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Alpaca

  • Go Back to Basics with this LB Collection Sweater!

    I have a little secret! When I'm not making videos with Shira, I'm designing patterns! It's just a small hobby for me but when you're surrounded by gorgeous yarns all day long, it's so easy to get inspired! I wanted to share some of the ideas behind my latest design, the Peggy Sweater which is available now in Knitscene's Spring 2016 issue! This sweater is a drapey boatneck with a plunging back. And, best of all, it's easy to make!

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    This sweater is made with LB Collection® Baby Alpaca. This yarn is not only incredibly soft but it makes for a very airy top that's perfect for those chilly spring months. The striking back is inspired by a Dior jumpsuit. I think that lots of ladies prefer to show off their shoulders and backs and, over a dress or lacy tank top, this makes a great transitional garment.

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    I was also influenced by so many of Lion Brand®'s patterns that are based on squares and rectangles. I really wanted to design something that wasn't too complicated for other knitters to execute. The back looks dramatic but is actually created only by increasing a few stitches. The shoulders are then sewn together to create that scooping back. In essence, this sweater is really made of four simple shapes and then seamed together! It's one of those projects that you can do while you relax and watch TV and those are my favorites!

    The Peggy Sweater is available in Knitscene Spring 2016 in five sizes!

     

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    Shop for LB Collection® Baby Alpaca here.

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  • All About Alpaca

    All About Alpaca YarnAlpaca yarns have been gaining in popularity quite quickly over the past few years, and it's no wonder: alpaca yarn is strong, soft, and warm. But how is it different from other fibers? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked alpaca questions.

    How are alpaca yarns so soft?
    Every piece of hair is made up of a series of scales. Animal fiber yarns that are soft tend to have very small, short scales. On average, alpaca fibers have shorter scales than sheep.

    I can't wear wool. Can I still use alpaca?
    Give it a try! Alpaca yarns do not contain lanolin, an oil that sheep produce to protect their fleece. That means that people with wool or lanolin sensitivities can still wear alpaca. Baby alpaca is especially great for people with sensitive skin.

    Does alpaca yarn felt?
    Unless the yarn is superwash, alpaca will felt. Because the scales are small, alpaca yarns will take a little bit longer to felt than traditional wool. However, the results are just as beautiful.

    How do alpaca yarns drape?
    100% alpaca has a beautiful drape, so it creates gorgeous shawls and accessories.

    How stretchy is alpaca?
    A yarn's bounce or stretch is determined by its scales. Since the scales are so short and smooth, they don't lock together. That means 100% alpaca yarns will have a tendency to stretch, and they won't shrink back into place like some wools will. This is a fantastic advantage when knitting or crocheting lace, as the stitches will really open up.

    How are there so many undyed shades of alpaca?
    Believe it or not, there are actually 22 natural colors of alpaca, ranging from neutrals like white and brown to rich golden oranges and silvery blues.

    How warm is alpaca?
    Super warm! Although it's very light, alpaca is incredibly warm, even when wet. In fact, it's my go-to yarn for winter knits because I know that it'll keep me cozy. It also has great moisture wicking properties.

    So now that you know a little more about alpaca, why not give it a try? Our LB Collection Baby Alpaca comes in beautiful undyed shades, and our Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend combines alpaca with wool and acrylic for an easy care yarn.

    Have more alpaca questions? Be sure to ask in the comments!

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  • Martha's Here!

    As you may know, Lion Brand has partnered with Martha Stewart Crafts™ to create a new line of yarn in 8 different styles.  The Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts™ line features more classic yarns such as the Extra Soft Wool Blend and Roving Wool, as well as novelty yarns like Mambo, Glitter Eyelash and Cotton Hemp.  There's a yarn to suit every yarn crafter's need!

    Martha Stewart is featured on the cover of the current issue of Vogue Knitting (Holiday 2011). In the accompanying article, she speaks on the process of partnering with Lion Brand, sharing some of her inspirations and a few tips for every yarn crafter (i.e: It's not safe to leave your yarn projects around because "dogs can unravel a lot of work in a very short period of time"; sounds like a bad experience!).  And, to set the record straight--Martha can crochet too, but she prefers knitting; knitting on straight needles, that is.  No circulars for Martha.

    After designing practically every kind of crafting kit from paints, to art supplies, to stamps and recipes, Martha and her team realized how essential yarn can be to craft projects and fashion items.  She chose us because, in her own words, "we get the expertise of really, really good producers like Lion Brand, which is a very astute brand.  They know their stuff and they're nice people."  Thanks Martha!

    Martha also experiences yarn addiction like many of you do; unfortunately, we all can't store crafting supplies on the "craft floor" of our home (which was her attic, redesigned).  She even still has yarn from high school! Are you fellow Lion Brand crafters the same way?  If you're interested in hearing more about Martha's passion for knitting, check out her interview in Vogue Knitting, on sale now.

    *You can get a free issue of this Vogue Knitting when you purchase 3 balls of any Martha Stewart Crafts Yarn.  Just enter the code 'marthaVK' into the 'Coupon/Special Offer Code' box on the 'Billing and Payment Information'.

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    Explore the possibilities of the Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts™ yarn projects here.

    Which new yarn are you most interested in trying or experimenting? How about Mambo, who's crafty enough to take on that one?

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