I am introverting so hard the last few weeks – sorry for not being more interactive with everyone. Even posting feels like a chore lately.
I do have an FO. My ‘Gothic Starfish‘ afghan is finally finished and ready for gifting. Love the end result but so damn glad this is done! It started as a “let’s use this up” and quickly escalated to a “No-o-o-o! I need to buy more acrylic!” Anyway. It’s perfect for its new home and hopefully, I’ll have pix soon of this eclectic piece in its eclectic house.
Just the border to go 🙂
Under the tree… under the tree. Little Mermaid fans will get it 🙂
Gothic Starfish ready for gifting.
I’m working on Le Scarabée Bleu and Brise d’été and loving them both. I can work in the back garden now – it’s tidy, old picnic table gone, shrubs shrubbing, flowers flowering and I have a pretty nook to sit at while I knit, hook and daydream – hence my absence from the Interwebs. I can’t recommend strongly enough unplugging, it’s such a gift!
Le Scarabée Bleu ~ front
Brise d’Été Shawl ~ much more complete but no pix
Le Scarabée Bleu ~ back showing pleat increase
Victoria Day weekend was amazing – more soul restoring with my Bestie and I’ve been getting my butt to the other side of town for ‘Sit ‘n Knit’ at my LYS, Yarn Forward. At this rate, I may even make it to Guild meetings! I haven’t written a darn thing, nor do I miss it or care – not so much ‘writer’s block’ as ‘this writer don’t give a crap’ – so liberating! My books are still on Amazon and I don’t have to stress about the devolving of WordPress for poets and authors. More time to do the things that make me happy. Win!
Don’t you… forget about me…
Rewards of a walkabout.
Tiny succulents, shells and stones.
I hope your summer is humming along beautifully and feel free to say hi on Ravelry or Instagram – I’m there more often because they’re ‘quick and dirty’ for posting 🙂
À plus tard!
Not only am I hooked on crochet just lately; I seem to also be a little “star struck” 🙂 ‘Tuscan Medallion’ is another star-shaped afghan, this one with twelve points and big! TMA was started specifically to liberate some old Zen String Bliss Aran from yarn incarceration and to use some odd ball colours of Cascade 220. I was a little leery about the combo at the start – the ZS variegated isn’t “my” colours but as it grew, it did seem a little like some of the pretty tile work that I’m drawn to ie: kitchen backsplash renos on Pinterest! My project notes for this one are on Ravelry -> here <-
Tuscan Medallion Afghan ~ finished 3
Tuscan Medallion Afghan ~ finished 2
Tuscan Medallion Afghan ~ finished 4
Tuscan Medallion Afghan ~ finished
Choosing stash combo 🙂
The additional Cherub DK that I need to finish up ‘Gothic Starfish‘ has finally arrived and I’m back at it to try to wrap it up and get it out the door to the owner of the purple sofa.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 🙂
Very happy with this 🙂 The endless garter stitch made this a bit of a grind but in the end is so-o-o worth it. I busted some stash too and that is always a good thing in my house.
Lilli Pilli ~ Detail of double Estonian cast on
Fresh off the needles, ready for blocking.
Lilli Pilli ~ Finished
What’s not fun about a makeover?!
Except all the work…
The time had more than come for an investment of effort. My Etsy shop is 8 years old now and I’ve been on Ravelry since 2007. Needless to say, many photos needed updates – some still need to be scanned for upload. Things like links, tags, SEO, other social media weren’t around then and sadly some of my early posts and listings were very ‘bush league’.
Today was the day that I made time to update some old knitting project photos and with that came the motivation to do a massive revamp. I focused on Etsy and the trickle-down landed on Flickr and Ravelry. The task isn’t quite finished but close to it and I’m glad with the results. Part of the update process was to unpack, evaluate and post or pitch my many counted cross stitch kits and supplies. At one time, I was as obsessed with this craft as I currently am with knitting and the CCS stash accrued shows it! The bottom line is – I will never be able to do it all (36 kits x 1 month to complete = 3 years of samplers and that isn’t all of them!) and I have the same dilemma with my knitting. Knitting won. The prize is more room for the yarn because all of my ‘Just Nan’ sampler charts / kits are listed on Etsy and you can find those here: JN Cross Stitch. If you have any friends or family who might be ISO of these retired patterns, feel free to pass along the link. If you’d care to ‘follow’ or ‘favourite’ my shop – KeiB Designs and Knits– please do! It’d make my day.
I took the time to update several FO photos of scarves that are in my Ravelry projects and also listed on Etsy. My ‘M’amselle’ mannequin is new and a much better model than the kitchen table, floor or Ikea cot that was my background for years :). This led to tweaking my LinkedIn and adding proper tags and descriptions to all that stuff in Flickr.
There are times that I really like this OCD thing!
How was your week in fibre and life in general?
A few of the ‘Do Overs’:
SPAF Collection I – ‘Pearl’ Knitted 2013
SPAF Collection V – ‘Shell’ Crocheted
SPAF Collection III – ‘Sky’ Knitted
SPAF Collection II – ‘Rhodonite’ Knitted
SPAF Collection VIII – ‘Rhodonite’ Crocheted
SPAF Collection IX – ‘Pearl’ Chrocheted
SPAF Collection X – ‘Jacaranda’ Crochet
SPAF Collection VII – ‘Shell’ Knitted
SPAF Collection IV – ‘Jacaranda’ Knitted
SPAF Collection VI – ‘Sky’ Crocheted
Geode Unisex Scarf 2014
Cairo Unisex Scarf 2015
A few of the Just Nan samplers available (Careful! They’re addictive 😉 ):
A Breath Of Spring – charted sampler from Just Nan
Be Scary – charted sampler from Just Nan
Lady Scarlet’s Journey Part 3- charted sampler from Just Nan
A Lady’s Heart – charted sampler from Just Nan
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! 😉
Dupatta Scarf ~ Finished 1
Dupatta and Yorick = ❤
Dupatta Scarf ~ Finished 2
Cascade Heritage Sock
Mille Colori Socks & Lace
If you love this scarf pattern you can add it to your Ravelry favourites here 🙂
It must have been a warm day in Nunavut… I’ve gone finishing crazy. Making his FO debut is my “Ollie” – the Oliver Twist MKAL shawl. Worked to pattern (nupps and minimal beads), no mods and in the colourway “You Zig, I Zag” (you’ve got to pick a pocket or two boys) and with S/L chartreuse AB #6 beads. Ollie is huge and warm and totally my new boyfriend 😉
Makin’ it not fakin’ it.
I had a super busy weekend but still managed to fit in some knitting. My “Morisot” sweater, the first installment of the Sweet Paprika Sweater Club, is coming along beautifully. I’m loving the Staccato worsted and the colourway I’m using – Northern Sky – is rich and complex with no pooling or flashing (now THAT would be a knaughty knit):
And because I’m stupidly in love with this FO, a couple more photos of my Elizabeth Shawl:
For real this time 🙂
Pleased with both projects, sometimes you just need something fast and finishable (that’s a word). I’m still working on sock two of the pair in Turtlepurl’s lovely “Parliament Hill” and I may have accidentally cast on for the Dahlia Cardi. Oops! 🙂
The longest length in light to dark and the medium length in dark to light.
The Lang Mille Colori version
December already. This was a surprisingly (mercifully) short year. I think I’m officially finished with my gift knitting as of today. Woot!
I feel like there should be a drum roll whenever I finish something. It really does seem to take forever at times, so many other things to do!
Got the blues.
Ironically, the prototype remains in the basket. I hope the yarn will arrive soon to finish and take photos.
Have a great weekend everyone!