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  • London Kaye Cultivates Creativity at the Amazeum

    Last weekend, crochet artist London Kaye took part in TinkerFest at the Amazeum in Arkansas.

    While she was there, she took over the Lion Brand Snapchat account, sharing pictures as she taught the art of yarnbombing to the kids in attendance. Armed with Lion Brand Yarns, the children made pom poms and put together a bicycle-themed mural that matches Kaye's signature style.

    TinkerFest is an annual day for kids at the Amazeum that celebrates "curiosity, creativity and innovation." This year, the third such event, had more than 40 different stations for children to visit, offering them the opportunity to experiment with interesting activities, such as DIY robot building and 3D printing.

    London Kaye is a classically-trained dancer and street artist whose favorite medium is crochet. She got her start putting her work on fences and has since made pieces for several  national brands. London has worked with Lion Brand in the past, including earlier this year when her creations using our yarn won the "best booth" award at the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show in California. She also paid tribute to David Bowie during her appearance at Vogue Knitting Live.

    Here are some of the highlights from last weekend's event:

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  • Celebrate Relaxation Day With Knitting and Crochet

    Happy Relaxation Day! It may be Monday, but it's still the day for chilling out, hanging in a hammock, and having a mellow time. Since it has been shown that knitting and crochet have many health benefits, including stress reduction, they make a great addition to your relaxing celebrations.

    Anyone who has any experience with either craft knows how meditative it can be to sit and work on something simple, like the kind of project where you don't really need to pay close attention to the stitches because they're repetitive and basic. You can lounge with a drink or movie and work on them while you tune out the world around you.

    It can be great to zone out with an easy pattern, so celebrate Relaxation Day with one of these:

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  • It's Always a Picnic at Lion Brand!


    In New York City, August has inexplicably brought slightly cooler weather to our fair metropolis! Thank you, August, for breaking the unbelievable hot streak that made July a truly stifling month over here. Going outside was more of a chore than a respite from the daily grind.

    Now that the weather has cooled down just a scootch, it's the perfect time for a picnic! And just in time for picnic season, our dear friend and unbelievably talented crochet artist Sharon Silverman (who will be visiting the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on September 18th) is here with the cutest, most perfect four-piece picnic set... for four!!!

    Picnic set, slightly closer

    The four-piece table setting for four... Picnic Perfection.

    First Up... The Place-mats! 

    Picnic Basket Placemat, stitch detail

    When Sharon first started working on this project, we had envisioned a wicker basket and four red-and-white-checkered place-mats. But "the wand chooses the wizard," Sharon reminded us. "The same is true in crocheting: the yarn chooses the project." - We'll find out just how true that is in a second. The yarn that raised its hand to be turned into place-mats was the yarn we had intended for the basket - 5 balls of luscious Vanna’s Style in Taupe.

    Next - Get Your Lid On!

    Flower Lidded Container, lid off, other view

    How adorably cute is this little container? Perfect for sweets, like salted caramel or cherries (around the office, we call them "mini-plums"), this glorious flower-crowned basket is the next essential piece of the puzzle. Now I have a little confession to make... the yarn that Sharon used for the red-and-white components of this beautiful piece is LB Crepe Twist, but we don't have enough inventory of the colors to recommend using this yarn (cue the madhouse rush on Crepe Twist!)

    Isn't it good for you that the yarn that we DO recommend, 24/7 Cotton, is on sale this month? Looks like the yarn chose the project again, Harrys and Hermoines.

    We Believe In Keeping Our Napkins Cozy

    Flower Napkin Ring quartet

    How great are these napkin rings?? Continuing the theme of the container itself, these adorable little guys are adorned in pretty petals. Just imagine how delighted your guests will be when they see these!

    Cover Up Your Beverage!!!

    Red and White Wine Bottle Cover

    The inverted red-and-white-checker theme continues with this absolutely fantastic, and super useful, beverage cozy. It's perfect for keeping your sparkling cider, or beverage of your choice, cool and comfortable to grab without getting gross condensation all over your hands.


    You can get the whole kit, with everything you need to make this incredibly perfect picnic set, only at LionBrand.com - It's the perfect time of the year for a picnic, and this is the perfect kit to celebrate the season with.

    And don't forget, Sharon Silverman is coming to the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on September 18th. While you stop by to meet her, drop us a line; it's always a picnic at Lion Brand, and we can bring our perfect picnic kits to Union Square!

    Picnic set with all four napkin rings

    One last look at sweet, picnic perfection. Thank you, Sharon!

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