Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review & Giveaway...Plum Dandi Knits!

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I have a fabulous review & giveaway for you today lovelies! I was recently able to check out Plum Dandi Knits by Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary from the editors at Interweave (ISBN: 978-1-63250-594-1 Interweave F+W).


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Looking for beautiful luxurious projects?  Plum Dandi Knits is a lovely book celebrating both nature and gorgeous yarn.  Inside are 23 projects that call upon the natural world for inspiration.


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Plum Dandi Knits is beautifully photographed in full color and includes pieces like wraps, hats, cowls, mittens, and lots more!

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Fabulous neutrals are celebrated here and are a wonderful way to show off stitch work.  There is an illustrated techniques section to help you can on, cast off and everything in between.

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One of my absolute favorite projects from the book is definitely this fabulous wrap, the "Ramsey" Shawl.  I am definitely a triangle shawl fanatic and this one is super cute!


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Now is you chance to win a copy of your own! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below (sometimes it takes a moment to load). Giveaway ends January 29th and is open worldwide. Now go, go, go, and enter!!!

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Special thanks to Interweave F+W for sponsoring this giveaway. I received a review copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

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© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Fiber Flux Temperature Shawl CAL!



Happy 2018 lovelies!  Today is all about temperature projects!  I have ALWAYS wanted to do a temperature project of some kind, so here we go!  If you're not familiar with the concept, a temperature project is where you create a row on a project you're making based on the temperature outside...fun!  It goes on for a year and at the end of the year, you'll have an interesting representation of the temperatures for an entire year!

*We will be making one row per week (see details below), so I wanted to make sure we were at least two weeks into the new year before we started to enable us to have something to work with!

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However, I wanted to change things up a bit...while I love the idea of a temperature project, the thought of putting a long row on a blanket every single day of the year was a little intimidating, so here's how we're going to do it:

  • We're going to create a shawl...a bit smaller than a blanket.
  • However, I will give multiples for the stitch pattern so you can turn it into a blanket if you like OR smaller for a scarf!
  • We will do one row per WEEK (average weekly temperature)
  • Each row (using yarn and hook I'm using) will equal about an inch, so a one inch row X 52 weeks in the year = a nice 52 (give or take to account for personal tension) inch shawl at the end of the year (18 inches wide)
  • Even if you get a few weeks behind, it's only one row per week so no biggie catching up, right?
  • I will provide seasonal updates on the progress of the shawl throughout the year.
  • Important to note: my chart is in degrees Fahrenheit.  However, you can adjust yours to Celsius if you prefer. 
  • I did a wide range of temperatures because it gets very cold and very hot where I live.  Please adjust accordingly to your area of the world, if you live in a warmer region, your chart will have different ranges for example.
To get your average weekly temperature, check out your local weather forecast or an app.  Add up the temperature for each day and divide by 7 (number of days in the week).  This is the number you'll use for the week.  Check the color on the chart to see what color you'll need to complete your row!

Below is the video...check it out for a full introduction to the project, supplies, plus the entire tutorial.



There you have it...a fun, super low stress year-long project!



Please visit and join the Fiber Flux CAL group on Ravelry to get updates, see everyone's progress (fun because we all live in different places in the world with a variety of temperatures!  Also, get questions answered, help others, and show off your work.  


Here's what you'll need:

  • Worsted weight yarn of your choice...see swatch chart I made in the photos on this post (I'm using Red Heart Super Saver in cherry red, shocking pink, perfect pink, bright yellow, spring green, delft blue, turqua, lavender, orchid, white)  This yarn has no dye lots, so great if you need to pick another skein of one of the colors later in the year...you don't need all of the yarn now!
  • 6.0 mm "J" crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Ruler of Tape Measure
  • Swatch Chart (I typed mine and printed it on a piece of card stock, punched holes next to each color, then added a bit of the corresponding yarn...easy peasy!
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Sizing: 
  • 18 inches wide
  • 52 inches long

Check out the written pattern below and be sure to watch the video for an introduction to the project and step by step tutorial!


Instructions:



Ch 55 (multiple of 4+3)

Row 1: In the 5th ch from the hook work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc). Skip a ch, the in the last ch, work a dc.
Row 2: Ch 3 and turn. Work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each ch 1 space from the previous row (center of each fan). Work a dc into the turning chain space.
Repeat row 2 for the remainder of the shawl, working one row each week of 2018!

Use the hashtag #2018fiberfluxtempshawl to share your work or tag @fiberflux on social media!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern...Raspberry Mint Tassel Cowl


The Raspberry Mint Tassel Cowl is a lovely and fully adjustable cowl for the cold months ahead. Beautiful colors and easy stitchery make it a fun project too! Use the drawstring to snug it up close to the neck for a bit of extra warmth or wear it like a traditional cowl!

Need a little help? There's a full video tutorial below too!

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Raspberry Mint Convertible Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Click below to watch a full video tutorial on how to make this project:




Materials:
  • 5.5 mm "I" crochet hook
  • 2 Balls of Chic Sheep (I used the "Vineyard" and "Creme De Mint" colorways)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Learn more about Chic Sheep Yarn here!




Sizing:
  • 32 inch circumference
  • 12 inches tall
  • Drawstring is approximately 45 inches long (plus tassels)



Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:

Instructions:

Ch 120, join with a sl st in the furthest ch from the hook.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as a dc and a ch 1), work a dc in the first ch.  *Skip 2 ch and in the next ch, (dc, ch 1, dc).  Repeat from * to the end of the round.  Join with a sl st in the starting chain (from beginning of round) in the third ch up to close the round.

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as a dc and a ch 1), work a dc in the first V of the round (this on is a little different because it is made with a ch 4 + 1 dc).  *Work a (dc, ch 1, dc) in each ch 1 space from the previous round (center of each v).  Repeat from * to the end of the round.  Join with a sl st in the starting chain (from beginning of round) in the third ch up to close the round.

Repeat round 2 until your cowl measures about 12 inches tall.  Fasten off and weave in any ends that remain.

To add the drawstring tie, make a chain as long as you like (I made mine the circumference of the cowl plus each end about the height of the cowl for ease of tying it together...45 inches total).  Using a large tapestry needle, thread one of the ends and weave the drawstring through the top edge of the cowl.  Make two tassels (see video if you need help) and tie them onto each end.  Weave in any ends that remain and you're finished!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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