Hi! :)

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 :):

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…

 

FO Friday ~ Tuscan Medallion Afghan

Not only am I hooked on crochet just lately; I seem to also be a little “star struck” 🙂 ‘Tuscan Medallion’ is another star-shaped afghan, this one with twelve points and big! TMA was started specifically to liberate some old Zen String Bliss Aran from yarn incarceration and to use some odd ball colours of Cascade 220. I was a little leery about the combo at the start – the ZS variegated isn’t “my” colours but as it grew, it did seem a little like some of the pretty tile work that I’m drawn to ie: kitchen backsplash renos on Pinterest! My project notes for this one are on Ravelry -> here <-

TMA’s portfolio:

The additional Cherub DK that I need to finish up ‘Gothic Starfish‘ has finally arrived and I’m back at it to try to wrap it up and get it out the door to the owner of the purple sofa.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 🙂

Done Like Dinner ~ No Fooling :)

Don’t know about y’all but March came in like a lion here and tried its damnedest to go out that way too. Fortunately, it’s just rain that’s teeming down at the moment and getting rid of the remnants of snow and ‘snirt’.

The end of March is the end of National Crochet Month and I’m super stoked about my FO’s this year. I’m pretty sure I’ve hooked more in the last month than I normally do in six! I have five FO’s and one ‘also ran’. I’ve yet to snag more of the YP yarn to finish what was project two and I really don’t want to end it where it is – OCD alert.

So, on this first of April, here are all of the crochet things! 🙂

Fantasm Shawl‘s portfolio:

And a quick roundup of all my projects for this years #ncm2016:

Make It 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.

SSSG’s portfolio:

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'

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!

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:

Suffering Startitis

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.

Met-eal-i-cus:

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

Modified Sothia shawl

Three Happy Making Things

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.

‘James Harris’ modelled.

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I bought a rock! A little ‘Goo Gone’, some felt feet and I have half a bookend 🙂

Half a bookend :)

Half a bookend 🙂

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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 ;-)

To keep me out of the bars when in-between projects 😉

Uhh…

Man! This catchy title thing is hard!

No FO’s today. I’m squirrelling away at a prototype for a new pattern and working a stashbusting pram blanket. My fingers have been giving me hell, so the blanket is crochet, just to break up the repetitive motion.

Just a wee peek at both and then I’m back at it:

What I’m Working On

Shopping the stash yielded up this ancient Noro Silk Garden and it seemed a good fit to try a log cabin-style afghan. I had a bag of 10 skeins and am working my eighth block as I post (and make some lunch). This is amazingly easy to memorize, a perfect commute or telly watching project. With the few metres left after each block, I should be able to knit 12 comfortable and then will look for a complimentary yarn to work the borders.

Looking forward to seeing my kiddos this weekend and wishing all of you a wonderful and productive week’s end 🙂

Log Cabin In Silk Garden

Autumn Bides Her Time

I can feel it in the air already and the subtle change in the quality of the light… autumn will be her again almost before I had a chance to welcome summer. A month after my move here, month and a bit, I guess, I’m still unpacking and moving in. Opening boxes from my home that were never looked at during my stay at the apartment. Sometimes, it’s like opening gifts. I’ve found things that I didn’t know I missed and here, in their proper context of a home, they make me happy all over again. So much to be grateful for.

Some of the first boxes have been all my knitting and crafting supplies. I did a post in the early days of the apartment that was 1/3 of a humourous “full disclosure” about the size of my stash and during the actual move, it’s size was apparent even to the moving guys. I’m pretty sure it may become a moving legend 🙂 I’m having fun though going through and organizing it into an actual room; matching yarn to patterns and discovering a few gems.

With the weather as it is and the first few yarn company ads for fall wear starting to show up – just like those lone renegade red leaves among the green – I was looking at the heavier weight yarns and those deeper, richer colours. I have a lot. So much that right off the top, I know I won’t get to these (again) this year and it’s time to try and find them a good home.

Noro Niji in “Winter Bouquet“, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan in “Garnet” and Elann Uros Aran in “Desert Rose“.

Autumnal Colours

These beauties are all 10-ply (heavy worsted to aran weight). There is enough in each lot for a good size project; a hat and scarf, vest, etc. With the interest in textural and modular knitting, I think all three together would make a luxurious and visually interesting afghan. I’m selling as lots only, if you are looking for a small quantity, sharing with a friend might be an idea. If anyone is interested in all three lots, either for different projects or to make up the afghan, I would cover half the shipping cost to the US, UK or Canada (a Canada Post quote would be provided in advance based on your address).

Fall Yearnings In Yarn

The shades and tones of autumn

This photo shows how nicely these play together, the solids picking up various shades in the varigated. The textures could be used to great effect in a modular lap blanket. All the yarn bases are different but they are all natural, but for the Debbie Bliss, with 30% microfibre. You can find more details by clicking the links above and feel free to message me on the tab at the top of the page if interested in purchasing the entire lot.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.