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31 Ways Knitting and Crochet Can Change Your Life and Make You Healthier

July 23rd, 2014

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The research is in and there’s no denying it: people who knit and crochet have a much better chance at staying healthy, being happy and getting organized.

Free Knit & Crochet Pattern: Aromatherapy Eye PillowsIn the past few years, reports from authoritative sources such as CNN, the Huffington Post and Oxford University, cite evidence to support the fact that knitting and crochet can change your life in many ways … and for the better.

Health is a serious matter for all of us, so we took some time to compile our favorite writings on the matter; articles from Lion Brand bloggers such as Kathryn Vercillo and investigative reports from mainstream media outlets such as the Washington Post.

We hope that you find this round-up useful and that you’ll include knitting and crochet as part of your personal health and wellness plan. It works!

31 Ways that Knitting and Crochet Can Change Your Life

  1. Relieve depression.
  2. Promote mental health.
  3. Reduce anxiety.
  4. Process grief.
  5. Alleviate cabin fever during winter months.
  6. Reduce Stress.
  7. Practise mindfulness and meditation.
  8. Create a non-medicinal, feel-good high.
  9. Protect the brain from damage incurred by aging.
  10. Learn discipline, empathy, patience.
  11. Lose weight.
  12. Relieve insomnia.
  13. Relieve chronic pain.
  14. Keep your brain fit.
  15. Think clearer.
  16. Reduce negative thoughts.
  17. Reduce or postpone dementia.
  18. Improve your mood.
  19. Get organized.
  20. Build self-esteem.
  21. Avoid cognitive impairment.
  22. Delay memory loss.
  23. Control eating disorders.
  24. Find friends.
  25. Reduce irritability and restlessness.
  26. Control addictions.
  27. Get strong.
  28. Recovery.
  29. Practice prayer.
  30. Give to others.
  31. Build community.

:: Get the pattern shown above: Aromatherapy Eye Pillows (pattern available in knit and crochet) ::


Make a Crochet Ripple Afghan with Yolanda Soto-Lopez

July 19th, 2014

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In her newest Lion Brand tutorial, Yolanda, the crochet maven, guides you through the cozy crochet Ripple Afghan pattern with one of our newest yarns, Heartland Thick & Quick.

Check out the video below!

If you like this video, check out more tutorials from Yolanda at All Crafts Channel!


Cozy up to a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet …

July 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 featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

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Throwback Thursday: Crochet from 1861

July 10th, 2014

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I spent my July 4th at the New York Historical Society to see an exhibit on Civil War Textiles. While most of the exhibit was quilts, I was quite surprised to find this very patriotic crochet shawl. It was made in 1861 (that’s older than Lion Brand!) and was presented to the Massachusetts governor and his wife to thank them for their support in the Civil War and abolitionist reforms.

I was most impressed by its simplistic design and could actually imagine someone making something similar today. It’s really amazing to see how the art of crochet (and knitting) has been an integral part of American history, don’t you think?


Lola Says … Don’t Let the Name Fool You!

July 10th, 2014

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Want to crochet the Granny Wrap With Collar seen in this week’s Lola comic? Get the free pattern here and below.

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Argh! Be ye ready for a new “Out of the Loop”?

June 21st, 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 featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn-crafting.

Enjoy and please share widely!

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Make A Zodiac Scarf for Cancer Birthdays

June 13th, 2014

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If you were born between June 22 and July 22, your zodiac sign is Cancer, the fourth sign of the Zodiac represented by the crab. Folks born under this sign are often gentle souls who take great pleasure in the comforts of their home and family life. Traditionalists by nature, Cancers also tend to be patriotic. Another thing to know about Cancer, those born under this sign definitely wear their hearts on their sleeves and they have no shame about it!

cancer-signThe colors in this scarf match the essence of the sign of Cancer: pink for hopeless romanticism, orange for strength and endurance, silver blue for water (the element Cancers are ruled by), and silver grey for the Moon (also Cancer’s ruler).

If you have a friend who has a birthday coming up, a handmade gift is perfect anytime, but being Cancers are so caring and affectionate, there’s no doubt your friend will appreciate the sentimental value of a gift that’s come from your own hands. If you are a Cancer yourself, make two – one for you and one for a friend!

The Cancer zodiac scarf is available for both Knit and Crochet (pictured). Not your sign? Check out our other zodiac scarves here.


Why It’s Important To Celebrate World Wide Knit In Public Day

June 13th, 2014

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wwkpWorld Wide Knit In Public Day takes place June 14-June 22 this year. Now, you might think, “Why do I need a holiday to knit (or crochet) in public?” The reason is that in many peoples’ brains, knitting  and crocheting still reside in a section labeled “old fashioned.” Believe it or not, 10-15 years ago, people were actually ridiculed for pulling out their yarn, needles and hooks in public and they hesitated to do it.

We’ve come a long way. But we’re not there yet.  I was knitting at an airport a couple of weeks ago and a man watching intently spoke up after a while and said, “I haven’t seen anyone do that since my grandmother.”  The man was in his 60s! I wanted to ask him where he’s been but obviously, he hasn’t been anywhere where he has seen people who don’t look old fashioned knitting or crocheting in public.

That’s where you come in.  Make your presence known. Promote your hobby on the train, the subway, the airport, the doctor’s office, the beach, the park,  the hockey game, the local coffee shop or bar. You know how great it is that you have this craft.  It helps you relax. It offers you the opportunity to give meaningful gifts. It allows you to be creative and productive in a tangible way.  Go out. Knit in public.  People will talk to you and you’ll have an opportunity to tell them what they’re missing.

Visit World Wide Knit (&Crochet) In Public Day’s Facebook page to find or lead a group and use the hashtag #wwkipday to find information and share images and info about knitting in public.

Then, let us know how it goes.  We’d love to hear your stories!

 


Ready for a night of ballroom dancing with Lola?

May 30th, 2014

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Want to knit the Simply Elegant Bolero? Get the free pattern here.

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By the way, Todd Clark was recently featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune — way to go Todd!

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Knit or crochet the Lola seen in the photo above, get the free pattern here.

Enjoy other installments of Lola here.


Celebrity Style: Anne Hathaway Rocks a Granny Square Sweater and You Can Too!

May 27th, 2014

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See it … make it!

We spotted Anne Hathaway in this adorable granny square sweater and it reminded us of Lion Brand’s Granny Raglan Pullover pattern.

The Granny Raglan Pullover is crocheted using Vanna’s Choice® in the color Navy and Vanna’s Palettes in Charming.

Vanna’s Palettes are brand new here at Lion Brand. Each package contains 8 miniature skeins of yarn in colorways that are specifically designed to complement each other and a coordinating skein of Vanna’s Choice®. Look for more great patterns for this convenient new yarn on our website soon …

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See it … make it: Granny Raglan Pullover.

:: Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic. ::

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