Coming soon – Winter Games GIVEAWAY

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We have some fun plans in honor of the 2014 Winter Games. The amazing competitors in Sochi will be showcasing their incredible skills and talents, and we want to encourage you to do the same! We will be hosting our own “Winter Games” with 3 different events you can participate in for a chance to win some awesome prizes. The events will be announced the week of February 3rd so we can begin the same time the Olympians in Sochi get started. This giveaway is open to knitters and crocheters, and the winners of each event will be chosen randomly.  Get your camera ready because you’ll need to submit pictures to enter!

Check back here on our blog for updates so you don’t miss the announcement describing the events and prizes. We’re excited to see your amazing talents!

Our New Year’s Resolutions

Now that everyone on the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet team is back in the office after the holidays, we’re having fun thinking about our resolutions for 2014. Beginning a new year is the perfect excuse to reflect on the things we can do to make the future even better than years past. Not all of our resolutions are yarn-related, but we wanted to share them with you anyways. Who knows – maybe you can help us keep them!

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Jen:
1. Continue to finish every project I start (no more WIPs)! I made this resolution in 2013 and was pretty good about keeping it last year.
2. Review my backlog of projects to determine what I am actually going to finish and what I should rip out to salvage the yarn for a different project.
3. Begin finishing one WIP per month to clear out the remaining backlog. I would love to get rid of all of my WIPs so I could stop feeling guilty about things I haven’t finished.
4. Stop knitting or crocheting “just one more row,” and leave the house so that I can be 10 minutes early.
5. Try to knit at least 2 pairs of socks in 2014. I have a LOT of sock yarn – and I want to buy more!

Kathy:
My New Year’s resolution is to do more arts and crafts this year! More painting, drawing, photography, and of course, CROCHET!!!

Danielle:
1. Drink more smoothies.
2. Laugh more.
3. Make my bed every day.

Jamie:
1. Listen to more music. Usually I “watch” Netflix as I knit or crochet, but I’d like to branch out occasionally and enjoy some new (or old) music instead.
2. Cook more. I made this resolution in 2013 and I’ve made some progress, but there is still plenty of room for growth.
3. Home improvement!

We’d love to hear about your resolutions or goals for 2014. Whatever they might be, we hope this coming year is your best yet!

Cables aren’t just for knitters!

LOC Winter cablesIf you haven’t tried crocheting cables yet, make 2014 the year you learn this versatile new skill! In our Winter 2013 Issue, you’ll find a helpful Stitch Dictionary, written by Lorna Miser, that will walk you through the process of learning 3 different cable patterns. All of these patterns are worked using post stitches, which truly are simple once you know where to insert your hook.

We’re in love with crocheted cables, and we especially enjoy using them in warm winter sweaters. What do you like making with them, or what would you like to make? What are some of your other favorite ways to use post stitches?

New Year, New Yarn – GIVEAWAY!

Have you already started daydreaming about the crochet projects you want to start in 2014? How would you like a few new skeins of yarn to get started?

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We are giving away 4 gorgeous hanks of yarn, and all you need to do for a chance to win is follow Love of Crochet on Twitter! We’ll randomly choose our winner on January 10th, so click over and follow us today for informative updates, fun tidbits, and announcements about deals and discounts. Good luck!