If you own a dog or cat, or know someone who knows someone who owns a dog or cat... and you, or any of the previously mentioned dog owners or general acquaintances of dog/cat owners... you know Cricket & Co. If you don't, well gosh I'm glad you stumbled upon this post because you're missing out.
Nat & Kizil own and run the shop - they know like, all the things. Dog has gas - feed 'em this; dog keeps chewing things - here's three ways you can remedy that; dog won't eat - try this; dog eats too much - use this.. I can go on forever. You want five different types of leashes to choose from, three of which you won't find anywhere else in Ottawa? Cricket & Co. You want fresh, raw food? Cricket & Co. You want only the best you could possibly find to plop into your pet's food dish? Cricket & Co. You want someone who will deliver your food, to your door step, with no additional charge? CRICKET & CO.
Know what else is amazing about this shop? They love to support local businesses, small businesses, and generally non-business-savvy-but-crafty-people-like-me. These ladies learned of my fidgety fingers and suggested I look into knitting dog sweaters and snoods. I began to look through the patterns, tried some, and had them for sale at the shop. Now I'll be honest.. I wasn't that convinced that folks would be all that interested in my knitted wonders - who knows why, I mean, they're awesome. But much to my surprise and delight, there was an excellent response and all kinds of requests came in. Here are some of the happy pups who's owners couldn't resist the cute...
Here is Lincoln, our Bo-Jack, modelling a number of other items for you...
And now, we are into our second year! Last year, since I wasn't convinced or clear on what exactly I was doing, a few of the above sweaters rolled into the shop... This year. This year I came prepared - here's what's left from last year as well as piles of new stock to be sold this year:
We've been working hard to make sure there are lots of options, no pooch is alike, and neither are the tastes of their owners ;). Get down to 21 Murray, browse the project gallery, and make sure you're keeping your beast toasty as the cold weather approaches. Thanks for your support!
Not that there's a darn thing wrong with Chevron! They make such a great classic design for a blanket of any size, but here, thanks to some Ravelry inspiration (via Jess Doomcrafter here) this repeat custom-orderer chose excellent colours and I got right to work on it. Without any further ado, I give you another TRS custom-order of the baby blanket variety:
I love to knit baby blankets, and somehow seem to forget how much I enjoy knitting them until someone orders one, as they're never a project I pick up on my own. A family member's pregnancy is always exciting news, and for me, an instant excuse to research great new blanket ideas!
For L &S, I found the 'Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket' there wasn't much further deliberation; I had asked an inside source for colour ideas, and immediately knew this would work. So without any further ado...
The colour sections have the yarn held double, so they're nice and thick and add great texture to the blanket.
I found the pattern on Ravelry, here.
Stay tuned, as I'm about to wrap up a second one ordered recently, and it's adorable too!
EDIT: The little one destined to cozy up in this adorable blanket arrived on September 16th, 2015. Here she is at (Canadian) Thanksgiving 2015, wrapped up in the Lemon Squeezy Blanket:
So I haven't exactly been updating this site regularly... seems if you have any interest, you basically have to wait for before and after the holiday season, cause that's when shit gets real around here.
However, I have updated the site recently, and am committed to actually opening an Etsy store before the end of 2015. No seriously though.
So, if you do happen to visit here - my apologies... I fully intend to take better care of the site and update more frequently. For now though, your best bet for regular updates is instagram, follow me @therippedstitch and soak in all the knitted wonders. See you soon.
Happy New Year! 2015 just feels like it's going to be a good year, doesn't it?
The last weeks of 2014 certainly kept me busy, I was knitting all the way up to the 25th and happily completed my last deliveries on December 23rd. Now that all the recipients have opened up their knitted things I'm happy to reveal them here! (Of course, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you've already seen them... maybe that should have been my resolution, to take better care of this poor site!).
Here's the Burton Bear Cowl which was a pattern I found on Ravelry by accident, months after a family member requested the very thing! I thought it must be fate, and got straight to work on a mother-daughter set.
Another custom request I received was for a pair of lookalike Converse slippers. There were a number of patterns available on Ravelry (mostly crochet) but wasn't completely excited about any of them so I just winged it and was very pleased with the end result.
Everything custom!! Another request from a former colleague (now, friend) for her daughters - had to wing this one as well, and I heard they were thrilled with the end results - woohoo!
Some cashmere socks gifted to my lovely aunt...
Here's a cowl I made for my godmother, it's the "Darkside Cowl" available on Ravelry here.
A great challenge I received was to make puppets for the first time - here they are!
Patterns were found on Ravelry: the duck, dragon, and dog.
I think that's all of them! Happy Holidays everyone... and if you see something you like don't be shy to contact me for your very own!
As if my last post was in February! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (if you don't, you should!) then you haven't missed a thing! But in case you don't, here's the run down on the last few months.
I made quite a variety of items - check them out below!
and more baby blankets!
Reusable covers for your wet mops.
Wash cloths for pet messes (or whatever!)
Hot water bottle covers...
Various dog sweaters and snoods for a very exciting retail project!
That's it for now!
Orders have already been increasing as the holiday season approaches - contact me soon if you're looking for a unique handmade gift before the New Year!
So..... check out these beauty neck warmers I made! Cute right?
This pattern was chosen for an order of two neck warmers / cowls for two beautiful little girls; the customer chose their colours and left me to decide on the pattern. I chose the Blue Pine Snood, a beautiful pattern by Stacy Lee (find it on Ravelry here), and got to work on them, double knitting for warmth. They came out beautiflly, however there's a definite design flaw if you double-knit it the way I did, as the pattern stretches the wrong way!!
As you can see in the pictures above, it does a great job of expanding and collapsing to cover your face, (or not). Unfortunately it doesn't have the same give horizontally, therefore it's not easy to stretch over your head... oops. Perhaps knit in a lighter yarn this pattern would work, but that wouldn't have been any closer to what the little ladies these were made for needed - winter warmth, and ease of use.
So, a lesson in K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid! I was so wrapped up in making something pretty for these ladies, that I neglected to think that when it comes to keeping us warm this winter, it's function over fashion! So, when I learned that the poor girls couldn't get their cowls over their heads, I grabbed the needles and whipped up something just as thick and warm, but a little more functional:
I was glad to deliver the new cowls and see them try on their new cowls; the recipient of the blue and pink one threw her cowl over her head immediately and squeeled in delight - a satisfied customer, if I've ever seen one!
So a lesson in keeping it simple, and a reminder to all my customers that if there is ever a problem with your order: let me know right away, I'll be happy to make it right!
Happy New Year everyone!
I realize that it's most probably too late in the year to still be saying that but here I am doing it!
My hope for this year is to have the Store up and running with some inventory built up; this is challenging for a few reasons: First, I have to figure out how to organize this type of online business, shipping costs, etc.; next, I need to actually build up some inventory to sell! Now don't get me wrong I definitely have a mountain of finished projects, but most of them are first-time attempts at a new pattern, using random acrylic yarns. Nothing wrong with those, but there's something to be said for the yarn-snob in me that dishes out the cashmere and silk blends... nah mean!? The final bit of that challenge is that in order to build up some inventory, I need the time to focus on items for sale - most of the time I'm booked up with commissioned projects so that becomes very difficult. No complaints here though! In fact, I very much enjoyed the weeks leading up to Christmas as I had plenty of new projects to complete and I even tried some new ones! Since then, I've also had a few orders come in for folks who saw the gifts and couldn't resist having a pair of their own!!
So as promised, here are the items that were made over the holidays that I couldn't reveal for fear of ruining the surprise!! If you like what you see and want one of your own, send me a message!
The Holiday Season is upon us! I'm in denial, it's not just the Season, Christmas is in less than a week.
Insert Panic Here.
I have been a busy little worker in these past weeks, but you wouldn't know it because I can't post any of the items I've completed - can't ruin the surprise after all! Needless to say I am very anxious for the New Year when I can finally post the many photos I've been dying to share! There have been a few items recently that were quick knits and passed on to recipients to give immediately. So here's a sample of some of the recently completed projects that are already keeping folks warm during these last few weeks of winter just... coming in, like it owns the place. Brr.
Afghans are often a knitted item that can get literally worn to pieces. We cuddle up in them and their stretchy goodness and after years of comfort the inevitable happens - a loose thread you can't resist picking at... that little spot where your toes peak through and like to wiggle - I know you know what I'm talking about! But don't fret - these problems can be fixed!! Here's a look at a recently restored afghan:
Here's another - note that these blankets were not made by me, especially this second one which was crocheted.