Lion Brand Notebook

Category Page

Franklin Habit In Conversation With: This Unfinished Sweater

Franklin: Welcome to “In Conversation With.” I’m Franklin Habit, and today I’m joined in the studio by a sweater that I started knitting two years and two months ago; and which remains unfinished. Unfinished Sweater, thank you for being here today. Sweater: Well, most of me is here. I’m not all here, since so much […]

Read More

The Three Little Pigs: A Two-Part Yarn with a Nice Twist, Part Two

For the first part of the story, click here The wolf crept across the lawn until he reached the first workshop. Inside, Wilma placidly clicked her needles over the left front of a cabled cardigan. The wolf licked his lips and tapped on the front door. “Not now,” said Wilma. “I’m counting.” “Little pig!” shouted […]

Read More

The Three Little Pigs: A Two-Part Yarn with a Nice Twist, Part One

Once upon a time there were three pigs–siblings, as it happened–who went forth from the security of their mother’s straw-filled pen to seek their fortunes. The first little pig, Wilma, was elegant and neat as a new pin. She loved arranging things tidily in rows: shoes, books, other pigs. She loved pleasant journeys that began […]

Read More

Wake Me When It’s Over

Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life. I will have you know, ladies and gentleman, that my life–the life of the professional knitter–is not the yarn-addled conga line of joy you perhaps envision. True, I am not digging ditches in the pouring […]

Read More

Jack and the Yarnstalk: A Slightly Longer Yarn

In a land far away, in tumbledown shack, lived a poor, sad mother and her young son, Jack. Jack’s mother was one of those souls who are born, so it seems, to be miserable. Her husband was long gone–possibly to the next world or possibly to the next village, out of reach in either case. […]

Read More

The Story of Little Red Knitting Hood: A Short Yarn

Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life. “Now then, Little Red Knitting Hood,” said Mother, “You must be a brave girl and take this basket of beautiful yarn to your grandmother who lives on the other side of the forest. Alas, she […]

Read More

Celebrate Read a Book Day with One of These Yarn-Filled Novels

September 6 is Read a Book Day, and to celebrate that, we’ve compiled a list of novels that feature yarn crafts. You may have already heard of books like Friday Night Knitting Club (which was also a movie) or Knit One, Kill Two, but there are a lot of them out there. Whether you read […]

Read More

New Pattern Journal: One Thing Leads to Another … Featuring the Tribeca Tunic and the Dotty Dots Afghan

This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here. One Thing Leads to Another If Kathy’s sister hadn’t been named Dorothy, and if Dorothy hadn’t been expecting a baby, and if […]

Read More

A Shrug That Will Have You Totally Hooked: Rib and Shells Shrug

This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here. Coming into the office, Jan saw Carrie at the reception desk. As usual, the young woman looked adorable — her hair perfectly […]

Read More

Homespun with Love: The Sunset Throw

This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here. In my family, Peggy, my big sister, weaves, Mom crochets–and I knit. For as long as I can remember, it seemed, we […]

Read More