Thanks to everyone who entered this week’s giveaway. A winner has been chosen at random and it is Karen Collins! Karen said:
“What lovely yarn! My father was born on 4/13. It was Easter Sunday and his siblings thought the Easter Bunny brought him.”
Karen, your father and I share a birthday! Send me an email and I’ll get those skeins in the mail to you asap!
Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! Comments are now closed.
I woke up this morning feeling like today is a great day to host a giveaway! Don’t you agree? There’s just something about a Wednesday morning that just screams GIVEAWAY! I perused my shelves and came away with these two beauties. A skeins of PureWash Fingering in a very special version of Magique (this skein came out of the dye bath a little more blue than the rest of the batch - always a good thing in my books) and a skein of Laceweight Mohair in Rocket. Lots of possibilities for these two skeins, can’t wait to see what the winner comes up with for them!
To enter to win please leave a comment right here on this blog post. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Friday the 13th. My lucky day! (Fun fact: I was born on Friday the 13th! Not in September though.)
Good luck and Happy Wednesday!
Pattern: Suncrest Shawl - originally published in June of 2012.
Yarn: Red Label Chasmere Silk Single.
I’m excited to jump back in to my Hello Old Friend series. I started it last year with the idea of revisiting my older designs, seeing how they’ve held up and also reminding you that they still exist.
Voila Suncrest! I was (and still am!) very proud of this simple little pattern. I love everything about it. It’s one of those deceptively simple yet still very impressive looking knits. The only thing I would change about it were I designing it today instead of 7 years ago is the yardage limitation. Many of my earlier designs had a real focus on maximizing every yard of a single skein of yarn. While I am still a thrifty knitter at heart and want my patterns to be accessible to everyone (there is nothing worse than a pattern that requires 460 yards of fingering weight yarn when most sock yarns come in 420-450 yard skeins) at this yardage it’s really more of a shawlette. Even on my petite frame it’s small and I would like to have at least shown a larger version to give the knitter more options. It is a very easily modified to make it larger, but the designer that I am today would include instructions for more than one size rather than expect the knitter to modify it on their own.
Keeping yarn requirements in mind is a very important aspect of what I do as a designer. As you know, I often design patterns that call for lots of small bits of several different colours, which I don’t think I would feel comfortable doing if I didn’t offer Palettes and Mini Skein Sets to compliment them. I’ve also designed many patterns for my Year In Colour Club (making a comeback in one form or another for 2020!) and the single skein limitation in that format is very real. It’s an added challenge, but one that I welcome!
That photo of the shawl all pinned out for blocking is still one of my all time favourites!
Pattern: Ripple Bralette by Jessie Mae Martinson.
Yarn: TFA PureWash Fingering in Atlas, Rocket and Light Rocket (OOAK).
Ravelry Project page here.
OMG you guys I just realized that I haven’t done a real FO post since February! I am completely aghast! I have certainly knit loads between February and now but boy has my blogging slipped. That all changes today friends! So, here is my latest FO: The Ripple Bralette. Raise your hand if you didn’t know that you needed an ombré knit bralette in your life until now? There’s just something about this pattern that caught my eye and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had no idea how or if I would ever wear it if I knit it but since it’s a small, fun project it didn’t seem like that much of a risk to cast on with leftover odds and ends even if I never wore it out. The good news is, I have worn it out, I have the perfect backless top to wear it under (scroll to the bottom of this post for a pic). I love that top and with this bralette t’s a match made in heaven.
The pattern is perfectly written. Every simple detail well thought out and accounted for. The pattern doesn’t specify any gradient and it’s just as effective knit in a single colour but if you’re going to knit a fun little piece like this why not go all the way with the fun factor? Jessie Mae is a relatively new-to-me designer (I think I discovered her work last spring) and I’m excited to now be following her. I’ve got my eye on her Diaphanous Raglan and am already plotting colours and sleeve style. Of course I’d be remiss if I mentioned Jessie Mae’s designs and didn’t mention the tremendous work she’s doing for size inclusivity in the knitting world. If you don’t yet follow her on Instagram, do it!
You know, even if I didn’t own this backless top, or wasn’t comfortable wearing something backless, I’d still be happy to own this knit bra - it would be a fun little knitted secret that I would wear under sweatshirts in the winter. There’s something about a knit like this that isn’t necessarily for all to see that feels extra special. It puts a little pep in my step knowing that I’m wearing something that I knit just for me.
Getting back into blogging slowly after having taken the summer off. Here’s a teeny-tiny tidbit of how we spent our summer.
The countdown is on until we shut things down for the summer! I am excited and nervous (but mostly excited) but of course we couldn’t close up shop for 2 months without doing one last big Pop Up Shop Update!
The Pop Up Shop will be updated on Sunday, June 16th at round 1pm ET. I will be as punctual as possible!
So, what will this update include, you ask? Lots of good stuff. First up, a brand new item, TFA Star blanket kits!
• The kits will be made up of TFA PureWash DK.
• Each kit will contain approximately 33 yds of 16 different colours for the star + 2 full skeins of Natural for the MC and 1 skein of Stormy for the border.*
• Kits will be priced at $138 CAD.
• I will have a very limited number of kits available this weekend but promise to add these kits to our Core Collection of kits in the fall. So there will be plenty available going forward!
• My sample blanket is not yet finished but I hope it gives you a pretty good idea of what it will look like!
• I’m using the Fly Away blanket pattern by Tin Can Knits which is sold separately here.
• I will be hosting a very casual TFA Summer Blanket KAL over in my Ravelry group again this year. I wish I had organized it sooner - hence the very casual disclaimer - but better late then never. I hope you’ll join us!
*This is the yardage I am using for this first round of kits but I may increase the yardage for the next round. I have found that this is enough with very little to spare, of each colourway needed, but perhaps a little more wiggle room would make knitters more comfortable and also make the kits more flexible for other uses? Jury is still out on what yardage the next round of kits will include.
Last but definitely not least I am excited to now be offering a super cute summer TFA T-shirt! This was a really fun project for Chris and I to tackle. One of my favourite things about owning a small business is the possibility to do whatever we want creatively - even if that includes making a t-shirt for our knitting brand that doesn’t relate back to knitting in any way but still looks cute and colourful, is something that I will wear all summer (and beyond) was fun to design and promotes our brand relatively discreetly. It’s not discreet in that it says TANIS is giant letters but it is discreet in the sense that it isn’t obnoxiously obvious at first glance that this is a brand t-shirt, y’know? I’m thinking of making it an annual thing. I already have an idea for next year’s t-shirt so I hope you like them!
We worked with Montreal screen printers The Letter Bet to make these shirts and they so kindly agreed to do a few kids sized shirts for our little crew. The boys were so pumped! Micah took his roll as t-shirt model incredibly seriously and he never does that! He’s usually the one with the back of his head to the camera in every photo because there is always something much more interesting going on. Willow has one too but had already mashed banana all over it by the time we had a chance to snap some photos.
That’s all for today friends. See you on Sunday!
• The weather has officially turned glorious here in my neck of the woods. We have spent the majority of the past three days at various parks and I brought my knitting with me everywhere. Rowan took about 50 photos of me knitting at the splash pad on World Wide Knit In Public Day. There must have been a hundred people there but somehow in every picture it looks like I’m just standing alone in a park knitting. I thought it would be cool to get a shot of me standing in front of a crowd of people knitting, but alas, I am forever a knitting loner.
• They are doing MAJOR construction on our street this summer. It started over a month ago. I’m not even completely clear on what’s happening but know that it involves the sewers/water supply. It’s madness and taking an extended summer break is turning out to have been very well timed. We have a porter potty on our front lawn.
• Woke up to no running water this morning. Managed to use the last few drips from the tap to make a pot of coffee. Seemed like the wise choice. Then Willow climbed up on Micah’s chair, ate his eggo and dumped his glass of milk. Ask me how fun it is to clean up spilt milk without access to water! I still stand by our decision to prioritize coffee though.
• Guess what! We got skunked! More specifically, we let Stella out before bed, heard a rustling and a screech and then BAM! Got punched in the nose by the unforgettably pungent smell of a ripe skunking. Our sweet Stella has been skunked before, luckily her short fur makes it pretty easy to deal with. Always exciting!
• I’m knitting a blanket! I wasn’t planning on doing a summer blanket KAL this year but it looks like the draw of the blanket is stronger than I am! I’ll be posting details in my Ravelry group and everywhere else soon.
• I have every intention of making kits for the blanket that I’m working on and it will definitely happen - hopefully even before we close down shop for the summer. Seriously though, the construction and lack of running water is making it impossible for me to guarantee that, but I’ll do my best! If it doesn’t happen in the next week or two it will absolutely happen when we’re back up and running in late August.
• 100% never thought that I would ever knit myself a bra but it looks like I’m going to! I can’t stop thinking about the Ripple Bralette by Jessie Mae Martinson and today I’m going to pick my colours. No idea how I’ll wear it, but summer feels like a good time to experiment with my knitting style!
• Update on the water situation! A lovely guy just knocked on our door to let us know that the water is back up and running. One of the trucks had accidentally parked on our temporary water line. Crisis averted. Second pot of coffee should be brewing momentarily - but you won’t believe this - the kettle exploded when Chris plugged it in! What the heck is going on here today!?
• Never a dull moment. Just the way I like it!
xoxo Happy Monday all!
The webshop will be closed and not accepting orders between June 19th and August 19th. Two full month off! All orders placed before we close up shop will be processed and shipped asap.
Is it really June already? Impossible. My kindergartener has the day off of school tomorrow and that means that he officially only has 10 school days left before he graduates from kindergarten and has the entire summer off! We are making the most of our summer this year. We’ve never done it before and we may never do it again but this year we are taking the better part of the summer off from dyeing. I hope to be working on designs and I will definitely be knitting up a storm but we’ll be taking a break from the dye pots. The blog and newsletter will likely also be a bit slower (although let’s be real, the blog has been slow for a while.)
You will never hear me complain or vent about the challenges of getting to run my business from home with 3 small children - it’s a total privilege to have this lifestyle and I thank my lucky stars every day that we get to do what we do, but this year has been crazy! I’m used to working with babies at home but I’ll be the first to admit that 3 kids is not then same as 2 kids and that extra busy body made a big difference to my sense of what I accomplished professionally this year. My sweet little girl starts daycare in the fall and I feel like it will be the beginning of a new phase in our lives. Chris and I will have the majority of the work week to buckle down and work hard without interruptions (the interruptions part is really the kicker in my experience). I have so many big plans for the fall! We’ll be attending our first major show since before we started our family (Knit City!) and I hope to get back on track with the blog and regular Pop Up Shop Updates. Life will be different.
I’m hoping to fit in one more Pop Up Shop Update before we shut down and I’ll be sure to post about it here when I’ve got the details available.
Who else is ready for a summer of recharging!?
I haven’t been a vendor at a knitting event in over 6 years and last weekend’s Needles In A Haystack was the perfect way to gently ease myself back into it. It was low on stress and high on good vibes! Chris and I left the kids at home with my saintly parents and took a leisurely drive to the townships, set up a table piled high with colourful yarn and then spent the day chatting with knitters in our community. There is so much that Chris and I love about our life working from home. It suits our family and we are both homebodies at heart but every once in a while it is so energizing to spend the day with people who share our passion!
So many lovely knitters, so many gorgeous sweaters. New friends were made, old friends were hugged in person. I can’t wait to do it all over again in the fall when Chris and I travel out West to attend Knit City!