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Top 5 things the Big Apple Knitters Guild Loved (We Bet You’ll Love Them Too!)

February 15th, 2015

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This past week I had the pleasure of visiting the Big Apple Knitters Guild to unveil some of our newest offerings, live and in person. As the new Brand Ambassador, and a fifth generation member of the family business at Lion Brand, I was bursting with excitement to meet about eighty knitters and to talk about the yarn world that I love so much.

I was SO energized by their enthusiasm that I want to share with you their top 5 “oohs and aahs” of the evening:

Penelope Poncho 1. The Penelope Poncho – made with Country®, who doesn’t love this snugly, cozy great easy knit project?
pd-rpda 2. Artisan Gift Wrap – I need it and I need it now! I just want to wrap my cats in it.
3. LB Collection® yarns – These yarns are really well-priced, stunning, and they are not going to make me broke. Can I have some more please?
100-202a 4. 2-in-1 Tote – This invention is genius! Always searching for your sunglasses and hoping they don’t get tangled with your yarn? Perfect, this one’s for you.
l40703a 5. Hudson Riverfront Hat – There is nothing bad about some glitz and faux-fur – Pelt and Gold Leaf® create the magic here. I love this hat and I need to make it myself.

I look forward to speaking to more groups in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area so if you would like me to visit, please contact me at Shira@lionbrand.com. In the meantime, I share the inside scoop about what it’s like living the yarny life at Lion Brand on Intagram and Twitter, where you can follow me @Shiraroars

 

The Simple Shrug is Simply a Rectangle!

February 15th, 2015

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You’ll impress your friends (and yourself) when you make this Simple Shrug!

The Lion Brand® design team has developed a collection of gorgeous, uncomplicated patterns based on straightforward rectangles. The Simple Shrug is the perfect project for any crocheter who’s ready to graduate from making accessories!

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This shrug can be worn in multiple ways, so it’s very versatile! Wear it over your favorite little black dress or pair it with jeans on a chilly summer night. Made with Lion Brand®‘s self-striping yarn Unique, the beautiful color changes do all of the work for you!

Design Editor Susan Haviland explains the easy construction of the Simple Shrug in the video below:

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It’s #Caturday … post some #LBcats!

February 14th, 2015

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Crafting with Cats
We love pets at Lion Brand. If you’ve any spent time browsing our patterns at lionbrand.com, chances are you’ve seen some of our canine friends modeling in projects such as Barkley Loves His Blanket or the 12 Dogs of Christmas series — but what about our cats? They may not go for snuggly sweaters like our dogs do, but that doesn’t mean they’re not interested in what we’re making. If you share your home with a cat, you’ve probably had your craft time turn into cat time: Got a great new project on your needles? That’s where the cat wants to nap. Sitting down to crochet for a couple of hours? That’s when the cat wants head scratches. Ready to start a brand new project with some gorgeous new yarn? HEY, where’d my yarn go?!

Big personalities have helped some cats like Grumpy Cat, Lil’ Bub and Keyboard Cat to achieve celebrity status on the internet, but we think they’re ALL stars! With that in mind we’ve created a special gallery where you can share your favorite felines with the world. Post your pics of crafting with cats on your favorite social media site (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and simply include the hashtag #LBcats!

You can also upload your pics directly to our gallery here:


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Make your furry friend a special #Caturday treat with these patterns for knit and crochet!

Amigurumi Sardines Cat Toy
Amigurumi Sardines Cat Toy
Miss Mousie
Miss Mousie
Amigurumi Fortune Cookie Cat Toy
Amigurumi Fortune Cookie Cat Toy

 

❤❤❤ Happy Valentine’s Day from Lion Brand Yarn! ❤❤❤

February 14th, 2015

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Once a crafter, always a crafter … it’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet!

February 13th, 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 loom-knit patterns to inspire you!

Loom Knit Entrelac Baby Blanket Loom Knit Ridged Cowl Loom Knit Patchwork Throw

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Win a Copy of Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health and 10 Skeins of Vanna’s Choice

February 13th, 2015

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Health and wellness are topics we cover here quite often. Today we’re recognizing National Heart Month with a giveaway! Enter now for a chance to win one copy of Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health, and 10 skeins of Vanna’s Choice® to make a Mitered Throw, one of the patterns featured in the book!

Laura Zander, owner of Jimmy Beans Wool, worked with Sixth and Spring Books on the Stitch Red book series to raise awareness around heart disease and preventive heart health in general. A portion of each book sale goes towards HeartTruth®, a public awareness program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Crochet Red is filled with beautiful crochet projects, each paired with a heartwarming story from a prominent face within the crochet world, including our beloved Vanna White. She wrote one of the forewords for the book, and also shares some of her healthy lifestyle tips.

One lucky winner will be chosen to win the prize pack: the book and 10 skeins of Vanna’s Choice® yarn — please see below for details.

Good Luck!

Rules and Guidelines:

1. Entries must be received by February 20, 11:59p.m. EST

2. US entries only

3. Must be 18 and over to enter.

4. One person per entry

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2 Ways to Start a Circle in Crochet from Dora Ohrenstein

February 12th, 2015

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Learn 2 Methods for Crocheting a Circle

Thanks to our friends over at Storey Publishing, we’re sharing a handy excerpt from Dora Ohrenstein’s latest book, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop (The Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter).

Dora’s latest book features numerous tips on gauge, crochet shaping and construction, colorwork and more – so we suggest that you go ahead and check out the book in its entirety, you’ll be glad you did.

In the meantime, have a look at the excellent excerpt below. Coupled with instructional photos, you’ll quickly and easily learn two different methods for starting a crochet circle – a ring with chains and the magic circle.

Try them out to see which method you like best!


Starting the Circle

There are several different ways to begin working in the round. You can make several chains (the most common method), make an adjustable ring, or use the first chain as a ring. Let’s look at the first two.

Make a Ring with Chains

To make a ring with chains, work several chains, then slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring. The number of chains is determined by how many stitches you intend to work into the ring and how tightly you want the ring to close. If you are following a pattern, the number of chains will be specified. Supposing, however, that you are working a hat pattern, and after working the specified number of chains and stitches in the first round, you find you have a larger hole at the center than you’d like. Go ahead and try again with fewer chains: it will cause no harm whatsoever. For other items worked in the round, such as motifs and flowers, the size of the “hole” at the center can make a difference, as it affects the overall size of the finished piece. In these instances, it’s wise to stick with the instructions as written.

Ring with chains

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10 Truths: Knitting and Crocheting Prayer Shawls

February 12th, 2015

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“A shawl is like a warm hug.”

Giving a prayer shawl to a friend or family member going through a difficult time is an appropriate gesture when there isn’t anything you can do to make their situation better. A handmade knit or crochet gift can offer comfort beyond words and the process can often have the power to heal one’s self too.

Over the years we’ve collected wisdom and insights from our favorite writers on making and giving prayer shawls (sometimes also known as comfort or healing shawls). These four articles below capture the essence of the prayer shawl and offer ten great tips – from patterns to process to the philosophy behind them – this collection is a great starting point for anyone who’d like to learn more about making prayer shawls:

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Homespun® is on sale now – save 20% at lionbrand.com and Lion Brand retail locations in February.

How have prayer shawls helped you? Share in the comments below!


 

Crochet Un Gorro Fácil Con un Pompón: Un Tutorial en Español (Crochet an Easy Hat with a Pompon, A Tutorial in Spanish)

February 11th, 2015

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Hoy, tenemos un vídeo tutorial para usted completamente en Español de Yolanda Soto-Lopez de el canal All Crafts Channel en Youtube.  Nos dimos cuenta de lo popular que ha sido el tutorial de “Simple Crochet Shrug” con subtitulos de Yolanda, y quisimos probar un nuevo vídeo sólo en español.

Miren como Yolanda le muestra como tejer un gorro fácil  con un pompón!

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Translation: Today, we have a video tutorial for you completely in Spanish from Yolanda Soto-Lopez from the All Crafts Channel on Youtube. We noticed how popular Yolanda’s Simple Crochet Shrug tutorial with subtitles has been, so we wanted to try a new video only in Spanish.

Watch as Yolanda shows you, in Spanish, how to crochet an easy hat with a pompom!

 

Colette Smith Turns Craft into Art!

February 11th, 2015

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Colette Smith is passionate about teaching knitters and crocheters techniques to help keep wrists and hands pain-free. That’s because she’s an amazing fiber artist herself who knits for hours every day! Colette designs and creates incredible sculptures, including dragons, insects, and sea creatures. These fanciful creations can be over six feet tall and sometimes take over 15 miles of yarn to complete!

While Colette visited the Lion Brand booth at Vogue Knitting Live, I asked her about her experiences making such unique pieces of art and she shared some tips for beginners:

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P.S. If you live in the New York City area, you can see Colette’s art in-person at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio – watch the Lion Brand Studio blog for details in the coming days.

 
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