Three Happy Making Things

My first guy / unisex pattern ‘ James Harris‘, was worked by the awesome WildWoolly and she posted her FO photo on a real guy! I’ll never get tired of seeing my patterns made up 🙂

'James Harris' modelled.

‘James Harris’ modelled.

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I bought a rock! A little ‘Goo Gone’, some felt feet and I have half a bookend 🙂

Half a bookend :)

Half a bookend 🙂

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I have a good start on another stashbusting project. The worsted version of the Cerys Hexagon Blanket:

To keep me out of the bars when in-between projects ;-)

To keep me out of the bars when in-between projects 😉

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James Harris Is Available In The Ravelry Shop

Never too early to begin with your Christmas, Etc. gift making 🙂

You can find my latest unisex scarf pattern at the link below and please feel free to add me on Ravelry (KarinB) or to join the PSPRP group on Ravelry.

James Harris ~ men’s and unisex knitted scarf

It’ll be up on Etsy and Craftsy soon.

Cheers All!

~ kei

James Harris scarf @Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs

Blazin’ Needles

Just wrapped up the final (for realz – my OCD kicked in hard for the last two patterns!) test knit for “James Harris”. This one is called “Polished Pewter” and I’m back to my original transitioning for the ribbed section. Note to self: do NOT allow the chicken to take notes next time you are prototype knitting…

I am madly in love with the Three Irish Girls “Felicity” that I worked this in. It’s a 50/50 merino silk and heavenly. The hand, the stitch definition and the mileage are great! One skein made the scarf, a well worthwhile investment in a luxury yarn for gifts.

Although named for my Great Grandpa Thorpe, this design is totally unisex (non-gender specific and all that good stuff) and dressy or casual, so there are lots of pictures in the portfolio below :):

The New Man In My Life

James Harris, it was love from the first moment you appeared in my thoughts to finally tying the knot!

Okay. Enough silliness :p The inspiration for this first in the series is my Great Grandpa Thorpe. He was a well-known ship builder and craftsman but to me, he was hugs, yarns – of the story variety, salt, ocean, family love and pride. It seemed fitting to work this as a traditional seaman’s scarf, a shape that is really wearable and unisex.

JH – the test knit is done and I think he’s a keeper. I’ll be over here in my corner trying to decipher notes and getting this one ready for editing.

JH’s portfolio 🙂 :

Insert Catchy Title Here…

I think I’ve used that one before 🙂

So… James Harris – the test knit edition is done and I think I’m good-to-go for the pattern write. I like this one and am looking forward to the second in the series, Carey Judson. There’s some Three Irish Girls yarn winging its way here for that project 🙂

I gave in to my psych-out and started the Matinée II – small edition (Mystic Topaz) in some reclaimed Noro Kureyon Sock. I was exploring using some double knitting techniques for this but it’s so easy to do and my hope is that adventurous beginners as well as more experienced knitters will want to make this when it’s released… and not soon enough. I may need to start offering bribes for Test Knitters!

On the “been there, done that” front, I’m including an FO picture from a Raveller who just finished up a beautiful, gradient version of my “Carré Glace” pattern. I will never stop being excited anytime someone chooses to make a KeiB Designs pattern 😀

I Got Nuthin’

Two thirds of the JH test knit is it! I do like seeing how different yarn selections change the look of one pattern. This one, in Cash Iroha, has very precise stitch definition but a much more rustic feel. Four more of these and I’ll have Yule / Christmas covered for all the menfolk in my family 🙂

James Harris ~ TestknitI had some fantastic news and I hope it’ll go through, either way it’s a compliment and so encouraging. I’ve been approached to have one of my patterns taught as a class 🙂 I’m so happy about the potential this has and if it comes to fruition, I’ll share the details here for any who might like to participate.

Cheers all! Have a great weekend 🙂

 

WIP Wednesday

Uugghh…

It’s all about the WIP’s this week I’m afraid. I’ve done it to myself with this damn “startitis” and lack of sufficient pairs of arms. I finished the prototype for “James Harris” and am currently working the test knit from my draft pattern. Savannah is my “selfish knitter” and “Reign” accompaniment, so not a lot done but progressing. I keep on staring at the yarn for the test knit of Matinée II (the Mrs. Crosby) but I’ve psyched myself out with the technique I want to use v. practical application / joy of the knitting / fear of buggering up the most gorgeous yarn evah! I suppose a dip in the frog pond wouldn’t be the end of the world if things… unravel…

Progesses and lilacs from my walk to the Marché: