Vote on Crochet Raffia Challenge and Giveaway

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).

Vote on Crochet Raffia Projects

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.

Picnic Set

Rosey Handbag Close Ups

The vote is annonymous, so vote with confidence.

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Which crocheted raffia Summer Accessory do you like better?

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Winners in the Twins Face Off Baby Set Challenge

Winners in the Twins Face Off Baby Set Challenge using Bernat Softee Baby

Dana BincerCongrats 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.

Pink Shell Baby Blanket SetFirst Place: Vickie W. R.
Vickie wins 4 skeins of Bernat Softee Baby yarn (in color 0f choice) and the patterns for both baby sets.

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 Baby Challenge and Giveaway

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.

Vote on Twins Face Off Baby Sets

Left: Baby Pink Shelly Baby Set Right: Baby Blue HDC Faux Stockinette Baby Set

Below are more photos of the baby sets. You can see more photos in the shop: Baby Pink Shelly Baby Set and Baby Blue HDC Faux Stockinette Baby Set.

Pink Shell Baby Sweater Hat Booties

HDC Baby Sweater Hat Booties

It’s time for your vote – it’s annonymous…so vote with confidence!

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Twins Face Off – Stashbuster with Bernat Softee Baby

Twins Face Off – Stashbuster Crochet Design Challenge
with Bernat Softee Baby

Twins Back to BackIt’s a new month and time for a new Twins Face Off crochet design challenge. We’ve each won one challenge so we’re both feeling the pressure this month!

For the May design challenge we’re raiding our stash.

We using Bernat Softee Baby in a Soft Red and Pale Blue.

Bernat Softee Baby

We’ll each use 4 skeins of a single color for this challange. The yarn is 100% acrylic, 140 g / 5 oz / 331 m / 362 yards. It’s a soft light weight (3) yarn with a beautiful sheen.

Giveaway and Challenge

Next week we’ll announce what category of item we’re crocheting and share sneak peek photos.

In two weeks we’ll share photos of the completed items and ask you to vote for your favorite. We’ll also be giving away prizes!

  • 1st place wins 4 skeins in the color of winner’s choice and the two patterns.
  • 2nd place wins the two patterns.

In three weeks we’ll announce the winners of the yarn and patterns as well as the twin who designed the most popular design.

Winners in Twins Face Off Purse Challenge

Winners in the Twins Face Off Purse Design Challenge Sponsored by Lion Brand

Dana BincerCongratulations Dana Bincer for designing the winning Bohemian Handbag. It received 70% of the votes! The twins are now tied having won one challenge each.

We received lots of comments in person and in social media about the yarn. So many people loved the bright colors. Our mom raved not only about the yarn but hinted that she would like the Bohemian Handbag as a Mother’s Day gift!

Winners of the Giveaway

Lion Brand Landscape YarnDrumroll please for the two winners in the Lion Brand Giveaway.

First Place: Janet C
Janet wins 3 skeins of Lion Brand yarn and the patterns for both purses.

Second Place: Lisa S
Lisa wins both patterns for the purses.

A big thank you to everyone for participating in the Twins Face Off Design Challenge. We are so thankful to Lion Brand for providing the yarn for the challenge and giveaway.

The patterns for both purses are available in the shop. Both the Bohemian Handbag and Flower Power Satchel are included in the one pattern. Learn more about the Handbags pattern.

Vote on Purse Challenge and Giveaway

Vote on Twins Face Off Purse Design Challenge &
Enter Lion Brand Landscapes Yarn Giveaway

It’s up to you to choose, which bag / purse 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 purses.

Giveaway ends April 20, 2015 at midnight.

Vote on 2 Purses using Lion brand Landscapes Yarn

Left: Flower Power Satchel     Right: Bohemian Handbag

Here are some close-ups of the bags. You can see larger photos in the shop.

Bohemian Handbag Collection

Flower Power Satchel Collection

Now it’s up to you. Your vote is anonymous, so you can vote with confidence.

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Winners in Twins Face Off Shrug Challenge

Winners in the Twins Face Off Shrug Design Challenge Sponsored by Red Heart

Deborah BagleyCongratulations Deborah Bagley for designing the winning Houndstooth Shrug. It received 70% of the votes!

We received lots of fun comments from friends in person and in social media about how fun the design challenge was. Several people complimented the sleeves of the Houndstooth Shrug in particular. One person said she loved the unexpected lace at the cuff. We do too!

Winners of the Giveaway

Drumroll please for the two winners in the Red Heart Giveaway.

Red Heart Yarn Prize PackageFirst Place: CraftyOne

CraftyOne wins 8 skeins of Red Heart yarn and the patterns for both black and white shrugs.

Second Place: Jodi Sheehan

Jodi wins both patterns for the black and white shrugs.

A big thank you to everyone for participating in the first Twins Face Off Design Challenge. We are so thankful to Red Heart for providing the yarn for the challenge and giveaway.

Houndstooth Shrug

The crochet patterns for both the Houndstooth and Black with White Stripe shrugs are available in the store. Learn more about the Black and White Shrugs.

Vote in the Shrug Challenge and Giveaway

Vote for Your Favorite Shrug and Enter to Win the Giveaway

Crochet hooks are down, now it’s time for you to vote. If you’d like to win the beautiful Red Heart yarn used in these projects and a copy of these sassy crochet patterns, enter after you vote!

Vote and giveaway close at midnight March 23, 2015.

Twins Face Off Shrug Challenge

Left: Houndstooth Shrug vs. Right: Black Cluster with White Stripe

We’ve asked a friend to model these two beautiful designs, so there’s no telling which twin designed which shrug. Don’t worry about hurt feelings; the vote is anonymous. We’re more curious to know which style is your favorite. So go ahead, cast your vote below.

If you’d like to see more photos, visit the Black and White Shrugs Pattern in the shop.

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Which Shrug Design is Your Favorite

  • Left - Houndstooth Design (70%, 117 Votes)
  • Right - Black Cluster with White Stripe (30%, 51 Votes)

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Twins Face Off – Red Heart Sponsored

Twins Face Off – March 2015 Design Challenge Sponsored by Red Heart

Twins Back to Back

Twins: Dana and Deborah

We have a confession to make. We’re a bit competitive. We enjoy how competition stretches our imagination and challenges us to think creatively and strategically. We aren’t sore losers. We are genuinely happy when other people’s skills best our own. But we’re out to win, none the less.

With that said, we are thrilled to bring you our first Twins Face Off design challenge. We will each be given the same yarn and work independently to create a fun design that you will get a chance to vote on. And there will be prizes!

This first challenge is sponsored by Red Heart Yarn.

Red Heart Yarn Prize Package

Red Heart Yarn: Yarn for Challenge and Upcoming Prize Pack

 

We each have received 8 skeins of yarn: 2 skeins each of Red heart Soft in Black and White and 2 skeins each of Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins in Caviar and Champagne.

We’ll be getting together over the next week to decide what type of item we’ll crochet for our face off. Could be a toy, a garment or home decor item. We’ll let you know Tuesday next week.

There will be a couple of prizes in this competition, too! Those who vote on our designs will be entered in a drawing to win the yarn pictured above and the patterns we create in this competition. First place wins the yarn and patterns. Second place wins the patterns.

We want to send out a big thank you to Red Heart for sponsoring our first challenge. They have lots of patterns on their website: Soft Yarn Patterns; Sashay Patterns.

 

The Knitting Challenge

The Knitting Challenge

A few months ago, our knit and crochet group had a knitting challenge – similar to other project challenges we’ve had in the past. Here’s how it went:

The Criteria:

  • Item must be knit (any type of knitting)
  • Must incorporate a button

Seriously, only two requirements. As avid crocheters, Deborah and I definitely found this a challenge.

The Entries:

Knitting Entries

Let’s take a closer look at the three entry.

Entry One – Kissing Camels Tapestry
by Carol

kissing camels

Carol is a long time knitter who charted her own tapestry. Her inspiration is a rock formation named Kissing Camels which is located in the Garden of the Gods – a local park in Colorado Springs made of rock spires.

There are button eyes and pink lips. What a fun way to capture a local treasure.

Entry Two – Bluebell as Crimson Red Purse
by Dana

Knit and Beaded Purse

This beaded purse is a modified version of Bluebell, a cuff (bracelet) pattern by Elizabeth Klett. This project was a first for me on many levels. I’d never beaded a knitted project. Nor had I knit an icord. I confess: I ripped this out and started it over again several times before getting the hang of it. I was pleased with the end result.

Entry Three – White Mistress Fingerless Gloves
by Deborah

Cabled Mitts

Like Carol, Deborah decided to write her own pattern! These ladies’ fingerless gloves have lots of fun elements like the 4 stitch cable, buttons, and cuff work at the top and bottom accented with fun fur.

The pattern is available for free. Learn more about the Women’s Fingerless Gloves.

Each project is beautiful and judging was truly a challenge. A special thank you to Lorien for judging. The fingerless mitts took first place and the beaded purse second. We all had a delightful time with the challenge and look forward to the next.