Love of Crochet Spring 2013!

Whether you are an experienced crocheter or just a beginner, you won’t want to miss the Spring Issue of Love of Crochet. If you ask me, this is one of our best issues yet! From adorable baby cardigans and cute stuffed animals to stylish sweaters and purses, there are tons of fun projects to choose from. This issue features:

Love of Crochet Magazine Spring 2013

• 27 new patterns!

• 19 super simple designs

• 10 fabulous accessories

• A stress-free guide to creating bobbles

• Plus, a brilliant introduction to crossed stitches

To see photos of the patterns included in this issue, stop by our website. And don’t forget to pick up a copy for yourself, or order one online. This issue is a must-have for crochet enthusiasts!

Our Friend at Bijou Basin Ranch

Yak Yarn

Meet “Doc,” a handsome yak from Bijou Basin Ranch! This friendly bull is only 9 months old. He lives at a small family owned yak ranch that manufactures top-of-the-line yak yarn and fiber. It’s not too far from the Love of Knitting offices here in Colorado, and our Editor-in-Chief Jennifer has been known to stop by for a visit now and then.

Have you ever tried knitting with yak yarn? It’s warmer and more breathable than sheep’s wool and is as soft as cashmere! You can find out more about Bijou Basin Ranch by reading about them in our Spring Issue. On page 38, we have a photo of Doc when he was just two weeks old! He was super adorable as a baby too, as you can probably guess.

If you are interested in knitting with yak yarn, our new knit-along project is a beautiful lace scarf made with a lightweight silk/yak yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch. You can find out more about this knit along in a previous blog post. We’d love to have you join us!

Creating the Perfect Backdrop

A lot of planning goes into every photo we include in Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet magazines. Our Art Director Kathy is always hunting for great photo-shoot locations that will provide a beautiful setting to intrigue and excite our readers.

In today’s blog post, we’ll take you behind the scenes to get a sneak peek of all the different places we visited on a recent photo shoot!

The first location was The Altar Bridal Consignment in Denver. They sell pre-loved wedding gowns and are the largest bridal consignment in Colorado. We were impressed by the sassy, modern interior decoration. The staff there was incredibly helpful and friendly too!

Altar Bridal Consignment

Next up, we visited Stonebrook Manor in Thornton. This wedding and event center included romantic gardens, spectacular ballrooms, and an elegant grand foyer. Coincidentally, one of the models we worked with that day will be getting married there in the fall! It’s clearly a popular place for special occasions. Here are a couple photos of this incredible spot.

Stonebrook Manor

Stonebrook Manor

The last location we visited for our photo shoot was the Parker Arts, Culture, and Events Center that’s right on Mainstreet in downtown Parker. With contemporary architecture, sculptures, and art galleries, this building was full of fantastic nooks and crannies that were perfect for photos.

The Pace Center in Parker
Pace Center

We’re grateful to all these amazing venues for allowing us to set up shop for our photo shoot!

Four Great Yarns for Under $4

Knitting and crochet are fun hobbies you can enjoy doing even when you are on a tight budget. If you’re looking for some affordable yarns for your next project, check out these great options — they are all priced under $4 a skein!

YarnDishie by Knit Picks

Made with 100% cotton, Dishie is a versatile yarn that can be used for home décor projects and children’s toys. It comes in 15 bright, bold colors and is machine washable. Click over to our yarn review in 52 Weeks to learn more!

YarnsGiggles by Bernat

This easy-care yarn is perfect for making super adorable baby projects! You’ll love how incredibly soft this yarn is. Plus, it’s worsted weight so it will work up quickly. For more info, check out our yarn review.

Bernat YarnSoftee Chunky by Bernat

Whether you’re looking to knit a hat, scarf, or sweater, this yarn is a great option. With 60 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding one you love. We used this yarn to knit Block #1 in our Year of Yarn Afghan.


Stardust by Red Heart

With beautiful muted tones embellished with metallic thread, this affordable yarn is great for fashion accessories including scarves, gloves, wraps, and shawls. You can find out more about this fun yarn here.