Bicraftual Harmony

I seem to have forgotten to post the finished project photos of my ‘Sothia Shawl! I finished this at the end of February and then jumped right in to the crochet projects. Without further ado, here are the pictures of another stash buster.

Sothia’s portfolio:

I’ve also finished my 3rd project for National crochet month – ‘Ile d’Ecosse Shawl‘. After all the dithering about beads, I decided to not use them. I still have a lot of the ‘blueberry mix’ Ultra Alpaca and so will use them for a different project. I really like this one – the yarn colour is so subtle, difficult to photograph – the purple flecks show best in direct, natural light.

Ile d’Ecosse’ portfolio:

Project number five, another shawl is off the hook but not blocked. It’s very rustic, worked in ‘SockItToMe Steps’ and was a help in tightening up my treble / triple crochet stitches. I’ll likely work it again in a nicer yarn though still very happy to use up the last of this ­čÖé

I hope your week has been productive and happy. Ciao for now!

Advertisements

Skulls And Spring

Skully” was well received and so I’ve begun a test knit. Remind me to take notes the next time I decide to hook “off the cuff”! The skull motif is a fairly well-known one, for those of us who like that stuff and my favourite was Spider Mambo’s single crochet guy. I popped her skull into an Arcade wheel style “granny” to make “Skully”. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember what I did. I started yesterday with hook, needles, yarn, notebook and camera (!) in my lap and set to.

Yorick” is close to halfway done, I’ve notes and photos for a possible tutorial if this becomes a pattern and thankfully, DID remember what I’d done to create the “Slipped Stitch Open Patella Cable”. Yes. That. 8=. I’m using the KnitPicks wool of Andes sportweight again, had tons leftover and it’s super economical for proto’s and tests. I’ve promised my Girlie a #ucg version that she’ll be able to wear at work (sidebar: since when do companies hire Graphic Designers, ie: Artists, and then subject them to corporate drone dress codes?) I have some KnitPicks Shine Sport in black for multi-seasonal wear. I’m testknitting an idea that’s languished for a while. Still bearing the unfortunate name of “Green Blob” in my head but now in blue. I think if I can stop setting this down for other yarny projects, it could be pretty.

Speaking of seasons… I’m not sure who is responsible for this but you go to Mama Nature right now and apologize!! I woke to this beautiful but chilly back garden view this AM.

‘Dem Bones

Skully” is finished and I love him!

This is going to be fun to customize ­čÖé Embroidery, beads, craft findings, even fabric paint. He’ll go from a subtle and well-behaved skeleton to a party-on-dude dia des los muertos sugarskull with just a visit to the craft store. The #UCG version will be black and in a blend with sheen; merino / tencel or a merino / silk. Embellishments will be jet or marcasite-type and very understated so that those of us who are “working for the Clampdown”, can still be “work appropriate” *cough*┬áwithout compromising our personal style. It was a good week for Yarn Pr0n too – I know – I could easily open my own shop but I’ve been so-o-o good for the last couple years (for real!) and when I’ve ordered of late, I’ve used the purchase up for test knits or to finish languishing projects.

That’s my story. I’m sticking to it!

What arrived are: Sweet Paprika, “Messa Di Voce“, the last of three shipments of the sweater club I joined last year and some gorgeous Blue Sky Alpacas “Alpaca Silk” to make Dolce Knits “Victoria”. Can’t wait to get my needles into this lot.

Grumpy

It’s grey and overcast but that’s not so bad… the issue is not having that 2nd and 3rd pair of hands or a backup brain that can do better math!

I love this design I’m working on but it’s been giving me grief since conception. It’s not unusual for me to have to abandon an idea simply because it doesn’t translate well to knit or crochet. It’s not unusual to have to really work hard at finding stitches and patterns to bring a concept to life, to have to reign in my ADD or to have to squirrel about finding the right tools and yarn to test knit. What is rare is when it all happens in one design AND when I’m suffering from the dithery-ness of Spring Fever! It’s very usual to have overused double negatives for em-pha-sis :). It may be time to start saving up for a charting software and a schematics software, if there is such a thing. Graphing by hand – each, and, every, square – is hell! Especially if a version doesn’t work or needs mods…

“Skully” and me are not speaking today. I am treating my brain to the feel of Tosh Sock gliding through my fingers and someone else’ pattern writing skills!

So The Bad News Is…

I WILL be saying “Arcadian” again in this post. It’ll be later though ­čÖé

I hope to ETA this post a little later with the “Finished” photo of Silky Cables. I’m about to begin the last half of the second sleeve and am really happy about the colour match of my “insurance” skeins. I definitely needed them. These blousey, dolman-like sleeves are using up two and a smidgen skeins each! This is a lot of sweater and one of the reasons I love it so much.

Once I’ve freed up the needles, I have just the cuffs to work on Harmonia’s Rings. This was another yarn miracle – to find insurance skeins from Madelinetosh (she of no dye lots) that were purchased in the same year, mere months, same shop and in the hands of someone south of the border willing to part with this (gasp!) discontinued colourway – and to find upon their arrival here they look to have come from the same batch…

Can I get a Hell Yeah?!

I’m still working away at the small, “filler” projects and sketching and plotting madly for some new designs. It’s fair to say that my new poison is making best friends┬áof knit and crochet. Putting my hands on some King Cole “Galaxy” and some Berroco Vintage DK today means I’ll have to get at some prototype planning. My next big project will probably be the “Impromptu” cardigan. I’ve some gorgeous Canopy Fingering in “Crocus” a deep plummy shade and a few choices in contrasting or coordinating fingering for the pocket linings. My favourite is the Sirdar Baby Bamboo, though it’s a bit on the heavy side:

The first of the Arcadian patterns is available now on Ravelry. Pattern page here.
The rest will follow shortly, now that I’ve had a chance to work the kinks out of the new format and PDF transfer. It felt great to flex those old technical writer bones and I hope that crafters will like the more streamlined look.┬áAll three will be available in an e-book format as well as individually in a day or two.

All this means I should get myself to bed. It’s rainy gently, such a beautiful sound when it returns in the spring and I’ll be dreaming in colour for sure!

All The Arcadians!

Knitfun knit all the things

A class photo of all the Arcadian Cowl variations. The pattern writing festivities continue and I am keeping the coffee and stashbusting faeries very happy ­čÖé

Double Loop in Zen Yarn Garden, Singles in (1) Dream In Color and (2) SweetGeorgia, Headband in 100% wool worsted.

The Arcadian Cowl ┬ę Karin Bole Tupper and KeiB Designs (L to R):
Double Loop, Single Loop 1 (navy), Single Loop 2 (teal) and Headband

Double Loop was seamed up yesterday. I swear I’ve done more Kitchener grafting in the last four days than in the last four years! This one is my favourite for yarn base – the silk merino blend – though I knitted options, this one seems the best “fit” for the design, IMHO.

The Arcadian Cowl ~ Double Loop ┬ęKarin Bole Tupper and KeiB Designs

The Arcadian Cowl ~ Double Loop
┬ęKarin Bole Tupper and KeiB Designs

On the WIP front, insurance skeins have arrived for both sweaters as of the first of April and I’m “Circuit Knitting” on both of them (why do I only have one set of 4.50mm dpns??!). Silky Cables is set to win the race, though I doubt it’ll see wear this year as M’lady Spring seems to have deigned to grace Ottawa with her presence, however sporadic her appearances have been and Silky is bulky in fit and wonderfully warm.

On the Quick ‘N Dirty front, I’m working up the second “Skully Fingerless Glove” today – which may become a bottle cozy if I lose interest and due to it’s thumb-free design ;-). I’ve a second pair of Goth-Stonian Legwarmers half done too. A pair with an Asian-type theme are next up. These have been great for stashbusting:

┬ęKarin Bole Tupper

Goth-Stonian Legwarmers II
┬ęKarin Bole Tupper

Helloooo Monday

I have a bucketful of WIP’s and not much else at the moment. I’m still waiting on “insurance skeins” to finish up both Silky Cables and Harmonia’s Rings. This hasn’t dimmed my enthusiasm a bit and I expect I’ll be back on track by week’s end.

The same story with My Little Log Cabin afghan. The Lett Lopi is backordered for another week and then will need to get here. Being as far along as I am has started a wee knitted blocks craze for me though. I’ve put together two afghans’ worth of ancient stashed worsted weight and am itching to start.

On the design front, I have a victim ;-), doing the test knit / crochet for “The Arcadian” as I type. I’m currently working the prototype for the double loop version in some scrummy Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK:

Arcadian Cowl ~ Double Loop Test Knit

I’ve rejigged the sewing up on this one, an improvement I believe and will be making some edits on the pattern before release.┬áI am stupidly happy with this second version, the yarn (using stash again!) is so nice to work with.

Best be off now to finish up this ZYG. I hope your Monday will be gentle and that you aren’t seeing the snow falling that I am. Yes. More friggin’ snow!