Recently we’ve welcomed a few new faces to the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, and we wanted you all to get a chance to meet them. We also bid a fond farewell to our own James, a published author, who is returning to the world of publishing and to work on his writing.
We thought a great way for you to meet the whole staff was to take a moment & give you a glimpse of what the staff of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio has on their hooks & needles.
I first learned to knit when I was a kid. Like so many kids, I learned knit, purl, made some boring scarves, and never kept going. In 2001 I became (as the Yarn Harlot would say) a knitter with a capital K. I fell in love and have not gone one day without needles in my hand since. I’m working on two Toe Up Socks for new Studio Workshops . The little red one is out of Wool-Ease and it will be the sample for Toe Ups Socks – Level 1 class (short row), and the larger sock is out of Sock-Ease is for Toe Up Socks – Level 2 (slip stitch gusset heel). I am also working on a tank top for my niece (who insisted on choosing her own colors!) out of my personal favorite, Cotton-Ease . Next up for me, a tank top out of LB Collection Silk Mohair . . . mmmm, yummy.
I learned to knit from my mother when I was about 8 years old. I made my first sweater when I was 16 and I have been working in the yarn world for the last 7 years. I used to knit sweaters all the time, but right now I am a graduate student studying literature at Fordham University and that limits my knitting time somewhat so I have been knitting socks constantly. I love socks because they are small, portable, wearable, and so comfortable especially during a cold New York winter. The sock I am working on at the moment is the coriolis sock from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I am using my favorite Lion Brand Yarn, the LB Collection Superwash Merino in the Denim and Mahogany colors. They are excellent!
I’m Michelle, and I moved up to NY from DC last September. I mostly enjoy knitting pieces with a lot of texture, lace, or cables. I also crochet, and my latest obsession is Amigurumi . I’m pictured with a wee Corporate Zombie from the book Creepy Cute Crochet made up in the Cotton-Ease . He’s a present for James, our former assistant manager, who is a big fan of the idea of crocheted zombies. Since this little guy is finished now, I’m currently working on a cabled vest from the latest KnitScene in the Wool-Ease .
Hi, I’m Claire, and I’ve also worked at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio since before we officially opened! My co-workers like to refer to me as the “beret queen” – I admit, for a while I was perhaps a little obsessed – but as you can see, I knit more than just hats! This is my first sweater in a while, and my first from the top down. So far I’m loving it; it’s easy to try on as you go, hardly any purling, and best of all, very little seaming!! I love working with Cotton-Ease , it’s such a soft and squishy yarn!
Of course I have more than one project going at a time. Right now I’m also working on an afghan out of Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton , a shawl/wrap/scarf with the new LB Collection Silk Mohair , and yes, a beret done in Sock-Ease . I just taught myself how to crochet a few months ago, and now I’m busy making cute little Amigurumi for every occasion I can think of!
Hi, I’m Gina! After growing up in Syracuse, NY and living in Boston for several years, I moved to Astoria last September and have been attempting to get my NYC bearings ever since. I’m a hard-core crocheter and am obsessed with designing weird, twisted, googly-eyed monsters that dominate my apartment and threaten to eventually take over the entire building. In this photo is Lizzer, a little chameleon/seal monster that I made with Rainbow Falls-colored Moonlight Mohair yarn. He is the first project in my attempt to crochet a new monster every day, which you can follow at my blog, anotherdayanothermonster.wordpress.com .
I studied textile design at the Rhode Island School of Design where I was introduced to the world of machine knitting. I love to play on the knitting machine to create exciting patterns, textures and shapes. I enjoy the speed and consistency you can achieve when working on a machine, which allows for quick material and stitch experimentation. I have been hand knitting since the second grade and attribute my affinity for the craft to my mom who has a wonderful collection of 80’s knitting magazines and inspirational books.