Changing Seasons

Here at the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet offices in Colorado, we had snow for one of the first times this year! The temperature has dropped considerably. The leaves have changed, and it’s starting to feel like winter is just around the corner.

We don’t mind the change in seasons, though. Cold weather is a great excuse to snuggle indoors and get going on knitting and crochet projects! Working with soft, warm yarn keeps us comfy and relaxed, and it just fits so well with this time of year.

What’s it like in your part of the world? We know many of you have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and our thoughts are with you.

Whatever the weather may be, we hope you have a chance to knit or crochet something special — something that makes you smile and keeps you cozy and warm.

Try a Free Issue of Love of Crochet!

As a knitter, you love handmade items. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce you to our new sister publication, Love of Crochet. This brand-new magazine includes patterns for garments, gifts, accessories, and home décor — over 25 in each issue!

And you’re invited to get a free preview issue packed with the best crochet inspiration around! In your free issue, you’ll enjoy dozens of projects with step-by-step instructions, valuable how-tos, skill-building tips and techniques, along with big, beautiful photos and diagrams.

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Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn Giveaway

We are so excited to offer you a chance to win a free yarn giveaway of Bernat Softee Chunky yarn! There are so many reasons to love this yarn. The soft, thick strands will knit up quickly, and the easy care of the acrylic fiber is perfect for busy families. Plus, the yarn we have for this giveaway is the color pumpkin — what could be better for this time of year?

You can use Bernat Softee Chunky yarn to knit the free block pattern available on our website. It’s a part of our new Year of Yarn program! Each month we will be offering a free pattern to our readers for a block knit with a unique ball of yarn. Knit each block along with us, using the suggested yarn in the colors of your choice. At the end of the year, sew each block together and create a unique, fabulous throw to keep you cozy.

The gorgeous stitch pattern in the Bernat Softee Chunky block may look a bit intimidating for some, but it is actually a relatively simple design that is not difficult to learn. Cables are so much fun to knit, and the results are sure to impress!

To enter to win this yarn, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Then share a link to this giveaway on your favorite social media outlet and leave a comment below so we can contact you if you win. In your comment, let us know which social media outlet you chose and how you helped spread the word about this exciting yarn giveaway.

We’ll select winners on Monday, October 29th!

Charity Spotlight

It all started back when they were in high school. Three regular dudes who loved to ski and snowboard picked up some crochet hooks and learned to crochet hats that they could wear on the slopes. They enjoyed crocheting so much that they even sold a few hats to family and friends.

Later on in college, a trip to Uganda gave them a deep desire to help others break out of the cycle of poverty. They thought about what they had to offer — and they turned back to the humble crochet hook and decided that was all they needed to get started and make a lasting difference.

Since then, they launched their own nonprofit called Krochet Kids International. They work with people in Uganda and Peru and teach them how to crochet. By paying fair wages and selling the finished crocheted items on their website, they are helping to empower and employ over 150 people.

Stop by their website to buy a hat or to learn more

Happy I Love Yarn Day!

It is officially I Love Yarn Day! It’s time to celebrate!

As many of you have pointed out on our Facebook Page this week, every day is really I Love Yarn Day, but it’s nice to have an excuse to stop and celebrate the hobbies we love so much.

How are you going to affirm your passion for yarn today?

Will you wear something you knit or crocheted yourself? Teach a friend to knit or crochet? Or just spend some extra time working on your latest project? Share your ideas in the comments section.

And don’t forget! We still have a fantastic yarn  giveaway going on. The last day to enter to win free yarn is today (Friday, October 12th). Click over to Monday’s blog post for the details!

Yarn Bombing

I Love Yarn Day is coming up on October 12th, and we’re getting in the spirit of things. Here are some fun, playful photos of yarn bombing! Enjoy, and be sure to tell us which one is your favorite.

Looks like someone decorated the Rocky Balboa statue. Gotta love the expressions of the people walking by!

Image courtesy of wool love – functional fiber art

A street post is transformed into R2D2.

Image courtesy of makezine

These parking meters look like little people having a conversation.

Image courtesy of fresh stitches

This almost looks like something out of a cartoon. Nice bright colors!

Image courtesy of modern parents messy kids

Kathy’s Crochet Projects

Our Art Director Kathy just learned how to crochet, and she is hooked! Every time she comes into the office she has something new and fabulous to show us. Here’s a peek at some of the crochet projects she’s been working on! How cute are these?

The adorable little girl’s hat is adapted from the Orla Hat Cloche from Spring Love of Crochet. The boy’s hat and the frog hat are inspired by a pattern that will be featured in the holiday issue of Love of Crochet (on newsstands October 16th). Kathy made up the other two patterns herself! I think she’s a designer in the making.