They Don’t Love You Like I Love You Shawlette



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


Glaslyn Shrug / Bolero

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Hi all! My new Glaslyn Shrug / Bolero pattern is now available on Ravelry and Etsy. And even better, it’s on sale on Ravelry this month at 25% off automatically at checkout through the 31st.

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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.

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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.

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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).

pom pom smallI hope you like the new pattern!

x Rena



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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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 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

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!











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

x Rena



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

Covet: Malabrigo Silky Merino Yarn


I received an exciting package in the post last week. I love packages, especially packages full of yarn. This package didn’t disappoint. And what was in said exciting package? It was stuffed full of Malabrigo’s luxurious Silky Merino yarn. Yummy! I had to play with it immediately, a moral imperative if you will.


As you do with new yarn, I rubbed it against my cheek – soft as a cloud! Of course, I’ve never tried rubbing a cloud against my face but that’s what I imagine it would be like. The Lavanda colourway looked absolutely splendid, a new colour added to Malabrigo’s extensive colour roster for 2012/2013. Deep, dark purples to hints of dark grey to lavender. I definitely have a purple thing this spring, judging from recent yarn purchases.


I confess this isn’t my first interlude with Silky Merino. I have said yarn in Sand and Smoke as well. Love! The 51% silk, 49% merino wool sparkles under the light, all 150 yards per skein (50 grams).


I have to behave myself, show some iota of restraint. I don’t do restraint very well… but yes, restraint. I will have to wait to use this yarn. It’s in a queue for a garment to be released later this year. It’s all I can say. And maybe also that I have to release and submit a couple things before knitting the lovely Silky Merino up into its destined form by the fall.

Meanwhile, I can stack it and put on my office nook shelf to admire and inspire. That doesn’t hurt anyone one bit! Right?  I was saying something about restraint…

x Rena

Knot Canadian Interview

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I had the good fortune to meet Erin of Knot Canadian through Ravelry this past week. Amazingly, she wanted to interview me about The Red Fox and Gown. She had lots of really good questions that made me think, and think hard. Not only is she great with the questions, she’s a very quick elf – the interview is all polished up and already posted on her blog, Knot Canadian. If you’re curious about what we talked about over the internet, check out the interview! Thanks Erin!

x Rena

Foxy Business Hat: Sneak Peek



It’s been a productive week! I’ve fnished up the Foxy Business Hat this morning and here she is in a sneak peek. The alpaca fibre hat features cozy ear flaps and white pompoms at the end of the ear flap braids… you’ll have to wait to see those babies! But check out those lovely fox ears in the meantime! The hat will be coming soon to Ravelry and Etsy, I promise.

x Rena

A Little Update

I was inspired today to do a bit of work on the site. I’ve added a proper domain name at last and also added a link to my knitting designs on Ravelry. I’ll continue to work on this space but I’m off to a good start, I think! I’d like to show each design and link to the Ravelry page with its immediate download following online purchase. And last but not least, a new banner is up with our fox and a couple of other goodies.

I headed out yesterday yarn hunting for my custom orders and visited Black Sheep Yarns in Port Moody, BC. I recommend visiting this shop – great selection and friendly and helpful staff. As you can imagine, my yarn hunt was successful.

Meanwhile, I’m also working on promised patterns for designs including my Kiki hat and Smart Phone Cozy, among others. As always, I have more designs up my sleeve that I can’t wait to tell you more about. Until then, I want to show you some yarn that I fell in love with yesterday, Madelinetosh’s Thunderstorm.

x Rena