Urban Knitting Book

 

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!

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Star Slouch Hat.

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.

Modeling the Cloud Cowl.

Cloud Cowl.

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 theredfoxandgown@gmail.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.

x Rena

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Double Rainbow in Knitty!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I hope you have as much fun with this pattern as much I did designing it for you.

x Rena

PS – Watch this space for another release coming very soon!

Sneak Peek

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I have another sneak peek for you of an in progress project. I’m in love with this Madelinetosh yarn that I picked up recently. I totally magpied over the colours and the skeins had to come home with me. Sometimes yarn looks pretty different in the skein as opposed to the way it actually knits up. That said, it’s knitting up just like I imagined, possibly even better. I’m using Tosh Merino Light, a single ply yarn that is lovely and soft to work with. The colourways I’m using are Posy and Rainwater. I love how they look separately, and even more rich together.

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Project details coming soon! There’s a few things in the pipe right now for release over the autumn.

x Rena

Knitwear Fashion Photo Shoot

Modeling the Cloud Cowl.

Modeling the Cloud Cowl.

Yesterday I had some fun with a long anticipated photo shoot with talented Vancouver photographer Sylvia McFadden, or Sylvia Bo Bilvia as she is known for her fabulous lacework shawls. Today I have been updating my pattern photos from my mannequin to pictures on a real live human (myself) on both Ravelry and Etsy. There will be a sequel photo shoot to update a couple more patterns sometime this fall once the samples are ready. I will also be updating the actual PDF patterns with Sylvia’s beautiful photos too. Now onto the photos!

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I hope you enjoy these pics as much as I do!

x Rena

AWOL

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You know that thing where you swear you know where something is, and then it isn’t where it’s supposed to be? That’s what I’m experiencing today with various objects around my place. Things are AWOL. No shore leave for you, knitting samples. I’m hoping some of them are in the box havoc that is my storage unit. Also missing? My hat. Not a knit hat, just a hat. Which should be hanging in its spot but it isn’t. Maybe I put it away in an even better spot. Hmm.

But what perturbs me is that all my knitting samples should be together. But obviously they aren’t. There’s a particular hat sample that I need for a rapidly approaching photoshoot that has long since been arranged, but it’s not with its kin in my wardrobe. Gone.

So in a fit of inspiration (read: madness) I’m going to attempt to speed knit a new sample of the English Rose Hat. WIth a pompom. I think it would look even better with a pompom. I may have a problem. Wish me luck! I better get knitting now.

x Rena

Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce Shawlette

Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce Shawlette modeled by Caitlin ffrench.

I am so happy that I finally have a new release to share with you today. My Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce Shawlette is now live on Ravelry, and soon to be released on my Etsy site too. Here are a couple more photos:

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The Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce Shawlette is a splash of colour and eyelets fit for any season. Not too large, the shawlette fits comfortably around the neck worn as a kerchief. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to styling this versatile shawlette.

This pattern is suitable for advanced beginners using the following techniques: circular needles, long tail cast on, knit st, yo, placing st markers, eyelets, worked flat, garter st fabric, bind off, weaving in ends. Everything you need to know to make this shawlette is inside the pattern.

Technical Editor: Katherine Vaughan. This pattern has also been test knitted by my generous Ravelry test knitters.

Models: Caitlin ffrench and Rena Varsakis.

Photography: Rena Varsakis.

I have a special offer on right now for this pattern – if you purchase the pattern before 15 August 2013, you will automatically receive 25% off at checkout.

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What do you think?

x Rena