Newborn Baseball Set
Hat, Baseball Mitt,
Hat, Goggles & Scarf
Owl Bean Bag Set
Owl Bean Bag, Blanket,
Winnners in the Twins Face Off Using Yashi (raffia) Yarn
Congrats to Dana Bincer for winning the Yashi (raffia) yarn Twins Face Off design challenge sponsored by Ewe and Me: a Yarn Boutique. The Utensil and Plate Holders won with 80% of the vote! That puts Dana firmly in the lead with 3 wins to Deborah’s 1 in the Twins Face Off design challenge.
People were really curious about the raffia yarn when we told them it was our challenge material for June. It was really fun to use an untraditional material in our challenge.
Winners in the Giveaway
Congrats to the following two people who won in the Yashi (a raffia yarn by Universal Yarn) yarn giveaway.
The 2nd Place winner is Cynthia J. She wins the two crochet patterns.
Another big thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge by voting and entering the giveaway. We really appreciate you.
All of the items made in the June challange are available in the shop in one pattern: Crochet with Raffia.
Stay tuned for our review of Yashi coming in a couple of days.
Vote on the Summer Accessory using Yashi Raffia Design Challenge
Enter the Universal Yarn Yashi Raffia Giveaway
The challenge was given by Ewe and Me: A Yarn Boutique to us to crochet with Yashi raffia yarn (made by Universal Yarn). It’s up to you to choose which summer accessory you like better. After you vote, be sure to enter the giveaway to win the Yashi raffia yarn! If you’re in the Colorado Springs area, stop by Ewe and Me for a second chance to vote and win.
Giveaway here on the blog ends June 24, 2015 at midnight (Mountain Time).
Left: Picnic Set (Utensil & Plate Holders Right: Rosey Handbag
Below are more photos of the summer accessories. Learn more about the Crochet with Raffia patterns and see more photos in the shop.
The vote is annonymous, so vote with confidence.
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Twins Face Off – Sneak Peek of Crochet with Raffia
Last week we announced that Ewe and Me is sponsoring the Twins Face Off crochet challenge using Yashi, a raffia yarn by Universal yarns. We’re still working on our projects, but here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve got so far.
Summer Accessories (non clothing) – that’s the category Debbie, the owner of Ewe and Me, has challenged us with. Since it’s warm and sunny these days…we are loving all the possibilities.
Next week we’ll share photos and ask you to vote for the design you like better. We’ll also be giving away prizes.
- 1 place: Yarn needed to make the winning design and both crochet patterns;
- 2nd place: both crochet patterns.
Two Ways to Win!
Register to win (next week) here on our blog and in store at Ewe and Me.
See you next week!
Twins Face Off Crochet Design Challenge and Giveaway Sponsored by Ewe and Me Using Yashi Yarn by Universal Yarns
Debbie Golucke, Owner of Ewe and Me, presented us with a challenge to use Yashi. This is a fairly new yarn made from raffia sold by Universal Yarns. We were each given 8 skeins of this raffia yarn with Debbie tellling us, “Game On!”
Next week we will announce what cateogry of item we will crochet and we’ll share a sneak peek at what we’re working on. The week following that we will ask you to vote on the two designs.
- 1st place to wins the yarn needed to make the winning design and the 2 patterns;
- 2nd place to win the two patterns.
A big thank you to Ewe and Me for sponsoring this challenge! Debbie also has some fun things planned in store…so be sure to stop by later this month.
Behind the Scenes: Baby Pink – Shelly Baby Set
The blanket was the first project I created. I was inspired by swatches I found in the Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell. From there I created a sweater, hat and booties that incoporporated the elements from the center panel and edging of the blanket.
As you can see in the photo above, I used a brown ribbon as an accent in the set. I adore the contrast in color. Ultimately I swapped the brown for a pink because I couldn’t find a button that coordianted without being overpowering. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the daisies…but I think they are a bit bright for the set.
That being said, I absolutely adore how the daisies look with the booties. If the challenge had just been baby booties, I definitely would have kept them. Perhaps I should have looked a little harder for a ribbon to go with the buttons…maybe a white or yellow.
This is the first time I’ve created a baby sweater, so it was the last thing I designed…and I was nervous about it. Deborah went through a baby sweater craze recently and honestly, I was a little intimidated to make one. She shared her basic pattern with me and I was able to modify it to create a cute little sweater that I’m happy with.
This particular challenge was really fun for me. I don’t often make girly items and I found that it was a blast! Deborah was thrilled to make a “boy” set because she’s got two little ones at home. So she was very interested in creating projects that she would actually use.
Our mom saw a sneak peek of the pink baby blanket before the challenge went live and she loved it! She wanted to make a blanket for her great grand son and asked for the pattern. So, she was the first pattern tester for the baby blanket. The blanket turned out great and looks adorable in baby blue. Good job, Mom!
Review: Softee Baby by Bernat
We love it! Not only is Softee Baby soft, as the name implies, it also has great drape. It is delightful to work with and makes beautiful finished pieces.
According to Yarnspirations website: “Bernat Softee Baby is a soft, premium acrylic yarn with a delightful range of shades. 100% acrylic”
Light Weight: 140g / 5 oz, 331 meters / 362 yards
Bernat Softee Baby Pros:
- Soft to crochet
- Soft finished projects
- Beautiful drape
- Glides smoothly over hook
- Nice variety of pastel baby colors
Bernat Softee Baby Cons:
- Colors limited to pastel baby colors
This yarn is perfect for a variety of projects including baby blankets, hats, sweaters and booties. We only wish it came in more colors!
Here are some patterns that use Softee Baby by Bernat:
Winners in the Twins Face Off Baby Set Challenge using Bernat Softee Baby
Congrats to Dana Bincer for winning the Baby Set Challenge with the Baby Pink – Shelly Baby Set. It was a close race. The pink set received 56% of the votes. Dana has pulled ahead – winning 2 contests to Deborah’s 1.
We received lots of great feedback. People said they liked elements out of each set and that it was difficult to choose which set they liked better! It was fun to have such a close contest.
Winners in the Giveaway
A big round of applause for the two winners in the Bernat Softee Baby yarn giveaway.
Second Place: Elsa L.
Elsa wins both patterns for the baby sets.
A big thank you to everyone for participating in the Twins Face Off Design Challenge. It means a lot to us that you voted and entered the giveaway.
The patterns for both baby sets are available in the shop. Learn more about each pattern:
Vote on the Baby Design Challenge and
Enter the Bernat Softee Baby Yarn Giveaway
It’s up to you to choose, which baby set you like better. After you vote below, enter the giveaway for your chance to win the yarn used in this month’s challenge as well as the patterns for both baby sets.
Giveaway ends May 25, 2015 at midnight.
Left: Baby Pink Shelly Baby Set Right: Baby Blue HDC Faux Stockinette Baby Set
It’s time for your vote – it’s annonymous…so vote with confidence!
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Twins Face Off – Bernat Softee Baby Sneak Peek
Last week we announced that we are raiding our stash for the Bernat Softee Baby yarn Twins Face Off design challenge.
Here’s a peek at what we’re working on:
Baby projects! That’s the category we chose for the yarn. We’ll be wrapping up the patterns this week.
Next week we’ll share photos and ask you to vote for your favorite design. We’ll also be giving away prizes. 1 place: 4 skeins of yarn (pale blue or soft red, color of winners choice) and the patterns; 2nd place: two patterns.
See you next week!
Inspiration comes from lots of different places. In the case of the Chutes and Lattice Scarf, it was a combination of having a beautiful yarn on hand at a time when I was browsing through a stitch dictionary.
First: The Yarn
I attended the Estes Park Wool Festival a few years ago with my friend Jean (from Desert Rose Designs). There were lots of beautiful yarns at the show, and I was overwhelmed by it all (what did I know…I crocheted with acrylic most of the time). Jean had a lot of great things to say about the yarn we saw in the booth of Brooks Farm. So I decided to buy a skein. I selected Acero because I loved the rich color, the soft fiber (wool/silk/viscose blend) and that one skein had 420 yards. Of course, I had no idea what I was going to do with it!
Second: The Stitch Dictionary
About a year after attending the wool festival, I found myself browsing through Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet. I was inspired by a lot of the designs in there, particularly those in the “Lace Patterns” section.
So, out came the Acero yarn. I began crocheting a few swatches and soon realized that my projects didn’t always look like the pictures in the book. I learned a valuable lesson: the material the yarn is made of will impact the look, drape and feel of the finished project! I was bound to stumble upon this widely known truth sometime. I’m glad it was when I had a beautiful yarn and a great book to refer to.
Third: The Scarf
To me, the “Chain Lace” on page 149 of Donna Kooler’s book looked like flowers or chutes. Although I loved it, I didn’t want that pattern to make up the entire scarf. So I added some lattice; open ladder like chain work which I sprinkled throughout and added to the ends. And since the chutes are directional, I created the scarf in two panels.
I loved it. My sister and mom did, too. My mom has even hinted that she’d love it if I’d accidently leave it at her house when I come visit. Since she’s a crocheter herself, I think I’ll just leave her the pattern!
I was so happy with the scarf, I decided to submit it to Love of Crochet magazine and they accepted it! They requested a lighter color yarn, so I recrocheted it in Knit Picks Gloss in Guava (color discontinued). Renamed “Coral Blooms”, my scarf appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of the magazine.
Fifth: Self Publishing
The magazine had exclusive rights to the design for several months, meaning I couldn’t sell it on my website (or blog or share photos of the design I loved so much).
Now I can…thus my Behind the Scene’s article. One of the fun things about self publishing is the ability to show more photos. Earlier this week I posted the pattern in the shop and shared lots of styling options on the blog, which were modeled by my friend Lorien (from Lady Lorien Designs).
This is a really fun lacy design. If you make one for yourself, please share photos on Ravelry! We’d love it.