2015
Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.
I spend about half my time these days away from home, standing in front of classrooms full of knitters, teaching them how to do things. That’s my job. I have an awesome job.
I teach these knitters to do all kinds of stuff: how to knit lace, how knit with color, how to put colors together, how to cut knitting, how to sew knitting. And that’s just the top of the list. If you want to make a living in this business, it pays to have many strings to your bow.
No matter what I’m teaching, one sort of question always comes up.
“What if I…?”
For the ellipsis, read any of the following:
…do the opposite of what you are telling me to do?
…try doing the same thing in a way I just thought up?
…try doing something that is not at all this thing we are talking about, but is some other thing I think might be kind of cool?
Or variations thereupon.
I grin, because one über lesson underlies all my lessons:
Play around. Whatever you’re doing, play around.
July 6th, 2015
There’s nothing quite like finishing up a project, stepping back, and admiring your handiwork. Perhaps that’s why our two 5 1/2 Hr Afghans were the top patterns in June! These projects both used bulky yarns, which certainly help when you want a pattern to work up quickly. Their simplicity makes for a fast and easy project — and a beautiful housewarming gift!
Our Yarn of the Month for June — Babysoft® — provided a lot of inspiration for those of you knitting gifts for babies and toddlers. The bright pastels of this yarn collection created a variety of combinations perfect for little ones!
Lastly, airy shawls were a huge hit. These pieces are the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe. They provide the right touch of flair to any outfit, and keep us warm when the summer breeze gets a little chilly!
Below are the top patterns for June. Even as the weather warms up, we hope you’ll keep knitting and crocheting pieces for you and your loved ones!
|Crochet 5 1/2 Hr 2 Strand Afghan made with Homespun®||Crochet 5 1/2 Hr Neutral Tones Afghan made with Hometown USA® and Homespun®||Knit Semi-Tropical Shawl made with Cotton-Ease®|
|Knit Checkers Baby Blanket made with Babysoft®||Crochet Summer Sonata Shawl made with Vanna’s Glamour®||Crochet Quick Lacy Ripple Afghan made with Hometown USA®|
|Crochet Lace Petal Shawl made with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo||Crochet Brilliant Colors Baby Throw made with Babysoft®||Crochet Pink V-Stich Baby Throw made with Babysoft®|
July 5th, 2015
The summer is here so it’s time to plan a big getaway! I don’t like air travel but I do like that it provides me with uninterrupted time to knit and I like that knitting keeps me calm and stress-free while I’m on board! When I tell people that the meditative qualities of knitting have seen me through many journeys, they’re often surprised that I’m allowed to bring my needles on board. While the TSA guidelines can be tricky, knitters and crocheters can put their minds at ease! I’ve collected some frequently asked questions on the subject so you can be in the know about what you are permitted to take on the plane.
Are knitting needles and crochet hooks allowed in carry-on luggage?
Knitting needles and crochet hooks are permitted by the TSA in carry-on luggage on domestic flights in the US. Savvy travelers suggest that you carry wooden or plastic needles over metal and bring circular knitting needles instead of straights which might seem more obtrusive. If you are travelling internationally be sure to check the guidelines of your airline and security agencies abroad. You may be allowed to fly into a country with knitting needles in your carry-on but be required to check them on your return flight.
What about scissors?
You might be surprised to find out that you can bring scissors in your carry-on as long as they have blades that are shorter than four inches. Although they may seem innocuous or be advertised as airplane-approved, thread cutter pendants like these are prohibited by the TSA and should be kept in checked luggage. Don’t have any small scissors? Nail clippers are a good, travel-sized alternative for cutting yarn and they are permitted in carry-ons. If you have questions about other items, the TSA has made a handy search tool.
If you’re worried you might have your needles confiscated, bring a print out of the most recent TSA rules. But keep in mind, screeners can confiscate any items they do not feel are safe regardless of these guidelines. It’s best to leave supplies that are costly to replace or hold sentimental value at home in case you have to part with them. Carry dental floss in your carry-on. You can use the blade to cut yarn and the floss is great for holding stitches in a pinch if you’re asked to surrender your needles.
The security checkpoint is, for many travelers, the most stressful part of a trip. Pack your supplies together in a project bag so that they can easily be inspected and use clear, zip-top bags for smaller notions. Remember to have a back up plan and be courteous!
What should I bring on my trip?
Check out this post for more ideas on what projects and notions to pack and how to prepare for travel crafting. And don’t forget, you can leave your yarn diet home while you’re on vacation!
Have you ever had trouble with your knitting or crochet at the airport? What’s your favorite thing to knit or crochet on a flight?