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Monthly Archives: July 2009

  • Studio Snippets - Making a Pattern Your Own

    Following a pattern as written is great, but sometimes you want to mix it up a bit.  Don't be shy, jump in.  Here are two different takes on one of our most popular patterns, the Weekend Retreat Cardi.

    Michelle followed the pattern as written, but substituted Lion Cotton, color Sagebrush.  She really like this yarn and wanted to find a simple stockinette pattern that would really show it off.

    How cute is she?


    The next take on the same pattern comes from one of our customers, Jodi.  She described to me a sweater that she wanted.  I suggested she start with the Weekend Retreat Cardi, but then instead of going to rib she knit the feather and fan pattern for the bottom.  I think it turned out great.

    Before you say, "I could never change a pattern like that," note that Jodi took her very first knitting lesson at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in February.  She has only been knitting for five months!  If she can do it, you can do it.

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  • Visit Us at the Knit & Crochet Show!

    I always have fun meeting other yarncrafters (talking about our latest projects, seeing what good tips and tricks there are out there, and...maybe doing a little shopping for cool new tools). Luckily for me, next week, Michelle, India, and I will get the opportunity to meet some of you at an event just for all of those things!

    Want to join in? Visit us at the Knit & Crochet Show in Buffalo, NY! It's going to be a fun weekend of fiber, friends, and learning! Come by the Lion Brand booth, where we'll be giving out free patterns and goodies, showing you the latest in Lion Brand yarns, and raffling off amazing prizes!

    And if you're interested in learning more about getting into the industry professionally, join us for the Crochet Guild of America's Professional Development Day, and get an inside look at how to become a professional knitter or crocheter.

    For more information, go to KnitandCrochetShow.com

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  • Charity Knit & Crochet-Along: Getting Started

    Last week we discussed selecting a charity. Click here to read the post if you missed it. Now it's time to collect supplies and begin your charity projects! First, select the pattern you wish to make. Many charities use their own patterns for consistency, but others allow you to use virtually any pattern. Use our Pattern Finder to help find ideas that meet your charity's needs. Some of our charity patterns include chemo caps, preemie items, Warm Up America! blankets, and the SHIPS Project hat.

    Next, choose the appropriate yarn. Many charities only accept certain yarns for projects; for example, charities for deployed troops often require items to be made of wool, as it is naturally flame retardant, while many children's charities request machine-washable yarns. Some charities also require newly purchased yarn due to allergies. Always check your charity's website for fiber, washability, color, and yarn weight requirements prior to purchasing materials. If you cannot find any guidelines, it never hurts to ask a charity's organizer or chapter leader.

    After finding any requirements, gather your yarn! When purchasing new yarn, remember to keep your receipts; the cost of yarn for any donation you make to a 501(c)(3) charity will be tax deductible. You can also check your own yarn collection, as many small items can be made from leftovers from completed projects. Ask friends if they have any extra yarn they would like to donate to your project. You can also find deals at thrift stores and yard sales. If you cannot afford new yarn, some charities have supplies that members may use; inquire with your organization for more details. Remember that it is very important to know your fiber content to comply with any charity requirements.

    So now that you have your pattern and your yarn, gather your hook or needles and start yarncrafting! What will you be making? Comment to let us know about your charity, your items, and your yarn. Be sure to share your tips, your charity stories, and your progress!

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