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Yarniverse

  • Meet the Blogger: Mama In A Stitch

    Here at Lion Brand we love the yarncraft blogging community. Picking a favorite from the bloggers we work with would be like asking a parent to pick their favorite child -- it's just not possible. They all bring us beautiful patterns, interesting content, and unique perspectives on knitting and crochet. That's why we've decided to help you get to know the amazing people we work with, starting with Jess Potasz of Mama In A Stitch.

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    Mama In A Stitch

    This is a perfect time to introduce you to Jess, since Mama In A Stitch just celebrated two years of blogging. She says in her anniversary post that she started blogging as a way to keep track of her creative pursuits after transitioning to life as a stay-at-home-mom. It evolved from a personal log of crafts and mom life into what we know today.

    After her patterns started to take off, MIAS was on the yarniverse radar. Since her start in January 2015, Jessica's unique patterns and beautiful photography have made her a crafting staple. It doesn't hurt that she has the vistas of Colorado to serve as a backdrop! She has also been featured in several different knitting and crochet publications, including many mentions right here on the Lion Brand Notebook.

    Kits and Patterns

    We started selling kits from her patterns, and many of them have been incredibly popular on our site! Her Light Frost Easy Blanket Sweater (pictured above) is one of our top crochet kits right now. She also designed the Big Beginner Shawl Scarf (knit), which another fan favorite. Her pattern designs combine sophistication and coziness in a way that makes them an absolute delight to both make and wear.

    One of the Heroes

    Last year, we worked with several bloggers for the Yarn Heroes series, where we helped promote various charitable causes. Jess designed a blanket for Project Linus as part of the campaign. The blanket is thick, soft, and washable. It could also double as a pet blanket (shelters need donations too!) if you left off the pom poms.

    After two years, Mama In A Stitch has become one of the yarniverse's favorite bloggers, and Jess is showing no signs of slowing down. We can't wait to see what she has in store!

    For more profiles of our favorite bloggers, keep an eye on the Notebook.

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  • Ode to the '80s Gem Sweater

    Leslie Hall, a maker and crafter, creates a dance-worthy video showing how she knit the world's largest replica of a knit 1980s gem sweater.  Remember them?

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  • Seen in the Yarniverse: Male Knitters and Crocheters

    Male knitters are popping up more and more these days. It's exciting to see boundaries being changed and people are being more open-minded about crafts. There's a wonderful article at Greatreporter.com that looks at males in the knitting community. We also had an episode of YarnCraft featuring Men Who Knit & Crochet. As a male knitter myself, I got odd looks from subway passengers while knitting a scarf on my way to work. But it's great to see that the number of males crafting is on the rise -- one of the readers of the blog, Robert is working on the Tree of Life pattern right now, in fact. Also, one of my good friends, who's a world-class rock climber was one of the last people I'd have expected to crochet, but he's made some incredible things.

    Are you a male knitter or crocheter? Speak up by commenting on this post and introducing yourself!

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