Thursday, October 8, 2015

knit city 2015 - a crocheters perspective.

My grandparents lived in a log cabin that they built in rural Northern B.C. Although their home was simple it was a place for both gathering and creating. Not only did my Grandma knit and crochet but she also enjoyed ceramics and macrame, so I was raised to appreciate what each of the different crafts had to offer.

It was only when we started to market our own crochet designs that Tara and I noticed that crochet was considered to be a lesser craft in the world of fiber. Many look down on crochet, so it was with much trepidation that I entered the doors of "Knit" City 2015.

So, how did it go? Well...I'm very happy to say that, like my Grandma's house, Knit City 2015 was a warm, friendly place for fiber enthusiast to gather and gain inspiration. Granted it wasn't a place to go to buy crochet hooks, but it was definitely a place that you felt free to celebrate and enjoy your craft. 

I met loads of talented artisans, and in addition to the plethora of yarn, there was also a wonderful collection of accessories for both knitters and crocheters alike. Here's my Knit City 2015 finds...

A washable paper bag/project bag from UASHMAMA, the brilliant fiber arts accessory from the yarnit, a dreamy skein of of purple sock yarn from RAINCITY KNITS, buttons from STASH yarns & accessories, and a Knit City notebook and bag.

I'm already looking forward to Knit City 2016 :)


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

sneak peek.

I've always wanted to try my hand at a crocheted blanket made solely of motifs. 
I finally tackled it and here is the result!  

I am pretty pleased with the way it all came together so quickly and the final outcome!  Hope to have the pattern written and published next week sometime!  


Thursday, October 1, 2015

new crochet pattern - crossroads cabled beanie by kim miller.

Crossroads Cabled Beanie by Kim Miller

Crossroads Cabled Beanie by Kim Miller

Skill Level: Intermediate

Crossroads Beanie features lots of texture and visual interest with 4 gorgeous knit-look cables!

This well written crochet pattern calls for 1 ball of Lion Brand® Heartland® Worsted Weight (4) [142 g (5 oz)/230 meters (251 yds) per ball] or comparable yarn, scraps of a contrasting colour, a 4.00 mm (G) crochet hook and a 3.50 mm (E) crochet hook. The hat is worked in one piece from the top down. The finished beanie measures 19 cm (7.5”) in circumference, and 22.9 cm (9”) long. The beanie will stretch to 54.6 cm (21½”) to 57.2 cm (22½”) in circumference and will fit most ladies. Please note that measurements are approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of yarn.

This crochet pattern calls for the following stitches and techniques: slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, front post double crochet, back post double crochet and front post treble crochet.

(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "CROSSROADS20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Thrusday, October 15th, 2015)


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

customer photo.

It's always a treat when a customer shares a picture of their finished projects made from one of our patterns. This picture sent in by one of our customers and the note that went along with it brought a huge smile to our faces.

This picture was sent in by Angela Burch, and if you look in the top right hand corner of the photo you will see why it brought such big smiles. Angela's cable throw was made from Kim's pattern for the Chunky Cables Decorative Throw, and we are excited to say that it won a blue ribbon at the Roosevelt Co, NM fair. In Angela's own words she said, "thank you again for such a great design I have to say it has a nice simplistic elegance to it and is one of the few that I have decided is going to be kept for my personal use".

Thanks so much for sharing Angela, and we are happy to hear that you are keeping the throw for your own personal use. It's experiences like yours that keep us inspired!


Monday, September 28, 2015

sneak peek.

I was really surprised at how fast this crochet pattern came together...that rarely ever happens!

Also, I'm so excited and happy with how it turned out!! In the pattern the cables are getting progressively longer, but I love that they also look like they are getting progressively wider at the bottom.

I should have the pattern up later this week :)


Thursday, September 24, 2015

new crochet pattern - colour dipped oven mitts by kim miller.

Colour Dipped Oven Mitts by Kim Miller

Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

Add a splash of colour to your kitchen with these DIY felted oven mitts. These oven mitts are first crocheted from 100% wool for felting and then felted until they become soft and fuzzy.

This crochet pattern calls for 1¾ skeins of Cascade Yarns® 220, a ¼ skein of each contrasting colour and a 4.00 mm (G) crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge). The pattern uses the following techniques and stitches: the adjustable ring, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and half double crochet 2 together.

The finished mitt measures cm 12.7 cm (5”) wide and 26.7 cm (10½”) long. Please note that measurements are approximate and will be affected by gauge, the brand of yarn and the felting process.

(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "OVENMITTS20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Wednesday, October 7th, 2015)


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

new tunisian crochet pattern - earl grey hot pad by tara schreyer.

Skill Level: Easy

This crocheted hot pad brings a bit of old fashion charm into the modern kitchen. The pattern is simple yet beautiful. It is made using a bulky cord, giving it amazing texture and sturdiness. Both sides are equally gorgeous making it completely reversible.

This pattern recommends using 49 yds of Schoeller+Stahl "Anya" cording and a 8.00 mm (L) tunisian crochet hook.

Finished measurement: 7.5" (19 cm) x 7.5" (19 cm)

(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "HOTPAD20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Wednesday, October 7th, 2015)