Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Introducing the Susan Bates Extendable Knitting Stitch Holder!



I absolutely adore stitch gadgets and when I received the new extendable stitch holders from Susan Bates in the mail, I was beyond excited!  These are for the knitters to keep your work secure and all stitches safely on the needles when you need to set your project down for a bit.  They are absolutely perfect for travel too.  Simply slip your work into the tube, click to lock in place and everything is nice and safe!  When you're ready to come back to work, pop open the tube and slip it back out...easy peasy!


Step 1: Pull the two tubes apart.
Step 2: Slide your work into one of the tubes.
Step 3: Add the other needle if you like.
Step 4: Slide the two tubes together
All done!  Your knitting project is safe and sound!

Check out my unboxing, review, and tutorial of the stitch holders here:

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Special thanks to the folks at Coates/Red Heart Yarn for sharing the stitch holder! I received two sizes of stitch holders to review and share, all opinions are my own.

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© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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Monday, February 26, 2018

7 Things It Helps to Know Before Going to a Yarn Store, Guest Post by Kathryn Vercillo!


Hi everyone! I am so excited to share a great guest post from the lovely Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence!  Kathryn is a freelance writer, designer, and author of several books including Crochet Saved My Life, an exploration of the mental and physical health benefits of the craft.  Welcome to the Fiber Flux community Kathryn!



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7 Things It Helps to Know Before Going to a Yarn Store
By Kathryn Vercillo

When you first learn how to crochet, you are probably going to be eager to get to a yarn store and buy lots of great fiber to practice the craft. However, it can actually be intimidating the first time that you go to buy yarn. There is much more to know than just what color yarn you want! Here are seven things that will make it easier to navigate your first few trips to buy yarn:


1. Yarn usually comes with a very informative label. This is going to be your guide for figuring out the other things that will be discussed in this article. Learn how to read a yarn label before you go buy yarn!

2. Yarn is made from many different fibers. The most common yarn choices for crochet are wool, cotton and acrylic. There are also specialty fibers (alpaca, silk, bamboo, jute, and many others). Many yarns are made from a blend of different fibers, so a label might say “50% wool, 50% acrylic”. As you get more practiced at crochet, you’ll learn about the fibers that you like best. As a starting point – acrylic is usually the most affordable and often the most forgiving, cotton is best for items that you don’t want to stretch, and wool is a go-to-choice for creating warm garments. As you get into working more advanced crochet stitches and techniques, you’ll discover that different fiber has better stitch definition for certain patterns.

3. There are different weights of yarn. Yarn is labeled by weight, which refers to how thick the yarn is, and the weight system is 1-7. Each number has its own name (1 is fingering, 4 is worsted, 7 is jumbo.) Different projects work best with different yarn weights. Worsted weight is a common choice and is widely available. Jumbo is not as easy to crochet with but it trends periodically. People interested in crocheting socks and other fine garments will work with fingering or sock weight yarn. There's also thread, which is a little different than yarn, but is basically a thinner weight than 1. As a beginner, it makes sense to work in the middle ranges.

4. Consider yardage when looking at price. Many different things affect the price of yarn including the fiber content and production costs. That said, when trying to get good value, you want to make sure that you think about the yardage in a skein of yarn. As a general rule you get more yardage with thinner (fingering weight) yarn and less yardage with thicker (bulky weight) yarn. However, within each weight system, any given brand will have a large range – so a ball of worsted weight yarn might have only 50 yards or it might have 400 yards. You may want to try to get at least 200 yards out of an average-priced worsted weight yarn, unless it’s a specialty fiber.

5. Some yarn has to be washed by hand. Different fibers require different care in terms of washing the finished product. And some brands have invented yarns that manipulate this. For example, natural wool usually can't be hand washed and definitely can't go in a dryer (it shrinks) but there is a thing now called "super wash wool" that you can toss in the washer and dryer. If you don’t like to hand wash your clothing then this is important to know before you buy the yarn used to make it.

6. You may need to wind your yarn. Yarn is often sold as balls (already wound - including center-pull balls, which are popular), but may also be sold in hanks and skeins (which need to be wound by the buyer). Some stores will wind your yarn for you at no cost, otherwise you may need to wind it when you get home. Winding at home can be down with tools, like a swift, or by hand.

7. There are different types of stores that sell yarn. Many knitters and crocheters like to go to their local yarn store (LYS) to purchase yarn. This is an alternative to big box stores such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. The LYS tends to cost a bit more but you have better access to more unique fibers. Usually the person at your LYS is going to be able and willing to answer your questions, which can be really helpful if you’re just getting started with learning how to crochet and need help picking out the best yarn. Of course, you can also purchase yarn online.

This is a guest post by Kathryn Vercillo, blogger at Crochet Concupiscence and author of several books including Crochet Saved My Life and Mandalas for Marinke. Connect with Kathryn on social media on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Free Crochet Pattern...Winter's Warmth Slipper Socks!


The Winter's Warmth Slipper Socks are the perfect cozy accessory for keeping winter's chill away. The slippers are super easy to stitch up are are topped with an optional fluffy topper. Make a pair for you and a pair to give as a fun gift too!

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

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Winter's Warmth Slipper Socks
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • 6.5 mm "K" crochet hook
  • 1 ball of Red Heart With Love (I used the "Pewter" colorway)
  • 1 ball of Red Heart Fur (I used the "Polar" colorway)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or tape measure


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Sizing:
  • 14 inches tall
  • 9 inch circumference


Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:



Instructions for main part of slippers:
(worked in Red Heart With Love (gray yarn)

Ch 4, join in the furthest ch from the hook with a sl st to create a ring. (If you prefer the magic ring technique, feel free to do that instead)

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as a dc) then work 11 dc into the center of the ring. Join with a sl st to close round.

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc). Work a dc into the first st. *Work 2 dc into the next st. Repeat from * to the end of the round. Join with a sl st to close round.

Round 3: Ch 3, then work a dc into each st. Join with a sl st to close round.

Repeat round 3 for a total of 14 inches or until desired height.

Instructions for fluffy top edging:
(Worked in Red Heart Fur (cream yarn)

Tie yarn into any stitch along the top edge of slipper. Ch 1, then work a sc into each st. Join with a sl st to close round and fasten off.

Finishing:
Weave in any ends that remain.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February KnitCrate...Unboxing, Review, & Coupon Code!



I am super excited to share with you the February KnitCrate this month! They have recently added a new crate to their lineup and it is a fabulous and super affordable version that caters to all yarn lovers!


The KnitCrate is a monthly subscription box that arrives right to your door. Each month it includes BOTH a crochet and knitting pattern, PLUS enough of their in-house premium yarn to complete the project...all for $24.99!  This price includes shipping + handling, they'll ship it worldwide...awesome!

Close up of the yarn this month...gorgeous jade/deep teal color this time!


Here's what you'll get in your crate:


  • 1 exclusive crochet pattern
  • 1 exclusive knitting pattern
  • In-house premium yarn to make the project (a note about hand dyed yarn)
  • 25% off all products in the Member Central Shop
  • Earn 25 "Stash Points" per month of membership that can be redeemed in their shop or towards any subscription.


Affordable $24.99 price includes shipping + handling and ships worldwide.


I received the February KnitCrate and filmed the unboxing of it here:

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KnitCrate has generously offered Fiber Flux readers a special discount...save 20% off your first order using the code: FLUX20 (just enter it at time of purchase on their site).



Special thanks to the folks at KnitCrate for giving Fiber Flux readers a coupon code! I received a crate to review and share, all opinions are my own.



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© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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