Fun Photos from Our Video Set

We are busy creating new, exciting videos for you to enjoy! We’ll cover a variety of fascinating topics and introduce you to some of the best designers in the business. Here’s a snapshot from a recent video shoot. This one features our lovely Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Burt and the oh-so amazing knitwear designer Josh Bennett.

Knitting and Crochet

Turns out, he’s pretty good at making Jennifer laugh!

knitting and crochet

Our Graphic Designer Danielle and Advertising Sales Associate Megan spent time in the background giving feedback and helping out. Just for fun, they got on set for a quick picture too.

knitting and crochet

If you missed our previous blog post on upcoming videos, be sure to check it out. We’re excited to be offering you more and more helpful content that can be accessed in different ways. We’ll let you know when the videos are ready to be viewed!

Taking You Behind the Scenes

Something new and exciting is going on here at Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet! We’re working to bring you much more video content. In upcoming videos, we’ll introduce you to top-notch designers and show you tips and tricks of the trade to help take your knitting and crochet to a whole new level of expertise.

Here’s a sneak peek photo taken on our video set. That’s our Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Burt on the left and the wonderful designer Marly Bird on the right. If you don’t know Marly yet, you’re going to love her! She’s super talented and so much fun.

crochet video

Here’s another photo taken on set. This one includes the lovely Nathalie O’Shea — the Design Director at the Yarn Sisters. We are ecstatic to have her here!

knitting video

We’ll be doing videos with other fabulous designers as well, and we can’t wait to show them to you once they have been produced. To stay tuned for more details, follow Love of Knitting on Facebook and Twitter. You can also find Love of Crochet on Facebook. Sign up for our newsletter to hear more about all the exciting upcoming releases we have in store for you.

Expert Tips: How Do You Crochet

How do you crochet

If you are just learning to crochet or know someone who wants to learn, check out these tips gathered from Love of Crochet Facebook Fans.

We recently asked them, “What tips would you give to someone who is just learning how to crochet?” We were impressed by all the insightful suggestions they gave, so we gathered them into a blog post so more people could benefit from them too. Here they are!

“Start with small projects. Save the large and complex projects for later.” Gail

“Have patience and be persistent and your work will be better and better. You will learn what works for you as far as how you prefer to hold yarn, etc. I had a crochet hook and yarn in my hand before I could read. My grandma spent hours teaching me.” Lisa

“Find a chair that gives you good support. Don’t slouch. Relax. Enjoy yourself.” Sarah

“Patience and a larger hook.” Jan

“Calm down! It takes time to learn and you will make mistakes. The good thing about crochet is you can always fix mistakes easily!” Diane

“Take your time.” Loretta

“Start with a larger size hook and bulky yarn until you’ve learned how to make basic stitches (chains, sc, dc). I found it much easier to work with a larger hook and gain confidence in making stitches than using smaller hooks.” Melinda

“Relax! It’s an enjoyable art and should be relaxing. When you are uptight, so are your stitches.” Martie

“Practice, practice, and be creative.” Gloria

“Start with something you want to make (keep it simple).” Terri

“Use a smooth, light colored yarn, at least worsted weight, wool if possible. It’s most forgiving. Wood or bamboo are easier on the hands. I have my students mark the first and last stitch until they can easily and accurately identify them since over the years this has seemed to be the biggest stumbling block.” Valli

“Be patient! Persist! And know you can always take it apart and start over. Crochet is a very forgiving art form!” Kimbral

Whether you are a beginner looking for help or an experienced crocheter seeking out a sense of community, the Love of Crochet Facebook Page is a great place to get inspired! Join us and “like” our page.

The Mother Bear Project

Knitting for Charity

We know many of our readers love to knit and crochet for charity. In today’s post, we’re excited to highlight the Mother Bear Project, a nonprofit organization that provides hand-knit and crocheted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDs in Africa.

The simple gift of a handmade bear can help children feel comforted and loved in a very real way. Here’s a touching story the Mother Bear Project recently shared with us. It was told to them by a Peace Corps volunteer who distributed bears to children in Botswana.

“I have to say, this was such an amazing thing for the children in my village. They were overwhelmed and so excited. They were literally “awwwing” as they saw the bears and were giddy. I want to share one story with you also: One of the little girls, around 4-years-old, that is an orphan at my center and who has a very difficult home life, arrived in the morning worn out. When she was called up to receive her teddy bear, she skipped over with excitement and hesitantly took the bear from me. I believe her hesitation was because she is rarely given anything to call her own, barely even food. She held on to her teddy bear and hugged it and hugged it all the way back to her seat among the excited and antsy children. A few minutes later, I looked over at her and she was fast asleep sitting up in her chair, clutching tightly to her teddy bear. It gave her such comfort in the moments after receiving it that she was able to sleep, even surrounded by noisy children. It did exactly as it was intended — it soothed her soul. In turn, it instantly put me at ease because I knew she had something that would provide her comfort and love, even when she doesn’t get it at home. I want to say a resounding THANK YOU for this. Your agency is exceptionally special and I will forever be grateful for moments like that one.”

Knitting Charity Mother Bear Project

What an incredible story! To find out more about the Mother Bear Project and get involved, please check out their website at www.motherbearproject.org. You can also follow them on Facebook or find them on ravelry.

An Up-and-Coming Yarn Company to Watch

Darn Good Yarn
Nicole Snow, Founder of Darn Good Yarn, wearing a poncho made with her yarn

Darn Good Yarn was started by a young entrepreneur named Nicole Snow who dreamed of getting crafty and working with yarn all day. She also hoped to start a yarn company that would lift people out of poverty and help the environment at the same time.

Today she is fulfilling her dreams and her yarn company is taking off. Much of her yarn is made from silk remnants leftover from sari manufacturers. The beautiful reclaimed ribbon yarn is cut and sewn end-to-end by fair trade family operated co-ops in India and Nepal. Along with creating fabulous, new yarns, her business helps support the grassroots economy in a severely impoverished region and keeps unnecessary waste out of landfills.

This past week, Nicole was chosen as the grand prize winner of the nationwide FedEx Small Business Grant Competition! She will receive a $25,000 grant for her business.

Darn Good YarnYou can watch an inspiring video interview with her here. Anyone who loves yarn or who has thought about starting their own business someday will enjoy this heartwarming video.

Curious to know more about her yarn? We recently featured her yarn Sari Silk Ribbon (pictured to the left) in a review for 52 Weeks of Yarn. Be sure to check it out!