Still waiting on my ESK yarns to get fully engaged with my Yarnathon 2017 knitting – the shipment is right on track, I’m just REALLY impatient to get started! All groups and their members are off to a great start although at the moment, the Peppermint Ponies are bringing up the rear. I expect to singlehandedly boost our stats with my birthday order next week! Well, maybe boost a little… I am still on the never-ending yarn diet of Doom.
As of Saturday AM:
Yarnathon 2017 ~ Teams and standings on 7 Jan ’17
What I have done is plan as many non-buying point boosters as I can; these being mostly achievement badges for various skills, spills and thrills in the knit / crochet world. What I am buying for is a toned down version of the Persian Dreams afghan and a crochet version of our team mascot who I’ve dubbed “PepPonia“. So far, I’m favouring one of Heidi’s African Flower motif designs, Fatty Lumpkin, worked in our team colours on Cascade’s 220 Superwash base.
On the WIP front, my Side Effect has it’s first sleeve and the second should be underway later today. Contrary to my lifelong modus operandi, I’m focused on finishing this before going back to other WIP’s. No big thing but working this way as opposed to having six or seven UFO’s strewn over the living and dining room is so much more Zen 🙂
And now Saturday chores and stuff calls ~ loudly, obnoxiously ~ beginning with shovelling out after last Thursday’s very rude dumping of 20cm or so of snow and then freezing rain. Clearly, Mother Nature is not a knitter – I have to keep these muscles protected for warmer, fuzzier activities! Cleaning then organizing an under sink recycling pull out bin will be much easier now that Handy Andy very kindly repaired my ancient sink basket and trap (thank you !) and once the vacuuming is done, I’ll be tucked in with a cuppa, a book and SE’s sleeve 🙂
Here’s hoping your chores are light, and that there’s time for a few stitches where you are. Passez un bon-weekend!
Off the hook and going soon to Mama, Papa and Baby.
My project notes are on Ravelry -> here <-
Jungle Superhero Pram Blanket ~ finished
I’ve been somewhat AWOL the last couple of weeks. Mostly to be sure JSPB was finished but also am participating in Yarn Love’s Castra KAL and test knitting a shawl for my friend Anja (it’s interesting and fun – you’ll want it 🙂 ).and will have an update later this week.
Firefly Shawl ~ test knit
Castra Shawl ~ KAL progress
Le Scarabée Argent ~ WIP
I’m working hard supporting the ‘Save Mooney’s Bay‘ community group and this is my priority at the moment.
A member created this wonderful Youtube video that hits the highlights and provides a link where you can add your voice. Your support would be very appreciated.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 🙂
I am introverting so hard the last few weeks – sorry for not being more interactive with everyone. Even posting feels like a chore lately.
I do have an FO. My ‘Gothic Starfish‘ afghan is finally finished and ready for gifting. Love the end result but so damn glad this is done! It started as a “let’s use this up” and quickly escalated to a “No-o-o-o! I need to buy more acrylic!” Anyway. It’s perfect for its new home and hopefully, I’ll have pix soon of this eclectic piece in its eclectic house.
Just the border to go 🙂
Under the tree… under the tree. Little Mermaid fans will get it 🙂
Gothic Starfish ready for gifting.
I’m working on Le Scarabée Bleu and Brise d’été and loving them both. I can work in the back garden now – it’s tidy, old picnic table gone, shrubs shrubbing, flowers flowering and I have a pretty nook to sit at while I knit, hook and daydream – hence my absence from the Interwebs. I can’t recommend strongly enough unplugging, it’s such a gift!
Le Scarabée Bleu ~ front
Brise d’Été Shawl ~ much more complete but no pix
Le Scarabée Bleu ~ back showing pleat increase
Victoria Day weekend was amazing – more soul restoring with my Bestie and I’ve been getting my butt to the other side of town for ‘Sit ‘n Knit’ at my LYS, Yarn Forward. At this rate, I may even make it to Guild meetings! I haven’t written a darn thing, nor do I miss it or care – not so much ‘writer’s block’ as ‘this writer don’t give a crap’ – so liberating! My books are still on Amazon and I don’t have to stress about the devolving of WordPress for poets and authors. More time to do the things that make me happy. Win!
Don’t you… forget about me…
Rewards of a walkabout.
Tiny succulents, shells and stones.
I hope your summer is humming along beautifully and feel free to say hi on Ravelry or Instagram – I’m there more often because they’re ‘quick and dirty’ for posting 🙂
À plus tard!
That’s as catchy a title as I can come up with and I agonized over it, believe me!
No FO’s just yet although my ‘Duane Park Triangle‘ shawl is blocking as I type – cursed thing. Remind me to never commit to a pattern that is all garter stitch again. Even the pretty Zen String yarns that I used couldn’t save my attitude by the end.
Happier WIP’s are my ‘Gothic Starfish‘ afghan. It just needs a few rows of black border and it will be out the door to live on my daughter’s purple sofa and my ‘Rheinlust‘ shawl, which I am madly in love with; all twisted stitches and Wollmeise goodness. This is not to say that I now love Wollmeise, I still prefer other yarn bases a LOT but it’s perfect in this pattern.
With spring finally here for real, I’m working hard on my little house and the gardens. Replaced the old mailbox with one that’ll match my new screen door when it goes up and the dead doorbell is on today’s agenda for a new wireless one. Good friends adopted my old wooden picnic table for their cottage and I now have room for an elf-size gazebo in the back garden. Lots of leafy clean up to do before that goes up but it’ll make a lovely outdoor retreat. My little office is coming along too, I just finished the assembly yesterday and am moving files, supplies and all that stuff that’s been living in my kitchen to its proper home.
Finally have my ‘Leaf’ set up and it’s keeping me honest about my exercise goals or err… honest about how much I fool myself! Apparently, knitting does NOT burn many calories… A terrible oversight on the part of our physiology IMHO. Saying goodbye to another dear family member and some irksome ‘girl’ health issues just lately have me wanting to get back to my former athletic self or a reasonable facsimile! I can say that deleting a few of my social media accounts has been a HUGE benefit in terms of stress relief. I mean really? How connected does one woman have to be, right?! 😉
With that, here’s pictorial ‘skinny’ on all of the things :):
Duane Park Triangle ~ ready for blocking
Rheinlust progress – working main section.
Duane Park… still in the naughty corner but getting there.
Just the border to go 🙂
Office desk and shelves, assembled. Yay!
Oh! And THIS! A month or so ago, I stabbed my finger with some wicked sharp scissors when I was lifting staples from the back of a painting… I couldn’t even look as I tugged them out and did the first aid thing. Knitting and blocking were really hard for a week or two and now I have a scar! Apparently, I haven’t outgrown this stage…
Two-ish months later…
Another weekend flew by! I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. My home is chocolate free – I’m a toffee / butterscotch person and I spent the better part of my time hunting and organizing another donation to Goodwill. I swear some ‘bunny’ hides stuff in the closets when I’m not looking!
I’ve one FO to show for my crafty efforts, my ‘Heloïse’ Shawl is finished and likely the last finished project for National Crochet Month. I’ve a ‘Critron’ Shawlette on the hook but the combination of laceweight and entirely single crochet stitch makes for slow going and cramping hands, even with an ergo hook. My stashbusting ‘Gothic Starfish’ Afghan is coming along, though as I’m winging the striping sequence, I need another skein of the purples to finish it up. This one’s an eye-popper but will be living on a deep purple couch – not mine – so stash busted and more ‘real estate’ on my yarn shelves 🙂
What’s up in WIP’s:
Gothic Starfish afghan
Heloïse Shawl ~ finished 1
Heloïse Shawl. Project #5 for National Crochet Month
Heloïse Shawl ~ finished 3
National Crochet Month
I’m off to sketch a few ideas that have been percolating for a scarf / stole design – inspired by a recent purchase (shush now!!) of some Miss Babs ‘Caroline’. I’ll post the Yarn Porn later this week 🙂
Have a great Monday!
Got a kick in the mojo since Wednesday – my beads finally arrived and so has spring.
I finished up my fourth project for National Crochet Month, ‘Starry Skies Stained Glass‘ afghan. This cleared out the last of some ancient stash and some never-to-be-finished projects. I actually hooked from a half completed vest at one point! Very happy with the results and debating to gift this or keep for my Moroccan, boho family room.
Stained Glass Star Afghan. Project #4 for National Crochet Month
Stained Glass Star Afghan ~ detail
Stained Glass Star Afghan ~ finished 2
Stained Glass Star Afghan ~ start
National Crochet Month
Time now to backtrack to my third project as the beads arrived late Friday afternoon. I think they’ll look pretty along the border. I chose Toho’s in ‘Metallic Cosmos’, 8/0’s to go with the Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in ‘Blueberry Mix’.
Beads for KeiB’s ‘Ile d’Ecosse’
That’s it for now! Hope Monday is gentle with you and don’t forget – to celebrate National Crochet Month, all yarn in my Etsy shop ships free to Canada and USA!
Still waiting on my beads to finish up ‘Ile d’Ecosse’ shawl and so committed myself to finishing and blocking ‘Pennae‘ shawl. I like how the two colours of Tosh Merino Light played so nicely together but I have to admit, I prefer symmetrical shawls. I did tweak this a bit to minimize the snooze-inducing amount of garter stitch – again, just personal preference – and I think it’s come out okay.
Pennae shawl ~ finished 1
Pennae shawl ~ finished detail
Pennae shawl ~ finished 2
I’m still really hook obsessed at the moment and so progress on my fourth NCM2016 project has been good. I’m making the ‘Starry Skies‘ blanket in some very ancient worsted leftovers, yarn too nice to give away or donate but no longer a favourite colour or rescued from very old WIPs. It’s about ‘lapghan’ size as of today and I hope to have it wrapped up over the coming weekend.
Meanwhile, household chores call. I’m staining an antique washstand that has been passed from my Auntie, to my Mum and I scavenged it from the end of our driveway when I was a teen – much to Mum’s chagrin :). It’s been with me ever since and endured an epic session of stripping and sanding to remove the five or six coats of paint it had endured over it’s life with a family of DIYers with good taste. While that dries, I’m planning how to best individualize the translucent, frosted privacy film that I’ll be putting up on the entranceway sidelight. A new front door meant the old, curtained window went – glad, as it was original to the house (!) We’ll see how my attention span holds for the next few days 🙂
All of the WIPage:
Starry Night crochet blanket
Paint, stain, clean, dust, repeat
I seem to have ‘outstarted’ myself in the last week. This is common for me – the ADD, OCD, creative-type thing. Everything I picked up and cast on but almost immediately, went sour. Kind of how I imagine a bad first date would be. Part of it is being committed to working from my stash and if you’ve seen my Ravelry stash, you’ll understand why. Despite the size and variety, I wasn’t getting the ‘THIS!’ feeling from anything. I decided that maybe a new pattern would be the ticket and purchased a couple including, Wolfberry Knits ‘Metallicus‘ tee. It was the cure!
A new pattern, some old stash and I have a cute tee shirt ready to go for when spring arrives here. I used up some Nashua Creative Focus Linen in pale teal and am really pleased with the finished project.
Metallicus ~ Finished, neckline detail
Metallicus ~ Finished
Some of the survivors from the ‘startitis’ frenzy are two hexi-type stashbuster blankets. I love this pattern and that it can be worked modularly like the uber-popular ‘Sock Yarn Blanket’ from the Heathen Housewife. I have a vast amount of leftovers as well as stash and this project is great for commute knitting. The blue hued one is sock weight and the purple one is worsted. I’m working on a modified ‘Sothia‘ shawl in some old and much-loved Zen String. All of which keep me from my true dream of singing karaoke down at the pub and being ‘discovered’!
Modified Sothia shawl
My first guy / unisex pattern ‘ James Harris‘, was worked by the awesome WildWoolly and she posted her FO photo on a real guy! I’ll never get tired of seeing my patterns made up 🙂
‘James Harris’ modelled.
I bought a rock! A little ‘Goo Gone’, some felt feet and I have half a bookend 🙂
Half a bookend 🙂
I have a good start on another stashbusting project. The worsted version of the Cerys Hexagon Blanket:
To keep me out of the bars when in-between projects 😉
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 ❤