November 22nd, 2015
You’ll want this lacy top to be your next crochet project! Worked from the top down, it’s easy to tailor this pullover to fit you perfectly. Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal explains what she likes most about the Openwork Top Down Pullover:
I love this pullover. This crochet top down sweater is the answer to all of you that ask for top down sweaters! I LOVE IT! We used Vanna’s Glamour® to give it that pop. I personally tend to run hot, so the short sleeves on this garment are right up my alley. There is no question that when you wear this, you’ll get loads of compliments!
See this perfect pullover in the video below!:
|Crochet Openwork Top Down Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour®|
November 20th, 2015
Homespun®, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways: from your painterly shades, to that famous poncho, we love the texture and depth you give our projects. We’ll let brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal continue the list…
Happy 20th anniversary, Homespun®!
* Sale on through to Sunday, November 30th, 2015. Applies to Homespun® family yarns only, excluding yarn already on sale or clearance. Valid at lionbrand.com only.
November 20th, 2015
If you can, I suggest you get your hands on a copy of this book because Salena and her designing contributors did a wonderful job with the patterns. They’re fun and modern and sure to put a smile on your face. The skill levels of the projects vary, so you’re sure to find something for beginners and more advanced crocheters as well.
Thanks to our friends at Stackpole Books, we’re bringing you a wonderful giveaway in which 2 winners have a chance to win a copy of this book along with a set of Bonbons® in the Nature colorway to make the reindeer mug cozy you see above. See details below for entering.
1. Entries must be received by November 30 at 11:59pm EST
2. US entries only.
3. Must be 18 and over to enter.
4. One entry per person.
»Click here« to enter the giveaway if the form below does not work for you.
November 19th, 2015
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 introduces us to the Craft As Therapy community on Instagram, which is a daily visual celebration of the healing capacities of crafting. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.
When Mandy of the RedAgape Style & Design blog started using the hashtag #craftastherapy on her own Instagram account, it was just a personal thing. She had always loved crafting but after her mother was diagnosed with brain cancer and the diagnosis worsened Mandy’s own illness, she realized just how important crafting was for her health. She began to intentionally turn to crafting as a way to distract herself from the anxiety of this period, and she began to tag her photos accordingly.
People immediately took notice. Others started using the hashtag widely. Mandy says, “It became apparent to me how important craft is as a form of therapy, not just for me, but for many other crafters. Many have shared their stories about why they craft for therapy. Some are suffering with mental illness, infertility issues, chronic illness, physical illness … and some craft simply because it is cheaper than (traditional) therapy and keeps them smiling!”
Mandy was surprised by how much people loved this hashtag, although looking back she says she’s surprised that she was so surprised. She says, “I’m not sure why I thought I was the only one. I mean; there is a reason that coloring books for adults are so popular right now. Everyone is looking for some time out for their minds and crafting is perfect.”
November 19th, 2015
We’re all feeling the holiday rush! Between coordinating family and friend visits and digging up old recipes, we know crafting’s a great way to unwind.
Think you’re running out of time to make gifts? Think again! In the latest episode of Tea with Shira, brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal asks a few Lion Brand staff members what projects they’re making. Best of all, these projects are quick-finish, so you can make them in a weekend!
Check out the patterns featured in this video below!:
|Crochet Brompton Abbey Cowl made with Heartland®||Crochet Quick Cushy Hat & Cowl Set made with Homespun® Thick & Quick®||Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Afghan made with Homespun® Thick & Quick®|
|Knit Out on the Town Scarfie
made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
|Knit Amelia Earflap Hat made with LB Collection® Natural Wool|