Posts Tagged ‘lion brand’

02
Jan

Marsala Yarns! Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, yarn

Happy Knit Year, everyone! Hope you had a lovely one. Jon and I have a tradition of cooking ourselves a fancy dinner at home and watching the ball drop. I like doing that so much! It feels like a real treat and we don’t have to feel like we’re being lame since we’re staying in. (I love staying in. If you’ve seen me in the past 6 months, you are very lucky.)

Anyway, Pantone announced the color of the year last month. It’s always exciting for me because I’m a nerd for color. I wasn’t very excited about last year‘s color since I don’t really like bright purples. But this year’s color, Marsala, I just love. It’s like the color of my favorite lipstick, a really deep red-brown that’s a little vintage and very easy to wear.

Let me tell you, it was not easy finding yarns that matched this year’s color! I’m not sure if it’s because dyers aren’t into an earthy color like this or  that this is a very unique shade of red. Anyway, let me share what I found!

 

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1. Madeline Tosh Pure Silk Lace in Byzantine
2. Sweet Georgia BFL Sock in Terra Firma
3. Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky in Claret
4. Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere in Wine
5. Purl Soho Worsted Twist in Mixed Berry

Will you be wearing Marsala this year? What’s your favorite earth-toned yarn?

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11
Sep

Stitch N’ Pitch this Sunday!

Written by Sarah. Posted in events

Stitch N’ Pitch is coming up this weekend! Believe it or not, I’m going to be attending for the first time.

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The Mets/Nationals game this Sunday September 14th marks the 8th annual Stitch N’ Pitch. The event is hosted by the New York Mets and Metropolitan Hospitality and sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn Company. Along with a themed Mrs. Mets plush, knitters and crocheters will be given Lion Brand yarn to make squares for Warm Up America. BYO needles and hooks! We’re going to be making for a good cause! Warm Up America collects handmade items for many social services across the country. 

Stitch N' Pitch at Citi Field

Admittedly, I am not a big sports fan but I do love to hang out with knitters while we’re in our element. I’m going to brush up on my baseball lingo! I can’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon! 

Pick up your tickets to the ball game here. We’ll be at Citi Field on Sunday! Don’t forget to bring your needles!

Will you join us? Who are you routing for?

 

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22
Aug

Further Reading 8/22/14

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

blackberry stitch aran

 

The weather is getting mellow here so I’m starting to have those dreams of sweaters and cardigans. It started early this year! I really hate to jinx it since last winter was so rough, like, so very very terrible, but I’m craving pumpkin pie and apple cider and it’s still August! I can almost taste Rhinebeck and it’s making me go crazy for big sweaters. When I saw the Blackberry Stitch and Cable sweater designed by True Brit Knits for Debbie Bliss magazine, I just fell in love. It looks so deliciously comfy yet sophisticated. And that color is just gorgeous.   Welcome to the queue, Big Pink Aran!

>> Lion Brand’s blog has some handy instructions on carrying vs. cutting yarn at the end of rows. I had a huge debate about this when I was working on the Hurrication sweater since there were so many colors but also a ton of rows to carry them over. Sometimes, you just have to throw all of the rules out the window and make it work.

>> Stevie Nicks is holding a shawl-design competition. Will you be making a mystical shawl for the legend to use on stage?

>> I’ve written a lot about how I want to do stop motion video with knitting. Miho Yata’s stop motion film is absolutely amazing. Can you imaging knitting all of those frames? Fantastic!

>> Olek might be in some trouble for her latest installation piece. Underwater crochet is pretty cool, though!

>> This beautiful photo of French sheep in 1930 is from the New York Times’ tumblr featuring photos from their basement archive. I love looking at old photographs and it’s really cool that they are sharing these pictures in the digital age. (I’m also a big fan of this photo. #yesallwomen, am I right?) This blog is a very fun place to get lost for an afternoon.

>> Design Sponge is tackling one of my favorite subjects: conscious consumption. Some really beautiful points and good ways to talk about handmade vs. store bought (are they really that different?) to those who are not makers.

What a week it’s been! I came down with a bit of a cold which has really made for a rough few days. Good excuse for a weekend of tea and knitting, though! I’m finishing a pair of mittens I started in November! Are you working on any UFOs this weekend?

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19
Aug

Lion Brand Yarn Studio Customer Fashion Show

Written by Sarah. Posted in events

Last week I attended the Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s first ever customer fashion show. It was such a blast! I’ve always enjoyed visiting the LBY Studio. The vibe in there is just always very fun and friendly. The fashion show was the same times a million. Here are a few of my favorite garments (but you’ll have to excuse the crappy iPhone quality).

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Anyone could enter a knit or crocheted garment as long as it was made with Lion Brand yarn. Most of the participants had attended classes at the Studio and were showing off their projects. Some of them were sporting their first-ever garments while others showed off their own designs. It was a great mix of projects and everyone was excited to share.

lion brand customer fashion show 2fair isle hat, original design

lion brand customer fashion showcrocheted tank with ribbon

It was a great reminder of how creative knitters and crocheters are and how we makers really love being together. Even strangers can get together in a knitting circle or any LYS and have that bond. But what really stuck with me was how much we love to share. We love to show others what we’ve accomplished whether it’s through instagram, our blogs, or Ravelry. It’s very satisfying to complete a sweater, but when we share what we’ve done with someone else who can appreciate the story behind the piece – whether it had special inspiration or it was a particularly uncooperative project – it feels even more exciting. That is really the driving force that makes us want to make more and more. At the fashion show, it was literally coming in the form of applause which was very exciting even as an audience member.

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 While knitting is such a huge part of my life, I don’t get to interact with knitters face-to-face as much as I’d like. Sure, I think about knitting 24/7 but most of the people in my day-to-day are not knitters. I feel so lucky to have an incredible network of talented, generous, hilarious knitters that I call my friends and the best part is that they live all around the world! But sometimes it’s and inspiring reminder to get in a room and feel the energy.

Anyway, I got all sappy at the end. Does your LYS put on any fashion shows? Do you share your projects with other knitters in real life?

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28
Mar

Further Reading 3/28/14

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

I’m obsessing over this video by artists Lernert & Sander of designer sweaters being unraveled. I’ve read some people describe it as maddening and unsettling but to me it is incredibly delicious and meditative. Frogging a piece can be just awful but watching stitches come undone can be just as fascinating as it is to see them created.

>> Everyone’s been sharing this article so I guess I ought to as well. In case you were unaware, knitting is good for you. It’s meditative and relaxing. Imagine that!

>> I’m not even sure what to say about this Captions for Models in Knitting Catalogues. So weird. Definitely funny.

>> Franklin Habit’s piece about his first encounter with needlecraft brought me to tears. Really beautiful. Please send tissues.

>> I have my eye on Stashbot this week. I might wait for the ebook version so I can carry it around on my phone for impulse yarn purchases. I am definitely afraid of how it will help to enhance my stash. Not that that’s every stopped me.

>>  Here is my high school’s Handicraft and Knitting Club, class of 1942. (Thanks, Dad!)

What are you knitting up this weekend? How do you like that unravelling video?

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12
Nov

KNITTING PAINS AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM

Written by Sarah. Posted in life, long reads

First off, I am in no way a medical professional so if you’ve found this blog post because you’re Googling pain associated with knitting, go talk to your doctor.

As I mentioned last week, my wrists have been pretty unhappy for a few days. I’ve been having some awful aches in my wrists, elbows, and sometimes a bit shooting into my upper arms. When I tweeted about my plight, I was immediately met with calls to rest, ice, and stretch along with a dose of Advil. I take after the stoic women in my family who refuse to see a doctor unless something is definitely bleeding or has been broken for three weeks so it is all the more reason to take care of myself.

I think it’s important to address this here because it’s something that I haven’t dealt with so seriously up until this point and something that less experienced knitters don’t tend to think about at all. We have to take care of our little mitts. These are the only wrists we’ve got. Knitting is a full contact sport and can cause long-term damage.

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I’ve been in serious denial that I was having pain related to knitting until I had to give myself time off. I was under the impression that I hadn’t knit very much last week so I didn’t know what caused all of this trouble. I stopped knitting on Thursday and was feeling better Saturday afternoon. I decided that I’d knit a little bit but, big mistake, the pain was at its worst Saturday night where I couldn’t lift a glass of water without wincing. I often sleep wrong and pull muscles in my neck and I have a job that requires heavy lifting of cumbersome pieces. I like to think I’m always lifting with my knees and being careful but other people have been injured and I’ve definitely come home sore on more than one occasion. That being said, I do spend a lot of time with my needles and many designers have given me the side eye when I tell them this is definitely not a knitting injury. Whether it is or not, maybe I’ll never know but either way, it’s time to treat this the way it deserves.

In my research and reading, here’s my best suggestions for avoiding any wrist pains ever:

1. Posture – I knit after a long day at work. I knit on the couch, sprawled out while watching a movie. Sometimes I knit crammed on a packed rush hour train. It’s really easy to forget proper posture when I’m tired but that’s the first step down a long road to permanent wrist pain. Sit up straight with your feet on the floor. Having good posture is important for life outside of knitting, too. Sitting up straight at work and having a chair that is the correct height is a good start and will help keep knitting from exacerbating the situation. (There are great posture tips from a physical therapist here and here!)

2. Stretch – There are so many stretching guides for knitters. You know what to do, stretch your fingers out and push them back towards your wrists lightly. Squeeze your elbows down to your wrist. (Here are some great stretches to keep your fingers limber. Thanks for passing those along, Linda!)

3.  Relax – Knitting all day isn’t good for you. It’s really tempting and, let’s be honest, sometimes you have to finish a sample in time or you haven’t had time to knit all week and Sunday is free of plans! Be careful! A lot of you have suggested switching between projects with different gauges but more importantly, just put the needles down. Give yourself nice breaks to stretch and relax. Go outside or eat a sandwich or read a goddamn book. I’m going to go ahead and say don’t switch from knitting to cruising Ravelry. Typing is not going to give your wrists a break.

Now, in addition to the top three suggestions, here’s how I’ve been treating my sore wrists:

1. Support Gloves – I was wearing my Lion Brand wrist support gloves (pictured above) after the pain initially started. They’re tight and feel like your wrist is getting a hug. Some people say that if they start to feel pain, they can continue knitting after throwing a pair of these. Now that the pain’s been with me for a few days, I decided to get some more serious gloves that are a bit rigid. I invested in these Futuro gloves that are very comfortable and seem to be helping me heal.

2. Serious rest – I’m not talking about a break here and there. I’ve stopped knitting for as long as I need. It’s really difficult. I don’t know how to sit on the couch without doing something. Non-knitters must live awful, boring lives.

3. Advil – My tolerance for pain is about zero out of ten. Research says that gingers are more sensitive to pain so it’s either genetic or I’m a gigantic baby. Either way, Advil brings down any swelling and I can at least go through my day at work without wincing so hard. Don’t forget that just because you’ve now forgotten about the pain that it’s gone. Don’t over do it!

REMEMBER, tingling or numbness is bad. You’ve definitely got to stop and see a doctor then.

Speaking of doctors, I should probably be visiting one myself. Not being able to knit is one of my biggest fears being realized over the last few days as being a complete possibility. I know that is very dramatic but even just having to put my needles away for one day has made me so sad. Knitting is the one thing that I look forward to every day. It makes me rush out the door at 5:00 and I spend every spare moment tweeting to knitter friends, reading craft blogs, and looking at Ravelry. You can’t realize how precious those moments of meditation and relaxation and fulfillment are until you’re without them even for a short period of time.

So I promise, knitting gods, if my little hands heal up quickly,  I promise that I’ll never treat them badly again. I’ll keep the knitting spirit all year long. That’s a promise we should all keep.

What do you do when your wrists start to ache? Have you ever had any bad knitting injuries?

ps. Happy birthday to my mom! A wonderful knitter who knows a thing or two about over-doing it and hurting herself. <3

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20
Sep

The Crash Giveaway!

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, FO, giveaway, knits, KYC Presents

Sweater season is already in full swing here in the city so there could be no better time for today’s post! As part of the Holla Knits blog tour, today I’m giving away a copy of The Crash!

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The samples are shown with contrasting shoulders (Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere and Lion Brand Alpine Wool) and in monotone (Unplanned Peacock Studio Superwash Merino Bulky and Unplanned Peacock Studio Superwash Merino Bulky both in Onyx). Like I’ve said before, it’s super extra fierce! It can be worn punky with a black skirt, fishnets, and boots or just spice up a pair of jeans with cute flats for an easy brunch look. I was inspired by those furry vests that never seem to go out of style, faux fur throws that decorate every Scandinavian-style living room, and diva shoulder details. I paired that with a contrasting, conservative diamond pattern to make straightforward menswear meet bold surprises. Go big or go home!

the crash peacock

As far as construction, you couldn’t ask for a breezier knit. The sweater is knit flat in six pieces. The shoulder pads are attached before sleeves are set in. Voila!

I have to thank Allyson for embracing the craziness of this design! I love her wild style and so admire her for making Holla Knits all about patterns that are unconventional and downright fun.

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Want to knit this serious sweater yourself? Just leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of The Crash! A winner will be drawn on Friday 9/27!

ps. Double your odds! Check out Unplanned Peacock‘s blog for another chance to win a copy of the pattern!

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16
Sep

The Crash Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, famous knits, knits, KYC Presents, life, photos

It’s here! I just wanted to stop by to remind you that the Holla Knits F/W 2013 collection is out TODAY.

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the crash holla knits

I haven’t shared any photos of the second sample which is knit with Unplanned Peacock Studio yarn. The shoulder details are knit in the same colorway as the rest of the sweater (but in the bulky weight) so you can see everything in monotone! Check it out!

the crash peacock

the crash peacock 2

You can purchase a PDF of the pattern right here!

And I hope you’re not tired of seeing The Crash because I’ll be hosting a Blog Tour Stop (with giveaways!) on Friday. Stay tuned!

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22
Mar

Unleavened Skeins

Written by Sarah. Posted in holiday, knits, that gif post, yarn

Passover is beginning soon. Are you getting prepared? It’s one of the most important Jewish holidays and it’s one of my favorites for these reasons: a) the story is epic, b) the Rugrats made a really good  holiday episode, c) you’re supposed to drink a lot (like, a lot, guys), and d) it’s supposed to be very personal. It’s the story of how our ancestors escaped slavery in Egypt. And when I was a kid, I wanted to be an Egyptologist so the whole Jews building pyramids thing was pretty exciting.

Here’s the story of Passover and my ancestors (I imagine they look like me but with way more epic eye make up).

We were slaves in Egypt. It sucked. Moses came and was all, LET MY PEOPLE GO which is probably the best catchphrase ever. The Pharaoh was all like, “No Way, Jose.” Then the ten plagues happened, yadda yadda yadda.

When the Pharaoh told the Israelites that they were free to leave Egypt, they left as fast as they could. They knew he was kind of a fickle bitch and was constantly changing his mind. Like, one day he would be like, “Guys, this is where I the pyramid should go,” and then halfway through building it, he’d be all, “I think it would actually look better over there. Don’t you think it’d look better over there?” And then they’d have to go and start all over again.

So when the Jews were freed, they hauled ass out of there. They packed up so quickly, they didn’t even wait for their bread dough to rise! That’s why we eat matzah. (Don’t have any idea what the geflite fish is all about. Don’t ask.) My ancestors packed up so quickly that they didn’t even wait to finish all of their WIPs! They just took whatever stash yarn they could carry and GTFO. Moses was all like, “Um, I don’t think you’re going to need a scarf in the desert” but they were all like, “It’s not a scarf, it’s a 10 Commandments cozy. By the way, did anyone pack stitch markers? I left all of my notions in Egypt.”

Then, the whole Egyptian army showed up because the Pharaoh had changed his mind (so predictable, this guy!) and so they were all like chasing the Jews to the sea. My ancestors were like, “Oh crap, I don’t think salt water is very good for wool.” But Moses was all, “Guys, don’t worry. I have a plan.” And, guess what. He OPENED UP THE SEA so everyone would just walk across. I know, crazy right? And when they got to the other side, all of the Egyptians drowned and the day was saved.

And somebody was like, “Hey did anybody bring a map?” and my ancestors were like, “I have a pattern for a nemes. Would that help?” And Moses was all like “OMG WE’RE GONA BE IN THIS DESERT FOREVS.”

The end.

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Lion Brand Alpine Wool in Oatmeal

Anyway, the point of this story is that, just as we eat unleavened matzahs to commemorate our ancestors time in Egypt, I will knit with matzah-like yarns to commemorate my ancestors who were probably walking around the desert like, “Are we there yet? I’m hot. Golden donkey? How about a golden sheep? Maybe it can send more yarn.”

This unleavened yarn will probably make you a lot less constipated than matzah.

Happy Passover!

ps. If you stuck it out and read this whole story, you’re a real champ. It was ridiculous but I made myself laugh.

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14
Jan

New Year, New Skill with Kollabora & Giveaway!

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, giveaway, knits, kollabora, want

Have you joined DIY community/marketplace Kollabora yet? I love their trendy look and awesome products. If you haven’t yet, check it out (and if you have, follow me)!

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To kick off 2013, Kollabora asked me to be a part of their Learn to Knit Campaign. They’re encouraging everyone to learn a new skill which is awesome. I’ve taught countless people how to knit over the years and I am fascinated by the way that the craft has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s really incredible that more and more people are learning to knit and building their skills through sites like Kollabora, Youtube, and other blogs. I’m definitely always learning new things from the community on Twitter and the comments you leave me here. It’s just the same as how my mother gave me advice on my projects but on a global scale.

As part of the campaign, Kollabora is hosting a beginner project knit-a-long. All of their patterns have great project kits and detailed instructions including videos. I’m going to be making this headband. I just got my kit in the mail over the weekend and I am very excited to cast on and show you my customized headband.

kollabora kit

Want to get in on the knit-a-long? Kollabora has been nice enough to supply a kit for one of you lovely readers! Their kit is adorable and the project is fun and quick, even if you’re an advanced knitter.

In fact, this would be a great gift for an experienced knitter to give to someone that’s curious, maybe a daughter or son or a friend that’s always ogling your knitting. Or you could customize the otherwise simple project to make something unique and exciting for yourself.

To enter to win the kit, leave a comment below telling me about the first thing you ever knit (or if you’ve never knit anything at all, that’s even better) by Friday 1/18 at 12pm EST. (Make sure you include your email or some way I can contact you!) I’ll chose the winner by random number generator and announce the lucky knitter next week.

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