Dry Out The Digs & Rev Up The Restoration!

To celebrate the end of the flood recovery, I’m having a “Downsize The Deductible” sale at KeiB Designs and Knits on Etsy. Take 10% off any item in the shop from today until 23 July!Β πŸ“¦πŸŽπŸ”–πŸ€—

https://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/KeiBDesignsAndKnitsDry

Etsy Launches It’s New Look Today!

I’m super pleased with the new format being offered for shop owners on Etsy – that’s saying a lot. Generally speaking, change of any sort has me quivering tearfully in a corner like some overgrown, purple-haired OCD hamster!

Not this time though. There’s been a standardization for the way shop policies are presented, with the ability to tailor them for each shop owner. The new look is streamlined withΒ lots of white space, larger photos and all the information is on one ‘page’, just scroll to find the shop related info like: policies, about and reviews. The categories are in a less ‘fussy’ font, larger and easier to find and after all that scrolling, there’s the ‘ejector’ button down on the bottom right so you’re popped back to the top, ready to shop!

How do you owners and customers feel about the new look? And please stop by and visit me at KeiB Designs And Knits – feel free to leave your Etsy link in the comments below.

Cheers All! πŸ™‚

Warning: Yarn P0rn Ahead

Come visit!

Lot’s of new yarns that are perfect for the cold months ahead and for little luxury gifts of knitting.

New in store: Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted, Noro Silk Garden Aran – several colours and Sundara Merino Worsted. Lots of knitted goods too for those who don’t knit but love to give unique and exclusive gifts πŸ™‚

KeiB Designs & Knits on Etsy

KarinB’s Destash on Ravelry

(Check individual listings for information about shipping discounts)

Discontinued and hard to find colours and bases.

Silk Garden Aran, Sundara, Wollmeise and more…

Whack ‘O Wollmeise

The Wollmeise has got to go. Details provided at the Ravely links beneath each photo.

Four skeins, including a 2007 club colour “Fratello”. $30.00US each. These are not marked up, they are the price I paid, as are any skeins in my “Stash for Sale”.

On my Ravelry, I offer to pay 1/2 of the calculated shipping cost for any three skeins purchased at one time. I will pay the full cost for shipping if one crazy person buys all four skeins at onceΒ to USA or CDN addresses (e-transfer preferred or Paypal)

More yarn than you need? Split with a friend πŸ™‚

Photos of each:

It Has Begun…

I didn’t plan to post again so soon… is slow here in blogland and summer is all too fleeting in The Great White North but…

I saw the first of them.

Those harbingers of doom – the annoying people who start posting about it being halfway through the year and “better start planning for Christmas”. Don’t even get me started on “Back To School” being in the shops already. What happened to enjoying the moment?!

Anyway…

I didn’t start it but it brought to mind that yes, I will be crafting for people and I suspect some of you may be too. So, I thought that I’d mention that I’ve been updating yarns for sale on my Ravelry stash tab – yes, still unpacking and organizing. There is lots new including: much sought after limited edition colours, discontinued and out of business Indie sock yarn, Socks That Rock!, Rowan yarns – several that are discontinued, cashmere, alpaca,Β Lucky Lurker “Duets” sock yarns and some Vegan-friendly skeins too. Tons more in a range of weights. I recently began an offer to pay half of the shipping cost on any purchase of three (3) skeins, this doesn’t include purchases that are sold as lots.

I also have some handspun yarns, tools, books and patterns available at my Etsy shop and for those who don’t knit or are pressed for time this year, I have several finished knit and crochet items in the Etsy shop.

Now if that doesn’t jingle your bells in July, I’m sure this will!

Knitfun xmas july

 

The Breakup Had To Come…

Who doesn’t love Rowan?

What’s not to love? Other than like a bad boyfriend, they steal your heart and disappear so quickly, leaving you wanting more!

I’m breaking up with my Rowan Calmer stash… I’ve had it with the good looks but lazing about in the guest room. Never a “Let me knit myself up for you Dear”.

I’ve listed four lots and they are available at my Etsy shop, my Facebook shop and on Ravelry.

Description:

Calmer is a machine washable soft handle cotton blended yarn perfect for baby and children’s knits. The polyester adds a little give and shape retention to the finished garment.

This yarn has been discontinued.

Fibre Content: Cotton: 75%, Polyester: 25%
Season: Spring Summer
Yarn Ball Weight: 50g
Yarn Meterage/Yardage: 160/175
Tension/Gauge Stitches: 21
Tension/Gauge Rows: 30

Care Instructions:
Hand NormalIron Low HeatDo Not BleachDo Not Tumble DryDry FlatDry Clean Certain Solvents

Recommended Knitting Needles:

Knitting Needle (US): 8
Knitting Needle, MM: 5″

I’d love if someone could take these bad boys off my hands… though I can’t say that’ll stop me loving the Bad Boys ;-)!

(All prices are USD and feel free to message with your postal code for a quote)

Autumn Bides Her Time

I can feel it in the air already and the subtle change in the quality of the light… autumn will be her again almost before I had a chance to welcome summer. A month after my move here, month and a bit, I guess, I’m still unpacking and moving in. Opening boxes from my home that were never looked at during my stay at the apartment. Sometimes, it’s like opening gifts. I’ve found things that I didn’t know I missed and here, in their proper context of a home, they make me happy all over again. So much to be grateful for.

Some of the first boxes have been all my knitting and crafting supplies. I did a post in the early days of the apartment that was 1/3 of a humourous “full disclosure” about the size of my stash and during the actual move, it’s size was apparent even to the moving guys. I’m pretty sure it may become a moving legend πŸ™‚ I’m having fun though going through and organizing it into an actual room; matching yarn to patterns and discovering a few gems.

With the weather as it is and the first few yarn company ads for fall wear starting to show up – just like those lone renegade red leaves among the green – I was looking at the heavier weight yarns and those deeper, richer colours. I have a lot. So much that right off the top, I know I won’t get to these (again) this year and it’s time to try and find them a good home.

Noro Niji in “Winter Bouquet“, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan in “Garnet” and Elann Uros Aran in “Desert Rose“.

Autumnal Colours

These beauties are all 10-ply (heavy worsted to aran weight). There is enough in each lot for a good size project; a hat and scarf, vest, etc. With the interest in textural and modular knitting, I think all three together would make a luxurious and visually interesting afghan. I’m selling as lots only, if you are looking for a small quantity, sharing with a friend might be an idea. If anyone is interested in all three lots, either for different projects or to make up the afghan, I would cover half the shipping cost to the US, UK or Canada (a Canada Post quote would be provided in advance based on your address).

Fall Yearnings In Yarn

The shades and tones of autumn

This photo shows how nicely these play together, the solids picking up various shades in the varigated. The textures could be used to great effect in a modular lap blanket. All the yarn bases are different but they are all natural,Β but for the Debbie Bliss, with 30% microfibre. You can find more details by clicking the links above and feel free to message me on the tab at the top of the page if interested in purchasing the entire lot.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

A Process Knitter’s FO

Tipsy Lizzy (The Elizabeth Shawl) is off the needles as of yesterday.

Not blocked, there truly is no room in this place to block, it’s not just my dislike of blocking! I won’t have that excuse at my new home πŸ™‚

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Lizzy came out quite large, even before blocking and truthfully, I can’t wait to see it fully completed. The lacework was a joy and the Hedgehog Fibres BFL lace just glows in the stockingette sections close to the border.

Tipsy Lizzy Shawl - not blocked

Tipsy Lizzy Shawl – not blocked

I’ve pulled out the Peter Pan Mystery Shawl and Jacaranda (Jose) Cardigan for my next “get finished” projects. Time is flying by in these countdown days to moving and it makes sense to just wrap some things up – no pun Β – moving that darn Craft Room again is going to be a monster pain. Must. Knit. Faster…

Of course, for anyone who can help lighten the load, I’ve still plenty gorgeous yarn for sale in my “Stash” over on Ravelry. Right here actually ;-). Ryan Gosling would never steer you wrong πŸ™‚

Happy Monday All!

Squirrel!

Or in my case, Alpaca!

In desperation, I went seeking my standard lack of knitting alpaca smart arse post fodder…

So, “alpaca ballet” (you need to know me to get it, even the squirrel reference πŸ™‚ ) yielded this search result:

Tu tu cute!

Tu tu cute!

I think I may have outpaca’d myself this time πŸ˜‰

So the thing is, boys are distracting and so are house sales/purchases. The Tipsy Lizzy is still progressing but slowly and I still have a shit ton (official Canadian unit of measure) of yarn for sale on Ravelry that I would rather not move. If you can, help a girl’s back (yarn is heavy!) or feel free to pass this link to my sale page:

KarinB’s Stash for Sale