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Monthly Archives: November 2010

  • What's Your Favorite Yarn for Charity Crafting?

    Here at Lion Brand, we are dedicated to giving back through charity, from our Charity Connection to our Lion Brand Yarn Studio charity initiatives. We know that you love to craft for charity, too. That's why we want to know which Lion Brand yarn you prefer for your charity projects. Select your favorite and hit the "submit" button below. Feel free to also share your favorite charity projects in the comments. On November 30th, I'll announce which yarn was most popular. I'll also share some great patterns for charity crafting.

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  • Giving Thanks and Giving Back

    This time of year, many of us wake up from our sense of complacency to remember that we should be thankful for what we have.  Studies show that being grateful is actually good for us.  Remembering  to be thankful for something everyday has been linked to being healthier and happier.  When we realize that our lives, while never perfect, have many bright spots, the natural inclination is to give back, to show our appreciation by paying it forward.

    One of the lessons I have learned from working for Lion Brand for over a decade is how important charity is to this company.  It's been part of  the family's traditions for generations.  We don't talk about all of the donations, but there is one we would like to share with you today because it is with your help that we make this donation.   Lion Brand Yarn Company and Vanna White have partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the goal of furthering research to fight childhood cancer.  With your help in making Vanna's Choice, Vanna's Choice Baby, and Vanna's Glamour successful, we have raised $622,745 since March 2007 to donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This donation supports the extraordinary work of an organization where no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or the ability to pay.

    Tomorrow's post will be about yarn crafting for charity--a topic we know is near and dear to so many of you who believe in charity as well.  Before we all leave for the holiday, from everyone at the Lion Brand family to you we want to express our thanks for being part of our community.

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  • Introducing Threaded Comments on the Lion Brand Notebook!

    One of the things we love best about this blog is that it gives us a chance to hear from YOU. With the crochet-alongs and knit-alongs, contests, questions, and all of the other fun posts that we share here, the Notebook has become a place for the Lion Brand community to gather online, share thoughts, and interact.

    To help make that experience even better, you'll notice that we now have threaded commenting (also known as "nested comments") throughout the blog, meaning that you can reply directly to other people's comments, "like" their comments, AND you can even get e-mail notifications when people respond to you, so you can stay in the loop! We think it will help make the conversations about each topic even more interesting and helpful by keeping related comments together.

    How do you use it? Just click on the "comments" button on any blog post and scroll to the bottom, where you'll see this:

    You can log and comment with an existing account if you have Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Yahoo, and type in your comment, OR if you don't use any of those services, you can simply fill in your info after you write your comment by clicking the "post as" box.

    If you want to respond to someone's comment, just click on the "reply" button under their comment, as shown below:

    You can also click the "like" button found at the bottom of every blog post (and next to every comment) if you just want to give a nice shout-out to someone.

    Finally, as you play with this new feature, we hope you'll review our Rules of Engagement, our guidelines for interacting here on the blog. They state that all conversation on the Lion Brand Notebook should be open, friendly, and respectful; that comments should stay on topic; and that you should identify yourself (by name or pseudonym) when posting, so that others can identify you as a member of the community. For the complete Rules of Engagement, click here.

    We hope you enjoy this new feature, and wish you happy commenting!

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