A few weeks ago, my family and I visited the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. It was celebrating its 22nd year this Autumn. We’ve visited every year for the last six! It’s always fun to see all the animals, crafts, and happy people when we go.
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This is my second knit Diagonal Comfort Blanket. The first I knit in an aqua/teal for my soon to be born baby girl. This blanket with the stripe color changes I made for a friend whom is due in late June. I am pretty tickled on how well the blanket came out. Finished the blanket is about 30×30. It took me about two months off an on of knitting. You can find the free pattern on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diagonal-comfort-blanket
There’s no time like the Autumn season that gets one in the mood to return to a favorite craft or take up a new one. If interested in the Fiber Arts, I am excited to share about a few books below that I got a privilege to add to my growing collection this year. These books are excellent for kids or those who may want to create age appropriately themed items for themselves or those special people in their life. I totally recommend these and feel there’s no time like the now to pick up one or all of these.
Gramma Nancy’s Animal Hats (and Booties, Too!) is a fun 19 pattern book recommended for beginner to advanced knitters. There are patterns for hats, booties, and mittens sized to fit children up the age of 12. These items can be knit separate or together and given to friends and loved ones as a special gift ! If the aim is to create adorable knitted animals designs to be worn whether as a photography prop or for daily use this book is for you!
Patchwork Knitting: 18 Projects to Knit and Crochet Johanna Schwarz is a unique book! In order to create the designs you must know how to both knit and crochet. One without the other will just not work. So, I would not recommend this book unless you are reasonably comfortable with those two fiber arts skills and are aware you’ll be using them together with every pattern.
The concept is that you’ll be whipping up patches such as squares, rectangles, triangles and other numerous shapes and joining each together using specified crochet stitches. The formula for every piece is explained in detail and when grasped one can start creating any of the projects in the book. Instructions precisely inform how many stitches to cast on, rows to knit, and eyelet holes needed for each pattern. You’ll be working those eyelet holes for the crochet step of the project to seam everything together. I find using crochet instead of seaming with a needle and thread much more fun and easy to do!
There are 18 patterns which includes skirts, slippers, jackets, scarves, hats, shrugs, pullovers, and home decor. The over 130 full color photos give you a good idea of what your creation should look like. Each of pattern pages also features colored diagrams showing exactly where each piece should be placed when putting it together.
There is complete course in how to create slippers with this technique that takes you through start to finish. Near the back of the book there is a section dedicated to step-by-step knitting and crochet skills needed to do any of the patterns within the pages. Following that section is an area for notes.
I believe my first project will either be the afghan or the set of pillows. I am however head over heels for the Quick-Change Artist Jacket that offers two looks in one. It’s simply beautiful but it will take more yarn than I currently have for it right now. I find it amazing how pieces like these can be used to create a very fitted and attractive finished design.
If you are looking for a unique book that you can utilize both your knitting and crochet skills, I would certainly recommend this one. Many of the garment patterns can be worn for almost any occasion! The home decor will certainly be a great conversation piece as well! I did find this book in the Ravelry Community Database so if one has any questions for the author or others using this book, you can leave ideas, comments, or questions over there.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book for review purposes from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.