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Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • Baseball + Yarn = The Perfect Double Play

    Play Ball! August is wrapping up, which means we're heading into the home stretch of this year's Stitch N Pitch season. If you're not already familiar with it, Stitch N Pitch is an event organized by the National NeedleArts Association that brings yarn crafters to major league ball games. As someone passionate about both yarn and sports, there is nothing I love more than to see people yarn crafting supporting local sports.

    Upcoming games in September:

    Sept 10 - Chicago White Sox
    Sept 13 - New York Mets
    Sept 15 - Cincinnati Reds
    Sept 25 - Detroit Tigers

    As we get to the end of Stitch N Pitch season, I hope that those of you who have already attended your local Stitch N Pitch games had a great time, and I hope you'll leave a comment sharing your experiences.

    Stitch N Pitch in New York
    My fellow New York Stitch N Pitch committee members and I have been working hard to top last year's event, during which we set the World Record for most people crocheting in one place. This year, we're planning--with the help of yarn crafters like you--to yarn storm (or "yarn bomb") Citi Field. If you're in the NYC-area, click here to learn more about how you can drop off swatches at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Manhattan and come to our seaming party to help seam up the swatches into pieces that will decorate Citi Field! I am extremely excited for everyone to see the yarn storming that will place at Citi Field. It will truly be something to see.

    So come one, come all as we cheer on the New York Mets as they battle the Washington Nationals. Again, the game is September 13 and it starts at 7:10 pm. To purchase tickets for the game, visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.

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  • Round-Up: Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

    Without a doubt, fall is my absolute favorite fashion season. The rich colors and luxurious fabrics are just what I need to get me through the winter months -- even if I can only dream about wearing them!

    Just recently, I saw a breakdown of fall trends on New York Magazine's website that appealed to the yarncrafter (as well as the fashionista!) in me. According to their fashion reviews, two of fall's biggest trends are Victorian-style lace collars and fur coats.

    Seeing these trends got my imagination going -- what patterns, I wondered, could I make that would hearken back to these luxurious, heirloom styles? I checked out our Pattern Finder®, and here are my favorites among the patterns I found.

    Victorian Lace:

    Crochet Lace Scarf 

    This scarf is made of very Victorian, thick floral lace. Use it to add interest to a turtleneck or wear it as a shawl during transitional weather.

    Pale Gray Lace Cowl 

    This cowl hints at the lace collar trend without looking fussy. Try tucking it under a blazer for a polished look.

    Ruffle Necklace Scarf 

    The possibilities are endless for this fun, feminine accessory. For a more delicate look, try using a laceweight yarn like LB 1878. For a true Victorian lace look, use a DK weight yarn like LB Collection® Superwash Merino.

     

    Fur:

    Knit Segment Scarf  

    Fur goes a little bit rock 'n' roll with this long scarf. Wear it to toughen up a casual look or to distinguish your formal look from the crowd.

    Wendy Collar 

    They won't know it's faux! This jaunty collar has the luxurious look of fur with the added plus of being animal-friendly.

    Knit Vest with Fun Fur Trim 

    The trim on this rugged vest uses two colors of Fun Fur® for an authentic look. The body incorporates Scattered Seed stitch for durability.

    Do you like to incorporate fashion trends into your projects? Tell us in the comments!

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  • An Invitation to Guest Bloggers

    If you’d like to write a guest post for the Lion Brand Notebook, we’d love to hear from you.

    Over the past four years the Lion Brand Notebook has been a resource for inspiration and support in the worldwide yarncrafting community.  From interviews to detailed how-to articles, the Notebook covers subjects that are interesting and helpful to crafters and aspiring crafters.

    We’re looking for relevant, unique content that readers here are interested in. We would love to share your unique insights, teachings, and creativity with our community.

    Interested? Submit your proposal to be a guest blogger on the Lion Brand Notebook by emailing the following details to Margaret@LionBrand.com:

    • Your Name
    • Your Blog’s Name/URL
    • What topics that you are interested in writing about (remember, we stick to yarncraft-related subjects)
    • A description of why you are interested in guest blogging for the Lion Brand Notebook

    We look forward to hearing from you.

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