NatCroMo 2016, March 1: DesigningVashti Crochet: Lotus Yarn

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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour


Welcome to Crochetville’s fourth annual National Crochet Month (NatCroMo) blog tour, taking place each day of March 2016. Join us as we take a virtual tour on our passenger steam train, The Crochet Express, visiting crochet designers, crochet-friendly local yarn stores, and yarn companies, and offer some fun giveaways.

Today’s Posts: Jenny King | Marie Segares | Yarn Twins: Deborah Bagley and Dana Bincer | Natural Stitches | DesigningVashti Crochet: Lotus Yarn | Daily Giveaway

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DesigningVashti Crochet: Lotus Yarn

Crochetville is very proud to have DesigningVashti Crochet: Lotus Yarn with us today, March 1, as one of the featured yarn companies on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).


About DesigningVashti Crochet: Lotus Yarn:

By Vashti Braha


Breaking news in time for Day 1 of National Crochet Month: Our yarn MADE THE COVER of the tenth anniversary issue of Interweave Crochet magazine! You’re looking at the Provence Dress by Doris Chan. You can sneak a tiny peek of the full dress here. (No official images yet at the time of this writing. UPDATE: Interweave released photos of the dress last night. Check out the Ravelry pattern page here.) Doris used the Teal Glimmer color (a cone, as I recall). Watch Doris’ designer page in Ravelry for more on the Provence Dress as it’s released.

We’re Giving Away Some Lotus

Help us choose the next colors of DesigningVashti Lotus yarn and be entered to win 200g (512 yds) of it. These are the 15 colors we already have: DesigningVashti-img2-Lotus-15-Colors-Chart

What do you think our 16th color should be? (You’re welcome to add a suggestion for #17 too.) Visit DesigningVashti’s NatCroMo post to enter. Winner will be randomly chosen on March 15, and announced on DesigningVashti that same day. The yarn prize can be mailed to a US address only.

So what is this Lotus yarn, anyway? Top Five Facts:

1. We’re in control of everything about it! We’re not just a distributor or re-labeler of someone else’s product. We choose the colors, print the ball bands, design patterns for it, and ship it out to fellow crocheters. (see #4 below).

2. Ships FREE to US addresses. We’ve added international shipping for 2016, mostly on a case by case basis to start.

Some of the color chips crochet patterns in the Lotus color samples set.

3. We package it in 4 sizes because we control that too: “Snack” balls (85 yds per 33g), original 100g pull-cakes (256 yds), 16 oz Z-Bombe cone (over 1,100 yds) and a double-sized Magnum cone. The starting yarn end is taped to the ball band so it’s always easy to find. You can even order a complete set of color samples and crochet “color chips” with them.

4. Lotus yarn story installments get blogged here.

5. It’s spun in some ingeniously fashiony way so that it straddles both yarn and thread worlds. Doris and I marvel at its mousse-like loft yet it’s smooth and compact like cotton crochet thread. The 12 Z-twisted plies add durability, and softly shimmer due to how the cotton and rayon are blended. We chose the really useful sport weight (#2 Fine Weight) thickness; recommended crochet hook sizes are USF/5(3.75mm) to USG/7(4.5mm).


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