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Baby Gradient Blanket Hack ~ Click here to comment July 15, 2020 15:35 12 Comments

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

BABY GRADIENT BLANKET HACK
By Amanda Kaffka

DESCRIPTION
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!?

YARN
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.

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

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

NOTES

  • 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.

ABBREVIATIONS
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.

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

St-st – blocked
TBA

BLOCKED MEASUREMENTS
24”/61 cm x 31”/78.75 cm.

INSTRUCTIONS
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.

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

COLOR BLOCK
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.

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

COLOR BLEND
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.

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

FINISHING
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 12 Comments

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, ALWAYS.


Stand in the Gap ~ click here to comment June 8, 2020 14:37 12 Comments

BLACK LIVES MATTER. 
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 6 Comments

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. 

We're in this together ~ click here to comment March 19, 2020 15:28 8 Comments

Hello Everyone,
Gosh, what a surreal time right now.  I don't know about you but my anxiety level is pretty high right now.  But, I am so thankful for this community and thankful for every stitch I knit, it's what's keeping me grounded. And, WOW, I am so overwhelmed by the comradery in the fiber community, it feels positive and supportive.  
 
My wish is for everyone to keep making.  As we hunker down, taking 'physical' distancing seriously, the yarn, the fibers, the colors and the act of creating, knitting, spinning, weaving, sewing, felting...anything,  all become great tools for the wellbeing of our mental health. Some people horde TP, I horde YARN! hahaha...no joke.
 Magpie Darling Hat
And, if I can suggest a project or two that will guarantee to bring light, joy, and sparkle into your life, it is knitting with SEQUINS!  Consider casting on a Magpie Darling Hat, Scarf, Bulky Beanie, or a Grandes Manches Pullover or Cardi. Consider getting a kit for yourself and for a friend.  
SALE
There is now a SALE section in the shop.  Use coupon code EXTRA10 at checkout for an additional 10% off sale items.  Coupon expires on March 31, 2020, 11:59 PST.
 Staying connected
Also, if you can keep connected, it will help get you through: like a lap cat, Face Timing with a friend, or watching silly things on YouTube (my favorite: The Grocery Girls).
 
And, one more thing.  Your health is important to me.  I am a small business of one-two people, for now, the online shop remains open! Please note, I am constantly sanitizing my workspace (tabletops, keyboards, writing tools, to name a few) and all orders are packaged wearing gloves.  
 Keeping it clean
Take care Everyone and please, feel free to drop me a line anytime.  I am here for you, we are all in this together! xo

ChiaoGoo Interchangeables ~ click here to comment February 5, 2020 08:53

ChiaoGoo Knitting Needles

ChiaoGoo knitting needles, have you heard about them?  Have you tried them? Yes and yes! A year or two ago I heard about ChiaoGoo's as the go-to needles for sock knitting, known for their super flexible cable and wicked point.  Not being a sock knitter and being a dedicated LYKKE user, it took me some time to actually try out these new needles everyone seemed to be talking about.  And, let me say, when I tried them, I loved them!

Bamboo Interchangeable ChiaoGoo

I am a huge fan of Interchangeable knitting needle sets.  To have my needles all compact in one kit is everything; I know where they are, they have a place and because I take my knitting everywhere, having my needles organized, tidy and all in one place is a no brainer. Although I love the look of the LYKKE case, ChiaGoo's case is a bit smaller and I like the soft exterior.  But case aside, I love these needles!!!  The needle points are spectacular, the nylon cables are fabulous and flexible, and my favorite go-set right now is the Complete Bamboo 4" set. Unlike the short LYKKE tips, I feel like the ChiaoGoo 4" are long enough to use for all projects, not just for hats or cowls.  I use them for literally, everything: top-down sweaters, flat projects, sleeves, and hats. etc...

Twist

OK, let me step back a bit, as a consumer, it might be frustrating to get on board with a new interchangeable set; you just fell in love with LYKKE, Knit Picks, Dreamz or Addi and not only did you invest in one of those, now you have another choice?  I get it.  Please know, I would never make false claims about a product and I would never sell a product that I have not tired, let alone not like.  Over the last year, I have used both the ChiaoGoo metal AND bamboo 4" AND 5" sets. I am confident to say, I recommend all of them.  If you always knit with metal, you will love the Twist Red Lace set; if you typically work on wood, you will love the Bamboo set.  Also, it is interesting to note, in general, I do not love bamboo needles.  I typically find them almost hollow-feeling and they make this weird crunchy noise with each stitch;  the ChiaoGoo Bamboo's don't do any of those weird bamboo-things!

Mini & Small Shorties

The sets I have not tried are the Mini & Small Shorties.  These come with 2" & 3" tips either ranging from 2 - 3.25mm (Mini) or 3.5 - 5mm (Small).  Depending on the cable size you can make 9" - 12" lengths which are fabulous for sleeves, socks and small hats.  Also, if you get the 2" cables, you can make your tips into flexible DPNs, which I am super intrigued about.  This is on my list to try!

In conclusion, I highly recommend the ChiaoGoo needle sets.  They are a bit more expensive than the LYKKE, but the quality is there.  I know it is not always feasible to have multiple sets but if you're like me, with a ton of projects on the go, having multiple interchangeable sets is a must; trust me, I use all my sets.  And something I didn't talk about, the feel of the sets.  I love the warmth and sturdiness of my LYKKE needles and the point is great for yarns that split easily or big sweater projects.  The ChiaoGoo's point is fabulous for lace or making bobbles or when I want to be precise. So, keep that in mind, different needles are good for different projects and it's nice to have a variety to match your mood.

I am now taking ChiaoGoo PRE-ORDERS which will go out on February 25th, 2020.  If you want to get your paws on a set or two, order now!

If you order extra cables, please take extra care and note the size of your needles and the cables that work with those needles.  There are three cable sizes, MINI, SMALL and LARGE which fit either size up to 5mm (SMALL) or 5.5mm and up (LARGE).

And, of course, contact me anytime if you have questions. xo


modifying patterns ~ click here to comment January 18, 2020 14:15

WEEKEND INSPO

I can't help myself, modifying knitting patterns seems to be something I do all the time whether I am knitting my own pattern or someone else's.  It's something I like to do to give the project a signature, to make it my own. There's a wide range of what a modification is, it can be simply substituting the yarn or changing a stitch or ribbing, modifying the increases/decreases/BOs/COs, changing fit or adding stripes, to name a few. Here are two recent modifications I did: the first, substituting yarn and striping the Magpie Darling Hat; and the second, adding bling to the Canadian Slouchy.  

 Magpie Darling Hat light-weight

This is the new Magpie Darling Hat that I recently modified to accommodate WoolAddicts LOVE yarn for a client; it turned out so lovely I decided to offer as knit kits.  This light-weight version was inspired by a new customer who called me up excited about ordering some MDHs but the original cashmere versions were not in their price range.  They asked me if I had any other yarn choices I could kit up (they wanted to make a lot for gifts).  I knew I had some WoolAddicts yarn and the LOVE came to mind. Because the WoolAddics LOVE yarn was a different weight (fingering) than the original Bergere Cachmire yarn (sport), I knew I had to re-write the pattern to accommodate this modification; although the needle size didn't change, my gauge and sizing and overall feel of the hat were not the same. I quickly knit up a sample, revamped the pattern and got the new kits up in the shop!  Needless to say, they have been a hit.  I just love how the sparkle pops on the merino blend yarn and the light-weight of the fingering yarn makes this hat a year-around accessory.

SHOP THE NEW MDH

 Magpie Darling Hat light weight

A few weeks later, I decided to make another light-weight MDH sample.  Some people always have socks on the go, I always have MDH on the go!  This time, I wanted to change things up, so I decided to stripe this version, and I love how it turned out.

magpie darling hat light weight

Striping is a simple way to make something different and unique. Because the stripes are formed by the sequins, it's dainty, subtle and still keeps the integrity of the sparkle.  I hope this inspires you to stripe your MDH too, here are the instructions:

  • Hold yarns A & B together for the CO and the broken rib brim.  
  • After the brim is complete, alternate holding yarn A single and yarns A & B together, switch every 2 rounds.
  • Repeat these 4 rounds until the hat is complete, and voila!

Canadian Slouchy Hat

The second modification I recently did was add a little bling to a classic, the Canadian Slouchy.  When I originally cast on this blinged-out version I held the MC & Sequins together, but after knitting the sparkly brim I decided I wanted just maples leaves to shine; so, I ripped it back and started over, following the instructions as they are.  When I got to the maple leaf motifs, I added my bling!  In retrospect, I think sequins in all the red would have been pretty fabulous too. 

Canadian Slouchy with bling

SHOP THE CANADIAN SLOUCHY KNIT KIT

Here are the instructions for the modifications:

  •  Hold one strand each of MC & sequins when you follow the maple leaf motifs (or for all the MC parts).
  • For this sample, for the maple leaves, I used mainly the intarsia colorwork technique.  I regret this, by the end of my final 2 maple leaves I had so many small balls of yarn going it was a crazy tangled mess, and then add sequins to the mix...I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.
  • My advice: use stranded colorwork for all the CC (white), meaning, you will use one ball of CC throughout that runs through the red.  Use the intarsia method for the MC (red) only, meaning you will have multiple balls of MC going at once and it will not run through the CC.
  • When you are ready to add another ball of yarn, midway through a motif,  break the MC & Sequin yar combo about 150"/381 cm - 200"/508 cm in length,  this will be enough to finish the motif.

Let me know if you like to modify patterns and how you like to do it.  And, I love seeing your TCJ modifications, be sure to tag me on FB or IG: @amandakaffka @craftyjackalope #ShareyourTCJ 


new pattern // chaser pullover ~ click here to comment January 13, 2020 11:43

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone!

Chaser Pullover

It is so snowy here in Vancouver, we woke up to a blanket of white and freezing weather; perfect timing for the release of Chaser Pullover!  This is a new pattern I designed at the end of last year and it just was released through BluPrint featuring their Cloudborn Sprightly yarn. 

GET THE BLUPRINT KNIT KIT HERE

Chaser Pullover is an oversized cozy sweater with some fun details, such as a seed stitch yoke, mock neck and elbow patches.  There are a few short rows, some three-needle bind-offs and basically, it's a seamless construction; knit in the round and flat.  It's a fun chunky knit with quick results.

Chaser Pullover Front  Chaser Pullover Back

The PDF pattern is also available in the shop, here.

And, on Ravelry, here.


i4earth, an initiative to give back ~ click here to comment January 10, 2020 11:55

Today I launched i4earth, an initiative to give back.  We need to do more than send thoughts and prayers to those who face devastating challenges; this year I will be focusing my efforts on environmental issues.  Although the charities I donate to will change from time-to-time, depending on the climate of the earth and the events that happen, currently, all donations will focus on the Australian bushfire crisis.  Contingent on how much is raised, the donations will go to one or all of these charities: wires.org.au    redcross.org.au    rfs.nsw.gov.au

i4earth

For every product sold in the i4earth collection, a proportion of each sale will be donated to the featured charity listed above.  The more swag you purchase, the more money is donated.  There are 42 listings from t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, tanks to tea towels; something for everyone!  Each item is decorated with a hand-illustrated image I created: TCJ logo, Yarn Source or Australian Flora.  All pieces are printed in Australia by an Australian company.  It was important to me, not only raise funds for Australia but, to support an Australian company.  

To shop the collection and to read more about these efforts, click here.

Have more questions? Visit the i4earth FAQ page for more info

I hope you love the designs and the products offered, together we can make a small difference.  And, if you don't want the swag but still want to help, I encourage you to donate directly to the links above.  All three charitable companies are very reputable.

Thank you, everyone, in advance to helps make a difference. xo


New Knit Kits // Magpie Darling Hats ~ click here to comment January 3, 2020 15:38

It's 2020 and my first Cast On and Cast Off happened to be one of my favorite projects, a super sparkly Magpie Darling Hat! 

 The Orginal MDH

Way back in April 2017 I designed this blinged-out hat that I thought no one would love as much as I do, I was wrong!  This hat has become one of my most beloved knit kits of all time and rightfully so!  It thrills me to bits that makers around the world were dazzled by this shiny sparkly hat and chose to make one for themselves, friends and loved ones!

 New MDH

Much inline with 2020 bringing change and evolution, it seems fitting that the MDH got a revamp.  Although I still offer the original MDH knit kits and pattern, this version has a few changes to give you more choice.  Let's be honest, the original MDH was a luxury project, this new one, although not cashmere, is a beautiful merino that's more economical, a great choice if you don't feel like spending a lot or you want to make a ton.  Other changes you will notice, the yarn is a lighter weight than the original making a soft fine fabric and this version offers 4 sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL).

The color range offered is quite extensive, giving you lots of choices.  Check them out and explore the possibilities!  What's your favorite color? The sample is color MOSS & Black/Rainbow Sequins in size S.

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Happy New Year ~ click here to comment January 2, 2020 10:26

Happy New Year Makers! 

Wow, it's a new decade, 2020, a time to reflect, focus and move forward towards exciting opportunities.  

Owl Headband

LOOKING BACK // I am grateful to have found my passion and be able to share it with the world.  I am grateful for all of you who follow me, support me, make my designs and get as excited as I do over knit kits and all knitting treasures! Thank you.  I always love love love seeing your TCJ projects, be sure to tag me #ShareYourTCJ on IG here or here.

FOCUS // Now is the time hone in my skills and ideas; to look at what works, what doesn't, what I need to improve and how to shift my business into growth.
MOVE FORWARD // Over the next few weeks, I am taking the time to explore these "focused" ideas and what it means for the business.  This year I want to work smart, not more.  I am a one-gal show and sometimes I get too obsessed with doing everything, it's time for balance! 
Changes already implemented: new newsletter campaign builder which includes fun tools like Spin to Win which is going on now until the end of the month!  You can expect more magazine-like newsletters that are more informative and inspirational. Plus you can expect more exclusive deals and coupon codes for those who subscribe. 
Some new things to expect: more kits, more designs, more treasures!  More inclusive size range on existing patterns and new ones.  If you are interested in being a test knitter for sizes XL - 4XL please let me know.  Did you know I have a private FB page for testers?  If you are serious about becoming a tester for ANY size, contact me and I will send you the invite.  Testers need to have great time management skills, have a critical eye and, obviously,  have knitting skills.
A few things I am working towards: a Vlog, more consistent blogs and getting myself out into the world! And most importantly being present, and working with intent! 
the crafty jackalope
I am hopeful for 2020, I believe this new decade is a restart and a beautiful opportunity to do great things.  I hope you follow me along this journey and I look forward to seeing all your projects, reading all your comments and helping to inspire you throughout the next 10 years!

 


SALE: black friday to cyber monday ~ click here to comment November 29, 2019 09:20

SALE SALE SALE: Coupon codes for Black Friday - Cyber Monday!

WoolAddicts ~ click here to comment October 21, 2019 13:28

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone!

Wow, it has been a long minute since my last post, just over 4 months.  As you can imagine, a lot has happened over the last months, including the biggest event of the year, Knit City!  I hope you are following me on Instagram, Facebook and/or subscribe to the newsletter, these are the places I post the most and where you can truly keep updated. 

Knit City 2019

Knit City 2019 has come and gone.  Mum and I worked so hard to create a fabulous shopping experience with new and exciting treasures in our booth.  And it paid off, our booth was so busy, both Marketplace days and we are thankful for all those who stopped by, shopped and said "hi".  We met so many wonderful makers so full of positive energy, it was a great and inspiring experience. 

 WoolAddicts

For those of you who could not make it to Knit City, I am in the process of getting all the things up online.  This year was especially exciting, I brought in a new line of yarns and patterns, WoolAddicts by Lang.  This is a top-notch European company that puts out amazingly stylish and wearable patterns and an exciting range of beautiful yarns in different yarn weights, fibers, and textures.  Over the summer I had the pleasure of knitting a few of their patterns and trying out their yarns.  It didn't take long to fall in love with these pieces and I enjoyed making them! 

Magpie Darling Scarf

The yarn is spectacular and inspired a couple of new designs of my own, the Magpie Darling Scarf, a generously sized sparkle striped scarf with tassels. This pattern is currently offered as a knit kit and comes with the pattern, 4 balls of WoolAddicts WATER yarn and 1 ball of sequin.  There are 5 colorways to choose from.

Check out Dianne from Suburban Stitcher talk about the Magpie Darling Scarf and show her's in progress!  It's looking amazing xo

Solder Cowl

Solder Cowl is the other design that was inspired by the yarn.  Knit using a combo of WoolAddicts EARTH and sequins this is a fun and interesting knit.  Worked on the bias, and then in the round, the colors are essentially "soldered" together and fused into a fabulous accessory.

WoolAddicts

I highly recommend the WoolAddicts line of patterns and yarns.  Let me know what you think of the designs and if there are other designs in the WoolAddicts line that you would like to see offered as a knit kit!

Happy Knitting,
Amanda xo

 


Magpie Darling Hat SALE ~ click here to comment June 10, 2019 00:00

Happy #TCJMonday 

If you ever shopped for a Magpie Darling Hat, you will remember, the list was long!  There were SO many choices...too many choices?  Although I love all the Magpie options and have made multiples of each, I felt like it was time to clean house.  The solution, put some Magpies on sale!!! 

Paillettes Magpie Darling Hat

All SALE Magpies are now listed on a specific Magpie Darling Hat Sale page.  Currently, it includes all the Amore, Paillettes, Mohair Tweed, Sherpa, and 100% Cashmere Lana Gatto hats.  These gems are all discounted, once they are gone, they are gone.  If you love it, get it!

Sherpa Magpie Darling Hat

Like this Sherpa, Dk Grey with Black/Rainbow Sequin, there's only one left!

Happy shop-bling & knit-bling


Deep Vee Tee knit kits ~ click here to comment June 3, 2019 20:26

Hello,

I just wanted to share with you the new Deep Vee Tee Knit Kits that are now up in the shop!  Ooooh, this summer knit is one of my favorites and I know you will love it too.  

Deep Vee Tee

Each kit comes with 2-3 skeins of the beautiful SweetGeorgia Silk Fog yarn, PDF & Printed Frilly Collection Booklet (4 patterns) and a 100% Cotton TCJ Project Bag.

Deep Vee Tee

There are limited quantities, so grab one of these fabulous projects while they are here!  These knit kits are the perfect summer knit, and something you can whip up quick and wear right now!

Deep Vee Tee Knit kit

Happy Knitting Everyone! xo

 


Grandes Manches Pullover ~ click here to comment May 15, 2019 08:37

I am so excited about this new knit kit, and I know you will love it too!

Grandes Manches Pullover

We are going ga-ga for the Grandes Manches Pullover.  It's one of those simple designs you can really make your own, and now it comes in a full range of colors with a ton of sequin options!  Its modest construction is great for the novice knitter or advanced pro. Whatever your level, this will be a fun project and trust me, you'll want to make one in every color. 

Below, is a Grandes Manches Pullover in color Jade with no sequins in size medium.  By not adding the sequins, the natural drape of the brushed alpaca creates more movement and drama.  Unlike traditionally spun alpaca, this brushed or blown alpaca is super lightweight and does not make a heavy fabric. The alpaca fibers are blown into a tight/strong nylon mesh which gives the final knitted fabric a fluffy texture with a bit of drape that won't fall out of shape; it's the nylon mesh that helps hold its form.

Grandes Manches Pullover

These knit kits come in a full 9-color range! You have choices, and I don't know how you're going to pick, probably best to get one of each ;)

Grandes Manches Pullover 9-color range

This version, below, is one of my favorites, the color is Baby Blue with Silver/Silver Sequins shown in size Medium.  The silver really blends beautifully into the dusty pale blue and almost seems grey in some lights.  The twinkle of the silver sequins is divine.

Grandes Manches Pullover

Each knit kit comes with 4 - 5 balls of Chipaca yarn; a PDF and downloadable PDF pattern; 2 balls of sequins (optional, additional $20 charge); a limited edition old print TCJ backpack-style project bag (while quantities last). 

Grandes Manches Pullover knit kit


Spring Cleaning: how to wash your Uashmama bags ~ click here to comment March 25, 2019 11:28 2 Comments

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone,

Spring has sprung and it's time for a little spring cleaning...

Cleaning your Uashmama bag

 Three simple steps to help make your Uashmama bags look brand new again for this Spring season!

Uashmama cleaning
1) Unroll your paper bag
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wash Uashmama bags
2) Wash in warm water with mild detergent
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washing Uashmama bags
3) Rinse thoroughly + lay flat to dry
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These beautiful handcrafted washable paper bags made in Italy are the perfect mini project carry and/or yarn bowl.  With patio and beach knitting and crocheting just around the corner, it's time to think about the accessories you need to get making outdoors a breeze!

 ~ 3 instruction photos, courtesy of Uashmama Canada


Magpie Darling Hat Finishing Tips ~ Click Here To Comment February 18, 2019 11:48

Happy #TCJMonday All,

There is a lot of Magpie Darling Hat knit-bling going on right now, very exciting, and I wanted to share some finishing tips with you! You will need a pair of sharp Scissors, a Tapestry Needle, and a Pom Pom (optional). 

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

The first thing you will need to do is carefully cut the mini sequins off the yarn. I do this by cutting the sequins in half, making sure not to cut the actual thread.

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

Next step, weave in your ends.  Thread your Tapestry Needle to the bottom (cast on) thread (both threads at the same time).

Magpie Darling Hat finishing

On the wrong side of the hat, weave in the end, going up the purl bumps. Cut yarn. 

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

Thread the top of the hat end and with the right side facing, weave in a few times to make sure the top is closed and secure.

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

Bring the yarn to the wrong side of the hat and weave in a few times through the purl bumps.

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

If you want to add a pom pom to the top of your hat, bring the yarn back to the right side of your hat and either sew on a snap for your pom pom or leave the tail to sew the pom pom onto the actual hat after you block.  Usually there is a loop on the pom pom if there is no snap.

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

No one wants to wait for their hat to dry after wet blocking, so I suggest steam blocking!  Heat up an iron with water in it or a steamer, place the hat on a towel.

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

Using the steam function, start blasting steam through the hat, hoovering the iron or steamer just above hat. 

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

Be VERY CARFUL not to melt the sequins or the yarn the sequins are attached.  I have never had an issue with this and I get the heat pretty close to the sequins; but, please keep in mind, the sequins are plastic, 100% synthetic, and are delicate to heat

Magpie Darling Hat Finishing

Steam/Iron both sides of the hat, until it lays flat.  You can follow the measurements as a guide.  If you want to make your hat bigger or slouchier, then be a bit more aggressive with your blocking. Let your hat cool. Snap or sew on your pom pom (if you choose to put a pom pom on it).

Magpie Darling Hat

Wear and Enjoy! Happy Knit-bling Everyone! 

This sample is the Berger Pink & Copper/Rainbow Sequins

One last tip: the sequin yarn can get tangled easily; while knitting with it, keep it in a separate baggie, project bag or yarn bowl.  I like putting it in a baggie, so I can zip it up while I am not using it. 


More Magpie Darling Hat news & important information ~ click here to comment February 4, 2019 14:21

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone! 

It's been a whirlwind the last couple of days since the amazing Grocery Girls, Tracie & Jodi generously talked about the Magpie Darling Hat in the latest episode 72! Wow.  This is an important episode to watch addressing the inclusion of diversity conversation in our fiber community.  I wrote about my views on the subject, on Instagram, a few weeks back.  This is an important conversation to have, learn about and listen to.  The girls are right, it is not ok to just sit back and do nothing or say nothing.  It is not ok for people to not feel welcome in this community.  Knitting and making should bring us together, this is our family and we all need to do better to include everyone.  Follow @grocerygirlsknit @just_traci and @mrsbrownbags to be inspired.

You can imagine, the MDH's have been flying out of here, and they are selling out fast!  I have put knit kits up as PREORDERS for the ones I know are coming back SOON.  My hope, by this Friday, January 8th or latest early the week of Feb 11th. 

Here's some important MDH information:

  • I will keep the Magpie Darling Hat product page up to date with exact dates of delivery when I get them. 
  • If a listing is out, please request an email restock notification.  This is a great way to be the first to know when new stock is in.
  • Because the list of MDH options is SO long, if a colorway is discontinued, I am deleting it!  This means if you ordered a knit kit and I have deleted it, your PDF link to the pattern will not work.  I know this is super annoying, so I apologize in advance. I am trying to email everyone who ordered a discontinued color with a PDF attached, but some of the earlier orders will not get this email.  Please, email me anytime and I am happy to email you a copy of the PDF pattern and if you supply your Ravelry Handle, I will also 'gift' a copy of the pattern to your Ravelry account/library: amanda[at]thecraftyjackalope[dot]com
  • NEW: colors in SHERPA & MOHAIR will be in soon, keep checking back regularly.  As soon as I know a colorway is coming in for sure, I will list it as a preorder.
  • NEW: Lang Paillettes in Grey/Blue w/ silver mini sequins knit kits are now up as a PREORDER.  This yarn will be in by Friday Feb 08th and orders will go out right away, by Saturuday Feb 09th, latest.

https://www.thecraftyjackalope.com/collections/knit-kits-patterns-yarn/products/magpie-darling-hat

We all LOVE Sherpa this season, it's all about texture! New colors in the Sherpa Pisco & the Mohair Ingenua Tweed are coming soon!! As soon as I get confirmation on colors/qty, I will post as PREORDERS with a mid-Feb delivery.

https://www.thecraftyjackalope.com/collections/knit-kits-patterns-yarn/products/magpie-darling-hat

If you like it, buy it, these hats are selling fast! I absolutely LOVE seeing your projects-in-progress and finished.  Tag me on IG @amandakaffka or @craftyjackalope or #shareyourTCJ and if you approve, I will repost on @craftyjackalope 

https://www.thecraftyjackalope.com/collections/knit-kits-patterns-yarn/products/magpie-darling-hat

Happy Knit-bling! xo


More Magpie Darling Hats and a Sale ~ click here to comment January 28, 2019 00:00

Happy #TCJMonday All,

https://www.thecraftyjackalope.com/collections/knit-kits-patterns-yarn/products/magpie-darling-hat

Of course, I have to open with, IT'S STILL Magpie Darling Hat MADNESS OVER HERE!!! Since I last blogged I have made a gazillion more MDHs, and I am not stopping anytime soon.  These glittery gems light up my days; having one on-the-go is a brilliant way to spark joy. The photo above shows the newest color to hit the line up: Navy Berger & Blue/Blue Sequin.

https://www.thecraftyjackalope.com/collections/knit-kits-patterns-yarn/mini-knits 

We all love the MGH for ourselves and as gifts, so I designed a mini version for the babies and children in our life; Mini Magpie Darling Hat.  These cuties are the perfect baby shower gift and will delight any child that receives one.  Also, matching your kid is always a great idea...seriously! The size range is from Newborn to age 9 - 10 depending on the head size.

 https://www.thecraftyjackalope.com/collections/knit-kits-patterns-yarn/mini-knits

Due to popularity, the MDH's never go on sale, but because Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I have a special Hot Pink MDH offer!  From now until January 31st, 11:59 pm PST purchase 2 Adult MDHs, the second being a Hot Pink one, and get 25% off the Hot Pink Hat!  Make sure to put 2 hats in your cart (at least one has to be Hot Pink) and use coupon code: 25HEARTS at checkout. Start shop-bling and take advantage of the sale!

Happy Knit-bling!


Magpie Darling Hat Shop-bling guide ~ click here to comment January 7, 2019 11:38

Happy New Year and Happy TCJ Monday Everyone!

 

I am so excited about these Magpie Darling Hats, I can't stop talking about them and showing off the sparkle!  These hats are super blingy, fun to wear and everyone loves them!  They are great to make for yourself, of course, but even better as a gift! They knit up quick and anyone who receives one will be thrilled! 

Magpie Darling Hat

I have lots of choices and more coming in over the next few weeks.  This one is the cashmere & sequin yarn held together. It's ultra blingy and shows the strand of metallic throughout which the sequins are attached.  It is the original hat, a winner and comes in lots of different colorways. 

Sherpa Magpie Darling Hat

Added to the Magpie family, SHERPA! This one comes in a light Grey with silver/silver sequins.  This hat has a subtle twinkle and the texture is fabulous.  We all love Sherpa this season and this hat does not disappoint.

Mohair Tweed Magpie Darling Hat

If you love texture, the Mohair Tweed is the hat for you!  This is ultra twinkly and has a beautiful fuzzy texture. This hat runs bigger than the original, so keep this in mind when choosing your size.

Paillettes Magpie Darling Hat

And finally, the 100% super soft Merino Lang Paillettes hat in Charcoal or Black is probably the softest version.  Yes, the cashmere is amazingly soft and luxurious, but the Paillettes is unique in that the sequins are actually already strung into the yarn; because of this, there is no metallic strand holding the sequins.  I love how the sequins speckle, shine throughout.  For this version, you will hold two strands of the merino together at the same time.

What is your favorite version?  I know it is hard to choose.  I have made over 15 Magpie Darling Hats so far...and I wear all of them (other than the ones I have gifted)!  Having the choice of which bling to brighten up my outfit brings a smile every time ;)


Sparkle Alert: Magpie Darling Shawl ~ click here to comment November 30, 2018 07:41

Hey Everyone,

Here in Vancouver, the rain has hit hard, all I want to do these days is hunker down and knit, what about you?

Magpie Darling Shawl

I am super excited to announce, The Magpie Darling Shawl PDF pattern and knit kits are now available!  If you didn't know already, I loooooove sparkles and so naturally, Magpie Darling Shawl was the perfect project to design.  Its simple construction, blinged out sequins and beautiful SweetGeorgia yarns, makes this knit a pure joy; perfect for the Holiday season...and, who am I kidding, year-round! Each knit kit comes with the pattern, a glittery ball of sequins and a skein of SweetGeorgia Yarns in either Bulletproof Sock, Tough Love Sock or Flaxen Silk Fine.  There is a curated selection of colors with limited quantities, so if you love it, get it.  And, there are a few Magpie Darling Hat knit kits left, another must make! Perfect for gift-giving.

 

A few weeks ago I went on an Industry Retreat, put on by the Knit Social Gals.  If you have never been on a "knit retreat," I highly recommend it.  The setting was gorgeous and it was amazing to be in the company of amazingly talented women.  Felicia from SweetGeorgia summed up the weekend so eloquently.  

 

And, if you want to be entertained and educated on all the newest and greatest knit swag, watch the Grocery Girls!  I had the pleasure of meeting Tracie for the first time, she was just as lovely and hilarious in person!

Holiday Gift Guide

So, its time to seriously get a hold of your gift-giving projects, the Holidays are creeping up.  Here are some quick and easy projects to get you through.  This year I made a handy Makers Gift-Giving Journal which will help you keep track of all your projects and giftee measurements and needs, year-round (holidays, birthdays, events, charity deadlines).  

 Makers Gift-Giving Pack

And, finish off your projects with a beautiful hang tag, it will take your gifting to the next level. 

Meow Hang Tags

Happy Knitting Everyone! xo


Magazine publications ~ click here to comment October 17, 2018 09:23

Hello Everyone,

This month has been pretty great.  Kicking off with Knit City, which was such a success.  Thank you to everyone who made it out for the amazing event, it was quite the fiber fest!  If you didn't get to attend this year, mark your calendars for next year: October 04 - 07, 2019. It's not to be missed. 

Me and the magazinesAlso, exciting news, three of my designs are currently published in three magazines right now!! All three magazines are on newsstands now!!

I can't express how much of an honor to be included in these publications, it is truly a dream come true. Vogue Knitting Magazine Fall 2018 issue, Noro Magazine #13 and Knit Simple Holiday 2018, I am speechless.  And to be on the cover of Knit Simple!!! OMG! W-O-W!

Noro Magazine #13 Shawl no. 12.

Noro Magazine #13 Shawl #12

Vogue Knitting Magazine Fall 2018 Lace Stripe Shawl no. 7

Vogue Knitting Magazine Fall 2018 Lace Stripe Shawl no. 7

Knit Simple Magazine Holiday 2018 Lace Shawl no. 1

Knit Simple Magazine Holiday 2018 Lace shawl no. 1

 


New offerings: a maker's gift-giving journal ~ click here to comment August 8, 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