Welcome Back Winter With Nefertiti

One of my first original designs, the intarsia technique “Nefertiti Scarf” is among Elann.International’s featured patterns for the month of October.
Details are on Elann.com and Ravelry where you can favourite or queue it 🙂 The yarn that I designed with, Elann’s Peruvian Highland Wool Worsted, was discontinued for some time but has been re-released with a higher micron count, more colours and a sportweight version as well.

I taught myself Intarsia as I was working on this and it’s a technique that I enjoy. The original design concept is still a favourite and last year I reworked it as a single colour scarf that really showcases the textural stitches I chose to convey an ancient Egypt feel. This scarf was called “Cairo Cabled Scarf” and is also available on Ravelry.

Lazy ‘Bout The Blogging

But not the knitting!

Maybe “back to school” effect will take hold one day but it is NOT this day.

So here’s my lazy post about my most recent KAL project, “Let Go” by Joji Locatelli. The deets are on my Ravelry page right -> here <-

©KeiB 2016

©KeiB 2016

Yo Blog! Long Time No See

Well. For me anyway. Who knew real life was so completely engaging! Kidding – but it’s true – the longer I spend away from my computer, the more I grudge the time needed to post. Ask my poor poetry blog… ugh. I think I may be giving up my Writer Card.

As to the fibre-y stuff, y’all know it’s my Valium and so I have some of that to show for the time away. I did finish up the “Paridae” cardigan and love it. As yet, it’s still not blocked but I like the slightly rustic look of that combined with the very subtle tweediness of the alpaca and so may leave it.

Paridae’s portfolio:

I’m currently paticipating in Joji Knits 2016 autumn KAL. “Let Go” cardigan is my first Joji – definitely won’t be my last and it’s been very easy to stay focused on this one – none of my usual Knitter’s (and for reals) ADD! I’m picking up the front / neckband today and expect to have a sleeve started.

Let Go progress:

There’s a WIP or two lurking about and I’m looking forward to finishing them up. I’m hoping to have a good cross section of project types to bring with me to Needler’s in Gananoque this year. Some great news for me there – I was nominated x2 for a scholarship! This covers the cost of participation and the class fees and the timing couldn’t be better – I’d hate to have to miss out on this. Money may not buy happiness but it buys a lot of yarny goodness and that does make me happy 🙂

Unpacked – BubbleWrap

As mentioned, the modelled photos. M’amselle loves her new look:

Pattern notes can be found on my Ravelry here: BW Wrap

Blazin’ Needles

Just wrapped up the final (for realz – my OCD kicked in hard for the last two patterns!) test knit for “James Harris”. This one is called “Polished Pewter” and I’m back to my original transitioning for the ribbed section. Note to self: do NOT allow the chicken to take notes next time you are prototype knitting…

I am madly in love with the Three Irish Girls “Felicity” that I worked this in. It’s a 50/50 merino silk and heavenly. The hand, the stitch definition and the mileage are great! One skein made the scarf, a well worthwhile investment in a luxury yarn for gifts.

Although named for my Great Grandpa Thorpe, this design is totally unisex (non-gender specific and all that good stuff) and dressy or casual, so there are lots of pictures in the portfolio below :):

For Your Knitting Pleasure

I’d say “ribbed for…” but this is my PG blog 😉

My three most recent designs are available on Ravelry now. You can snag them for a deal in e-book format or purchase individually.

With all this snow, what better way to keep warm?

Shush now! PG, remember? 🙂

Find the post here and please do let me know if you make these, have questions, all that good stuff.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/memories-of-egypt/patterns

Great When It’s Working

The idea Factory, that is :). I’m just wrapping up the prototype knit for my third and final garment in the e-book that I hope will publish by the end of next week. Working title : Memories of the Nile and it will include the Cairo Cabled Reversible Scarf, Thebes Temple Fingerless Gloves and Papyrus Columns Reversible Cowl / Infinity Scarf.

I’m super excited to have been this productive, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to dedicate this much time to design work and I’m loving it. The designs are themed, coordinate and the Cascade Venezia that I used for the prototypes is easily available, affordable and has great mileage. I really hope these will be as well received as “Les Cloches… ” was :).

This is a sneak peak at Papyrus Columns just before the final (quick and easy) seaming:
(Goth-stonian Legwarmers hiding in the background are almost finished too 🙂 )

New test knit

©Karin Bole Tupper / KeiB Designs

 

Almost Make It Monday

So close and yet so far…

I’m just a few rows away from finishing my “Sachy” hat by Connie Chang Chinchio and my test knit of the “Cairo” scarf. I cast on Sachy Friday evening at my birthday dinner and sleepover with my Bestie. Frankie is the 14th and I’m the 15th of January, ironic as neither of us likes the cold but we’re both avid knitters so it passes these dark months!

Cairo will be the next pattern that I publish this year and I’m hoping it’ll be as well received as “Les Cloches Cannelées”. Super stoked to have had online sales and Yarn Forward should have the hard copies available by week’s end.

Quick knitting 😊 #sachy hat in #dreamincolor #everlastingdk This is the November club colour. #karinb #knittersofinstagram #yarnpr0n #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl

KeiB Sachy hat progress.

 

Working on a test knit for a new #keibdesigns pattern. #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #knittersofinstagram #scarves

KeiB Designs “Cairo”

 

WIP Wednesday

My WIP’s doth runneth over! Already… 2015 knitting is off to a blistering start despite the constant interference of that Time Vampire “Work”.

One the needles, in my typical “Circuit Knitting” style are:

Phoenix Rising: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/phoenix-rising

Goth-stonian Leg Warmers: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/goth-stonian-legwarmers

Cairo Scarf Test Knit: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/cairo-scarf

I’m cheating and just linking the Ravelry project pages so that I can save my fingers.

The first full week back, post flu and the passing of my beautiful Nanny, has been brutal! Temperatures are what they are during January in my neck of the woods: cold with cold, bitter freezing and cold :p and my unit was tasked with completing several Finance courses that are mandatory and had to be completed by days’ end yesterday. No mean feat in a unit where timelines for completing your actual work are near impossible due to demand and our tiny staff. I am happy to say though that all three courses are complete and my marks may even have been pretty good! Nice to add to the old resume.

I have some wonderful news about Les Cloches Cannelées, it is going to be carried in printed format at my local LYS, Yarn Forward! I’m over the moon as every little bit helps. It’s hard to shine among the many pattern choices and talented designers on Ravelry, or even Etsy and so I’m super happy to have this opportunity. A store sample is underway and I’m crossing my fingers.

And with that, I’m off to work, <grumbles>

Cheers All!