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Introducing “Out of the Loop” — a new Lion Brand Yarn comic created by Todd Clark

April 19th, 2014

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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 that will feature humorous takes on the world of yarn-crafting.

Enjoy and please share widely!

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Video: How to Do Front and Back Post Stitches

February 15th, 2014

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Maggie Weldon is a crochet expert who loves to share her expertise with those wanting to master the art of crochet.

Make beautifully textured colorwork projects with this simple stitch! Maggie Weldon illustrates how to do front and back post double crochets, half double crochets, and single crochets. Watch the video below to learn these easy techniques:

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The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – revealed!

January 10th, 2014

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UPDATED 7 Wonders Collage

Lion Brand Yarn Company Showcases “The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World” at CHA Winter Tradeshow

We’re at the Craft Hobby Association (CHA) Winter 2014 tradeshow in Anaheim, CA this weekend and our big secret is now out! Keep watching here as we reveal “7 Wonders of the Yarn World” — a fiber art installation that includes large-scale yarn sculptures representing the 7 wonders of the world.

The 7 Wonders of The World sculptures were designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. Each sculpture represents a different technique found in knit or crochet. The installations that represent the “7 Wonders of the Yarn World” theme stand about 5 feet high or taller, and include marvels such as the Great Wall of China crocheted with granny squares, an embellished knit Taj Mahal, a lace crocheted Leaning Tower of Pisa, a crocheted Lion Sphinx, and more.

Keep watching here as more photos get added to our gallery.


Pairing Your Favorite Afghan With Wine

December 22nd, 2013

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Photo courtesy of  Praktyczny Przewodnik  via Creative Commons license.It may not seem like it at first, but wine and afghans have a lot in common. They’re both diverse and they both come in many colors and varieties. They can evoke a sense of the pastoral just as easily as they can a sense of modernity. Their companionship is appreciated when we curl up with a good book on Saturday night or when they join us for Sunday afternoon movie-watching and snuggling.

Here are a few of my favorite Lion Brand afghans and a suggested wine pairing or two (… or three) for each.

Snow And Sunsets Afghan

Perfect for this time of year, this afghan is great for those cold winter nights when all there is to do is watch the snow fall outside your window.

The natural shade of Fishermen’s Wool® contrasted with the vivid colors of Amazing® make the chevrons in this blanket truly stand out.

I would pair this afghan with a rich-bodied white wine, something a bit spicy like an older German Reisling or a Gewürztraminer.

Vintage On The Bias Afghan

This rustic afghan is crocheted on the bias to create the unique diamond design. The earthy tones of Homespun® Thick and Quick® will have everyone wanting to warm up under this cozy throw.

Pair this afghan with red wines that exude aromas of earth, and maybe a touch of old wood – think Brunello, Cabernet Sauvignon or even a Malbec or Pinot Noir.

Toasty Rose Afghan

The unique border on this mitered rectangular throw gives it a very elegant and feminine look.

If this afghan strikes your fancy, a relaxing rosé would be the perfect match for your tastes!

You may not believe it, but Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are vintners – in addition to actors, parents and humanitarians – and they’re good at it too. Last year they released a rosé the critics loved called Miraval and if you can find a bottle, it’s a very lovely wine.

Modular Cable Afghan

Bring a contemporary look to your living room with this afghan made of cabled hexagons.

A contemporary design calls for a younger wine, so a few pairings I recommend for this afghan are Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio on the white side or a Shiraz or Beaujolais for red.

Slip Stitch Afghan

This afghan has a unique texture and color palette thanks to a combination of both Wool-Ease® and Amazing® yarn, and series of slip stitches.

The slip stitch afghan demands to be paired with a rare varietal. Try a Petite Verdot, a Picpoul Blanc or a Ramnista.

Bonus tip: If you’ve always wanted to try to make a slip stitch, take a look at our newest Craftsy class, My First Slip-Stitch Afghan.

:: Photo courtesy of Praktyczny Przewodnik via Creative Commons license. ::

 


An Amigurumi Giveaway Made Just for You!

December 5th, 2013

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AmiguruME cover

You can crochet animals, food, and practically anything you can think of as amigurumis, but have you ever thought of crocheting an amigurumi version of Mr. T or Bob Dylan?

We’ve teamed up with Lark Crafts and Allison Hoffman to bring you a great giveaway. AmiguruMe is all about taking amigurumi to the next level and creating mini-celebrities or even a mini version of yourself! The book goes through techniques on how to customize your doll from skin tone to facial shapes to the clothes so you’ll have an amigurumi that is right for you.

One lucky winner will receive a copy of the book, as well as their own amigurumi of Frida Kahlo!

*Contest ends December 12th.

»Click here to enter!«

*Update 12/18/2013*:  Congratulations to Michelle Pajnic and we’ll be in touch shortly to get your prizes to you!

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Yarn Crafting Seen At New York Comic Con

October 30th, 2013

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New York Comic Con has been over for more than two weeks and I’m still suffering from the post-con depression (i.e. that listless, nostalgic feeling you get when you’ve just returned from Disneyland). However I’m still going through all the photos I took from the event.  To my surprise, I saw quite a few yarn crafts and couldn’t help but share them with you.

They were all impressively creative because the majority required no pattern, just a lot of imagination.

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This girl crocheted her entire
Ruby Rose (RWBY) cosplay.
Doctor Who wristwarmers
found on Etsy.
An adorable Boo costume from Monsters, Inc.
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This needle felted R2D2
took at least 6 months to make.
She just started to learn crochet and wanted to show off her skills with
this Magikarp (Pokemon) hat.
She said she didn’t know how to sew, and crocheted her props for
her Little Sister cosplay (Bioshock) instead.

Ever tried to crochet or knit an entire costume? Or ever seen one that totally impressed you? Tell us!


A Fun Crochet-Along for You to Join at the Petals to Picots Blog!

September 29th, 2013

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Little Boy Blue BlanketWe’ve teamed up with Kara at the Petals to Picots blog to bring you a new crochet-along with one of our newest patterns, in one of of our newest yarns!  Kara has just announced she’ll be hosting the crochet-along for the Little Boy Blue Blanket made in Heartland.  Kara starts the official CAL instructions tomorrow, and will be conducting the CAL through early December.  This way, you have enough time to possibly turn this blanket into a holiday gift for someone!

There will be new instructions posted for the CAL every two weeks so that you’ll have enough time to work up each section.  The pattern is considered an intermediate level, and requires knowledge of the single crochet (sc) and double crochet stitch (dc).  There’s fun color work in the project, so it will be fun to see everything come together at the end.

There is an official Ravelry group for the CAL so you can share your progress, ask questions, chat with other members and more.  Stop in, say hi to Kara and the rest of the group, and get ready to start a fun new crochet project!  We look forward to seeing plenty of great projects.

Check out Petals to Picots tomorrow for the first set of instructions.  Are you ready to get crocheting? Let us know if you’ll be participating in the comments below.


The Therapy of Crochet and Knitting

February 25th, 2013

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Has crafting ever brought you out of a tough time? Often, the meditative and creative aspects of yarn crafts can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to coping with grief, depression, or that funk you just haven’t been able to emerge from. Though knitting and crochet are often looked at as lighthearted, serene crafts, the emergence of many crafting social groups over the last several years speaks to the release of both the craft and the social component that frequently comes along with it. A new book highlights the healing that can come from crochet.

Crochet Saved My Life chronicles the journey of a college freshman coping with the usual suspects–new school, new state, new friends–as well as the far less familiar, including the surprise diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor. Author Kathryn Vercillo describes how she found release from her anxiety and stress in the therapeutic nature of each repetitive stitch.

More than telling her own story, which includes the profound motion of dropping a knife from her wrist and picking up yarn instead, Vercillo also shares the stories of other men and women who have found solace in crochet and knitting, as well as the effects these crafts have on those with various mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis.

To learn more about the book, click here.

So many of us have found comfort in the stitches of knitting and crochet. Have these yarn crafts gotten you through difficult times in your life? Share your experiences below. 


Celebrate the Year of the Snake with Yarn

February 7th, 2013

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This Sunday, February 10, marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This lunar new year celebration, which represents the Year of the Snake and year 4711 on the Chinese calendar, will continue for 15 days. If you’re anything like me, those two weeks sound like the perfect opportunity to get creative and ring in the year of the snake, so I’ve rounded up some of the best snake patterns to knit and crochet.

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Crochet Sssandy the Snake Crochet Coral Snake

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Stave Off Six More Weeks of Winter with This Groundhog!

February 1st, 2013

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Editor’s Note: We’re excited to welcome Ashley to our team. Ashley is a journalist, crocheter, and knitter who will be sharing her love of fun and quirky projects here on the blog and on Twitter

With Superbowl Sunday fast upon us, another important event occurring this weekend has nearly been overlooked. And no, I’m not talking about the Puppy Bowl, either.

It’s almost Groundhog Day! Crazy weather patterns have plagued the whole country this season, and we’re about to find out how much longer winter is going to last. If you can’t make it to Punxatawney, Pennsylvania, to meet the official furry weather forecaster, there’s still time to break out a crochet hook and some Lion Brand Chenille and make your own!

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I found this great pattern on Ravelry (click here to view the pattern) and used some Chenille in Brownstone and an N hook to crochet this little guy. Stone would also work for a lighter color coat. One skein will make several of these furry little guys. A little Charcoal Luxe Fur and some Cotton-Ease® in Berry worked perfectly to embroider a face with a tapestry needle.

While I plan to keep this little guy as far away from shadows as possible in an effort to speed up the start to springtime, I can’t say the same for keeping him away from my dog, Murphy, who is convinced I’ve made him a new toy!

What other projects have you thinking spring? Have you broken out any lightweight, brightly-colored projects to put the dreariness of winter behind you already? Let us know in the comments!