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Monthly Archives: September 2010

  • In the NYC Area? Join Us This Weekend at Maker Faire!

    This weekend, the Lion Brand team will be out at the New York Hall of Science in Queens for the FIRST EVER World Maker Faire--bringing our favorite DIY festival, featuring everything from food to robots to rockets to hand-crafts to our hometown of NYC.

    In the area this weekend? Come by this two-day event (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26) and--of course--stop by our booth. We'll be featuring knitting and crochet lessons, weaving on a backstrap loom, machine knitting, and craft projects--and of course, lots and lots of YARN!

    What other amazing things are happening with yarn? We'll also have an incredible mini-NYC skyline and Coney Island amusement park made with yarn, and our friends, artists Robyn Love and Amy Caterina Hill will also be at the event. Robyn will be decorating one of the famous rockets with blocks knit and crocheted out of Hometown USA, while Amy will be showcasing her Fun Fur-covered car.

    It's going to be an amazing time for the whole family, and we really hope that we'll see you there!

    To get more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

    To see our photos from the Bay Area Maker Faire in May 2010, click here.

    Are you going to Maker Faire? What are you most looking forward to? Let us know!

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  • Pearl's Cardigan Crochet-Along, Part 1: Choosing Yarn and Color

    Hi everyone!

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    My name is Kristin Omdahl and I am very excited to introduce the Pearl's Cardigan Crochet Along! Pearl's Cardigan is from my latest collection of crochet designs, published this summer in my second book, Crochet So Fine (Interweave). Over the next few weeks, together we will cover the entire process of making this sweater: from choosing colors to determining gauge with our swatches; determining the correct size sweater to make; crocheting from the line-by-line instructions and charts; making modifications; and blocking and finishing your sweater!

    Please participate! Ask me questions! Let me know what YOU want to know from me! This is an interactive crochet-along and I'm so excited to hear from you. You can help me decide what else we need to discuss in further detail.

    Pearl’s Cardigan is named after my great grandmother Pearl who was a beautiful Norwegian immigrant to the United States with a dream of becoming an actress in the 1920s. I imagine her wearing this cardigan with a silk scarf threaded through the belt holes and cinching her waist to fit.

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    So let's get started! For the sample in "Crochet So Fine" I crocheted with Microspun's Blush colorway. It is a really pretty light dusty pink. Currently, I am inspired by the animal print trend on fashion runways. For the sweater I will be making in the coming weeks, I wanted to choose a color that would work with a leopard print fabric belt. I was torn between Coffee (below left) and Mocha (below right):
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    I really liked the way the leopard print would pop against Mocha, but realized I will be wearing this with sleeveless tops and wanted a better contrast against my skin. So, Coffee it is!

    What color are you going to choose? Here are some of my favorites:

    MicrospunFuschia Fuchsia - an intense hot pink. I think every girl can use a little hot pink in her wardrobe! A dark brown leather belt and dark denim jeans would look great with this hot color!
    MicrospunBlush Blush - wear this sophisticated color over a crisp white blouse. Use your favorite floral silk scarf threaded through for a belt and wear over camel gabardine trousers at the office.
    MicrospunLilac Lilac - one of my favorite colors to wear. Close this sweater with your favorite shawl pin or brooch. This would be pretty worn over a fit and flare dress (any Mad Men fans out there?)
    MicrospunTurquoise Turquoise - if you have a tropical trip planned this winter, I think this color would be incredible over a pair of linen pants and matching camisole.

    Think about how you will wear your Pearl Cardigan. It can be worn loose and open, cinched with a belt through the waist, or pinned with your favorite shawl pin or brooch. Will you wear it to your office, on a trip, casually or dressy -- or all of the above?

    Next week, I will talk about gauge and measuring, we will make our gauge swatches and get started! This pattern has an unusual structure and in the coming weeks I will explain how I came up with the design. Through the explanation, it will become clear how to customize the pattern just for you! I will explain how to change the sleeve, body length, and even how to alter the patter to fit you beyond the sizes listed in the pattern.

    Leave a comment and let us know what color you've chosen! Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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  • Yarn Takes the Design World By Storm

    Here at Lion Brand, it's a well known fact that I read many newspapers and magazines, from business to knitting and crochet to fashion. I like to tear out articles, ads, and photos that inspire me or catch my eye, so I can share them with our associates.

    Recently, I was flipping through the Wall Street Journal Magazine, when I came across an article entitled "A Gripping Yarn." It was accompanied by a photo collage of all kinds of knitting, crochet, and yarn-inspired pieces seen at the Milan Furniture Fair, a major trade show in the interior design industry. The article described how yarn and crafting are coming into their own in the design community:

    Following a resurgence among fashion designers and artists, homespun, cozy techniques such as crochet, macramé and knitting have found favor with international furnishing designers from Rotterdam to London to Toronto. “Craft is the word of the decade,” says Murray Moss, founder of the design gallery Moss in New York. “It went from having the most pejorative meaning to being embraced.”

    Having grown up surrounded by yarn--our family business--and having seen the world of hand-knitting and crochet evolve over the last several decades, it is especially gratifying to me to see that designers everywhere--and even the Wall Street Journal--are taking notice of the wonderful world yarncrafts.

    I hope you'll click here to read the full article and check out the photographs of just some of the items--from chairs to lamps--inspired by yarn.

    Enjoy.

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