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Monthly Archives: September 2012

  • 7 Stress-Free Steps to Making Your Holiday Gifts This Year

    7 Stress-Free Steps to Making Your Holiday Gifts This YearIf you're planning to make some or all of your holiday gifts, now is a great time to start planning. It may seem early, but the beginning of fall is the perfect time to get started if you've got a long list or you love to make complex projects. These seven steps will help you organize your crafting, figure out which projects to make and get it all done in time. No need to stress!

    Step 1: Make a List (and Check it Twice)

    Start your holiday projects off by making a list first. Include all the people you'd want to make things for, and then check it to highlight the people you are definitely giving a handmade presents. Take a good look at each name to think about the sort of gift that they might enjoy the most, and make notes about possible gifts to purchase instead. As time gets tight, it's always good to have a gift-giving back-up plan just in case your projects aren't finished in time.

    Step 2: Pick Out Projects

    Choose patterns that you'll enjoy making, or pull out all those patterns you've wanted to make and never had time for. You can always make one for yourself in January! You don't need a complicated pattern to make a gift special, small details like cables or colorwork make simpler projects look impressive.

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  • Back to Basics: How to Knit a Scarf in 3 Easy Steps (with Videos!)

    http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L0084C.html

    Already an old-hand at knitting? Why not share this blog post with someone who's looking to learn and give the gift of yarncrafting to someone new?

    The first project that most knitters and crocheters take on is a scarf. This is because it's a nice long rectangle that allows you to practice your basics.

    If you're a beginner, sometimes it can be helpful to have each step broken out for you. So first off, check out our Beginner Scarf pattern on LionBrand.com. I've chosen it because it's a super-bulky yarn (thick yarn = quick project), it's acrylic (a fiber that has bounce or "give"), and because it's a beginner-level pattern (meaning that we don't use any abbreviations in the pattern).

    You'll see that the directions for making the scarf are (1) to cast on, (2) work in garter stitch (in other words, knit every stitch in each row), and (3) then cast off.

    See the videos below to see how to do each of these steps.

    How to cast on

    Tip: Once you've cast on the number of stitches stated in the pattern, keep the needle with the stitches in your left hand and you're ready to knit!

    How to knit

    How to cast off

    Tip: Once you've cast off, you can weave the tail (the yarn left after cutting) into the fabric so that it's hidden.

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  • Easy, Step by Step Photo Tutorial: Colorful Crafted Headband with Bonbons

    Cathy in HeadbandWith the new release of our mini skein yarn collections Bonbons, Lion Brand invited a few of our favorite craft bloggers to create unique and inspiring pieces that can easily be recreated with Bonbons.

    We received a variety of fun and interesting projects from 11 awesome bloggers, and I'm excited to share with you one of our favorite projects.  We love the bright and vibrant colors of this headband wrapped in Bonbons, and the charm addition on top of the band allows you to give it a personal touch.

    I will continue to share the rest of the Bonbon projects with you in an upcoming blog post, but for now - check out the "Wrapped Headband in Candy Colors" by Cathy, author of the blog, Trinkets in Bloom.  Cathy chose her Bonbon colors in the Party and Celebrate assortments.

    Supplies:

    • Bonbons yarn: Party, Celebrate
    • 1 Headband
    • 1 Rhinestone pin or other charm (Cathy used a vintage earring with no backing).
    • Small amount of ribbon (not necessary, but helpful).
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue
    • Aleene’s Jewel-it glue
    Wrapped Headband Supplies Bonbonheadband Tutorial

    Click here for the step by step instructions to create your own Bonbon wrapped headband!

    I can't wait to show you all of the great ideas that these crafty ladies had for using Bonbons.  Have you worked with Bonbons yet? If so, what have you used them for? Tell us about your Bonbon projects in the comments!

     

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