Almost Make It Monday

So close and yet so far…

I’m just a few rows away from finishing my “Sachy” hat by Connie Chang Chinchio and my test knit of the “Cairo” scarf. I cast on Sachy Friday evening at my birthday dinner and sleepover with my Bestie. Frankie is the 14th and I’m the 15th of January, ironic as neither of us likes the cold but we’re both avid knitters so it passes these dark months!

Cairo will be the next pattern that I publish this year and I’m hoping it’ll be as well received as “Les Cloches Cannelées”. Super stoked to have had online sales and Yarn Forward should have the hard copies available by week’s end.

Quick knitting 😊 #sachy hat in #dreamincolor #everlastingdk This is the November club colour. #karinb #knittersofinstagram #yarnpr0n #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl

KeiB Sachy hat progress.

 

Working on a test knit for a new #keibdesigns pattern. #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #knittersofinstagram #scarves

KeiB Designs “Cairo”

 

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Autumn Bides Her Time

I can feel it in the air already and the subtle change in the quality of the light… autumn will be her again almost before I had a chance to welcome summer. A month after my move here, month and a bit, I guess, I’m still unpacking and moving in. Opening boxes from my home that were never looked at during my stay at the apartment. Sometimes, it’s like opening gifts. I’ve found things that I didn’t know I missed and here, in their proper context of a home, they make me happy all over again. So much to be grateful for.

Some of the first boxes have been all my knitting and crafting supplies. I did a post in the early days of the apartment that was 1/3 of a humourous “full disclosure” about the size of my stash and during the actual move, it’s size was apparent even to the moving guys. I’m pretty sure it may become a moving legend 🙂 I’m having fun though going through and organizing it into an actual room; matching yarn to patterns and discovering a few gems.

With the weather as it is and the first few yarn company ads for fall wear starting to show up – just like those lone renegade red leaves among the green – I was looking at the heavier weight yarns and those deeper, richer colours. I have a lot. So much that right off the top, I know I won’t get to these (again) this year and it’s time to try and find them a good home.

Noro Niji in “Winter Bouquet“, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan in “Garnet” and Elann Uros Aran in “Desert Rose“.

Autumnal Colours

These beauties are all 10-ply (heavy worsted to aran weight). There is enough in each lot for a good size project; a hat and scarf, vest, etc. With the interest in textural and modular knitting, I think all three together would make a luxurious and visually interesting afghan. I’m selling as lots only, if you are looking for a small quantity, sharing with a friend might be an idea. If anyone is interested in all three lots, either for different projects or to make up the afghan, I would cover half the shipping cost to the US, UK or Canada (a Canada Post quote would be provided in advance based on your address).

Fall Yearnings In Yarn

The shades and tones of autumn

This photo shows how nicely these play together, the solids picking up various shades in the varigated. The textures could be used to great effect in a modular lap blanket. All the yarn bases are different but they are all natural, but for the Debbie Bliss, with 30% microfibre. You can find more details by clicking the links above and feel free to message me on the tab at the top of the page if interested in purchasing the entire lot.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

And… We’re Back

My knitting is all about the WIP’s still and most look rather the same as last time, so no pictures. I do have my Ravellenics medals:

For Hanging Garden Stole

For Hanging Garden Stole

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medal-2014-SCARF

medal-2014-HALFPIPEIf you click the medals, they’ll take you to the finished project details. This was a great motivational exercise to participate in.

Hoping your week is going well. Cheers!

 

WIP Wednesday

One more FO first:

Second Snow Day Hat

Second Snow Day Hat

Slow but sure, I’m getting this particular lot of Noro Silk Garden Aran used up. It started life as the “Tula” Cardigan and unfortunately, I misplaced the notes for that one. Moving is such a pain! This one will have the matching fingerless gloves soon and then off to my shop with the Dream In Colour set.

Finishing a project is sometimes a letdown and so to allleviate my post-Hanging Garden Stole lace hangover, I cast on a shawl in my Hedgehog Fibres BFL Lace from last November’s Needler’s Retreat. The colourway is “Merlot” and it positively glows! I’m working the “Elizabeth” Shawl by Dee O’Keefe

and mine has been dubbed: Tipsy Lizzy Shawl :):

KarinB's Tipsy Lizzy Shawl

KarinB’s Tipsy Lizzy Shawl

Halfway through another week already! I can’t believe we are almost at the end of February. Workplace moving preparations will be ramping up, hopefully with no service disruptions to the communities we serve. Knitting is saving my sanity as per usual 🙂 Hope your week is going well. Cheers!

Make It Monday

And what a weekend it was!

Clue Six of the Peter Pan Mystey KAL arrived bright and early Friday morning. I had time to work the colour transition on one side of the shawl before heading off to work. This next-to-last clue had us cast off each side and so, It looks like the seventh and final clue will have us pick up the outer edges for a border and then the finishing. Have loved this KAL and in particular, the Unique Sheep’s gradience colours.

Here’s last week’s progress (there are more photos on my Flickr):

(No idea why this photo is rotated – it’s correct in my media files and defies my two correction attempts! Clicking the photo will take you to its home on Flickr and spare your neck a crink)

PP MKAL Clue 6 - Finished

PP MKAL Clue 6 – Finished

I finished up my Snow Day mitts (that match the hat mentioned in a previous post) and a crochet scarf for the Ravelry Rallenics:

My "Mitten Moguls" entry

My “Mitten Moguls” entry

My entry for the Scarf Super-G in Ravelry Ravellenics

My entry for the Scarf Super-G in Ravelry Ravellenics

And… Last not least, I cast off my Hanging Garden Stole. It qualified for the “WIP Dancing” event of Ravellenics, having started before the official cast on date. Finished up Friday evening:

#hanginggardenstole #siviaharding #silkmerino #castoff #beads #happygirl #shawl #laceAll of this and the massive cooking spree Sunday to make meals for the next several weeks, made for a super-productive weekend. Happy Girl.

Hope yours was great too. Cheers!

Game On!

I’m an Olympics Wannabe. I’m really not all that interested, not enough to go buy a television to watch but.. Go Canada!!

Hot Canadian Olympians

Now, if knitting ever becomes an Olympic sport, you can be sure I’ll be a contender!

I am participating in the Ravelry “Ravellenics” as part of Team Wabi Sabi and I cast on Friday evening for the Hat Halfpipe – had to miss the opening ceremonies official cast on ’cause they frown on stopping the work for knitting. If you can imagine…

Go Team!

Go Team!

I’m using some recycled Dream In Colour Classy in the “Dusky Aurora” colourway. Much of it is still in a Chic Knits hoodie that I can’t remember where the heck I left off! I’m thinking that these hat and fingerless glove sets will be perfect for the shop. There’s still a lot of cold weather left here.

Photo as of Saturday evening:

KB's Ravellenics hat

KB’s Ravellenics hat

So, is anyone else participating in the Ravelry Revels? What team are you on?

Oh… And Monday? I still don’t like you!

ETA: I finished the hat Sunday afternoon and cast on for the matching fingerless gloves 🙂

Knitting Geekery: Joss Whedon, Firefly and the Jayne Hat

Yay!! This show was fabulous and ended WAY too soon… The dedicated fans still love it though and you can see people dressed up as the characters still at ComicCon’s and similar events.

A lot of knitters know about Firefly because of the “Jayne hat” phenomenon. What is a Jayne hat? In the Firefly episode “The Message”, the character of Jayne, receives a handknitted hat from his Mum. Without giving away the premise, should you wish to watch it, here is a wee bit of the dialogue:

Jayne: “How’s it sit? Pretty cunning, don’tchya think?”
Kaylee: “I think it’s the sweetest hat ever.”
Wash: “A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he’s not afraid of anything.”
Jayne: “Damn straight.”

Having come across this link just yesterday, I am thinking its time to pull out the DVD and rewatch the series in preparation. I never did give in to the actual knitting of the Jayne hat but…

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/01/25/joss-whedon-would-love-firefly-to-take-flight

I think I may have to break down an break out the screaming orange acrylic in celebratory anticipation 🙂

Liking this pattern for its authenticity: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jayne-cobb-hat

And liking this crochet version, seeing as this IS an ambicraftstrous / bi-craftual blog :): http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/94702.aspx

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Jayne Cobb’s hat is cunning.