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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.

  • Comfort Afghans: Crafting for a Women's Shelter

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In light of this, I wanted to share the story of the Needlework Group at Valencia Palms that recently contacted me looking for yarn to create afghans that will be donated to the shelter at Women in Distress in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After researching the organization, I was motivated to send this group a yarn donation for such a worthy cause. Women in Distress of Broward County has a simple yet powerful mission, “To stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy.” The Needlework Group does their part by donating afghans to the emergency shelter. These blankets are placed on the beds before women arrive letting them know there are people who care about them. When the women are ready to leave, they can take the afghan with them.

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    I would like to personally thank the members of the Needlework Group at Valencia Palms for the work that they do and send my support to the women rising from unthinkable conditions and bettering their lives with help from the Women in Distress Organization.

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  • Free Gift at the LB Outlet When You Mention. . .

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    It’s finally here! The day Lion Brand employees and Outlet shoppers alike have been waiting for! Kero Road has been paved and it is smooth sailing from the turn off of Washington Avenue all the way to the Lion Brand warehouses and Outlet store. Anyone who has visited us in the past knows just how momentous this occasion is.

    I encourage you to come for a visit and see for yourselves! Our Outlet is full of great yarn with prices that won’t break the bank (perfect for charity projects). In addition to the discount yarns, mill ends and $1 magazines, we carry a wide array of our most popular yarns and the exclusive LB Collection. Come check it out and join other like-minded crafters creating a warm knitting community right here in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

    Make sure to mention the road when you visit us between now and October 31st we'll give you a free gift!

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  • Craft Spotting: Crochet from the Greek Islands

    I just got back from an amazing trip to the Greek Islands. As I was exploring the local shops, I came across many crochet items. I walked around the town of Mykonos and saw crochet garments everywhere. There was a store call Reveal Crochet that had the most fashionable and colorful apparel, all handmade. As we walked around we saw crocheted pillows, handbags and wall hangings. There was even a woman crocheting in front of her store and when I asked if I could take a picture she said no but when I told her I made yarn for a living and she happily agreed! It was so nice being surrounded by crochet on my trip. It filled my heart and gave me a little piece of home when I was miles away.

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