Vendor Showcase | Twinkie Chan

Vendor Showcase | Twinkie Chan

Yummy Crochet | Twinkie Chan

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Twinkie Chan | Laverne Cardigan

Twinkie Chan | Laverne Cardigan

Twinkie Chan | India Adventure

Twinkie Chan | India Adventure

Twinkie Chan | Found a Yeti Day out!

Twinkie Chan | Found a Yeti Day out!

Twinkie Chan | London Cupcake Party 2011
Twinkie Chan | London Cupcake Party 2011
Twinkie Chan | Hobbit Shire NZ

Twinkie Chan | Hobbit Shire NZ

Meet Twinkie Chan; the lady who needs no formal introduction, so I will simply present her with my ever growing admiration!  Of course you know that she is world famous, uber cute, and the amazingly talented creator of yummy crochet wears and goodies, but for me Twinkie is the fervent love child of pink cupcakes and glitzy-glitter, and I can’t help but to guzzle down her smart, sweet flair!

To put it mildly, I’m totally gripped by her! She’s an icon, and I am always excited to see what new design she’s fashioned, or where she’s been published! So, I love that she blogs frequently enough for me to get my “Twinkie” fix! I really like that her posts are not only about craft endeavors but will include her world travels, San Francisco life, craft fairs, baking, art shows, fashion, nail art, and videos!  She writes in a way that is fun, and personable, and every post felt like it was written just for me – so, if you’re not already utterly enchanted by this girl, you should be! She is a pop-culture icon, and likely the most referenced and celebrated crochet designer to date. Period.

Twinkie Chan | I Eat Yucky Stuff BLOG

Twinkie Chan | I Eat Yucky Stuff BLOG

Twinkie Chan | Writes some biz advice

Twinkie Chan | Writes some biz advice

Twinkie Chan | FREE Jelly Bean Scarf

Twinkie Chan | FREE Jelly Bean Scarf

Twinkie has been professionally published and reference more times than I can recall in a piece of this size, so I’ll just post the few that I have actually seen in person, and am most impressed with: She made the cover of Mollie Makes (issue 18), and she had a full page ad in Nylon magazine (February 2013).

Her success seems to have no boundaries, and her resume reads a lot like my personal dream board (yes, I want to be like Twinkie when I grow up!): Check out her slew of FREE crochet patterns designed for Michael’s, her first crochet book  won the 2011 About.com readers choice award for Best DIY Fashion Book, her Yummy You Shop features “Twinkie style” goods and gifts,  and she’s got her own YouTube channel that I highly recommend you check out, like today! Check out my favorite Twinkie Video, and tell me that’s not clever and amazing!

Twinkie and I collaborated to bring you the most amazing of giveaways: I will be donating 1 FREE Blog Ad Space to one fan, and she will be giving a Signed Copy of her book Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies, AND 1 FREE PDF Crochet Pattern to 3 fans! CLICK HERE to enter! Winners will be announced on this post on 27 June, and have 24 hours to claim their prizes once named or our offers are totally void.

238June, 2013, 6:45 AM MST Update | Winners have 24 hours from now to claim these prizes:

1 FREE Ad Space on Design Wars Blog for 1 fan:

1. Stevee Gooder

Contact Design Wars to claim

1 FREE Twinkie Chan PDF Crochet Pattern to 3 fans:

1. April Lusk

2. Ann Vidoloff

3. Lane Bowman

Contact Twinkie Chan to claim

1 FREE Autographed copy of Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies:

1. Leigh Trinh

Contact Twinkie Chan to claim

However, if you are like me, and want to get your hands on this book (with option for a personalized autograph!!!), then you can buy your copy RIGHT HERE.

Twinkie Chan | Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies Book

Twinkie Chan | Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies Book

Twinkie Chan | Nylon Magazine AD February 2013

Twinkie Chan | Nylon Magazine AD February 2013

Twinkie chan | Mollie Makes Cover

Twinkie chan | Mollie Makes Cover

Twinkie Chan | FREE Birthday Candle Scarf

Twinkie Chan | FREE Birthday Candle Scarf

There isn’t anything I don’t love about Twinkie, but my favorite thing about her is that she is absolutely authentic; an organic style that is revered for the young-at-heart, energetic, colorful nature she embodies, and you can find more to love by following her right here:
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Because she’s so fantastic, Twinkie was kind enough to chat with me for our Design Wars community, enjoy!

Design Wars (DW): Define success; What do you hope to accomplish?

Twinkie Chan (TC): I feel successful when I’m doing something I love, that also makes other people happy, and that also pays my bills! I think I have the first two nailed down pretty well. The third can sometimes be an uphill battle, but that is the whole trick to turning your hobby or art into your business!

DW: What are the best words of wisdom you can provide to hopeful / new crochet vendors?

TC: a) If possible, find your own crochet/design voice. You’ll stand out more easily and people will learn to recognize your work. b) Don’t undersell yourself. Quality handmade can sometimes take time, and your time and talent have worth!

DW: What is your most recent accomplishment?

TC: I’m really proud of my brand “Yummy You!”‘s crochet scarf collaboration with Sanrio that is now available in my Yummy You! store as well as Sanrio.com. It’s pretty dreamy, and I hope people like it!

DW: Do you have a design board for inspiration?

TC: I don’t typically maintain a single design board. If I’m inspired by a certain food, I’ll collect some photos of that food, but it’s not really a mood board like I’ve seen other designers make. I do, however, have 3 collages I made for a meeting, which actually came in handy!

Twinkie Chan | Design Sketch

Twinkie Chan | Design Sketch

DW:  Which of your crochet pieces do you feel best represent you?

TC: 1) Cupcake scarf. I think people came to know me for these, and I love cupcakes, and I love wearing scarves! 2) Cheeseburger fingerless mitts. I like that they are kind of goofy and offbeat, which I definitely am! 3) Cake Tissue Cozies. These also really represent what I like to achieve with my work: cute, crocheted, and useful! They also border that murky line between granny, kitsch, and cool!

Twinkie Chan | Cake Tissue Box Cozy

Twinkie Chan | Cake Tissue Box Cozy

Twinkie Chan | Cheeseburger Fingerless Gloves

Twinkie Chan | Cheeseburger Fingerless Gloves

Twinkie Chan | Signature Cupcake Scarf

Twinkie Chan | Signature Cupcake Scarf

Vendor Showcases are an exciting way Design Wars is working to build a strong community! I do hand-select a few artists that I want to highlight, but do offer opportunities for anyone to reserve this personalized service! Up next we will showcase A La Sascha on 28 June!


49 Comments

  1. I loved meeting Twinkie Chan and her article that was linked on how to get your blog noticed was very informative! Thanks for giving us the chance to get to know her better :)

  2. YAY for giveaways!!!

  3. We love Twinkie Chan! Thanks for this showcase! I never get tired of her work and she´s always surprising with her new stuff!

  4. You are just so creative!!!!!!

  5. LOVE the tissue box cozies. I want to make two of each

  6. I love Twinkie and her designs.

  7. Love this article and love your items she has designed!

  8. Love her stuff! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  9. O wow, how wonderful cant wait to try some of these out, x

  10. I love her style and she’s not afraid to show who she is and what her true passions are.

  11. love twinkie chan She has the most amazing designs ever

  12. I’m just absolutely in love with how confident and colorful Twinkie is! I adore those tissue boxes and I’ve not seen anything like it! I only hope that I can find my nitch like she has :)

  13. I fell in love with Twinkie’s stuff when I started crocheting in January 2011. I still can’t get enough! I want that book!

  14. love, Love, LOVE me some Twinkie Chan!!

  15. Love Twinkie!

  16. Twinks is the BeSt I’ve loved her my whole life…well…not actually but a long time lol – I loved this feature and YAY for the giveaway!!! xoxo

  17. I love the patterns..they are to cute n would like to receive this.

  18. Love Twinkie Chan’s bright, sunny, cheerful, and imaginative creations!! They always make me smile and she makes me happy!

  19. What a great opportunity to get my “Twinkie” on! Loved the promo video lol

  20. OMG she is so FUN! I love all the quirky goodies she creates! :)

  21. I love your stuff will be busy making for my 6yr. granddaughter keep up the awesome work

  22. I’ve made three carrot scarves and receive the best compliments on them!! I love Twinkie chan!

  23. I had heard of Twinkie Chan before, but learned a lot from this showcase! Love how she is her own person… So unique and so awesome!

  24. I Love twinkie!!! I have pins, scarf and wallet! She is pink, cute and amazing!

  25. I love her character and her designs!! I was so excited to see her in this DW’s. love love love!!!

  26. TC is such an amazing artist and designer! I love the outside of the box ideas and a way to bring crochet to a younger generation.

  27. LOVE her designs. Just ordered her book.

  28. So many cute and colorful things to drool over! Eye candy for sure. Love TC!

  29. love twinkie chan she is is creative and i love that she is so colorful makes me feel like im not the only crocheter with arm tattoos….

  30. I have been a fan of your work since you started. I love every single one of your projects. Such creativity and talent!

  31. Love love all her patterns so cute and fun colors.

  32. LOVE LOVE LOVE Twinkie Chan, cannot say enough.

  33. I really enjoyed all the “food” creations

  34. I have been wanting her book for a while, such awesome stuff she creates! My favorite part of the post is your Q&A with her!

  35. I adore Twinkie Chan!! I would love to win. or be as adorable as her. lol

  36. Love love love Twinkie Chan! She’s my if-I-could-meet-any-crochet-designer girl! :)

  37. I can’t wait to check out all her neat patterns!

  38. What a great showcase!

  39. What a fun profile! Thanks for showcasing Twinkie—I’ve admired her for ages, and I loved reading more about her!

  40. ” I feel successful when I’m doing something I love, that also makes other people happy, and that also pays my bills!
    Very well put and I totally agree! I’m in love with Twinkie Chan already! :)

  41. Love Twinkie Chan! Great article! I love making her fun foodie stuff and can’t wait to get her book. Thanks!

  42. Totally amazing. Love everything she makes.

  43. Thanks for this Vendor Showcase! I enjoyed going again through all Twinkie stuff. :)

  44. Twinkie is the best. Colorful & unique. I want to be her when I grow up, too!

  45. I love Twinkie Chan! I agree with Dina, I have drooling for her books for years now!

  46. She is sooo original! It’s awesome!

  47. Twinikie Chan always puts a smile on my face! I love her unique take on crochet full of fun and bright colors!

  48. Love Twinkie Chan! I’ve been drooling over this book forever! Excited it’s in a giveaway!