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  • Water With Blessings

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    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 by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Their mission is to “continue the work of St. Jeanne Jugan, to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed”. That alone could be quite the undertaking but on a trip to Central America they were faced with another obstacle for the poor, no clean drinking water. After establishing the need, they created an interfaith initiative to bring water filtration systems to those who needed them throughout the world. In their own words, “state of the art technology deserves a state of the heart program” which led a global community of over 12,000 Mothers in over 30 countries.

    What really caught my eye here was what they did after they installed these fragile filtration systems. Mothers started to crochet bright “socks” or “jackets” to cover and protect the ceramic units. They are the size and shape of empty toilet paper rolls with a bottle cap sized opening at one end. Little Sisters, residents and volunteers have crocheted thousands of these socks for donation. Women who have never crocheted before were eager to take on the challenge of learning how for such a worthy cause.
    I was so moved by this story I sent Sister Mary Alphonsus of the Little Sister of the Poor of St. Paul a yarn donation. Thank you Sisters, for the work that you do and the crucial service you provide for so many!

    Learn more about Water With Blessings on their website.

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  • LBY Summer of Sock Techniques: The Kitchener Stitch

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    In my last post I mentioned covering increases next, but this week in the Sock Along we ended up talking about Kitchener stitch, also known as grafting. We have a participant who tried Magic Loop for the first time and has already finished one sock, but struggled to work the graft at the toe. After putting it in time out, she picked out the unsuccessful graft and brought the sock in. Several people gathered around as I demonstrated the steps to her, knowing that their cuff down socks would require them to work this eventually. It’s actually not difficult, but it is different than knitting.

    Kitchener stitch is a way to join two sets of live stitches with a ‘seam’ that follows the path a row of knitting would follow – so it becomes essentially seamless.

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  • Pinworthy Summer Crafts: Find Your DIY Inspiration

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    We've created a Pinterest Board, "Summer Crafts," to keep your inspiration flowing through the warm season. Projects that appear range from some of our favorite Summer patterns to fun crafts you can do with the whole family. A few projects require knitting or crocheting, but many can be accomplished without special skills. Gather up you love of DIY, a few supplies, and dive in!

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