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  • Be a Part of "A Memorable Yarn"

    Brenda Dayne is a knitter and a storyteller who knows the power of stitch memory. She is the host of the wildly popular knitting podcast, Cast On and has been telling stories through her knitting for years.

    I first fell in love with her podcast in the summer of 2006.  It was my last free summer before leaving for the Jersey Boys tour.  I used to be a Stage Manager, but my real passion was knitting.  Listening to Brenda talking about following her passion was a big part of my quitting my 22 year career in theatre to pursue knitting full time, and two years later, joining Lion Brand to open the Lion Brand Yarn Studio (our retail store & education center in New York City).

    Now I'm sooo excited that Brenda is launching her North American tour at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on May 3rd.   Brenda will be collecting yarncrafter's memories as part of her art piece called "A Memorable Yarn."  The finished piece will exhibit at the Wool Museum in Wales through the summer of 2012.  This is where you all come in. 

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  • Talks from the Yarniverse: Watch Interviews at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio

    Each month at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, we are lucky enough to have a special guest join us. We have had wonderful designers, fiber artists, authors, and teachers who come in for our free special event night. The store is closed and customers who RSVP'ed fill the audience for these great talks, presentations, and trunk shows. With all the yarn, stories, and yarncrafting, a great time is had by all.

    Since not everyone can join us here in NY, we film an interview and put it up on YouTube so the whole world can join in on the fun. Here's a playlist of interviews so far (click the left and right arrows to browse all the videos):

    Planning a trip to the NYC area? Be sure to check out the Lion Brand Yarn Studio's blog for upcoming free events! We hope you stop on by!

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  • Staff Projects: Spring Yarncrafting Inspiration from the Lion Brand Yarn Studio

    Despite the fact that it snowed at the end of March, our thoughts are turning to spring as we head into April. At the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC, that means cottons, lace, knitting and crochet, and trying new things!  Here's a peek at what some of us have on our hooks and needles:

    Me:
    This spring, I’m ready to try my hand at my first crocheted sweater. I have always been a big sweater knitter and I save my crochet for scarves and hats. No more. I saw the cover of this month’s Interweave Crochet and it screams out for LB Collection Superwash Merino. I’ve swatched it on two different hook sizes (on for my hips and then the smaller hook for the rest). I know if I hit a problem, I have our expert Crochet Doctor in house--Andrea to the rescue!


    Claire:
    For my warmer-weather crafting this year I'm branching out (spring pun!) into new territory, trying my first crochet garment pattern. The crochet project is the Circle Vest from LionBrand.com. It's originally done in Vanna's Choice, but I'm doing it in the Recycled Cotton for a more summer-wear option. I think this is the perfect stepping-stone garment, since it doesn't have sleeves for shaping!


    Gina:
    I've been working on the Emmaline short-sleeved top from Knitty.com with Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in Dusty Blue. It's almost done, so I might be able to wear it soon if the weather ever decides to stop hating us. Wait, what's that? Snow forecasted for tonight? Never mind :-(


    Grace:
    This spring I wanted to explore two of my favorite things, yarn dyeing and lace shawl knitting. I’m experimented with acid dye and the LB Collection Baby Alpaca. Since Alpaca takes dye differently then wool it ended up this great kettle dyed look. Stay tuned for a new dyeing class that I will be teaching in the Studio starting this Summer. Here is the start of my shawl (Little Arrowhead Shawl, a free pattern on KnittingDaily.com).


    Sadie:
    This spring I'm splitting my time between knit and crochet.

    I've just finished my crochet garment, the Persimmon Pullover from LionBrand.com. To fit my style, I elongated the pattern and turned it into a tunic to wear over leggings.  I used Superwash Merino Cashmere in Wild Berry.

    Not to play favorites with crafts, my knit project in progress is Roman sweater (free pattern on Ravelry.com), and I'm using Cotton-Ease in Cherry.  I was a bit frustrated because although I achieved gauge my first 2 attempts turned out too large.  I tinked (that's unknitting, knit spelled backwards) those and finally used the X-small size.  We will see how it turns out once I seam it. I plan on spray painting it with a metallic color at the end because I saw a similar sweater in a store recently. I really was attracted to the pattern because of the one shoulder diagonal cable and the fact that it would be a good summer sweater.

    Want to show us what you're working on? Add your project to the Customer Gallery on LionBrand.com!

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