Growing up in the Blumenthal family, I learned from an early age that gifts made with yarn are also made with care and thoughtfulness.
Being a part of Lion Brand Yarn my entire life, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing many hand-made gifts crafted with yarn and patience. Everyone knows that when they get a home-made gift, countless hours and a great deal of care went into making it. I’ve always felt very honored and lucky to receive gifts given with so much thought.
I like to keep gifts like that out in the open where they can be enjoyed. The piece in this picture hangs in my office at Lion Brand Yarn’s New Jersey headquarters. It was made for my father by my second grade teacher, as a thank-you present for all the yarn he’d given her over the years.
My favorite part of this imaginative and colorful design is the inclusion of so many intricate details. I particularly like the lion peeking out over the sign for “Blumenthal’s Quality Yarns Since 1878,” and how she took the time to re-create my father’s order book with embroidery in the right-hand corner. She even included a road sign to show that the yarn cart is rolling down Orchard Street, the street where Lion Brand Yarn headquarters were for many years.
I love seeing this piece in my office every day; not only because I love colorful art (especially when it’s made of yarn), but also because it reminds me of how handmade projects connect people to one another. She took so much time making it, hand-stitching details that cover every bit of the canvas, all out of gratitude. It reminds me that making excellent yarn is a part of my family history, a tradition that’s been passed down for generations.
Do you like to make handmade gifts for the people in your life, or have a special treasure that was handmade for you? I’d love to hear what kind of projects you’ve made and received as gifts!