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  • Attending TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association)


    Last weekend I attended the TNNA Summer Trade Show in Columbus, OH. I have attended shows given by The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) since 1984. What I like about these shows are the smaller companies who come up with new ideas every year. They have a drive and inspiration to make unique gifts and accessories that our customers will enjoy. I attend the show with the intention of finding new products to sell in our two retail stores, the Lion Brand Outlet Store and the Lion Brand Yarn Studio but always come away with a greater understanding of the trends, colors, and textures of the season.

    I was happy to see cake yarns represented at the show. They are not only in craft stores now but also smaller local yarn shops. A few other popular items I noticed were thick yarns and new yarn kits.

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  • 3 New Crochet Kits Using Jeans® Yarn

    Our blogger partners have been hard at work creating new crochet kits for you! Three new designs in Jeans® Yarn have just been added to the LBY kits section.

    Jeans® is a 100% acrylic yarn that is soft to the touch. Like your favorite denim, you might want to live in items made from this yarn! Pair that with the versatility and layering options and you might find these pieces becoming wardrobe staples.

    Crochet Kits

    1. Cinnamon Roll Pullover Sweater

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    The Cinnamon Roll Pullover Sweater was designed by Olivia Kent of Hopeful Honey. This boxy top with a twist is crocheted using 6 (7) balls of Jeans® in the "Top Stitch" color. Layer it for a look that speaks to you.

    Skill Level: Level 2 - Easy (Beginner+)
    Gauge: 9 rows & 8 stitches in sc = 2 inches (5cm)
    Dimensions: Women's Small/Medium: Width: 28.5" (72cm); Length: 21.5” (55cm) -- Women's Medium/Large: Width: 31" (79cm); Length: 24.5” (62cm)

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  • Embracing Change: How I Fell In Love With Big Needles

    Thick and Quick Blanket


    When chronic overuse of my hands was causing pain while knitting I began working with physical therapist, Victoria Moitoso of Foundry Orthopedics in Providence, Rhode Island. She suggested that I use only very large needles: “The larger the needle, the less stress it will cause.” I found some number seventeens among my knitting notions, and started a blanket for a baby girl due in July.

    In the beginning, number seventeen needles, 1.5 inches around, felt about as delicate as shovels. But the blanket they created, with Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn, was adorable, and best of all, the basic stockinette worked up so quickly that I forgot all about the initial clumsiness. I also loved that the project was complete in only a few hours. Whether or not you have a hand problem that might benefit from using large knitting needles, you’ll find that it’s extremely gratifying to make something so beautiful so quickly. Big-needle projects are perfect for summer knitting, since the speedy work means you won’t feel overwhelmed by heat.

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