Friday FO Y’all!

What? It’s a (mostly) natural fibre 😉

Look what I made! :)

Look what I made! 🙂

I have to go slowly with these projects – M.E. means I get wiped out way too easily! – but I really love putting together furniture. These are my first hinged doors and I’m feeling very ‘proudy pants’. They are the self closing kind and working without need for adjustment. I got to use my new level for the anti-tippers installation and can now hide a few ‘junk’ piles 🙂

DIY And WIP

Still not anything on the FO front – spring restlessness and the call of the garden are working a different kind of creative spell 🙂

My poor, poor Rheinlust has suffered some ‘dino damage’! A needle pulled out and I don’t have the patience just yet to tackle dropped twisted stitches. I will, but right now, it’s not happening. I have to fibre so snagged another of Hélène’s patterns, ‘Brise d’été‘ and went stash diving for the right yarn. I came up with a cobweb weight, hand dyed, 100% silk from ‘No Two Snowflakes’.

I’m terrified! I’m still far more enthusiast than expert with my crochet and I rarely knit with cobweb weight – dammit Jim! I’m a maker, not a masochist! So far though, it’s coming out okay and I’m a process stick handler so it’s all about that anyway 🙂 The NTS has a silky hand, subtle sheen and the colour is beautiful.

On the house front, the gardens are coming along well. I had promised myself no plant purchases this year – funds and needing to see how last year’s fill in being the reason – but… I have a few more heuchera and sedum coming and some mini bee balm to keep the bees happy. My living room long term plan got a wee bump up too – curse you Ikea how I love you! The bookcases I’ve had my eye on went on sale and it’s so rare, I decided to go for it. The last bit should be finished by the weekend, super happy that it’s working out for use of space and scale in my little nest 🙂

My Mother’s Day was wonderful as always because… my kids ❤ and my own Mumma ❤ and I hope the same for all the mums who read here.

And here are a few pix of of the WIP’s both wool and wood:

 

The Countdown Is On

The Needler’s Retreat 2015 is coming up quickly. Taking place at the beautiful Glen House Inn in Gananoque again, this one will be really exciting for me. I’m preparing for my first Vending experience, a little nervous but glad it’ll take happen in a place and with folks I’ve known for a few years.

I’ve spent the morning doing Graphic Design work for my advert sheets and presentation binder and updating the files for my business cards. For now I’m just creating labels to stick on the old ones and bring them into this decade. I’m happy too, to have connected with a tech editor for KeiB Designs. I think it’ll add a professional touch and I know as a knitter, I appreciate that feature.

I’ve been working like a stevedore on the “Knitting / Guest” room and am really happy with the results so far. I’m still inundated with yarn (please visit my stash for sale on Ravelry and adopt some) but as of today, I have almost all of it in the one room. I did get some shelves (bamboo – recyclable and biodegradable – yay!) for my own closet and for the front hall. A little more work to do there as I’m still slowly working my way through old clothing and aiming for one more big donation to Diabetes before the end of the year. I put together coffee tables for the living room and finally replaced my 1960’s folding card table that was curb-dived about 10 years ago and has been serving as my kitchen table. Next up, I’m going to tackle what will be my office / sewing and needle work room. All in good time, I don’t procrastinate so much as to lose my title but I’m finding I have to make a mess in order to clean up a mess. It is so worth it though, as I’m getting better at getting rid of the things that make my life “heavy”.

I’m still working on the BW wrap and the Falling Leaves cowl but did get a wee bit bored and so took a break to whip up Anna Hrachovec’s “Boo Bat“. My daughter is crazy for bats and we kept a bat house at the old home. I love this cute little ami and can see a few more for her (I can’t tease her about being too old for bats. I still will buy anything Hello Kitty!) I am seeing trying my hand at some different techniques to create my own pattern but we’ll see how that goes. I know the weeks between now and Retreat weekend starting November 6th, will fly by.

This is a bigger post as I’m currently participating in a poetry writing challenge called OctPoWriMo and I suspect it’ll take a bite out of my blogging time for the next month. If you’re interested in poetry and other writing, I blog that at my other WordPress home: The Eclectic Poet. I’ll be here whenever I can though – you’ve been warned! 🙂

Here’s a Pictorial of the house and knit happenings: (You can hover over each photo for a quick blurb or click the first one and it opens a larger, slideshow-type of view, where comments, etc. can be made)

Make It Monday

… of a different sort 🙂

I was a busy bee this weekend. Having determined that the “truck” that hit me appears to be the gluten-mobile, I’m having much more energy after having revised my diet a little. It’s a learning curve. With that energy, I cleaned house, unpacked more (yes still unpacking), organized a large donation to our local Diabetes charity, did some work on Oliver (Clue 7, the final clue was released Friday) and I made this:

Make it Monday :)
I’ve become a furniture makin’ fool. I really love my Ikea Hemnes. This piece will go into the 2nd bedroom and I’m hoping to get my headboard together before the weekend comes.

Here is Ollie after completing Clue 6:


These are the last of the nupps in the design and there is just a hint of beading in the final clue. Seems in keeping with the theme of a shawl that “Nancy” would wear. I’m always sad to come to the end of a KAL. This one has been great. I’ve loved the TUS Lux and the colourway and Janine’s designs never fail to be a joy. She’s particularly good at combining the flow of lace patterning and it makes for a wonderful knitting experience.

Wishing you all a gentle Monday. Cheers!

Feeling a little better today. Finally slept last night. A long walk after work to change up the routine and finishing up the chest of drawers – swinging a hammer is surprisingly physical work – seemed to do the trick. I am still “considerably rumpled up in spirit” but I suppose that’ll settle out in time.

Here is the big beast, finished and ready for duty. It’s nearly as tall as I am!

An FO of a different type

An FO of a different type

My Plucky Knitter Primo, for the Westknits KAL was in my mailbox when I got home last night. That was another nice boost. Three lovely coordinates: The first clue was released on Friday the 13th, Internationals like me weren’t to expect our yarn right on the dot but I expect catching up won’t be that difficult. I really must finish up Bee’s afghan first though. I’m trying to be a little more disciplined with my projects.

Here are my Colour Craving skeins:

For Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013: Color Craving

For Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013: Color Craving

Really excited about this too – I finally have an updated banner for my Etsy shop, KB Designs & Knits!

I had opened my Etsy in the early days of blogging and hadn’t established myself just yet as a “brand”. With many thanks to my friend and Cynthia Frenette for her talent with creating my caricature once again. Next project is to update my Cafepress shop, get the Ravelry group growing – I hope some of you who have knit /crocheted my designs will want to join there. Still really tempted to add “and plume” onto that tagline to get in my writing… 😉

Wee Update

Ugghh… Not feeling very well the last couple days. Moving very slow. I was a the dentist’s yesterday morning, a good thing I love the dentist. Makes sense for a former CDA but the afternoon was the second bloodwork lab in two weeks. I hate that. I’m not that brave about needles – understatement – and they always have trouble lately finding a target. That means i’ll be sporting another nasty bruise. Anyway…

I have made some progress on my DS’ afghan:

Bee's Afghan

I’m happy that it is finally getting done and just as glad to gain the extra space in the work room.

Despite feeling ick today, I figured it’s about time that I move in a bit more and so between rows of double crochet, I’m hammering together this chest of drawers.

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Nothing like a little carpentry with your crochet and now there’ll be no excuse for the piles of clothes on the floor. Unless I can make one up 😉