Mucking About

I haven’t actually designed anything in over a year! Nothing that made it to paper that is. Time to dust off those brain cells and get some of these ideas at least sketched before they are lost among the laundry lists and mundane thoughts.

The Bishop’s Sleeves is a scarf pattern that is done but for the formatting (I am called The Queen of Procrastination for a reason) and I had always intended to expand on that idea.

Being between projects, I picked up some old skeins of Handmaiden Silk Maiden and Lady Godiva and some Manos Fino that happened to coordinate. A provisional cast on later and I have a little something to show. NOTE: yarn that has been put up wet makes me want to spit like a Llama!!!

This is the beginning of a more complex Bishop’s:

New KBDesign

 

Hell Froze Over

I’m not sure if I’m proud or horrified.

This may mean I need to turn in my punk rock rebel knitter card but…

It’s true.

I swatched.

The evidence:

#hellfrozeover #iswatch #knitting #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #karinb #olivermysterykal #uniquesheep #gradience #luxe #silkmerino

I’ve got the correct tension on the recommended 3.75mm with Unique Sheep’s Luxe. I’ll be using my Addi Lace circulars for this project. I used skein 6 from the Gradience set for the swatch and it is a really nice yarn base. All the body and “sproing” of merino and a smooth feel of silk, without the slippery.

I can’t wait for the start date!

WIP Wednesday

This is somewhere between WIP and FO as per my knitting idiosyncrasies!

(and I really need to update my FO project tab for 2014… I’ve not been slacking)

Addewid is off the needles but is waiting for blocking. I’d like to give “Block Party” a whole new meaning and have several people come visit to help me with getting these last few projects truly finished. Alas, I’ll have to put aside my fear and loathing of blocking and get it done.

Here is her partial debut. More than black blob, less than gorgeous shawl:

 Addewid

Chill Weekend

No knitting to speak of this weekend. I’m slowly working my way through the beaded bind off of Addewid. It’s hard to wrap up a truly enjoyable project.

Knitting zen.

 I did cake the six luscious skeins of Unique Sheep Luxe that I’ll be using for the upcoming mystery KAL:

Unique Sheep Luxe

The theme is loosely based on the Oliver Twist tale by Dickens and designed by Janine La Cras, who also designed the Peter Pan shawl that I knit a few months ago. Should be another fun project. I’m taking my colour inspiration from the musical version “Oliver!” and the song: You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket or Two, I’ll be working this project in the “You Zig, I Zag” colourway (just as Fagin sings about for the boys) with S/L chartreuse AB beads in size 6. The yarn base is Luxe, a merino and Tussah silk blend.

The KAL begins with the first clue to be released on 19 September and… I’m ready :)

Ready for Clue one.

Saturday wa s bit out of the norm. My daughter and I had a bonding date and went to get tattoos together. This was her first tattoo and my most recent. The day couldn’t have been better, wrapping up with a late lunch and glass of wine on the patio of a neighbourhood pub. The perfect way to enjoy the waning days of summer temperatures here in the Nation’s Capital :)

Wishing you all a gentle Monday. Cheers!

Yarn Bomb Friday

So many favourites!

A yarn bomb of the Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog memorial.

Please click the photo for the story and the charity link for RAOK.

Yarn Bomb via Nikki Smalls

Photo and yarn bomb by Nikki Smalls (via Twitter)

 

Made It Monday

The fifth and final clue for Addewid arrived at nine am, my time on Friday morning. I was still scrambling to get through Clue four. This is rare for me, I’m usually done and waiting impatiently for the next clue. I’m happily working away on Clue 5 now and looking forward to getting this one finished up.

Clue 4 Finished ~ Detail

The Pleasance shawl has got a little love; I’m halfway through the lace chart and still marvelling at the softness and sheen of the Serenity Silk.

What’s up next? I couldn’t resist the upcoming “Oliver Twist” KAL with The Unique Sheep and Earthfaire. I’d wanted to try the “Luxe” base and found an excuse! My yarn and beads are winging their way here for the 19 September start date for this one.

From TUS website

From TUS website

It’ll soon be time to start planning what to take along with me for the 2014 Needler’s Retreat, though I can’t believe that I’m saying that again so soon! I’m planning to have the “Tipsy Lizzy” shawl blocked to show off as I purchased the Hedgehog Fibres BFL Lace there last year and if I can get super inspired, I’ll whip up some socks from the gorgeous Riverside Studios silk fingering that was my other 2013 purchase.

 Riverside Studios Silk Fingering