I Got Nuthin’

Currently reading ‘Girl Waits With Gun’. Just finished Vonnegut’s ‘Breakfast of Champions’ – loved it! Totally bizarre and entertaining.

Sothia: at the last section –  793 stitches – must push through

Lilli Pilli: love it. On the 3rd section but all the garter is killing me. Garter is why I don’t worship at Stephen West’s feet – adorable as he is!

Next: reclaim Moorland yarn and start Moorland Cardi over again. Note to self – don’t lose your notes! Finish Opulent Pullover #2 – has been in WIP too long. Start Ariel pullover because… mermaids!


I’m a little… blecched out about blogging lately. I generally keep PSPRP very light and fluffy and leave the angst to the ole poetry blog but sometimes, there’s spillover. Some of the ‘blue’ has to do with odd follower patterns – lets face it – we blog to be heard, at least a little. There is a lot of ‘tit for tat’-ishness in blogging and I don’t have the cycles for it – healthwise, timewise or tolerancewise.

I refer to people who are all over your blog like white on rice and then the moment you follow them back, they never interface with you again. It happens a lot in the poetry blog realm but there’s spillover into the craft blog realm where once, there was a much more nurturing and interactive spirit. I’ve no problem saying this irks me. I wonder more about the people who are incredibly supportive but then for no discernible reason, suddenly stop liking or commenting but continue to visit the blog. These are the most puzzling to me – I can’t help but wonder if a post may have given offence. Clearly, the information itself must still be interesting or they wouldn’t come to read. What is it then that makes them no longer wish to support by even the expedient and ubiquitous ‘like’?

Please understand – this isn’t whiny or self-pitying – I’m far too happy a person in my real life for that – I do wish to understand though. I consider myself a loyal follower – if I’m following you, I really like your content. I may not get to every post due to health, time, etc. nor do I expect my followers to like every single post. Who wants to be just a click from the reader? I will say that for folks who post more than twice a day or do nothing but reblog their old work or are constantly hawking their wares or other social media sites, I skip those. This is more an issue among poetry blogs, no idea why though. I find it overwhelming to see ten posts a day from the same person.

Anyway… This started as a legit question in my mind when I noticed the length of time since my last post and my lack of desire to – where once I was excited to share at least every few days. I welcome feedback on my content – the ‘message me’ tab is for sending private emails to PSPRP. I do notice that some folks are no longer actively blogging but that’s different from folks are still visit here and are silent. I’m interested to know what precipitated the withdrawing of the friendly exchanges.


OT: I shall now hawk my wares – not the books, the good stuff. I have been updating my Etsy shop like a madwoman, mostly with needlework kits and patterns. Many of us cross over between fibre crafts and I’m offering many old, OOP, Limited and HTF items from Mirabilia, Just Nan, Charland Designs, Emie Bishop and more.

Main page of KeiB Designs is here: My Shop

My posts like this I view as an invite to a Tupperware (no pun, maybe a little) party – I in no way expect you to buy anything but would love the support of a ‘favourite’ or ‘follow’.

We now return you to more fibre-y posts!

2015 in review

I swear this was the fastest year of my life!

The good, the bad, the happy, the sad… Thank you for being here. Your likes, comments and support mean more than you could know.

Wishing all of you the very best in the coming year

~ kei

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 51,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

All Of The Posts!

How to adequately post, cross-post and promote without driving followers crazy?

I personally don’t mind seeing the same or similar posts across social media from the people I follow or am friends with – if it’s relevant and good content. IE: not what you’ve had for lunch showing up in my feeds six times!

I’ll be experimenting a little with the various ways to get the word out and for those of you who follow me in more than one spot (thank you! 🙂 ), I hope you’ll bear with the repetition.

Testing out reposts from the new Facebook page today:

Make It MondayI hope all the Mum’s that follow here had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday! t’s dull and rainy day where…

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

This is so much fun to share! I knew my blog had grown since importing over here from Blogger last year (you can still find the original as “So Many Vices, So Little Time” there. I’m surprised and really happy about how much 🙂

Thank you all for making it a really fun year in blogging, crafting and friendship ❤

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 28,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Six Hundred and four visits to Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl yesterday…

Already (at almost 6:00AM) another eighty-five!

I have to say, I’m a little gobsmacked at the activity and I very much appreciate when someone takes time out of their busy day to visit.

Thank you for stopping by and do feel free to say hello in a comment or message if there is a particular post that you liked.

~ kei
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Once Upon A Knit

I should really take up knitting or crochet, I hear it’s good for mending frayed nerves…

Ha! 🙂

So, I will be keeping my day job but I am a ball of nerves the last few days and the next few as well as Life counts me down into some exciting stuff. The mad dash to clean and prepare this small, jerry-rigged and always-meant-to-be-temporary space has gone okay. There’s only so much one can do with those limitations and with having to go to work everyday. Throw in the appointments, chores and other preparations that are required when you’re welcoming a friend for a stay… I am ridiculously excited and nervous. I’ve a dear friend (boy) coming to stay and… Yes. I’m a bundle of nerves that daren’t touch a project lest I wind up with a three-armed sweater or a poodle cozy!

The other big event is a potential change in my living space. I wasn’t looking per se, simply saw a little place and it called me. One Open House on a whim and I felt that I should at least ask a few pertinent questions of the Real Estate folk involved and, it would seem that I’m now learning the ropes of being a potential home owner!

Many things in my real life don’t make it to this blog and one of those things is my separation and divorce. It was a particularly difficult process, not due to my former Husband but to the subsequent “boyfriend” that destroyed what little life I had left. My life in the last two years has been more than a little surreal at times, I’ve alluded to it in one or two posts.  It’s fair to say though, things have turned around and with that blight removed from my life new opportunities for life, love and living are far more visible.

And so…

This week brings a lovely new human and the potential for a lovely new home into my life!

I’m beyond excited about these beginnings and all the new things to learn. Getting involved in the home buying process is as much about learning some grownup things on my on as it is about (maybe) completing the purchase. All of this to say, “I got nuthin'”, as far as the knitting goes but I have ever so much more going on everywhere else. One of those is continuing to mend my family. This weekend past, Mother’s Day weekend saw much of that starting with Saturday spent with my fabulous daughter. We bussed downtown and spent a day shopping, talking, laughing, shopping, sitting on a sunny patio with some pints (Innis & Dunn, yum!) and talking.


Cady ❤

Next up was the evening spent with my Mum. She invited me out to see a band called the Groove Junkies – I come by my Rock ‘N Roll nature honestly between both my parents – We had a fantastic time at a popular local pub and it’s lovely to have a connection to the music scene here. I’m fortunate to count several musicians among my friends. The GJ’s were doing a fundraising event for their former keyboard player, taken too soon by cancer. The turnout was great, they packed the pub and the music was wonderful. My Mum can still party like a rockstar!


The Groove Junkies At Greenfields 10 May 2014

As to me… I had a great day because my hair turned out. Pray that it looks decent this Wednesday when I go to pick up my friend at the airport and some of you will totally relate to just how much a small thing like that can influence your day for the better. Another small thing made posting this really fun for me, was noticing as I posted to Facebook yesterday, that my daughter and I both do the palm-to-chin in our photos from the 10th. Guess there’s no denying she’s mine. Between that and our shared Gothy aesthetic and fiery temperament, there’s no getting around it. My beautiful boychild rounded things out with his sweet Mum’s Day message to me (he was working – this is epic).


Me 🙂

So, the yarny, knitty goodness is taking a temporary backs seat as all these other life events catch me up and take me for a ride but it is a delightfully good ride and I couldn’t be happier to be on it and not standing on the banks watching it pass me by.

I’ll be knitting as I can, posting as I can – what’s a Saturday without a Fibre Funny? – and wishing this same happiness, whatever it is in your life that might be.

Cheers All! 🙂

9 Ways to Catch Blog Readers’ Attention

This post beats hell out of the “I Got Nuthin'” that I was going to post 🙂
A definite must read!

Lime Scented

1. Start with a dramatic title which is only tangentially related to the post.

2. Explain that you haven’t been able to blog, not because you’re not knitting, but because you have no way of taking pictures in cold, grey weather while staying as a guest at someone else’s place, and a blog post without pictures is deemed an abomination.

3. Promise that knitting has been happening, prove it by pointing readers towards the Ravelry project pages which have been updated.

4. Tantalize readers with promises of a new and inspired creation, a self-designed pattern which is just perfect.

5. Talk rapturously about its colours, coming up with ever-so-many synonyms for red: scarlet, brick, burnt, deep, blood and boticelli.

6. Share a secret-sisterhood-smirk with readers who use Malabrigo yarn and therefore know precisely what you mean by the last synonym.

7. Throw in a yarn photo for those who don’t.



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Uhh… WordPress?

I don’t like the new dashboard format. Thanks for the warning.

I don’t like that I pay for this .com and you still put ads on my posts. Just found out.

Yes. Yes, I AM grumpy this morning. Between stupid boys and stupid software… how’s a girl to knit?

Monday Monday

I don’t know about not trusting that day… oblique Mamas & Papas reference there.

Wouldn’t it be great though, if there was on extra day in the weekend? Think how much more of the good for your soul stuff you’d get done. I continued on my Noro scarf and should have an update at the end of the week. I did successfully tuck in a multitude of ends on one of those projects mentioned yesterday and consequently, have one more finished Christmas gift. Yay discipline!

The other goal I’d set myself was to make the time to give the original PSPRP a bit of a facelift. Over the last couple of years. I had got away from blogging. The advent of Ravelry took a bite out of the cozy, homey world of the little bloggers and although I welcomed that – what’s not to love about the organizing alone on Ravelry? – it made blogging a little less fun.

Having chosen WordPress for the platform for my poetry blog, it made sense at the beginning of this year to bring PSPRP here for ease of access and a few bells and whistles that weren’t available on the old platform. I had found my knitting mojo again and it continues unabated. It’s too bad that blogs and blogging are connected to the internet because sometimes… I get a little distracted… did you see that Briar Rose? 🙂

Blogger is so vastly improved as are many things social network, since I started PSPRP in 2006 and there are many wonderful blogs that I follow there, so updating rather than leaving it dormant, made sense – I couldn’t bear to just delete it. All that CSS and HTML entered by hand!

And so, vintage PSPRP is now “So Many Vices, So Little Time…

I’ve redubbed it with the tagline that my blog has always had. It refers to all my hobbies; ballet, music and all that goes with that and my fibre arts. For a comedienne like me, it was hard to not add “and Plume” onto the end when I began to post my writing publicly :). Blogger is integrated with Google, so this may be handy for some of you. I’m hoping it will serve as a complimentary blog to this one and even better, it accepts some of those handy widgets from Etsy and Craftsy.

For those who are interested, you can purchase patterns directly, using Paypal from So Many Vices, So Little Time… .

The Blogger community has a little different “flavour” than WordPress and I like the difference. The posts won’t be as frequent but I hope you’ll enjoy it and for the Blogger folks, this will be useful I hope! I definitely welcome any help or suggestions from savvy Blogger blog friends, so much has changed on the platform, a lot is intuitive but any tips would be appreciated. If you were one of the original members over there, you’ll need to update your links.

Feel free to check it out and follow along and may your Monday be gentle on you. Cheers!