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.

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Shop and Ravelry Updates

What’s not fun about a makeover?!

Except all the work…

The time had more than come for an investment of effort. My Etsy shop is 8 years old now and I’ve been on Ravelry since 2007. Needless to say, many photos needed updates – some still need to be scanned for upload. Things like links, tags, SEO, other social media weren’t around then and sadly some of my early posts and listings were very ‘bush league’.

Today was the day that I made time to update some old knitting project photos and with that came the motivation to do a massive revamp. I focused on Etsy and the trickle-down landed on Flickr and Ravelry. The task isn’t quite finished but close to it and I’m glad with the results. Part of the update process was to unpack, evaluate and post or pitch my many counted cross stitch kits and supplies. At one time, I was as obsessed with this craft as I currently am with knitting and the CCS stash accrued shows it! The bottom line is – I will never be able to do it all (36 kits x 1 month to complete = 3 years of samplers and that isn’t all of them!) and I have the same dilemma with my knitting. Knitting won. The prize is more room for the yarn because all of my ‘Just Nan’ sampler charts / kits are listed on Etsy and you can find those here: JN Cross Stitch. If you have any friends or family who might be ISO of these retired patterns, feel free to pass along the link. If you’d care to ‘follow’ or ‘favourite’ my shop – KeiB Designs and Knits–  please do! It’d make my day.

I took the time to update several FO photos of scarves that are in my Ravelry projects and also listed on Etsy. My ‘M’amselle’ mannequin is new and a much better model than the kitchen table, floor or Ikea cot that was my background for years :). This led to tweaking my LinkedIn and adding proper tags and descriptions to all that stuff in Flickr.

There are times that I really like this OCD thing!

How was your week in fibre and life in general?

A few of the ‘Do Overs’:

A few of the Just Nan samplers available (Careful! They’re addictive 😉 ):

Woot!

I was going to title this “Chuffed, Stoked, Gobsmacked and Tickled” and then realized – upon reading it back quickly – it might look like choked, stuffed… and that would be another whole genre of blogging!!

I was avoiding the web for the last couple days – all of it – but got a “ping” today from my Bestie. She was commenting on a Facebook post put up on Cascade Yarns Facebook business page.

They posted my Cairo Cabled Scarf pattern!!

I am over the moon! I’d noticed a wee jump in interest and sales and this must be why.

The link is here if you’d like to check it out:

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

Test Knitters?

I’m finally finished (I hope!) with the tech part of “Cairo” and wondering if one of you may be interested in test knitting? I’m looking for two people who would like to give this a whirl.

This is a good project for an intermediate knitter. Experience knitting cables and keeping track of several patterns at once is required.

If you have a wee bit of worsted lurking about, silk, silk blend, cotton blend; have time to get this done fairly quickly – I’m thinking two weeks at the outside – please message me at the tab above or click this link – message me – if this sounds “doable” for you.

Description from the pattern cover page: “This reversible scarf combines cable patterns that suggest the architecture of ancient Egypt flowing gently and blending into a sand- patterned background.” There’s a photo here at a previous post.

“Cairo Cabled Scarf” will be released with two other themed patterns in e-book format when test knitting for the other patterns is completed.

Any help is much appreciated!

 

TGIF

I’m wrapping up my week with an FO and buried under snow from the storm yesterday and through the night. This does not stop life here, Canadians know snow.

First up, I wrapped the test knit for “Cairo” and will be taking photos and doing the writeup for the pattern today. Here’s my “just for the record” photo, there’ll be better ones! The Cascade Venezia was lovely to work with, I may even try to find an excuse to work with it again soon, no matter the size of my stash. The design prototype is on the left in 100% raw silk and the test knit is on the right in Venezia.

Cairo Scarves ~ Finished

(c)Keib Designs

The printed versions of “Les Cloches Cannelées”, were dropped off to my LYS, Yarn Forward on Tuesday and I’m crossing my fingers. Selling digital copies is wonderful and I had a wee flurry of interest this past week that’s been a huge boost in light of some stress in my life. I do love the idea though, of the patterns being in a place where knitters are, where they can pick up the pattern, hold it up to the yarns on display, make their choices. Knitting and crochet are tactile crafts and that is a huge part of why I enjoy it so much.

I finished the “Sachy Hat & Mitts” and am mixed on the end result. Love the hat, love the finished look of the mitts. I do note that the pattern could have been written more clearly. I’ve been knitting for over half my life and was able to follow but I think the written section could have used clarification and some notes. I you’re tackling the mitts are very large, even the smallest size. I did note this at the outset and these will be given as a gift 🙂

Sachy Hat
Untitled

The next knitting project is the “Stella Luna” shawl. I’ll be using that gorgeous Tosh Merino Light in “Lepidoptera” that I picked up at last year’s Needler’s Retreat. There are large areas of stocking stitch in this pattern that I think will be ideal for showing off the colourway.

How are all of your first project 2015 crafts coming along?

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”