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  • Presenting the #BonbonBears by AllAboutAmi!

    Sweet golly, look at these #BonbonBears! Ahh! Too cute, AmiRight?

    (It's the #BonbonBear Gang's World... You just crochet in it.)

    You Can Get a Lot of Life from a Little Bonbon!

    Just when I thought it was going to be a mopey Wednesday, in swoops Stephanie from AllAboutAmi to brighten up the day with these colorful, cuddly, clever creations. I will admit that I am absolutely fascinated with Lion Brand's Bonbons and the amount of creative inspiration that can come from just 10 grams of lovable yarn. Stephanie seems to feel the same way.

    "I thought they looked so cute and I was itching to use them for a project!" says the amigurumi guru. "The first thought that came to mind was to use them for amigurumi, and I thought it would be so neat to be able to make one ami per bonbon, with the possibility of 8 different amigurumi with one set!"  I just love Stephanie's ability to breathe life into even the smallest amount of yarn, unlocking the cuteness potential of each little Bonbon!

    Flat Is The New Round

    But Stephanie's innovative approach to these Bonami (chuckles? anyone?) doesn't end there. Unlike the usually globular, space-hungry proportions associated with amigurumi, Stephanie thought "it would be cute to make a flat teddy that could be attached to a keychain and toted wherever you go!"

    (Listen, guys, you know I'm going to Make. Your. Keys. Look. Great.)

    Get Your Bonbon On! Save Big On Little Bonbons Till August 5. 

    In honor of Stephanie's inventive creation, for a limited time only (two weeks, in fact)  we have dropped the price of our Bonbons to $5.99!  Until August 5th, 2016 you can get Beach and Nature Bonbons at $5.99 per pack. Look at 'em!

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    So what are you waiting for? Grab a couple packages of Lion Brand Bonbons (Stephanie used the "beach" colorway) and head over to allaboutami.com for a detailed step-by-step with Stephanie's usual mix of clear, fun prose, amazing photography, and inventive imagination! The pattern is free on her site, or you can buy an INEXPENSIVE AD-FREE PDF of this pattern on Etsy HERE!

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  • The 12 Kits of Christmas in July: Baby Owl Blanket!

    12 Kits of Christmas

    Have you heard? We're celebrating Christmas early this year - way early! Because as we crafters know, a handmade holiday can't happen over night: it takes months of preparation to truly deck the halls with yarn. So let's get started!

    For these last 12 days of July from the 20th - 31st, we'll be offering a new exclusive kit each day available only at www.lionbrand.com at 20% off for you to start now & finish before the holidays. Just imagine how stress-free your gift giving will be if your presents are all blocked and wrapped with time to spare. But act fast: these kits are only on sale until August 7!

    The second kit of Christmas in July? The crochet Baby Owl Corner to Corner Blanket!

    A long-time fan favorite, the Baby Owl Corner to Corner Blanket is, simply put, adorable. Crocheted with the comfortingly soft fibers of Vanna's Choice®, the blanket feels as cozy as it looks. And the best part? Every adorable inch is machine washable!

    We would be remiss not to take this opportunity to shout out to the unbelievably talented Sarah Zimmerman of Repeat Crafter Me, whose boundless imagination produced this mega-adorable Owl Blanket.

    So what are you waiting for? Get started on your Owl Blanket today!  

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  • Christmas in July Pt 2: The Bubblegum Scarf

    Welcome back to Christmas in July!  Today I want to feature one of my all time favorite Lion Brand Yarn Patterns.  It's called the Bubblegum Scarf, but it is more versatile than that.  It's whimsical, colorful, and substantial.  It absolutely is a scarf, but can also be a throw, an accent piece for your home decor, or a walking piece of art.  This gift will have major WOW factor on Christmas morning--way better than new underwear!

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    (Click this supremely Bubblegummy scarf

    to access the Bubblegum scarf pattern!)

    This past year we have seen all sorts of bulky yarn pop up, including our own Quickie and LB Collection Wool.  Oversized knits are so on-trend right now, and this bubblegum scarf fits right in.  But (surprise!) this pattern doesn't use the oversized bulky yarn, it calls for Vanna's Choice.  5 strands held together with a giant crochet hook means this scarf comes together in a snap.  Once you get the rhythm of the bobble pattern and working with Size S hook, you will find yourself making another and another and another.

    The great thing about Vanna's Choice as the fiber used here, is you will most definitely be able to find the recipient's favorite color.  From variegated to solid, you will find the perfect color for your loved one in Vanna's choice.  It's a great price point (you're going to need many skeins for this one!), and machine washable!

    Though the size and whimsy of this pattern make a big statement as a solid-colored piece, I do think there is room for a little creativity here.  It could become a wonderful stash buster for all of your worsted weight yarn that you just CAN'T throw away when you have some left over after a project.  Gather it all up and just start crocheting 5 strands at a time. When one runs out, replace it with the next ball and so on, until you have a fantastic multi-colored art piece!

    It could be fun to do some color blocking here too.  Choose 3-5 complimentary color combinations and either alternate stripes, or just do a block of each. Remember to change colors on the LAST pull through of the last stitch of the row, that will make for the smoothest transitions.

    If the size and bulk of this piece seems intimidating, never fear...you can absolutely scale this one down.  Use less strands, a smaller hook, chain less in your beginning chain, and you have a more practical bobble scarf to take your loved one through the winter.
    I prefer the pizazz of this bubblegum scarf as is, and I think the photo ops on Christmas morning with your grand gift cannot be beat.

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    (I actually do NOT recommend this as a scarf for children as it is too heavy, but cuddling up with it for a cozy movie night is great for the littles, and photographing them in it sure is a hoot!)

    Will you make this scarf this season? Who will it be for? What colors will you use?  I would love to hear your ideas for this one.  I may need to make another one of these this season. I just LOVE this pattern! Happy Christmas in July!

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    (Send me a tweet at @kristyglass or message me on Ravelry! I want to see your progress!)

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