Woodland Animal Knits Kickstarter Campaign

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Hi everyone! I’ve been hard at work on a big project behind the scenes and today I can finally share my news. I am writing a new book tentatively called Woodland Animal Knits, a knitting pattern collection of cute forest animals and their clothing.

Do you want a cuddly animal friend that is heirloom quality, something beautiful that you made yourself? Knit up a bunny, fox, bear, deer, squirrel or raccoon using your favourite yarn to enjoy or share your love with others. Inspire creative play with the woodland animals you create. These patterns will be released together in a beautiful book so you can knit up your very own animals. Imagine the tales you’ll tell with your new companions at your side along the forest path.

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I am running a Kickstarter campaign launched today and running for 30 days to help me make this project a reality. I am hoping to raise funds to allow me to purchase materials, tech editing, photography and copies of printed books which will be distributed to knitting shops. There’s a variety of rewards to choose from on my Kickstarter page, including a pre-order of the book! My objective is to have the book released a year from now in time for Knit City 2015. The book will feature a minimum of 12 animal patterns, 6 full size (to 11″ / 28 cm tall) animals and 6 baby animals (5″/ 12.5 cm), and a range of outfits for boy and girl animals including dresses, cardigans, vests and bowties. Unlike many toy patterns these animals are knit primarily in the round with minimal finishing and very little seaming required.

Please check out my page and I am happy to answer any questions you might have! :)

x Rena

Fibrations 2014

RainCityKnits yarn in an apple tree.

RainCityKnits yarn in an apple tree.

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In the orchard at St. Ann’s Academy, Victoria, BC.

Apologies for the radio silence! Things have been progressing behind the scenes over the summer. One fun summer thing that I did this year was make a day trip out to Victoria for Fibrations 2014. Pacific Coach makes it quite easy to take the bus from downtown Vancouver on BC Ferries to downtown Victoria, so I was up for the adventure.

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BC ferry among the Gulf Islands.

I wasn’t a vendor but my sister was! I hung out at the RainCityKnits booth under the shade of the apple trees on the warm summer’s day. I just love the bright yarn!

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RainCityKnits booth with Krista and Pammy the Lab and Edd working in the background.

I had a great time checking out all the vendors and came away with a few treasures. Jane Richmond was there and I came away with a sweater pattern. MisoCraftyKnits was there with her adorable project bags. I have large box bag that she made but I wanted a small drawstring style project bag. It even had bunnies on it!

Project bag by Miso Crafty Knits.

Project bag by Miso Crafty Knits.

I saw amazing felted creatures by a very talented artist whose name escapes me unfortunately. Here is a little owl that accompanied me home and now sits on my desk.

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Downtown Victoria had gardens in full bloom near the bus depot and a couple blocks away from St. Ann’s Academy where Fibrations was held. Yes, an orchard on the edge of downtown! This is only 5 minutes away from where I used to live. I miss Victoria.

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And with all that traveling, there was plenty of time to work on knitting projects. Although I don’t actually knit in buses and cars because it makes me motion sick, unfortunately. But the ferry was fair game! I got to work on a fun project… I bet you can guess what I’m making. It’s a new pattern out this fall in time for Knit City.

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One of my favourite summer things is riding on the ferry at sunset. And it didn’t disappoint! What  a great way to wrap up my trip.

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See you soon! Next time, a sneak peek! :)

x Rena

They Don’t Love You Like I Love You Shawlette

 

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Introducing the They Don’t Love You Like I Love You Shawlette pattern, fresh off the presses and live on Ravelry if you follow the link. It’s coming soon to my Etsy shop as well.  This is a cheerful shawlette also known as the Love Shawlette. Perfect for brightening up urban landscapes with its bright stripes. I used Rain City Knits Superwash Sock yarn for this project in Natural and Lemon Yellow, and I love the result. Depending on how you block your shawlette, you can have either a triangle or semi-circular shape. Tricky, I know! The pattern is live on Ravelry and will be 20% off through May 1st. Thanks again to everyone who test knit for me, and thanks again to my technical editor.

x Rena

Olympics, a Sneak Peek and More

The Red Fox and Gown Sneak PeekHi 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.

The Red Fox and Gown on Pinterest!

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!

Sneakpeek of a new The Red Fox and Gown design

What can it be, in Rain City Knits Highlighter Yellow and Steel Grey DK?

Highlighter Yellow RainCityKnits yarn

And also this little number:

Sneakpeek of a new The Red Fox and Gown design

Colour block appears to be a theme. Love the Madelinetosh colourways too.

x Rena

Meow Cat Hat

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Introducing the Meow Cat Hat, sister hat to Foxy Business. I thought it was time for another ear flap animal hat, and who doesn’t like kittens?

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. )

x Rena

A Christmas Sneak Peek

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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 theredfoxandgown@gmail.com if you are interested in test knitting for me.

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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!

x Rena

Fall Round Up

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.

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Brooke at work at The Red Fox and Gown booth.

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!

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Sarah finding a new home for a fresh Rain City Knits skein.

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…

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Double Rainbow is live in the new Deep Fall Knitty.

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Glaslyn was released.

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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!

x Rena

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