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.

ADD / OCD Knitter Problems…

I really am not joking when I use these acronyms and so… Here are the next bunch of fuzzy. This will be the cover work for “Velloso” when it’s back from tech editing 🙂

Preparations, Purls and Patterns

Life goes on and this is a very busy week for which I’m grateful. I’ll be spending an afternoon with my Mum and Sisters – the l’il big Bro works shifts 😦 – followed by wrapping up a crocheted crib blanket for my very first grand niece-ling. A visit to the dentist today – chipped a tooth! – as a former CDA, I’m mildly freaked about that. Thursday is official ‘Sit ‘N Knit’ at my LYS but I may forgo as Friday brings our departure for 2015’s Needler’s Retreat!

I can definitely say, this has been an excellent diversion. I’ll be vending in person, as opposed to selling on Etsy, et al and creating and updating my Seller’s ‘tool kit’ has been at the top of my list. My presentation will be very simple as the Vendor’s Night portion of the weekend is small, the bulk of the time being devoted to workshops. I’ll include an info stand with my Berroco interview in print and business cards, a binder with a selection of patterns and samples for those. Hopefully, I’ll create some new connections and broaden my customer base. I’ll be including the first of my professionally tech edited patterns and one or two of my friend Francine’s (of Fancy That) shawl pins. Verra excited 🙂

On the homefront, I did a redux on my bar cart / microwave stand yesterday. It’s not my favourite piece, being from the ‘year of apartment living’ but it’s useful and so I thought I’d make it more presentable. The DK version of Matinée ~ Marbles is done too.

A little gallery of the knits, the Duct Tape Diva stuff and the last of October:

I May Have Fibbed A Little…

For those of you who were looking forward to making a cozy for your own slinky… I’m afraid you’ll have to use an orphaned sock 😉

Green Blob / Blue Blob / Matinée, is off the needles and has morphed into a cowl.

Matinée is a necklace that is 56-58 (22-23 inches) long, usually single strand. “Semi-Precious” is so named because of the gorgeous colours in the YvieKnits Sock; tiger eye, turquoise and raspberyl. The bands are worked in Sundara ASM. The construction is unique: tubular, dimensional and at very different tension than expected, giving the look of gems on a strand 🙂 I’m super stoked to get started on what I’m calling the “Peridot” version, the test knit for the final design and some finishing variations. This will be another stashbuster, like “Semi-Precious”, in two Sundara bases.

The sand-coloured cowl is “Papyrus Columns”. I wasn’t crazy about the original photos, they didn’t show the cabled motifs very well. I like the “do-overs” much better.

With that, I’m off to twist up some stash 😉

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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:

WIP Wednesday

… and an FO 🙂

FO first. This is “Papyrus Columns Cowl”. A mostly reversible cowl or infinity scarf.

Papyrus columns ~ Finished

The completed set:

Papyrus columns ~ Finished

Memories of Egypt. Completed test knits for a KeiB Designs e-book.

I’ll be finishing the tech editing for the cowl today and hope to have the e-book up on Ravelry this evening. I think the book version will be titled “Memories of Egypt” or something similar, to reflect the cable theme that I used.

I hope some of you will give one of these a whirl and if you do, please feel free to share your photos 🙂

My new WIP is “Harmonia’s Rings” by Sivia Harding:

February 25th

KeiB’s “Harmonia”

This is my first moebius project – I know. It’s just I hate being a crowd follower and if it’s popular, I usually stay away from it. Must keep the “Punk” in Punk Rock! This pattern called to me though and so I am now on the moebius bandwagon.

I watched Cat Bordhi’s Youtube video to teach myself the cast on and as best I can tell, all has gone accordingly. I’m using one of my favourite yarns, Madeline Tosh Vintage in the colourway “Wisteria”. Another stashbuster project, as I purchased this a few years ago for a different project and fortuitously, had the right yardage 🙂

It’s snowing like mad again today and so I’ll tuck in with Harmonia and Henry Miller (some things are just better each time) and hope that Spring won’t forget Ottawa!

Cheers All 🙂

 

Make It Monday

An FO today. This is another KeiB Design and the second of three that will be part of an e-book release. Thebes Temple Fingerless Gloves:

FO's 😊I also wrapped up the Stella Luna shawl. I was a little sad to put this one down, the Tosh merino light is a treat to work with:

FO's 😊

and:

FO's 😊Off to work on the prototype for the third pattern. This one is a semi-reversible, convertible cowl that also is worked around an Egyptian motif.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. Cheers!

 

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?

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!