Falling Stars

Finished up my “Aurora Borealis” Stole and happy with the result. I winged the gradient effect to use up two full skeins of Malabrigo Silkpaca and added slip stitch borders on the short ends. The beads are #5 Miyuki in an iridescent blue purple that picked up the tiny bit of purple in the “Azules” colourway.

This one was my project for Eat.Sleep.Knit’s “Star Stitch” KAL and I gotta say… those stars are pretty but they are about as fun as a Klingon fart in the transporter room to work for any length of time. My hands were not happy about this at all. Hopefully, some accumulated yardage points and a star for my team, the “Starsheep” will make it worthwhile in the end. The colours are typically hard to capture but links from my project page to the stash that I worked with are pretty good if you’re curious about the tones and depth of the colours; they are nice on this particular base. I found myself petting quite a bit! A sweater in the Silkpaca would be luxurious *sigh*A

My “Starburst” Hat is blocked too – love the balloon trick! It’s size Small, for a Littlie so no modelled photos.

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Hello Bloggy

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:

Make It Monday

Silky Cables is off the needles. Yay!

Shown here with the original in all it’s matted mohair / acrylic glory, just for good measure.

There’s been a wealth of sales and new yarn temptations come up in my email and I’m finding it VERY hard to resist buying a set of Addi Clicks from Webs – I have mostly very old Addis, the ones with the gold cords and they’re losing their plating :(. The Unique Sheep is running another mystery KAL, another design by Janine La Cras and I desperately want to fit this into my time and budget. The theme is King Arthur and his court, a favourite subject of mine and one of the inspiration photos from TUS “Camelot” Pinterest board is this gorgeous photo of the Glastonbury Tor:

Glastonbury-Tor-England

 

If it’s Welsh or Wales, I’m all over it and I’m hearing that Marici silk lace calling me!

Annnddd… One more time with the “A” word: the link for my e-book “The Arcadian Collection”, containing all three patterns is >here< 🙂

Arcadia And Angora

Damn… I love alliteration! 🙂 It comes naturally, a function of the ADD brain I’ve thought, as I often think in rhyme too… Anyways…

Making her debut is The Arcadian Cowl (single loop version):

Arcadian Cowl - Finished

The Arcadian Cowl by KeiB Designs ©Karin Bole Tupper

I’ve a busy day today that will preclude knitting – I wish Atavan was available OTC! – but the test knit for Arcadian’s double loop sister should be underway by this evening. I really like this blocked and finished and might just keep it!

And as knitting is my Valium, I jumped into yet another project. This is another buster of most ancient stash and easy on the hands so far. KFI’s Angora Extra, has been languishing in my stash for at least 5 years and when I found it a few days ago, I wanted to knit it but was out of love with the original pattern I chose. Elsebeth Lavold to the rescue and I now have a couple centimetres of “Halle” underway.

Halle Crossover Sweater ~ Start

Hello Halle 🙂 ©Karin Bole Tupper

Silky Cables Progress

A little update on my latest sweater:

This is a pleasure to knit for many reasons. I almost never repeat a pattern but this one’s worth it. It’s great to be using up stash – as some of you may know, I’m not kidding about the shop’s worth of yarn – this silk / wool blend is great to work with, the colour is soothing and the knitting is almost mindless. A big boxy knit, drop shoulders – so, no shaping save the neck and version one is still a “weekend round the house favourite”.

Silky csbles ~ Start

 

The antique blue shade didn’t show up well under evening living room light, hopefully next picture will be a little more accurate. This project is speeding along, should be dividing for the armholes today. My other projects are scowling from the basket but I still maintain that “Circuit Knitting” nets me far more Fo’s than staying with one project from start to finish 🙂

My Little Log Cabin In The Silk Garden

All squares finished and ready for borders:
Log Cabin In Silk Garden
These are the first six and from my bag of 10 skeins (Colour 243 B), I was able to get 12 squares with some leftover for mending.

And a couple more, seeing’s as I just realized I shared the above photo and am too lazy to take it out :p :

Log Cabin in Silk Garden ~ Start
What a happy making project! As portable as socks, no thinking just keeping my hands busy – something as essential as breathing for me. My GF had made a similar type of blanket and chose Lett Lopi for her borders, I’m following that lead after checking it out on line. It looks to have a similar hand and appearance when knit to the Noro Silk Garden. I went with a colour called “Black Heather”. It has the traditional look of a black border but I think will be a little less harsh in contrast to the blocks. Unfortunately, it’s backordered for 2-3 weeks but I think I can find something to keep me busy 😉
My Harmonia’s Rings sweater is still in the works, it needs just the bottom band and the sleeves are almost complete, just debating full or elbow length sleeves and because I’m me… I started another sweater. With cleaning, organizing and donating, I’m finding some lovely yarn that I’d forgotten about. A bag of Elann’s Highland Silk looked a great fit to make a new version of one of my favourite sweaters. No photos yet, I’m just working the bottom rib of this generous sized, turtleneck pullover. The first version was made when I was pregnant with my son and has survived many years and even machine washing since. Week’s end should bring a progress photo to share 🙂