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monday june 27, 2016: bamboo interchangeable sets ~ click here to comment June 27, 2016 14:12



monday June 06, 2016 June 6, 2016 15:00

Happy #TCJMonday Everyone!

Canadian Slouchy

There are only 24 days until July 01...CANADA DAY! I am really not that patriotic, however Canada is pretty great.  I have designed a few "Canadian" knits and if you want a head start, now is the time to order a kit, pick a pattern and/or cast on!

Canadian Fingerless Gloves

If you want to make something quick, I suggest going for the Canadian Fingerless Gloves or the Canadian Slouchy.  Both say CANADA pretty loud and clear.  I currently have a few Slouchy knit kits available here.

If you are looking for something less in-your-face Canadian...sorry, I would suggest the classic Top Down Trapper hat.  This shape says CANADA but it can be knit in any color combo to make it your own!

Top Down Trapper Hat

This hat is not as quick as the other two projects I listed above simply because you basically have to knit two and seam them together; but, you still have time to make it for July 01st!

Happy Knitting everyone!


monday may 30, 2016: a sneak Peek ~ click here to comment May 30, 2016 17:05

Happy #TCJMonday

Last week it felt like Summer left us but today, a Monday of all days, the sun is out and I feel like it's going to be a great week; summer is coming back!

mini collection

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you will know that I am working on what I have been calling a "mini collection."  This "mini collection" is my premier knitwear collection; for the first time I am sitting on a lot of designs, waiting to release them all at once. 

mini collection

I have been working on this collection since last fall. It is a collection inspired by yarn, color and textures. For this collection, my first collection, it was important to knit with local Vancouver, BC Canadian yarn.  Our knit/fiber/yarn community here in Vancouver has exceptional designers, yarn dyers and dedicated, loyal crafters; our community is big and still growing! This collection is designed exclusively using  the beautiful SweetGeorgia Yarns

mini collection

I have a little history with SweetGeorgia Yarns that goes back about 7 years ago when I first started my adventure with yarn and knit design.  It seemed like a natural choice to pick SweetGeorgia Yarns as my inspiration for my initial mini collection.

mini collection

The yarn can be bright, colorful, vibrant, and it can also be calm, sophisticated and neutral.  The qualities of yarn from merino, to mohair, to silk to thick to thin to chunky inspire texture!

mini collection

This mini collection will be out this Summer 2016 as single PDF's, an e book and print copy.  I will keep you all posted on dates and links...don't worry!

yellow roses

Let's hope this sun keep shining over the week to come......


Monday May 16, 2016: Noro Magazine #8 ~ click here to comment May 16, 2016 11:20

Happy #TCJMonday everyone,

I am still trying my best to get back into the swing of things around here.  I figure, two weeks away, gives me two weeks to come back fully?  You might notice, I added some share buttons (Pinterest, Google +, FB & Twitter) on the left hand side of each page on the site and this blog; please feel free to pin and share!

Noro Magazine #8 spring/summer 2016

While I was away, something great happened!  Noro Magazine #8 Spring/Summer 2016 came out on newsstands.  OK, Noro yarn can be hit or miss: it can sometimes be scratchy and the color can be too bright; but, many of the Noro yarns are also super soft and the color combos are daring and beautiful! Earlier this year one of my designs got picked up by Noro Magazine and it is in this issue!  #9 Bandanna Cowl.

Noro Magazine #8 Bandanna Cowl

I love seeing my designs on the pages of magazines, it will never get old.  It is always an interesting process from submitting a design and swatch to final outcome.  When I submit a design and swatch often the yarn sent to me is totally different, a different gauge, a different color and in many ways I have to re work, re imagine the design to fit the yarn.  There is always a push to get the piece knit and sent back on time and then there is the waiting...waiting...waiting.  I think I waited about three or four months before I got the e mail with the stylized photos.  This part is the most fun; Soho Publishing always does such a beautiful job with the photos and styling. 

The yarn used is Noro Silk Garden Sock in color #426 dusty purple, emerald, coral and mustard.  I used brushed gold and silver beads which gives the cowl a nice weight to it and added pizzazz! 

I am currently in the middle of knitting this project but out of Noro Taiyo Sock in colorway #33S which is a blend of pastel browns, greens, purples and peach.  It is a bit thinner gauge but since it is a bandanna after all, I am not concerned if it comes out smaller.  I am using pale translucent blue and opal pink beads.

New version of Bandanna Cowl #9

To see what other publications I have been in from radio, newspapers to magazines, click here


May 09, 2016: travel knitting ~ click here to comment May 9, 2016 13:29

Happy #TCJMonday

I have been away for the last two weeks and I feel like I am in a bit of a fog and under a mound of laundry! I find it's always an odd feeling coming back to reality; at least I am coming back to you guys and this knitting life I can call my business!

Speaking of knitting, I brought way too much on my vacation; I don't know about you but I always over pack yarn.  I thought I was being reasonable when I packed three shawl projects: one of my designs; another test knit & tech edit for my mom; and lastly Waiting For Rain by Sylvia Bo Bilvia. 

Waiting For Rain

On the flight to Florida I got through 1/3 of the test knit out of Rowan Felted Tweed. 

It is hard to see what this image is, but if you look close, it is the view of the window next to me covered in lint; four hours of knitting aftermath!

window view of lint

When I arrived at our destination I switched to Waiting For Rain knit out of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Moonstone.  Waiting For Rain was a good choice for less thinking, more relaxing and just when I had enough of garter st, there was a lace insert! Brilliant. 

Waiting for Rain

Over the two weeks I plugged away at Waiting for Rain, not touching the other two projects.  I knit maybe zero to twenty minutes a day; too exhausted at night, too busy during the day to think about knitting.  I suppose I truly got a break from work!

On the flight home, I zipped through a couple more sections of Waiting For Rain, again not thinking about the other two projects.  Now I am determined to finish all three; how many started projects do I have?  Ugggg let's not count!

Anyone going on a vacation and thinking about which project(s) to bring?  How many do you typically pack?


monday march 28, 2016: crazy for cowls ~ click here to comment March 28, 2016 09:33

Happy #TCJMonday!

I 'hop' everyone who celebrates had a great Easter weekend!

Easter Bunny Card

Here at The Crafty Jackalope we are crazy for cowls! We love them in the winter, in the summer and the seasons in between.  Here are a few we are mad about!

 

If you are looking for a quick cowl to make as a gift I would highly suggest the Capital Cowl V2.0.  If you have the yarn already (something bulky weight/12st) then all you need is the pattern.  Or you can get the complete kit with yarn and pattern all in a cute 100% cotton TCJ project bag.  The yarn the comes with the kit is a beautiful blend of silk and Alpaca and is offered in three colorways: grey; teal & opal.

 

One of my favorite designs is the Brave Cowl.  If you love plaid, this is the cowl for you.  It is knit with the delicious Purl Soho Super Soft Merino in 3 colors (sample: Super Pink 1120; Timeless Navy 1580 & Oyster Grey 2080).

 

Another quick knit is the Bambi Cowl.  We also offer this cowl as a kit; it come with two skeins of Malabrigo Mecha and pattern in a 100% TCJ project bag.

 

Looking for a cowl for the spring/summer months?  The Magpie Darling Cowl is airy & light.  The original pattern is knit with a strand of sequin sparkle (great for the holiday seasons or to dress up an outfit) but choose any light weight sock yarn in a linen or cotton or a soft merino and it is perfect paired with a t-shirt!

 

Another favorite is the Supersonic Crochet Cowl.  This is can be crochet in one hour (if you already know basic crochet techniques). This cowl comes as a pattern, a kit or handmade!

For a complete listing of all our cowl patterns, click here.  For the kits {yarn & pattern}, click here

 

 

 


monday march 21, 2016: uashmama paper bags ~ click here to comment March 21, 2016 10:12

Happy #TCJMonday everyone!

Uashmama and kitty

Today I want to talk about how great Uashmama paper bags are! These bags or yarn bowls or project totes are amazing, super handy and of course cute!  I use mine at home and outside but mainly on-the-go as a yarn bowl I can easily stuff into my purse.

Uashmama

Each bag is hand made in Tuscany, Italy by a family run business.

 

"...Linking tradition, craftsmanship and innovation, UASHMAMA® paper products are handmade using virgin fibers from cultivation and not through deforestation. The manufacturing process is similar to that used to produce leather, with each individual sheet of paper stretched and tanned to produce a durable and washable paper. Originally designed as bread bags, over time UASHMAMA® paper bags have proven themselves to be so much more. They mold and shape with ease and their usefulness is limited only by their owner's imagination."

Uashmama

These bags come in a great range of neutral colors that will go with any knitting/crochet project!  We have:
Navy Uashmama
Lt Grey Uashmama
paper bag uashmama
Charcoal Uashmama
Lt grey silver uashmama
gold uashmama
What's your favorite color?
knitting uashmama

Monday March 14, 2016: shipping rates & notion kits ~ click here to comment March 14, 2016 11:53

Happy Monday #TCJMonday

First up, I want to let you all know I lowered the shipping rates slightly. It is not a huge change, especially for the US shipping, but it is something. 

  • Shipping within Canada went from $12.00 to $10.00 
  • Shipping to US went from $18.00 - $17.00

Today I wanted to show you the cool notion kits we offer. And I have a new product, I only have 4 pairs...and they are super cute....

Over the last few weeks I have shown you the Uashmama notion kits which are truly fabulous.

 basic notion kit

basic notion kit

Our most popular kit is called the Basic Notion Kit, which it is just that.  It is the perfect starter kit with all the essentials tools.  Everything comes in a super slim metal hinged box that easily fits into any size project bag, purse or pocket.

Each kit comes with:

  • 1 pair of mini scissors
  • mini stitch holder with stitch markers:
    • 10 seamless large metal ring stitch markers (up to size 8mm (11US)
    • 10 seamless SILVER signature metal ring stitch markers (up to size 5mm (8US)
    • 5 coiless removable stitch markers
  • 2 different size darning/tapestry needles
  • 1 cute button

finishing kitIf you do a lot or a little finishing work this kit is the perfect accessory keep in your knitting bag.

finishing kit

 Each kit comes with the following supplies in a cute round tin

  • 1 white retractable measuring tape
  • 1 cutter pendant
  • 1 needle threader
  • 2 tapestry needles
  • 1 mini stitch holder with stitch markers:
    • 10 pear shaped coiless removable markers
    • 5 seamless silver medium metal ring stitch markers

petites scissors

And Finally, this is my favorite.  I was only able to get 4 pairs...that is not very many sets.... These Petites Scissors are so adorable and special, every crafter will appreciate them.  It's the little treasures in your tool kits that make knitting, crocheting and crafting most delightful!


March 07, 2016: Stitch Markers ~ click here to comment March 7, 2016 12:10

Happy Monday!

I don't know about you, but here in rainy Vancouver, all I can think about today is curling up with my cat and my knitting. 

But, it is Monday, the start to the week and there is a lot of work to be done!  I am a list maker; every Monday I start a weekly list of all the things I need to accomplish.  It is a work in progress list; I cross off tasks completed and add new tasks as the week progresses.  How do you organize your weeks?

Enough about work, let's talk about knitting!  To me notions, tools, accessories are very important in the process of knitting, crocheting & crafting.  I love a great set of scissors, a beautiful yarn bowl, a cute project bag, great tapestry needles and mostly, fabulous stitch markers

I am picky about my stitch markers.  I have tried a lot but always go back to the simple ones: metal no snag, no join stitch markers. 

TCJ offers stitch markers in three sizes of in a variety of metallic colors: gold, silver, & bronze. 

The smallest size stitch markers I offer called MICRO MINI STITCH MARKERS, are good up to size 3.5mm (4US) needles.  These are perfect for very small projects especially socks.  30  stitch markers come in a cute keep sake tin.

The MEDIUM STITCH MARKERS are my go-to size.  I use these ones the most.  They are good up to size 5mm (8US).  They come in a cute keep sake tin 20 count or 30 count. These stitch markers are also available in 20 count in a cute mini envelope if you prefer.  Use coupon code: STITCHMARKER at check out when purchasing the markers in the envelopes only to get $10 off which covers the cost of shipping in Canada and partial shipping in USA

The LARGE STITCH MARKERS currently are only offered in gold.  These markers are good up to size 8mm (11US) needles.  You can either purchase 30 in a keep sake tin or 10 or 20 in an envelope. Use coupon code: STITCHMARKER at check out when purchasing the markers in the envelopes only to get $10 off which covers the cost of shipping in Canada and partial shipping in USA

Lastly, we offer COILESS METAL STITCH MARKERS in packs of 10 per envelope or 20 or 40 count in cute keepsake tin.  These are perfect removable stitch markers that look so pretty!


monday feburary 29, 2016: hedgehog shawl pins ~ click here to comment February 29, 2016 10:14

Happy Monday Everyone!

And, wow, it is a special day today, Happy Leap Year!!  Every four years we get an extra day; with time speeding by so fast, I'll gladly take it!

Today's feature is especially exciting to me, not only because she is my mother, but because we are able to offer such talent and such great products here at The Crafty Jackalope! 

Introducing: Hedgehog Shawl Pins, handmade by my talented mother, Nancy Walker!

These Hedgehog Shawl Pins are so special.  They are individually handcrafted down to their cute little noses and each one has it's own unique personality.

Nancy Walker hand-makes each one from the finest white porcelain clay. She then glazes their coats and noses with a beautiful, slightly metallic bronze color and then fires them in a kiln. The copper stem is placed and secured with a 'wiggle' which helps keep the shawl pin in place on a sweater, shawl/wrap, or wherever you wear it!

These little guys are hard to resist.  Each one comes gift wrapped, opening the package is like meeting a new friend!

For complete details about these Hedgehog Shawl Pins and more links to Nancy Walker's work and complete product line, visit the product page!


monday February 22, 2016: pom poms ~ click here to comment February 22, 2016 10:38

Happy Monday!

I know last week I said we were going to explore some existing products & projects, but I have to stray from that this week...because, WE GOT POM POMS!!!

These faux fur pom poms look like the real deal; super soft, and plush. They are perfect on top of a hat, as tassel ends for any shawl, wrap, or cowl and great for slipper decoration...but really, you could put a pom pom on anything! #putapompomonit

We have four colors: White, black, beige & grey. 

We started with neutrals but if you would like some bright colors or soft pastels let me know, it is something we could bring in for sure.  ooo I am so excited about these!

These fluffy-bunny-kitties have a circumference approximately 11"/28cm and a
diameter approximately 3.75"/9.5cm.


monday february 15, 2016: my favorite products ~ click here to comment February 15, 2016 00:01

Happy Monday! #TCJMonday.

First of all, a bit of housekeeping: I added a mandatory name and e mail requirement for the live chat.  I missed a chat this week and without an e mail, I am unable to reply.  This is terrible and I feel bad so I made the changes ASAP to avoid this moving forward. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day whether you spent it with a loved one, with your family, close friends or beloved furry friends!  Here in Vancouver, BC Canada it was a dreary, rainy, grey day but with a kiss from my husband, kitty by my side, this was the perfect day to hunker down for some serious knitting! I am sure you can all relate....to the knitting at least!  And, Happy Family Day to the rest of Canada!

Starting this week I am going to take a bit of time over the remainder of the month, or so, to show you a few of my favorite things in the TCJ shop!   

This was the second pattern I ever designed!  Since then, I have revamped it but it still has such a charm to it and I am very proud of this one.  It is the Owl Headband, starring Kitty. 

You can purchase the pattern which calls for a DK weight yarn in BSA Suri Merino or you can purchase the kit in a merino/alpaca blend.  The kit comes with: yarn; pattern; two purl buttons for eyes; one purl button for the back closure; yarn for attaching the buttons; and for the rest of this month, I will throw in a TCJ 100% cotton project bag for FREE!

Happy Crafting!


monday, January 04, 2016: blackstone slouchy {knit kit} or {knitting pattern} ~ click here to comment January 4, 2016 00:00

Happy Monday!

A few days into 2016 and I think most of us are back at work or school or back into the real life.  If you got some time off, and are anything like me...this might be an extra hard Monday to face.  All week my schedule has been knitting and watching movies really late into the night and getting up at a leisurely time...no earlier than 10am.

This morning...I can tell you I did not go to bed early but I sure had to get up early...and to boot, I have a date with Jillian Michaels....

This Monday I think we all need an extra treat so I have for you 1 project 2 different ways!

  

Some of you might be familiar with the Blackstone Slouchy.  I released it this Fall for Knit City 2015 in October.  The original pattern was designed for Berroco Blackstone Tweed which is a beautiful worsted weight tweed.  I love worsted weight but I also love choice, so I decided to add a DK option.  I found a stunning tweed from the Diamond Luxury Collection called Impression. It is a blend of 50% wool, 25% superfine alpaca & 25% viscose.  It is soft, light weight and still a one-ball-wonder project!  The pattern comes in three sizes: small, medium & large.  One ball (Worsted: 130 yards/119 meters; DK: 145.45 yards/133 meters)  is enough to make 1 of the three sizes.

For all you knitters whom already have the yarn (worsted or dk) I have added the single PDF pattern to the website. You can purchase it here.  Instruction for all three sizes along with the Worsted weight and DK weight versions are included in this pattern.

      

If you prefer a knit kit I have 2 colors available #1 white tweed & #2 medium grey tweed (the sample is shown in the #2 medium grey tweed in large size).  The knit kit comes with 1 ball of your color choice in DK tweed; the Blackstone Slouchy pattern (Instruction for all three sizes along with the Worsted weight and DK weight versions are included in this pattern); and a 100% TCJ project bag.

I hope I was able to inspire you this Monday! A good start to the week, means a great week ahead!


Happy New Year! January 1, 2016 23:20

Good Bye 2015, Hello 2016!!!

I am not sad to see 2015 be swallowed up in my dust cloud as I run really fast towards 2016.  It was a doozy of a year mixed with some pretty spectacular moments.  Luckily there is enough momentum from 2015 to swing me into 2016!  Read all about the positive here. I am excited about this new platform; bringing weekly inspiration to you all is an incredible feeling full of potential! 

Remember to check back weekly for the "newest" blog post {every Monday}.  I invite you to also sign up for the newsletter, and I promise only one e mail will come to you monthly {first Monday of every month}, recapping last months inspiration along with some exclusive deals for followers plus more!

I also want to take the time to thank all the Crafty Jackalopes out there: my fans, students, friends & family, those who support me and appreciate the love of craft, knitting and making!  I couldn't do it without you, nor would I want to! Thank you xo and cheers to 2016!!


monday, december 28, 2015: capital cowl version 2.0 {knit kit} ~ click here to comment December 28, 2015 00:21

After a whirl-wind called the 'holidays,' it is time to finally relax a bit, hunker down for some puzzling and knitting, crocheting or crafting into the New Year!

Earlier this year I designed the Capital Cowl, unfortunely  the original yarn I chose, Diamond Luxury Viva, has been discontinued....

~ When one door closes another door opens ~

 

Over the last few months I have been researching yarns that would be a great alternative.  I found Diamond Luxury Mirage.  It is a chunky weight blend of 50% wool & 50% silk.  I chose 3 colors to start:

The first color I call Opal. It subtly stripes in mauves, blues, golds, and pinks.  Opal is a great pale pink neutral that will really go with everything!

The second color I chose is a stunning Grey.  It is a mix of greys, silvers, soft blues, and mauves, I am gaga over this one! 

The third color I chose reminds me of the sea.  It made up of Teals, greens and blues.  If you want a bit more color, this is the winner!

The blend of silk and wool is quite nice.  Unlike alpaca it has a bit less drape and it's not so heavy as the original.  It's beautiful subtle sheen from the silk and sturdiness from the wool gives it body and luxury.

You can wear it long...or doubled around your neck.....

               


monday, december 21, 2015: portobello cowl version 2.0 {knit kit} ~ click here to comment December 21, 2015 00:30

Happy Monday! Many of you might be frantically knitting gifts for this holiday season. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, there is only 4 more sleeps!  If you are still making gifts, then let me allow you to fantasize for a second and if you are finished your gift knitting/crafts or never were immersed in it to begin with then please indulge.... 

I am so excited to introduce the new Portobello Cowl version 2.0 pattern & knit kits!!!  We love love love the original and its bold fluorescents, but we are equally excited about this new version using SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted!  Slight modifications have been made to the original pattern to accommodate the shorter skeins (200 yards/108 meters) along with some other improvements.

We are also jazzed about the range of colors we are offering as kits! There are 6 combos: 3 semi solids and 3 variegated options.  SweetGeorgia does not disappoint, the colors are bold beautiful neutrals.  This line has sophisticated, fun and cheerful choices; something for everyone!

The sample is knit in my favorite colorway: Birch/Espresso/At The Ballet.  It has beautiful tans and light cool browns with a splash of variegated whites & pinks.  It goes with everything and is super feminine.

 

Each kit comes with 3 skeins of SweetGeorgia in the color combos set; the Portobello Cowl Version 2.0; all in a 100% cotton TCJ project bag.

There are limited kits so treat yourself or a friend!


Monday, December 14, 2015: yoda hat {knit kit} ~ click here to leave a comment December 14, 2015 00:00

Happy Monday! I know, it's a fact...Mondays are hard which is why we think posting new ideas, projects, products and occasional deals on Mondays would be something to look forward too and start your week off positive!

This week we have much to be excited for... Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens is out on the 18th, and I can hardly wait!  I don't know about you but we have been watching episodes 1 - 6 to refresh and get fully in the Star Wars mindset, which some might call "the force."

In honor of this momentous occasion, I put together a few exclusive Yoda Hat knit kits.  They come with one ball of ItalYarn 100% cashmere yarn in color Aloe which is enough to make one hat in any size and the Yoda Hat knitting pattern along with a keepsake 100% cotton TCJ project bag. 

There are only 6 kits available!!! This hat comes in 3 sizes, small (baby), med (child),  large (adult).