FO Friday

This has nothing to do with Frig Off Mother Nature, who dropped another 15cm of snow onto our fledgling spring day before yesterday.

(and apologies for not being as interactive with comments as usual – I’m always a flighty mess with ADD/OCD but I suffer adore Spring Fever on top of that!)

It does have to do with stashbusting, crochet – I’m still on the jag, Madeline Tosh and spring fever that can’t be denied. Shovel duty notwithstanding.

Over The Rideau‘ came off the blocking mats first thing this morning and I’m happy with this one, maybe even a bit barmy! There’s a scarf size version, hooked in Tosh leftovers from my ‘Pennae Shawl‘ and last night, a cake of KnitCircus leaped from the shelf and demanded that it be worked in this pattern too!

It’s that quick, easy and a one skein project when worked without mods to size. For someone with as any OOAK, limited and yarn club singles as me, I’m finding I can bang out one of these in several hours and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to an adventurous beginner.

Over The Rideau’s portfolio:

As unpacking progresses – now to the boxes of items that had been stored for ages anyway – I’m finding there are many bits of my old life that I’m happy to let go. Former hobby items mostly and collectibles accrued before I realized that yarn takes up less room!

If you are a fan of counted cross stitch, I have many beautiful kits and patterns for sale in my Etsy shop, including: Just Nan, Laura Perrin and Mirabillia. If you are a lover of teddybears, I’m listing many miniature to medium size OOAK and limited edition artist teddies at my Ebay shop. There just isn’t room for them in my new place. Feel free to contact me here or there if you have any questions, the links for both shops follow just below:

Karin’s Etsy Shop and Karin’s Ebay Shop

Etsy Launches It’s New Look Today!

I’m super pleased with the new format being offered for shop owners on Etsy – that’s saying a lot. Generally speaking, change of any sort has me quivering tearfully in a corner like some overgrown, purple-haired OCD hamster!

Not this time though. There’s been a standardization for the way shop policies are presented, with the ability to tailor them for each shop owner. The new look is streamlined with lots of white space, larger photos and all the information is on one ‘page’, just scroll to find the shop related info like: policies, about and reviews. The categories are in a less ‘fussy’ font, larger and easier to find and after all that scrolling, there’s the ‘ejector’ button down on the bottom right so you’re popped back to the top, ready to shop!

How do you owners and customers feel about the new look? And please stop by and visit me at KeiB Designs And Knits – feel free to leave your Etsy link in the comments below.

Cheers All! 🙂

More Big Brother In Our Social Media

Social media should be fun. I use Instagram mostly to market and interface with Knitters and Crocheters. This doesn’t mean that they are the only posts I want to see, or that I want to spend time scrolling endlessly to see tattoo or gardening posts. Even more, I don’t want to have to spend endless hours turning on notifications for everyone that I do want to see – who the hell wants a chorus of the Angelicus coming from their phone once our notifications are blown up?

Instagram announced they will be moving to the same algorithm-based method that Facebook uses. Essentially ‘they’ choose what posts you see – it’s not that great aunt Hilda is ignoring your posts. It’s that FB has ‘big brothered’ them, right down to the email function of FB.

If you’re an Instagram user, please consider signing the petition to keep it interference free. It’s already well over 300,000 and growing. #KeepInstagramChronological

Link to petition: https://www.change.org/p/keep-instagram-chronological

Wednesday…

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’s portfolio:

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:

Off To A Great Start ~ NCM2016

I wrapped up my ‘Armorique‘ shawl this morning and it’s pinned out drying as we speak. Riding a little bit of a high, I’ve started my second project for NCM2016, ignoring the knitting WIP’s is no problem at all. Project two is another shawl designed by Hilda Steyn that I’m calling ‘Smoke Rings‘ after its colour. More stashbusting happening, I trawled my Ravelry stash and came up with this beautiful merino/bamboo/nylon fingering from a 2008 Yarn Pirate club. Somehow, I had the foresight and funds at the time, to purchase two skeins.

In other news, the blocking of Armorique must mean that my finger is healed! It is, mostly. Enough that I didn’t mind getting it wet and who knows? Maybe Eucalan has some healing properties.

I’ll leave off here with some pix. I’m really diggin’ the YP shawl and anxious to get back to it and to Arkady Renko in ‘Polar Star‘ – my current book 🙂

Just A Typical February Day In Canadia

Because I’m still digging out this morning!
Winter is here and not leaving soon, so glad that I knit. Shovelling in style is easier with a matched hat and scarf 🙂

Photos of the white mayhem are in the ‘original post’ if you’d like to click through.

The Eclectic Poet

Sometimes our weather is annoyingly stereotypical… Apparently, Ma Nature has decided to make up for not smothering the country until the after 27 December 2015 and is dumping the entire expected forecasted snowfall in eleven freakin’ hours!!

Well, I’m off. I need to shovel out my front lane. Again. Lord knows how many pets and short people I may find out there…

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I Got Nuthin’

Currently reading ‘Girl Waits With Gun’. Just finished Vonnegut’s ‘Breakfast of Champions’ – loved it! Totally bizarre and entertaining.

Sothia: at the last section –  793 stitches – must push through

Lilli Pilli: love it. On the 3rd section but all the garter is killing me. Garter is why I don’t worship at Stephen West’s feet – adorable as he is!

Next: reclaim Moorland yarn and start Moorland Cardi over again. Note to self – don’t lose your notes! Finish Opulent Pullover #2 – has been in WIP too long. Start Ariel pullover because… mermaids!

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I’m a little… blecched out about blogging lately. I generally keep PSPRP very light and fluffy and leave the angst to the ole poetry blog but sometimes, there’s spillover. Some of the ‘blue’ has to do with odd follower patterns – lets face it – we blog to be heard, at least a little. There is a lot of ‘tit for tat’-ishness in blogging and I don’t have the cycles for it – healthwise, timewise or tolerancewise.

I refer to people who are all over your blog like white on rice and then the moment you follow them back, they never interface with you again. It happens a lot in the poetry blog realm but there’s spillover into the craft blog realm where once, there was a much more nurturing and interactive spirit. I’ve no problem saying this irks me. I wonder more about the people who are incredibly supportive but then for no discernible reason, suddenly stop liking or commenting but continue to visit the blog. These are the most puzzling to me – I can’t help but wonder if a post may have given offence. Clearly, the information itself must still be interesting or they wouldn’t come to read. What is it then that makes them no longer wish to support by even the expedient and ubiquitous ‘like’?

Please understand – this isn’t whiny or self-pitying – I’m far too happy a person in my real life for that – I do wish to understand though. I consider myself a loyal follower – if I’m following you, I really like your content. I may not get to every post due to health, time, etc. nor do I expect my followers to like every single post. Who wants to be just a click from the reader? I will say that for folks who post more than twice a day or do nothing but reblog their old work or are constantly hawking their wares or other social media sites, I skip those. This is more an issue among poetry blogs, no idea why though. I find it overwhelming to see ten posts a day from the same person.

Anyway… This started as a legit question in my mind when I noticed the length of time since my last post and my lack of desire to – where once I was excited to share at least every few days. I welcome feedback on my content – the ‘message me’ tab is for sending private emails to PSPRP. I do notice that some folks are no longer actively blogging but that’s different from folks are still visit here and are silent. I’m interested to know what precipitated the withdrawing of the friendly exchanges.

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OT: I shall now hawk my wares – not the books, the good stuff. I have been updating my Etsy shop like a madwoman, mostly with needlework kits and patterns. Many of us cross over between fibre crafts and I’m offering many old, OOP, Limited and HTF items from Mirabilia, Just Nan, Charland Designs, Emie Bishop and more.

Main page of KeiB Designs is here: My Shop

My posts like this I view as an invite to a Tupperware (no pun, maybe a little) party – I in no way expect you to buy anything but would love the support of a ‘favourite’ or ‘follow’.

We now return you to more fibre-y posts!

Shop and Ravelry Updates

What’s not fun about a makeover?!

Except all the work…

The time had more than come for an investment of effort. My Etsy shop is 8 years old now and I’ve been on Ravelry since 2007. Needless to say, many photos needed updates – some still need to be scanned for upload. Things like links, tags, SEO, other social media weren’t around then and sadly some of my early posts and listings were very ‘bush league’.

Today was the day that I made time to update some old knitting project photos and with that came the motivation to do a massive revamp. I focused on Etsy and the trickle-down landed on Flickr and Ravelry. The task isn’t quite finished but close to it and I’m glad with the results. Part of the update process was to unpack, evaluate and post or pitch my many counted cross stitch kits and supplies. At one time, I was as obsessed with this craft as I currently am with knitting and the CCS stash accrued shows it! The bottom line is – I will never be able to do it all (36 kits x 1 month to complete = 3 years of samplers and that isn’t all of them!) and I have the same dilemma with my knitting. Knitting won. The prize is more room for the yarn because all of my ‘Just Nan’ sampler charts / kits are listed on Etsy and you can find those here: JN Cross Stitch. If you have any friends or family who might be ISO of these retired patterns, feel free to pass along the link. If you’d care to ‘follow’ or ‘favourite’ my shop – KeiB Designs and Knits–  please do! It’d make my day.

I took the time to update several FO photos of scarves that are in my Ravelry projects and also listed on Etsy. My ‘M’amselle’ mannequin is new and a much better model than the kitchen table, floor or Ikea cot that was my background for years :). This led to tweaking my LinkedIn and adding proper tags and descriptions to all that stuff in Flickr.

There are times that I really like this OCD thing!

How was your week in fibre and life in general?

A few of the ‘Do Overs’:

A few of the Just Nan samplers available (Careful! They’re addictive 😉 ):

Tiny Bubbles

The BW Scarf test knit is finished and the pattern will be on its way to the Tech Editor very soon. I’m happy with this one, it was really rewarding to be able to work the complete concept – yarn base, custom colour and planned construction – all in one go.

Fashion shoot pics will come later:

With Retreat out of the way and the last of the family duties surrounding my Dad’s passing, I plan to focus on getting some WIP’s tamed and revising old patterns into my newer format. I’m taking a much needed break from my poetry blog and the occasional drama that lurks there  to write a guest chapter for a friend’s upcoming book. This blog is my sanity and happy place (along with it’s Blogger twin, SMVSLT) so I’ll be hanging around. I had recently followed several new WP crafters but neglected to have post updates come to my email. I hope to get that fixed up too, I don’t want to miss anyone!

Off to the LYS to hang out for an impromptu Sit ‘N Knit with my Bestie. Wishing all of you a restful Sunday. 🙂