First Post 2017

I am all lit up for reams more crafting this year! As if I needed any incentive, this will be my first full year participating in Eat.Sleep.Knit’s ‘Yarnathon’ 2017. The team at ESK put together an inspiring number of events, geared for a wide range of crafters. Our theme this year is ‘Candyland’. My 2016 team – the Starsheep – won 1st in the overall standings and I’m looking forward to another great year with the Peppermint Ponies this year.

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My queue will be monopolized with much ESK competitive and achievement knit and crochet because… competitive 🙂 Y’all know about winning the pair of socks in less than 24 hours x2 story. The year long project is ‘Persian Dreams‘ and the Q1 project is any pattern designed by Melanie Berg, one of my favourite designers. I’m currently yarnless in Ottawa – says the woman with a +700 skein stash – but I’ve ordered my Q1 yarn for ‘Moonraker‘  and hope to start next week. I’m still planning colours for ‘Persian Dreams’. Mine will be non-traditional shades so as to coordinate with my very Zen household colour scheme.

I’m continuing to work away at ‘Side Effect‘ to kill time and stashbust until my Q1 package arrives; soon to pick up the sleeves and I’ll work at the 2016 WIP stragglers as attention span permits. I am very pleased at how many FO’s I was able to complete this past year, with several items gifted and some sold in my Etsy shop. I found that embracing some new (to me) techniques made finishing SO much faster, much more enjoyable and definitely was a factor in getting things off the needles and 100% complete. I may be adding the ‘Product’ card to my ‘Process‘ wallet after all these years!

I’ll be updating the tab at the top of the page with all of  my 2016 projects a little later and I hope you’ll pop back to check them out – most are linked to Ravelry, if you’re looking for construction details – which reminds me! If you’re a Ravver, feel free to add me. I’m KeiB / Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl. If you aren’t a Ravver and have trouble viewing any of those green italic links to projects, send me a message (tab above) and I’ll be happy to adjust settings for you – I sometimes forget to make them public.

Aarrgghh!!

I need to vent – feel free to run away now.

Some twit emailed me through my Etsy shop yesterday about some yarn. A silly question, considering the info was in the listing but I answered politely and on the off chance she might be serious, mentioned I’d listed it at discount.

She responded with: “Actually it was $__.__ .” (less than what I’d just typed).

Really? You are going to ask me a question and then call me a liar? At this point, I’m so angry I’d rather burn the yarn than sell it to her but I respond politely if firmly that I do NOT misrepresent prices.

She responded with: “…, I didn’t mean to offend you.” On what planet is calling someone a liar NOT offensive?!

Meanwhile, I’m so incensed, I’ve checked the actual yarn and to my utter chagrin, see that I’ve been wrong about a characteristic of the yarn (fortunately, not in the listing itself). Now I’m pissed off with myself for allowing my temper to get ahead of my typing but it doesn’t matter, I never want to deal with this person again. I wish Etsy offered blocking.

**Steamed** but I think I can return to my normal happy self now.

FO Friday

This has nothing to do with Frig Off Mother Nature, who dropped another 15cm of snow onto our fledgling spring day before yesterday.

(and apologies for not being as interactive with comments as usual – I’m always a flighty mess with ADD/OCD but I suffer adore Spring Fever on top of that!)

It does have to do with stashbusting, crochet – I’m still on the jag, Madeline Tosh and spring fever that can’t be denied. Shovel duty notwithstanding.

Over The Rideau‘ came off the blocking mats first thing this morning and I’m happy with this one, maybe even a bit barmy! There’s a scarf size version, hooked in Tosh leftovers from my ‘Pennae Shawl‘ and last night, a cake of KnitCircus leaped from the shelf and demanded that it be worked in this pattern too!

It’s that quick, easy and a one skein project when worked without mods to size. For someone with as any OOAK, limited and yarn club singles as me, I’m finding I can bang out one of these in several hours and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to an adventurous beginner.

Over The Rideau’s portfolio:

As unpacking progresses – now to the boxes of items that had been stored for ages anyway – I’m finding there are many bits of my old life that I’m happy to let go. Former hobby items mostly and collectibles accrued before I realized that yarn takes up less room!

If you are a fan of counted cross stitch, I have many beautiful kits and patterns for sale in my Etsy shop, including: Just Nan, Laura Perrin and Mirabillia. If you are a lover of teddybears, I’m listing many miniature to medium size OOAK and limited edition artist teddies at my Ebay shop. There just isn’t room for them in my new place. Feel free to contact me here or there if you have any questions, the links for both shops follow just below:

Karin’s Etsy Shop and Karin’s Ebay Shop

Etsy Launches It’s New Look Today!

I’m super pleased with the new format being offered for shop owners on Etsy – that’s saying a lot. Generally speaking, change of any sort has me quivering tearfully in a corner like some overgrown, purple-haired OCD hamster!

Not this time though. There’s been a standardization for the way shop policies are presented, with the ability to tailor them for each shop owner. The new look is streamlined with lots of white space, larger photos and all the information is on one ‘page’, just scroll to find the shop related info like: policies, about and reviews. The categories are in a less ‘fussy’ font, larger and easier to find and after all that scrolling, there’s the ‘ejector’ button down on the bottom right so you’re popped back to the top, ready to shop!

How do you owners and customers feel about the new look? And please stop by and visit me at KeiB Designs And Knits – feel free to leave your Etsy link in the comments below.

Cheers All! 🙂

March Is National Crochet Month ~ 2016 Version

It’s here again: National Crochet Month!

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I’m excited start my #NCM2016 project – Armorique Shawl by HĂ©lène Marcy. I’ve reclaimed some Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine from a never-ending knitting project and am reading through the pattern to get a feel for the construction.

My Etsy shop is celebrating NCM too!

**Celebrating National Crochet Month with free shipping of any yarn purchase – Canada and USA. Use coupon code: NCM2016FREESHIP at checkout**

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What will you be working on this year?

A Little This A Little That

The snow came to stay but I’m sufficiently dug out and knitting on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Making good progress with ‘Ariel’ aka: Absinthe Mermaid, the Manos Fino is a treat to work with and a perfect sub for Tosh Merino Light incidentally.

Body almost ready to separate for back and front.

Body almost ready to separate for back and front.

I dug out an old skein of Ruby Sapphire sock yarn and am playing with the bones of a new design. RS yarns were an Indie company that I loved. Generous skeins and very limited colours, many customised with their fans names – yup, there is a ‘Karin’ colourway 🙂 The one that I’m working with is ‘Heather’, a lovely, springtime mix with touches of teal and sand that keep it from being too saccharine. ‘BiaisĂ©e’ is the working name for this scarf.

The diagonal line and sunlight. How Vermeer!

The diagonal line and sunlight. How Vermeer!

I have a lot of a skein leftover from my ‘Metallicus‘ tee and have been churning out these awesome little soap savers (or cell phone cases said my Mum when I gave her one Friday night). They take minutes to hook up and I have some pretty stone beads to add as tie stops. I think I’m up to six of them now with another on the hook – they’re a great little ‘green’ item and mine are also vegan friendly 🙂

Perfect for travel soaps or Wild Woolly's sample sizes.

Perfect for travel soaps or Wild Woolly’s sample sizes.

I’ve been stocking my Etsy shop with more cross stitch, hardanger and vintage kitsch; also some cute and out-of-print children’s patterns. Dinosaurs never go out of style!

Matching Dino pullover and squishy knit dino buddy.

Matching Dino pullover and squishy knit dino buddy.

I hope everyone had a great weekend – ciao for now!

Just A Typical February Day In Canadia

Because I’m still digging out this morning!
Winter is here and not leaving soon, so glad that I knit. Shovelling in style is easier with a matched hat and scarf 🙂

Photos of the white mayhem are in the ‘original post’ if you’d like to click through.

The Eclectic Poet

Sometimes our weather is annoyingly stereotypical… Apparently, Ma Nature has decided to make up for not smothering the country until the after 27 December 2015 and is dumping the entire expected forecasted snowfall in eleven freakin’ hours!!

Well, I’m off. I need to shovel out my front lane. Again. Lord knows how many pets and short people I may find out there…

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