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.

Follow the yellow brick road

We had a great time taking pictures of this wrap in Beacon Hill Park last week. Such a lovely, sunny day and so many good places to do photos in the park.

Yellow Brick Road Wrap/Shawl

Yellow Brick Road Wrap/Shawl

This piece was made with one of my favorite yarns: Sweet Fiber’s Super Sweet Sock Yarn in Abyss, Paper Birch, and Spanish Coin – such incredible colours, and Sweet Fiber is even dyed right here in BC.

Arm Knitting

Last week I heard about arm knitting infinity scarves. I thought, hey, sounds like a neat idea. I think I should try that.

Arm Knit Infinity Scarves

So I rummaged around in my yarn closet, looking for some super bulky yarn, but I didn’t have enough for entire scarves. I did have some bulky yarn and tons of worsted weight yarn, so I though I’d just use three strands at a time in the scarves, no problem. It worked pretty well, and I made three in short order and was happy with the results. They are really very light and cozy, soft and comfortable to wear.

With those test scarves behind me, I wanted to try making a couple with some super bulky yarn to see how they work up. I went to Michael’s on Saturday hoping to get some nice colours in Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. I am assuming this arm knitting craze was responsible for what I found there, which was almost nothing. There were about four balls of wool-ease in kind of an ugly pink (I’m not really a fan of pink, especially ugly pink), and basically nothing else. The walls were picked bare of all super bulky brands they usually have. I ended up ordering some yarn online.

So am I correct in assuming arm knitting is to blame for the sudden disappearance of super bulky yarns? Did it blow up that quickly? I’ve read bulky knits are forecast to be trendy this year, but I don’t think that’s the reason Michael’s was cleaned out.

And to think I almost missed this trend. I have my cousin to thank for telling me about it (thanks D!). I think this might be a sign to  get out of the house more.

And just as an aside, arm knitting does make a beautiful-looking scarf, but I just hope some of the arm knitters realize that they’ve basically learned how to knit once they’ve made their first scarf, and I also hope that lures them to the dark side where they’ll be tempted to pick up some real knitting needles and get hooked because there’s so much more you can do knitting-wise when your needles do the knitting, not your arms.

Exciting times in the knitting world. These arm-knitters will become an entirely new demographic that us needle knitters can potentially corrupt with our crafty ways. Long live the knit!