You Can Take The Girl Out Of The 80’s…

But you’ll never get the 80’s out of the girl! ­čśë

Goth-Stonians Legwarmers have gone live on Ravelry!

Please download and get creative – it’s free for the remaining month of August – a little kick-start to the beginning of the knitting season.

Fast, fun, affordable. One skein of Cascade 220 or any worsted, some imagination and these become totally unique.

Huge loves to my amazingly beautiful and talented daughter for supplying photos for me Hell no! You wouldn’t catch me on heels that high anymore – unless a palanquin and two studly dudes come with purchase!

Pattern page 1:

Goth-Stonian Legwarmers ┬ęKarin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs

Goth-Stonian Legwarmers ┬ęKarin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs

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Remember These?

I’m dancing like a four-year old on apple juice – or… erm… a forty-year old on hard cider :p

My Goth-Stonian Legwarmers… Now with PEOPLE INSIDE THEM! ­čÖé

This will be my next freebie from KeiB Designs as soon as I have a 2nd styling option knit up. The possibilities are endless for customising, making these a fast, affordable and fun gift knit. Stay tuned and here’s the new portfolio – now with more cowbell! ­čśë

Pretty Skellina

She is off the hook and off the needles. “Skellina” is a blingy version of “Yorick” and technically another test knit. Note to self: take notes, SMH. I believe I’ve got it all down now and will get at some writing and tech editing.

This is another of my ┬ękindred knits & cohabiting crochet projects, combining filet mesh crochet in a motif form, with knitted lace work and ribbing. I invented a rib stitch to achieve the look of bones for Yorick… alas poor Karin! I knew notes not – apologies to Willy┬áShakespeare. All is recouped though and tweaked even, so that the Skellina version is “The One”.

I was iffy about using a yarn with acrylic – I totally own being a yarn snob – but this King Cole “Galaxy” just wouldn’t stop following my around my LYS the last time I went for a Sit ‘N Knit. I figured anything so sassy and insistent needed WIP’ing into shape. I actually love it… it is the tiniest bit splitty but you’d expect that with the paillette thread and in no way is this a disadvantage. The yarn is soft and shows the stitches well. What I really like is that the paillettes shine with rainbow hues, when light hits them. It’s like a two for one look and gives a perfect sugarskull or D├şa de Muertos┬álook to the finished cowl.

The other WIP’s are coming along, that being a second “Filigree” and the resurrected third pair of “Goth-stonian” legwarmers. I found some beautiful Asian-motif beads in a lacquer red that’ll be perfect for this pair that I’m working in some black Cascade 220.

And now, back to the grind. Cheers All!

 

Just Pictures Today

I’m fresh out of words, poor other blog and journal… My hands keep busy though:

 

Spring Is Sprung

In the becoming-more-usual way, it has sprung with dizzying speed. This time last week, significant amounts of snirt were still visible in shaded corners and we had an actual snow fall. Boots, coats and mitts were still in evidence. Yesterday, in true Canadian (and especially Ottawan) fashion, shorts and flip flops were being sported by many.

I, in my typical way, am fallen victim to my annual spring dithering… so much to do and I don’t know where to start! My garden calls ┬ábut I haven’t purchased any garden tools, My knitting calls but my stash is worse than a harem – all the pretties want attention and none can be satisfied with short attention span and shorter ministrations!

I’m trying hard to finish up a test knit of my Goth-Stonian Legwarmers, mostly to be able to show the gorgeous handmade beads that are going onto this next pair and am working away at another Arcadian Double Loop, this time to show the technique for a photo tutorial… That and three sweaters, all at various stages have me all a-twitter as the robins.

I’m thinking a nice long walk this evening to clear out the residual hibernation hangover is in order and then maybe I can tackle this lot from a fresh perspective.

 

All The Arcadians!

Knitfun knit all the things

A class photo of all the Arcadian Cowl variations. The pattern writing festivities continue and I am keeping the coffee and stashbusting faeries very happy ­čÖé

Double Loop in Zen Yarn Garden, Singles in (1) Dream In Color and (2) SweetGeorgia, Headband in 100% wool worsted.

The Arcadian Cowl ┬ę Karin Bole Tupper and KeiB Designs (L to R):
Double Loop, Single Loop 1 (navy), Single Loop 2 (teal) and Headband

Double Loop was seamed up yesterday. I swear I’ve done more Kitchener grafting in the last four days than in the last four years! This one is my favourite for yarn base – the silk merino blend – though I knitted options, this one seems the best “fit” for the design, IMHO.

The Arcadian Cowl ~ Double Loop ┬ęKarin Bole Tupper and KeiB Designs

The Arcadian Cowl ~ Double Loop
┬ęKarin Bole Tupper and KeiB Designs

On the WIP front, insurance skeins have arrived for both sweaters as of the first of April and I’m “Circuit Knitting” on both of them (why do I only have one set of 4.50mm dpns??!). Silky Cables is set to win the race, though I doubt it’ll see wear this year as M’lady Spring seems to have deigned to grace Ottawa with her presence, however sporadic her appearances have been and Silky is bulky in fit and wonderfully warm.

On the Quick ‘N Dirty front, I’m working up the second “Skully Fingerless Glove” today – which may become a bottle cozy if I lose interest and due to it’s thumb-free design ;-). I’ve a second pair of Goth-Stonian Legwarmers half done too. A pair with an Asian-type theme are next up. These have been great for stashbusting:

┬ęKarin Bole Tupper

Goth-Stonian Legwarmers II
┬ęKarin Bole Tupper

Make It Monday

I’ve wrapped up the leg warmers that my daughter requested. Super happy ­čÖé

Goth-Stonian Leg Warmers: (more design details on the Rav project page)

casFinished Goth-Stonian leg warmers

These are a deep, rich plum colour; the sunlight makes them considerably lighter than real life. The ties will be replaced with black organza ribbon as soon as I can get my hands on some.

These were fun, could be fast – I was puttering at them in between projects – and I have some deep ruby Cascade 220 that is begging to be knit!