Falling Stars

Finished up my “Aurora Borealis” Stole and happy with the result. I winged the gradient effect to use up two full skeins of Malabrigo Silkpaca and added slip stitch borders on the short ends. The beads are #5 Miyuki in an iridescent blue purple that picked up the tiny bit of purple in the “Azules” colourway.

This one was my project for Eat.Sleep.Knit’s “Star Stitch” KAL and I gotta say… those stars are pretty but they are about as fun as a Klingon fart in the transporter room to work for any length of time. My hands were not happy about this at all. Hopefully, some accumulated yardage points and a star for my team, the “Starsheep” will make it worthwhile in the end. The colours are typically hard to capture but links from my project page to the stash that I worked with are pretty good if you’re curious about the tones and depth of the colours; they are nice on this particular base. I found myself petting quite a bit! A sweater in the Silkpaca would be luxurious *sigh*A

My “Starburst” Hat is blocked too – love the balloon trick! It’s size Small, for a Littlie so no modelled photos.

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!

Pretty Skellina

She is off the hook and off the needles. “Skellina” is a blingy version of “Yorick” and technically another test knit. Note to self: take notes, SMH. I believe I’ve got it all down now and will get at some writing and tech editing.

This is another of my ©kindred knits & cohabiting crochet projects, combining filet mesh crochet in a motif form, with knitted lace work and ribbing. I invented a rib stitch to achieve the look of bones for Yorick… alas poor Karin! I knew notes not – apologies to Willy Shakespeare. All is recouped though and tweaked even, so that the Skellina version is “The One”.

I was iffy about using a yarn with acrylic – I totally own being a yarn snob – but this King Cole “Galaxy” just wouldn’t stop following my around my LYS the last time I went for a Sit ‘N Knit. I figured anything so sassy and insistent needed WIP’ing into shape. I actually love it… it is the tiniest bit splitty but you’d expect that with the paillette thread and in no way is this a disadvantage. The yarn is soft and shows the stitches well. What I really like is that the paillettes shine with rainbow hues, when light hits them. It’s like a two for one look and gives a perfect sugarskull or Día de Muertos look to the finished cowl.

The other WIP’s are coming along, that being a second “Filigree” and the resurrected third pair of “Goth-stonian” legwarmers. I found some beautiful Asian-motif beads in a lacquer red that’ll be perfect for this pair that I’m working in some black Cascade 220.

And now, back to the grind. Cheers All!

 

FO Friday

It must have been a warm day in Nunavut… I’ve gone finishing crazy. Making his FO debut is my “Ollie” – the Oliver Twist MKAL shawl. Worked to pattern (nupps and minimal beads), no mods and in the colourway “You Zig, I Zag” (you’ve got to pick a pocket or two boys) and with S/L chartreuse AB #6 beads. Ollie is huge and warm and totally my new boyfriend 😉

Oliver Twist Shawl ~ Finished

Wet And Wooly Wednesdays

Putting the blocks to “Ollie” 😉

Putting the blocks to Ollie 😊

 

I KNOW!! Right?!

When did I turn into “The Blockinator”?

So totally worth it to make the time. Ollie has come out huge and I’m glad, it gives the gradient colourway lots of room to be appreciated and look at all those nupps!

Loved this project. Janine is a whiz with lace patterns and I am totally smitten with the Unique Sheep’s Luxe base.

Santa?

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

Autumn Equinox

My first born’s birthday is today and even more auspicious that it falls on 2014’s Autumn Equinox.

Some of you already know that I have a poetry blog here on WordPress. Here is a link to my Cinquain-style poem celebrating the turn of the wheel:

(Fair warning should you decide to venture beyond that post; there is some mature content and raucous rock music placed there.)

Gwyl Canol Hydref Approaches ~ Cinquain III

Carrying that theme through to the knitting, this lovely pattern, in kit form from Earthfaire, showed up in my inbox this morning:

Hydref Scarf by Abigail Phelps. The photo below is a detail picture showing this lovely, leafy design worked in the perfect Autumn shades:

© Micki Krueger

© Micki Krueger

I sense another Abigail project is in my future. Her “Addewid” was a joy to knit. (Still need to block for a proper Show & Tell).

You can find the kits here at Earthfaire.

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

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!

Never, Never…

Thought I’d get this finished! Not blocked ~ still don’t have all my stuff unpacked but I kept a couple of things handy one being the languishing Peter Pan Mystery Shawl. I had started the final clue, Clue 7 on the second side when something else yarny demanded attention. I even completed a couple of those projects. With this being one of the few projects that I could readily find, I couldn’t let it languish any longer.

Here ’tis, worked in The Unique Sheep’s Pashmi Gradient colourway, “Big Sur” with amethyst beads:

Peter Pan MKAL. Off the needles (at last!) and pre-blocking.There are a million ends to be woven in after blocking and I’m dreading that but this patter was a great use of the Gradient effect of the yarn. Having started another MKAL last Friday, was another push to wrap this project up, especially seeing some of the same faces participating! Nothing like a good shaming to provide inspiration :p

I’m sitting here with my second coffee of the day, waiting patiently for Clue Two of the Addewid MKAL to hit my inbox and then hopefully, knocking together a chest of drawers. It’s time to buckle down and do some of the more “mundane” house things, including unpacking a few more boxes. Still no clue and so off I go, shelf liner calls!