Insert Catchy Title Here…

I think I’ve used that one before :)

So… James Harris – the test knit edition is done and I think I’m good-to-go for the pattern write. I like this one and am looking forward to the second in the series, Carey Judson. There’s some Three Irish Girls yarn winging its way here for that project :)

I gave in to my psych-out and started the Matinée II – small edition (Mystic Topaz) in some reclaimed Noro Kureyon Sock. I was exploring using some double knitting techniques for this but it’s so easy to do and my hope is that adventurous beginners as well as more experienced knitters will want to make this when it’s released… and not soon enough. I may need to start offering bribes for Test Knitters!

On the “been there, done that” front, I’m including an FO picture from a Raveller who just finished up a beautiful, gradient version of my “Carré Glace” pattern. I will never stop being excited anytime someone chooses to make a KeiB Designs pattern :D

I Got Nuthin’

Two thirds of the JH test knit is it! I do like seeing how different yarn selections change the look of one pattern. This one, in Cash Iroha, has very precise stitch definition but a much more rustic feel. Four more of these and I’ll have Yule / Christmas covered for all the menfolk in my family :)

James Harris ~ TestknitI had some fantastic news and I hope it’ll go through, either way it’s a compliment and so encouraging. I’ve been approached to have one of my patterns taught as a class :) I’m so happy about the potential this has and if it comes to fruition, I’ll share the details here for any who might like to participate.

Cheers all! Have a great weekend :)

 

WIP Wednesday

Uugghh…

It’s all about the WIP’s this week I’m afraid. I’ve done it to myself with this damn “startitis” and lack of sufficient pairs of arms. I finished the prototype for “James Harris” and am currently working the test knit from my draft pattern. Savannah is my “selfish knitter” and “Reign” accompaniment, so not a lot done but progressing. I keep on staring at the yarn for the test knit of Matinée II (the Mrs. Crosby) but I’ve psyched myself out with the technique I want to use v. practical application / joy of the knitting / fear of buggering up the most gorgeous yarn evah! I suppose a dip in the frog pond wouldn’t be the end of the world if things… unravel…

Progesses and lilacs from my walk to the Marché:

 

My Brain Is Exploding…

So many ideas, so many WIP’s… notes, graph paper, yarn, MATH.

If I'd known that knitting was math...  Uugghh

If I’d known that knitting was math… Uugghh

My ADD goes through stages that are like manic and depressive. For me though, its stages of: pretty okay and don’t run out of sticky notes or… who let loose the my inner 4-year old and why did you give her apple juice? It looks like a bomb went off in a yarn store here…

So what I do have done is the concept for a new pattern collection and I’ve started the prototype knit. This will be a series of Men-friendly / unisex / non gender stereotyped accessories. The names are from my Great Granddads and I’m taking creative license from their lives and hobbies. James Harris is the first, worked in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK (from stash). I’m also working the Savannah cardigan from Dolce Handknits in some luscious ECO alpaca (more stashbusting), it’s gorgeous to work with and the pattern is very simple – great to work out brain kinks.

Hope your weekend will be wonderful and I’m off to… make more messes! :)

Matinée II ~ Finished

Carnelian (pattern: Matinée II) is off the needles :) I love the Alegría by Manos del Uruguay and will definitely use it again. I don’t have the exact metres and grams yet; it is a little different from Matinée but that’ll come soon. Carnelian is the “large” version and the size variations are a nod to the two most standard put ups for sock and fingering yarns. The finished accessories come out to very similar dimensions due to the pattern differences.  I’m lagging a bit on getting the patterns finished but have high hopes for the rest of the day. Hope your day is wonderful :)