TCJ Inspiration Place

MEGA BLING ~ click to comment September 29, 2022 09:05

Mega Bling is the best bling!  

I am currently taking special orders for this yarn.  Please email me to inquire:
amanda [at]


Birthday Pattern Promo ~ Click here to comment March 8, 2022 10:14

In celebration of Women and my Birthday, I am offering 44% off all TCJ Patterns, in the shop and on Ravelry! Use coupon code: BIRTHDAY44
Happy Knitting Makers xoxo
Coupon code valid until March 15th, 2022, 11:59pm PST.

Sparkly Love Note ~ Click here to comment January 21, 2022 14:07 1 Comment

If you attended the Knit City Mini Knit Night 2021, or heard Tracie & Jodi, from the Grocery Girls, talking about the Sparkly Love Note designed by Tin Can Knits, I wore that might be curious about the details!

I actually made three Sparkly Love for myself, one for my favorite four-year old, and one for Meow Meow!  Actually, Wyn was three (photo below) when I knit the sweater for her, but she still fits into it at four (photo above)!


For mine, I used two skeins/balls each of: Madelinetosh Merino Light + Mohair + gold/gold sequins.  Because of the mohair and the color of the yarns (like a pale peachy-pink), the gold sequins tuck into the fibers and match the tone of the sweater;  they're not glamorously obvious; they are subtle and sparkly!  I love this piece, and the added sequins really gives it life!  You can read my notes & mods on my Ravelry project page, HERE.

For Wyn's and Meow Meow's sweater, I used a chunky blown alpaca single stranded + a silver/rainbow sequin.  The biggest modification I made on Wyn's sweater was the back split neckline with button closure.  I worked a few rows of rib and body before joining in the round.  I did this to avoid any struggle of pulling it over her head.  (I think Meow Meows is a mock button... hahaha).  You can see my Ravelry project page, HERE.


All in all, I loved making these three Love Notes, and I am sure I will make more, especially with sequins!


Knit City Virtual ~ Click here to comment January 17, 2022 16:08

KNIT CITY VIRTUAL - January 28th - 30th, 2022 and we are VENDING!

Join Janet from Yarnboler; Carmen from Knotty Knitty Neighbors; Nancy from Talking Clay and I for an hour of fun, giveaways, and inspiration!

WHEN: Saturday January 28th, 2022

TIME: 11am - Noon PST | 2pm - 3pm EST


Meeting ID: 895 7197 8178
Passcode: SPARKLE

Keep checking the vendor info page for quick links, and up-to-date info on what we will be showing and the giveaways!  For more info and compete vendor and instructor lineup, check out


Happy Sparkly Holiday Season ~ click here to comment December 27, 2021 10:42

Happy Sparkly Holiday Season Makers!
As this year comes to a close, I want to thank everyone for joining me on this fiber journey!  What I love most about my work, is the creativity and the community!  I hope that I can continue to inspire you throughout the years to come. Be safe and well, my friends.
The Boxing Week SALE is ON!  Everything in the SALE section & all Booklets are 25% OFF.
Use coupon code: GRATITUDE25 at checkout.
Use the same coupon code, GRATITUDE25 to get 25% off all TCJ Patterns, eBooks, and Booklets on Ravelry
Offers valid until December 31st, 2021, 11:59pm PST

SALE: Black Friday - Small Biz Saturday - Cyber Monday ~ click here to comment November 26, 2021 17:32

The Biggest SALE of the Year!
‘Tis the season to give thanks, and by golly, am I ever thankful for all you makers that bling so much joy into my life.  This community, we are building, is so wonderful; you inspire me, and I hope in return, I can inspire you!
Joji & Co.

Save 20% off EVERYTHING
Use coupon code: HAPPY20


For orders over $250CAD save 25%
Use coupon code: HAPPY25


For orders over $500CAD save 30%
Use coupon code: HAPPY30

And, all TCJ patterns, eBooks, and BOOKLETS are 50% off on Ravelry.  Use coupon code HAPPY50 at checkout.


Joji & Co. ~ Click here to comment June 16, 2021 09:26

I am so excited and over the moon to announce TCJ is now an official Joji & Co. retailer!  The third shop to offer these gorgeous bags in Canada, and the first on the West Coast.  What an honor!
Joji & Co. Bags
I have been a long-time fan and customer of all Joji & Co. bags.  The quality, functionality, and style of these unique designs, simply spoke to me day-one and continues to deliver.  I can not express how much it thrills me to be able to offer these amazing treasure, to you makers.
Currently I have selected the bags that are "ready-now" for retailers.  I had the first update earlier this week, premiering the Box bag, Dumpling Bag, and the Pampa Bucket.  Almost everything sold out within the first hour and I am happy to say, more is enroute for the next update!  I have listed the new Dusty Pink Pampas and Metallic pink Hobo Bag which are on their way.
  1. If you want first dibs on any of these products, I suggest you sign up for the 'unavailable, notify me when it's back in stock" email.  This way, as soon as I list the quantities, you will get the email!  
  2. Sign up for the newsletter.  I will always announce an hour beforehand when I am about to make the products available...then set your alarm!
  3. Email me and request a specific bag/item.  If I can get it, I will!

It is super important to know, I can only get limited stock of everything.  If you love something, you should get it.  As much as I will try to restock coveted items, there is no guarantee that it will be back in stock soon, or in the same colors.

You Can Never Have Too Many Bags.....

joji & Co.

catch the latest YouTube Live ~ click here to comment May 29, 2021 16:06

Catch the Knotty Knitty Neighbors YouTube Live shoot the sh*&?t and knit!

Daydreamer Cowl ~ click here to comment May 20, 2021 09:36

Hello Makers! 
The Daydreamer Cowl is finally here, and it is a gift to you all!  After a year-and-a-half of Covid, I thought we could use a little treat!  This pattern is FREE!  You can download it on Ravelry, and a PDF download + a Hardcopy is included with the purchase of the 6-Mini Skein bundles!  
Daydream Cowl
You can knit this pattern with just the mini skeins, but we love it with a splash of sequins. NEW sequin colors are in and there's one or two that match perfectly with the minis!
bundles & sequins
Here's a little inspiration for color matching, enjoy!
(From left to right, top to bottom)
Sunkissed Fade + Ballet Sequins
Lush Fade + Ballet Sequins
Hanami Fade + Hot Pink Sequins
Graphite Fade + Ecru and/or Black Sequins
Enchanted Fade + Iris and/or Navy Sequins 
Cobbelstone Fade + Tan and/or Ballet Sequins
Botanica Fade + Green Sequins
Voyage Fade + Navy and/or Ecru Sequins

Fibre Love Affair Kicks Off TODAY ~ click here to comment April 24, 2021 09:06

Fibre Love Affair kicks off today with all an extensive vendor lineup!  Over the next two weekends you can enjoy live FREE content from amazing makers!

Join Carmen, mum, and I as we come to you, today, Saturday April 24th, from 4pm PST | 7pm EST for an hour of fun, inspiration, and giveaways!
Meeting ID: 843 9794 0633
Passcode (case sensitive): spring
For complete  vendor lineup and more info, visit

Generous giveaways from:

Grocery Girls Makers Spotlight ~ Click here to comment April 15, 2021 12:36 9 Comments

It was such an honor to be the Grocery Girls guest on today Makers Spotlight!  I had so much fun chatting with the gals, we could talk for days!  If you missed the live, the video is now up!
Thank you Grocery Girls for all you do.  Life is hard, you keep it real and make it better xo

Knit City Virtual kicks off today ~ click here to comment April 9, 2021 11:03

Hello Makers, Knit City Virtual kicks off today with a fun knit night hosted by Espace Tricote!  If you haven't purchased your ticket, there's still time.  Click here to register!

Knit City Virtual

Carmen and I will be live showing you new things and giving away a lot of GIVEAWAYS!  Join us on Saturday April 10th, from 11am - noon PST.  
Quick links to the show:
 Meeting ID: 895 9350 7839
Passcode (case sensitive): KnitCity


Giveaways from:


Joji & Co.






For the line up, and to check out past shows, click here.

Hop[e to see you tomorrow! xo



Vogue Knitting Live: Zoom Marketplace ~ click here to comment March 14, 2021 12:50

Hello Everyone, I have a bunch of online Zoom shows coming up!

The first being, Vogue Knitting Live.  This is a paid event.  You need to register, here.  It costs $3.99US for the entire weekend which gives you access to ALL the amazing vendors!  

VKL vendor badge

Join Carmen and I for an up-beat hour of fun!  We have new and exciting things to show you and we hope to inspire you and make you smile!  And, we have a ton of amazing giveaways!! This show is NOT to be missed!

WHEN: Saturday March 20th & Sunday March 21st.

TIME: Noon - 1 (PST) or 3 - 4pm (PDT).

COST: $3.99US for all vendors: YOU MUST REGISTER 


For the full list of all the vendors and times, click here.  Please keep in mind the time zone and make sure you either choose your time zone or convert the EDT standard time zone listed.


The second show we will be vending at is KNIT CITY VIRTUAL

Knit City Virtual vendor Badge

WHEN: April 09 - 11 (specific vendor date TBA)


COST: Free!


More info about this show will be announced over the next few weeks.  To keep up with announcements, sign up for the Knit Social newsletter and visit their website, here.


The third show I am scheduled to vend is FIBRE LOVE AFFAIR

Fibre Love affair vendor badge

WHEN: April 24 - 25 & May 01 - 02 (specific vendor date TBA)


COST: Free!


More info about this show will be announced over the next few weeks.  To keep up with announcements, sign up for the Fibre Love Affair newsletter and visit their website, here.


To see our past shows, quick links to what I showed + the giveaways, please check it out here

Happy knitting everyone, I hope to see you on ZOOM SOON!

Knit City Virtual ~ Click here to comment February 6, 2021 09:03 1 Comment

Hello Makers!  Knit City Virtual is happening right now, all weekend long!  

Knit City Virtual

Join me tomorrow, Sunday February 07 from 3 - 4pm PST for my online ZOOM presentation!  It will be a super fun hour full of new designs & knit kits to show and tons of giveaways!!  This is a FREE event! 

WHEN: Sunday, February 07 from 3 - 4pm PST
WHERE (zoom link):
PASSWORD (case sensitive): sparkle


For more information and a line up to all the amazing vendors this weekend, go to 

For the the full schedule, click HERE.

Fibre Love Affair 2021 ~ click here to comment January 26, 2021 17:38

Thank you everyone who watched the Fibre Love Affair show on January 16th! For those of you who missed it, here is the video!  Also, here is the link to all the fun things I talked about.  The next show is at Virtual Knit City and my hour is February 07, 2021from 3pm - 4pm PST.  I hope to see you there!!

Fibre Love Affair ~ click here to comment January 15, 2021 11:11

Fibre Love Affair is BACK!  Join me Saturday, January 16th at 5:15pm PST for an hour of show-and-tell, coupon codes, and so many GIVEAWAYS!  Giveaways from Estelle Yarns, SweetGeorgia, Knox Mountain Knits, YarnBoler, Talking Clay, TCJ!  It is an event not to be missed!  I hope to see you there!

Time Zone Converter

Fibre Love Affair

For previous shows, check out the Fibre Love Affair YouTube Channel

For more info check out the Fibre Love Affair website.  There are so many great vendors!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 856 5861 1206
Passcode: hope


Grocery Girls Favorite Things ~ Click Here to Comment December 3, 2020 17:39 7 Comments

The Magpie Darling Hats made it to this years epic Grocery Girls Favorite Things!  Wow, what an honor. Here's the episode, grab your knitting, it's 3 hours of fabulous joyful things!  Enter to win, details in the video.
I have had the privilege to get to know these fine ladies and when they asked me if I wanted to donate to their Favorite Things giveaway, I said YES!  Tracie & Jodi give so much to this community, they do almost weekly YouTube live videos and bring so much joy to our maker life.  This year has been hard, but listening and watching these gals, has made the weeks so much better, don't you think?
Here are the TCJ favorites that you will see
Magpie Darling Hat
WA Magpie Darling Hat
Magpie Darling Hat Galaxy DK
TCJ Needle Gauge
Good Luck on the giveaway! Details in the YouTube post or in the Grocery Girls Ravelry Group. xo

Boho Beats Shawl Pattern ~ click here to comment September 23, 2020 14:53

Today I am excited to share with you my newest design, Boho Beats Shawl! 
Boho Beasts Shawl
This shawl was originally designed for a company that went out of business, but as the saying goes, "when one door closes, another one opens," is no exception to this story; when that company shut its doors, my dream company opened theirs, full embrace with such enthusiasm! And, can you believe, this dream company was Madelinetosh Yarns, one of my favorite yarn dyers, a company I have wanted to work with for years.  Boho Beats Shawl was picked up as part of their MT Design Studio program, highlighting indie designers. What an honor and a dream come true!
You can find Boho Beats Shawl on Ravelry. Enjoy 20% off the pattern on Ravelry from now until September 28th, 2020, 11:59pm PST, no coupon code necessary.
Boho Beats Shawl Boho Beats Shawl

DESCRIPTION: Boho Beats Shawl is a traditional triangle shaped shawl with the perfect balance between new techniques and rhythmical stitches, creating interesting textures and movement with tassel and fringe details. I think you will love wearing it as much as you love making it!

YARN: Mad Tosh Farm Twist
(225 yards/202 meters heavy DK/light worsted) x 3 skeins.
Sample shown in color Mars Rover

NEEDLES: 5 mm (8 US) 24 - 32" Circular Needles. 
LYKKE Needles are in stock. 

For those who prefer to shop here, you can also purchase the pattern from the website:


Simply Soft Hat: best knit kit of the season ~ Click here to comment September 21, 2020 16:13

The newest knit kit to land in the collection, Simply Soft Hat!
Simply Soft Hat knit kits
I am so excited about these kits, not only are they simply soft, they're such a quick and satisfying knit, plus they come in an array of fabulous colors from brights to neutrals! Each kit comes with 1 ball of Katia Concept Cotton-Merino + 1 roll of Katia 50 Shades Mohair + 1 deluxe faux fur pom pom + the pattern. 
Simply Soft Hat knit kit
These make great Holiday gifts. Why not get an early start on your Holiday knitting projects?!
Simply soft hatsimply soft hat
If you want just the pattern, pop on over to Ravelry.

Fibre Love Affair - Virtual Marketplace September 18, 2020 09:13

Hello Everyone,

It's been awhile since my last post.  If you already follow me on IG or FB you know it's been a crazy couple of week, a lot is going on: new kits, new designs and new events!  Before I dive into all the new designs and kits recently out (more blog posts to come), I want to let you know about an exciting virtual marketplace happening the first week in October!  

Fibre Love AffairYoriko from Fibre Art Studio, a dear friend of mine, has taken on this amazing project, bringing the community together and creating Fibre Love Affair.  It's an online marketplace with 23 vendors over two days. Check out the FB page for more info and follow on IG for up-to-date info.  

Fibre Love Affair

I will be hosting a shopping experience where I can connect with you and will show my samples, knit kits, yarns and treasures, I hope you will join me:
WHEN: Saturday, October 03, 2020.
TIME: 3:00 - 4:00PM, PST.
sign up on for links & passwords
CHECK TCJ EVENTS PAGE (for updates).

Baby Gradient Blanket Hack ~ Click here to comment July 15, 2020 15:35

Hello Everyone,

Baby Gradient Blanket Colors 

The first pre-orders for the Baby Gradient Blanket knit kits came in this week and they are adorable!  They come with 4 pre-wound skeins of DK weight 50% Cotton/50% Viscose yarn in a little package with the pattern.  It's a great project for a newborn baby, and the perfect kit to have in your stash when you need a baby shower gift.  The original pattern is super cute, fine knit on a 3 mm (US 3) creating a really special blanket; but, I wanted to design a Hack that followed the same look as the original but a faster knit.  Currently I am just over 1/2 way my Hack, and I wanted to start sharing this pattern with you, even though it's not quite done.

These knit kits are pre-orders. Order before August 09th, 2020 and kits will be shipped by August 18th, 2020 SHOP

 Baby Gradient Blanket HACK

By Amanda Kaffka

Each Urth Baby Gradient Blanket kit comes with a beautifully designed blanket.  This is a free hack to the pattern, if you’re looing for a quicker knit and something less fine.  Both patterns will turnout about the same size; the only difference is, this hack is worked on bigger needles with the yarn held double and knit with less stitches than the original pattern.

Also, did you know, for every Urth Baby Gradient Blanket kit, a tree is planted!?

Urth Baby Gradient Blanket Kit (4 pre-wound skeins of DK weight yarn in a gradient) x 1 set.

  • Color A: White.
  • Color B: Light Marled.
  • Color C: Medium Marled.
  • Color D: Solid Color.

5.5 mm (US 9) 24”/60cm Circular Needles.

Tapestry Needle to weave in ends.
Mini scale for weighing yarn as you go for Color Blend instructions.


  • Sample shown in color #513 Mulberry.
  • Blanket is worked flat, back-and-forth.
  • Yarn is held double throughout.
  • Follow instructions for Color Blend or Color Block.
  • Blanket has a Garter St border with Stockinette St in the middle.

BO: bind off.
CO: cast on.
Garter St: knit on RS & WS.
K: knit.
P: purl.
RS: right side.
St(s): stitch(es).
St-st (Stockinette St): Knit on RS, Purl on WS.
WS: wrong side.

St-st – unblocked
15.5 sts x 22 rows = 4”/10 cm.

St-st – blocked

24”/61 cm x 31”/78.75 cm.

Using Color A with yarn held double, 5.5 mm (US 9) 24”/60 cm Circular Needles, and using Long Tail Cast On, CO 108 sts.

Knit 5 rows, ending on a WS complete.
Now, follow Color Block or Color Blend instructions.

Continuing with Color A held double:

Row 1 (RS): K to end.
Row 2 (WS): K5, p to last 5 sts, k5.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until Color A runs out ending on a WS complete.
Break color A and join Color B.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until Color B runs out ending on a WS complete.
Break color B and join Color C.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until Color C runs out ending on a WS complete.
Break color C and join Color D.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until Color D is about 6”/15.25 cm from end of Color C ending on a RS complete.

Continue with color D.
Knit 5 rows.
BO k-wise.

Continuing with Color A held double:

Row 1 (RS): K to end.
Row 2 (WS): K5, p to last 5 sts, k5.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until Color A has 25g left on the ball, ending on a WS complete.
Break 1 strand of Color A and join 1 strand of Color B.
You are now working with 2 strands, 1 of Color A & 1 of Color B.

Continue repeating rows 1 & 2, until Color A runs out, ending on a WS complete.

Join the other strand of Color B.
You are now working with 2 strands of Color B.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until 25g of B is left on the ball, ending with a WS complete.
Break 1 strand of Color B and join 1 strand of Color C.
You are now working with 2 strands, 1 of Color B & 1 of Color C.
Continue repeating rows 1 & 2, until Color B runs out, ending on a WS complete.

Join the other strand of Color C.
You are now working with 2 strands of Color C.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until 25g of C is left on the ball, ending with a WS complete.
Break 1 strand of Color C and join 1 strand of Color D.
You are now working with 2 strands, 1 of Color C & 1 of Color D.
Continue repeating rows 1 & 2, until Color C runs out, ending on a WS complete.

Join the other strand of Color D.
You are now working with 2 strands of Color D.
Repeat rows 1 & 2, until Color D is about 4”/10 cm from end of Color D/C ending on a RS complete.

Continue with color D.
Knit 5 rows.
BO k-wise.

Weave in all ends.
Block to measurements.

Wrap a little baby in your blanket & enjoy!

Baby Gradient Blanket Hack

Stand in the Gap Hat ~ click here to comment June 11, 2020 12:39

Hello Everyone,

This week I released a new FOREVER FREE pattern that is very close to my heart. The Stand in the Gap Hat.  In response to Gaye Glassipe's poignant speech about Standing in the Gap inspired me to examine my own behaviors and to make the conscientious decision to Stand in the Gap, always.  It is something that might put me in uncomfortable positions, but to me, it is worth it.  Last blog I wrote about my promise to always Stand in the Gap and what it means.  Naturally, when I believe in something that needs to be elevated and heard, I design something that represents the movement; and like Enough Hat & Climate Strike Hat I designed the Stand in the Gap Hat.  This hat represents action, not intension.

 Stand in the Gap Hat

I know, for some, knitting right now is a challenge.  I also know that maybe you want to make something that holds meaning, show solidarity and maybe there is someone in your life that needs this message as a reminder.  I hope you are inspired to make one or a few of these hats for yourself, friends, or family members.  You can download Stand in the Gap on Ravelry, here.

 Stand in the Gap Hat DK

The pattern calls for Worsted weight, but I just knit a version in DK (shown above) and it worked out great.  I did go up a size (L, for my head size), and it fits like a dream. Please tag me on IG or FB @amandakaffka or @craftyjackalope #ShareYourTCJ or #StandintheGapHat and I will share your progress and/or FO's


Stand in the Gap ~ click here to comment June 8, 2020 14:37

I am a white woman of privilege and I am listening and learning.  I support and stand by all Black Lives and here are some ways I am helping: To start, for all the month of June, all Ravelry sales from TCJ PDF, Booklets, and eBooks will be donated to Black Lives Matter. I invite you to build your library of patterns and/or gift a few.  Thank you to all those who help me give back.
Black Lives Matter
I made a promise to ALWAYS “stand in the gap” for all black people, people of color and those who are marginalized. This means speaking up, say something, and do something when I see or hear racism when it’s obvious and even when it is not.
I made a promise to ALWAYS “stand in the gap.” This is not something I will try to do; this is something I will ALWAYS do.
I challenge all my friends, followers, family members, and peers to STAND IN THE GAP, always.
I do not have children, but I have many beautiful and beloved children in my life, these little beings are going to see me and watch me “stand in the gap.” We will have many conversations about what it means to say something, do something, and speak up; what it means to stick up for what is right and to have a friend or strangers back even if you don’t know them, even if it feels uncomfortable.
Black Lives Matter. Stand in the Gap. Vote. I hear you.  I see you.  I stand with you. I promise to always stand in the gap.
ggmadeit explains Stand in the Gap so eloquently in her IG stories, posts, and blog.  The concept is simple and there is no excuse to not be doing this.  She also writes about "how she can't "just knit right now."  It is an important article to read.
#blacklivesmatter #standinthegap #vote

Just checking in ~ click here to comment April 3, 2020 12:11

Hi Everyone, I am just checking in with you all to see how you are doing?  How's the anxiety level?  You know mine is high, but I am thankful every day for my knitting, this community, and for all of your support. 
Magpie Darling Hat sales are up and it thrills me to bits, sequin joy is getting delivered!  Most of these hats are on pre-order.  The first delivery will go out on April 08th, 2020; second delivery April 15th, 2020.  
Magpie Darling Hat WA
If you are wanting the Berger De France Cashmere Magpie Darling Hats, they are currently out of stock; however, I found a local supplier which means they will be replenished SOON.  I will reopen these hats for pre-orders in the next day or so, as soon as I get a definitive delivery date.
Magpie Darling Hat - CASHMERE
And, good news, the Sherpa Magpie Darling Hats will also be restocked by the end of the month. 
Pre-orders are now open in base colors: White, Lt Grey, Black & lt pink!
Magpie Darling Hat - Sherpa
Also thank you to the Grocery Girls for all the mentions as of late.  I am so happy you are sharing your love of the Magpie Hat with all your fans!  And, thank you for also doing weekly live podcasts! Wow, I can't tell you how watching you gals helps me escape a little.