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.

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Winter is coming… Knit scarves!

The Gift Making Season Is Here

If you are still thinking about making gifts the is year, I have a lovely bunch of yarn and patterns – both knit and crochet, available for sale on my Ravelry profile right here or click on Ryan below to take you right there 🙂

I’m always open to sales of yarn that may still be in regular stash, so feel free to pm me from Rav if something catches your eye.

If you are running out of time, I have a few ready made items listed in my Etsy shop. You can find my shop here. KB Designs And Knits.

*Be sure to include your mailing address if you’re are looking for a quote on postage, I’m happy to check this through the Canada Post website for you. E-transfers through your bank are preferred – no personal financial information to exchange and no fees to either party, yay! – or Paypal.

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Wishing you a happy and productive Monday. Just four more sleeps until the next clue in the Westknits Colour Craving Mystery Shawl KAL!

Festivals, Fibre, Friends

The Almonte Fibre Festival was on this past weekend and I was happily in attendance there this afternoon with my BFF, Francine and a few other friends that we bumped into or who there as vendors.

This was my first visit to a fibre festival – time and distance often being a mitigating factor in whether I could go –  now that I’ve had a chance to, I’ll be trying to get to as many as I can!

The day was perfect, sunshine and warm with the temperature being in the mid-20’s. Almonte is about a half hour drive from where we live and is a quaint and historic little town with much to offer tourists in general but also folks looking for art and artisans.

Previously held in the twinned locations of the well known Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the North Lanark Agricultural Hall, the Festival was held under one roof at the local arena. We were greeted by four alpacas from a local farm. Another first for me as I’ve knit a lot of alpaca but hadn’t seen one “in person”. They are adorable! Unbelievably soft and good natured, unlike their camelid relations the llamas and camels. Oh Henry and Megatron were great ambassadors and greeters.

Venturing inside, we found so many vendors I was a little overwhelmed. The layout was good and there were lots of people in attendance but not cheek-by-jowl (which would have sent this introvert into a a skeeved-out state). We had bumped into some knitting friends and with them, did a quick walkabout to get a peek at as much as we could and also to plan our purchasing path for later in the afternoon. Vintage clothing upstairs and the Button Collectors Guild rounded out the themed areas. I can see how people get caught up in button collecting now and I don’t think I’ll ever put readily available commercial buttons on a handknit again! Cards and cards of buttons, vintage and more modern, beautifully uncommon. I bought a card for a future sweater that is still just some skeins and an idea.

There was quilting, smocking, spinning, rug hooking, knitting, crochet, beading, felting, Nuno felting, textile art and all the supplies that you might wish to stash enhance or learn a new skill. Against my better judgement, I purchased a drop spindle kit… I swore I wouldn’t do it because I know this will inevitably lead to a stash of fibre braids and batts; I suppose there are worse addictions though. My BFF had her lovely shawl pins ~ Fancy That Creations by Francine ~ for sale alongside another friend, Genevieve, the colour maven behind Turtlepurl Yarns and so there was a bit of stash enhancing that went on – I’m sure there is one more nook in the work room that needs filling!

A visit to the tea room for sandwiches and a regroup before a second round of shopping, ogling, squishing and yarn sniffing; was a nice break. The festival closed at four in the afternoon and after the takedown of displays and with my wallet much thinner than before, we headed for home.

A perfect afternoon, a perfect September day, spent in the best of company and colleagues. Golden.

I would have liked to take more photos but there was just so much to look at. Here are a few from the day and with the Yarn Pr0n photos to follow in a day or two:

New Pattern Release

Some of you may be thinking “Its about time.”

For “Flameco! Socks”, its true. The saga of what is actually the first in the Dance Socks has been long and tumultuous.

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Flamenco! was designed as a sock club exclusive, to be kitted up for members only. As sometimes happens with smaller Indie Dyers though – there have been a few well known debacles on Ravelry – the dyer got in over her head and the brand, website and club were abandoned.

There was some hope initially that things would recover but promises made never came true and it left the couple of designers with a bit of a bad taste. I shelved the pattern, even though the second in series, Bellydance! Sock had been released to the general public.

I’m happy to say that Flamenco! is, at long last available for purchase.

There are links here on my KeiB Designs tab up above and it can be found in my Craftsy store and in my Ravelry store. Those links are on the right hand side of this page.

I hope you’ll like it. This is a top down style and all the Dance Series feature similar construction details, interesting patterns or cast ons that are somewhat unique. This looks best in a smooth surface yarn, one that won’t compete with the stitch pattern used. The sample was knit in a merino / tencel blend but a merino / silk, merino / bamboo would all work equally well.

Here is a detail of the "Little Flames" cast on edge.

Here is a detail of the “Little Flames” cast on edge.