Progress on my “Prairie Fire“: working on sleeves now, all that remains to finish and submit for my Q1 stars. I don’t think that I can face making the same project again in a different size – the requirement for a bonus star so, I’m going to cast on two versions of TinCanKnits “Gothic Lace Cowl” and use up the leftovers from my “Persian Dreams” afghan and Hannah’s “Petra the Pony” softie.
We’ve had two days of more civilized temperatures and this always peps up my bear-like winter persona. This means the knitting should get a boost, the Ebay & Etsy may be refreshed with new stock and… if the energy holds, I’ve purchased a lovely leaning, ladder shelf to store / show off my shawls and it needs putting together.
Prairie Fire progress
Gothic Lace Cowl (L) & Scarf (R)
Maybe it’s winter, maybe it’s the hectic work schedule, maybe it’s having a “boy” underfoot (kidding! I love him underfoot) but it’s so hard to blog of late and as to reading other posts… there just aren’t enough hours in a day. This why I sometimes mention to comment and link me to any of your posts that you think are not-to-be-missed 🙂
In the interest of keeping this somewhat concise, I’ll gallery photos and the green links will have more construction details if you’re interested. Almost every project or purchase I’ve made is to aid my intrepid teammates, the Peppermint Ponies and I’m happy to say that I’ve reached level 1 in the Booster Club (can I say popped my cherry? I just did!) I’m at Cherry level and achieved the maximum points for my Q1 KAL – any Melanie Berg pattern – submission, ‘Moonraker‘. Canada Customs has been holding my Birthday order (placed on 15 Jan) hostage since the 22nd of January. I have no idea why this semi-regular order has aroused suspicion but am considering a covert mission to liberate the fuzzy goodness!
I’ve finished some long time WIP’s and hopelessly tangled some cobweb lace of a WIP that I hoped to be adding here but… damn… To keep me calm whilst waiting on my Postie to rescue my Birthday yarn, I’m working on a super cute Casapinka pattern called ‘Loop‘. It’s bright and fun, a stashbuster and super easy.
It’s February already and soon March will arrive and another round of National Crochet Month. I’ve picked a pattern and have some gorgeous – Yarn Porn ahead! – Yarn Love and Shibui to use for my first project. Planning ahead – bless my little ADD heart – this one will tie in nicely with Yarnathon 2017 projects and badge collecting.
I’m off to work – they just don’t understand about priorities, lol! – have a great rest of your week!
The FO’s: Rico Socks, Smoke Rings Shawl, Moonraker Shawl
Smoke Rings Shawl – crochet
The WIP’s: Loop Shawl, Brise d’Été Shawl, Side Effect Pullover, NoFa Shawl
NoFa Shawl – progress
Loop Shawl ~ start
Brise d’Eté Shawl ~ Aarrgghh!
Side Effect Pulli ~ wishing for sleeves
Yikes! A month gone by already? As 2016 closes I swear it’s picking up speed.
Family and Real Life have been keeping me hopping and I couldn’t be happier to see that the slow journey back to a positive balance in my corner of world is restored. I’m still knitting like a maniac but back in the land of the living too. My boy child has returned from his “Go West young man” adventure and will be staying local. The girl has married and moved to a different province – not because her brother came home! – and she and my SIL are happy and excited to be starting a new phase of their life. This mumma is verra chuffed! Get togethers with my Mamasan and Sibs and spending time with “Handy Andy” working on making this house more of a home are a welcome diversion from the laptop.
So. What’s up in the crafty, fibre-y part of my life? A few FO’s, a WIP or two and the bones for a new KeiB Designs design. I’m overdue for a pattern release. In the interest of keeping things short ‘n sweet and getting on with my Saturday plans, I’ll do my montage thing and you can click them for more info if you want.
Kei’s Brioche Rasta Cowl: Ravelry Notes
First go at Brioche stitch 🙂
I think I like it!
Malabrigo ‘Rasta’ super bulky
KeiB’s Haleakala Socks: Ravelry Notes
Love the squishy goodness
Cable eyelet detail
It all starts with a dream 😉
KeiB’s Amethyst Glade Shawl: Ravelry Notes
Estonian-style lace work
How I wear a shawl
Self-finishing eyelet cast off
The WIP’s and new design you’ll have to take my word for! Several things have been set aside for projects that move me ahead in the Eat.Sleep.Knit Yarnathon 2016 – just a couple more weeks to go! I hope your weeks have been filled with whatever makes you happy – as long as it isn’t illegal, immoral or fattening – and I’ll be back soon or soon-ish… 😉
This is another of those “where did the time go?” posts. It’s true, this year has flown by and tomorrow is the last day of September. Autumn has been glorious so far, warm and sunshiny but they don’t last long in this neck of the woods. I’ve been knitting like a fiend as usual and trying to get a few things done around the house and garden. This girl is already in the slide to full hibernation. To bed early, harder to get up when the alarm goes and there’s only a hint of the dawn.
On the fibre front, I finished up my Rheinlust Shawl and glad to have it off the needles. It kept getting set aside for other projects but the end result is pretty.
For more stashbusting and a few stars for my Eat.Sleep.Knit team, the Starsheep, I knit up this nifty crescent shawl, Olilia. Short rows shape it and it’s worked in two coordinating Sweet Georgia yarns.
A couple mini projects followed, Black Locust fingerless gloves and my Relativity cowl:
Black Locust Mitts for ESK Flash KAL
Relativity Cowl in Mrs. Crosby
I did finish my nameless (Frozen Lake) shawl but it’s not blocked just yet 🙂 My favourite WIP of the moment is my Warren Cardigan. I should be joining to begin working the body at some point tonight.
Here is the proof – I have swatched. Tension square worked for the Eat.Sleep.Knit flash KAL that starts this coming 26 September 2016 🙂
Cast off on 14 July and blocked on the 15th. Happy with this one – used up more ancient stash and thoroughly enjoyed the pattern. I don’t think I’m in the running for a winning jersey but pleased to have another unique garment to offer in my shop 🙂
Details: “Gavrinis Shawl“and I’m working the large size in Elann’s Alpaca Fina, a sportweight on the skinny side in the colourway ‘Alpine Violet”.
Améthyste Cave de Gavrinis portfolio & details :
Améthyste Cave de Gavrinis ~ finished 1
Améthyste Cave de Gavrinis ~ finished 2
Améthyste Cave de Gavrinis ~ finished 3
Améthyste Cave de Gavrinis ~ finished 4
Begun. Once again, my friend Natalie is hosting her annual Tour de France KAL. The design is her “Gavrinis Shawl“and I’m working the large size in Elann’s Alpaca Fina, a sportweight on the skinny side in the colourway ‘Alpine Violet”.
I’m just starting the second repeat of Section D and have really enjoyed this pattern. I’m sure that it’ll slow down significantly now as there are 401 stitches and a second repeat of Section E before the border and cast off but… it keeps me out of the pub! JK 🙂
Here is a link to my project details and the group discussions are taking place on her Ravelry group. The photo below is not a purple tribble but my TdF 2016 at the start of the first Section D:
KeiB’s TdF 2016
And… I’m off! Not to watch the Tour but to listen to ‘Les Triplettes de Belleville‘ – awesome soundtrack to a wonderful full-length cartoon that features the Tour.
Someone needs to tell my next door neighbour to stop lifting weights outdoors. So far, I’ve planted a flip-flop, watered my picnic table and mulched the recycle bins!
My day yesterday ^ as spring is here in full, bringing flowers, motorcycles, sunshine and shorts back to The Capital.
I also managed to block my ‘Jacaranda Shawl‘. This felt like an accomplishment as the blasted spring cold I’ve had refuses to bugger off. ‘Jac’ has come off the blocking board large but light weight and was a great way to use up some very pretty stash.
Jacaranda Shawl’s portfolio:
Sweet Paprika’s ‘Messa di Voce’, light fingering
Jacaranda Crochet Shawl ~ finished 1
Jacaranda Crochet Shawl ~ finished 4
Jacaranda Crochet Shawl ~ finished 2
Jacaranda Crochet Shawl ~ detail of variegations
Jacaranda Crochet Shawl ~ finished 3
It’s technically WIP Wednesday but technically, I’ve had WIP’s since I was five or six! Hopefully, some of those – even the dead boring ‘Duane Park Triangle’ will be done by next week. Could this Process Knitter be changing her ways??? Nahhh….
Happy Hump Day All and don’t double park your camel!
Despite the sore throat, flying boogers, earache, temperature and general crappiness…
Yay! An FO for today 🙂
‘Not Over You Yet‘ is my 3rd ‘Over The Willamette’ and yes, I may have an obsession going on, hence the name for this project :). This is a great pattern, well written – something that’s still hit and miss with crochet patterns – and quick to work up. The second one, is finished but still needing blocking, something I’ll tackle when I’m feeling better.
This shawl was worked in KnitCircus Thrilling, a heavy fingering, silk merino blend and, having only one skein, I knew it would need mods. Nothing drastic, I went up a couple hook sizes to accommodate the yarn’s weight and knew in advance that I’d only get one border row in. After blocking, there’s no sacrifice in the overall size – the last two gallery photos show NOYY on top of my 1st version ‘Over The Rideau’ and they’re the same. OTR was also done on a larger hook than recommended – just my preference this time – for a lacier look. The more
narrower (hahaha! Yes I did that – meds must be working, lol!) border works well with the slightly more rustic look of the KnitCircus yarn I think and even better, there was no need to buy more yarn.
Not Over You Yet’s portfolio:
Not Over You Yet Shawl ~ finished 1
Not Over You Yet Shawl ~ finished 2
Not Over You Yet Shawl ~ finished 4
Not Over You Yet Shawl ~ finished 3
Comparison of yarn & hook outcome
Have a great weekend y’all! 🙂
Don’t know about y’all but March came in like a lion here and tried its damnedest to go out that way too. Fortunately, it’s just rain that’s teeming down at the moment and getting rid of the remnants of snow and ‘snirt’.
The end of March is the end of National Crochet Month and I’m super stoked about my FO’s this year. I’m pretty sure I’ve hooked more in the last month than I normally do in six! I have five FO’s and one ‘also ran’. I’ve yet to snag more of the YP yarn to finish what was project two and I really don’t want to end it where it is – OCD alert.
So, on this first of April, here are all of the crochet things! 🙂
Fantasm Shawl‘s portfolio:
Fantasm Shawl ~ finished Project #6 for National Crochet Month 2016
Fantasm Shawl ~ finished 2
Fantasm Shawl. Project #6 for National Crochet Month
Fantasm Shawl ~ pre-block
National Crochet Month
And a quick roundup of all my projects for this years #ncm2016:
Armorique ~ Finished 1
Smoke Rings shawl. Project #2 for National Crochet Month
Ile d’Ecosse Shawl. Project #3 for National Crochet Month
Stained Glass Star Afghan. Project #4 for National Crochet Month
Heloïse Shawl. Project #5 for National Crochet Month
Fantasm Shawl. Project #6 for National Crochet Month