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Monthly Archives: October 2011

  • Enter Our Halloween Caption Contest!

    For the chance to win a special treat, we want YOU to trick us into laughing. Write a caption for the image above, and get a chance to win one of 5 $25 credits to use on Enter by November 4, 11:59:59 EDT, and we'll pick our 5 favorite captions.

    Click here to enter (captions left as comments below will not be counted).

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    Happy Halloween from all of us here at Lion Brand!

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  • Find Pattern Inspiration Out in the World

    Like many people, I love my iPhone. It lets me check my email on the go, access my Lion Brand app, and take pictures and videos of things that inspire me wherever I go. Recently, I passed the Hermès store and with my iPhone, I took a picture (below left) of the amazing coat in the window--it's made of yarn and has a wonderful loopy texture.

    I really love the look of that coat, and I think the texture would be great for a hand-knitting or crochet project. I showed the picture to Zontee, and she reminded me that we have a great purse pattern that has that same great texture, but in a more accessible style (not everyone can wear a full-length loopy coat!). I hope you'll check it out. Click here for the purse pattern.

    Have you been inspired to knit or crochet a project based on something you've seen? Leave a comment and share your experience.

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  • Get Going on Your Holiday Gifts with the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit

    If you're like me, you're probably thinking about making some holiday gifts this season. I love to make accessories in fun colors and textures for my friends and family, since it's a nice way to change up a winter look. They're my go-to gift items.

    A great tool for cranking out gifts is our Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit, which lets you knit, weave, and double-knit (as shown above), along with making rosettes, and knit in the round. The Kit is particularly fast in weaving and double-knitting, making those crafts perfect for making multiples--especially if, like me, you find yourself perpetually biting off more than you can chew when it comes to gift recipients.

    If you've never woven before, it's a great way to mix and match colors to create interesting plaids or striping designs. Check out the weaving patterns on or click here for my blog post about picking yarns for weaving.

    Wondering why you should try double-knitting? First off, it's extra warm, allowing you to creates a double-thick layer of fabric. But more impressively, one project you'll want to check out is our Loom Double Knit Duo Striped Scarf (right). Unlike in regular or loom single knitting (in which you would have yarn floats on the back-side of your work), loom double-knitting allows you to make vertical stripes with ease AND it's completely reversible! I kid you not; double-knitting on the loom is seriously fast, seriously easy, and definitely worth trying.

    Finally, for the crafter in your life, you may want to consider giving the Kit itself as a gift. Find out why loom-knitting might be a good option for both younger and older crafters by reading this interview with designer, Isela Phelps.

    For the patterns shown above, simply click on the photos to access them on

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