Play Ball: New Published Pattern

Play Ball: Published in Love of Crochet Summer 2015….Now Available in Store

Play Ball Baseball and Football Stadium Cushions and Pillows

Love sports? We created a crochet pattern for a throw pillow and stadium cushions to help keep you comfortable at your next baseball, softball or American football game.

These stadium cushions are surprisingly easy to make and have several fun design features. There are shoulder straps to make them easy to carry to the game. There are tie downs on the side so you can tuck the shoulder strap away while in use. And we’ve included zippers so the cushion covers can be washed.

It’s hip to be square…or just a bit cheeky.

Play Ball Available in the Store

Love of Crochet Summer 2015-CoverPlay Ball Stadium Cushions and Throw Pillow first appeared in Love of Crochet Summer 2015. They are now available in the store.

The pattern includes:

  • Baseball / Softball Stadium Cushion
  • American Football Stadium Cushion
  • Baseball / Softball Throw Pillow

Available in the Store

 

Twins Face Off with Red Heart Anne Geddes

Twins Face Off with Anne Geddes Baby Yarn by Red Heart

Red Heart is sponsoring this month’s Twins Face Off with 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby yarn.

Red Heart Anne Geddes Yarn for Twins Face Off

Next week we will announce what cateogry of item we will crochet . We’ll also share sneak peeks at what we’re working on. The week following that we will ask you to vote on the two designs and open up the giveaway!

Giveaway to include:

  • 1st place wins 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby yarn and both crochet patterns;
  • 2nd place wins both crochet patterns.

See you next week for the sneak peek.

Winners in the Twins Face Off Flower Challenge

Winnners in the Twins Face Off with Vanna’s Choice Stashbuster Flower Challenge

Deborah BagleyCongrats to Deborah Bagley for winning the Vanna’s Choice stashbuster Twins Face Off design challenge. The Floral Heart Throw Pillow won by a healthy margin.

Both designs were well received, but the pillow outclassed the door stops. People used words like “stunning” and “gorgeous” when talking about the decorative pillow. And I, Dana, have to agree. Deborah definitely deserves the win with this beautiful pillow.

Floral Heart Throw Pillow

Winners in the Giveaway

A big round of applause for the four winners in the Vanna’s Choice flower challenge.

First Place & Second Place for 8/25/15 Draw: Terri C. & Kelly A.
Terri and Kelly win the patterns for both flower projects. Congratulations.

First Place & Second Place for 8/28/15 Draw: Teresa & Marcia A.
Teresa and Marcia win the patterns for both flower projects. Congratulations.

And 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.

Review: Vanna’s Choice from Lion Brand Yarns

Review: Vanna’s Choice from Lion Brand Yarns

We raided our stash and used Vanna’s Choice from Lion Brand Yarns in our Twins Face Off crocheted flowers design challenge. Here are our thoughts about the yarn:

Vannas Choice

This yarn is a workhorse…and we mean that in the nicest sense. It has been one of our go-to yarns for years so it was only natural that we used it in our stashbuster challenge.

Yarn Features:

According to the Lion Brand website: Vanna White, America’s favorite crocheter and Lion Brand’s spokesperson for over 15 years, introduces Vanna’s Choice®, an easy-care, silky-soft premium basic available in a range of beautiful, expertly-coordinated shades.

Worsted Weight: 170 yrds / 100 g
100% Premium Acrylic

Vanna’s Choice Pros:

  • Lots of color options – there are several fun lines in Vanna’s Choice including: Tapestry and Baby. She also has a Glamour and Sequins line. What will Vanna dream up next? Looks like she’s introduced Mohair with her Complements line. Oh my!
  • Smooth texture glides across fingers nicely
  • Pretty Soft
  • Has a good twist, so doesn’t split very often
  • Has a medium sheen – not too shiney or too dull
  • Washable
  • A portion of the proceeds is donated to Charity (St Jude’s)

Vannna’s Choice Cons:

  • Even with all the colors available, we still long for more options in yellow

Floral Heart Throw Pillow

Patterns Using Vanna’s Choice:

Many of our patterns use Vanna’s Choice including those in this month’s challenge. Here are some links to patterns using this yarn:

Vote in Twins Face Off Flower Stashbuster Challenge

Vote in the Twins Face Off Crochet Design Challenge
This is a Flower Stashbuster Challenge with Vanna’s Choice Yarn

It’s up to you to choose, which crocheted floral project you like better. After you vote below, scroll down to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of both crochet patterns.

Giveaway ends August 24, 2015 at midnight.

We have extended the vote and giveaway to August 28th at midnight. We’ll select 2 more winners!

Twins Face Off Floral Design

Flower Projects Close UPs

Left: Floral Heart Throw Pillow Right: Flower Door Stops

We raided our stash and used Vanna’s Choice yarn for our projects. Learn more and see additional photos for Floral Heart Throw Pillow and Flower Door Stops in the shop.

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Twins Face Off – Vanna’s Choice Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek of Twins Face Off Crochet Design Challenge with Vanna’s Choice

Last week we announced that we would be doing a Stashbuster Challenge using Vanna’s Choice yarn by Lion Brand. Here’s a sneak peek at what we’re working on:

Sneak Peek of Twins Face Off Flower Challenge

Flower is the category of this month’s challenge. And it looks like we’re working on two very different types of projects. This should be fun!

Next week we’ll share photos of the finished projects and ask you to vote for the design you like better. We’ll also be giving away prizes.

  • 1 place: both crochet patterns;
  • 2nd place: both crochet patterns.

See you next week when we open up the voting and giveaway!

Twins Face Off with Stash Buster Challenge

Twins Face Off Stashbuster Design Challenge and Giveaway

This month we’re raiding our stash for the Twins Face Off crochet design challenge. We’ll be using Vanna’s Choice, a Lion Brand yarn.

Vannas Choice

Next week we will announce what cateogry of item we will crochet . We’ll also share sneak peeks at what we’re working on. The week following that we will ask you to vote on the two designs and open up the giveaway!

Since we’re raiding our stash, there won’t be a yarn giveaway. But we will be giving away the patterns!

  • 1st place wins both crochet patterns;
  • 2nd place wins both crochet patterns.

Review: Shangri La from Bijou Basin Ranch

Review: Shangri La Lace Weight Yak/Silk Yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch

We used Shangri La lace weight yak/silk yarn by Bijou Basin Ranch in our Twins Face Off crochet design competition to make Lacy Scarves. Here are our thoughts about the yarn:

Shangri-La Yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch

We love it! Honestly, we were a little nervous about crocheting with this yarn. Not because of the material (which is fabulous), but because we have never worked with lace weight before (unless you consider crochet thread to be lace weight).

Yarn Features:

According to the Bijou Basin Ranch website: “A blend of two of the world’s softest and strongest fibers, our Shangri-La is the knitter’s [or crocheter’s] version of the earthly paradise for which it is named!” [our adeptation to  their quote].

Lace Weight: 400 yards / 2 ozs.
50% Tibetan Yak  / 50% Mulberry Silk: Hand Wash, Dry Flat

Shangri-La Pros:

  • Ubber Soft (softest, most luxurious yarn we’ve ever used)
  • Silky so it glides across your hook easily
  • Smooth, so it feels gentle on your fingers
  • Blocks great so it’s perfect for showcasing stitches
  • Not itchy, so it’s comfortable to wear
  • If crocheting a solid fabric, this would be nice and warm
  • If crocheting a lacy fabric, this is light and airy
  • Comes in fun jewel tone colors

Shangri-La Cons:
We love this yarn so much, we don’t want to write any cons!

  • The two strands can separate a bit and get caught on the hook
  • Frogging should be done slowly or the fibers will knot up a bit
  • There is a faint odor to the yarn, but it’s very mild

Bijou Basin Ranch had the right idea when they named this yarn. It really is a dream and a half to work with. Shangri La is so nice that you may find yourself saddened when your project comes to an end. No worries, just get yourself another skein and start on another great project!

Patterns Using Shangri La

Check out these beautiful patterns that use Shangri La yarn.

Winners in Lacy Scarf Twins Face Off

Winnners in the Twins Face Off with Shangri La Yak/Silk Yarn

Dana BincerCongrats to Dana Bincer for winning the Shangri La yarn Twins Face Off design challenge sponsored by Bijou Basin Ranch. The Beaded Broomstick Lace Scarf squeaked a win with 53% of the vote!

We heard from many people that this was the most difficult challenge yet in that they liked both designs and found it very difficult to choose a favorite. We love that!

Winners in the Giveaway

A big round of applause for the two winners in the Shangri La lace weight yarn giveaway.

Shangri La Yarn from Bijou Basin RanchFirst Place: Stephanie S.
Stephanie wins 1 skeins of Shangri La yarn and the patterns for both lacy scarves.

Second Place: Joyce C.
Joyce wins both patterns for the lacy scarves.

A special thank you to Bijou Basin Ranch for sponsoring this months challenge. Stop by your local independently owned yarn shop to puchrase this fabulous yarn, or visit their website.

And 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.Beaded Broomstick Lace Scarf

On Display and a 2nd Chance to Win

 

Both lacy scarves are on display at Ewe and Me: A Yarn Boutique in Colorado Springs for the next month. Feel free to touch and feel how soft these are and pick up a skein or two of Shangri La while you’re there.

The patterns for the lacy scarves are available here in our shop or free with purchase at Ewe and Me the month of August 2015.

There is a second chance to vote and enter the giveaway at Ewe and Me. So stop by and enter!

Tomorrow we’ll post a review of Shangri La. Be sure to check out what we liked and didn’t like about the yarn.

 

Vote on Lacy Scarves & Bijou Basin Ranch Giveaway

Vote on the Lacy Summer Scarf Crochet Design Challenge and
Enter to win the Shangri La Lace Yak/Silk Yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch

It’s up to you to choose, which crocheted lacy summer scarf you like better. After you vote below, enter the giveaway for your chance to win 1 skein of Shangri La lace weight yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch as well as the patterns for both scarves.

Giveaway ends July 27, 2015 at midnight.

Twins Face Off Scarf with Shangri La from Bijou Basin Ranch

 

both draped

Left: Floral Scarf     Right: Broomstick Lace Sarf

Each scarf uses only 1 skein of Shangri La lace weight yak/silk yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch. Learn more and see additional photos for the Lacy Summer Scarves in the shop.

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2nd Chance to Vote and Win

If you’re in the Colorado Springs area, stop by Ewe and Me, A Yarn Boutique for a 2nd chance to vote and win!