Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Interview with Laurinda Reddig, Author of Reversible Color Crochet!


I have a very special guest on Fiber Flux today, Laurinda Reddig, author of "Reversible Color Crochet" from Interweave.  Yesterday I shared a little bit about her exciting new book and I'm thrilled to have her here today!  She has graciously agreed to stop by and tell us about her new book and share a little about herself too.

Welcome Laurinda, thank you for stopping by, we're so glad you could join us to chat today!  How did you get started with crochet?

Laurinda: I learned to crochet granny squares from my Campfire leader when I was in junior high school, and picked up other crochet techniques over the years from anyone I saw crocheting. I love all sorts of crafting, but always seem to go back to crochet.

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

Laurinda: I loved designing Tyler’s Space Adventure because I got to work with my son to create designs based on his drawings. They even hung his original pictures on the wall in the photo shoot of the blanket for the book (check page 102).

What influences and inspires your crocheted designs?

Laurinda: My greatest inspiration has been my children. The first design I created using the Reversible Intarsia technique in the book was an afghan for my son. Although now that I have started designing, I find inspiration everywhere. I am always taking photos of images, shapes, and textures I want to find a way to create in crochet.

What is on your hook at the moment?

Laurinda: At the moment I seem to spend all my time swatching, working out ideas for future projects. I always have at least two projects on my hooks (usually more). I need to have at least one repetitive project to work on while I’m on the go with my 4 year old, and try to save the more complicated ones for when I can concentrate more. But I do have several big projects in the works and am looking forward to getting going on the next ones.

Imagery courtesy of Interweave.

Thanks so much for visiting us today Laurinda, 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:


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:


By Laurinda Reddig
(Interweave/F+W $24.99)

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway! "Reversible Color Crochet" by Laurinda Reddig



Image courtesy of Interweave.

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

I was so excited to be able to preview "Reversible Color Crochet" by Laurinda Reddig from Interweave (Interweave/F+W $24.99) recently and can't wait to tell you all about it!  Be sure to read through for a chance to win your own copy too, but more about that in just a moment.

This gorgeous book is full of projects that explores a new technique invented by Laurinda herself, a method which allows you to produce full color crochet imagery that is the same on both sides!  

Image courtesy of Interweave.

The book contains 28 reversible squares and 10 afghan projects, from quilt- like designs to fun children's afghans as well, like the one here:

Image courtesy of Interweave.

I especially like how the book walks you through the process in detail, help for crocheters learning the technique.  Each step has clear diagrams, and even includes information on joining and edging your reversible squares as well.  There are sections too for basic skills like weaving in ends and joining new colors too.

Image courtesy of Interweave.
This is a great book if you're ready to explore a new technique, and begin making your own reversible color projects!

Now here's the chance to win a copy of your own.  The good folks at Interweave are giving away one copy of "Reversible Color Crochet" by Laurinda Reddig from Interweave to a lucky Fiber Flux reader.

Contest has ended, congratulations to Suzanne W!!!

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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:

By Laurinda Reddig
(Interweave/F+W $24.99)

For more fun projects and pretty patterns, be sure to follow Fiber Flux on Google+FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest for the latest updates!





Stay tuned for a special guest!  

Tommorow Laurinda will be stopping by Fiber Flux to chat with us...so excited!


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

This Week's Videos: Philomena and a Petite Pumpkin too!


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!  There is also a link to each project for the written tutorial, if you'd like to have the written version too.

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First up is the Petite Pumpkin Applique...this fun little project is great for a garment, tote, or adding a little fall to your home decor!


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Next up is the Philomena Shawlette, a popular pattern this week on Fiber Flux.  this elegant and lacy shawl is perfect for casual and dressy days alike.  A great fall project when the first chill hits the air:


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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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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Yarn Review: NinnaO Fantasia by Adriafil


I was generously given some yarn to try out by the nice folks at the Adriafil Yarn Company.  NinnaO Fantasia is a soft squishy yarn in 100% wool.  Each skein is over 54 yards, and was perfect to try it out for a baby hat.  

It comes in lots of colors too.  Here are some of the prints (called NinnaO Fantasia), a solid base color with small flecks of color throughout (shown from left to right are: white, baby light yellow, sea green, baby pink, baby light blue, ecru)



Also available are solid colors (called NinnaO) (shown from left to right are: white, baby light yellow, sea green, baby rose, baby light blue, cream)



When I received the yarn, I immediately pulled the label off and first noticed how lofty it is.  It would be a great yarn for a little person's cold weather garment and would make an extra snuggly blanket as well.  It is softly colored and has little flecks of light blue, lavender, and lime green throughout.  It had a gentle twist and is a very elegant shade of white...soft and not glaringly bright.


The first thing I did was experiment with a few hooks.  The label recommends using US10 knitting needles (for the knitters out there), and I chose to use a "K" hook to hook up a little swatch to see how the yarn looked when worked up.  


I particularly liked the stitch definition it achieved, still showing off those flecks of color, my favorite part.


I really was curious to see if I would be able to get one hat from one skein, and...success!


Even had enough for a fun pom pom.  In case you're wondering, the pattern in one of my own, the Confetti Newborn Hat.  All in all this was a very fun yarn to use, made for a fast project, and is very squishy and soft!  I would use this again for any baby project.  All of the fun colors would be great for a striped project as well.

To get your own NinnaO and NinnaO Fantasia, please visit the Adriafil site here:


If you prefer the solid NinnaO yarn, click here for NinnaO solids)

Happy stitching everyone!

Note: All opinions are my own.  I was gifted this yarn, read my disclosure policy here.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

50 One Skein Projects Perfect for A Fall Weekend!


Welcome to the first weekend of autumn my lovelies!  Now that fall is here, I'm all over it.  Cider?  Check.  Wreath?  Check.  Bulky yarn?  Check.

While many of you stitch all year round, some of you are pulling out the yarn for the first time to kick off the season.  Here are over 50 patterns you make on a lovely fall weekend, perhaps around a bonfire, while sipping hot cider, or perhaps by a window watching those gorgeous leaves swirl by.  Enjoy the season!

Note: Note: Click on the link below each photo to go directly to the free pattern.  All photos and links used with permission.










































































































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