With Bated Breath…

Still waiting on my ESK yarns to get fully engaged with my Yarnathon 2017 knitting – the shipment is right on track, I’m just REALLY impatient to get started! All groups and their members are off to a great start although at the moment, the Peppermint Ponies are bringing up the rear. I expect to singlehandedly boost our stats with my birthday order next week! Well, maybe boost a little… I am still on the never-ending yarn diet of Doom.

As of Saturday AM:

Yarnathon 2017 ~ Teams and standings on 7 Jan '17

Yarnathon 2017 ~ Teams and standings on 7 Jan ’17

What I have done is plan as many non-buying point boosters as I can; these being mostly achievement badges for various skills, spills and thrills in the knit / crochet world. What I am buying for is a toned down version of the Persian Dreams afghan and a crochet version of our team mascot who I’ve dubbed “PepPonia“. So far, I’m favouring one of Heidi’s African Flower motif designs, Fatty Lumpkin, worked in our team colours on Cascade’s 220 Superwash base.

On the WIP front, my Side Effect has it’s first sleeve and the second should be underway later today. Contrary to my lifelong modus operandi, I’m focused on finishing this before going back to other WIP’s. No big thing but working this way as opposed to having six or seven UFO’s strewn over the living and dining room is so much more Zen 🙂

And now Saturday chores and stuff calls ~ loudly, obnoxiously ~ beginning with shovelling out after last Thursday’s very rude dumping of 20cm or so of snow and then freezing rain. Clearly, Mother Nature is not a knitter – I have to keep these muscles protected for warmer, fuzzier activities! Cleaning then organizing an under sink recycling pull out bin will be much easier now that Handy Andy very kindly repaired my ancient sink basket and trap (thank you !) and once the vacuuming is done, I’ll be tucked in with a cuppa, a book and SE’s sleeve 🙂

Here’s hoping your chores are light, and that there’s time for a few stitches where you are. Passez un bon-weekend!

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Make It Monday

Got a kick in the mojo since Wednesday – my beads finally arrived and so has spring.

I finished up my fourth project for National Crochet Month, ‘Starry Skies Stained Glass‘ afghan. This cleared out the last of some ancient stash and some never-to-be-finished projects. I actually hooked from a half completed vest at one point! Very happy with the results and debating to gift this or keep for my Moroccan, boho family room.

SSSG’s portfolio:

Time now to backtrack to my third project as the beads arrived late Friday afternoon. I think they’ll look pretty along the border. I chose Toho’s in ‘Metallic Cosmos’, 8/0’s to go with the Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in ‘Blueberry Mix’.

Beads for KeiB's 'Ile d'Ecosse'

Beads for KeiB’s ‘Ile d’Ecosse’

That’s it for now! Hope Monday is gentle with you and don’t forget – to celebrate National Crochet Month, all yarn in my Etsy shop ships free to Canada and USA!

Winter Is Coming… Knit Faster!

I have some lovely Bulky and Chunky weight still kicking around and won’t be using it this season. There is enough of each of these lots to make at least a scarf and I’d love if they went to a home where they’ll be used up. All details can be found by clicking the link to my Ravelry Sale page. As always, if anyone purchases two or more lots, I will share the cost of the calculated shipping cost. If you have any questions, feel free to PM or to message me on Ravelry.

KarinB’s Stash for Sale Page <

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Winter is coming… Knit scarves!

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
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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?

The Clue In The Inbox

Friday was all kinds of exciting, until I had to go to work.

I was all set up ready for cast on for the Ravellenics and I knew I’d have to wait to do that, it was very hard to not call in knit after waking up to Clue 4 of The Peter Pan Mystery Shawl KAL in my inbox though. Fortunately for my landlord, I went to work. I did scurry home directly afterwards, didn’t even stop for groceries and by Saturday afternoon had this:

Clue 4 complete. Daylight photo.

Clue 4 complete. Daylight photo.

Probably the best photo of the colour shifts so far. This is much more representative of the gradient shift between the first four skeins. I’m using a 2-2-2-2-2-2 mix for each colour change, it seems to give the most subtle effect. The more I work with the Pashmi gradient, the more I can’t wait to cast on my Eos. It’s a merino silk laceweight (the Pashmi is merino/cashmere/nylon fingering). The entire gradient concept has me captured.

I finished the first of the fingerless mitts that will match my Ravellenics hat, late Saturday evening and hope to have a pair by Tuesday. It’s a small dent in the pile of stash that needs busting but a dent nonetheless!

Game On!

I’m an Olympics Wannabe. I’m really not all that interested, not enough to go buy a television to watch but.. Go Canada!!

Hot Canadian Olympians

Now, if knitting ever becomes an Olympic sport, you can be sure I’ll be a contender!

I am participating in the Ravelry “Ravellenics” as part of Team Wabi Sabi and I cast on Friday evening for the Hat Halfpipe – had to miss the opening ceremonies official cast on ’cause they frown on stopping the work for knitting. If you can imagine…

Go Team!

Go Team!

I’m using some recycled Dream In Colour Classy in the “Dusky Aurora” colourway. Much of it is still in a Chic Knits hoodie that I can’t remember where the heck I left off! I’m thinking that these hat and fingerless glove sets will be perfect for the shop. There’s still a lot of cold weather left here.

Photo as of Saturday evening:

KB's Ravellenics hat

KB’s Ravellenics hat

So, is anyone else participating in the Ravelry Revels? What team are you on?

Oh… And Monday? I still don’t like you!

ETA: I finished the hat Sunday afternoon and cast on for the matching fingerless gloves 🙂