Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all have a wonderful and happy day!


Crocheted these leaves into a garland...lovely pattern by Linda Permann

PS Here is a picture of the Pumpkin Spice Balls as promised...
Here's where I got the recipe too.

These are so, so good.



Free Crochet Pattern: Simply Cheerful Trivets!



Here are some cute little trivets you can take with you to your next get together to give the hostess a thoughtful gift. Seriously, they take minutes to make, so you can whip up a few at the last minute! These look nice too under a tea pot or a large candle.

Using small amounts of cotton yarn, these trivets work up super fast. Make up a few for the perfect hostess gift or to add some cheer to your table. Looks equally lovely in sold colors or multi color rounds to use up some scrap yarn. A fabulous beginner project!



Materials:
  • 5.0mm (H) hook 
  • Brightly colored cotton yarn in color(s) of your choice 
  • Tapestry needle 
Sizing:
  • About 5 inches across 
Abbreviations:
  • ch: Chain 
  • dc: Double Crochet 


Instructions:
Note: If making a multi colored trivet, switch colors after each round.

Foundation: Chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a ring.
Round 1: Make 12 dc into center of ring, join with a sl st to join round.
Round 2: Ch 2, *2 dc into the next stitch, repeat from * to end of round, join with a sl st to join round.
Round 3: Ch 2, *1 dc into next stitch, ch 1, repeat from * to end of round, join with a sl st to join round.
Round 4: Ch 2 *2 dc into the next stitch, repeat from * to end of round, join with a sl st to join round.



Finishing:
Weave in the ends and you're all finished!


Check out more free crochet patterns here!

Here's how to tag your trivets for gift giving...

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013

Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!



Just a lovely day of knitting and baking...

In my day dreams I spend the day in my apron baking scrumptious treats, and while they are in the oven I whip up a sweater or two...


While that has never happened (and probably never will), today was pretty darn close.  I am in charge of desserts this year for our Thanksgiving festivities and I (hope) I did not disappoint.  Today I whipped up Pumpkin Fluff Dip (served with graham cracker sticks), 2 pumpkin pies, 1 apple pie, and 2 dozen pumpkin spice cake balls (they are like delectable little super rich truffles...pictures forthcoming).  Can you believe it?  Here is a picture of this guy:


I wish I could post a link of the wonderful aroma for you...

I'm so proud of myself!  I made it from scratch, did a lattice top, egg wash and everything! Yay!

As far as my knitting goes, I did all of the finish work for my charity hats.  Every year around this time, I make hats throughout the year and donate them to homeless kids in the area.  This year I made 16!  Every time I finish a project, I throw the leftover yarn in a bin and use it up for this project.  It is so satisfying to give back...Most of the hats have 3 strands of yarn of worsted weight held together, creating a super lofty hat.  Some are knit with super chunky yarn...
Towers of hats! 
Recognize the Toddler Rugby Hat on top?

The other significant thing about this project is that I've been told by the people who coordinate this effort that the hats are the only things most of the kids receive from anyone. How could I not participate--it sure does tug on my heartstrings!  They serve a big hot meal to the kids and their families and present each person with all kinds of handmade goodies.  Here's the little tag I put on them:

Here's to a very happy and satisfying day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Free Craftsy Workshop!

Hi all,

Just stumbled on this...a free workshop on Craftsy!  Very neat!

One Skein Shrug Workshop

From the site:

"Knit along with me as I cast on, work sleeve increases, and show you how to pick up stitches, bind off in ribbing, and invisibly weave in ends. This workshop includes the full pattern for a top-down, seamless versatile shrug that is flattering on a wide range of figures. You’ll also get step-by-step photographs, printable instructions and access to discussions, tips, questions and more!"



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Red Scarf Project

Calling all charity knitters and crocheters!  From now until December 15, the red scarf project is going on...knit a red scarf for the Foster Care to Success program, a fund for young people formerly in foster care, providing support, grants, scholarships, mentoring, and more.


Guidelines for the scarves are here:


From the site:


"Foster Care to Success gratefully thanks the thousands of knitters and crocheters nationwide who make our Red Scarf Project such a success. We put the first red scarves into Valentine’s Day Care Packages in 2005. That year we received 3,500 scarves to send to FCS students away at colleges and vocational schools. The next year, thanks to the support of online needle-arts blog sites, we received an amazing 15,000 scarves. And the program just keeps growing."


"The Red Scarf Project is endorsed by Interweave Knits, The National Needle Arts Association, and the Lily Chin Signature Collection."


Here's the site for more information on how to participate: Red Scarf Project


What a fun and interesting annual project to do on your own, with a group, or with family...


***PS Folks, I have a free pattern on the needles for this project...will be available very soon for sharing (in the next few days)!***

Fresh off the hook...Pumpkin Pie Brooch

Mmm pie...

Just finished this little number (seriously start to finish, no more than 30 minutes).  It is for my Thanksgiving hostess (I decided that if she doesn't want to wear a pie, I'll put a magnet on it to spruce up her fridge for the holiday).
Here's the pattern (Ravelry link below), It's a very easy to follow Lion Brand Pattern, I modified it a bit (OK a lot) (only 3 rounds instead of 6, and used dc instead of single, etc).  I like the shade of orange Lion used better, mine is a bit too terra cotta, oh well. I love the ruffled pie crust edge...yay Lion for such a cute pattern!


This little project has inspired another Thanksgiving idea...stay tuned!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Noodle has adventures in stitching too!

The cover boasts "soft to touch wool on every page", if that isn't an attention grabber, I don't know what is!
Saw this at the library and had to get it...a beautifully illustrated children's story about knitting, Noodle's Knitting by Sheryl Webster and Caroline Pedler.  The talking animals and setting reminds me vaguely of Beatrix Potter (who I am a HUGE fan of).   

Plus the yarn (on every page and the cover) has a velvet-like texture...this will surely pique a kid's interest in knitting!
Noodle the mouse has come across a beautiful ball of yarn, discarded by the farmer's wife, and decides to make the most amazing scarf, she knits and knits (and knits) using her tiny needles given to her by a sweet little hedgehog, until...the scarf is so long it fills her entire house!
This book is fun to look at for knitters of all ages, totally recommend!



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Crafty Tutorial: Fall Leaf Rubbings

Hiking is something  I love almost as much as knitting, which is saying a lot because it s a physical activity.  Well, isn't knitting too?  Yup, hands and arms moving...definitely exercise.


Anyway, a few days ago I took the most amazing hike along a beautiful creek.  Fall is the best time in my opinion to go with the combination of cool weather and gorgeous scenery.  I can't seem to walk anywhere this time of year without picking up some leaves, and this time was no different.  I just kept stuffing them in my pocket as we went along.


I ended up with quite a few and when we got home, I busted out the crayons for a fun little project (and educational it turns out)


Fall Leaf Rubbings


Materials:
*1 Sheet of Large White Paper (I used recycled desk calendar paper, didn't try this, but paper in a color might look neat too)
*Beautiful Fall Leaves (Color not so important, just make sure they are sturdy and no holes, etc)
*Fallish Crayons


That's it.

Instructions:

Slip leaf under paper.


Rub across with crayon until entire leaf shape is revealed.


Repeat until paper is filled.

If you want to get fancy, look up your leaves and label them (this turned out to be quite interesting, all information found online.


Disclaimer! Hopefully these labels are correct, not a very scientific study...note the one  labeled "White OR English  Oak" Ha!


Hang up to remind you of your autumnal nature walk!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Yet another addicting website!

In your webby travels, do you come across page after page of imagery that you want to somehow keep in hand for future ideas or projects?

I used to just bookmark everything in my browser...but that became/is now a cluttered mess!  I was just dumping things in, never to see them again, with no rhyme or reason whatsoever...


Along comes Pinterest, and now I am happy and organized (as well as can be expected)...Pinterest is this cool place where you can "pin" things to your "board" to save them for later, view them, etc.  You have multiple boards in as many categories as you want.
Screenshot of a search for "knitting"...pretty cool huh?

I highly recommend you check this out...the only thing is that you have to request an invite (still in Beta), not that bad...I got my acceptance in a few days.  Let me know if you need an invte, I would be happy to do so.

This website is so much fun guys!

Here's the link:

Pinterest

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Follow fiberflux on Twitter

Hi folks!


Fiberflux is now on Twitter!  I would like to take the time now to shamelessly self-promote it... *wink, wink*


Be sure to hop on and follow it: @fiberflux


Happy stitching all!


PS Send me your twitter link in the comments area and we can follow each other!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Just a Few (Purple) Snippets...

Here's a sneak peek of a free pattern on the needles, perfect for gift giving this year!
Love this color!
Two more newsworthy things (from previous posts):

  • Now a mobile version of Fiber Flux for your mobile phone or tablet!
  • New tab above for tutorials, check it out! (in celebration of blog reader awesomeness!)
One more thing...will this be done to give away next month?  (I am really, really hoping so)


Stitchy Tutorial: Grosgrain Ribbon Belt


Grosgrain Ribbon Belt

A simple little belt that uses a small bit of ribbon and a clasp. With the little amount of sewing required, I went ahead and hand stitched it, but feel free to fire up you machine too.

I used a cute vintage belt clasp, but a d-ring works just as nicely. Just be sure to match the width of the ribbon to the clasp.  This is so super simple!

Materials:
  • Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 7/8 inch ribbon) 
  • Belt Clasp or D-Rings 
  • Needle and Thread 
  • Pins

Instructions:

Wrap ribbon around your waist (or waist of recipient), leaving plenty of extra (several inches) for sewing/finishing.

With desired clasp, fold over edge of one side and pin in place.



Stitch in place (note: I stitched across and then came back over to make it extra secure)



He, he...my stitches aren't quite so perfect, good thing this part is hidden!

Put belt on and neatly trim other end.

Fiber Flux is Mobile!


Folks...Fiber Flux is mobile! 

Next time you are on your mobile phone or tablet, be sure to stop by and bookmark!
 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Knit A Sweater In the Month of November...

November has arrived this week and with it brings the annual challenge to knit a sweater this month, also known as NaKniSweMo!




From the Ravelry group:

"How it works with NaKniSweMo: knit a 50,000-stitch sweater in a month. Just about any full size sweater will meet this criteria! If you divide your chosen sweater pattern's rows or rounds by 30, you'll have an idea of how many rows you need to knit each day to make it. Yes, the stitch count thing is crazy, but I think I can say with confidence that most sweaters out there are at least that, or more."

Check out the Ravelry group for more information and ideas here

I know it's not technically a sweater, but I'm thinking the Caponcho (pattern here) would be nice...am I crazy to even think about knitting a sweater in the height of the holiday knitting season?!?

I have some lovely yarn in a soft brown that would look fabulous...oh the internal conflicts of a knitter!

Perhaps I should visit this Ravelry group instead:

Village Hopelessly Overcommitted


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