New patterns and Etsy event

I have been busy – a few new patterns to share, and an Etsy pop-up market event happening next week that I’ve been preparing for.

First off, the new patterns. A top, some neckwear, and a couple of crocheted projects have been finished and uploaded to the website. We’ve got Montreal (knit top with open back), Easy Lace (crocheted scarf with fantastic alpaca), Dunkelbunt (knit cowl with mosaic stitch elements), Shutterbug (knit reversible cowl, a great colourwork project made with beautiful Sweet Fibre Super Sweet Sock Yarn), Mod Hive (quick and easy crocheted blanket with great surface texture in Cascade Eco +), and the Vintage Vibe Beach Bag (also a quick crochet project that’s sturdy and a bit retro-inspired).

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dunkelbunt_1 shutterbug_1 hive_1 vintage_vibe_beach_bag_1And just when I thought I could take a holiday (as if I ever really take a holiday from knitting and crochet), I’ve got an Etsy event to prepare for and which I’m excited to be a part of! Etsy is launching the Maker Cities initiative, which celebrates local creativity in the community (more info here). There’s a few things planned for the week of festivities, including a pop-up market at Fort Common in downtown Victoria that I’m going to be part of. I’ve been busy crocheting and knitting a few items to add to my stash of finished objects. Since it’s summertime, I’m thinking bags are the way to go, so I’ve been working on another bag design so I can put some vintage bag handles to use! I’ve got some socks almost finished (they just need their afterthought heels). And beyond that, I just need to organize myself so I’m all ready to go!

I’m happy it’s summertime and I can be working outside with delicious iced coffee.


Plum Throw

Plum Throw

Finished a new project this past week that I call the plum throw. It was inspired at least in part by kantha throws. Kantha throws are made from vintage saris and stitched together to make blankets. They are incredibly beautiful and I love the way that different patterns and colours come together in those throws. In an effort to bring some of those elements in, I chose to construct the blanket with four sections that have distinct patterns and then stitch them together. We’ve got a couple of lacy sections in the middle, some stranded colourwork, and a bit of herringbone for the edge.

It ended up being quite a nice weight and size (about 52″ x 60″), so I think I’d be great as a picnic blanket, small bedspread, or it would even work as a throw rug in the right room, especially if you sewed a non-slip backing to it.


Downton Abbey & Beach Blanket

I was finishing up my surf city beach blanket last night and I thought I’d check out Downton Abbey while I worked. I got through two episodes, and I think I’ll return for more. I’m a little bit hooked already — I love the clothing of the period, so that’s an eye treat, and they do a good job of reeling you in and getting you interested in the lives of the characters. I might have to work on something that takes less of my attention so I can better watch the show next time.

Surf City turned out well though, I think. And of course, as soon as I had it out for picture-taking time, the cat had get in on the shoot.