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Monthly Archives: June 2009

  • Party Like It’s 1959

    Recently I have been noticing a trend of people going back to when things were simpler. It seems that the state of the economy is forcing people to realize that it is truly the little things in life that are the most important. I recently came across an article called “Why We Party Like It’s 1959” that I feel describes this trend perfectly. In the article it explains how today’s youth seems to be gravitating back toward the simplicity of things, such as knitting clubs, homemade baked goods, and dinner dances. Even thought we live in a world full of excessive internet-use and text messaging, there is a growing number of young people who seeking more human interaction and simple fun. The article explains how inexpensive activities like knitting are calming and meditative experiences and can help alleviate the stress that these hard times have brought to everyone’s daily lives.

    I came across a book the other day called The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts which is comprised of various craft projects from the Fifties and Sixties. I feel that this book is a perfect response to this retro movement. All of the projects in the book are inexpensive and easy to make. With the summer quickly approaching, these cute creations such as the Merry Monsters and Powder Room Poodles (both fun, yarn creations), would be perfect for summer projects.

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  • When Knitting is Healing

    A woman who survived the Oklahoma City bombing stopped knitting because of the trauma.  She returned to her knitting to help her with the healing process.

    Has knitting or crocheting ever played a part in recovering from challenges in your life?

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  • Studio Snippets: A Very Special Wedding Present

    A few months ago, a wonderful blogger and knitter named Sinje Ollen came in to do a blog post about the Studio.  While she was here, her eye fell upon the LB Collection Cashmere.  We keep the cashmere (along with lots of other wonderful yarns) on the needles on the project table for people to play with.  She sat down and started to swatch a beautiful lace pattern.  She scooped up 15 balls of the Natural color to design the perfect garment for her friend's wedding.  We made her promise to come back and show us when she was done.  A few days ago, She came back to show off . . . WOW!

    The main piece was a large square with two slits for the arms.  The sides of the arm holes had button holes that lined up with the buttons on these amazing gloves

    She then folded over the front and used the Lion Brand Yarn Studio's beautiful One World Button shawl pins to close it.  The top of the square simply folds over creating this wonderful shape in the back

    As if this gift wasn't already special enough, Sinje added this beautiful detail of a tree (inspired by Nicky Epstein's Tree of Life) that was the tree on the wedding invitation and the tree her friends were getting married under.

    A truly beautiful wedding gift, and we were honored to have her share it with us.

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