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Binky Patrol: Crafting for a Cause

If you’re looking for a cause to craft for as we head into colder weather, check out Binky Patrol. For years, Binky Patrol has provided homemade blankets to children in need. Susan Finch started with a simple idea: anyone can volunteer. For those who feel constrained by a lack of time, money or talent, she […]

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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 […]

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Charity Crafting For Animals: Comfort for Critters

Are you an animal lover that knits and/or crochets? If you are and have been looking for a way you can combine your loves and do a little good then you may be interested in Comfort for Critters. This volunteer-run organization makes and distributes handmade blankets to shelter pets throughout the US. Currently, they are […]

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Charity Crafting For Critters: The Snuggles Project

Using your crafty skills to bring joy and comfort to others is one of the most satisfying feelings. Our furry friends can appreciate our handiwork as well. And they will never judge us for misshapen stitches or uneven gauge. If you’re a brand new knitter or crocheter why not consider practicing your skills on simple […]

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Water With Blessings

Our company is very passionate about giving back to the community. We support Warm Up America, as well as other charities that accept donations of garments and afghans made with yarn. I also enjoy hearing about the charitable things our customers do with Lion Brand Yarn. Recently, I heard of the Water with Blessing program run […]

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Give A Sh*t: Knitting Through Cancer Treatment at Dana-Farber

In one form or another, many of us have felt the emotional turbulence that is the effect of cancer. Ourselves, a family member, spouse, friend. . . we hear and feel the stories of diagnosis and treatment and waiting and hoping. If you are here reading this then you probably also know and appreciate the […]

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What is a Prayer Shawl?

The Original Prayer shawl designed by Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo. Prayer shawl. Peace shawl. Comfort shawl. Mantle. Whatever name you give them, they serve the same purpose. These are a wearable hug crafted with love and intent from maker to recipient. Whether it be personal words, verse, song, prayer, mantra, or something else, it is […]

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Losing Mom; Knitting Through Grief

Just after Christmas, my 91-year old mother collapsed and disappeared into the fog of dementia, suddenly unreachable despite her body being still alive, and still here. And I began a long, slow submersion into grief that seemed, at times, to be dragging me down into the darkness where my mother had gone. Because she was […]

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Project Knitwell Offers Comfort Through Crafting

Knitting, crochet, and other kinds of crafting can have healing, comforting properties. Project Knitwell brings that exact form of comfort to those who need it. Lion Brand Yarn partners with Project Knitwell by donating yarn to their cause, so they can focus on helping people in need. In 2015, we published a booklet, titled The […]

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Lion Brand Loves Vanna White

Many years ago I was watching the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Vanna White was on and Johnny asked her, a bit suggestively in a Groucho Marx style, “What do you like to do in your spare time”? She replied that she was an avid crocheter. I almost fell out of bed when I heard […]

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