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< 🙂

FO Friday

It must have been a warm day in Nunavut… I’ve gone finishing crazy. Making his FO debut is my “Ollie” – the Oliver Twist MKAL shawl. Worked to pattern (nupps and minimal beads), no mods and in the colourway “You Zig, I Zag” (you’ve got to pick a pocket or two boys) and with S/L chartreuse AB #6 beads. Ollie is huge and warm and totally my new boyfriend 😉

Oliver Twist Shawl ~ Finished

Wet And Wooly Wednesdays

Putting the blocks to “Ollie” 😉

Putting the blocks to Ollie 😊

 

I KNOW!! Right?!

When did I turn into “The Blockinator”?

So totally worth it to make the time. Ollie has come out huge and I’m glad, it gives the gradient colourway lots of room to be appreciated and look at all those nupps!

Loved this project. Janine is a whiz with lace patterns and I am totally smitten with the Unique Sheep’s Luxe base.

Santa?

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!

Oliver After One Month

As if the weeks didn’t fly by quickly enough!

When you have something to look forward to, they fly faster and often better.

Here’s my “Ollie” after completing Clue 5:

Clue 5 Finished

Transitions up to and including Clue 5.

Clue 5 Finished ~ Detail

Clue 5 Detail

Loving the “cameo” effect created by the nupps in the stocking stitch diamonds. This may be one of my favourite Unique Sheep colourways so far. I’m scheming already about how I can incorporate the various bases and colours into some sort of stashbuster blanket!

Family, Fibre and Furnaces

Once again, an entire week has flown away from me!

With all the lead up to my nephew’s wedding, I thought I’d have a little more by the way of knitting and such to show but somehow, I’ve not managed a lot other than to keep up with the Oliver Twist MKAL. I did complete Clue 4 and it’s official… I love nupps!

Here’s the detail photo of Clue 4:

Clue 4 Completed ~ Detail

KarinB’s “Oliver” Clue 4

I’m still working away on “Blob”, which is beginning to look cuddly and wearable. I’ve a second skein to work with that’ll give a unique “dip dye” effect to the prototype, one that I hope will catch the interest of some knitters once it’s published. The Manos “Fino” is a gorgeous yarn, I’m already plotting ways to buy more.

A little excitement with my furnace this week, though it’s been so warm, there’s hardly a need. I did have a broken igniter but an efficient repair man and a service contract so all worked out beautifully and winter can begin whenever it chooses to get here.

The itinerary for this year’s version of The Needler’s Retreat was emailed out early this week and I am thrilled!

My BFF, the very talented Francine Hebert of “Fancy That” yarn jewellery, will be teaching a class in knitting with silk hankies. I fully expect that my efforts at class clown will be appreciated by all our teachers this year. Once again, the venue is the gorgeous Glen House in Gananoque on the St. Lawrence and we have our favourite room as per usual (party is at Frankie and Kar’s! 😉 ) I was really happy that we don’t have any homework to do before this year’s classes; I’m already doubting I’ll have much finished (ie: blocked) for Show ‘N Tell.

Hell Froze Over

I’m not sure if I’m proud or horrified.

This may mean I need to turn in my punk rock rebel knitter card but…

It’s true.

I swatched.

The evidence:

#hellfrozeover #iswatch #knitting #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #karinb #olivermysterykal #uniquesheep #gradience #luxe #silkmerino

I’ve got the correct tension on the recommended 3.75mm with Unique Sheep’s Luxe. I’ll be using my Addi Lace circulars for this project. I used skein 6 from the Gradience set for the swatch and it is a really nice yarn base. All the body and “sproing” of merino and a smooth feel of silk, without the slippery.

I can’t wait for the start date!

Chill Weekend

No knitting to speak of this weekend. I’m slowly working my way through the beaded bind off of Addewid. It’s hard to wrap up a truly enjoyable project.

Knitting zen.

 I did cake the six luscious skeins of Unique Sheep Luxe that I’ll be using for the upcoming mystery KAL:

Unique Sheep Luxe

The theme is loosely based on the Oliver Twist tale by Dickens and designed by Janine La Cras, who also designed the Peter Pan shawl that I knit a few months ago. Should be another fun project. I’m taking my colour inspiration from the musical version “Oliver!” and the song: You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket or Two, I’ll be working this project in the “You Zig, I Zag” colourway (just as Fagin sings about for the boys) with S/L chartreuse AB beads in size 6. The yarn base is Luxe, a merino and Tussah silk blend.

The KAL begins with the first clue to be released on 19 September and… I’m ready 🙂

Ready for Clue one.

Saturday wa s bit out of the norm. My daughter and I had a bonding date and went to get tattoos together. This was her first tattoo and my most recent. The day couldn’t have been better, wrapping up with a late lunch and glass of wine on the patio of a neighbourhood pub. The perfect way to enjoy the waning days of summer temperatures here in the Nation’s Capital 🙂

Wishing you all a gentle Monday. Cheers!

Made It Monday

The fifth and final clue for Addewid arrived at nine am, my time on Friday morning. I was still scrambling to get through Clue four. This is rare for me, I’m usually done and waiting impatiently for the next clue. I’m happily working away on Clue 5 now and looking forward to getting this one finished up.

Clue 4 Finished ~ Detail

The Pleasance shawl has got a little love; I’m halfway through the lace chart and still marvelling at the softness and sheen of the Serenity Silk.

What’s up next? I couldn’t resist the upcoming “Oliver Twist” KAL with The Unique Sheep and Earthfaire. I’d wanted to try the “Luxe” base and found an excuse! My yarn and beads are winging their way here for the 19 September start date for this one.

From TUS website

From TUS website

It’ll soon be time to start planning what to take along with me for the 2014 Needler’s Retreat, though I can’t believe that I’m saying that again so soon! I’m planning to have the “Tipsy Lizzy” shawl blocked to show off as I purchased the Hedgehog Fibres BFL Lace there last year and if I can get super inspired, I’ll whip up some socks from the gorgeous Riverside Studios silk fingering that was my other 2013 purchase.

 Riverside Studios Silk Fingering

I Fibbed

But now I have a proper WIP Wednesday post. Yay!

Here is how Addewid is shaping up:

Addewid Shawl Mystery KAL ~ Clue 3 Finished

And a detail of Clue three that I just finished this evening:

Clue 3 is a wrap! Get it? Wrap. Shawl...

The big, blue blob looks the same but has a new row of nupps and… I signed up for The Unique Sheep’s next mystery KAL. Some may call it an addiction. I say hell! It’s cheaper than… no. Not cheaper than that. Or that even… Oh well, it’s snugglier than most addictions. Janine La Cras is designing another of her outstanding shawls, this one based on the Dickens’ tale “Oliver Twist”. I love Dickens and I love the Unique Sheep’s Gradience colourways. I’ve opted to try their “Luxe” base this time. It always gets rave reviews.The start date is September 19th. Hard to believe that’s just a month away. My summer has blown by and I barely had time to unpack my sunscreen!