Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Interview With Sharon Zientara, Author of "It Girl Crochet!"

 

Good morning lovelies! I have a very special guest on Fiber Flux today, Sharon Zientara, author of "It Girl Crochet" from Interweave Press. Sharon has graciously agreed to stop by and tell us about her new book and share a little about herself too.


Welcome Sharon, thank you so much for stopping by today!  First things first, how did you get started with crochet?

Sharon: I learned to crochet when I was in grade school, but I really fell in love with knitting. I was a knitter for more than twenty years, and also worked on an alpaca farm, shearing in exchange for yarn! I moved to Colorado to do so, and began an internship at Interweave. The first job opening in the editorial department was at Interweave Crochet. I knew I wasn't nearly well-versed enough in crochet so I bought Edie Eckman's Crochet Answer Book and used my mother's old aluminum Boye hooks and started feverishly hooking up swatches. While it was complete coincidence, I'm so grateful for the circumstance. 

What design did you enjoy creating the most when writing this book?

Sharon: Well, my only personal design is the cowl and while I had fun with it, I have to say that Brenda K. B. Anderson's stockings are the most amazing piece of architecture and for me, a really exciting project in the book. Brenda has the most amazing mind for construction. The pineapple motif is what actually forms to the calf. It blew my mind. And the yarn is one of my favorites, too.

Here are the socks Sharon is talking about...they are incredible!

What influences and inspires your crocheted designs?

Sharon: My designs and the designs I included here are really influenced by crochet garments and accessories I see in boutiques. I felt as though there weren't patterns out there that looked like what I saw in shops. I also really love to knit and I'm often curious about how I can turn a knit pattern or technique into crochet. There are a lot of knitted things that are just more fun to crochet and to figure out how to do those things in a way that looks cool and translates well is a fun challenge for me.

What is on your hook at the moment?

Sharon: I run a yarn shop and a customer made a really beautiful version of the Shawl Vigne from the book. I had to make my own right away. Also, I have two new nephews on the way and baby things are one of my favorite things to crochet. I have baby booties on the brain!

Thanks so much for visiting us today, Sharon, we're so glad you stopped by!  To learn more about the book, read my review from yesterday here and enter to win a free copy of your own:


To order a copy, please visit the Interweave Store:

 By Sharon Zientara
Interweave/F+W; $22.99 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway!! "It Girl Crochet" by Sharon Zientara



Imagery used with permission from Interweave Press.


Note: All opinions are my own.  All imagery used with permission from Interweave Press.  Read my full disclosure policy here.

I recently had the pleasure of recently receiving It Girl Crochet by Sharon Zientara from Interweave Press,  (Interweave $22.99) a collection of 23 crochet patterns from 16 designers.  

It includes a wide array of garments and accessories that are on trend and have a range of techniques and different skill levels.  I found the glossary in the back to be very helpful for where to source the yarn used as well as an informative instructional section with diagrams.  The photography in the book is all full color and shows the projects beautifully.

If you need a small project on the go or are ready to make a larger garment, It Girl Crochet has you covered!

Imagery used with permission from Interweave Press.

I especially like how the book contains a diverse mix of techniques for each stitcher's comfort level.  From basic stitches to more advanced techniques like Tunisian crochet and tapestry crochet.  There are even some beaded projects, which I always enjoy working on.

Imagery used with permission from Interweave Press.

Now that we are entering the cooler months, this book is filled with wearable and giftable projects for any "It Girl" you may know.  Not to mention the book itself would make a fabulous gift as well!

Imagery used with permission from Interweave Press.

Now is you chance to win a copy of It Girl Crochet by Sharon Zientara!  Interweave Press has generously gifted a copy for a Fiber Flux reader to win!  Giveaway ends 9/24/2014 at 12:00AM EST.  Open to US residents only.  Interweave will ship the book directly to the winner, non-PO Box addresses only please.  Good luck!


If you can't wait or want additional copies, here is the publisher information and a link to the Interweave Store to order a copy of your own:

It Girl Crochet By Sharon Zientara




Stay tuned!  Tomorrow the author of "It Girl Crochet," Sharon Zientara will visiting Fiber Flux for an interview!  

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I finished my Hita Hat!


A couple of weeks ago, I shared you this really neat hat kit from the Adriafil Yarn Comapny, the Hita Hat.  I finished my hat and I'm so excited to show you!

A few weeks ago I shared with you a fabulous kit I received in the mail...


I worked on it here and there and the box that it came in held everything in one spot so I could come back to my hat in progress at any time.


After the hat was complete, I sewed the tag that comes in the kit...cute!

This project was super fun, my particular hat style was called the "Backflip"

They have lots of different styles of a hats including beanies and the always popular slouch styles, plus you can choose between the "Classic" and "Junior" which is for the cold season in a wool/alpaca blend.  Or the "Fresh" which is a chunky cotton, suitable for all seasons.

You can pick from a wide variety of colors and what style suits you best.

If you like to make you own hat like I did, you can get the kit...or if you need a finished handmade hat, they'll make you one too!

Check out their site to build you own:

Visit the Hita Hat site here...


Note: All opinions are my own.  Thank you to the Adriafil Yarn Company for providing the hat kit.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

This Week's Videos: French Knitter, Margaret, Multi-color Pom Poms, and Tweedy Twig!


Welcome to this week's videos!  Each week I will be sharing the week's video tutorials.  In case you missed them, here's another opportunity to learn something new or help you with a project.  Thanks for watching and if you have an idea or suggestion for a new video you haven't seen yet on Fiber Flux, be sure to comment below!  

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First up is the Margaret Button Cowl...fun, easy, and cozy!

(Click here for full written pattern)


Next up is how to use a French Knitter...also known as a knitting spool or knitting Nancy, these handy little tools make super strong i-cords.


If you've ever wondered how to make multi-colored pom poms, look no further!  These are especially cute for striped hats too.


And last but not least, how to crochet the Tweedy Twig Cowl...the perfect fall project!

(Click here for full written pattern)


That's all for this week!  Again, be sure to leave any suggestions you may have for new videos...happy stitching!


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