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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.

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    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 Comfort of Knitting, the proceeds of which are donated to Project Knitwell as well as the Alzheimer's Association.

    Carol Caparosa founded the group in 2010. She had experience with the extremely stressful situation that is being the parent of a child with health problems. She looked to knitting to help pass the time in waiting rooms while her daughter underwent multiple heart surgeries. This is when she realized that crafting provided a welcome distraction from her worries.

    Patients, families, and caregivers all benefit from the therapy of knitting. It can help with relaxation and positive thinking. Plus, it's a way to pass the time and create something tangible.

    Project Knitwell for Caregivers

    Project Knitwell operates in the Washington, D.C. area, but you can discover the comforts of crafting no matter where you live. 

    Our booklet, The Comfort of Knitting, doesn't just teach the basics. It features several beginner projects, as well. On top of that, there's a lot of really great information about the health benefits of knitting.

    This booklet is tailor made for caregivers. People who play the very important role of tending to someone who is sick or in another stressful situation have a unique set of needs.

    Knitting improves health and well-being. Self-care is vital for caregivers, both to be there for the person they are helping and for themselves. This guide features several pages of information about the comforts and benefits of knitting.

    Lion Brand is proud to support Project Knitwell. Their cause is a worthy one, and it's great to use our craft to help others.

    If you would like to donate or volunteer, visit their website to learn more.

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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 that!

    I went into work the next day and told my cousin David about the interview. At his suggestion we sent her a yarn care package and about a week later we received a hand written note from Vanna. She thanked us and informed us that this is the yarn she goes to the store to buy.

    This note can still be found in David’s desk today. It marks the beginning of a beautiful relationship between our company and the lovely and talented Ms. White.



    I can’t believe it has been 24 years since I met Vanna White. Working with Vanna is an absolute delight as she is a true professional in every sense of the word. She carries herself with such poise and treats everyone she meets with warmth and kindness.

    Over the years she has visited our NYC office as well as our NJ outlet and we have worked with her on many creative projects from fashion shows to lines of yarn. We have also collaborated with her to raise over one million dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

    We here at Lion Brand have had the pleasure of sharing many lunches and dinners with Vanna, getting to know her on a personal level. I can attest she is as lovely as she appears to be on television.


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  • The Charity Patterns of One Dog Woof


    One Dog Woof Talks Charity Patterns

    ChiWei Ranck of One Dog Woof is one of the most brilliant minds in the blogging world. You loved her Humpback Whale, which nearly broke the internet. Now ChiWei is here to talk about her two charity patterns for Yarn Heroes - the Millbrook Slouch Hat and the Millbrook Chunky Mittens. These are great projects to make for charity, and they obviously make the basis of one cool Yarn Hero costume as well!

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