New Assistant Editor – Crochet at F+W Media

Dana is now the Assistant Editor – Crochet at F+W Media

Dana Bincer Assistant Editor - Crochet at FW Media

It’s official. I, Dana, am the new Assistant Editor – Crochet at F+W Media…it says so on the name badge on my cubicle wall! Woot. I get to work on both Interweave Crochet and Love of Crochet.

I moved to Fort Collins and started work a week ago and it’s been a blast. To say this is my dream job would be an under statement. My coworkers (and boss) are amazingly talented and very helpful / supportive as I learn my new responsibilities. They are ok with my pink hair and I can wear jeans to work. Oh, and I get to talk crochet all day – I know…pretty awesome. I haven’t picked up a crochet hook since I started…but I’m sure I will once I get settled in a bit more.

Review: Anne Geddes Baby

Review: Anne Geddes Baby Yarn

We used Anne Geddes Baby from Red Heart in our Twins Face Off crocheted witch outfit entitled Witch Way, This Way. Here are our thoughts about the yarn:

Red Heart Anne Geddes Yarn for Twins Face Off

In a word, this yarn is great. It was a real pleasure to work with. It’s labeled “Baby” but we don’t let that limit how we use it. It’s a fabulous yarn for baby and adult items alike.

Yarn Features:

According to the Red Heart website: Red Heart has partnered with iconic baby photographer Anne Geddes to make this wonderful yarn. It is a perfect blend of acrylic and nylon that makes it super soft and just the right weight for those special baby things. You’ll love the color range and the adorable patterns!

Light Weight: 340 yrds / 100 g
80% Acrylic and 20% Nylon

Anne Geddes Baby Pros:

  • Bright and bold color selection. Seriously, babies look cute in all kinds of colors, not just pale blue and pink!
  • Smooth texture glides across fingers nicely. Because it is light weight, it hardly feels like it’s there, especially on the tension finger.
  • Soft yarn
  • Has a good twist, so doesn’t split. Can’t emphasize this enough; it doesn’t split!
  • Has a medium sheen – not too shiney or too dull
  • Washable
  • The lighter weight is nice for projects where smaller stitches and drape are important, whether for baby or not.

Anne Geddes Baby Cons:

  • As in most lines of yarn, we long for more colors. Seriously, babies are drawn to bright colors, so why aren’t most baby lines more colorful?

Patterns Using Anne Geddes Baby:

Witch Goves and Leg WarmersHere are some links to patterns using this yarn:

 

Winners in the Anne Geddes Baby Twins Face Off

Winnners in the Twins Face Off with Anne Geddes Baby Witch Challenge

Yarn Twins: Dana Bincer and Deborah BagleyI, Dana, officially won the Twins Face Off witch challenge by designing the hat. But I’m sharing this victory with Deborah because she designed the inspiration pieces. Actually, she designed 3 out of the 4 pieces in the Witch Way, This Way set. If the challenge had been hat vs. gloves, I’m not sure who would have won!

Witch OutfitWinners in the Giveaway

1st Place: Nancy S.
Nancy wins 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby and the Witch Way, This Way crochet pattern.

2nd Place: Elizabeth
Elizabeth wins the Witch Way, This Way crochet pattern.

And a big thank you to Red Heart for sponsoring the event. And 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.

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Vote in the Twins Face Off Crochet Design Challenge with Anne Geddes Baby

For this Twins Face Off crochet challenge we used Anne Geddes Baby yarn. It’s up to you to choose, which crocheted Witch Accessory you like better. After you vote below, scroll down to enter the giveaway for your chance to win 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby from Red Heart and a copy of both crochet patterns.

Giveaway ends September 21, 2015 at midnight.

Twins Face Off Witch Hat and Scarf

Left: Witch Hat with Dangling Spider    Right: Extra Long Striped Scarf with skull and spider web applique. See more photos.

crochet witch accessories

The hat and scarf were designed this month to coordinate with some gloves and leg warmers that we crocheted earlier this year. See more photos of the Witch Way, This Way crochet pattern.

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Twins Face Off – Anne Geddes Baby Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek of Twins Face Off Crochet Design Challenge with Anne Geddes Baby

Last week we announced that we would be doing a Twins Face Off using Anne Geddes Baby yarn by Red Heart. This month is a little different. We are using the following items as our inspiration piece:

Witch Goves and Leg Warmers

These little pretties are our inspiration for this month’s challenge. Deborah had worked up the witch gloves and leg warmers using Anne Geddes Baby yarn a few months back. Now we’re using them to inspire us for more Halloween 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: 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby yarn and both crochet patterns;
  • 2nd place: both crochet patterns.

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

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

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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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