It’s That Time Again!

The nomination process for the 2014 Canadian Blog Awards have begun.

If you’ve been enjoying what you read on Punk Rock And Purl, I would appreciate so much if you’d consider voting for me. You can do this by clicking right here —> Voting

You don’t have to be an official “Follower” and an account is not required to vote – most of my “Pinners” and “Rav-ers” drop by to visit and don’t have a WordPress account :).

There’s more information to be found about the awards on Jonathan’s blog here —> Canadian Blog Awards

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Aside

Six Hundred and four visits to Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl yesterday…

Already (at almost 6:00AM) another eighty-five!

I have to say, I’m a little gobsmacked at the activity and I very much appreciate when someone takes time out of their busy day to visit.

Thank you for stopping by and do feel free to say hello in a comment or message if there is a particular post that you liked.

~ kei
KarinB on Ravelry

Oliver After One Month

As if the weeks didn’t fly by quickly enough!

When you have something to look forward to, they fly faster and often better.

Here’s my “Ollie” after completing Clue 5:

Clue 5 Finished

Transitions up to and including Clue 5.

Clue 5 Finished ~ Detail

Clue 5 Detail

Loving the “cameo” effect created by the nupps in the stocking stitch diamonds. This may be one of my favourite Unique Sheep colourways so far. I’m scheming already about how I can incorporate the various bases and colours into some sort of stashbuster blanket!

Family, Fibre and Furnaces

Once again, an entire week has flown away from me!

With all the lead up to my nephew’s wedding, I thought I’d have a little more by the way of knitting and such to show but somehow, I’ve not managed a lot other than to keep up with the Oliver Twist MKAL. I did complete Clue 4 and it’s official… I love nupps!

Here’s the detail photo of Clue 4:

Clue 4 Completed ~ Detail

KarinB’s “Oliver” Clue 4

I’m still working away on “Blob”, which is beginning to look cuddly and wearable. I’ve a second skein to work with that’ll give a unique “dip dye” effect to the prototype, one that I hope will catch the interest of some knitters once it’s published. The Manos “Fino” is a gorgeous yarn, I’m already plotting ways to buy more.

A little excitement with my furnace this week, though it’s been so warm, there’s hardly a need. I did have a broken igniter but an efficient repair man and a service contract so all worked out beautifully and winter can begin whenever it chooses to get here.

The itinerary for this year’s version of The Needler’s Retreat was emailed out early this week and I am thrilled!

My BFF, the very talented Francine Hebert of “Fancy That” yarn jewellery, will be teaching a class in knitting with silk hankies. I fully expect that my efforts at class clown will be appreciated by all our teachers this year. Once again, the venue is the gorgeous Glen House in Gananoque on the St. Lawrence and we have our favourite room as per usual (party is at Frankie and Kar’s! ;-) ) I was really happy that we don’t have any homework to do before this year’s classes; I’m already doubting I’ll have much finished (ie: blocked) for Show ‘N Tell.

Keeping You In Stitches Saturday

Umm… Does anyone else note the “choking hazard” warning?

I’m not sure if I have the most twisted sense of humour or just a dirty mind.

I lay the blame on Addi. All those slick tips and smoooth transfers, lol!

(making sure my “Class Clown” title goes unchallenged for The Retreat!)

The purl-fect man!

The purl-fect man!

You can actually buy this kit right here: boyfriend kit :)

Throwback Thursday

There’s been a huge surge of visitors to Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl in the last couple of days and I want to thank you for stopping by! This is a shameless plug: if you’ve been enjoying what I share here, please consider voting for my blog (as mentioned in this post: Canadian Blog Awards)

When I find good tips, I like to share them – that’s the beauty of our crafting community! There are other tutorials here too with links back to the websites where they originate. I hope to make a video tutorial showing my favourite technique for creating nupps soon to add to the others :)

I don’t know if any of you are participating in “Throwback Thursdays”, a Facebook meme where you post old photos of yourself. I don’t often but it is fun to see those memories and bright, shiny faces!

I just like alliterative post titles – can’t help it – it’s the “writer” thing :) My knitting “Throwback Thursday” which could also be a “WIP Wednesday”… if we’re getting all technical, is to a design that has been on paper forever but is finally seeing some love in the prototype stage.

I’m hoping to have this piece done to bring with me to Sheeps Ahoy’s 2014 Needler’s Retreat, along with it’s older sibling “The Bishop’s Sleeves” scarf. At the moment, this is called “The Aqua Blob Of Doom”, though I’ll come up with something more appealing before it goes live! The prototype is being worked in Fleece Artist and Manos yarns, both are silk blends and luscious to work with.

The Aqua Blob

The Aqua Blob