I’m fresh out of words, poor other blog and journal… My hands keep busy though:
In the becoming-more-usual way, it has sprung with dizzying speed. This time last week, significant amounts of snirt were still visible in shaded corners and we had an actual snow fall. Boots, coats and mitts were still in evidence. Yesterday, in true Canadian (and especially Ottawan) fashion, shorts and flip flops were being sported by many.
I, in my typical way, am fallen victim to my annual spring dithering… so much to do and I don’t know where to start! My garden calls but I haven’t purchased any garden tools, My knitting calls but my stash is worse than a harem – all the pretties want attention and none can be satisfied with short attention span and shorter ministrations!
I’m trying hard to finish up a test knit of my Goth-Stonian Legwarmers, mostly to be able to show the gorgeous handmade beads that are going onto this next pair and am working away at another Arcadian Double Loop, this time to show the technique for a photo tutorial… That and three sweaters, all at various stages have me all a-twitter as the robins.
I’m thinking a nice long walk this evening to clear out the residual hibernation hangover is in order and then maybe I can tackle this lot from a fresh perspective.
I’ve just updated the blog to include “Buy It Now” options to purchase my two ebooks, The Arcadian Collection and Memories Of Egypt. Descriptions of each are available by clicking their titles on that page.
The tab is just above on this page: “KeiB Designs” and here is a direct link:
I’ll be updating both this and the free pattern page in the next few days, with a couple new designs and with direct download buttons.
Please feel free to share :)
Silky Cables is off the needles. Yay!
Shown here with the original in all it’s matted mohair / acrylic glory, just for good measure.
There’s been a wealth of sales and new yarn temptations come up in my email and I’m finding it VERY hard to resist buying a set of Addi Clicks from Webs – I have mostly very old Addis, the ones with the gold cords and they’re losing their plating :(. The Unique Sheep is running another mystery KAL, another design by Janine La Cras and I desperately want to fit this into my time and budget. The theme is King Arthur and his court, a favourite subject of mine and one of the inspiration photos from TUS “Camelot” Pinterest board is this gorgeous photo of the Glastonbury Tor:
If it’s Welsh or Wales, I’m all over it and I’m hearing that Marici silk lace calling me!
Annnddd… One more time with the “A” word: the link for my e-book “The Arcadian Collection”, containing all three patterns is >here< :)
I WILL be saying “Arcadian” again in this post. It’ll be later though :)
I hope to ETA this post a little later with the “Finished” photo of Silky Cables. I’m about to begin the last half of the second sleeve and am really happy about the colour match of my “insurance” skeins. I definitely needed them. These blousey, dolman-like sleeves are using up two and a smidgen skeins each! This is a lot of sweater and one of the reasons I love it so much.
Once I’ve freed up the needles, I have just the cuffs to work on Harmonia’s Rings. This was another yarn miracle – to find insurance skeins from Madelinetosh (she of no dye lots) that were purchased in the same year, mere months, same shop and in the hands of someone south of the border willing to part with this (gasp!) discontinued colourway – and to find upon their arrival here they look to have come from the same batch…
Can I get a Hell Yeah?!
I’m still working away at the small, “filler” projects and sketching and plotting madly for some new designs. It’s fair to say that my new poison is making best friends of knit and crochet. Putting my hands on some King Cole “Galaxy” and some Berroco Vintage DK today means I’ll have to get at some prototype planning. My next big project will probably be the “Impromptu” cardigan. I’ve some gorgeous Canopy Fingering in “Crocus” a deep plummy shade and a few choices in contrasting or coordinating fingering for the pocket linings. My favourite is the Sirdar Baby Bamboo, though it’s a bit on the heavy side:
The first of the Arcadian patterns is available now on Ravelry. Pattern page here.
The rest will follow shortly, now that I’ve had a chance to work the kinks out of the new format and PDF transfer. It felt great to flex those old technical writer bones and I hope that crafters will like the more streamlined look. All three will be available in an e-book format as well as individually in a day or two.
All this means I should get myself to bed. It’s rainy gently, such a beautiful sound when it returns in the spring and I’ll be dreaming in colour for sure!
A class photo of all the Arcadian Cowl variations. The pattern writing festivities continue and I am keeping the coffee and stashbusting faeries very happy :)
Double Loop was seamed up yesterday. I swear I’ve done more Kitchener grafting in the last four days than in the last four years! This one is my favourite for yarn base – the silk merino blend – though I knitted options, this one seems the best “fit” for the design, IMHO.
On the WIP front, insurance skeins have arrived for both sweaters as of the first of April and I’m “Circuit Knitting” on both of them (why do I only have one set of 4.50mm dpns??!). Silky Cables is set to win the race, though I doubt it’ll see wear this year as M’lady Spring seems to have deigned to grace Ottawa with her presence, however sporadic her appearances have been and Silky is bulky in fit and wonderfully warm.
On the Quick ‘N Dirty front, I’m working up the second “Skully Fingerless Glove” today – which may become a bottle cozy if I lose interest and due to it’s thumb-free design ;-). I’ve a second pair of Goth-Stonian Legwarmers half done too. A pair with an Asian-type theme are next up. These have been great for stashbusting:
I’m in full-on manic mode with the fibre crafts…
This is great but in the past, has come with a dreadful and incurable side effect – Startitis. Starting is all well and good and when my brain’s on fire, can be productive. There is my own little twist (no pun) on it though… ADD is such a great thing in many ways but when all synapses start firing at once, I can get so overwhelmed that I want to chuck it all and just read books!
In the interest of avoiding – hopefully – the dreaded ennui monster, I’m allowing myself to do bugger all “official” knit stuff today and am just having fun. Yay!
Keeping the Punk in Punk Rock… I’ve been popping these skully crochet things out like Reddenbacher’s:
I really do love crochet, it’s fast, fun and who can argue with skulls? ;-) I’m thinking that there may be an entire #UCG realm of possibility here for knit and crochet items. My daughter has inherited, perfected and is fearless in her Goth style and would be a perfect model! Now… if I could just stop fretting about what people think…
First and worst sign of aging = giving up the styles that make you happy for the popular perception! Why, why, why do we spend so much time encouraging our children’s creativity and freedom of expression, only to turn round and quash it in ourselves or others?
So, back to my version of colouring outside the lines in my blanket fort today. If anyone needs me, I can be lured out with dark chocolate milk and pop tarts! :)