First Guild Meeting Of The Year

The Ottawa Knitting Guild kicked off with a great meeting last night.

I’ve been very sporadic in my attendance and must confess, I’d thought Guild might be too old and stuffy for me. Like so many things crafty though, the renaissance has gained fresh faces and younger devotées are coming out.

Our speaker was Anne Pitman, of Anne’s Yoga. Her topic was yoga for knitters and she was a delight! Her warm, engaging speaking style and soothing voice, combined with the knitter-appropriate movements that she demonstrated, had the entire room attentive and participating. No mean feat to get a roomful of knitters to set down the pins for a bit!

I am a marathon knitter. There’s never a moment other than work or eating – and sometimes I resent that! – that I’m not doing something with sticks and strings and it is hell on the Carpal Tunnel and even that old SUV injury at times. This brief introduction had me (and all the attendees) relaxed and smiling, even after a stressful day at work and the two busses in January scramble to get to the meeting on time. I think I’ll be adding classes with Anne to my “Would Like To Do” list for spring.

The upcoming courses look interesting and I think I’ll be joining the class that explores reading Japanese patterns. I have several Japanese knit and crochet books and I love the expanded range of designs v. North American but they can be a challenge.

I’m always looking for new skills and inspiration so… What new things are you looking at to expand and enhance your crafting this year?

Wrapping up with a little Yarn Pr0n :)

Yarn Pr0n destined for test knits

Manos del Uruguay Alegria and Silk Blend

Almost Make It Monday

So close and yet so far…

I’m just a few rows away from finishing my “Sachy” hat by Connie Chang Chinchio and my test knit of the “Cairo” scarf. I cast on Sachy Friday evening at my birthday dinner and sleepover with my Bestie. Frankie is the 14th and I’m the 15th of January, ironic as neither of us likes the cold but we’re both avid knitters so it passes these dark months!

Cairo will be the next pattern that I publish this year and I’m hoping it’ll be as well received as “Les Cloches Cannelées”. Super stoked to have had online sales and Yarn Forward should have the hard copies available by week’s end.

Quick knitting 😊 #sachy hat in #dreamincolor #everlastingdk This is the November club colour. #karinb #knittersofinstagram #yarnpr0n #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl

KeiB Sachy hat progress.

 

Working on a test knit for a new #keibdesigns pattern. #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #knittersofinstagram #scarves

KeiB Designs “Cairo”

 

WIP Wednesday

My WIP’s doth runneth over! Already… 2015 knitting is off to a blistering start despite the constant interference of that Time Vampire “Work”.

One the needles, in my typical “Circuit Knitting” style are:

Phoenix Rising: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/phoenix-rising

Goth-stonian Leg Warmers: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/goth-stonian-legwarmers

Cairo Scarf Test Knit: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/cairo-scarf

I’m cheating and just linking the Ravelry project pages so that I can save my fingers.

The first full week back, post flu and the passing of my beautiful Nanny, has been brutal! Temperatures are what they are during January in my neck of the woods: cold with cold, bitter freezing and cold :p and my unit was tasked with completing several Finance courses that are mandatory and had to be completed by days’ end yesterday. No mean feat in a unit where timelines for completing your actual work are near impossible due to demand and our tiny staff. I am happy to say though that all three courses are complete and my marks may even have been pretty good! Nice to add to the old resume.

I have some wonderful news about Les Cloches Cannelées, it is going to be carried in printed format at my local LYS, Yarn Forward! I’m over the moon as every little bit helps. It’s hard to shine among the many pattern choices and talented designers on Ravelry, or even Etsy and so I’m super happy to have this opportunity. A store sample is underway and I’m crossing my fingers.

And with that, I’m off to work, <grumbles>

Cheers All!

Les Cloches Cannelées Is Live In The Shop

Les Cloches Cannelées or The Fluted Bells scarf is finally available for purchase in  my Ravelry shop.

You can find it here: KeiB Designs on Ravelry Soon to follow on Craftsy and Etsy.

Les Cloches had different working names through the design and prototype phases but I think this one suits it best :) The two culprits are pictured below:

Two Cloche Scarves for Patt

Eyelet Smocked Scarf ©Karin Bole Tupper

 

 

The Bishop's Sleeves ©Karin Bole Tupper

The Bishop’s Sleeves
©Karin Bole Tupper

If you do make one of my patterns, please be sure and post photos to our little group on Ravelry. I also have a tab way-y-y-y up top there under the “KeiB Designs” tab, to post reader’s knits, if you’d like to share them here.

I’m still sick as all get out but the enforced home time was good for a little productivity and it’s Hump Day! I’ll be going back to work tomorrow – ugghh – out of pace now but well fortified with cold meds for the battle.

Cheers all :)

Spring 2015 Color Report From Pantone

Again, dreaming of spring in the midst of Winter…

Here is Pantone’s official colour palette for this year. I’m less enthusiastic about some of these selections but there are definitely some that will make their way into my crafting or home.

Pantone's Spring 2015 colour predictions

Pantone’s Spring 2015 colour predictions

My evolving taste in interior design colours has me looking at the Pantone Colour of the Year, “Masala”. Shown here in various accessories, it’s easy to picture adding it into an existing colour theme.

Image credit: Pantone

Image credit: Pantone.com

Green is one of my favourite colours and it is a strong part of my decor palette. “Woodbine” is a lovely warm green that looks great in the treatment below:

Woodbine Decor Spring 2015

I like blue but have used it less in recent years. Our first little townhouse was decorated at the height of my love for antiques and the desire for an older home. Colonial blue and Wedgwood – and geese! Let’s not forget the proliferation of geese on everything :) – were colours that I loved then. Seeing “Dusk Blue”, which was a colour of the year in 2013 as well, used in more simple treatments and with muted greys and mauves; makes it feel much more current and for me, I love the natural feel it evokes.

Dusk blue 2015 decor

There are great photos all over the Internet, showing creative ways to incorporate or reinvent your home and wardrobe to include 2015’s colours. My home is looking relatively stylish – in terms of colour ;-) – nice for a change! I’ll be knitting and crocheting for the shop with an eye to some of the warmer palette shown this year.

What will you be creating in the latest fashion colours? :)