Thursday, January 25, 2018

2018 Fiber Flux Granny Stashdown Challenge!


With 2017 behind us, it's time for a stashdown!  I'll be the first to admit...I'm a total yarn hoarder.  I have so much of it in baskets, random piles, cabinets, bins, you name it!  This year I wanted to make a commitment to myself to use as much as I already have on hand.  Now, you still might catch me wandering down a yarn aisle or two, no promises there!  BUT, I'm sooo ready to de-stash!

Do you want to join me on a de-stash adventure?  This year we're going to make a fun large granny blanket, as large or as small as you want, using yarn on hand as we go!  I love granny squares, they were one of the first things I ever crocheted and they are beautiful and relaxing to make.  

Here are some tips to get started! (written instructions for the square are further down):

  • Grab a bin or basket (mine is in the photo above) and use it to collect your yarn odds and ends.
  • Try choosing a color palette you like and look for yarn in that color (I chose shades of pinks, purples, and blues)
  • Make sure it is a similar weight.  This does not have to be exact, but I stuck to worsted-ish weight.  Some is slightly thinner, some a little thicker.  Basically yarn that recommends an I, J, or K hook.  However, if you have lots of sock yarn, use that!  Have tons of super bulky?  Try that instead!
  • Last thing, if you plan on machine washing your blanket when it is finished, make sure all of your yarn is machine washable too!


We have a great crochet along (CAL) community!  Please visit and join the Fiber Flux CAL group on Ravelry to get updates, see everyone's progress--this will be so fun to see what yarn everyone chooses!  Also, get questions answered, help others, and show off your work.  


The written instructions are further down in this post, but be sure to check out the video below for the intro to the project + full granny blanket tutorial:

(Can't see the video?  Click here!)

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Supplies:

  • Yarn odds and ends in a similar weight
  • K (6.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors



Instructions:

This blanket is a classic granny square.  You can make it as big as you want by simply working more rounds.  Change colors/yarn each time you run out of yarn as you work through your stash!

Chain 4, join into a ring with a slip stitch.

 Round 1: Chain 4, work (3 dc into center of ring, chain 1) 3 times, then 2 dc into center of ring.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 2: To work the corner of round 2, first chain 3, then 2 dc in same space, then chain 1, then 3 dc in the same space...first corner done!
Then chain 1, then work the next corner by working 3 dc in next space, chain 1, then 3 dc in same space, chain 1, repeat two more times to complete the round.

Round 3: Work the corner in the same manner as the previous round: chain 3, 2 dc in same space, chain 1, 3 dc in same space, chain 1.  To work the sides, simply work 3 dc in the next space then chain 1...repeat until you reach a corner again.

Keep working in this manner, with two clusters in the corners and one cluster on the sides until you finish the round. Just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round. That is what gives you those pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

Repeat round 3 as many times as you want to achieve the desired size.

A note about making multicolored rounds:
  • To begin a new round in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch1 at the corner and keep going.  
  • To begin a new round in a new/different color, cut yarn, leaving a tail, and fasten it with a slip stitch. Join the new yarn at one of the corners as shown and tie securely.
  • Did your yarn run out in the middle of your round?  Simply tie on the new yarn and keep going (weave in the ends into the corresponding color--blue tail into blue section of stitches for example).  To see a visual of this, check out the video!

Finishing:
Weave in any ends.

*I will give an update each season (spring, summer, fall, then winter) to show the progress of my blanket.  Please share yours too on social media and in our Fiber Flux CAL group (link above).  Happy de-stashing lovelies!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review & Giveaway...Plum Dandi Knits!

Cover image courtesy of Interweave F+W

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.

Let's connect!
© 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!

Queue up on Ravelry! 




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 3 chains and in the chain after that, work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc), repeat from * across until 2 chains remain.  Skip a ch, then in the last ch, work 1 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

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

Gorgeous Tonal Merino Wool s at knitpicks.com (Affiliate links, enjoy these awesome products and thanks as always for your support!)
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