Finished Projects Update

There’s nothing like a long weekend to get some extra knitting and crochet finished up. Despite being stuffed with turkey and the trimmings on Sunday, I managed to have a very productive Monday.

Son’s afghan is finally finished and ready for gifting at Christmas and the prototype for my next scarf pattern is done. I’ve got the notes for a slightly different finish and for the different yardages of suggested yarns and now it’s on to the pattern writing. I’m hoping the New Year will bring some new and improved software for writing and charting, it’s always nice to be able to offer options.

A Saturday visit to my LYS and my BFF – The Evil Yarn Temptress – resulted in one pair of very sexy Knitter’s Pride Karbonz and some Noro Kureyon Sock falling into my basket. Because… of course I need more sock yarn… Ahem. This will be my personal project for the upcoming Needler’s Retreat. Eighteen more sleeps!

I am excited to try the Karbonz. Reviews have been good and they feel good in the hands. Proof is in the stitching though, so I’m looking through patterns this afternoon. I may work up my own “Inuksuk Socks“, it’s a subtle pattern, not boring and won’t fight with all the “noroness” of Noro.

A wee gallery of the weekend fibre goodness:

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The Bishop’s Sleeves – Prototype knit

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Noro Kureyon Sock

Kureyon Sock 252 and Knitter's Pride Karbonz

Kureyon Sock 252 and Knitter’s Pride Karbonz

Bee Man's afghan

Bee Man’s afghan

 

Needler’s Retreat 2013

Yesterday began the four week countdown to Needler’s Retreat 2013. This annual retreat is put on by my friend Debbie Marshall of Sheeps Ahoy.

I am so excited to be going this year after having missed the 2012 edition. The teachers this year are Anna Dalvi, my friend Natalie Servant and Mary Pat McDonald. No homework this year kids! Good thing as I am just wrapping up the last band of my boy’s ripple afghan and biting my nails waiting for the last clue in Stephen West’s MKAL.

The Retreat is held at The Glen House in Gananoque – gateway to The Thousand Islands – and it has a very interesting history. The entire atmosphere is so fun and relaxing, the company always fine and I cannot wait.

My best friend, Francine of Fancy That – shawl pins and jewellery, is my bunk mate and as we are both a little bitten by the shutter bug, there should be some wonderful pictures of The Glen House and grounds and of course the shenanigans – or very serious fibre study – that will be going on.

I was able to catch a sale on a wonderful Atenti overnight bag:

Keeping the "punk" in Punk Rock Pointe Shoes... :)

Keeping the “punk” in Punk Rock Pointe Shoes… πŸ™‚

… and I hope it gets here quick, I’m ready to start packing now!

In other news, if anyone has good vibes to spare, I’ve just applied for a new job in my division and I could use all the positive thoughts I can get. My life has changed dramatically in the last year and this could be a very positive one.

Oh and… (it just gets more funny with each repeat) just TWO more sleeps until Clue Four inΒ Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013: Colour Craving is released!

Cheers all – the week is halfway through

Feeling a little better today. Finally slept last night. A long walk after work to change up the routine and finishing up the chest of drawers – swinging a hammer is surprisingly physical work – seemed to do the trick.Β I am still “considerably rumpled up in spirit” but I suppose that’ll settle out in time.

Here is the big beast, finished and ready for duty. It’s nearly as tall as I am!

An FO of a different type

An FO of a different type

My Plucky Knitter Primo, for the Westknits KAL was in my mailbox when I got home last night. That was another nice boost. Three lovely coordinates: The first clue was released on Friday the 13th, Internationals like me weren’t to expect our yarn right on the dot but I expect catching up won’t be that difficult. I really must finish up Bee’s afghan first though. I’m trying to be a little more disciplined with my projects.

Here are my Colour Craving skeins:

For Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013: Color Craving

For Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013: Color Craving

Really excited about this too – I finally have an updated banner for my Etsy shop, KB Designs & Knits!

I had opened my Etsy in the early days of blogging and hadn’t established myself just yet as a “brand”. With many thanks to my friend and Cynthia Frenette for her talent with creating my caricature once again. Next project is to update my Cafepress shop, get the Ravelry group growing – I hope some of you who have knit /crocheted my designs will want to join there. Still really tempted to add “and plume” onto that tagline to get in my writing… πŸ˜‰

Wee Update

Ugghh… Not feeling very well the last couple days. Moving very slow. I was a the dentist’s yesterday morning, a good thing I love the dentist. Makes sense for a former CDA but the afternoon was the second bloodwork lab in two weeks. I hate that. I’m not that brave about needles – understatement – and they always have trouble lately finding a target. That means i’ll be sporting another nasty bruise. Anyway…

I have made some progress on my DS’ afghan:

Bee's Afghan

I’m happy that it is finally getting done and just as glad to gain the extra space in the work room.

Despite feeling ick today, I figured it’s about time that I move in a bit more and so between rows of double crochet, I’m hammering together this chest of drawers.

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Nothing like a little carpentry with your crochet and now there’ll be no excuse for the piles of clothes on the floor. Unless I can make one up πŸ˜‰

 

 

Aside

I had hoped to be posting the finished photo of my boy’s afghan but it seemed a little short, more lap quilt size and so I spent last night unravelling the very elderly knitted one and am going to work a second striping sequence for this project.

Funny how some things just don’t want to be made and yet other projects seem to work themselves!

Happy Double Duty Dromedary Day! :)

Happy Double Duty Dromedary Day! πŸ™‚

Make It Monday

I’ve been able to do, or start a few stash busting projects since having got my work room better organized. One of those is an afghan for my DS, started too long ago. It’s coming along beautifully and promises to be finished quickly enough that I can forgive the heavy acrylic content that isn’t pleasant to work with.

I do love this workhorse yarn for heavy-use home items – and boys πŸ™‚ – the colours were picked by him and I do like seeing the progression. It’s worked in Paton’s Decor on a 5.50mm hook, I’m using a ripple pattern that I know by heart, probably picked up from an old Beehive leaflet. Super easy:

Autumn Ripples

Autumn Ripples

Yesterday was September first, I’m still a little amazed and how quickly this past year has gone. There were huge changes, challenges and adjustments to many aspects of my life. I wasn’t particularly introspective yesterday, too busy! I spent the day with Mum, Dad and my sibs to celebrate sister Lori’s birthday. Helping the Parentals put together some new patio furniture and catching up on everyone’s news, as we don’t often have the chance to all get together.

One thing did strike me though. The First morning I woke up here, in this new place, I looked out my window in the early morning to see a cavalcade of hot air balloons over the near horizon. They are part of a festival that takes place yearly across the river. It struck me as a good omen at the time, I took some photos and over the last few months, forgot about it.

Yesterday, fresh coffee in hand, I went to look out at the coming dawn and was greeted by the sight of the cavalcade again. It brought back a total recall of that first morning for me and again, I couldn’t help but feel it for a good sign.

These are some spontaneous, through the screen photos. The sun was bright, the sky blue and the intermittent “shush, shush” sound of the balloon fires was one of the few sounds at that hour,

Just wonderful…

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Worsted For Wear

Thank goodness all these projects that are currently on my plate are worsted weight! Right at the moment it feels like no progress at all but things are being whittled down.

SPNF#9 is finished:

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy #9 - Finished

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy #9 – Finished

And SPNF#10 is on the hook and progressing well:

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy #10 - WIP

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy #10 – WIP

I like this stitch pattern but was looking for something that would have a stronger horizontal “feel” as a compliment to the very vertical look of the knitted version in this same shade. I’m looking at it and it is much bigger now and contemplating unravelling and going with a different stitch.

Poor ‘ole SPNF #7 is still plodding along. Its not that I don’t like it or care to work on it, just seems that anything worked in a twisted stitch doesn’t move along as quickly as other stitches do. The rows lack the typical stitch height, to me anyway.

I was able to pick up DS’ afghan and sort out the pattern stitch (the book is still packed and stacked under a myriad of boxes) without trouble and although it is already rather large and ungainly to work, what with it’s current size and the seven skeins for the colourwork, I’m enjoying it and pick it up almost as often as these last couple of scarves.

I call this “Circuit Knitting”.

Its kind of like circuit training but far less sweaty and really helps to keep my fingers shapely!

My Jimmy Beans order, several skeins of Crystal Palace “Mini Mochi” to make this gorgeous Chameleon Baby Blanket, made a circuitous trip in getting to me but I picked it up at the P.P. yesterday and am anxious to Β start. This yarn shop has THE best customer service.

Mini Mochi colours for the Chameleon Baby Blanket

Mini Mochi colours for the Chameleon Baby Blanket

I’ve a busy week ahead, hope to have an FO or two to show off when I’m back here.

Cheers!