Make It Monday

Another weekend flew by! I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. My home is chocolate free – I’m a toffee / butterscotch person and I spent the better part of my time hunting and organizing another donation to Goodwill. I swear some ‘bunny’ hides stuff in the closets when I’m not looking!

I’ve one FO to show for my crafty efforts, my ‘Heloïse’ Shawl is finished and likely the last finished project for National Crochet Month. I’ve a ‘Critron’ Shawlette on the hook but the combination of laceweight and entirely single crochet stitch makes for slow going and cramping hands, even with an ergo hook. My stashbusting ‘Gothic Starfish’ Afghan is coming along, though as I’m winging the striping sequence, I need another skein of the purples to finish it up. This one’s an eye-popper but will be living on a deep purple couch – not mine – so stash busted and more ‘real estate’ on my yarn shelves 🙂

What’s up in WIP’s:

Heloïse’s portfolio:

I’m off to sketch a few ideas that have been percolating for a scarf / stole design – inspired by a recent purchase (shush now!!) of some Miss Babs ‘Caroline’. I’ll post the Yarn Porn later this week 🙂

Have a great Monday!

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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:

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 😉

First Stitches 2016

Will be a Matinée Scarf in some Noro Silk Garden sock and some Manos del Uruguay silk blend. Some fiery colours to warm up a snowy winter.

Noro and Manos to start 2016 off right.

Noro and Manos to start 2016 off right.

I’ll be hitting the publish button on ‘Velloso‘, my first pattern release for 2016 in a few hours and hope that you’ll take a moment to peek and ‘<3’ on Ravelry. Velloso will be the next KeiB Design to be available at Yarn Forward, my LYS.

The last couple weeks were filled with family activities, lots of of knitting, a little crochet and liberal quantities of friends and wine! My first great-niece arrived and I gifted her with a wee pink crochet beanie (free pattern courtesy of Deja Jetmir). It was on and off my hook and then gifted so quickly, I don’t have a photo! The yarn was a very old Lucky Lurker ‘Duets’ in a semi-solid pink mix. I also had enough yarn left from each of the Velloso cowls that I mentioned in previous posts to make four more and to pop them up for sale in my Etsy shop.

Keeping me busy between finishing my Leventry-tini shawl this AM and beginning my first 2016 project tonight is ‘Cerys‘, a modular, hexi baby blanket that I’ve started in some leftover mini mochi. I suspect this will go on forever, like my ‘Mission Possible blanket – for which I’m still looking for yarn if you have any –  as I’ve enough stash and leftovers to open two shops!

Last and not least here is a link to my page ‘Finished Projects 2015‘. I’m super happy with what did get done, not gonna sweat the ton of WIP’s still lurking and toast to having stuck to my plan to ‘shop the stash’ as often as I could 🙂

Wishing you and yours all the health, happiness, peace and prosperity that 2016 holds. Tomorrow is a new day in a new year. Let’s make every single one count ❤

~ kei

Spiral Stashbusting Madness

And… Might as well make this latest round of rabid spammers work to find a place to dump their crap!

Holy crap! They come in waves like a Tsunami of Stupidity – get a life!

Anyway…

Two progress shots of my Spiral Pram Blanket follow, it’s growing so quickly in this early stage that I’m already onto my 80cm cord and soon to move again! From a stashbusting standpoint, this is going great. I’ve worked all the half balls, the bits and bobs and the next join will be to that poor, old sweater that just didn’t make the cut. As a blanket though, I think this project will be a win 🙂

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Spiral Pram Blanket ~ Progess 2Wishing you all a perfect weekend.

Cheers!

 

WIP Wednesday

And happy 600th post to me!

Who’d have thought? There are days this blog feels far more chore than hobby; for the most part though, I enjoy sharing here. I know the sharing certainly keeps me motivated to keep knitting, crocheting and learning more about my fibre crafting.

There are WIP’s – there are always WIP’s – with me, it’s just a matter of which ones are active and which ones are hibernating. I’ve managed to get a fair bit of work done on the Jacaranda / Jose Cardi; a miracle what with work and packing and the paperwork for the move! The back is just about ready for the armhole shaping:

Jacaranda Cardigan Progress 2

And because this is ADD Me, I must have a “Quick ‘N Dirty” project (especially because even the highest quality cottons hurt my hands!) I’ve cast on the “Spiral Pram Blanket” mentioned in a previous post. I’m working this in leftover Noro Silk Garden – the neverending stash of SG – and am loving it so far:

Spiral Pram Blanket Start

Should You Choose To Accept…

Well hello Mission Possible Blanket.

I am loving this stashbusting project so much! It is fast, easy, portable (depending on size) and a nice diversion while waiting for each Friday release of the PP MKAL clues.

As I knew, I’d run out of the Mission Falls 1824. What I had on hand were several colours left over from the Interweave “Burma Rings” sweater. About .75 of each skein, too much to get rid of, not quite enough for a project using all of them. What I didn’t know until I update my project page, was that Mission Falls is out of business.  This is a shame on a couple different levels. MF was a well-loved company and their 1824 wool and cotton lines were a favourite with knitters. Not so terrible for a stashbuster project but I did want to keep any other yarns that I used as close as possible to the MF 1824 wool.

Voila! At the Thursday “Sit ‘N Knit” at my LYS, what caught my eye but some Luxury Collection “Fine Merino Superwash Aran“. It is a dead ringer for the MF and if I didn’t mention that it isn’t – no one would ever know. I love when a little stashbust includes just a smidge of stash enhance and this one couldn’t be better.

So here’s how it’s looking so far:

Mission Possible Blanket 1

Arty Detail Shot

Arty Detail Shot

Halfway through another week. Unreal how the time flies by. Hope you’ve had some dedicated crafting time this week. Cheers!