Hi everyone! I’m here with a cute kitten graphic to entice you into another sneak peek of what’s happening behind the scenes. I have been working hard on getting organized and I have a list of new designs to publish through out the year. They are in different stages of development, from early on sketching and swatching to late stage testing and tech editing.
I have also been hard at work at creating a Pinterest profile for The Red Fox and Gown. Be sure to check it out and follow if you’re on Pinterest. There’s a portfolio of my designs and other knitting and fashion inspiration.
Olympic excitement is hitting a fever pitch. I have a lot of feelings about the controversial games in Sochi, and I am participating in a movement with several other designers to raise funds for the LGBT community. I am donating 25% of my Ravelry sales during the Olympics to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. So please pitch in and purchase a pattern or support the Commission directly to participate.
And finally, as promised, a sneak peek!
What can it be, in Rain City Knits Highlighter Yellow and Steel Grey DK?
And also this little number:
Colour block appears to be a theme. Love the Madelinetosh colourways too.
The Meow Cat hat is ready for your roaming! Super cozy hat provides warm comfort against chilly winter days and nights. Cute cat ears top the fitted hat that also features ear flaps, and braids.
The finished hat fits heads approximately 12” to 24” (30.5cm – 61cm) in circumference. The hat can be knit in one of several sizes xs (s , m, l). Model wears size l. When one number is given, it applies to all sizes. When 4 numbers are given, the first is for size xs (12” / 30.5cm), the second for size s (14.5” / 37cm hat), the third for size m (18” / 45.5cm hat) and the fourth for size l (22” / 56cm hat). Note that the fabric stretches easily.
The original pattern calls for fingering weight yarn held double (182yds / 166m) per skein – two skeins are required of main colour. I used DROPS Alpaca in fingering weight. Scrap yarn is needed for the contrasting colour for the ears. The fingering weight yarn can be substituted with worsted weight yarn if you prefer, approximately 225yds / 205m required.
As usual, Katherine Vaughan has expertly tech edited the pattern and my Ravelry test knitters did a fabulous job with the hat.
The Meow Cat Hat is currently on sale on Ravelry to celebrate its launch – 25% off automatically at checkout until 15 February.
There’s still plenty of winter left to knit up this quick project. )
Hi everyone! I can’t believe that it’s been weeks since I’ve posted. Things have been busy around here with my return to work. I have also been working on things behind the scenes, getting patterns ready for testing and trying to wrap up a couple of projects. There’s always more projects than time!
But what’s this? It’s a sneak peek of a recently finished project using lovely bright RainCityKnits yarn. I’m currently writing up the pattern and should have it very soon ready for test knitting on Ravelry. I love my test knitters! I have a hat project though that will go first for testing. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in test knitting for me.
Last but not least, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. And happy solstice too! It’s fitting that there is snow on the ground in Vancouver for this first day of winter. The best part is that the days finally start getting longer at last. Hooray!
The autumn has been a busy one so far. I thought it’s time for a bit of a recap, starting with Knit City 2013, which was held last weekend in Vancouver, Canada. It’s really exciting to have such a wonderful knitting show here in my backyard. The show was amazing, pulled off by the talented Amanda and Fiona of Knit Social. I’m still recovering from the busy weekend! There were 60 vendors and I don’t know how many visitors, but it was a blast.
I had a booth for The Red Fox and Gown, sharing space with Rain City Knits. We had our own space amid the vendors. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic knitters. I sold a lot of patterns and a few books too! I had help on Saturday from the lovely Brooke, seen hard at work in the photo below.
Krista was helped out by Sarah, who is a big supporter of Rain City Knits and even does the occasional blog post for the Vancouver company, as well as yarn wrangling as needed as you can see in the next photo. Krista was too busy to sit still long enough to have her photo taken!
The weekend passed by in a fun blur. The pace was nice and steady this year, and both Saturday and Sunday were busy despite the glorious weather outside. Knitters are a dedicated crowd.
Aside from Knit City, lots has been going on…
Double Rainbow is live in the new Deep Fall Knitty.
Glaslyn was released.
And there was the launch of my new book Urban Knittting. No wonder I’m tired!
And that’s not all. There’s been plenty of designing and knitting going on behind the scenes. There’s also a backlog of design work due to the fall’s busy schedule. But when I feel like I am not getting anywhere, I step back and realize that actually quite a bit has been going on, especially with the Knit City preparation. Now life returns to normal, at least for the next little while before Christmas shenanigans begin. Happy November–or should I say, Wovember!
Glaslyn is a vintage style shrug or bolero with a pixie hood and pom pom ties. Wear Glaslyn over your favorite frock or sleeveless blouse during cool garden parties or a night out on the town.
Glaslyn is worked top down seamlessly in the round in stockinette stitch. The shrug is worn with 0 inches of ease. For a looser fit, pick a size larger than your chest measurement.
The adult women’s shrug sizes are 30” (34”, 38”, 42”, 46” 50”, 54”) at the bust. I’m shown wearing size 38” (with 0 inches ease).
Urban Knitting has landed, the new book and e-book by The Red Fox and Gown. My advance copy arrived today in the post. I’m so excited! This has been a long time in the planning. Did I say I was excited? I am!
I decided to make a collection of seven of my existing patterns for Urban Knitting: From Country to City: Sage Woodland Hood, Cloud Cowl, Star Slouch Hat, Morgan Hat, Edinburgh Mittens, English Rose Hat, and Snowflake Boot Cuffs. I also decided to include a general introduction to knitting for advanced beginner to early intermediate level knitters, including Needles + Tools, Yarn and Trouble Shooting too. The book also features rich photographs from my travels around Vancouver and Europe, in urban and country settings. The book includes everything you need to knit up the patterns over 114 pages.
If you’re attending Knit City 2013 in Vancouver next month, you can see and touch the real book in person. I’m selling the 6″ x 9″ softcover book for $25, and the e-book through Ravelry for $15. It’s a deal if you consider that the patterns retail for $5/each. Some folks like tangible books and some like digital, so I decided to make both options available.
Please e-mail me at email@example.com for book pre-orders through the end of October 2013. If you want the e-book, it’s available for download immediately on Ravelry.
I have been bursting to spill the beans about my newest release, Double Rainbow, for months! And now I can! My pattern is in the brand spankin’ new Deep Fall issue of Knitty. I’m so excited that my pattern made it into this classic Knitty seasonal line up.
Double Rainbow is a playful pattern based on the Internet sensation of the same name. The name doesn’t fail to bring a smile to my lips, each and every time. Then I sing the song: “So intense! Double rainbow all the way across the sky. Oh my God!” If you lean in, you might hear my photographer Sylvia McFadden singing the song during the photoshoot too. I have to say there’s been a lot of fun had with this project.
I should also mention that the fabulous, rich rainbow colours on this sweater are from Rain City Knits DK weight yarn. I used the Babycakes Sampler pack as I saw fit to make my very own Double Rainbow.
I hope you have as much fun with this pattern as much I did designing it for you.
PS – Watch this space for another release coming very soon!