Whether you knit, crochet, dye, weave, spin, or anything in between, we yarn lovers are loud and proud! Share your fiber obsession during the YarnLove challenge, a free photo challenge and make along hosted by TL Yarn Crafts.
What is the #YarnLove Challenge?
The YarnLove Challenge combines 2 of my favorite things – make alongs and photo challenges! A make along is a virtual event where makers from all over the world share updates on current projects around a common theme. And a photo challenge provides inspiration for your updates with daily prompts.
I wanted to do something special to celebrate my birthday month of June – where are my Gemini queens?! – and the YarnLove Challenge was born. To participate, choose any yarn-related project and share it on Instagram with #YarnLove2022, using the daily prompts as inspiration (the prompt calendar will be shared closer to the start of the event). Follow the hashtag to motivate others and make new yarn-loving friends.
To keep things fun and casual, you can use any type of project to join the make along and photo challenge. It can be a brand new project or a long-neglected WIP (work in progress). Start by sharing the state of your project at the beginning of the month and keep us posted through the end of the month. Add in other projects as well to keep yourself excited and motivated. But, if you’d like some YarnLove project inspiration, I’ve brought on a special friend to help create fun yarn kits.
Project Inspo & Kits
I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to partner with Gwen from Bella Filato Studio. Gwen’s cheerful and warm aesthetic drew me in from the moment I stumbled upon her Instagram account. When I approached her about developing yarn kits for three of my classic patterns, she replied with an emphatic YES! YarnLove kits from Bella Filato Studio will be available Saturday, April 16th at 11am.
The first kit is the Juniper Cowl, which uses fingering weight mini skeins. Inspired by the early days of spring with a 70’s flower child perspective, these 10 tiny hanks will look gorgeous crocheted into puff stitches. Gwen will offer 2 – 5 skein sets (5 skeins on the left called “Jive Turkey” and 5 skeins on the right called “Get Your Groove On”). Or you can purchase both sets for a full Juniper Cowl kit.
Next up is the Loveland Lite, the fingering weight version of my classic Loveland Shawl. “Flower Power” (left) and “Groove Thang” (right) blend seamlessly together, offering an irresistible fade for this Tunisian crochet wrap. Shades of heathered purple blend with soft orange, pink, and brown notes for a kit more colorful than a fresh bouquet.
The last kit is for my most recent Tunisian crochet pattern, the Lamia Wrap. Turn 3 skeins of “Do Me A Solid” into a super cuddly shawl featuring complimentary textures and a beginner-friendly design. Gwen perfectly captured the vibrant orange of baby carrots found at farmer’s markets in mid-summer, leaning into the tonal beauty of this exciting color.
YarnLove Challenge kits go on sale Saturday, April 16th at 11am and will be available for 24 hours only! Join my email list for a reminder of the update. TLYC patterns sold separately – get your patterns here.
Don’t Forget the Merch!
It’s not a birthday celebration without presents! I’ve teamed up with graphic design superstar Shelli of Shelli Can to design some retro-inspired icons to help guide us on our #YarnLove journey. Meet the icons of our adventure – Sunday Share, Yarn Date, and Mr. Pic. Expect to see these graphics throughout the make along and look forward to fun merch, like enamel pins and vinyl stickers, closer to the start of the event.
I hope you’re as excited about the YarnLove Challenge as I am! I’m most looking forward to discovering new accounts and getting inspired by the vast talent within our maker community. Be sure to follow #YarnLove2022 on Instagram and join my email list for updates, including the photo challenge prompts, which will be revealed shortly before the event begins.
YarnLove Challenge FAQ’s
What is a make along?
A make along is a virtual event where crafters share updates on current projects around a theme. The #YarnLove make along encourages makers to start or finish a project during June 2022 while sharing updates and insights on Instagram based on inspirational prompts.
My Instagram account is private. Can I still participate?
Absolutely! I recommend making your account public for the month so we can see your projects and cheer you on. If you’d like to stay private, your updates will only be seen by those already following you. But you can still purchase kits and merch, and participate in weekly live events.
Do I have to post every day to participate?
No way! You are welcome to post as often as you like. Any posts from a public account using #YarnLove2022 will be visible on Instagram. The more you post, the better we can find you and make friends. Play around with posting options like static posts, carousels, stories, and even Reels. Learn more about all the ways to post to Instagram here.
Do I have to buy a kit to join the #YarnLove Challenge?
Nope, you sure don’t. Yarn lovers of all disciplines are welcome to participate in this community event. Kits are available if you’d like to purchase them, but you can bring any yarn-related project to this challenge. Show us your spinning skills, flash your own hand-dyed yarn, or give us a time-lapse of a weaving project. Anything goes! And there is no purchase required to join the event.
Have more questions? Drop them in the comments!