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Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • How to Connect with a Person at Lion Brand

    We want you to know that we are here for you to support your yarn crafting needs.  There are many ways to "talk" to someone at Lion Brand, and not only that, but depending on how you choose to connect, you can also share with other yarn crafters.

    Find us on Facebook by searching for "Lion Brand Yarns". There are a lot of great conversations going on over there.  You can read other peoples' comments, you can comment yourself and you can ask us a question.  You'll find about 190,000 fellow knitters and crocheters there.  Everyone can post pictures for the community to look at, and if you do, you'll find that other community members may even comment on it.  You can participate in our polls and be the first to hear about special offers.  If you stop by, say hello to Jess, who works with our Facebook community.

    Click the email link above to ask us a question about patterns, yarns, tools, and more. You'll find it easy to reach the right person depending on what type of help you need.  You can make suggestions or pattern requests, ask about an order you placed. Did you know that we answer questions about our patterns if you get stuck? Don't hesitate to drop us a line if there is any way we can help.  We answer these questions within a day or two during business hours, Monday through Friday.  We have a team of people who answer emails including Laura, Barbara, Carolyn, Zontee and more, because we want to take care of everyone's needs as quickly as possible.

    Comment on a blog post
    Well, here you are at the blog.  We really love to hear from you when we post! Please feel free to comment on these posts. Tell us what you think or ask a question. We will comment back to you on the blog.

    There aren't as many of you on Twitter, but for those who are, we're there and talking to anyone who talks to us! We share interesting links to yarny fun stuff and we tweet away about everything you can do with yarn.  We're at @LionBrandYarn and Jess is there during the week, so say hello if you're new.

    We are active on Ravelry.  If you haven't discovered Ravelry yet, you're in for a treat. It's a community of knitters and crocheters and there are always people to talk to, any time of day or night.  There are many fan-run Lion Brand groups where we love to hear what you have to say, like Lion Brand Lovers, Lion Brand Cafe, Vanna's Choice Fan Club, and more. You can also find a group for our podcast, YarnCraft, and a group for our NYC store and education center, Lion Brand Yarn Studio.

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  • Awesome Autumn Wedding Accessories

    Will you be attending a wedding or getting married in the upcoming months? Fall is a popular wedding season, and I mean, why not? A wedding with fall color accents can be very beautiful.  I personally love to see the rich brown, gold and red hues in wedding decor.  Even a simple outside wedding with fall foliage in the background can be breathtaking.  Below you'll find some patterns for wedding favors or decor inspirations.  Some of the pattern samples are designed in white, but take a look at these with alternative yarn colors for autumn themed creations.

    Monogram Letters
    Crafted with: Nature's Choice Organic Cotton (Almond) 

    Click here for pattern.

    Other color suggestions in Nature's Choice Organic
    Spice, Mustard, Mocha

    Lace Vase Cozy
    Knit with:Sock Ease (Marshmallow)

    Click here
    for pattern. 

    Other color suggestions in Sock Ease:
    Green Apple, Circus Peanut

    Wedding Favor Bags
    Knit with Vanna's Glamour (Topaz and Gold) 

    Click here for pattern.

    Other color suggestions in Vanna's Glamour:
    Copper, Bronze

    Flower Hair Accessories
    Crocheted with Vanna's Choice Baby (Berrylicious, Goldfish,
    Sweetpea, Lamb)  

    Click here for pattern.

    Ring Bearer's Pillow Cover
    Crocheted with Microspun (lily white)  

    Click here for pattern.

    Other color suggestions:
    French Vanilla, Mocha

    Amigurumi Bunny Topper
    Crocheted with Vanna's Choice 

    Click here for pattern.

    Congratulations to the couples to be wed in the remaining months of 2011! Wishing you plenty of joy and love!

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  • Eek! I Ran Out of Yarn! (Or How to Finish a Project with a Coordinating Color)

    Darn that Zontee. I was looking through past blogs for something to send to a customer and I happened on her blog post from last summer about upsizing the Bebop Cardi by using larger yarn. I've actually seen her sweater in person and it's fabulous. I meant to make it back then, but then I sort of forgot about it as other projects took priority. But when I saw the post again, I knew I had to go ahead and chain on.

    In the original blog, Zontee notes that she went up to a category 5 yarn and made the small. I'm a little larger than Zontee, so my choices were to either go all the way up to a category 6 yarn, or stick with the category 5 and make a larger size. Since I had two balls of Tweed Stripes in Caribbean handy, I went with the latter option. I did my swatch, found that the large was going to be the size for me and chained on.

    The yardage from the two balls of Tweed Stripes should have been plenty, but I remembered that I'd used a bit of it for another project awhile back. Not much, though--just a few yards. That wouldn't matter, right? (Stop laughing. You know denial isn't just a river in Egypt.) Sure enough, I ended up about 3 rows short. Grrr. They were three short rows, too!

    Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I could have just bought another ball of the Tweed Stripes when I got to the office the next day--it wasn't quite the same as when you run out of a discontinued yarn that you just can't get more of, or can't find a matching dye-lot or something like that. Working at a yarn company does have its privileges and sitting on top of a warehouse full of said yarn is one of them. But I wanted to be done with this thing, and I was mad! How dare my yarn betray me like that! I'd show it! Who needs the original yarn when you can just finish up with a coordinating yarn?

    So that's what I did: grabbed a partial ball of Vanna's Choice that I'd had laying around for a long while and that also happened to coordinate perfectly with one of the colors in the Tweed Stripes. I finished off my three rows and it looked okay, but just okay. What I really needed to do to make it look as if I'd planned this all along was add more of the Vanna's Choice in another location. It's a bit of a cliche, but it's true: if it occurs once, it's a mistake; if it occurs twice or more, it's a design feature.

    What I decided to do was add a border all the way around the outside edge (meaning the open sides and the bottom, since the color was already at the top of the sweater) and then also around the sleeves. I probably could have also done just a couple of rows of dc at the bottom of the sweater, obviating the need to do the sleeve edges. One more note: Vanna's Choice is actually a category 4 weight yarn and not a category 5. I know this, but I also know that Vanna's Choice is at the thicker end of the category 4 spectrum, so I was pretty sure it would work okay with the same hook. It did turn out to be a little tighter in gauge than the rest of the sweater -- enough so that I ended up working one fewer round than called for in the pattern. So do definitely keep in mind your gauge and what weight yarn you need to work with to obtain that gauge when you're choosing a replacement yarn like this.  (Just in case you're wondering about the "design" I used for the border, it's just a simple *sc, ch3, sk next sc. rep from * all the way around the sleeves and on both side edges. The bottom edge I just worked a sc in each stitch across.)

    I really love the way this one came out--it might be one of my favorite things I've ever made. So I guess instead of darning Zontee for leading me down this path, I should be saying, "Thanks, Zontee!"

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