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What do you do at Lion Brand? My title is Vice President. I do marketing and sales. When did you start working for Lion Brand? March 1, 1983 What’s your favorite thing about working for Lion Brand? My favorite thing is to have an idea, to discuss it in a meeting and then see it in a store 6 months or a year later. What do you do when you are not working? I Collect sports memorabilia and autographs. When I travel and I’m in a hotel I can spot a professional athlete from across the room and I’ve gotten a lot of autographs that way. I have an autographed Sandy Koufax jersey and a ball autographed by Koufax and Drysdale. I also coach my son’s basketall team and take him to little league games. What is your work area like? My work area is fun. I have a 1954 working Coke machine and a bubble gum machine from the 50s, a collection of Norman Rockwell plates of people knitting, articles by my Dad of a book he wrote the introduction to on knitting from 1953, a needlepoint made by my second grade teach showing Lion Brand on a pushcart, The Simpson family, sitting in front of the T.V. with Marge knitting. This was a cover of T. V. Guide. When I called them and told them I was in the yarn business they sent me the original artwork (called a cell). I have a tin that we used to give to stores in the 1950s, a photo of my son modeling a Lion Brand Sweater, a French poster of a girl knitting from 1928, a Red Cross poster from World War II that says, “our boys need socks, knit your bit”, a cover of Life Magazine from 1941 with a woman knitting (Life was 10 cents), a cover of New Yorker Magazine with a big ball of yarn, about 40 images of Lions counting stuffed animals, needlepoint, and framed images. A collection of books, some autographed, by Vanna White, Kate Jacobs and Debbie Macomber, all famous knitters or crocheters, a Build-A-Bear of a Lion, a picture of Wallace and Grommet knitting, a poster of an old catalog cover that was a take-off of American Gothic with two Lions knitting and crocheting, a clock with the Lion Brand logo, a framed 1946 Saturday Evening Post from with a picture of a dog sweater being knit. I have lots of photos including my father with Henry Kissinger, photos of me with Jackie Mason and Mohammed Ali, a picture of my Uncle Isidor, A picture of my parents in front of the Taj Mahal from 1971, picture of Warren Buffet knitting (his daughter had a knit shop), color card books from the 60s to the 90s, license plate holder, that says “license to knit”, What is your earliest yarn memory? When I was 5 I took a paper bag with spools fo thread, I went to my parents friends on the street and to go door to door selling spools of thread for a nickel a spool.

  • Vote for Vanna White for CGOA Hall of Fame

    In previous years, I have been a member of the board of directors for the Crochet Guild of America.  While I am not currently on the board, I am still eligible to nominate appointees to the CGOA Jean Leinhause Hall of Fame. This year I have decided to nominate Vanna White.

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    Not only is she an avid crocheter, she is also a role model for the craft. Vanna has publicly spoken about her love of crochet both in interviews and on her show, Wheel of Fortune. She even crochets backstage! In addition, her partnership with Lion Brand has raised over 1.8 million dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Who could be a better choice for the hall of fame than someone with her own line of yarn?

    All CGOA members are eligible to vote! If Vanna won, they could invite her to attend the Chain Link Conference. Wouldn’t it be great to have an opportunity to meet this television icon? You can vote for her here.

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  • Do You Knit?

    Over the years I’ve spoken to thousands of knitters and crocheters at churches, libraries, golf clubs, and even Panera Bread. The number one question I have received is, "Do you knit?"

    My response is simply, “I’ve taken a lot of lessons.” And that is the truth. I have taken many lessons given by many different teachers and I have half a scarf to prove it! If nothing else, the experience has deepened my appreciation for the skill.

    Many men over the years have knitted and as I travel I do see it from time to time. We at Lion Brand encourage male knitters with a Men’s Night at our NYC Studio. This provides a fun space for men to practice their craft, develop their skills, and make a few like-minded friends.

    In the spirit of men who knit, here is a compilation of the photos I have collected on the subject over the years; how many of these faces can you recognize?

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    Are you a man who knits or crochets? Tell us about it in the comments.

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  • Love for Knits

    I had some time between meetings on a recent business trip so I decided to go for a walk. I was stopped in my tracks when the window display of the Sketchers store caught my eye. There in big, bold letters it read, "Love For KNITS."

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    I love seeing how this industry lends itself to so many aspects of everyday life so I went right over to see what it was about. The display was filled with different types of sneakers, all with a stitched look to them.

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    It was refreshing to see a modern take on the long-established art of knitting. I can’t wait to see how this inspires the creative knitters and crocheters out there!

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