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Monthly Archives: April 2009

  • April Showers... at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio

    Every month, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio creates a beautiful display to showcase its yarn of the month. April’s feature is Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton, which also has seven new colors (for a total of 14). The Studio did an amazing job decorating with umbrellas, rain boots, and (my favorite part) amigurumi birds. If you've guessed this month's theme, you can probably guess next month's! AND if you're in New York City, swing by the Studio to see this fantastic creative display in person!

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  • A Special Event at FIT

    It’s not often I have an opportunity to write on the blog as my family and business responsibilities keeps me quite busy. I thought it appropriate to share about an event that was very special to the Blumenthal family and those that knew my father, Isidor Blumenthal, of blessed memory (1909-2003) that took place last Monday, April 20, 2009.

    At the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, a division of the State University of New York, Lion Brand Yarn dedicated a seminar room to Isidor Blumenthal. In addition to being my father, Isidor was President of Lion Brand Yarn from 1957 until his passing in December 2003. He was truly the driving force behind our family and family businesses – Lion Brand Yarn Company and Orchard Yarn & Thread, Inc.

    My father was a soft-spoken, modest individual with a passion for education. The importance of learning and teaching were among the most essential things in the world to him. It is most gratifying to have a seminar room named after him at an institution of higher learning and one that he thought so much of and to which he and our company are connected.

    Dr. Joyce Brown, President of FIT, and Lisa Braverman, Dean of Students, spoke at the dedication regarding Lion Brand Yarn and its affiliation with FIT through scholarships, the endowment of the seminar room, and, on the occasion of Lion Brand Yarn’s 125th anniversary in 2003, by sponsoring an exhibit at the FIT museum.

    During her remarks, Dr. Brown announced the establishment of a new award by Lion Brand Yarn for the student that shows the most creativity in hand knitting and/or crochet in the field of textiles.

    We at Lion Brand are blessed with a wonderful heritage of helping others and providing a superior quality products that people enjoy working with.

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  • Yarn Meets Math Meets Art

    As every yarn lover knows, it takes a lot of math to make an item, from gauge to garment measurements to modifications. Therefore, we're excited to support PS 122 in New York City, a well-known performance space and gallery, featuring an exciting exhibition entitled Yarn Theory: Knitting, Crochet, Math and Science.

    This exhibit features innovative work from 15 yarncrafting artists, including Robyn Love's Knitted Mile. Visitors are invited to join in on the art by knitting and crocheting on the scaffolding outside; materials will be provided at PS 122. Yarn Theory will be on display from April 25-May 17 at 150 First Avenue in New York City. For more information, visit the PS 122 Gallery website.

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