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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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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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Spring is in the air I can feel it, but it is definitely not time to pack up the winter knits. It is crisp, cool and freezing in some parts of Canada! I personally love a chunky cowl all year around to keep me well heated bundled up in my puffy down jacket or keep me toasty in my leather or jean jacket as it starts to warm up or keep me stylish in a t-shirt just before summer hits. I designed the Mega Chunky Cowl with all that in mind- fashion and functionality!

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For spring/summer I revamped the Jenny Wrap adding a little stripe action for fun and knit it out of Rowan’s Creative Linen, a cotton/linen blend. Easy to knit, easy to wear and now you can make it for all season!

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About a year ago I designed a mini Canadian collection: Canadian Trapper Hat (which is a version of my original Top Down Trapper hat).

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The Canadian Slouchy Toque.

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Canadian fingerless Gloves.

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I use Canadian hand dyers for 2 of the designs: The Trapper Hat which I used Sweet Georgia’s Superwash Worsted from Vancouver and the Slouchy Toque which I used Fleece Artist’s Africa from Nova Scotia. And, I use Miski from Mirasol for the fingerless gloves. Although Mirasol is not a Canadian based yarn their story is quite unique and a great yarn company to support. They created the Mirasol Project which helps disadvantaged children in Peru improve their future.

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Balancing between knitting someone else’s pattern vs. designing my own patterns is a bit of a challenge.  I get distracted very easily by all the cool patterns out there putting my own designs on hold.  I justify it by convincing myself that following someone else’s design is learning new techniques, new construction and new pattern writing methods which is probably true but to develop a proper knitwear or accessory line would be quite the accomplishment.

These days I seem to have a Vancouver/BC/Canadian theme running through my designs.  It started with the Canadian Tote featured a few months back.  Recently I re-vamped my Canadian Trapper hat make it truly Canadian; knit with local dyer Sweet Georgia Yarns worsted weight held doubled in colour China Doll and with an Angora by Fleece Artist from Nova Scotia.

Another design I recently finished is the Vancouver Skyline Cowl knit with local dyer, Gourmet Crafter yarn in 100% Cashmere.  What’s so fantastic about Gourmet Crafter colours is the designer, Alexa Ludeman who goes around town photographing to inspire her pallet.  For this cowl I used colours: Vancouver Sky, Backyard Greens, and Whale Watching.

I really wanted this cowl to painterly and somewhat abstract.  If you look close you will see the Two Lions, the Shangri la, Science World, and BC Place.

Of course I couldn’t go too long without knitting a softie!  Here are 2 dogs I knit from my new favorite book Knit Your Own Dog

The English Bull dog was knit with 2.75mm needles and Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply held doubled- he has a lot of character.

The Afghan is totally regal and knit in a subtlety variegated Noro sock yarn and Blue Sky Alpacas Sport weight.

And what is knitting without a little pressure- in the middle of my multiple project agenda I just whipped this vest up in about 10 days!  It is called Ida’s Vest and it is a great Blue Sky Alpacas pattern knit in Worsted Hand Dyes which is one of my beloved yarns to work with!  I adorned it with some stunning shell embossed clay buttons made by local designer Nancy Walker.

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