arrows & sparrows cowl

finished!
and I love it
arrows & sparrows
Arrows-Sparrows cowl-1It was a fun knit with the perfect amount of brain power required to get me going in the early mornings (with my coffee of course). I’d much rather challenge my mind with a knitting pattern and finger dance than tap away at a brain exercise iphone app! Just as I would rather go for a hearty walk up and down hills than work out on an exercise bike.
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It’s long enough to be an elegant wrap

 and long enough to double up to express various choices of colour placements

Arrows-Sparrows cowl-3 Sweet Georgia Yarns
3 Colours ~ Charcoal, Silver & Pistachio (the kiss of Spring)

Arrows and Sparrows Cowl

This is a Great Knit!
It has the perfect balance of rhythm and cruise control
and
it will be Beautiful
IMG_2180I bought my yarn from my current fav yarn providers Sweet Georgia Yarns
3 Colours ~ Charcoal, Silver & Pistachio

In the beginning, knitting the charcoal and silver matched our grey cloudy dark days
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but now I have started the Pistachio
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and I can almost see the spring buds patiently waiting for light in my mind’s eye.

This Cowl will march me right into Spring!
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A new look!

This is a Fantastically Beautiful New Knitting/Crochet site! And her kick-off garners a SALE! I give this 5 Stars! (ok, maybe I am a little bias but it Really is a great site)

The Knitty Knitty Gritty

I am so excited to announce the launch of my new and improved website!  thecraftyjackalope.com

the crafty jackalope

I have been working on this since the summer and what I thought would take a month or two took me five intense months.  If you can’t remember what the old site looked like, well it was basically a hub of information with the ability to sell only PDF patterns through Ravelry.  As much as the old site had its certain charm, it has nothing to do with the new site.  Today I can offer not only knitting & crochet patterns, but ALL the products we offer!

Like knit kits!

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Knit notions!

stitch markers

Knitting needles!

needles

Project bags!

bags

To name a few…….

It is with great pleasure, that I invite you to take a moment to check out the new site.  I sincerely hope you enjoy it and it inspires you to create and make.  The website has a built…

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Loose Ends

as promised … The French Braid solution to all those loose ends

and I had a Really bad case of Loose Ends!

First I had to tidy them up, then I cut them to around 3″
IMG_1644Then I placed each one on it’s proper side. My thinking here was that it would be too bulky to have one big long braid traveling down the one side, so I decided to make 2 french braids on each side of the seem.

(it kind of reminded me of Alpha’s parted hair in Spanky and our Gang)

IMG_1648It turned out a bit wabi-sabi but that is fine with me
It’s my style ~ live and let live ~ and leave perfection to the machines

(not that I don’t strive do make thing well)

These braids lay pretty flat on the inside and I don’t feel any bulge or bulk when I am wearing it

I finally mustered the courage to block it and it is drying now, It looks like it will be fine.
I can’t wait to wear my Lidiya dress Pattern on Ravelry inside out

Invisible time ~ Stolen moments

I finished this wonderful knitting project a little while ago … on October 2 in fact. I started it in January and mostly knit this in my spare time ~ morning coffee, movies & series, on the bus, waiting for someone or something or visiting. Invisible time ~ Stolen moments

I was careful to carry my colours no more than 2 or 3 stitches on the inside so I could wear both sides

and I will

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My daughter Amanda (The Craftyjackalope) sharing our booth at KnitCity 2105

The Fabulous knitting event Knit City 2015 in Vancouver Canada was the first time I wore it and Wow! That was fun! I’ve never pulled up my hem to show my seaming and the underside of my dress to so many strangers and friends in my life! Lots of fun Show and Telling! And the good news?

It fits PERFECTLY

I have one more blog on this Lidiya dress and it is all about french braiding the hundreds of ends in.

so stand by

(oh and you might as well knit while you wait :-)

more here on my Lidiya dress on Ravelry

The sanity and delight of knitting

My friend J found the healing side of knitting and made many beautiful scarves, colourful musical scores. She has given most of them to her friends ~ the generosity of knitting goes on and on.

“While working for Victim Services I went through a period of feeling some anxiety.  I think it was all the being on call that kept my adrenaline up.  So I discovered that knitting helped bring me down.  I’d come home, sit down on my wonderful sofa, turn on some gorgeous music and knit scarves until I’d knit what seemed like scores.  I learned later that the repetitive motion which has a term in therapy speak serves to relax and relieve anxiety.  Somehow I instinctively knew what I needed to do to help myself.  Perhaps it was all those women who have come before me who whispered in my ear. Just thought I’d share that!   J”

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you can almost hear the music

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One more Increase

at long last I am coming into the finish line. Not at rabbit speed but a slow highly enjoyable tortoise speed.  

  (I am babysitting my daughter’s kitty – my grand kitty – her name Is Kitty) 

 and yes, I Do still love the Inside Out and plan to wear it that way too. In a sense I will have two two two dresses in one!