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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • 12 Blends: The Meaning Behind the Colors of the Zodiac Scarves

    We craft to inject the personal into the day-to-day and to infuse our lives meaning.  The yarn we choose speaks to us because we can instantly visualize it as a sweater or a scarf or an afghan, or simply because we like the color.  Color also speaks to us on a more mystical level - often symbolizing deeper meanings: red for love and passion; white for purity; yellow for cheerfulness, to name a few.

    Lion Brand's Design team takes this concept further with it's Zodiac scarves collection.  Colors from the Vanna’s Choice collection were chosen to represent attributes related to each astrological sign.  We thought you might be interested in learning what each of the colors we chose represents.

    Make one for yourself or make one for a friend. As with all of Lion Brand's designs, our Zodiac scarves are a craft that encourages the personal to shine through.

    Jan 21 - Feb 19
    Knit or Crochet
    pisces-color Pisces
    Feb 20 - Mar 20
    Knit or Crochet
    Purple - Independence
    Dusty Purple - Inventiveness
    Charcoal Grey - Practicality
    Eggplant - Respect
    Dusty Blue - Devotion
    Kelly Green - Patience
    Dusty Green - Adaptibility
    Silver Blue - Intuition
    aries-color Aries
    Mar 21 - Apr 20
    Knit or Crochet
    taurus-color Taurus
    Apr 21 - May 20
    Knit or Crochet
    Linen - Idealistic
    Scarlet - Instinctive
    Black - Adventurous
    Cranberry - Passion
    Toffee - Sensibility
    Chocolate - Loyalty
    Radiant Lime - Generosity
    Kelly Green - Patience

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  • Amazing and True: Raglan Sleeve Topper

    This story is from our newletters called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. We're sharing the most recent story here in the blog. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

    l0613aSome garments just call out to you, and this Raglan Sleeve Topper was one of them, Rose thought. But "raglan sleeve topper"was too modest a title for something so beautiful. To Rose it seemed a magical wrap that transformed the wearer into the best she could possibly be. It was obvious that your natural attributes—whether you were willowy or full-figured, long-or short-haired, enthusiastic or reserved—would be optimized by the form and colors of the gently curving sweater.

    Rose didn’t believe in love at first sight, but her attraction to the design she saw online was close to that. The more she studied the image, the more she felt compelled. This was a must-do project. Yet there was some half-completed knitting that should take precedence: two baby gifts, an almost- done afghan, a hat for Dad’s birthday...

    Uncharacteristically, she wasn’t dissuaded. She knew those things would be finished eventually, and...she really needed a sweater.

    Actually...honestly...she really wanted to knit something just for herself.

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  • 5 Projects That Take Crafting for Loved Ones to the Next Level

    Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo shares five creative exercises that you can use to show your love through crafting. Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.

    Crafters are a generous lot. We often crochet and knit for others. We craft gifts for birthdays and holidays. We knit and crochet prayer shawls for strangers. We infuse our handmade items with love, and hope that love comes through for the recipient. It’s a wonderful thing. But we can go even further with this intention, choosing ways to craft for and with the people we love, so that the love comes through in deeper and more meaningful ways.

    Here are five ideas for making that happen:

    1. Appreciation Blanket + Journal. This is a twist on the crochet mood blanket, a popular project this year. Each day (or week) you crochet/ knit either one row or one motif (such as a granny square) that will go into a blanket intended for a special person. Select colors based on the feeling you have for the person each day you work on it. For example, the blanket will have rows of red when you feel love, pink for appreciation, and white for awe. Write down this color code in the front page of a journal. After each row, write a single line expressing why you chose that color for that day. In the end, you’ll have a cozy blanket and this touching journal that will be treasured forever. This is a great gift for pregnant moms seeking to create baby’s first blanket with intentional love. l20643a
    Little Boy Blue Blanket

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