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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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  • Fly me to the moon, and let me knit/crochet among the stars...

    Exactly fourty-seven years ago, the Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, carrying astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Six hours after landing, Neil Armstrong famously stepped onto the crater-laden surface and uttered his legendary phrase about small steps and giant leaps.

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    Tin-foil-hat-wearing people will tell you the landing was staged and fabricated out of movie magic. Others will tell you the moon is made out of cheese! Yeah right!

    We are here to tell you the truth... it's made out of YARN!

    Up first, we have a wonderful crocheted moon pillow by Joke Decorte, which is just itching to receive a big lunar hug! The perfect addition to any child's bedroom or to make as a gift, we recommend using Vanna's Choice in mustard, black, white, and charcoal gray. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

    If this big ol' pillow is too giant a leap, here's a small step... a too-cute moon amigurumi by Fabiana Canu!

    (Talk about a lunar lullaby!)

    Grab the easy to follow pattern, in either English or Italian, here. We suggest staying with Vanna's Choice, but you'll want to add Beige or Pink Grapefruit for those adorable little hands, and Aquamarine for the star!

    If you're an intermediate crocheter and want to get a little fancier, let's talk about getting you a seat aboard this tiny but mega-awesome rocketship by NeedleNoodles.

    (Oh yeah... this is one sweet ride)

    This pattern, available on Ravelry, calls for Lion Brand's cotton-ease, but you're going to want our 24/7 cotton. Use charcoal (or black) and silver for the ship, and then grab lemon and tangerine for those sweet flames and you'll be blasting off in no time!

    And don't worry, knitters, we've got a rocket ride for you too! This free pattern by the wonderful Ilana R. Marks is super easy, super fun, and an incredible gift for any sci-fi nerd in your life.

    This Rocketship Beanie turns your headmelon into the moon! Created by The Sequin Turtle as part of a project that benefited less fortunate school children in Nasheville, the pattern is available for free. If you want to work it up in a hurry, check out our Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. I've never seen a rocket ship with green accents, so I'd say that you'll want to make your own color choices here. But who can resist colors like "constellation" and "starlight" for a project like this?

    Now here's a funky rocket! If you ask me, this incredibly fun bobble chart by Kari Philpott is perfect for our 24/7 cotton or Kitchen Cotton yarns. Pick a color, any color, grab the free pattern, and go intergalactic!

    And now on to some ideas that will truly satisfy the space jockeys out there...

    Dig this fantastic, hyper-accurate take on the Saturn V Rocket by Emily Premise-Conclusion. You'll want Vanna's Choice in white and black, with a little navy (or colonial blue) and scarlet for the accents!

    And on to the show stopper... another creation by the incredibly talented Ms. Premise-Conclusion. The mother of all NASA geekery... THE SPACE SHUTTLE!

    Here, we're looking at the same white, black, navy and red coloring as the Saturn V rocket, but we're going to want to add terracotta and honey or mustard for the big rocket!

    That's all for now, folks, as it's time for Team Rocket to blast off again... But remember...

    If you shoot for the stars and miss... At least you'll land on the moon! :)

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