Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Events + YOTH Pullover No. 2

My second striped pullover is coming along! I'm absolutely smitten with this colour combo that Veronika helped me put together, it's so classic and modern at the same time. I'm nearly finished the first sleeve and I know the second will fly by.



Come see us when we hit the road this summer! 


July 11th /// Shannon and I are thrilled to be hitting the road in less than two weeks for our very first visit to the highly coveted, legendary yarn store, Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, on Bainbridge Island! Come and say hello, we will be visiting from 11am-3pm on Saturday, July 11th!

July 12th /// If you can't make it to Churchmouse on Saturday, we'll be revisiting one of our favourite shops, Tolt Yarn and Wool on Sunday, July 12th, from 1-3pm.

For more info on these events and more visit our events page HERE.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Off the Needles /// Striped Pullover + B-Day Sale

Off the Needles /// Striped Pullover on www.janerichmond.com

Off the Needles /// Striped Pullover on www.janerichmond.com

I finished my striped pullover and I'm loving it! It's my very first positive ease sweater and I have to say the casual fit of it is so incredibly comfy.

Because I knit this version using two different yarns -- YOTH's Big Sister for the main colour and Madelinetosh DK for the contrast colour, I've already cast-on another striped pullover in 100% YOTH as the official pattern sample.

In this one the colour combination is reversed and I have to say I'm loving it! I fell in love with Concord Grape at the YOTH booth at Stitches West and have been dying to work it into a pattern ever since.

Off the Needles /// Striped Pullover on www.janerichmond.com

Once this second sweater is finished I will open up a call for testers. If you are interested in being a test knitter and would like to receive a notification when the announcement is made leave your Ravelry name in the comments below.

It's also my birthday today. Normally I'm pretty quiet about my birthday, not because I'm in denial about getting older, but mostly because I tend to shy away from events in my honour (I'm a bit of an introvert that way). But this year I'm really feeling the love and I need to share it with you. So for this very reason I've decided to have a spur of the moment, last minute, share the love, Birthday sale to celebrate :)



From now until midnight -- use coupon code BDAYLOVE.  


Also, the lovely ladies over at Kitterly are hosting a sale for my birthday!! See, can't you just feel the love?! Hop on over and use coupon code hbdayjane to receive 15% off this special birthday promotion on Jane Richmond pattern kits! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW Pattern /// Arika Cowl

Let me introduce the Arika Cowl! I am so very excited about this pattern. It's one of those designs that just appeared out of nowhere -- unplanned and unintentional -- those are my favorite. I was in the Beehive waiting to pay when this absolutely electric skein of fuschia Kenzington practically jumped into my arms.

The cowl has a clever construction that transforms it from a short scarf to a kerchief style cowl. It only uses one skein of yarn, making the finished piece very light with very little bulk around the back neck. I adore fringe and love the way it finishes this piece however, the cowl is equally as attractive without if that's not your thing!

This cowl is definitely an all-weather piece. It's effortless to wear and pairs equally well with a denim button-up or a summer tank.

Arika Cowl by Jane Richmond


One week only get the Arika Cowl 20% off!!!


Simply enter code ARIKA at check out when you purchase the pattern from my website or Ravelry


Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In the Garden /// The Perfect Hydrangea and Other Lovely Things

{ Mophead hydrangea }

{ Annabelle hydrangea }

The Perfect Hydrangea
Having to forgo veggies in my own little back yard due to lack of sun has allowed me to focus on flowers and pretty plants for the first time in my gardening life. I have this list of all of the flowers that would live in my dream garden. My plant budget is slim and I've been really lucky to receive much of my wish list on occasions like Mothers Day and birthdays. The hardest one to acquire has been the perfect hydrangea. When we moved in Chris scored us a cast-off hydrangea from one of his landscaping clients, it looked pretty sad but I nursed it back to health and it came back strong last spring. The trouble was that once it got it's leaves and flowers I quickly realized it wasn't the variety growing in my imaginary garden in my head. This one has thin leaves, is sort of leggy, and produces tiny white flowers. After some Googling my guess is it's an Annabelle hydrangea. Costco just recently opened their garden center and have been carrying the most incredible Mophead hydrangeas and my dear sweet Mother decided to gift me one. Isn't it beautiful! (first photo in post)

 { Sweet Woodruff and pink petaled Strawberry plants }

 { one of the succulent planters }

{ something about these reminds me of the intro to Game of Thrones -- the Weirwood tree possibly? }

{ bleeding heart }

{ I'm not sure the name of this guy, I'm pretty sure he's part of the succulent family }

 { Saxifraga : Triumph }

 { I've started some Sweeties on the window ledge -- better late than never! }

 { Cape Gooseberry -- started from seed }

{ A poppy in the perennial arugula bed -- what a difference a day makes... }

The neighborhood kids and I have also been cleaning up the communal plots and little hands have been scattering seeds that are now finally growing! Once the weather warms enough the tomatoes will join them.

{ a few newbies I picked up at the Root Cellar }

What's growing in your garden right now? Are you starting seeds on your window ledges? Or maybe you have a greenhouse?

Monday, March 30, 2015

On My Needles /// Why Sweaters Will Never Be Socks

 sock knitting. 
I talk about my love for sock knitting often. My very first blog post was an ode to socks and all of the reasons why they make the perfect project. I always have a pair on the needles, hibernating, ready for those times I need a back up project. Socks are my in-between-projects project. But recently, I found myself doing more mindless knitting than normal, simply due to circumstance, and my socks started to feel well, really boring. I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago that I wanted to break away from my norm and cast-on something other than socks as my in-between.

I also  sweater knitting.
I decided to cast-on Palladio in straight stockinette with my super yummy YOTH yarn (it has been staring me in the face for a year now, from my exclusive "shelf for pretty things"). Knowing I wouldn't have enough to complete the project, I decided to stripe it with a skein of Madtosh leftover from the book sample. I planned to make a bunch of modifications and in the end thought it best to re-write the pattern. Aside from a minor restart because of a silly mistake, I've been flying through this knit. In fact, I can't put it down. I work on it every opportunity I get during my spare time. And at the end of every night I try it on. I'm so happy with the way it's knitting up and I'm loving the fit and all the mods SO much.

Why sweaters will never be socks... 
There's just one small problem. This sweater, well it was supposed to be my in-between project. It was supposed to span months and months and sit quietly in a project bag while I worked on other things. It was meant to be my back up plan for those times when mindless knitting was absolutely necessary. But instead I'm flying through it and I can't stop! I've learned something though; I may love sock knitting but I love sweater knitting way more. I get really inspired working on sweaters and that excitement is why sweaters will never be able to stand in for socks when I'm in need of just anything to work on. 


Don't forget to buy one and get one free!!!
The BOGO pattern sale ends tomorrow 03/31 at midnight PST!!! 


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SALE --- BOGO pattern sale!

I get really excited this time of year. Spring is in the air and it just does something to me! I want to spread the excitement, and what better way than with a sale!


pattern sale

From now until March 31st buy one pattern and get another for FREE!!!  


Simply use the code BOGO at checkout when you purchase any pattern from my Ravelry Store or website.

Happy Spring!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

In the Garden /// Planned and Unplanned

{ poppy seeds I scattered absentmindedly at the end of last year are beginning to bloom for the first time }

When we moved into our new place our teeny tiny yard was just grass. I dug a narrow bed half the length of our fence and slowly filled it with the plants we'd brought with us plus random new ones I'd pick up here and there. My impulse buys quickly filled the empty spaces and I started adding length each time I'd bring a new plant home, until soon, the bed spanned the length of our fence and there was no where else to go.

{ Mr. fig is just starting to show leaves -- I may keep him in his pot so I can maximize his sun exposure by moving him around }

It's really not like me to go without a plan. If anything, I over plan! But I'm happy with the way our little garden has come together. It's not perfect. And it's no where near complete. But there is no pressure and it's allowed me to enjoy it more. There are definitely things I'd like to change, plants I'd like to move, and things I've changed my mind about.

For example, I've realized I enjoy daffodils in open fields of grass, and cut in a vase on my desk, but not really growing in my little garden.   ...Elsie disagrees.

This is a Pink Lemonade Blueberry plant. I picked one up at the Root Cellar for a friends birthday and Elsie insisted we have one of our own. The berries are said to be sweeter and less tart than the blue variety. This variety doesn't require a partner to be productive which is ideal in our limited space. I love the pink-tipped buds.

{ primula -- one of last years impulse buys! }

{ the oregano has come back soft and bushy -- I love running my fingers over it }

I've also just planted the first seeds of the season in preparation for this years vegetable garden in the communal plots. If you're not sure when to do what, the planting charts from West Coast Seeds are invaluable, I use them every year. 

{ I've started these seeds indoors on a small window ledge }

{ These seeds will be planted directly outdoors, I've organized them by month }

Are you making plans yet for this years garden? I'd love to hear what you plan on growing!

...oh and don't forget we're giving away a deluxe set of Knitter's Pride interchangeable needles! Get your entry in before tomorrow!!!