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  • Go Back to School With the CYC Certified Instructor Program!

    It's back to school season! Kids are gearing for classes, so how about you? With the certified instructor programs offered by the CYC you can brush up your skills and prepare to teach the craft you love.

    Do you already have strong basic knit or crochet skills and love the idea of sharing your knowledge? Consider joining the thousands of knitters and crocheters who have already gained the confidence to teach through the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructor’s Program.

    The Certified Instructor’s Program equips people with the tools to share their passion for knit and crochet with others and to “stitch it forward”. The program offers many benefits to students, including increased confidence in their crochet or knitting skills and the ability to convey these skills to others. Students also gain exclusive access to the closed CIP Student and Graduate Facebook page, where they can collaborate with other CIP students and graduates.

    The program has been around since 1982. More than 15,000 students have completed the course and gone on to teach in retail stores, adult education programs, and to share their knowledge with friends, co-workers and family. Students work with a nationally recognized Master Teacher and complete teaching hours to prove their proficiency.

     

    Why You Should Join the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program

    craft yarn councilQuick Facts About the Programs:
    ● It’s offered via correspondence and occasionally as an on-site course
    ● The correspondence course is divided into Level I and Level II
    ● Students have six months to complete each level of the correspondence program
    ● For the on-site course, there are 15 hours of class time held over a series of days at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the curriculum covers both levels

    Ready to start? Visit the Craft Yarn Council website for more information and to apply.

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  • Wings on the Skyline

    Wings on the Skyline was Lion Brand's latest collaboration with London Kaye which happened on August 4th, at The William Vale.  London created two sets of magnificent butterfly wings that overlooked the Hudson River.

    Guests were encouraged to express themselves and take pictures against the wings.  It was encouraged that guests upload their pictures on Instagram with the #myyarnwings for a chance to win a beautiful hand-made butterfly bag by London Kaye.

    A huge thank you to London for making such incredible art work, The William Vale for hosting this, and most importantly to all of the guests for making The Wings of the Skyline such a great event.

     

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  • Just $1 Can Make A Difference

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    Warm Up America

    Warm up America (WUA) began in a small Wisconsin town in 1991. Evie Rosen, the original driving force behind the foundation, had a vision to collect small knit and crochet pieces and assemble them for blankets. Her idea caught on and evolved into a registered nonprofit committed to providing for those in need.


    warm up america$1 Can Make a Difference

    It might seem small, but when we all come together just $1 can make a difference. Lion Brand Yarn believes in the message behind WUA, which is why you can now find a donation page on the website.

    Lion Brand also offers free patterns (see below) geared toward the WUA foundation. And some of your favorite LB yarns will work perfectly for these, and other, charity projects.


    Make For Warm Up America

    Do you want to put your crafting skills to good use? The WUA Foundation is always accepting donations for the following knitted and crocheted items:
    -- Completed afghans in sizes from baby through full-sized
    -- Adult hats
    -- Scarves
    -- Baby clothing
    -- 7" x 9" knit or crochet sections for assembling into afghans

    Completed items can be mailed to the address at the bottom of this post.


    Afghan Patterns

    If you want to put together an afghan yourself you can find a few free pattern downloads for them on LionBrand.com. These blankets follow the patchwork-type layout of the WUA afghans.

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    This beautiful Warm Up America (Knit) Afghan is worked in Vanna's Choice yarn.


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    This afghan worked in Homespun yarn is available in both a knit and crochet version.


    You can mail your knit and crocheted items and afghan pieces to Warm up America at the following address:

    Warm Up America!
    3740 N. Josey Lane, Suite 102
    Carrollton, TX 75007
    Attn: Parkland Hospital

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