The Countdown Is On

The Needler’s Retreat 2015 is coming up quickly. Taking place at the beautiful Glen House Inn in Gananoque again, this one will be really exciting for me. I’m preparing for my first Vending experience, a little nervous but glad it’ll take happen in a place and with folks I’ve known for a few years.

I’ve spent the morning doing Graphic Design work for my advert sheets and presentation binder and updating the files for my business cards. For now I’m just creating labels to stick on the old ones and bring them into this decade. I’m happy too, to have connected with a tech editor for KeiB Designs. I think it’ll add a professional touch and I know as a knitter, I appreciate that feature.

I’ve been working like a stevedore on the “Knitting / Guest” room and am really happy with the results so far. I’m still inundated with yarn (please visit my stash for sale on Ravelry and adopt some) but as of today, I have almost all of it in the one room. I did get some shelves (bamboo – recyclable and biodegradable – yay!) for my own closet and for the front hall. A little more work to do there as I’m still slowly working my way through old clothing and aiming for one more big donation to Diabetes before the end of the year. I put together coffee tables for the living room and finally replaced my 1960’s folding card table that was curb-dived about 10 years ago and has been serving as my kitchen table. Next up, I’m going to tackle what will be my office / sewing and needle work room. All in good time, I don’t procrastinate so much as to lose my title but I’m finding I have to make a mess in order to clean up a mess. It is so worth it though, as I’m getting better at getting rid of the things that make my life “heavy”.

I’m still working on the BW wrap and the Falling Leaves cowl but did get a wee bit bored and so took a break to whip up Anna Hrachovec’s “Boo Bat“. My daughter is crazy for bats and we kept a bat house at the old home. I love this cute little ami and can see a few more for her (I can’t tease her about being too old for bats. I still will buy anything Hello Kitty!) I am seeing trying my hand at some different techniques to create my own pattern but we’ll see how that goes. I know the weeks between now and Retreat weekend starting November 6th, will fly by.

This is a bigger post as I’m currently participating in a poetry writing challenge called OctPoWriMo and I suspect it’ll take a bite out of my blogging time for the next month. If you’re interested in poetry and other writing, I blog that at my other WordPress home: The Eclectic Poet. I’ll be here whenever I can though – you’ve been warned! :)

Here’s a Pictorial of the house and knit happenings: (You can hover over each photo for a quick blurb or click the first one and it opens a larger, slideshow-type of view, where comments, etc. can be made)

I’m In Trouble

The evil folk at Berroco have released a new yarn line called “Amano“.

I need a bib. And a llama daddy. And two more pairs of hands…

The news came via Webs and so I’m sharing their info page. You’ll want to get a bib before you look. I don’t care for bulky or chunky but could make an exception for “Puyu” and will be whining emailing Berroco today to beg suggest they manufacture a worsted weight version.

On the heels of the computer screen cleanup, another “ping” distracted me from my latest project – not Amano but you know, kinda okay (Falling Leaves Lalala…) and Meg, the evil temptress dye diva at Twisted! had sent notification that a former club colour “Zen” will be available to the rest of us!

I am definitely in trouble here and if you know a llama daddy who needs a gig, send him my way!

Have a wonderful weekend peeps!

Well Now I’ve Got THAT Out Of The Way

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and I just went for my usual screening today with a bone marrow density scan thrown in for good measure. These old ballerina, former anorexic bones need early intervention loves.

Ladies: do it. Gents: you too.

I’m an equal opportunity nagger as I have a son, a dad and a brother and I think the last thing we need to do is get bogged down in any gender stuff. And as the crafting community is all about getting the word out in fibre and fun, here are some big, bold, boob-i-ful – I had to say it, alliteration issues, remember?? – craft patterns.

There’s something for everyone whether you favour one stick or two, are a guy, girl, survivor or supporter. Whatever gets the word out is a good thing. This is NOT just about the colour pink – beribbon your Facebook profile picture, buy a pink ribbon pin, or special lipstick all you want – just remember the human face behind all the froufrou. We want an end to cancer, not landfills in pretty colours or meaningless social media memes. A little bit of fun is a great way to get conversations going so… Voilà!

Breast Cancer Awareness

From Drunken Aunt Wendy’s blog.

Breast Cancer Awareness

From Craftsy

Breast Cancer Awareness

From Gingersister’s blog

For more information in Canada, here is a link that includes lots of events and ways to get involved: the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

If you’d like to share an information link for your own country’s national breast cancer foundation, please feel free to do so in a comment.

Here’s one more pattern, a little more subtle and for my crochet peeps. You can find this one on Ravelry as: Crochet Awareness Ribbon Scarf (Pink for Breast Cancer or other Causes). You can customize the ribbon colour (deep blue for M.E.!) and it’s free :)

Breast Cancer Awareness

Pattern from Naztazia

Yarn Bomb Friday

I haven’t yarn bombed your Friday in a long time! Let’s do this one with a bang :D

In pictures: Gran aged 104 helps ‘guerrilla knitters’ decorate 46 Borders landmarks – Daily Record

GRACE BRETT, who has six grandchildren and 14 great-grandkids, was the oldest of the yarn bombers called the Souter Stormers.

Source: In pictures: Gran aged 104 helps ‘guerrilla knitters’ decorate 46 Borders landmarks – Daily Record

Feedback, Reviews, Common Courtesy

… and all that stuff!

So I just posted this in the PSPRP Ravelry group:

I’ve just read the first negative review of one of my patterns.

Ugghh… My first response was shock – I have thirty designs out now, many completed projects and this was the first time I’ve heard such negativity. My second response was hurt. Who wouldn’t?

When you put yourself out in the public forum, you have to understand that not everyone will like what you do. The crafting world is no exception. As a crafter, I understand that good instructions are important. I’ve come across a few patterns that definitely could have used improvement!

I truly believe in constructive criticism and in the concept of you can only improve if you’re made aware of pitfalls. For this reason, I include my personal email on every pattern that I print. I include an invitation for feedback on my Designer page, here in our Ravelry group, on my blog and my Facebook page.

My intention by making myself available, is to be as helpful and responsive as I can be and to make changes that are well-thought out and positive, when brought to my attention.

It didn’t happen that way in this instance and it does make me a little sad that someone would choose public negativity (bordering on insult) rather than bring their suggestions or concerns to me through the many avenues that they could have.

How do you handle these situations? It could be from any interchange, not knitting specific. I’m choosing to ignore it but it’s hard to know what the best approach is.

Any thoughts?

I’m asking the same question here, as I know some of you are also designers. It’s fair to say that I’m concerned about the effect the comment that this knitter made will have a negative effect on sales and it’s a hard enough to get those as it is!I haven’t responded to this person and don’t know if I will. It’s hard to know what the courteous response should be when you’ve been treated discourteously!

So, any thoughts you may have are very appreciated – jump on in!


Matinée II Is Available In The Ravelry Shop

Never too early to begin with your Christmas, Etc. gift making :)

You can find Matinée II, my latest scarf pattern, with a cowl option, at the link below and please feel free to add me on Ravelry (KarinB) or to join the PSPRP group on Ravelry.

Matinée II Scarf

It’ll be up on Etsy and Craftsy soon.

Matinée II Scarf ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Deigns

Matinée II Scarf
©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Deigns

Cheers All!

Winter Is Coming… Knit Faster!

I have some lovely Bulky and Chunky weight still kicking around and won’t be using it this season. There is enough of each of these lots to make at least a scarf and I’d love if they went to a home where they’ll be used up. All details can be found by clicking the link to my Ravelry Sale page. As always, if anyone purchases two or more lots, I will share the cost of the calculated shipping cost. If you have any questions, feel free to PM or to message me on Ravelry.

KarinB’s Stash for Sale Page <

©Karin Bole Tupper

Winter is coming… Knit scarves!