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Happy 2017 ~ click here to comment January 3, 2017 10:39

And just like that it’s 2017.  Most of us are back to work, back to school and officially kicking off the year.  I don’t really make New Year Resolutions, but I do like to reflect upon the past year (not too long) and think about what I would like to accomplish moving forward into the New.  January 01 is like a reset for the adventures and for the things that will happen this coming year.

What is in store for The Crafty Jackalope?  2017 will be defined by 3 words; TEACHING, DESIGN, FOCUS.

TEACHING: I have a lot of classes lined up at Baaad Anna’s this coming winter/spring, teaching knitting to beginners and the kids.   I will also be at the local Elementary schools teaching the noon hour knitting classes, along with private instruction & knit cafes.

DESIGN: We have some exciting up and coming collections in the works: using yarns from Wool And The Gang; teaming up with We Are Knitters; and 3 books are currently in the works…phew, that is a lot! 

FOCUS: With all the distractions in this world, it is more important than ever to find focus; to follow through on ideas, to find peace in unplugging if not for a few hours a day to dig deep into a project.  Don’t worry, I will still be posting and blogging, FBing, Tweeting, IGing… but I will find those times each day to unplug. 

2017 is going to be crafty and makerly.  What do you want to make this year? Want do you want to see? Please tell me.   And, I know a lot of you Cast On during the Holidays and New Year; I would love to hear about what you are making!

 


Happy Holidays from The Crafty Jackalope ~ click here to comment December 24, 2016 14:30

Happy Holidays Everyone!  Wishing you and your friends and families a Wonderful Sparkly Holiday Season!  We had such a great 2016, I can't wait to see where we go and what we do for 2017!  I hope to keep building upon this wonderful crafty, knitterly community designing more and teaching more!

Here is a little Christmas Eve poem I wrote last year, enjoy! 

Twas the night before Christmas,

Everyone was knitting, even the mouse.

The pressure was on, finishing gifts was the goal,

nobody wants a stocking full of coal!

The yarn was flailing, the cat was wailing

“my fur needs grooming…” but time was looming….

Are the presents made? Are the presents wrapped?

The needles clicked, and tippitty tapped.

But then it sparked, a realization that glowed,

the gift of craft was bestowed.

In this moment, the greatest present was had…

knitting with friends and family, this wasn’t so bad.

Gather around, come from far and near,

let’s craft together this coming year!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my knitters and crafters!

Happy Hanukkah!

 

via GIPHY

 This is from our friends at Mochimochiland, we have enjoyed all the little motion stop animations all year-round!

Be safe & warm everyone!  Merry Christmas! xoxo

 

 


we have a winner! ~ click here to comment December 16, 2016 09:04

I am so excited to announce we have a winner!  Congratulations to Heather!

winner

Thank you everyone for entering the Instagram contest this week!  It was so much fun hosting this giveaway!  There will be more contests/giveaways in 2017 so be sure to sign up for our Newsletter, follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook and check back here weekly for more chances to win!  Happy Holidays! xoxo 


SweetGeorgia Yarns & TCJ Giveaway ~ click here to comment December 12, 2016 08:12 1 Comment

Happy #TCJMonday

The Holiday Season is upon us and what better way to add some sparkly cheer than to do a #Giveaway

This week are running a Giveaway on Instagram.  One lucky winner will win a SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five Mini-Skein Set in color Hanami and the Color Fade Shawl pattern! Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Friday Dec 16, 2016.

Instagram Giveaway Post

Click on the Instagram Giveaway post: tag 3 friends, like & follow for your chance to win!  Good Luck!


cashmere headband & fingerless gloves & blackstone Slouchy knit kit ~ click here to comment December 1, 2016 10:15

Happy Holiday Knitting Everyone!  December is upon us and I know some of you have some last minute gifts to knit before the Holidays!
I have shown you these Holiday Knit Kits before but we just added a new color, camel!  This is a great neural light warm caramel brown. 

Camel color

There are limited amounts of Holiday Knit Kits and if you order before December 08th, 2016 we can guarantee a pre Christmas/Chanukah delivery to Canada & USA.Cashmere Headband

If you love the luxury of Cashmere, you will love these Holiday Knit Kits: not only are they a quick knit project (perfect as Holiday gifts...of for yourself of course), the price is amazing: $18.95 per kit! And, to my loyal blog readers, here is 15% off your order between now and December 07, 2016,11:59pm.  Use Coupon Code: LASTMIN at checkout.

Cashmere Fingerless Gloves

Cashmere Blackstone Slouchy

And, don't forget we offer FREE SHIPPING, ALWAYS!


We Are Knitters Party ~ click here to comment November 29, 2016 13:32

Last night The Crafty Jackalope hosted a We Are Knitters Party with a group of amazing friends/students/knitters! WAK party

We pre ordered WAK Ranta Scarf & Fancy Vest kits especially for the event. 

WAK Kits

It was seriously like Christmas/Chanukah opening up these fabulous packages of YARN, NEEDLES & INSTRUCTIONS!

We knit, laughed, ate treats, chatted & sipped bubbles until the wee hours of the night!  What a great evening!! Let's do it again ladies!


black friday sale ~ click here to comment November 25, 2016 09:20

The Black Friday Sale is ON!  Shop The Crafty Jackalope and use coupon code: TCJBLACKFRIDAY2016 at checkout to receive 25% off everything! 
Sale runs now until Sunday November 27th 2016,11:59pm PST
And, don't forget: FREE SHIPPING ON EVERYTHING {Canada & USA}
Also, I have extended the Ravelry pattern sale.  50% off all patterns & eBooks on Ravelry now until Sunday November 27th 2016, 11:59pm.
Happy Holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving - 50% off on Ravelry ~ click here to comment November 24, 2016 09:11

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends & family!

I found this cute tiny knitted acorn pattern on a blog called:  Pea Soup.

Today and tomorrow (November 24th & 25th) we are offering 50% off ALL digital TCJ patterns and eBooks on RAVELRY!!  No coupon code required, simply pick some patterns and the discount will be automatically applied at check out!

50 off TCJ patterns

Happy Knitting everyone!!


TCJ Holiday Gift Guide ~ Click here to comment November 17, 2016 14:33

The Holidays are approaching fast and we know you need to make a few more gifts for your friends and family...and you, of course...love from 'The Cat.' 
This year we put together a wonderful list of all our favorite Holidays things and we designed a 2 new easy-peasy projects...in CASHMERE! Think luxury...but at an amazingly great price...and don't forget, FREE SHIPPING always!!!!
~ QUICK KNITS IN CASHMERE ~
Cashmere Blackstone Slouchy
We re-kit up the Blackstone Slouchy in a beautiful soft worsted weight cashmere, YUMMM!
Cashmere headband and fingerless glove set
And we designed 2 very quick (1 ball wonder) knit kits: the Cashmere Headband.
Cashmere Headband
If you do not subscribe to the newsletter already and you want to see the other goodies on our list, no worries, you can take always find the latest and archived copies here.

we have a winner! ~ click here to comment November 11, 2016 15:11

Congratulations Nailya! You are the winner of the November WOOL AND THE GANG & The Crafty Jackalope giveaway! 
Nice color choice, 4 balls of Take Care Mohair in Chalk Blue are on their way to you along with a copy of the Peppercorn Pullover!
Thank you everyone who entered in the contest.  If you would like to knit the Peppercorn Pullover, the pattern is now live, click here to purchase!

a little politics with your crafts ~ click here to comment November 7, 2016 09:37

Happy #TCJ Monday

First of all, thank you for all your comments in the previous post.  I love hearing about the yarn colors that inspire and make you happy, and of course the lovely comments about the newest pattern, Peppercorn Pullover, are always heart warming!  The pullover comes in 2 sizes S/M & L/XL, I am currently knitting the L/XL version in color Powder Green.  It is an amazing dusty-like deep forest green.  The other day I was on the North Shore and I noticed, my pullover matched the trees! #nature

There is still time to enter.  Contest ends Tuesday November 08th 11:59pm PST.  Click here to enter the WOOL AND THE GANG #giveaway.  The prize: 4 balls of WATG Take Care Mohair in the color of your choice to make the TCJ Peppercorn Pullover!

GOOD LUCK!

I love to keep this blog and all social media for TCJ political free. Politics can be tricky, everyone has their own strong opinion and I like to keep TCJ in a neutral zone, inspiring you all to make and create on a positive platform; however, with the US election looming, it's simply too big to sit in silence. A Polish-American artist named Olek has inspired me to speak up!

crochet Hilary BlanketLook what Olek made!  This handmade crochet blanket took 794,880 stitches to make, and in just 4 weeks Olek made a huge impact! What an accomplishment.  It makes me so proud that craft, art and making can make such big statements and truly create change; look at the community we are part of!  I am not shy to say I support Hilary, she has done some amazing things all throughout her career. She is not the 'alternative' vote, she is my first choice.  #ImWithHer

If anything, today I encouraging everyone, who can, VOTE.  You are not too small to make a difference; Olek is a great reminder of this and can inspire us all!


wool and the gang & the crafty jackalope giveaway ~ click here to comment November 2, 2016 04:00 10 Comments

IT'S #GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

WATG giveaway

WOOL AND THE GANG & The Crafty Jackalope are so excited to partnering up for yet ANOTHER exciting and soft giveaway!

Contest runs from Nov 02, 12am PST to Nov 08th 11:59 PST

Take Care Mohair

Enter to win 4 balls of the delicious WATG Take Care Mohair in the color of your choice to make the new TCJ pattern, Peppercorn Pullover! 

Personally, I wouldn't mind a Peppercorn Pullover in every color, and for this giveaway, the color choice is yours!  Make a wish and let us know your favorite color by clicking above on the "click here to comment" title.

Share, like, comment, and visit the WATG website to get more entries!

Winner will be announced here on November 09, 2016.  GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!


Halloween, teaching and a giveaway this week ~ click here to comment October 31, 2016 14:58

Happy #TCJMonday and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Halloween Pumpkin Ornament

These are adorable knit Halloween Pumpkin Ornaments designed by Julie Taylor.  If you remove the faces, these little pumpkins would be a great Fall decoration all season!

I taught the kids to knit today during the Noon Hour Lunch Program at a local elementary school and they were all dressed up and cute as can be!  One was a fairy, another was a hotdog, there was a super girl, zombie and a minion.... The group is 8, 8 years old and I have 36 minutes once a week to teach them to knit. These kids are amazingly focused (maybe a bit less today...candy) and catching on and becoming little knitters! Heart warming.

Just a quick announcement: this week there will be another GIVEAWAY!!!  So check back to get your name in the draw!


more projects for the holidays ~ click here to comment October 24, 2016 16:37

Happy #TCJMonday

It feels like a slow Monday, but I have been running around the city, teaching, picking up supplies and & making deliveries.  Now I am hoping to get some knitting accomplished for the giveaway next week... wink wink nudge nudge!

Also, we have been, slowly but surely, adding more pre-knit samples for sale in the Handmade sample sale section on the website.  We have more sweaters and accessories going up daily, so check back often!

Paris Lights Knit Kit  Paris Lights Knit Kit  Paris Lights Knit Kit

And, if you want to make something special for the Holiday season, we just put up a few Paris Lights beaded necklace/bracelet kits.  For me, it takes about an hour to thread the beads onto the silk and another hour to knit!  If there is a color you want and don't see, send me an email and I can make up a custom color just for you!


new projects, new podcasts, new yarn, new kits ~ click here to comment October 17, 2016 07:00

Happy #TCJMonday

It's pretty stormy, wet and windy here in Vancouver, BC Canada, and all I can think about is hunkering down on my couch, with my cat, my hubby, my knitting, a cup of coffee and a good movie! 

If you're in the mood to knit, I am about to bombarded with new project ideas!  This post is long:  I have 2 podcast recommendations, which I am a guest on, and a ton of new knit kits to show you!

There is a new podcast out called New To Knitting hosted by Kayleigh and her husband, they chat and explore knitting through the eyes of the novice knitter. I am excited to announce that I am a guest on this weeks episode 005! You can read more about episode 005 here and learn more about their new podcast on the website: newtoknittingpodcast.com  If you want to learn more about Test Knitting, Kayleigh talks about Testing Knitting Bandana Rocks from The Crafty Jackalope: Vol. 01 ~ YARN book in episode 004.

If you missed last weeks SweetGeorgia Show podcast you can listen to it on the website here or on iTunes here.

Now that you have a couple hours of listening lined up, how about some projects!

This week we have been busy posting new kits up online!  This season the trends are all about CHUNKY knits and BANDANA'S!  So, I delivered!

I restocked the Free Love Slouchy hat knit kits.  There are a ton of colors to choose from!

 Free Love Slouchy  Free Love Slouchy  Free Love Slouchy

I also added new Bestie Bandana kits.  There are 4 colorways to pick: cream, grey, blue and wine.  Each kit comes with 2 skeins of Malabrigo Mecha and the pattern.

Bestie Bandana 
If you LOVE chunky as much as we do, you will love these next two knit kits!

Love Wool Colorwork Cowl.  This is a quick knit project with simple stranding colorwork.  There are 5 colorways to choose from!

 Love Wool Colorwork Cowl  Love Wool Colorwork Cowl  Love Wool Colorwork Cowl

Big Seed Cowl.  This is MEGA knitting!  With two different color strands of chunky yarn held together, this cowl knits up quick on 25mm (50US) needles!  Offered in 2 different colors: red/magenta & teal/moss.

Big Seed Cowl

If you do any holiday knitting, now is the time to start! Happy knitting everyone! xo


The SweetGeorgia Show podcast ~ click here to comment October 11, 2016 09:08

I am so honored to be the first guest on Season 2 of The SweetGeorgia Show podcast!
Podcast
I really enjoy my Tuesday coffee/knit/listen mornings, and I am thrilled the SweetGeorgia show is back!

The WATG winning color ~ click here to comment October 10, 2016 23:31

Just a quick update, the lucky winner chose Mr. Blue Sky!

Mr. Blue Sky

I can't wait to see the Bestie Bandana knit up in this beauty!  Thank you everyone who commented in the previous post, all your color choices were stellar! I want one of each please ;)


WATG & TCJ giveaway update ~ click here to comment October 10, 2016 10:45

Thanksgiving placemat

Happy #TCJMonday and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! (knit Happy Thanksgiving Placemat pattern above is designed by Rachel Van Schie).

Thank you to all of you who participated in the WOOL AND THE GANG & The Crafty Jackalope giveaway!  The giveaway is now CLOSED and we have a winner, congratulations Jennifer from Vancouver!  We are still choosing a color, I will report back later!

This prize was amazing, 6 balls of WATG Wooly Bully Alpaca in the color of your choice and the Bestie Bandana pattern!  Next month we will be doing another giveaway so keep checking back!

 


the wool and the gang giveaway ~ click here to comment October 3, 2016 09:59 26 Comments

Happy #TCJMonday

Today I am excited to announce the WOOL AND THE GANG Wooly Bully Alpaca & The Crafty Jackalope Bestie Bandana GIVEAWAY!

WATG TCJ giveaway

Want to win YARN? The most squishy, yummy, delicious yarn? Ya, I thought so! THE WOOL AND THE GANG are giving away 6 balls of Wooly Bully Alpaca to the lucky winner to make the Bestie Bandana (pattern is also included in the prize).

WATG Wooly Bully Alpaca

And the winner gets to pick your color!  Click here to choose your color and let us know your favorite by commenting on this blog post (click the title ~ comment here to leave us a message).

WATG

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Contest starts...now (October 03 10am PST and runs until Sunday October 09th 11:59pm PST).  Winner will be announced next Monday the 10th!

Good Luck everyone!


New Pattern: Big Seed Cowl ~ click here to comment September 26, 2016 14:56

Happy #TCJMonday!  Today I have a treat for you guys, a FREE pattern!!
Big Seed Cowl
I will have kits available at #knitcity2016 along with 25mm (50US) knitting needles, if you need a pair of these monstrous needles!
Big Seed Cowl
Using 2 balls of super bulky Katia Love Wool and yarn held double, you can create some pretty great stitch color combos!  The options are endless!
Big Seed Cowl
Yes, the 25mm (50US) needles are a tad awkward, but trust me, this project is super quick and the results are fabulous!  Think holiday gift-giving!
Knit city is next weekend in Vancouver BC, CANADA.  October 01 & 02 2016.  Hope to see you there!

Bestie Bandana ~ click here to comment September 22, 2016 21:53 1 Comment

Hot off the press, Bestie Bandana is the coolest knit accessory of the season!  First released here

Bestie Bandana

Knit with the most delicious WATG yarn: Wooly Bully Alpaca, this bulky-weight alpaca is smooth and knits up quick!

Bestie Bandana

We will be featuring the design at Knit City #knitcity2016 October 01, & 02.  Come by the Talking Clay & The Crafty Jackalope booth to see the samples if you are in Vancouver, BC Canada.


Sway Snood: new knitting pattern ~ click here to comment August 29, 2016 11:27

Happy #TCJMonday!
We never stop here at the TCJ...and today is another pattern release day!  Sway Snood is now live!  You can view it here.
Sway Snood is knit with SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five Mini-Skein Set in color Graphite (5 x 105 yards) plus 100 yards of Cashlux Fine in color Apricot.
Starting with a lace edging pattern worked flat, the Ombré Snood body is picked up and worked in the round alternating from single & double strands of yarn. The Snood is finished off with a Feather & Fan pattern and icord edging. This Snood has a few fun techniques to keep your interest sparked!
I don't know about you, but I have bins and bins of ball-ends from completed projects (it's so hard for me to throw away 1/2 - 1/4 used skein leftovers). This is a perfect Stash Buster or ball-end project.  If you're brave enough, you could get really creative with weights, colors & textures! 
I think I'll take a dive into my stash & ball end bins and see what I can come up with!

Portobello Cowl V2.0 GIVEAWAY ~ click here to comment August 24, 2016 11:40

Hello, it has been a week since the launch of the book.  And what a great week it has been!  The response has been fabulous and positive and I can't wait to see all your projects and the color combos you choose!  If you pre-ordered a Print Copy, I will be mailing them out by September 09th, 2016.

giveaway

I am also happy to announce our GIVEAWAY!  A Portobello Cowl Version 2.0 Knit Kit valued at $94CAD.  It includes 3 skeins of SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Worsed, 1 Portobello Cowl V2.0 pattern & a 100% cotton TCJ project bag!  Enter here to win. 

Good Luck!


The Crafty Jackalope: Vol. 01 ~ YARN has arrived! ~ click here to comment August 17, 2016 14:19

It's here, it is finally here!  My first 7 piece mini collection is complete!  My posts have been sparse these last few months as I geared up for this day.  This collection was a year in the making, and now I am happy to announce the launch of The Crafty Jackalope: Vol. 01 ~ YARN Digital copy and/or Print Copy.

You can purchase the Digital Copy or Pre-order a Print Copy/Digital Copy or purchase the single PDF patterns from the collection, the choice is yours ~

Each pattern explores the fibers, textures and shapes of the beautiful SweetGeorgia Yarns which inspired the collection.  You can read all about this story, about how this collection was created and go into the mind of a designer in the pages of the 54 digital e book and or Print Copy.

Color Fade Shawl: knit with Party of Five Gradient Mini-Skein Set in color Hanami is one of my favorites, I can't wait to see the blended striping  and/or Ombré combos you guys come up with!

Color Fade Shawl

Ribbon Rock Cowl:  This one, is a favorite. It is simple yet fun and wearable.  I love the striping and the textured stitches.

Ribbon Rock Cowl

Portobello Cowl Version 2.0:  This is an oldie but a goodie.  SweetGeorgia Yarns elevates this cowl to a level of sophistication. The graphic stripes and punch of color can be bold or subtle, both work well!

Portobello Cowl Version 2.0

Honey Stone Fingerless Gloves & Honey Stone Cowl:  This set is special.  It is soft, and looks beautiful in neutrals and would amazing in vibrant colors too! 

Honey Stone Fingerless Gloves & Cowl Set

Royal Flounce Shawl:  This one is the most unique out of the collection.  It features a lace 'Flounce' picked up after and on top of the lace. It is knit in sections which I really enjoy, I hope you will too!

Royal Flounce Shawl

Bandana Rocks: this bandana cowl is simply fun.  It has cool techniques and plays with texture and shape!  I love this bulky knit with bobbles & tassels!

Bandana Rocks

I hope you enjoy this mini collection!  I certainly loved designing it and knitting it!  I invite you to explore the patterns and read more about the yarn used.  I can't wait to see your versions!