Monday, November 23, 2009

Great Gifties for Christmas!

I have updated the shop to include some adorable softies that would make excellent holiday gifts! Check em out!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New Knitting Patterns!!

Hey Guys!

Sorry for the long delay in getting these patterns out! I've been swamped with the semester of never-ending "mid-terms". I use quotations because they've lasted from the beginning of October until the week before finals. It is about an exam or test every week, or every other week.....

Anyways, I have wanted to publish these patterns for a while now, but was waiting on some fabulous test knitters to give me the go-ahead with the designs.
Here they finally are...


What’s that up there in the sky? A silver saucer!? It’s landing…it’s opening… what’s that coming out of it? … little green men with googly eyes!!??

Alien Invasion is a wacky hat for kids ages 0-10 years old.
Pattern comes in PDF format. An adult version is in the works for all you fun-loving grown ups!
Alien invasion is knitted in worsted weight yarn for coziness and quick-knitability!
Perfect for the little-alien in your life!


Flip Tops
A mitten with a top that flips back so you can have the toasty comfort of mittens, with the finger freeness of wrist-warmers!
Flip Tops aka glittens aka convertible mittens
This pattern is in women's average sizing, but the length is customizable! I have tiny hands and they fit me (that's me hand modelling)and I've also tried these mittens on medium and large women's hands and they fit too (with length adjustment of course!)

They are knitted on a chunky weight yarn, so they knit up nice and quick! They are great for gifts! Try them in self-striping yarns too!

If you like these patterns and want to try one out, head over to my etsy page
Coy Shop or my ravelry page Vanessa Carter's Pattern Store to grab a copy!

happy knitting!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What You've All Been Waiting For...

Hi Everyone!


I know this post has been a long time coming. The knit has been finished for ages, I just was waiting for my hubby to take some decent photos of me in this sweater. When he had the time, the light was bad, when the light was good, he wasn't around, or I wasn't thinking of wearing a heavy alpaca blend sweater (sun=very warm lately).I finally succumbed to the self-portrait, which always gives an inferior result, but I was sick of waiting!

The above pic is of my Imogen, made from a lovely Fleece Artist kit in my all-time favorite colourway, Mermaid.


The pic is silly, because it is ridiculously hard to photograph oneself. BUT I love this sweater! It is so cozy! It is made from an alpaca/merino blend & is a wrap style that is wonderful to snuggle up in on chilly days. Bring it, Winter! I'm ready for you!

The other thing I wanted to mention, is that I've got some of my patterns back for sale on Ravelry (for all you ravelers out there, you know who you are ;-) Find em at My Ravelry Shop!

There's Ella Phint!

And Pinot noir,
a sock pattern which I can't find a pic of right now, but it's on the site. So check em out! I am working on some more patterns right now, which are in the test-knitting stage. So stay tuned for more fun knits!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Toasty Fall Neckwarmers

I am a scarf girl if you haven't guessed by now. I am usually donning a cozy wool scarf from the first crisp day of September, to the last chilly day of April. However, sometimes a scarf is a bit bulky, sometimes it is a bit too warm, sometimes it just doesn't go with that outfit. These are the days when a cute cowl is just the thing...

This cute cabled cowl is done in a heavy worsted weight organic cotton by Blue Sky Alpaca. It was a birthday gift from my lovely mother. It is deliciously soft, and because of the heavier yarn weight, it is quite warm (but not *too* warm).

This soft grey cowl is done in a stitch pattern I made up, and is made out of some yummy Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. The lighter weight of the yarn is lovely with the warmth of the merino and cashmere, and is oh scrumptiously soft!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A good weave

I've been spending more time with the Ashford Knitter's Loom I am borrowing.

3. Bella Maiden Scarf
Ingredients: 1 skein of Handmaiden Silk Maiden

This little scarf was done with a skein of Silk maiden from handmaiden.
This skein was a gift from a friend at work. She bought it for herself, but ended up not really liking the colour for herself. Since it made her think of me, she gave it to me. I absolutely love the colours, and it is incredibly soft.

4. Colour Riot Scarf
Ingredients: 1 skein Fleece Artist Seawool

The colours of this skein failed to knit up nicely, there was too much pooling. So onto the loom it went. I really like how it turned out woven though. The fabric has a lovely sheen from the seacell, which is a derivative of seaweed.

Friday, September 11, 2009

a little knitting...

I recently knitted up these adorable little booties for a friend's soon-to-be-born baby. His name will be Jacob, so they are Jacob's booties.


They are from my standby baby bootie pattern, Saartje's Booties and are knit out of Lorna's Laces Sheperd Socks(bottoms), and Sisu (tops).


Don't you just love baby knits, so quick and so high in cute factor!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Not knitterly

I am working on some new cuties to possibly sell at a local garden center...


This little guy is my prototype. The gnomies will come in various colour combos.
This one's name is Gerald.

He is made of felt, thread, and some fiberfill stuffing.
He is 100% hand sewn.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Summer knits

This summer has been a time of many knits, and very little time spent knitting. I actually knitted myself out in the first two weeks of July, ended up with a sore arm, and had to hold off on knitting for two weeks.... then when I felt better, i over knitted again... two weeks later I am back knitting, but not for prolonged periods in order to avoid a relapse. Don't worry, it's not carpal tunnel, I checked. It is just pain from over use, and I am cutting back so I won't end up with carpal tunnel.
BUT in the mean time... I will walk you through a summer of knitting.

Koigu baby socks, for a shop sample... These are a pattern called Oh Baby by Holli Yeoh

Next up... the euroflax linen tank top, another shop sample, I think it was a louet pattern, but can't remember the name...
This was technically knit over the last year, but finished in June.

Thats all I have time for now, more knits to come...
I have knitted over a dozen FOs this summer, so stay tuned.

Friday, August 28, 2009

weaving a good yarn...

Recently I got the opportunity to borrow a friend's Ashford Knitter's Loom.
I've just got one word to sum up the experience... Love.
What began as a weaving afternoon, became two weeks of weaving bliss...

The loom has gone home to it's rightful owner, but not without leaving a small legacy of scarves & shawls behind.

1. Mountain in the Moonlight Shawl

ingredients: 1 skein (50g) Indigo Moon Sock Yarn in namesake colourway
1/2 skein (100g) Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in unknown colourway

2. The Golden Ticket Shawl

ingredients: 2 skeins (approx 600 yds) Twist of Fate 100% Rayon in Gold

There are more, but some are gifts and must wait to be gifted before being revealed to the public. Just think of it as having something to look forward to!

I think I need one of these looms!

Here are some reasons why I love the Knitter's Loom:

1. When your hands are tired from too much knitting, weaving is totally fine

2. For you product knitters, hello 5 hour shawl!

3. Portability. Yes! You can bring it to knit night!

4. What can you give your knitter friends that is not knitting? Something woven!

5. Hand dyed yarns = instant faux plaid = awesome

6. Colour in weaving.... gorgeous

7. It's a stash busting excercise. Use up all that excess sock yarn!

8. It has maximum impact for minimal time & skill

9. Wondering what to make with your gorgeous handspun yarn? How about a woven heirloom shawl?

10. Weaving produces fabric which can be sewn into stuff. Huzzah!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Logo!

I have been ever so lucky to have a new logo for my Coy stuffies made for me by local graphic designer, Amaris Fisher!
The image is a little sketch we worked on together, which she cleaned up and made into a cute logo image. I think this might end up as a business card logo, and as an integrated part of my banner on my Etsy site.

Where to Find My Creations in the Real World:

I sell my hand-knitted baby & toddler hats at Mothering Touch

I sell my handmade stitch markers at The Beehive Wool Shop

I sell my handmade stuffies at The Coy Online Shop.
Or in even person if you contact me to arrange a time to meet up.

The hard part I find, is getting exposure, getting my stuff out there to my niche market. I guess all artists have this problem at some point or other. Any tips or advice from you artisans out in blog land??


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Long time no blog

Well I'll bet a few of you might have begun to think I have dropped off the face of the earth, or at least the face of the interwebs, but here I am!
I've been tired, busy, distracted, and many other very good reasons for not blogging for ages (insert them here).
One such reason is that I misplaced my camera, and felt disinclined to make a post without pictures, because face it, we all love pictures!

Knitting projects I have finished include, the euroflax linen tank top for the The Beehive
The top pic, btw, is me at the Beehive.
I finished Imogen, which I know you are all dying to see, but alas I have not yet photographed it.
I am working on a Silk Maiden shawl similar to the Sunday Market Shawl with a slightly different stitch pattern. I'll probably give out the pattern for free when I'm done it because I like to share the knit love.
If you happen to head over to the silk maiden link, which takes you to the handmaiden site, don't say I didn't warn you.... it can be dangerous to your credit card/paypal account!

I am almost finished the spring semester here at school, so I'll be working at the knitting shop again this summer! So this means/ I hope this means that I'll be spending lots of time playing with yarn. I really need to catch up on my knitting, which studying has this annoying habit of getting in the way of. (oh, bad sentence nessa, looks around for the grammar police)

Well, I'll write again soonish when I finally get some decent photos to share with you all!

happy knitting~

Sunday, March 22, 2009

More lovelies in the shop!

I know, I know, I'm shamelessly plugging my etsy shop.
But look what's in there now!

For those of you who don't know, the mushrooms are mushrooms that grow in North America, and come complete with a little description, and botanical names.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


stuff is finally in my etsy shop!!
I'll post more hopefully this weekend!
So far I've got bears, a bunny, a yeti, and some birds, but I hope to post some mushrooms of North America, little Red, and more :-)
Check out the Coy shop!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

another day another year


It was my birthday yesterday. And I was sick. Am sick.
Despite this, the hubby got me a cake, and a box of Captain Crunch cereal (because deep down I am turning 7 again). And his gift came in the mail today! Yay!
What is it? The Oh Bijou CD, Swift Feet for Troubling Times!
Jeff first introduced me to this band after hearing a song by them on CBC radio, and then frantically searching the interwebs for more about them... "how do you spell Obeejoo??" I'm so glad he took the trouble because I totally <3 this awesome Toronto band! Plus, how much do I love the stethoscope background art on their webpage?!
I am also pretty stoked about the release of their new album in April! (hmmm... our anniversary is in April...)
So here I am, with my soup, and my music....

Saturday, February 07, 2009

gifty goodness

I knit this little scarf for a friend's son, whom I love.
He is fast approaching the 8 year mark, and he LOVES HOTWHEELS!


The pattern is my own design, and the yarn is Paton's Canadianna, not a yarn I usually use, but it is 100% acrylic, and 100% 8 year old boy proof :-)


When I showed the hubby, he very much approved of this gift for an 8 year old boy. He was like "that's so cool!!" to which I replied "you can't have it".
It seems that 8 year old boys and 28 year old boys are all the same.


Here are the inside guts of the scarf. They will be covered in polar fleece to make this scarf worthy of Northern Alberta winters, but mostly to hide the guts.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

little forest


Check out my new hobby! Needle felting! This little button is only about 3 or 4 inches in diameter. I made this back during the holiday break, when I took a needle felting class at the Beehive Wool Shop.

I know you're all thinking, as if YOU need ANOTHER hobby, Nessa! And you're totally right, but still, needle felting is fun, and has many cool applique uses when used on knitted-felted objects. Plus, it's a great way to use up little left-over bits of roving when I am done spinning because, in needle felting, a little wool goes a long way.


One of my favourite features of this little felted forest is the bead stars! I heart them.

Anyways, I don't think I'll give up too much time to this new interest, but it is a rather fun way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009



This giant yeti was commissioned by a friend (people just love yetis!). He stands about 24-32" tall (I didn't measure before I gave him away), as opposed to my previous yeti creations which were about 8-9" tall. Which makes him extra snuggleable.


Here he is sitting at the kitchen table, even yeti's like their afternoon tea...


Don't let the big claws fool you, he's really just a gentle giant.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

I like mermaids

I have liked mermaids ever since I was a little girl. C'mon, what little girl doesn't dream that she is Ariel, at least once in her life...


So needless to say I immediately fell in love with Fleece Artist's gorgeous colourway called, you guessed it, Mermaid. Actually this was my favourite colourway for a long time, but then I found out the name & if it is possible, I loved it even more.
That pic up there is actually my first plied handspun (from Fleece Artist's merino sliver), snuggling up with my Imogen sweater-kit-in-progress. Am I a tad obsessed with this colour? possibly.


Oddly, I am not usually a "blue" person, but this blue is so rich, and the intermingled shades of green, brown, and purple make this colourway reminiscent of the colours used in some of my favourite Emily Carr paintings of the 1930's, like this one or this one.


I am ridiculously pleased with myself over this handspun. I used a shoe box, and empty tp rolls to ply this yarn, and it is now my life's goal to procure more of this colourway in the merino sliver... in fact, I would even be delighted to get this colourway in the silk/merino blend sliver... Also, there is some nice Mermaid BFL sock yarn that I am planning to purchase one of these days too...
Is it wrong to have one of every type of knitted item in this colourway?
I won't wear them all out at once, I promise!


Friday, January 09, 2009

back to school


I feel like this guy.
Why do the holidays never last long enough?
This semester is physics, and maths, so I anticipate much homework. In fact it has already begun.
My consolation is the belated Bitchybees Christmas party, which was cancelled due to snow, but is now happening this Sunday! So in fact Christmas is not yet over for me :-)
Hope you are all enjoying (as much as possible) your back-to-school/back-to-work/back-to-regular-life and are not at all feeling a bit of longing to back-up and go back-to-Christmas for a little bit longer.

Photos on my Christmas present project! It is "Imogen", a sweaterkit from Fleece Artist, and it's an alpaca-wool handpainted yarn! It's simply dreamy to knit.
Plus photos on my first ever 2-ply handspun! (you are dying of anticipation now, right?)