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  • The 12 Kits of Christmas in July: Holiday Penguin Afghan Kit!

    12 Kits of Christmas

    Welcome to Day 3 of our 12 Kits of Christmas in July celebration! As much of America braces for the heat dome headed our way, one might be thinking: "Yarn?! It's too hot for yarn!" But while it's too hot to do anything outside,  crocheting & knitting are ideal hobbies to chill out in front of a well-fueled air conditioner!

    Today we take the idea of cool a step further with the Holiday Penguin Afghan Kit!

    An intermediate + pattern, our penguin is a mix of Hometown USA® with a splash of Fun Fur around the edge. Making this little chilly crocheted cutie will give you hope  of cooler days ahead, yet in the winter he'll warm hearts as a holiday gift.

    Get started on your new waddling friend today, and stay tuned to the blog for more aquatic kits coming your way during the 13 Kits of Christmas in July!

    Did you miss the first kits of our celebration? See the Axbridge Afghan and Baby Owl Blanket today for more home decor deals.

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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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