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).

montreal_2 easy_lace_page_1 
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.

Eventide

It’s been a busy couple of months with patterns – a bunch of things coming together! This is one of the latest, and for which my mom was present for part of the “photo shoot” during her trip to Victoria. The red flower is a nice touch; thanks!

Crochet Pattern for Eventide @ kraftling.ca

Crochet Pattern for Eventide @ kraftling.ca

This was crocheted with Rowan Felted Tweed, which was a dream to work with. It has just the right loft and feel to give the lacy section structure, but is still nice and flexible for the more tightly crocheted side panels and sleeves.

Anchors away, finally

This project took some time to come together. It started out as something different, and then ended up turning into a shawl/wrap. The great thing about this wrap is that it can be worn in so many ways. I’m really glad this project worked out in the end. It’s always such a pleasure working with the Mad Tosh DK, and the colours are so fantastic. Here, I used Norway Spruce and Posy, and I love how they look together.

Wrap worn six different ways

Wrap worn six different ways

 

 

 

Granddaddy

Granddaddy Cardigan

Granddaddy Cardigan

It’s done! The Granddaddy cardigan has been completed and it’s up on kraftling.ca!

I really enjoyed designing the colourwork in this cardigan. It knit up fairly quickly too, and it would’ve been done sooner if I hadn’t paused to work on other projects in between. I loved using the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted for this project – very grampsy with the colours and feel of the sweater (in a good way!).

Wise Owl Book Bags

Since my nieces are too young to be reading my blog, I can post about the Christmas presents I designed and made for them here and not worry about spoiling the surprise. The nieces are both turning into bookworms, which I heartily endorse being a lifelong bookworm myself, and I enjoy picking out books for them and purchased a couple for their Christmas presents. And since I also wanted to knit something for them for Christmas, I thought it’d be nice to do up a couple of bookbags (that will, I realize, in no way suffice for the amount of books they pick up at the library each trip, but should at least carry a couple of books at a time). And what is the best spokesanimal in favour of reading? An owl, I submit:

Wise owl book bag

Wise owl book bag

New pics, new patterns & the Drums: Encyclopedia

City Mouse Hat and Cowl

I’ve been spending some time this morning uploading new patterns and new pics while listening to the Drums’ album Encyclopedia. I have to admit, I’ve been listening to the Drums pretty incessantly lately; new next-to-favorite band. Encyclopedias has been a good companion this morning: pretty upbeat, matching my mood as I check out all these great pictures.

And so what pictures you ask? Well, my very talented cousin, Breanne Unger, was kind enough to photograph some knits for me from existing patterns and a couple of items for new patterns as well. She did such a wonderful job and I’m so very pleased with the results. Here’s a few samples:

Sherpa Shoes, kids version

Sherpa Shoes, kids version

As the Snow Flies Wrap

As the Snow Flies Wrap

City Mouse Hat and Cowl

City Mouse Hat and Cowl

Double-Knit Kraken Cowl

Double-Knit Kraken Cowl