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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Show

The Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Show is always a big draw at the CHA Mega Show. It takes place right on the CHA show floor, in a part of the Lion Brand Yarn booth, and is hosted by Vanna White.

Vanna was introduced this year by Lion Brand CEO David Blumenthal, before the show began.

Vanna White Lion Brand

This year’s show was themed “You Can Do It!” and showcased items that were from easy to intermediate difficulty, and based on square and rectangle shapes for easy of construction.

Lion Brand Fashion Show

A total of a half dozen models strolled the catwalk in two half hour long shows for the CHA Mega Show 2015 crowd.

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Let’s take a closer look at a few of the featured outfits in the show! All of the patterns can be downloaded for free from LionBrand.com. The pattern numbers and yarns are provided in the photo captions for reference.

Lion Brand Fashion Show 2015
#L40633 Knit Easy with 8 skeins Homespun (poncho), #L40548 Knit Intermediate with 1 ball of Zaps (hat), #L40685 Crochet Easy with 1 ball of Vanna’s Choice & 1 pkg of Vanna’s Palettes (gloves).
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#L40519 Knit Intermediate with 1 ball of Vanna’s Glamour & 8 balls of Modern Baby (tunic), #L40582 Knit Easy with 3 balls of Gold Leaf (cowl)
Lion Brand Fashion Show
#L40712 Knit Easy with 4 balls of Textures (tunic), #L40707 Crochet Easy with 10 balls of Textures (afghan).
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#L40600 Knit Intermediate with 16 balls of Vanna’s Choice
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#L40726 Knit Easy+ with 6 balls of Vanna’s Complement (poncho), #L40741 Crochet Easy with 1 ball of Macaroni (cowl)
Lion Brand Fashion Show
#L40601 Crochet Intermediate with 10 balls of Vanna’s Glamour (slip on), #L40036 Knit Beginner with 2 balls of Vanna’s Glamour (turban)
Lion Brand Fashion Show
L40659 Knit Intermediate with 10 balls of Modern Baby (pullover), #L32091 Crochet Easy with 1 package of bonbons (wristers), #L20245C Knit Easy with 1 package of bonbons (scarf).
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#L40686 Knit Intermediate with 4 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (sweater), #L40698 Craft Beginner with 2 skeins of Quickie (cowl), #L40440 Knit Intermediate with 1 ball of Vanna’s Choice Baby, 11 balls of Vanna’s Choice , 6 balls of Unique (afghan)

Has the Lion Brand fashion show inspired you to create? What do you want to make?

Review | Lion Brand BonBons Yarn

Reported by Chel Micheline

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I usually choose bulky, nubby yarns to crochet with, but every so often I’ll go through a phase where all I want to do is crochet with “fine” or “sport weight” yarns (which are very thin in diameter and not very plush). The Bonbons yarns from Lion Brand are perfect for this. They come in a package of eight color coordinated mini-skeins, and are priced at $7.99 MSRP for a pack of eight skeins. While the skeins are quite small, the entire package is more than enough yarn to make a variety of projects. No, you won’t be able to crochet a large afghan with one package, but you will be able to make quite a variety of accessories and home decor projects.

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I decided to crochet something I had never attempted before, a small iPod holder/cross-body purse for my daughter. She’s nine years old, and into anything bright and cheerful, so I figured the “Party” set with its intense color selection and bright metallic touches would be perfect for this project.

One of the key benefits of the BonBons is that the color palette is already figured out for you. I have been known to spend hours in the local craft store agonizing about color matches with yarn, so having the yarn colors come pre-selected is a wonderful time saver. I chose three from the pack for this project: red, pink, and purple. There was just enough of the yarn using just those three colors to complete the project.

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As usual, I didn’t follow a pattern with my crochet. And since I don’t enjoy “crocheting in the round”, I realized that if I was going to make a purse, it needed to be shaped like a pouch or a pocket.

So the way I went about it was to simply crochet, in single crochet stitch, a 15″ long and 4.5″ wide rectangle- basically, a tiny scarf. I kept the gauge of my stitches VERY tight, because crochet does tend to stretch with use, and since I wasn’t going to be lining this purse, I wanted it to be sturdy.

To add some variation in design, I alternated colors every three rows.

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When I was done with the basic rectangle, I folded it into three sections. The bottom two sections would form the front and back of the purse, and the top third would be the “flap” that folds over the front.

I used a simple crochet stitch with the purple yarn to “sew” the front and back panel together to make a pocket, and then went around the remainder of the purse with more of the purple yarn to give it a nice contrast piping.

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Then I used the remaining pink yarn (plus a little from my stash) to make a thick strap, a strip of five rows of tight single crochet stitches about 35″ long. I edged the strap with contrasting colors of the Lion Brand BonBons, just for a little extra pop. Then I attached the strap to the back of the bag using a single crochet stitch.

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My daughter is on vacation with her grandparents, so I haven’t been able to measure the purse on her and get the exact strap length, so I left one of the strap ends “unattached” and when she returns home I will fit the purse on her and attach the strap in a good spot so the purse sits cross-body at just below her waist.

While the purse is not exactly high-end couture, I’m fairly pleased with it considering I’ve never crocheted anything like it before and just sort of “went for it” as far as design and execution. And since my daughter loves handmade things (thank goodness for that, because pretty much everything I crochet ends up either on her bed or in her closet!) and she loves tiny purses, I think she’ll be happy with it.

 All in all, after working with them for this project, I really love the Lion Brand BonBons.

Pros:

  • Pre-coordinated color sets
  • Enough yarn in one package to complete a variety of projects
  • Easy to work with
  • Great color and quality

Cons:

  • A little bit price-y for the amount of yarn you get

 Lion Brand BonBons Yarn are available in seven variety packs: two acrylic packs (Brights,Pastels), two cotton packs (BeachNature), two metallic packs (PartyCelebrate) and one combination metallic/cotton pack that is holiday themed (Jingle Bells). The cotton and acrylic skeins are 28yds each, while the metallics are 38.3 yards. MSRP is $7.99/package.

CHA Mega Show 2014 | Premier Yarns New Collection

Reported by Maria del Pinto

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Premier Yarns showed off their new 2014 Winter Collection at the CHA Mega show this year.

One of the first yarns to catch my attention was the new “Enchant” line of yarn.  This yarn has soft sequins that are very lightweight, yet give off a great sparkle.  These sequins are called Payettes and they are very soft, so this makes this yarn great for jewelry making projects.  The gauge on this yarn is equal to a D-3 Crochet hook.

The new “Spangle” yarn is great for making jewelry projects.  It is a metallic jewelry yarn that is shiny but soft to the touch.

This yarn is very thin so you can easily work with two skeins if you want to add thickness to a project.  This would also be a good yarn for knitting purses or other similar accessories.

The new “Starry Night” yarn is perfect for making jewelry projects. Below is a bracelet made from soda tabs that has been made using the “Starry Night” yarn.  The yarn is a wide ribbon with multiple colors weaved through it. It also has bands of metallic thread running through it that blend well with jewelry projects.

Soda Tab bracelet made with Starry Night Yarn by Premier Yarns

Another fun yarn they had on display was their new “Starbella Strata” yarn.  This yarn is super soft and is a tube of yarn that has been finely knitted together. What is truly cool about this yarn is its flexibility.  For those not interested in crocheting or knitting, this yarn can be used to make an instant cowl.  All you have to do is cut off a length of the yarn and stretch the tube out with your fingers.  As soon as you have it stretched out to a comfortable width, just pull it over your head and down to the neck area. The samp process can be used to make an instant beanie, just by knotting one end of the cut piece of yarn. There were so many fun yarns on display, it was difficult to pick out just a few to photograph.

Below is a pair of earrings  made with the “Suede Circles” yarn from Premier Yarns.

Earrings made with Suede Circle Yarn

Below is a necklace that was made using the some of their other new yarns.

Necklace made with Suede circles Jewelry yarn from Premier

The “Starbella Plaid” is another fun yarn.  This yarn sports a fun plaid ribbon that has been weaved with the yarn itself.  Like some of the more well-known ruffled yarns (from this same company), it is a great yarn to add ruffles to clothing and other similar projects.

Starbella Plaid from Premier Yarns

Premier also had a lovely display of their Deborah Norville Collection yarns which are so well-known and popular.  I can’t wait for some of these to arrive at my local yarn store and see what I can make with them.