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It’s been a while since my last blog.  I have been over at the TCJ Inspiration Place Blog these days.

Full collection gridI have very exciting news that I have to share with you.  Last week, August 17th, 2016 I launched my first 7 piece mini collection publication!!  I have been working on it for the past year and I am thrilled about it, and I know you will be too!

The Crafty Jacaklope: Vol. 01 ~ YARN

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The collection consists of 6 original pieces and the Portobello Cowl which I re branded/redesigned for SweetGeorgia yarn.  All the pieces in the collection feature SweetGeorgia Yarns; the yarn inspired the collection!

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Royal Flounce Shawl is a lace-on-lace creation.  The way I wrote the pattern is in easy to follow sections.  One of my test knitters had never knit lace or a shawl before, when she asked me if she could test this design I said, “of course!”  She made it though smoothly, and I think that is a great testament!  I used SweetGeorgia Cashlux Spark and Silk Fog.

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Color Fade Shawl is a great knit.  The best part is switching between colors and the easy to knit rhythmical pattern.  Use either an Ombré yarn or contrasting stripes, both transition nicely! This project is a great stash buster project (abut 105 yards per color).  For this shawl, I used SweetGeorgia Party of Five Gradient Mini Skeins.

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Bandana Rocks…well, rocks!  This is such a fun piece, to make AND to wear!!  With short rows, bobbles and slipped stitches, you wont get bored knitting this piece!  I used SweetGeorgia Superwash Six.

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Honey Stone Cowl & Fingerless Gloves is a gorgeous set.  The Honeycomb pattern gives these pieces some interest while showing off the texture of the yarn beautifully. Knit with SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock & Silk Mist.

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River Rock Cowl is the must-have-piece of the season.  Perfect for doubling or keeping full length, this cowl is full for texture and we love the stripes! The possibility of color combos is endless!  Knit with SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted & Trinity Worsted.

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Portobello Cowl Version 2.0 is an oldie but a goodie.  It’s one of our favorites and now it has been rebranded/redesigned using SweetGeorgia Yarns.  Sign up for SweetGeorgia’s blog to get 12 exclusive color combos, just for the Portobello!

The digital copy of the book is now available,  and we are currently taking pre-orders for the Print/Digital combo.  If you order the Print/Digital version, you can expect the Print copy to be shipped mid September, 2016, and you will receive your Digital version as soon as you order!  The patterns are also available for single PDF purchase here and here.

If you want more info about the patterns and to look at other peoples projects, you can find the collection here, on Ravelry.

SweetGeorgia Yarns has a promotion on their blog for 10% off yarn until August 31st, 2016.  Visit her blog now to get the promo code and sign up to get an exclusive PDF Portobello 12 Color combo list!

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AND, we are giving away a Portobello Cowl Version 2.0 Knit kit!!  Valued at $94 CAD, it comes with 3 skeins of SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted yarn; 1 Portobello Cowl Version 2.0 pattern & 1 TCJ 100% cotton project bag.  Enter on thecraftyjackalope.com website or here. Contest closes August 31st, 2016.

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I have been pretty busy since the launch of THE CRAFTY JACKALOPE website in December 2015. A little more than one month in and it is kicking my butt, but in a good way!  The idea behind the site is to make it a place where people can be inspired to knit, crochet, craft & make.  Every Monday I post something new #TCJMonday on the inspiration place blog. It is either a new pattern, kit, tip, project, and recently it was the launch of Dear Knitter.

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Dear knitter is such an exciting project to me, it is an advice column answering your questions about knitting, crafting & making; the response has been amazing! So far I update it weekly adding new questions/answers every Wednesday. The questions coming in are so fun and I love digging deep to answer and give, hopefully, detailed and informed answers!

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If you have questions or need some knitterly & crafty advice please contact us!  If you are on the website you can either use the contact form on the bottom right hand corner or the “chat with us” on the bottom left corner.  You can also send us an email: amanda@thecraftyjackalope.com or submit your question(s) in the comments here!

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I said this is just a quick update, but I just want to show you this.  At Knit City 2015 I came out with the Capital Cowl which was probably the most popular kit.  The original yarn, unfortunely since then, has been discontinued so I re designed it using Diamond Luxury Collection Mirage, a beautiful Wool/Silk blend.  The knit kits {yarn & pattern} are available now on the website here!  It’s a super fun, quick knit.

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Be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter for the recap of the monthly inspiration and some deals and any news and announcements I might have.

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 Happy New Year everyone! 

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I am relieved to put 2015 behind me, to be honest it was a really hard year.  That being said it is more important to focus on the amazing things that happened and the accomplishments, and there were quite a few!

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In 2015 The Crafty Jackalope proved to be a viable business doubling from 2014,  and for that I am forever thankful.  It is my passion to create, knit, design and teach.  To be able to do this work full time and to be supported by my fans, customers, family, friends and students is so encouraging and fulfilling.  I truly feel thankful to everyone and I am excited to continue to develop new projects, designs, kits and teach moving forward into 2016.  There is no short of ideas and projects to come to fruition.

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Probably one of the momentous accomplishments of 2015, although, still a work in progress, was the launch of thecraftyjackalope.com

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Graduating from etsy (my knitting/crochet patterns are still available on the etsy shop) to a full ecommerce site is just so incredible.  Now all the TCJ products including patterns, knit/crochet kits {yarn & pattern}, project bags, and stitch markers are all in one place.  I also started a new blog off the site called the inspiration place (click here to view).  Every Monday I post either a new product, new pattern, new knit/crochet kit or a new technique.  You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter where I will be recapping the previous month and offering exclusive newsletter deals!  The Crafty Jackalope newsletter will come out the first Monday of each month.

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Other exciting news, I opened an account with SweetGeorgia Yarn and will slowly add more and more knit/crochet kits with her stunning colors!  So far I kit up the Portobello Cowl version 2.0 which is now available on the site. Check back weekly to be inspired! I recommend the SweetGeorgia Podcast.

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Other great things in 2015, Mike and I got to be extras on the set of the Fear The Walking Dead!  How cool is that!!??

 

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Mum and I shared a booth at Knit City this October and it was so much fun!  The Crafty Jackalope paired with Talking Clay just works!

 

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Princess Leia Baby Hat

 

Star Wars the Force Awakens came out a few weeks ago and was AMAZING! Princess Leia hat & Yoda Hat are the obvious choice!

 

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The Puddle Shawl and I both got recognition in Vogue Knitting Magazine this fall in the Canadian Designers section; what an honor!

 

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My mum gifted me this AMAZING Purl Soho cashmere Ombre Wrap…I am 3 1/2 out of 8 skeins in….

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I was interviewed by Sheryl MacKay from North by Northwest!

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Reflecting back, 2015 was pretty amazing in so many ways!  Moving forward with that momentum is how I choose to embrace 2016!

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Rest in peace Edith Keen & Ann Carter.  You will be missed. We carry your memories through kindness and craft ~

Edith Keen nani

 

 

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It was a nice surprise to come across this hat I designed for Zealana! I designed it last year and I had no idea when it would be published.  I have to say it made my day;  while on facebook I clicked the link to the new Zealana Kiwi collection, and there it was!

It is called the Roto Beret and knit with Zealana performa KIWI fingering, a beautiful combo of 40% merino, 30% possum & 30% cotton.  It is a great Spring/Summer hat, a little slouch and a bit of mesh.  You should be able to find the Zealana Performa Kiwi Collection booklet with the 8 designs at your LYS

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