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I think I’ve used that one before đŸ™‚

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 đŸ™‚

I gave in to my psych-out and started the MatinĂ©e 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 “CarrĂ© Glace” pattern. I will never stop being excited anytime someone chooses to make a KeiB Designs pattern đŸ˜€

New Pattern Releases

I’ve just updated the blog to include “Buy It Now” options to purchase my two ebooks, The Arcadian Collection and Memories Of Egypt. Descriptions of each are available by clicking their titles on that page.

The tab is just above on this page: “KeiB Designs” and here is a direct link:

https://pointeshoespunkrockandpurl.com/keib-designs/

I’ll be updating both this and the free pattern page in the next few days, with a couple new designs and with direct download buttons.

Please feel free to share đŸ™‚

Not Another Arcadian!

Hell yeah there’s another one! It seems I’ve gone quite mad for this design concept (can I say that?) I’ve completed the single, double and Aran weight test knits and am having a simplified version test knit, possible for a freebie release. With all the lonely stash laying about, it seemed one more variation couldn’t hurt. I promise this is IT!

So a few mods for stitch count, fit / shaping and voilĂ ! The Arcadian Coordinate Headband / Earwarmer:

I’m super stoked to get all the writing and tech editing done for this next little bunch of patterns. I want some crochet work out there because I love it and I have finally got round to updating my pattern template. Yes, the Configuration Controller / Technical Writer has finally got off her butt, with the professional consulting skillz of her Graphic Designer daughter and (crosses fingers ’cause isn’t really that professional anymore) the next release should be in the next format that I’m currently mucking about with.

Now THIS is what I call a Good Friday đŸ˜‰

WIP’s And Chains

Sometimes, the sheer volume of my stash makes me want to cry… I will never work through all this yarn! I have made some good progress in “shopping the stash” and have two WIP’s (one with chains) to show for it.
Silky Cables now has it’s turtleneck collar and is only waiting the arrival of an insurance skein before I pick up and finish the sleeves. The chains are part of a test knit for another KeiB Designs pattern, this one combining knitting and crochet.
WIP's and Chains

Arcadia Cowl ~ Progress 1I’m excited to finish this up and to complete the tech editing on the pattern. I really love crochet, almost as much as knitting and have been matchmaking them for a while now, though this will be the first pattern I publish. Hopefully, “Arcadian Cowl” will be complete in time to come with me to Thursday’s “Sit ‘N Knit”. I’ll be dropping off more copies of “Les Cloches CannelĂ©es” and looking for a victim to test knit this new one đŸ™‚

Arcadia is off the blocking board today (finishing this post on Wednesday AM) and ready for sewing up. I’ve lassoed a few more ancient and ornery skeins of KFI Angora Extra to cast on for a casual Elsebeth Lavold sweater and a further herd of motley colours to try my hand at a mitred block afghan. Pictures of that bunch to come in a later post.

Halfway through the week now – Yay! Hope yours has been going well đŸ™‚

 

WIP Wednesday

The holidays and winter have swept me up! Here it is Wednesday again and I haven’t posted in a week. I’ve been working away on my Marisol cardigan but have hit a snag with deciphering the difference between the charted and written instructions. As I’m still a bit of a newbie with Tunisian charts, I’ve set it aside until I can put my hands on a stitch dictionary.

Having been bitten hard by the Tunisian bug, I decided to use up some more stash and have been working on another KB Design that uses it. I know… still haven’t edited the other two patterns yet. I’ll get there. If only the days were longer!

Progress to date looks like this:

Progress

My front garden looks like this:

My ice shrubbery

My wee purple smoke bush, thorns subdued with a sheet of ice. Very pretty đŸ™‚

New Pattern Release

For my fellow crochet enthusiasts: Carré Glace is now live on Ravelry!

This warm and lofty scarf is a quick crochet in 12 ply bulky weight. Perfect to have done well in time for all the various gift-giving celebrations that will be here before we know it.

Perfect too for my neck of the woods where the two seasons are Hot (barbecue, bellinis and bikinis) or Hockey (icicles affixed to most body parts).

Come join the Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl Ravelry group to ask questions , share photos and to let me know if you find any errata. The threads are developing as required đŸ™‚

Carré Glace will also be available on Craftsy and in my Etsy shop very soon.

 

Cheers and have a lovely weekend!

Make It Monday

They are not quite made ~ I’m finding my weekends very full lately ~ but well on the way to it.

Jubilee scarf, my commute and work project is almost ready to cast off and one that is back from the vault, a KarinB cable scarf design that I am determined to finish. I set this one aside and forgot about it, but a recent stash sale inquiry unburied it and I’m inspired to get it knit and published.

Raw silk and visions of foreign lands...

Raw silk and visions of foreign lands…

I am doing final edits on another long neglected design for a crochet scarf and hope to have that completed, in PDF format and uploaded within a day or two. The publishing in general is going well. My fourth book of short stories is now available on Amazon.com and at Smashwords. com. The Barnes & Noble and iTunes versions should be online by the end of week *crosses fingers*.

Cozy, soft  alpaca to wrap up in.

Cozy, soft alpaca to wrap up in.

Cheers and hope your Monday is mostly painless!