So here is a little more fluff-ination. It would be fair to say I rather like these. All things considered what’s not to like about mega-stashbusting, fast, fun, not boring, seamless, reversible and fluffy! 🙂 ‘Tween Dusk and Twilight and Mulberry Mulled Wine Cowls details are on my Ravelry.
I didn’t forget you – just busy with real life. That does include knitting and such but not so much to share. I’m mid-project on several items, as per normal, keeping up with store orders, looking after my Mum and adjusting to this new ‘sans Papasan’ life.
With my son away in Nanaimo, Dad was the ‘man in my life’ and it’s still a punch in the gut each time I think I’ll call to ask him the right pliers for this or how to plumb that. Ugghh… I’ve yet to adjust to my Nanny being gone in January. Anyway… neither of them would approve of any moping on their account so…
The good news is: thanks to Louise, manager at my LYS (Yarn Forward) and the constant encouragement of my Bestie (Frankie), I have a solid pattern presence at a bricks-and-mortar shop. Yay!! So if you are ever in the neighbourhood, you can find patterns and samples there.
I just wrapped up the Kitchener close on a cowl, no pattern – The Bing On My Cherry – just using up some gorgeous Elann Highland silk and a new skein of Lang Mohair Luxe and am working a super cute, easy cardigan pattern from Plucky Knitter – Put The Kettle On – in some ancient Debbie Bliss silk merino aran. I’m using more stash – Yarntini this time – to work the Leventry shawl or as I call it, Leventry-tini.
Here’s a pic or two of the knitty doings:
As mentioned, the modelled photos. M’amselle loves her new look:
Pattern notes can be found on my Ravelry here: BW Wrap
The BW Scarf test knit is finished and the pattern will be on its way to the Tech Editor very soon. I’m happy with this one, it was really rewarding to be able to work the complete concept – yarn base, custom colour and planned construction – all in one go.
Fashion shoot pics will come later:
With Retreat out of the way and the last of the family duties surrounding my Dad’s passing, I plan to focus on getting some WIP’s tamed and revising old patterns into my newer format. I’m taking a much needed break from my poetry blog and the occasional drama that lurks there to write a guest chapter for a friend’s upcoming book. This blog is my sanity and happy place (along with it’s Blogger twin, SMVSLT) so I’ll be hanging around. I had recently followed several new WP crafters but neglected to have post updates come to my email. I hope to get that fixed up too, I don’t want to miss anyone!
Off to the LYS to hang out for an impromptu Sit ‘N Knit with my Bestie. Wishing all of you a restful Sunday. 🙂
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’ve finally wrapped the final test knit for Matinée II. This is a scarf version of the Matinée Cowl and I had the joy of working this up in some of my friend Yvonne’s – of Yvieknits Yarn – merino silk bases.
Here’s Matinée II ~ Moonstone‘s portfolio:
My local LYS – Yarn Foward Kanata – had a sale this Tuesday past and I took advantage to get enough Sirdar Baby Bamboo to finish my prototype and to work the test knit. The pattern is almost written but for some fine tuning – this design really wanted out of my head!
Progress on BW Wrap so far:
And though I should not buy any new yarn – as I’m currently reorging my yarn room and will post about that in the future – I had a flash of inspiration for a bistitchual project for a baby blanket and have decided to run with it. I’ll be using black for the background and the three colours for the motifs:
Yes. I will be using acrylic / nylon. May the force be with me…
One more project finished this week – my Turquoise Fan-Dango, worked from Annette Petavy’s “Buttercream Shawl”.
Worked at a larger tension and with a tiny mod, here are the finished (unblocked) photos:
Dupatta Scarf ~ Finished
Lang Mille Colori Socks & Lace, Cascade Heritage paints (held double throughout)
More stashbusting. These were leftovers from my Tandoori Tikka Tumeric shawl and I now have a display piece for each of the three finishes that are written in my Cloches Cannelées pattern. I hope to have a variety of yarns and options for all the patterns that come with me to the 2015 Needler’s Retreat by the end of September. Should be no problem, right? That clone I ordered will be here any minute I’m sure! 😉
If you love this scarf pattern you can add it to your Ravelry favourites here 🙂
I’m in the middle of several projects as always. I don’t get people who don’t have WIP’s – you know, like six or thirteen of them :p
I’m working at my second Filigree scarf in that glorious, reclaimed Camelspin. No deadline for this, so I just pick it up when I need a break. I’ve also begun the borders for my Log Cabin In The Silk Garden. The Lett Lopi I had ordered never came from the first company and I wound up ordering it direct from Iceland. Would you believe it was half the price?! It showed up a few weeks ago and I’m making time for it in between other things.
I did complete another Yorick Cowl. This one made entirely to my draft pattern and I’m super happy with it. I’ve tweaked the join at the centre back neck and am debating releasing this a little closer to All Hallows. In the meantime, that project and another Yorick are destined for my Etsy shop as “ready to ship” items. Slow but sure, I’m restocking the shop, it’s a challenge to keep up with the blogging, FB’ing, etc. and still find time to knit!
The design bug is always biting hard and on that front, the next in my men’s scarves is pencilled down. At the moment, I’m seeing it as a fully crocheted project and I’ve found some scrummy SweetGeorgia silk merino aran to play with the concept. I’ve also started the prototype for another ©Kindred Knits & Cohabiting Crochet design. This is a scarf with a nod to Japanese motifs and aesthetics, also with my favourite (dare I say signature?) design feature for combining widely differing yarns into one piece. I’m liking how it’s working up so far and always love to see a little more stash being busted.
I better get at it, the day is calling and one more quick coffee to power up.
Cheers All! 🙂