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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.

  • A Day at the Children's Museum of the Arts

    CMA 2017

    The Children’s Museum of the Arts held their second annual street fair last weekend and Lion Brand Yarn was there to share in the fun. We had a booth set up for kids to learn finger knitting and weaving on a homemade cardboard loom. The event was very successful. From my estimation I would say there were at least 2,000 children and adults at the event with a long line at the Lion Brand booth the whole day! Both girls and boys were interested in the make and take projects and all of the kids were motivated to stay and complete their projects.

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  • Knitting Meets Hockey at Pittsburgh Penguins Games

    Recently, a knitter has been making news by enjoying her favorite craft during the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games. This is actually not the first time sports and knitting have made news together. You may remember the woman who was “caught” knitting during Wimbledon and how the twitterverse divided on the issue. It is a shame that other fans are getting so upset at these crafters.

    As our blog readers know, knitting is relaxing and depending on the project, does not require much focus. Knitters typically multitask when making simple projects. I salute these women using their craft to keep their nerves in check during such high-stakes sporting events. Let’s just all try to remember just because someone is knitting, it does not mean they are bored. It could be just the opposite!

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  • Knitting Superheros

    As I have mentioned before, I love knitting/crocheting/yarn memorabilia. I came across these images some time ago and I thought they were funny. I love the juxtaposition of the superhero knitting. It reminds me of Popeye and his spinach. What superhero does knitting or crocheting bring out in you?

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