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Take the Biden 100 Day Mask Challenge

Biden has challenged US to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency. If you have been wanting a national pandemic plan, it would seem as if one is well on its way, beginning with this challenge. Before he even took office Biden was challenging Americans to take the 100 day Mask Challenge. How has your state dealt with the pandemic? How do you think a national plan may or may not help? Have you knitted or crocheted your own mask? Do you still wear woven masks?

You can Make your Own Mask & Learn about classes and our knit along…

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MAKE A KNITTED MASK
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Or get your Ergonomic and No Fog on Glasses Mask – Already Made

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History of the Humble Granny Square

Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook Granny Squares

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Granny squares are timeless. They have the ability to be old fashioned and modern all at the same time. Some falsely believe the granny square was only popular in the 1970s but that is far from the truth. The first published record we have of the granny square is from the Butterick Publishing Co. from 1891. A description for how to make them was described in wonderful detail but with no written pattern, only a small engraving.

Although no one knows when the granny square was invented it definitely gained popularity in the Depression Era as a way for women to use up scraps of yarn. There are even descriptions of American frontier women who took sweaters and socks that were no longer useful and carefully unraveled them to crochet small squares. They were then given to the older women of the house, or grannies, as they were called, to sew them together.

There are many ways to give your granny squares an updated modern look by using a modern color scheme and modern yarn choices. Consider this yarn.

What will you make with your granny squares? Have you considered re-purposing yarn from items such as torn sweaters? Why? Why not?

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Merino Wool – Sheep Breed

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The fleece of Merino sheep is soft and fine, resulting in a wool that’s more pleasant on the skin than regular wool. It’s easy to see why these natural fibers are favored by knitters and crocheters, being an ideal material to turn into cozy, plush, and warm creations. Merino has been a long time favorite of ours too, so we understand. Below are a few of our favorite yarn picks for the knitter, crocheter and yarnie in you:

Pick out a pattern to work your merino yarn up in. Will it be for you or someone else? Will you win the free pattern comment and survey contest? We hope the lucky winner is you. View our previous weeks article to learn more.

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Win a Free (Knit or Crochet) Pattern*

Win a free pattern* (limitations apply) when you leave a comment on one of our other posts and complete our survey. Only one winner will be selected. Stay tuned to see who the winner is. It could be you!

Which pattern will you choose? Do you knit? Or do you crochet?

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Crochet Scarf Pattern, Winter Clothing

Winter is right around the corner and many of your have been looking for the perfect crochet scarf pattern. Search no longer. Below are a few scarf patterns in both crochet and knit that will sure to please. As you select your pattern consider the infinity scarf or cowl. It is one of our most favorite winter items. For those in some of the coldest climates around the world, keeping warm with an infinity scarf is a must. It is likely the warmest winter item you will have in your closet. When tucked properly under your winter coat, it will keep the winter chill and wind at bay. Enjoy our infinity scarves as well as our other winter accessory patterns.

Which pattern did you choose? Have you completed your project yet? Who did you make it for? Email us to submit your photos. It maybe featured on the site. Happy New Year!

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Knitting Pattern – Headband

Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications Ribbed Headband

This knit pattern – Ribbed Headband is super easy, super quick and perfect for the holidays. Add character and variation to this pattern by choosing a variety of yarns. This will give each headband a unique gift perfect for each recipient. If you have several people left on your holiday gift list, this gift will provide you will a quick turn around. Some of the people we have given this headband to also wear it as ear warmers, which for the upcoming winter is a great idea! Because of the ribbing, this project is typically easy to size. When you are done, send us a picture!

What you will need for this project *please see pattern for a complete list of supplies and materials

skein of yarn- worsted / aran weight
size 6 knitting needles
scissors
tapestry needle
Scissors
measuring tape

Which colors will you use? Who will you be making this for? Will you make one for yourself?

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The Gift of Giving

Box Hat, Ear Warmers, Coach Wristlet Shidonna Raven Fashion

They say that is better to give than to receive. The box hat pattern and ribbed headband also worn as ear warmers were recently worked up and pared with a beautiful Coach wristlet. Yes, we are partial to our purses. Nonetheless, these patterns were worked up and pared nicely with the Coach and should make a handsome winter ensemble giving any out fit an elegant finish. Gift it to your family or friends. If I were you, I would work these patterns up and pare them with your favorite accessory for yourself also!

For these projects you will need:

  • 1-2 skeins *check pattern and yardage to confirm
  • tapestry needle
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • *and don’t forget your patterns
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Knitting for a Holiday Cause – Franciscan Center Giving Tree

The one thing knitters and crocheters do and do well is knit and crochet for a cause. Consider donating to the Franciscan Center for the Holidays.

Help Make winter a little warmer for our brothers and sisters in need!

Click Here to Find out What we Need

As the days grow colder and the holidays approach, the Franciscan Center is reaching out to our friends in the community to help us provide warm clothing, toiletries, and other essential items to the men, women, and children who come to our door seeking help.

Your faith community, school, office or family can make an important difference in our community in the days ahead by collecting warm coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks and other critical items for the Franciscan Center.

Our Holiday Giving Tree Project supplies essential winter clothing such as hats, coats, scarves, mittens, thermal underwear and socks, as well as personal toiletry items to those in need. Items for children and babies such as diapers, baby food and formula, small jackets, mittens, and knitted hats are in especially short supply. We ask that you collect new, unwrapped items for the men, women, and children whom we serve at the Franciscan Center, which we will distribute throughout the holiday season and into the coldest months this winter.

Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Franciscan Center, 101 W. 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. If you would like to help, please contact Angela Hall, Director of Outreach at (410) 467-5340, Ext. 113 or ahall@fcbmore.org

For more information, contact Angela Hall, Director of Outreach, at (410) 467-5340, Ext. 113 or ahall@fcbmore.org.

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DIY Holiday Knit Scarf

Knitting for Beginners Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

If you are anything like us, you have a list a mile long and everything on it is DIY. We highly recommend starting now because time goes fast and lets face it: it takes time to make something DIY. If you are like us, making DIY holidays sounds great right now because you could save a little money with some extra effort and time. DIY gifts always have a special touch that other gifts can just not offer. Whatever your reason they are sure to love it and ask you for another one.

Speaking of the time it takes to make DIY holiday gifts: get started now. No, consider your projects when you are working down your list. Some projects will take longer than others obviously. That is why we love cowls. Depending on the length, they take a lot less time and are a must for those really cold locations. But, nothing beats a traditional scarf with a quick box hat or the traditional round hat. Both are excellent DIY holiday options as one can typically be worked up in one day.

With all that said, we put together some tips for your holiday DIY project list:

  • Make a DIY Holiday list
  • Make a Plan
  • Make a schedule and keep it
  • Get your patterns and supplies in time to stay on schedule
  • Get yarn and supply recommendations from our posts and patterns *see below, other articles and patterns
  • Make it personal (something They will like)
  • Consider your projects carefully. Keep it simple and fast so that you can complete your list in time
  • Use down time by taking your projects with you (lunch time)
  • Use the same pattern and different yarn to make it unique to each recipient
  • Take a knit along or crochet along or class
  • Get support from us on patterns you buy with us
  • Get 10% off in time enough for the holidays
  • Shop YLS (Norfolk, VA, USA)
  • Have Fun
  • Finish and mail early *the post office has been experiencing delays
  • Take pictures of your projects and share with us and others
  • Instagram your pictures
  • Have recipients take pictures of their gifts and share with us
  • When all else fails get them a gift certificate
  • How will you get your holiday DIY projects done in time? Which tips will you use? Which tips ended up being the most helpful?

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Row Counter – Hand Knitting and Fiber Arts

Finger row counter review

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Using an Electronic Row Counter – A Review
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How will you use your row counter? Which fiber craft / art do you do? How long have you been doing it?

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