FO Friday Again :)

Venetian” was a spur-of-the-moment idea. I unpacked a box of yarn to inventory on Ravelry and rediscovered some Fleece Artist Somoko. This is another design that incorporates both knitting and crochet and I decided on a stole, in order to use up both skeins.

Venetian‘s portfolio:

 

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Konnichi wa Geisha!

I couldn’t put this one down 🙂 “Geisha” is the prototype for another ©Kindred Knits & Cohabiting Crochet design. More stashbusting too. The concept is meant to echo the fans that Geisha use during dancing. The inset, delicately ruched bands are like the pleats of a fan or the gentle ripples of an ornamental koi pond. The central panel is linear and structural, mirroring the lines of a shoji screen.

Super happy with this one and have caked some gorgeous Zen Yarn Garden DK and Lace, in tonal shades of cherry-blossom pink, to work the test knit.

Here is Geisha’s Portfolio:

Trucking Along

I’m in the middle of several projects as always. I don’t get people who don’t have WIP’s – you know, like six or thirteen of them :p

I’m working at my second Filigree scarf in that glorious, reclaimed Camelspin. No deadline for this, so I just pick it up when I need a break. I’ve also begun the borders for my Log Cabin In The Silk Garden. The Lett Lopi I had ordered never came from the first company and I wound up ordering it direct from Iceland. Would you believe it was half the price?! It showed up a few weeks ago and I’m making time for it in between other things.

I did complete another Yorick Cowl. This one made entirely to my draft pattern and I’m super happy with it. I’ve tweaked the join at the centre back neck and am debating releasing this a little closer to All Hallows. In the meantime, that project and another Yorick are destined for my Etsy shop as “ready to ship” items. Slow but sure, I’m restocking the shop, it’s a challenge to keep up with the blogging, FB’ing, etc. and still find time to knit!

The design bug is always biting hard and on that front, the next in my men’s scarves is pencilled down. At the moment, I’m seeing it as a fully crocheted project and I’ve found some scrummy SweetGeorgia silk merino aran to play with the concept. I’ve also started the prototype for another ©Kindred Knits & Cohabiting Crochet design. This is a scarf with a nod to Japanese motifs and aesthetics, also with my favourite (dare I say signature?) design feature for combining widely differing yarns into one piece. I’m liking how it’s working up so far and always love to see a little more stash being busted.

I better get at it, the day is calling and one more quick coffee to power up.

Cheers All! 🙂

‘Dem Bones

Skully” is finished and I love him!

This is going to be fun to customize 🙂 Embroidery, beads, craft findings, even fabric paint. He’ll go from a subtle and well-behaved skeleton to a party-on-dude dia des los muertos sugarskull with just a visit to the craft store. The #UCG version will be black and in a blend with sheen; merino / tencel or a merino / silk. Embellishments will be jet or marcasite-type and very understated so that those of us who are “working for the Clampdown”, can still be “work appropriate” *cough* without compromising our personal style. It was a good week for Yarn Pr0n too – I know – I could easily open my own shop but I’ve been so-o-o good for the last couple years (for real!) and when I’ve ordered of late, I’ve used the purchase up for test knits or to finish languishing projects.

That’s my story. I’m sticking to it!

What arrived are: Sweet Paprika, “Messa Di Voce“, the last of three shipments of the sweater club I joined last year and some gorgeous Blue Sky Alpacas “Alpaca Silk” to make Dolce Knits “Victoria”. Can’t wait to get my needles into this lot.

Grumpy

It’s grey and overcast but that’s not so bad… the issue is not having that 2nd and 3rd pair of hands or a backup brain that can do better math!

I love this design I’m working on but it’s been giving me grief since conception. It’s not unusual for me to have to abandon an idea simply because it doesn’t translate well to knit or crochet. It’s not unusual to have to really work hard at finding stitches and patterns to bring a concept to life, to have to reign in my ADD or to have to squirrel about finding the right tools and yarn to test knit. What is rare is when it all happens in one design AND when I’m suffering from the dithery-ness of Spring Fever! It’s very usual to have overused double negatives for em-pha-sis :). It may be time to start saving up for a charting software and a schematics software, if there is such a thing. Graphing by hand – each, and, every, square – is hell! Especially if a version doesn’t work or needs mods…

“Skully” and me are not speaking today. I am treating my brain to the feel of Tosh Sock gliding through my fingers and someone else’ pattern writing skills!