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New offerings: a maker's gift-giving journal ~ click here to comment August 08, 2018 09:48

Hello Everyone,

Today is an exciting day, the Maker's Gift-Giving Journal pack is now available! This journal is full of note-taking space to get you organized! It has 50 interactive pages to keep you on track, start projects early and finish on time. Included are quick reference pages: needle/hook/yarn conversions;  yarn gauges; standard sizing; and knitting abbreviations.  

a maker's gift-giving journal

The pack includes

  • 1, 50-page maker's gift-giving journal (5"/12.75 cm x 8"/20.25 cm).
  • 5 gift hangtags with to & from info and care/fiber info.
  • 5 ribbons (3 grey, 1 mustard, 1 teal).
  • 5 removable pear-shaped stitch markers to fasten the hangtags with the ribbon onto your finished project.
  • 1 mini pencil (white with @craftyjackalope or navy with The Crafty Jackalope ~ pencil selection is random).

The contents of the journal includes

  • 1 Title Page
  • 1 Interactive Content page.
  • 6 pages of Event Calendar.
  • 1 page overview of the people (10) and charities (5) you make for.
  • 10 Giftee Details pages.
  • 5 Charity Details pages.
  • 17 Project Details pages.
  • 1 page Needle/Hook/Yarn Conversions.
  • 1 page Yarn Gauge.
  • 5 pages of Standard Sizing.
  • 1 page Knitting Abbreviations.
  • 1 page End Notes.

Check out the product page to see detailed images of the inside pages.

Happy Knitting Everyone! Amanda xo

 


a quick look at filling out the pages of the maker's gift-giving journal ~ click here to comment August 04, 2018 16:44

Take a quick look at how to fill out the pages in the maker's gift-giving journal!

 This journal is super for keeping detailed notes on the people and the charities you make for.  Get organized, start projects early and never miss a deadline!

Important dates and links:
Pre-orders: August 05, 2018
Offical launch: August 08, 2018

In this video, I am wearing the Color Fade Shawl.
The Purple Newborn Hat pattern, free pattern knitting for charity.

 


a maker's gift-giving journal ~ click here to comment August 02, 2018 17:31

Hello Everyone,

I don't know about you, but for me, this summer has been nuts and it is time to get organized!  I am so excited to share with you the pre-launch of the newest product: a maker's gift-giving journal. Out August 8th, 2018 ~ Mark your calendars! 

 

 We all love the idea of knitting for friends and family or charities for specific dates, birthdays, and holidays, but in reality, it is hard to start early enough to make it enjoyable and it's simply hard to get organized.  I designed this journal pack to get us back on track; to manage our projects, the people & charities we knit/crochet for and our timelines.  Also included, super cute hangtags and a custom mini pencil, so cute!  I know you are going to love this journal packed full of excellent information and the perfect size to throw in your project bag; and, I love how the spiral-bound lays flat! 

There are so many great things about this journal pack.  Stay tuned, in the next day or so I will upload another video demonstrating how to fill out the pages and how this journal can work for you!

Happy knitting & crochetting! xo


Swatches ~ click here to comment June 04, 2018 16:46

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone!

May turned out to be super busy for me, and June doesn't seem to be slowing down! I have been invited to design a few pieces for Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple and Noro Magazine.  It has been an honor and a test of my speedy knitting ability (tight deadlines).  For all publications and design submissions, swatching is non-negotiable; as you can imagine, I have been knee deep in swatches...and let me tell you, I am not typically a swatcher. For a 'non-swatcher' the last month has actually been a really great exercise, and I have enjoyed the process.  There is something satisfying about putting together design proposals with swatches, illustrations and descriptions; usually I don't plan out projects to the degree, or at least not in this way.

Fashionary

If you're interested in proposing designs to magazines, it's important to keep them super professional looking.  I have been trained in Fashion Illustration, but recently I found a template that is a must for anyone, at any level of illustration.  It's called Fashionary.  I use the notebooks and the panels, all the time.  Even though I can draw, using the templates takes away one extra step and I am able to fully focus on the design and, not to mention, the consistency is a bonus.  Another tip, find the magazines/publications you want to design for and get onto their submissions emailing list, you will get an email every time there is a submission call.

Happy Knitting! XO Amanda 


Tell us what you think ~ click here to comment May 21, 2018 10:58

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone,

We are always striving to improve and deliver the best products & services to our makers!  Please, take this 3 - 5 minute survey and tell us what you think!

Take the survey!

And, last week the new add-on came out for Bandana Love: Front Flowers #2. 

Bandana Love Front Flowers

These add-ons are free with the purchase of the knit kit or pattern on the TCJ website or Ravelry.  If you already purchased the pattern, the new chart was already delivered!  

 Bandana Love Knit Kit

Next month, Front Stripes #3 will be added. 

Bandana Love

It's the pattern that keeps on giving! 

Happy Knitting! xo ~ Amanda


Happy Mother's Day sale continues ~ click here to comment May 14, 2018 09:17

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone!

Happy Mother's Day

The Happy Mother's Day sale continues today until 11:59pm PST.  The sale was announced in yesterday's bonus newsletter; so, if you didn't hear about it, sign up to receive the newest TCJ news, coupon codes & promos!

For 15% off site wide, use coupon code BESTMA at checkout. 

For 25% all TCJ patterns & eBooks on Ravelry, use coupon code BESTMA at checkout.

craftyjackalope IG Also, I am super excited to announce the new craftyjackalope Instagram account!  This account is all about you, the fans and the makers!  I am posting daily TCJ projects made by you!  Be sure to tag @amandakaffka or @craftyjackalope or #thecraftyjackalopedesigns to get noticed.

Happy Knitting Everyone! 

Amanda xo


Please vote for me ~ click here to comment April 30, 2018 00:00

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone!

I entered a FedEx contest to win a grant to expand the TCJ business and I need your help.  If you have a minute, can you please vote for me?  You can vote every 24 hours...if you feel so incline.  Every vote is appreciated it, and I thank you so much, in advance! xoxo

Click here to voteClick here to vote.

Also, it's almost May, if you can believe it, and there's lots to look forward to.  Sign up for the TCJ Newsletter and be the first to know about new projects and deals.  In May we have a new yarn offered in the Marled Madness knit kits;  cashmere is fabulous, of course, but this new tweed will knock your socks off, looks and price...in a good way! We have a new "add-on" for the Bandana Love pattern & knit kit: Front Flowers. And, it's May the 4th...so you know what that means...all the Star Wars patterns & knit kits will go on sale for one day! Mark your calendars!

Follow us on Instagram

And, we got the @craftyjackalope Instagram account up and running.  This account is exclusively all about you and the TCJ projects and knit kits you make!  Follow us and tag #thecraftyjackalopedesign or @amandakaffka or @craftyjackalope for a chance to be posted!  

Happy Knitting!


Bandana Love Bonus ~ click here to comment April 23, 2018 09:25

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone,

Bandana Love original

Last week we released Bandana Love, a simple and fun-to-knit bandana style cowl. Although we love the simplicity of this bandana, it was also a perfect canvas for patterns & textures and I got this crazy idea of including add-ons throughout the summer, free for those who purchase the pattern and/or knit kit!

Bandana Love add-on Front Print #1

Introducing, the first of many add-ons, Front Print #1.  It is a combo of 2 skeins of SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted (sample in Bison/Birch).  Single skeins and double skein knit kits are now available online.  If you prefer just the pattern, you can purchase from Ravelry.  Present and future add-on are included with pattern!  What is your favorite color combo?!  Is there a specific pattern you would love to see? 

Happy Knitting!


new offerings ~ click here to comment April 16, 2018 00:00

New offerings have arrived.  Introducing the newest pattern from Amanda Kaffka, Bandana Love, offered as a knitting pattern or as a Knit kit.  New coiless removable pear-shaped stitch markers and rainbow elastic loop stitch markers are now available.  Have you picked up your Bella Dean Shawl knit kit yet?

Bella Dean Shawl Knit Kit ~ Click here to comment April 02, 2018 00:00

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter and/or Passover this holiday weekend!

Bella Dean Shawl Knit Kit

I am so excited to announce the newest knit kit to hit TCJ website, Bella Dean Shawl!  This was the first shawl I ever designed.  It was a gift to my mom back in 2014.  Since then, I have learnt so much and have had a ton of experience writing knitting patterns; I felt Bella Dean needed some serious TLC.  Without changing the look of the original shawl, I changed the way it's knit: stitches and the order they are worked.   I believe now, the pattern has a much better flow and the instructions are clearer.  

Bella Dean Shawl knit kit

Bella Dean Shawl is now available as a knit kit.  This one-skein-wonder project comes with the pattern and one skein of yarn.  We offer an array of colors in four SweetGeorgia yarn qualities (sample shown in SG Tough Love Sock, color Rainbow Sprinkle):

TOUGH LOVE SOCK

SG Tough Love Sock

BULLETPROOF SOCK

SG Bulletproof Sock

CASHLUXE FINE

SG Cashluxe Fine

CASHLUXE SPARK

SG Cashluxe Spark

If you are looking for a quick shawl to knit that will bring you into the spring/summer season, this is the shawl for you!

Bella Dean Shawl

The pattern can also be purchased on Ravelry as a single PDF pattern.  Link here.

Happy Knitting Everyone!


Updates: thank you, a new hat knit kit & colors for the Anywhere Cowl ~ click here to comment March 26, 2018 00:00

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone!

First and foremost, I want to acknowledge and thank all those who marched, at this Saturday, March 24th, March For Our Lives. So many showed up, and I am more hopeful than ever for change and gun reform!  We can't stop the conversation or the fight for basic human rights to be safe! #enough #gunreform #marchforourlives For more updates on the March For Our Lives, click here.  Download the free #ENOUGH Hat & Headband pattern here on Ravelry.

Anywhere Cowl Knit Kit

Knitting is therapeutic, we all know it and it's been proven.  Whether you are knitting for a cause, like the #Enough Hat or knitting for meditation, pleasure or calm, the Anywhere Cowl is the perfect project to find the rhythm.  It is my go-to project I take with me "anywhere;" I always have a project on the go, in my purse, and a lot of the time, this is the one. The pattern is free on Ravelry, download a copy here.  If you prefer knit kits, we offer them in many colors using SweetGeorgia Party Of Five sets!  Last week we added three new colors, which I am wild about:

Candy Shop

Party Of Five Anywere Cowl Knit Kit

 Fairytale

Party Of Five Anywhere Cowl Knit Kit

Whirlwind 

Party Of Five Anywhere Cowl Knit Kit

These colors remind me of spring, they take me to a happy place with every stitch. 

Anywhere Cowl      Anywhere Cowl      Anywhere Cowl

The newest design to come out of TCJ is the Marled Madness Hat!  If you knit for comfort, this 100% cashmere hat is for you!  It's just simply soft and the marled effect is spectacular. 

Marled Madness Hat

  Only available as a knit kit, these hats come in three colors: 

 Marled Madness Knit Kit     Marled Madness Knit Kit     Marled Madness Knit Kit

Dear Knitter is back, new questions are answered each Wednesday.  Submit your question either by email: amanda (@) thecraftyjackalope.com; in the comments below; through the contact forms online or through FB or IG message. We would love to hear from you!

Dear Knitter


Here’s Why Your Dog is the Perfect Hobby Companion ~ click here to comment March 19, 2018 00:00

Guest post by Maria Cannon

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone! 

TCJ intro: If you follow me & TCJ, you will already know, I am obsessed with cats…Kitty & Percy (my two main furry friends) make it into FB & IG posts regularly! I know all about the love you can receive and give to pets, and they make great backdrops to photos!  That being said, there is a huge responsibility that goes with being a pet owner.  Please consider your lifestyle and if you can give the proper time and dedication and can afford the expenses before introducing any pet into your life!

Please welcome back Maria as she outlines the fabulous ways dogs can enhance your crafty life.

Here’s Why Your Dog is the Perfect Hobby Companion

 You’ve probably heard that hobbies are good for your health: they give you something to occupy your mind, keep your brain active, and can even keep your physical health in-check. If you’re a dog owner, or thinking about adopting a four-legged friend, you can maximize the health benefits of hobbies by incorporating your pup into your favorite pastimes. Not sure how Fido fits into your plans? Read on to find out how you can incorporate your dog into just about any activity.

Dogs Love Active Outdoor Fun, Too

Of course, the most obvious way to engage in hobbies with your dog is to participate in outdoor activities. Dogs love to play fetch, making them a great companion for frisbee lovers. Unlike your human friends and maybe your significant other, a dog is always up for a walk or jog around the block or a hike through the woods.

If your pup loves the beach just as much as you do, plan a day trip packed with fun and games of fetch. When you’re both tuckered out at the end of an active day, snuggling up next to your furry friend for a nap is the perfect way to end the day. The great thing about outdoor activities is that they provide ample opportunities for physical activity, which is good for your physical health – and your dog’s, too.

Crafting…with Dogs?

A dog is the ideal sidekick for more than just long walks and a game of fetch at the dog park; your dog can accompany you on the trails, rest his head in your lap while you watch a sappy movie on a Friday night, and even play a role in your favorite crafts. If you love to sew, for example, why not make some handmade duds for your handsome pup?

Up-cycle some old, no-longer used items to craft a sophisticated dog bed or use your baking skills to prepare some delectable handmade treats for your four-legged friend. You can put your crafty skills to work with dozens of DIY ideas that your pup is sure to enjoy.

Photographers, Artists, and Dogs, Unite

Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, pets tend to make photogenic subjects. Practice your photography skills in a fun outdoor photo session, or try your hand at some William Wegman-style photography just for fun.

If manning the camera isn’t your thing, but you have a way with a paintbrush and canvas, painting (or drawing) your pet’s portrait is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your beloved pet while creating a lasting memory that you’ll cherish forever.

Do Some Volunteering

Did you know that it’s relatively easy to have your dog certified as a therapy dog? A therapy dog is different from a service dog. Service dogs are specially trained from a young age to work with people with specific disabilities, such as vision impairment or epilepsy. Therapy dogs, on the other hand, work alongside their owners visiting settings such as schools, assisted living communities and nursing homes, and hospitals.

Therapy dogs improve the well-being of the children and adults they visit, providing emotional support to the elderly, a cheerful distraction for children and adults who are hospitalized, and simply by being a friendly, fuzzy face. If you like to give back to the community, find out if your dog is a good candidate for a therapy dog certification and start making a difference in the lives of others.

Fido Deserves a Break

If you haven’t ever taken your dog on vacation, consider bringing him along on your next adventure. Whether you take a long weekend trip to the beach or head into the woods for a week-long camping excursion, your dog can make a perfect travel companion – he’s never grumpy, he tends to pack light, and he won’t get irritable when you’re stuck in traffic (although he may request a potty break).

If you do plan to travel with your dog, make sure that your travel arrangements are suitable for your dog. There are many pet-friendly hotels and other lodging options, and some airlines are pet-friendly, as well (although air travel can be a bit trickier compared to land travel for pets). Nothing makes a strange bed more comfortable than having your dog snuggled up by your side.

There are many activities, pastimes, and adventures that are sure to be just as enjoyable for your dog as they are for you. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway, thinking about planning a hike on your favorite trail, or looking for some new ideas to satisfy your crafty urges, your dog can fit perfectly into your lifestyle. Plus, bringing your dog along for the ride means you get twice the benefit: the emotional well-being benefits that your dog’s companionship provides, plus the many mental and physical health benefits you already gain from engaging in a hobby you love. 

Cha-ching

Ever considered an easy side gig that would give you and your beloved dog some fresh air and exercise plus some extra cash? Just think: more budget for yarn! Needles! Hooks! It may not be as hard as you think to get started as a dog walker (and/or dog boarder) through sites like Rover.com. If you decide to go this route, you’ll have extra tail wags and kisses on your next outdoor adventure with your pup.

A dog is more than (wo)man’s best friend: a dog can be just the friend you need to get more exercise, explore new territories, learn new crafts, or even make a little extra money. Give your furry friend an extra pat today to let him know how much you care!

Image via Pixabay by 3025332

About Maria: Quilting is my favorite pastime, but it's much more than that, too. As someone who has dealt with depression and anxiety, I've also found that having a hobby, like quilting, can be the perfect prescription for boosting mental health, not to mention that it challenges the brain.

In general, no matter how old you are, hobbies can reduce stress, improve mood, offer feelings of accomplishment, and provide opportunities for socializing. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes the benefits of hobbies, so I have started looking for more resources and information to share with people of all ages. I created Hobby Jr as an outlet to share my found information including useful links, resources and articles about how to get started.


Dear Knitter ~ click here to comment March 12, 2018 08:36

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone!

Dear Knitter

We are so excited to announce the return of Dear Knitter! We started this segment back in 2016, after a bit of a lull...we are back!  We are re-launching Dear Knitter today (Monday), but expect weekly posts each Wednesday.  Monthly posts/questions will remain on the front page and also be archived per topic in the drop down Dear Knitter menu, for easy searching.  Do you have a knitting/crochet/craft question?  Please, send us your big or small questions via email, website contact/chat, IG/FB message or here on the blog, we would love to hear from you! xo


#ENOUGH Hat & Headband update ~ click here to comment February 27, 2018 13:00

It has been a little over a week since I launched the free Ravelry #ENOUGH Hat/Headband pattern; the response has been incredible, it gives me hope.  Listening to the young adults fight for gun law change, seeing their urgency and feeling their energy gives me hope.  So many of you reached out, sending me beautiful notes of appreciation, sharing what this hat/headband meant to them; these messages, give me hope .  Whether American or from around the world, people started knitting, showing support and standing for change. Here are a few FO's I noticed on social media #ENOUGH #EnoughHat #EnoughHeadband #WearOrange

#ENOUGH Hat FOs

Download the free pattern here from Ravelry (hat & headband are included, along with tips on what you can do on a local level to help make changes).

#ENOUGH Knit Kits

Kit Kits are available, here.  Each kit comes with a printed pattern, SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted Yarn (1 full skein & 1 partial skein for the #ENOUGH letters) & a TCJ 100% cotton project bag.

#Enough Hat/Headband sample sale

I have also been getting requests for pre-made #ENOUGH Hats & Headbands.  Although I am not set up to mass produce, I put all the hand knit samples made for photoshoots and product shots up for sale.  These are one-of-a-kind and are limited quantity. Get yours before it's gone, here.

Thank you for knitting and wearing the #ENOUGH hats/headbands proud; thank you for marching; thank you for speaking up and taking action.  xo


#ENOUGH HAT: Knit Kits and a free pattern ~ Click here to comment February 19, 2018 18:12

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone.  And, happy Family Day to the rest of Canada.

 #ENOUGH Hat

Yesterday I designed and launched the #ENOUGH Hat which is my way of supporting the movement towards gun reform and law changes in America. "Enough is enough!"  #ENOUGH Hat is a free pattern on Ravelry for everyone! 

For me, the act of making and knitting this hat gives me a sense of comradery and purpose.  So far, the feedback has been incredible; amazing 'thank you' messages from makers around the world in search of a way to "...show their support and solidarity with Parkland and with all other victims of violence..." have been pouring in.  I feel a great sense of community, I have hope.  One of my favorite comments was: "Thank you for giving my hands something to do while my mind spins." These comments and more, remind me that the little things, like making a hat, are actually big and important!  

#ENOUGH Hat

I know we have to do more than just knit a hat to make change; but, this hat helps bring us together, it shows our support and reminds us to stay in this space until changes are made! No distractions. We are strong in numbers...but don't forget, we are also fierce as individuals and can make a difference by doing simple things.  


The pattern includes tips on what we can do on a local level to help. For those of us who are in other countries, this hat is a beautiful way to show support from afar. 

#ENOUGH Color Swatches

And, if you are looking for the whole package, we have #ENOUGH Hat knit kits available!  These kits include beautiful, soft, comforting yarn: SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted and the pattern.  If you need needles (4.5mm & 5.5mm), click here


Please use #EnoughHat & #Enough when you post your in-progress or finished your hat! xo


Knitting Blog Spotlight ~ click here to comment February 12, 2018 00:00

Happy #TCJMonday 

My FamilyIt's BC, Canada's Family Day today, and I am so happy to say I am spending it with my little family, Hubby and Kitty! Happy Family Day everyone!

Feb 2018 Pop-up Shop

We had such a great weekend at the Pop-up Shop! Thank you to all that came out to support us and to just check it out!  We are loving this new venture and hope to continue to offer Pop-up's throughout the year!  Stay tuned, and be sure to join the mailing list to get updates and locations!

 

GGmadeit Spot Light

You guys all know GGMADEIT, right?! Well, on Saturday she Spotlighted me on her blog!  WOW, what an honor!  She has been knitting my patterns up like-a-storm, and I couldn't be more thrilled!  GG had some fears about knitting, like a lot of us do, and she has overcome them by diving in and picking projects she was passionate about and going for it!  Read about her knitting fears here!  Other than my love of knitting and my passion for design, my number one goal as a knitwear designer is to inspire my followers, students, fans and knitting/crochet community.  It is so humbling when I see people walking down the street wearing one of my designs that I know they made; or when a student finishes a knit they have been working hard on and they are proud of it; and when people share their knitting stories, struggles and accomplishments after knitting one of my designs.  WOW, this is what I design for, these moments. Thank you GG for sharing your story and in-turn inspiring so many to knit, make and create! 

Be sure to comment on GG's Spotlight Blog post for a chance to win a copy of AFTERGLOW.  Good Luck xo


EVENT: Vancouver Pop up Shop ~ click here to comment February 06, 2018 15:15

Hey Everyone!

Vancouver pop up shop

Vancouver Pop-up Shop is hosting another Pop-up this Friday Feb 09 & Saturday Feb 10th, 10am - 6pm at The Designers Collective: 2885 West 33rd (Mackenzie & 33rd), Vancouver, BC Canada.  If you missed the last one, make sure to pop in this time. And if you came last time, we have so many new things to share with you!

Vancouver Pop Up Shop

All Vancouver local talent, featuring handmade knitwear by myself and Tamara, Silk scarves by RLKD, Paintings by Denise Gasser, jewelry by Caroline Calvert and so much more!  This is the month of LOVE and if you LOVE shopping local, this is the place to be!  Event info can be found here, on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram for sneak peeks!


Magpie Darling Hat: new colors ~ click here to comment January 15, 2018 15:30

Happy #TCJMonday 

Magpie Darling Knit Kit Hat

Do you love sparkle as much as I do?  How about sparkle AND cashmere together? This is my number one combo right now, and we are offering it! Shop Knit Kit

Cashmere Magpie Darling Hat

Put your sunglasses on, new knit kits are now up and we have lots of choices: two balls of cashmere in Lt Grey, Dk Grey or Hot Pink with your choice of sparkle: Gold/Gold sequin, Black/Black sequin, Black/Gold sequin, Silver/Black sequin, Black.Rainbow sequin or Gold/Rainbow sequin.

Sequin Magpie Darling Hat

What will you choose?  One of each?  

 Magpie Darling Hat

Just want the pattern?  No problem, it's listed here on Ravelry.


Restock ~ click here to comment January 08, 2018 00:00

Happy #TCJMonday

Have you recovered from the hustle and bustle of the Holiday's and the rush of New Years?  I can't believe it is actually 2018 already!  Here we go!  

Paris Night Mecha

I have added 2 NEW colors to the Bestie Bandana & Bambi Cowl: Paris Night & Mix (Arapey).  Mecha can do no wrong, these colors are fabulous!  Paris Night is the original color I used to design Bambi; and now, I am so excited to finally be able to offer it! It's a deep navy that makes my heart sing!

Bambi Cowl

Mix (875 Arapey), is totally new; and, if you love the Boho-look, this is the color for you! It's a warm soft mix of many colors that blend and shift together: mauves/blues/greens/mustards....

Arapey mecha

I also restocked Grey (43 Plomo), an old'ie but a goodie! 

Bestie Bandana

Are you finishing projects from the past? Or, casting on new ones?  I am doing a combo: casting off older projects, making room for the new ones!  Next week I have a super sparkly explosion of colors & combos to show you, can't wait!

LYKKE Needle SetsLYKKE stocked up: Fixed Needles, Crochet & Interchangeables! Shop Now. FREE SHIPPING to US & Canada orders, no minimums. 


Gratitude for 2017 & thankful to all the fans ~ click here to comment December 30, 2017 15:41

As 2017 comes to a close and the anticipation of 2018 fills my mind, I pause to look back to reflect; wow, what a roller-coaster year! Politically & personally my life has been filled with major ups and major downs; but, thank goodness I have my craft, my family, my friends, my fans. I am so grateful to be able do what I love as my full-time occupation and I am overwhelmed with appreciate for all the supporters, fans, knitters & crafters that lift me up, follow me, participate, make my designs and shop at The Crafty Jackalope; I couldn’t run this beast without you! Thank you.

LYKKE Fixed Circular Needles

To end the year and kick off 2018, I have added to the LYKKE collection!  I am so excited to announce the arrival of the LYKKE Fixed Circular Needles and a limited quantity of the newest colors offered in the Interchangeable Sets: Indigo & Umber.  These colored sets are truly fantastic in person!  I also added the LYKKE Cords for the sets.

LYKKE Interchangeable Set: Indigo       LYKKE Interchangeable Set: Umber

I have some big ideas for 2018, but this is the year I am going to take my time and try to execute with more purpose and less haste....

Things to look forward to in the beginning of January: new colors and more sparkles will be added to the Cashmere Blackstone Slouchy and Magpie Darling Hat, along with 2 new colors for the Bestie Bandana & Bambi Cowl.

Major projects/collections in the works: a spring/summer cotton shawl collection; a baby knits collection; a women’s wear collection!

Teaching: I will continue to teach at the Elementary Schools, recruiting new knitters!  These classes are truly about imagination: starting with an idea, knitting and being creative, changing the idea and turning the knitted fabric into something else!  I will also continue to teach day-time classes at Baaad Anna’s when applicable.  And, of course I am always teaching private and group lessons around Vancouver, BC Canada.

And to end this year on a super positive note, I want to share with you all a beautiful and cheerful Pilot Pullover from ggmadeit! Her smile is infectious and I just love how she embraced this knit full-heartedly!

Pilot Pullover

Pilot Pullover

 HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  Let’s make 2018 a creative & positive one!


Merry Christmas ~ click here to comment December 24, 2017 11:50

Christmas Eve is finally here.  With all the hustle and bustle lead up, I hope everyone could enjoy the Holiday sparkle and not be too stressed out...knitting gifts! 

Christmas Eve Jackalope poem

This year, the meaning of Christmas got more special for me; the amazing December lead up has been about reuniting with family! I know I have been a bit absent from TCJ, my knitting was a little less and my online presents was a little lacking, but focusing on building relationships as revived me to go into 2018 with a bang! And, let me tell you, there are a lot of exciting things happening and to look forward to!  

I hope everyone who celebrates has a wonderful Merry Christmas. xo


sample sale online ~ click here to comment November 27, 2017 08:21

Happy #TCJMonday 

sample sale

If you missed the sample sale a few weeks ago, don't worry!  The sample sale is now up online

sample salesample saleThere is still time to receive mail in time for the holidays, if you are looking for that perfect gift.  Prices are at amazing discounts and all knits/crochet are made from high quality yarns. 

And, don't forget, we offer free shipping always!

shop silk

We love mixing our fibers & textures; silk & knits are a phenomenal combo!  I can't say enough about RLKD 100% silk collection of scarves.  These pieces are absolutely beautiful.  The graphics are amazing and depending on how you wear your scarf, different colors are highlighted, making them very versatile.  Exceptional quality, I highly recommend owning at least one of these for yourself and gifting a bunch!

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The Holidays are approaching fast, make sure to order your knits, kits or scarves by December 04th for Hanukkah delivery & December 15th for a Christmas delivery!  Need help finding your size?  Use this measuring chart to help.  You can also always contact us through the live chat or contact form found at the Left and right bottom corners of the website.


How Hobbies Help You Age Healthy and Happy ~ click here to comment November 20, 2017 08:36

Guest post by Maria Cannon

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone! 

TCJ intro: Crafting and making is a integral part of my life.  I grew up in a super creative household where I was raised to always be making.  The rule in our house was "no watching TV unless you are making something." I understand this is not everyone's childhood, but I believe it is in all of us to make and create at some capacity.  Starting a hobby at retirement or any age is such a fabulous thing to do. If you feel intimidated learning to knit or crochet for the first time, find your local yarn shop (LYS); joining a beginner class or a weekly knit-night is a great place to start.

Please welcome back Maria as she illustrates the importance of finding a hobby in retirement and where to start.  I believe these tips cross over to all ages; starting a hobby, joining knit groups, being part of the community can benefit your life in so many positive ways.

How Hobbies Help You Age Healthy and Happy

Once you're retired, you may find that you have more time for hobbies, but how do you know what kind of hobby to pursue? Finding a meaningful hobby is an important part of healthy aging because it reduces stress and improves mental health. If you aren't sure where to start, these tips can help you find hobbies that fit your interests and give the best boost to your mental health too.

Challenging hobbies give meaning to life

Many people feel like their sense of purpose vanishes when they retire, and no longer having the role that comes from working can leave you feeling lost. When you pursue a hobby you enjoy, it helps you find your identity again and a renewed sense of purpose. Try a hobby where you have to learn something new. While negative stress causes anxiety, taking on a challenge or positive stress, called eustress, is actually really important to a fulfilling life and avoiding depression as we age. A hobby can give us this positive challenge, and the feeling of accomplishment you get is an added benefit. 

Creative hobbies sharpen your brain

Research reported by CBS news shows that creative hobbies have benefits that keep your brain sharp as you age. In the study, participants who engaged in creative hobbies developed less cognitive impairment. To maximize this benefit, try your hand at a new creative endeavor. The extra mental challenge will boost the benefit to your brain. Knitting, painting, music, woodworking, and writing are all great creative activities to keep your mind active and engaged. 

Hobbies create healthy habits

While hobbies make life fun and can lift your mood, they can also help you develop healthy habits as you age. If you feel stuck thinking of what you'd like to try, check out this list of healthy hobbies from The Huffington Post. Making time for healthy hobbies on a routine bases gives structure to your life, which may be lacking after retirement. This is especially helpful for anyone who is in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a habit that's extremely hard to kick, but according to the Harvard Health blog, healthy hobbies can be a powerful way of stopping addictive behaviors. When you replace unhealthy addiction with healthy hobbies, not only does your hobby fill that void, but it also helps you become invested in something you're passionate about and possibly find a new community too.

Social hobbies form friendships

An unfortunate problem for many of us as we age is feeling socially isolated. Finding new hobbies that get you out of the house and part of a community of people who have the same interests helps build back that social network you may be missing. According to Psychology Today, numerous studies have shown that people who are socially engaged are happier. Researchers have even nailed down the optimal number and types of hobbies. They say that retirees who are happiest do three to four activities regularly, and they get even greater benefit if those activities are social. Engaging in social activities is especially important for someone who is in recovery from addiction because it helps you form new bonds based on a positive shared interest, which can replace past relationships that may have been damaged.

Get physical to boost benefits

When you choose hobbies that are active, your mental health gets an added boost on top of all the other benefits of a hobby. Physical activity boosts chemicals in your brain that make you feel good and promote mental health. Even moderate exercise can reduce anxiety and depression. Yoga, walking, and gardening are all great physical activities that can also be social if you join a class or club.

As you age, taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and finding a hobby is a great way to do both. What have you always wanted to try but never had the time for? Don't wait any longer! Now is the time to jump right in and discover how rewarding it can be.

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Quilting is my favorite pastime, but it's much more than that, too. As someone who has dealt with depression and anxiety, I've also found that having a hobby, like quilting, can be the perfect prescription for boosting mental health, not to mention that it challenges the brain.
In general, no matter how old you are, hobbies can reduce stress, improve mood, offer feelings of accomplishment, and provide opportunities for socializing. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes the benefits of hobbies, so I have started looking for more resources and information to share with people of all ages. I created Hobby Jr as an outlet to share my found information including useful links, resources and articles about how to get started.

put a pompom on it: new Blackstone Slouchy knit kits ~ click here to comment November 13, 2017 12:11

Happy #TCJMonday

Blackstone Slouchy with pompom

#putapompomonit 

Blackstone Slouchy with pompom

Whenever you add a pompom to an accessory, it bumps it up to SUPER COOL status; it just adds that je nes sais quoi.  Get a Blackstone Slouchy knit kit! Included in the kit: yarn, pattern & faux fur fox pompom to complete your project all wrapped up in a cute TCJ 100% cotton project bag. 2 colors to choose from.

Blackstone Slouchy

These knit kits are fabulous for quick holiday gift-giving projects.  For the full list of all the Holiday gift-giving ideas, click here.  We got your back, these are projects everyone will love to receive!

Don't forget to mark your calendars, our huge sample sale is coming up quick, this Friday November 18th 4pm - 8pm & Saturday November 19th 10am - 6pm at the Designers Collective on 2885 West 33rd (corner of Mackenzie St), Vancouver, BC CANADA.  We have tons of amazing knits at incredible prices and beautiful 100% silk scarves designed by Rebecca, along with Uashmama washable paper bags made in Italy, knit kits & copies of my new book, AFTERGLOW! 

See you there!