Progress on my “Prairie Fire“: working on sleeves now, all that remains to finish and submit for my Q1 stars. I don’t think that I can face making the same project again in a different size – the requirement for a bonus star so, I’m going to cast on two versions of TinCanKnits “Gothic Lace Cowl” and use up the leftovers from my “Persian Dreams” afghan and Hannah’s “Petra the Pony” softie.
We’ve had two days of more civilized temperatures and this always peps up my bear-like winter persona. This means the knitting should get a boost, the Ebay & Etsy may be refreshed with new stock and… if the energy holds, I’ve purchased a lovely leaning, ladder shelf to store / show off my shawls and it needs putting together.
Prairie Fire progress
Gothic Lace Cowl (L) & Scarf (R)
Will be a Matinée Scarf in some Noro Silk Garden sock and some Manos del Uruguay silk blend. Some fiery colours to warm up a snowy winter.
Noro and Manos to start 2016 off right.
I’ll be hitting the publish button on ‘Velloso‘, my first pattern release for 2016 in a few hours and hope that you’ll take a moment to peek and ‘<3’ on Ravelry. Velloso will be the next KeiB Design to be available at Yarn Forward, my LYS.
The last couple weeks were filled with family activities, lots of of knitting, a little crochet and liberal quantities of friends and wine! My first great-niece arrived and I gifted her with a wee pink crochet beanie (free pattern courtesy of Deja Jetmir). It was on and off my hook and then gifted so quickly, I don’t have a photo! The yarn was a very old Lucky Lurker ‘Duets’ in a semi-solid pink mix. I also had enough yarn left from each of the Velloso cowls that I mentioned in previous posts to make four more and to pop them up for sale in my Etsy shop.
Various Velloso ~ I was able to make two cowls from the skeins used.
Leventry-tini ~ Finished and waiting for blocking.
Sterling Cowl ~ ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
Keeping me busy between finishing my Leventry-tini shawl this AM and beginning my first 2016 project tonight is ‘Cerys‘, a modular, hexi baby blanket that I’ve started in some leftover mini mochi. I suspect this will go on forever, like my ‘Mission Possible‘ blanket – for which I’m still looking for yarn if you have any – as I’ve enough stash and leftovers to open two shops!
Cerys Hexi Stashbuster Baby Blanket
Mission Possible Stashbuster Blanket
Last and not least here is a link to my page ‘Finished Projects 2015‘. I’m super happy with what did get done, not gonna sweat the ton of WIP’s still lurking and toast to having stuck to my plan to ‘shop the stash’ as often as I could 🙂
Wishing you and yours all the health, happiness, peace and prosperity that 2016 holds. Tomorrow is a new day in a new year. Let’s make every single one count ❤
But you’ll never get the 80’s out of the girl! 😉
Goth-Stonians Legwarmers have gone live on Ravelry!
Please download and get creative – it’s free for the remaining month of August – a little kick-start to the beginning of the knitting season.
Fast, fun, affordable. One skein of Cascade 220 or any worsted, some imagination and these become totally unique.
Huge loves to my amazingly beautiful and talented daughter for supplying photos for me Hell no! You wouldn’t catch me on heels that high anymore – unless a palanquin and two studly dudes come with purchase!
Pattern page 1:
Goth-Stonian Legwarmers ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
She is off the hook and off the needles. “Skellina” is a blingy version of “Yorick” and technically another test knit. Note to self: take notes, SMH. I believe I’ve got it all down now and will get at some writing and tech editing.
This is another of my ©kindred knits & cohabiting crochet projects, combining filet mesh crochet in a motif form, with knitted lace work and ribbing. I invented a rib stitch to achieve the look of bones for Yorick… alas poor Karin! I knew notes not – apologies to Willy Shakespeare. All is recouped though and tweaked even, so that the Skellina version is “The One”.
I was iffy about using a yarn with acrylic – I totally own being a yarn snob – but this King Cole “Galaxy” just wouldn’t stop following my around my LYS the last time I went for a Sit ‘N Knit. I figured anything so sassy and insistent needed WIP’ing into shape. I actually love it… it is the tiniest bit splitty but you’d expect that with the paillette thread and in no way is this a disadvantage. The yarn is soft and shows the stitches well. What I really like is that the paillettes shine with rainbow hues, when light hits them. It’s like a two for one look and gives a perfect sugarskull or Día de Muertos look to the finished cowl.
The other WIP’s are coming along, that being a second “Filigree” and the resurrected third pair of “Goth-stonian” legwarmers. I found some beautiful Asian-motif beads in a lacquer red that’ll be perfect for this pair that I’m working in some black Cascade 220.
And now, back to the grind. Cheers All!
Skellina ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
Skellina ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs – worn with a quarter turn for a more subtle look
Filigree ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
Red Asian motif beads and custom sugarskull beads
Skellina ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs – completely reversible
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 🙂
Matinée II ~ Carnelian 1 ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
Matinée II ~ Carnelian 2 ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
Matinée II ~ Carnelian 3 ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
Matinée II ~ Carnelian 4 ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
My black and white obsession, that is:
Yorick test knit finished
Skully prototype top and Yorick test knit bottom.
Yorick’s contured back.
Yorick, #ucg version
UCG Yorick motif
UCG Yorick quarter done.
My knitting jags resemble a two-year old’s food jags 🙂 Come to that, my eating habits resemble same!
“Skully” is finished and I love him!
This is going to be fun to customize 🙂 Embroidery, beads, craft findings, even fabric paint. He’ll go from a subtle and well-behaved skeleton to a party-on-dude dia des los muertos sugarskull with just a visit to the craft store. The #UCG version will be black and in a blend with sheen; merino / tencel or a merino / silk. Embellishments will be jet or marcasite-type and very understated so that those of us who are “working for the Clampdown”, can still be “work appropriate” *cough* without compromising our personal style. It was a good week for Yarn Pr0n too – I know – I could easily open my own shop but I’ve been so-o-o good for the last couple years (for real!) and when I’ve ordered of late, I’ve used the purchase up for test knits or to finish languishing projects.
That’s my story. I’m sticking to it!
What arrived are: Sweet Paprika, “Messa Di Voce“, the last of three shipments of the sweater club I joined last year and some gorgeous Blue Sky Alpacas “Alpaca Silk” to make Dolce Knits “Victoria”. Can’t wait to get my needles into this lot.
Skully Cowl ~ Detail @Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
Skully Cowl Prototype ~ Detail @Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
Blue Sky Alpacas
I’m fresh out of words, poor other blog and journal… My hands keep busy though:
The Arcadian Cowl ~ Double Loop II ~ Finished
The Arcadian Cowl ~ Double Loop II ~ Detail
Goth-Stonian Legwarmers ~ Finished
Ain’t mis-bead-havin’! Beads for Goth-Stonian Legwarmers. Custom sugarskulls are my favourites 🙂
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 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:
Galaxy for a new design
Mmm… pocket linings 🙂
… or this
… or even this
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!