Deep Breath…

Hello All,

I don’t have any new pictures just this moment, though I can say that “Carnelian” is coming along nicely.

I did want to let you know (with butterflies in my stomach) that I’ve taken the plunge and started a little space on Facebook for PSPRP. I’m hoping that you’ll feel welcome to “like” the page (and the real me too!) and will feel free to chat, share or buy. There is an integrated shopping cart with access to PayPal.

I took the leap to have “one stop shop” that is easy for folks who may not be bloggers or Ravelry people to find me 🙂 The link is just below, I hope you’ll like the content and will feel free to share it. Please know that your support is much appreciated – ’cause I am nervous as all get out! Facebook is quite different from the smaller community of WordPress or Blogger.

Hope to see you there!

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I try to not overdo the pattern promotion ~ BUT ~ both “Memories Of Egypt” and “The Arcadian Collection”, my two e-book collections with my newest patterns are available on Amazon as of today.

Here is the link to my Author’s page: Karin Bole Tupper
You can find all of my books here ~ haiku and hikoo 😉

Your support is very much appreciated 🙂

I’m posting this on my writing blog as well… I wonder how the fibre muggles will react to my post title…?

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Hello Julissa

I love a productive weekend almost as much as the lazy ones.

Here is a photo of Julissa. I’ll be starting waist increases this evening.

Julissa BodiceI love this for many reasons, not the least of which is that its using up stash. The top-down construction is one of my favourites and there is a lot going on with the shaping, cables and lace all happening at the same time. I need to stay engaged to see progress and I like that!

I fell off the yarn diet wagon big time because I’m crushing on the Manos Fino and so added these to my collection. I do have a gradient shawl in mind, perhaps two. The mileage is great for this yarn.

Why can I never leave Yarn Forward without something?

Why can I never leave Yarn Forward without something?

Amy Herzog’s book has been on my radar since I first heard about it. There have been lots of really positive reviews and I’m thinking this will be a great addition to my designing tool kit.

Oh my! This week has totally got away from me!

Work has been insanely busy. Our communities keep growing and the need is huge for the medical equipment, etc. that my department provides but there is just a handful of us. I do go home every day knowing that I have helped my people and that means so much in a desk job environment. The Beau has been a little under the weather and the last week of school for DSDitto – lots going on.

It does mean that I was too darn tired the last few nights to plan my posts for here and for my writing page. Well, as planned as Miss Flighty Pants can manage anyway 🙂

So. What I got? An update on my Jubilee scarf. I love it so much more in the Ultra Alpaca Fine. The Blue Sky Alpaca is sumputous, gorgeous and I know it would be lovely in a different project but, the cables and lace really pop now and the mileage with the Berocco yarn is fantastic!

Halfway through.

Halfway through.

I’ve even got some Yarn Pr0n! Yarn diet notwithstanding…

Lavold and Koigu

I got a fabulous deal on these Elsebeth Lavold books – half price! The Art of Yarn in BC had these (getting hard to find) books and a great selection of Koigu. I couldn’t resist this colourway.

My Mini Mochi to finish up the Chameleon Baby Blanket arrived from Simply Socks in Fort  Wayne – I love this store – so although it’s no longer Yarn Pr0n, I’m glad to be able to get back at my blanket. I hate stall outs when I’m actually inspired to be working on something…

And with that – I’m out for now!

Yarn Pr0n AND Book Pr0n

My Webs order:

Berocco Alpaca Fine and My Grandmother's Knitting

Can’t wait to start this project. The dark blueberry mix is for the vintage-style Concetta Cardigan by Ciriila Rose from the book, My Grandmother’s Knitting and the turquoise blend is for Norah Gaughan’s “Jubilee” scarf.

I’ll be casting these on just as soon as SPNF #’s 4 and 5 are complete… probably tomorrow now that I have this incentive.

I’ve recently become a fan of WestKnits – how did I miss these designs? – as much for the fact that he’s a guy who knits – and that is rather rare but also because he brings a more masculine aesthetic to his designs – they actually look like something a dude would wear! This sweater, “Drangey“, by Stephen West, really caught my eye for the texture and simple and attractive colourwork and the saddle shoulders – very wearable. I’m thinking a deep charcoal fleck with red stripes would look great in this pattern.

And-d-d… this is how my stash grows!

Finished Objects And Book Pr0n

Had to charge up the camera battery! Here’s a finished photo of Scarf number three in my series and the beginning of number four.

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy III Finished

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy III Finished

This is in a periwinkle colour that I love, so a joy to knit. I’m using one of my own patterns, tweaking the stitch as I go and loving the result so far. Anxious to have these done and in the store. Anxious too, to get some of these older patterns written and formatted for sale. Seems an age since I had time, have been very busy with writing – my other favourite activity.

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy IV - WIP

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy IV – WIP

Book Pr0n! Almost as good as Yarn Pr0n. Interweave had a sale and I went a little mad, nice to see more publications about crochet coming out. I’m sure that just like knitting had a renaissance several years ago, as young designers discovered it; so will crochet. It does not aspire to be like knitting, it stands on its own and just needs the right combination of hook, yarn and good design principles to make something beautiful. The Finer Edge, Seamless Crochet, Unexpected Afghans and The Harmony Guides: Crochet Edgings and Trims, all look to be an excellent resource for my own designs. And because I DO knit more than crochet – The Jane Austen Knits magazine was irresistible, I think this is the third one. Some gorgeous knitting photography in this one, I could purchase just to look.

Interweave had a sale. Resistance was futile...

Interweave had a sale. Resistance was futile…

Last not least; another picture of my guy’s scarf. Shows the colours a bit better. It’s snowing here again, must finish the fringe so he can wear it!

My Guy's Scarf

My Guy’s Scarf

PSPRP is still very much under construction. Moving the old format (which was actually three separate blogs – thank goodness technology has evolved!) to WordPress is a time-consuming labour of love. I want to be sure all the old stuff is safely attached here. Bear with me as I add the galleries back and add new. I’m wanting to see the Reader Knits gallery get much bigger!

“Fibre Funnies” from the Blogger format, may again have its own page or will be viewable as a category. We fibre people have a great sense of humour 🙂 I added a Jargon / Terminology page for those who may not be as familiar with fibre-y blogspeak and for the difference between American and Rest Of The World knitting terms.

Pop back from time to time to see what’s been added if you wish 🙂