First Guild Meeting Of The Year

The Ottawa Knitting Guild kicked off with a great meeting last night.

I’ve been very sporadic in my attendance and must confess, I’d thought Guild might be too old and stuffy for me. Like so many things crafty though, the renaissance has gained fresh faces and younger devotรฉes are coming out.

Our speaker was Anne Pitman, of Anne’s Yoga. Her topic was yoga for knitters and she was a delight! Her warm, engaging speaking style and soothing voice, combined with the knitter-appropriate movements that she demonstrated, had the entire room attentive and participating. No mean feat to get a roomful of knitters to set down the pins for a bit!

I am a marathon knitter. There’s never a moment other than work or eating – and sometimes I resent that! – that I’m not doing something with sticks and strings and it is hell on the Carpal Tunnel and even that old SUV injury at times. This brief introduction had me (and all the attendees) relaxed and smiling, even after a stressful day at work and the two busses in January scramble to get to the meeting on time. I think I’ll be adding classes with Anne to my “Would Like To Do” list for spring.

The upcoming courses look interesting and I think I’ll be joining the class that explores reading Japanese patterns. I have several Japanese knit and crochet books and I love the expanded range of designs v. North American but they can be a challenge.

I’m always looking for new skills and inspiration so… What new things are you looking at to expand and enhance your crafting this year?

Wrapping up with a little Yarn Pr0n ๐Ÿ™‚

Yarn Pr0n destined for test knits

Manos del Uruguay Alegria and Silk Blend

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Spring 2015 Color Report From Pantone

Again, dreaming ofย spring in the midst of Winter…

Here is Pantone’s official colour palette for this year. I’m less enthusiastic about some of these selections but there are definitely some that will make their way into my crafting or home.

Pantone's Spring 2015 colour predictions

Pantone’s Spring 2015 colour predictions

My evolving taste in interior design colours has me looking at the Pantone Colour of the Year, “Masala”. Shown here in various accessories, it’s easy to picture adding it into an existing colour theme.

Image credit: Pantone

Image credit: Pantone.com

Green is one of my favourite colours and it is a strong part of my decor palette.ย “Woodbine” is a lovely warm green that looks great in the treatment below:

Woodbine Decor Spring 2015

I like blue but have used it less in recent years. Our first little townhouse was decorated at the height of my love for antiques and the desire for an older home. Colonial blue and Wedgwood – and geese! Let’s not forget the proliferation of geese on everything ๐Ÿ™‚ – were colours that I loved then. Seeing “Dusk Blue”, which was a colour of the year in 2013 as well, used in more simple treatments and with muted greys and mauves; makes it feel much more current and for me, I love the natural feel it evokes.

Dusk blue 2015 decor

There are great photos all over the Internet, showing creative ways to incorporate or reinvent your home and wardrobe to include 2015’s colours. My home is looking relatively stylish – in terms of colour ๐Ÿ˜‰ – nice for a change! I’ll be knitting and crocheting for the shop with an eye to some of the warmer palette shown this year.

What will you be creating in the latest fashion colours? ๐Ÿ™‚

Autumn Bides Her Time

I can feel it in the air already and the subtle change in the quality of the light… autumn will be her again almost before I had a chance to welcome summer. A month after my move here, month and a bit, I guess, I’m still unpacking and moving in. Opening boxes from my home that were never looked at during my stay at the apartment. Sometimes, it’s like opening gifts. I’ve found things that I didn’t know I missed and here, in their proper context of a home, they make me happy all over again. So much to be grateful for.

Some of the first boxes have been all my knitting and crafting supplies. I did a post in the early days of the apartment that was 1/3 of a humourous “full disclosure” about the size of my stash and during the actual move, it’s size was apparent even to the moving guys. I’m pretty sure it may become a moving legend ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m having fun though going through and organizing it into an actual room; matching yarn to patterns and discovering a few gems.

With the weather as it is and the first few yarn company ads for fall wear starting to show up – just like those lone renegade red leaves among the green – I was looking at the heavier weight yarns and those deeper, richer colours. I have a lot. So much that right off the top, I know I won’t get to these (again) this year and it’s time to try and find them a good home.

Noro Niji in “Winter Bouquet“, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan in “Garnet” and Elann Uros Aran in “Desert Rose“.

Autumnal Colours

These beauties are all 10-ply (heavy worsted to aran weight). There is enough in each lot for a good size project; a hat and scarf, vest, etc. With the interest in textural and modular knitting, I think all three together would make a luxurious and visually interesting afghan. I’m selling as lots only, if you are looking for a small quantity, sharing with a friend might be an idea. If anyone is interested in all three lots, either for different projects or to make up the afghan, I would cover half the shipping cost to the US, UK or Canada (a Canada Post quote would be provided in advance based on your address).

Fall Yearnings In Yarn

The shades and tones of autumn

This photo shows how nicely these play together, the solids picking up various shades in the varigated. The textures could be used to great effect in a modular lap blanket. All the yarn bases are different but they are all natural,ย but for the Debbie Bliss, with 30% microfibre. You can find more details by clicking the links above and feel free to message me on the tab at the top of the page if interested in purchasing the entire lot.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

Game On!

I’m an Olympics Wannabe. I’m really not all that interested, not enough to go buy a television to watch but.. Go Canada!!

Hot Canadian Olympians

Now, if knitting ever becomes an Olympic sport, you can be sure I’ll be a contender!

I am participating in the Ravelry “Ravellenics” as part of Team Wabi Sabi and I cast on Friday evening for the Hat Halfpipe – had to miss the opening ceremonies official cast on ’cause they frown on stopping the work for knitting. If you can imagine…

Go Team!

Go Team!

I’m using some recycled Dream In Colour Classy in the “Dusky Aurora” colourway. Much of it is still in a Chic Knits hoodie that I can’t remember where the heck I left off! I’m thinking that these hat and fingerless glove sets will be perfect for the shop. There’s still a lot of cold weather left here.

Photo as of Saturday evening:

KB's Ravellenics hat

KB’s Ravellenics hat

So, is anyone else participating in the Ravelry Revels? What team are you on?

Oh… And Monday? I still don’t like you!

ETA: I finished the hat Sunday afternoon and cast on for the matching fingerless gloves ๐Ÿ™‚

More Wonderful Knitted Movie Characters

I love these types of knits – I’m sure it’s noticeable that I’m in touch with my inner geek. These LOTR characters by Denise Salway, take up to a month to create each. I’m hoping that patterns for these, the Dr. Who characters and *dare I hope* The Thunderbirds, will be available.

This would be my “Grandma Knitting” of choice… along with skully diaper covers and flame-motif blankets! Kidding ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d make those now too, LOL

Click the photo to read the full article and there are more pictures to admire too.

Amazing!

Amazing!

Where To Find KB Designs Patterns

Weekends mean my Hanging Garden Stole gets lots of undivided attention. I finished up the third repeat and am still in love. Now halfway through Dahlia’s first sleeve but not rushing this lighter, summer-weight cardigan and really enjoying its unusual construction.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time on my newest design, a knitted scarf that is a joy to work in Posh Yarn’s “Miranda Sock” and that lead to this post. There are several links to follow that will take you to my Designer profile, a shop or pattern description – I’m hoping you’ll take a moment to look.

I try not to inundate this space with advertising but I’ll do one of those posts today for anyone who may have missed or doesn’t like to click through to other sites. I’m Karin Bole Tupper of KB Designs and I sell knit and crochet patterns in my Esty shop, my Ravelry shop and on Craftsy. I’ve made a few the Ravelry connected patterns available on a tab at the top of this page. I’ll be expanding the selection as time permits and you can make a purchase with a click.

Some of my better known patterns are: Two Weeknights With Warrick (scarf) and the Mad-tini sock (designed for the very first “Sock Madness” KAL). There is a complete list of all my designs on this page: KB Designs Ravelry List.

I also have acquired a vast amount of lovely yarns, often in the name of design; that I sometimes put up on Ravelry to destash. If you’re looking for something, please check out my sales on this Ravelry page. Or you can click on the lovely Ryan Gosling below (who is not only a handsome Canadian actor but also a knitter!) and he will escort you to my stash sales and my wishlist for trades. Who could ask for more? ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Ryan!

Thank you Ryan!

A quick note about shipping:

People are sometimes set back by the cost of P&P. Just wanted to clarify that I ship based on the size and weight from my door to yours. I get a quote from Canada Post based on that and I am always glad to share their website and my Post Code. I don’t charge for the brand new boxes, envelopes or tissue (and try to recycle as often as possible) and I consider the half hour walk to the PO as aerobics :). It often costs more to ship within Canada than to some points in the USA – a shocked response from a fellow Canadian prompted me to include this information. I hope that getting a great deal on some beautiful and sometimes discontinued yarn offsets that. For the most part, the cost is not unlike P&P costs in the UK.

If you have any questions about my patterns (design process, suggestions, etc.), yarns for sale please feel free to message me at the newly added “Message Me” tab at the top of this page. You are welcome to find me on Ravelry as well. My group there is: Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl and we welcome knitters and crocheters.