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  • Just $1 Can Make A Difference

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    Warm Up America

    Warm up America (WUA) began in a small Wisconsin town in 1991. Evie Rosen, the original driving force behind the foundation, had a vision to collect small knit and crochet pieces and assemble them for blankets. Her idea caught on and evolved into a registered nonprofit committed to providing for those in need.

    warm up america$1 Can Make a Difference

    It might seem small, but when we all come together just $1 can make a difference. Lion Brand Yarn believes in the message behind WUA, which is why you can now find a donation page on the website.

    Lion Brand also offers free patterns (see below) geared toward the WUA foundation. And some of your favorite LB yarns will work perfectly for these, and other, charity projects.

    Make For Warm Up America

    Do you want to put your crafting skills to good use? The WUA Foundation is always accepting donations for the following knitted and crocheted items:
    -- Completed afghans in sizes from baby through full-sized
    -- Adult hats
    -- Scarves
    -- Baby clothing
    -- 7" x 9" knit or crochet sections for assembling into afghans

    Completed items can be mailed to the address at the bottom of this post.

    Afghan Patterns

    If you want to put together an afghan yourself you can find a few free pattern downloads for them on These blankets follow the patchwork-type layout of the WUA afghans.

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    This beautiful Warm Up America (Knit) Afghan is worked in Vanna's Choice yarn.

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    This afghan worked in Homespun yarn is available in both a knit and crochet version.

    You can mail your knit and crocheted items and afghan pieces to Warm up America at the following address:

    Warm Up America!
    3740 N. Josey Lane, Suite 102
    Carrollton, TX 75007
    Attn: Parkland Hospital

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  • Summer of Sock Techniques: Stretchy Bind Off

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    This week we had a toe up sock knitter finishing off her first sock, so I showed her how to work Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off – frequently abbreviated as “JSSBO”. Many knitters find their bind off becoming tight, which is undesirable in the top of your socks, and this bind off bends with the ribbing whether it’s k1, p1 (as in the photos) or k2, p2. It really is quite stretchy, and uses up more yarn than a standard bind off, so be sure to leave a longer tail than you usually would to bind off – about twice as much.

    To work this bind off, you will add a yarn over before each stitch you are binding off. Before KNITS you’ll add a BACKWARDS yarn over. Before PURLS you’ll add a REGULAR yarn over. Once you create the yarn over, simply bind it off with the stitch behind it:

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    1: Backwards yarn over before first knit stitch.

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  • Fashion Preview: 7 Designs you Need this Fall

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    Fall is an exciting time for knitters and crocheters. As the Summer winds down we find ourselves eagerly looking forward to the cooling temperature. With it comes the possibility for wearing our favorite designs and getting set to curl up with new ones.

    Like Spring, Fall is a season of layering. Pieces that can be thrown on over a simple shirt or dress make planning the day's wardrobe easier. Chunky sweaters, like the Alpine pullover (#2 below), can serve as outerwear instead of a bulky jacket. Yes, these types of days let your favorite knit and crochet pieces shine.

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