spring markets

I’m stoked to be a some stellar events this Spring. I’ll be bringing a carefully curated selection of hand knits (for those that appreciate the art of knitting by hand) and knitting kits (for those with skills – or want to learn the skills) to DIY!

Watch this space and my Instagram and Facebook pages for ticket giveaways, show updates and sneak peeks as I prepare for these upcoming events. It’s going to be a fab Spring season friends!

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{pattern} ombre fingerless gloves

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It’s been a year since I last published a new pattern. Recently I’ve been inspired and experimenting with fair-isle. I love the look of the subtle colour patterns, but I hated all of the yarn switching and stranding. Instead I worked on a few mock fair-isle pieces which I am so excited about.

Of course, since fingerless gloves are my favourite all-season accessory, this first piece just had to be a pair of gloves!

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Pattern Details:

Materials:
2 skeins Knitca 100% Merino Wool, shown in 422 Silver Cloud (110 yds/100 m) for the main colour.
1 skein Knitca 100% Merino Wool, shown in 194 Cherry (110 yds/100 m) for the contrast colour

Alternate yarn substitution:
1 skein Cascade 220 Wool each for main and contrast colours (220 yds/201m)

US size 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles (dpn), set of 4
Darning needle
1 stitch marker
Scrap yarn or stitch holder

Finished Measurements:
Length measures 21.5 cm (8.5″)
Covers wrist and forearm.

Details here.

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holiday market season kickoff + little helpers

The official kick-off of my holiday market season is underway and I had a little help today.

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The girls have been asking to help mommy out at her shows for a little while now, but timing had always been difficult and show locations haven’t been convenient. Today, though, the first holiday show in my line-up, was manageable on all counts! So the girls came with me for the adventure.

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It was delightful having them with me for the morning (half a day was all they could handle). My oldest seemed to have the most interest in what I was selling, what people were buying and what everyone else was selling and doing, while my youngest was a natural sales girl. She was not shy, told on-lookers about the prices and asked them to try it on!

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A wonderful experience to share with my girls, for sure! Perhaps more in the future, even!

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holiday show update

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In the next two weeks I’m hitting up a couple of local holiday shows in support of two school fundraisers. It will¬† be my first time at both of these events, but I’m looking forward to meeting some local artisans and crafters, and getting a kick-start on the holiday season!

I’ll have a few new woolen goodies, plus my popular cowls, gloves and cacti for sale! Start your holiday shopping now! It’s perfect wool season!

For more details on both of these shows visit my events page.

in the pot

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The story behind the name of my brand (my design persona and shop) Flowerpot Designs, really started when I was a teen and I enjoyed making crafts and in particular, handmade cards. I used to play with designing my own logo and thought it was appropriate to have a reference to flowers because of my name. It stuck with me through the years as I explored various artist outlets, and I’m still partial to the brand. I have been using FPD a lot lately in reference to it, so perhaps it’s time for a re-brand soon.

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I’ve never had anything overly floral¬† or flower pots, per se, as part of product lineup, however, if you’re a Facebook or Instagram follower of mine, you may have already seen my series of hand knit cacti already. I suppose it’s about time I put something in a pot, after all! cactus2

I’m so in love with these and I’m having a blast whipping up a bunch of these for the Arts Market and upcoming holiday markets, too!