Make It Monday

Addewid’s debut:

The beads are lit up with natural daylight. Their colour is a deep ruby – S/L ruby AB’s for my bead people. The Elle Rae yarn is a deep rich black that has a lovely sheen. Love this project like crazy and I think I may have become a blocking convert!

More pictures on my Ravelry profile: here

Addewid debut. #happygirl #knittersofinstagram #shawl #karinb #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #laceweight #earthfaire #beads

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!

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

I Fibbed

But now I have a proper WIP Wednesday post. Yay!

Here is how Addewid is shaping up:

Addewid Shawl Mystery KAL ~ Clue 3 Finished

And a detail of Clue three that I just finished this evening:

Clue 3 is a wrap! Get it? Wrap. Shawl...

The big, blue blob looks the same but has a new row of nupps and… I signed up for The Unique Sheep’s next mystery KAL. Some may call it an addiction. I say hell! It’s cheaper than… no. Not cheaper than that. Or that even… Oh well, it’s snugglier than most addictions. Janine La Cras is designing another of her outstanding shawls, this one based on the Dickens’ tale “Oliver Twist”. I love Dickens and I love the Unique Sheep’s Gradience colourways. I’ve opted to try their “Luxe” base this time. It always gets rave reviews.The start date is September 19th. Hard to believe that’s just a month away. My summer has blown by and I barely had time to unpack my sunscreen!

The Week That Got Away

I even missed my “Keeping You In Stitches” post yesterday! Hopefully, being back in a routine will help this coming week. Going back to work after a vacation is hard but things went as smoothly as they can. I’ve been walking back and forth each day, now that I live closer and that “free” hour of exercise is making me feel much better. The commute takes me through a lovely local park and over The Rideau Canal and Prince of Wales Falls (Hog’s Back Falls for my local peeps) and that touch of nature and nurture in the day is good for the soul.

The Prince of Wales Falls, part of my daily commute :).

My resurrected “Pleasance” shawl is coming along nicely. I’d forgotten how scrummy the ZYG Serenity Silk is, pity it’s discontinued. I’m still working the lace section and hoping to get to the short row section this week. Progress so far, big blob in a beautiful colour :):

Pleasance Shawl Detail

Nupps!

Clue 3 of the Addewid KAL was released Friday the 15th. I was at work when the notification came through and couldn’t wait to get home and start this section. I’m really liking the lace patterns used in this, they flow together beautifully and this design does not have the more traditional “spine stitch” in the centre, it grows with yarn over increases every few rows; subtle and pretty. No picture at the moment, I’m on the last couple rows and will do an ETA picture post tomorrow evening .

Hope Monday treats you well. Cheers!

Back To Reality

All good things must end and so does my summer vacation. No long-lost, distantly related benefactor conveniently kicked the bucket, leaving me with an inheritance. It’s sure been nice being able to dedicate time to getting settled. There’s still lots to do but things are coming together really well. Having a wee nook in the kitchen to work at, write my posts, plan meals, is wonderful and I’ve a dedicated corner in the living room for knitting.

I’m making good use of that with the Addewid MKAL back in swing with Clue 2 being released on Friday, the 8th. This section worked up really quickly. The lace pattern Abigail chose for this is very intuitive and it was done before I knew it!

Addewid MKAL Clue 2 Finished

This late night photo doesn’t show the subtle placement of beads very well but they are there in the tips of each “petal”.

Finishing left me looking for something to work on and as I’m trying to clear out some of my ancient WIP’s, I dug out the “Pleasance Shawl“. Pleasance was a kit offered in what back in 2011, was called “The Victorian Writers Club” (now the “Classic Writers Club”, via Woolgirl, one of my favourite online wool shops. Unfortunately, after getting started, I’d set down the pattern somewhere and over the course of two  moves, it was no where to be found. However, fortune smiled last week when a Raveller saw my post, looking for a copy (there weren’t downloadable versions at the time of release) and was able to send me a replacement. I did have to frog it back a little, as I sat down to get started, I noticed that one of my nupps had gone bad. Its “nuppies” were coming unravelled and there was no saving a 7-stitch nupp. I’m back on track now and hopefully, this bad boy will be finished up in a week or so.

I never did take any progress photos but here is the Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk in the club colourway “Wonderland”.

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk

Monday MKal

Go away Monday. Nobody likes… Wait. It’s a holiday Monday. Yay! Civic Holiday here in Ontario, most things are closed and it’s lovely and quiet here in the neighbourhood. As yet, my ferret-y visitor hasn’t shown up to say good morning. I hope he found his way back to his own back garden. I am having my second coffee of the day and a toasted tomato sandwich for my breakfast. Reward for finishing the first clue of the Addewid MKAL.

I am loving the Ella Rae Lace Merino. It’s soft with a lot of “sproing”, particularly good for stitch definition and it shows already in the proliferation of Star Stitch that is used in this first bit. This is the first time that I’ve used my Addi Rockets and I like them. The lace tip of the Addi Lace needle and the slick finish of the traditional Addi Stumpos is a great pairing. I loved the lace needles but the finish just didn’t stand up to the chemistry of my skin.

Addewid MKAL

 

I was off to a slow start with this, most of my knitting and craft items made it to the appropriate room but I’ve not unpacked much, so many other things to do first. Sure feels good to have needles back in my hands though! This will be a good time to get back to finishing up my last MKAL piece, the Peter Pan Shawl. That one last side, with its numerous colour blends and changes – the ends! omg all the ends! – just seemed too tedious in the face of the Elizabeth Shawl and the rest.

Had a lovely day downtown with the daughter yesterday for “piercings and pints” (the boy child was working and couldn’t make it out this time). Some good sales, glorious weather and a lovely Italian supper at The Grande in The Byward Market.

At the Byward Market Mother Daughter Day in the Byward Market

Alas, today I’ve no excuse for avoiding unpacking and sorting and so… off I go!