Review: Fibra Natura Good Earth

The Dishcloth+ Series, sponsored by Universal Yarn, uses Fibra Natura Good Earth yarn. It’s been a blast to work with. Here’s my impression of the yarn.

Fibra Natura Good Earth

Yarn Features:

Universal Yarn describes Good Earth as: a soft cotton/linen blend that’s easy on the hands and a pleasure to work with.

Worsted Weight: 170 yrds / 100 g
53% Cotton and 47% Linen

Good Earth Pros:

  • Beautiful soft color pallette
  • Also available in variegated yarn colors
  • Creates a durable fabric
  • Fiber blend gives is a nice drape
  • Fabric softens with washing
  • Good for showing stitch definition
  • No elasticity, which is good for a durable dishcloth; it won’t get out of shape

Good Earth Cons:

I label the following as cons, but they might better be labeled “Things to be aware of.”

  • Shrinks when washed. Many fibers shrink when washed, and this is one. If the dimensions of the project matter, it might be a good idea to make the project a little larger.
  • Loses a bit of it’s sheen after going through washer/dryer. I’ve had other cotton fade drastically when washed. This maintains its beautiful color after washing with only a little loss of its sheen.

Good Earth Holding Up in the Wash

Good Earth WashedIt’s a dishcloth, so naturally I ran it through the wash. Pictured right is the Corner to Corner Dishcloth. Left, in Jade (green), is the original dishie. Right, in Canyon (pink), is the dishcloth after one time through the laundry.

Prior to washing, the dishcloth measured 8″x8″. After a trip through the washer and dryer it measured an inch smaller.

If you have to (or choose to) wash dishes by hand, this fiber is fabulous. It’s durable yet soft. It will soak up water like a sponge if it’s alreay damp, so it’s great for cleaning up spills.

The colors in this line blend well together. They are soft and soothing, a lovely mix of tones. Because it’s a blend of cotton and linen, it really is much softer to crochet with than many straight cotton yarns. The finished product is softer as well.

Dana is a big fan of knit and crochet dishies, so you’ll find this at her kitchen sink or in a drawer waiting for it’s turn to scrub pots and pans.

Both Dana and I have enjoyed working with Fibra Natura Good Earth in the Dishchloth+ Series. I look forward to showing you more fun kitchen and dining stuff in the coming months.

 

Deborah Goes Solo

Deborah is Taking the Reins 

Deborah Takes the Reins

Change takes many forms and has been active in the lives of my sister and me. The biggest change for Yarnovations is that Deborah will be running the business solo. I, Dana, started working for Interweave (F+W Media), which I love, and can no longer continue with Yarnovations.

What that means for you, our crochet buddies, is that you can still expect quirky and fun designs from Yarnovations, but most likely you’ll see them with less frequency. And, they will all be designed by Deborah.

The Dishcloth+ Series is still on schedule. So be looking for that each month. I’ve gotten a sneak peek at designs coming up in the next couple of months…they are way fun. As for other designs…time will tell.

Dana Bincer Assistant Editor - Crochet at FW MediaThough I won’t be seeing you here, I do look forward to interacting with you on behalf of Interweave Crochet and Love of Crochet. I occasionally pop in on the Crochetme.com blog and ravelry group. Join me there for fun crochet related content and crochet-alongs!

Although this is goodbye from me at Yarnovations, I know I’m leaving you in fabulous hands. And I’m happy to say, “I’ll see you around”, cause I’m still working the crochet scene…just mixing it up with a new crew.

NatCroMo 2016 – Crochetville Tour

National Crochet Month – Crochetville Blog Tour 2016

All Aboard NatCroMo Crochetville Blog Tour

If you’ve hopped on the train for the Crochetville.com blog tour, Welcome! We’re glad you’ve stopped by for a visit. There will be giveaways and interviews with yarn experts all month long…so be sure to visit Crochetville for the latest deets.

As part of the Crochetville tour, we shared a bit about our travel experiences. We haven’t traveled a ton, but I (Dana) enjoyed visiting Deborah when she was a school teacher in China and was sad I couldn’t visit her when she was teaching in Bolivia. And alas, we didn’t become crochet addicts until after Deborah returned to the states so missed the opportunity to buy fibers from international vendors. A few of our designs have been inspired by our travels. Check out the Bamboo Blanket and Chinese New Year cup cozy for a couple examples.

Dishcloth+ Series: Corner to Corner Dishcloth and Placemat Crochet Pattern

http://www.yarnovations.com/shop/dishcloth-corner-to-corner-dishie-and-placemat/

To celebrate National Crochet Month, we’re sharing a free crochet pattern for a beautiful dishcloth and placemat. This is the 3rd in our 12 part Dishie+ Series sponsored by Universal Yarn with Fibra Natural Good Earth yarn.

Corner to Corner DishclothCorner to corner is an uber fun crochet technique where you create little blocks of double crochet starting in one corner of your project working in rows on the diagonal. Wow, that sounds more complex than it really is. Trust us, it’s a lot of fun.

Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial for Corner to Corner Crochet

This free dishcloth crochet pattern includes a step-by-step photo tutorial on the corner to corner technique and also includes a free pattern for a crocheted placemat. It’s National Crochet month, after all. If you haven’t tried this technique…then dive on in. And if you have tried this technique…then enjoy!

These practical home items would be great as gifts, too.

Available in the Store

It’s FREE in the store. Get your crochet pattern for Corner to Corner Dishcloth and Placemat in the store.

If you’re a fan of dishies, check out the other fun dishclothes in the series as well:

 

 

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2016 Crochetville Blog Tour Coming Soon

The 2016 Crochetville Blog Tour is Coming Soon

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Hey, crocheters! Did you hear? Yarnovations is part of this year’s #natcromo Crochet Express blog tour at Crochetville. The blog tour coincides with National Crochet Month…and runs the entire month of March.

Yarnovations sneak peekWe will continue our Dishie+ Series with a free pattern for dishcloth and placemat which will premier during the #natcromo CrochetExpress blog tour.  A special thanks to Universal Yarn for sponsoring the Dishie+ series.

93 designers to be featured in @Crochetville’s #natcromo Crochet Express blog tour. And there will be daily giveaways!

Follow @Crochetville’s #natcromo Crochet Express blog tour to learn more about 1) Crochet Designers 2) LYS 3) Yarn companies

All aboard: http://crochetville.com/all-aboard-the-crochet-express-blog-tour/

Blueberry Dishcloth and Heartfelt Towel

Dishcloth+ Series: February’s Blueberry Dishcloth and Heartfelt Towel Crochet Pattern

Dish Cloth and Dish Towel Crochet Pattern

For Valentine’s month we’ve created a beautiful heart embossed kitchen towel using the “Uneven Berry” stitch (Stitch #27 from the Crochet Stitch Dictionary). It’s a simple stitch that creates a beautiful puff perfect for creating raised designs.

Towel DrapedThe dishcloth is the perfect project to master the stitch. And it’s super practical. The bumpy side is great for scrubbing stuck-on grim and the smooth side works great for smooth cleaning like glasses and cups.

Pictured, the dishcloth and kitchen towel are crocheted in Fibra Natura Good Earth distributed by Universal Yarn. This cotton linen blend is perfect for going from sink to washing machine and back again.

Available in the Store

Learn more about this fun set in the store: Blueberry Dishcloth and Heartfelt Towel Crochet Pattern.

January Snow – Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

January Snow – Dischloth and Table Runner Crochet Pattern

Our first in a twelve part dishcloth+ series, January Snow is a dishcloth and table runner made in a soft Crystal color with a delicate shell pattern that reminds us of fresh falling snow.

Shell Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

Table Runnie and Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

 

This beautiful pattern is easy to do and remember, and works up quickly. This delicate looking design is durable and functional. Lovely enough to grace your home or to give as gifts.

The table runner will add class and beauty instantly. The lovely shell pattern is surrounded by double crochets drawing the eye to its decorative center and border. With a few minor adjustments, it would make a lovely place mat as well!

Dishcloth: 10.25 inches square

Table Runner: 11.5 x 33.5 inches

Available in the Store

January Snow is available now in the store.

We are using FibraNatura Good Earth for the Dishcloth+ Series which is sponsored by Universal Yarn.

 

Happy New Year 2016

Wishing You a Crochet Filled 2016

January brings feelings of new beginnings and thoughtful resolutions though my (Dana) new year feels like it started in October with an fabulous new job (Interweave Crochet – #fwcommunity) working for an awesome boss (Marcy Smith) in a new city (Fort Collins) as a single woman (goodbye troubled marriage).

So now that the new beginnings are established…I’m left with resolutions. This year I’m going to look at resolutions differently. I’m going to focus on the things I enjoy and resolve to do more of them. It’s a matter of perspective, really. I’m not going to worry so much about what I should do, but look at behaviors that are good for me and that I enjoy and do more of those.

So, for 2016, here’s to

  • more crochet
  • more mountain biking
  • more working hard
  • more relaxing with a good book
  • more heartfelt time with friends and family

As for mountain biking…pictures of my twin sister really inspire me to want to get out and ride…and incoporate crochet alongside it!

Crochet and Mountain Biking...who knew they worked so well together! Here's Deborah yarn bombing a friends bike rack.

Crochet and Mountain Biking…who knew they worked so well together! Here’s Deborah yarn bombing a friends bike rack.

Deborah really is my inspiration...and apparently the guys stop and take notice, too!

Deborah really is my mountain biking inspiration…and apparently the guys stop and take notice, too!

For 2016, we plan for Yarnovations to be more of the same. Deborah and I will bring you fun and quirky designs of crocheted projects that we are inspired to make on the spur of the moment or have planned way in advance.

We are currently working on a dishie series. We will publish a dishcloth and other kitchen/household item once a month using FibraNatura Good Earth. This series, sponsored by Universal Yarn, is a great way to learn new techniques on smaller projects. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Happy New Year from one hooked crocheter to another.

Merry Handmade Christmas 2015

We hope you all had a holly jolly Christmas. This year I, Dana, crocheted a few gifts…I felted a purse for my mom, made some lovely catnip filled mice toys for my sister and sister-in-law (well, for their cats anyway), and I crocheted a skull purse for my twin sister. For the latter two crocheted gifts I followed patterns created by fellow designers on the free membership site Ravelry.

Crocheted Skull Granny Purse

This flat bag used nearly every inch of one skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour. I lined it and added a zipper. The handle is attached with a couple of buttons so the strap length is adjustable. The front and back panel are the same.

If you love skulls, there are a ton of great patterns on ravelry. I modified the Crochet Skull Scarf pattern by Karin Kaufmann. She modified a pattern from the Crochet Skull Shawl / Doskallesjal by Kungen Och Majkis.

My sister originally requested that I make the shawl…but I really wasn’t up to such a large project. A purse is something she can use year around. So I think my modified gift is a win/win.

 

 

My First Knit and Crochet Pumpkin

My First Crochet and Knit Pumpkins

My First Knit and Crochet Pumpkins

This isn’t the first pumpkin I’ve ever crocheted…but it is the first knitted one! And what better way to celebrate fall, harvest and hallween than to share the patterns with you? Download My First Knit and Crochet Pumpkin Pattern.

crochet or knit a rectangleIf you or someone you know are learning to knit or crochet, then these are the perfect projects to begin on because you will be knitting or crocheting a rectangle and sewing them into the pumpkin shape.

These are fun and quick little projects and great stash busters. We used worsted weight wool. They would look equally adorable made in acrylic or cotton. Make a smaller pumpkin by using thinner yarn and smaller hooks/needles . Embroider eyes and a mouth and you’ve got yourself a jack-o-lantern.

I don’t have these little guys any more…so I’m not sure of their exact size. I do know that each one fits in the palm of my hand.

Print the My First Pumpkin pattern pdf.

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.