Warning: Yarn P0rn Ahead

Come visit!

Lot’s of new yarns that are perfect for the cold months ahead and for little luxury gifts of knitting.

New in store: Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted, Noro Silk Garden Aran – several colours and Sundara Merino Worsted. Lots of knitted goods too for those who don’t knit but love to give unique and exclusive gifts 🙂

KeiB Designs & Knits on Etsy

KarinB’s Destash on Ravelry

(Check individual listings for information about shipping discounts)

Discontinued and hard to find colours and bases.

Silk Garden Aran, Sundara, Wollmeise and more…

The New Man In My Life

James Harris, it was love from the first moment you appeared in my thoughts to finally tying the knot!

Okay. Enough silliness :p The inspiration for this first in the series is my Great Grandpa Thorpe. He was a well-known ship builder and craftsman but to me, he was hugs, yarns – of the story variety, salt, ocean, family love and pride. It seemed fitting to work this as a traditional seaman’s scarf, a shape that is really wearable and unisex.

JH – the test knit is done and I think he’s a keeper. I’ll be over here in my corner trying to decipher notes and getting this one ready for editing.

JH’s portfolio 🙂 :

WIP Wednesday

Uugghh…

It’s all about the WIP’s this week I’m afraid. I’ve done it to myself with this damn “startitis” and lack of sufficient pairs of arms. I finished the prototype for “James Harris” and am currently working the test knit from my draft pattern. Savannah is my “selfish knitter” and “Reign” accompaniment, so not a lot done but progressing. I keep on staring at the yarn for the test knit of Matinée II (the Mrs. Crosby) but I’ve psyched myself out with the technique I want to use v. practical application / joy of the knitting / fear of buggering up the most gorgeous yarn evah! I suppose a dip in the frog pond wouldn’t be the end of the world if things… unravel…

Progesses and lilacs from my walk to the Marché:

 

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!

Harmonia Happiness

I’m as close to finished my other sweater as possible, waiting only for the arrival of a skein to make the long-sleeve version.

That is a great story – I was so excited about using up this old (2010) stash that I didn’t realize I only had 5 skeins, not the 6 I’d mistakenly listed on Ravelry. Madelintosh as many of you know, doesn’t used dye lots (a ridiculous business decision but genius has it’s privilege I suppose). Undaunted, I resolved to buy a skein as close as possible and blend two together however but much to my chagrin, I discovered that “wisteria” had been discontinued.  Who discontinues purple?! Really people… Anyway, after an Internet and Ravelry  search (and heaven knows, it can be hard to get people to part with Stash, even if they haven’t used it in near a decade!) I found my shade and miraculously, it was purchased from the same shop – The Loopy Ewe – and in the same year as my own, just a few months apart. Fortuitous! I think the odds are quite good that it’ll be from the same batch, if not lot. The photo certainly looks close and though it was not listed for sale, the lovely Raveller agreed to sell to me 🙂

Here’s my progress from the inside view:

Harmonia's  Rings ~ Progress 2

Just a quick note: I’ve been finding it hard to catch up on my reading and responding on WordPress. Some of you know that I have a writing and poetry blog here as well. The volume of wonderful posts is sometimes overwhelming, especially when my M.E. kicks up and I hope you’ll forgive me if I miss something. Always know that your visits are what keeps me going  and are very much appreciated 🙂

 

My Little Log Cabin In The Silk Garden

All squares finished and ready for borders:
Log Cabin In Silk Garden
These are the first six and from my bag of 10 skeins (Colour 243 B), I was able to get 12 squares with some leftover for mending.

And a couple more, seeing’s as I just realized I shared the above photo and am too lazy to take it out :p :

Log Cabin in Silk Garden ~ Start
What a happy making project! As portable as socks, no thinking just keeping my hands busy – something as essential as breathing for me. My GF had made a similar type of blanket and chose Lett Lopi for her borders, I’m following that lead after checking it out on line. It looks to have a similar hand and appearance when knit to the Noro Silk Garden. I went with a colour called “Black Heather”. It has the traditional look of a black border but I think will be a little less harsh in contrast to the blocks. Unfortunately, it’s backordered for 2-3 weeks but I think I can find something to keep me busy 😉
My Harmonia’s Rings sweater is still in the works, it needs just the bottom band and the sleeves are almost complete, just debating full or elbow length sleeves and because I’m me… I started another sweater. With cleaning, organizing and donating, I’m finding some lovely yarn that I’d forgotten about. A bag of Elann’s Highland Silk looked a great fit to make a new version of one of my favourite sweaters. No photos yet, I’m just working the bottom rib of this generous sized, turtleneck pullover. The first version was made when I was pregnant with my son and has survived many years and even machine washing since. Week’s end should bring a progress photo to share 🙂

WIP Wednesday

… and an FO 🙂

FO first. This is “Papyrus Columns Cowl”. A mostly reversible cowl or infinity scarf.

Papyrus columns ~ Finished

The completed set:

Papyrus columns ~ Finished

Memories of Egypt. Completed test knits for a KeiB Designs e-book.

I’ll be finishing the tech editing for the cowl today and hope to have the e-book up on Ravelry this evening. I think the book version will be titled “Memories of Egypt” or something similar, to reflect the cable theme that I used.

I hope some of you will give one of these a whirl and if you do, please feel free to share your photos 🙂

My new WIP is “Harmonia’s Rings” by Sivia Harding:

February 25th

KeiB’s “Harmonia”

This is my first moebius project – I know. It’s just I hate being a crowd follower and if it’s popular, I usually stay away from it. Must keep the “Punk” in Punk Rock! This pattern called to me though and so I am now on the moebius bandwagon.

I watched Cat Bordhi’s Youtube video to teach myself the cast on and as best I can tell, all has gone accordingly. I’m using one of my favourite yarns, Madeline Tosh Vintage in the colourway “Wisteria”. Another stashbuster project, as I purchased this a few years ago for a different project and fortuitously, had the right yardage 🙂

It’s snowing like mad again today and so I’ll tuck in with Harmonia and Henry Miller (some things are just better each time) and hope that Spring won’t forget Ottawa!

Cheers All 🙂

 

Make It Monday

An FO today. This is another KeiB Design and the second of three that will be part of an e-book release. Thebes Temple Fingerless Gloves:

FO's 😊I also wrapped up the Stella Luna shawl. I was a little sad to put this one down, the Tosh merino light is a treat to work with:

FO's 😊

and:

FO's 😊Off to work on the prototype for the third pattern. This one is a semi-reversible, convertible cowl that also is worked around an Egyptian motif.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. Cheers!

 

TGIF

I’m wrapping up my week with an FO and buried under snow from the storm yesterday and through the night. This does not stop life here, Canadians know snow.

First up, I wrapped the test knit for “Cairo” and will be taking photos and doing the writeup for the pattern today. Here’s my “just for the record” photo, there’ll be better ones! The Cascade Venezia was lovely to work with, I may even try to find an excuse to work with it again soon, no matter the size of my stash. The design prototype is on the left in 100% raw silk and the test knit is on the right in Venezia.

Cairo Scarves ~ Finished

(c)Keib Designs

The printed versions of “Les Cloches Cannelées”, were dropped off to my LYS, Yarn Forward on Tuesday and I’m crossing my fingers. Selling digital copies is wonderful and I had a wee flurry of interest this past week that’s been a huge boost in light of some stress in my life. I do love the idea though, of the patterns being in a place where knitters are, where they can pick up the pattern, hold it up to the yarns on display, make their choices. Knitting and crochet are tactile crafts and that is a huge part of why I enjoy it so much.

I finished the “Sachy Hat & Mitts” and am mixed on the end result. Love the hat, love the finished look of the mitts. I do note that the pattern could have been written more clearly. I’ve been knitting for over half my life and was able to follow but I think the written section could have used clarification and some notes. I you’re tackling the mitts are very large, even the smallest size. I did note this at the outset and these will be given as a gift 🙂

Sachy Hat
Untitled

The next knitting project is the “Stella Luna” shawl. I’ll be using that gorgeous Tosh Merino Light in “Lepidoptera” that I picked up at last year’s Needler’s Retreat. There are large areas of stocking stitch in this pattern that I think will be ideal for showing off the colourway.

How are all of your first project 2015 crafts coming along?

WIP Wednesday

A very late WIP Wednesday as I’m just not feelin’ the blogging this week and because work is insane, a bit of seasonal blues and because what’s saving my sanity is this WIP.

I can hardly stand to put it down!

I figure if I’m going to be calling myself “ambicraftstrous” and “bicraftual”, I should probably post a single stick project once in a while and so… I’m teaching myself Tunisian Crochet. I’ve done a wee bit before, a small dishcloth worked during a class at a Needler’s Retreat a couple of years ago. When “The New Tunisian Crochet” came out, I grabbed it right away and knew it was a good excuse to get my hands on some scrummy Madeline Tosh dk. I’ve loved Tosh since before it was so posh and this dk in the “Heuchera” colourway is a new favourite. I’m working the “Marisol” Cardigan.

The fronts and back are worked in one piece and this is my progress so far:

Marisol Cardigan

I’m about to work the 2nd set of decreases and then on to the sleeves. The photo isn’t sharp but shows the variegation and how this yarn literally glows, really well.

I figured seeing as I was trying new things… and how do you keep the interest going in a long-term thing? Try new things, be adventurous, be daring and I figured a little foreign technique would really spice things up and so I give you:

My first fling with the Russian!

Keep It Fresh, Shake Things Up

I’m happy to say that the outcome was satisfactory for all, with all the bits winding up where they should be for maximum bondage, no knots, no kinks and best of all? Not a single stray end poking where it shouldn’t! 🙂

Well isn't that knaughty!
I can’t believe I waited so long to try something that is so brilliant and satisfactory. Amazing how changing things up a little in the old repertoire can make things so enjoyable! I can’t see any could reason to do joins any other way, especially for crochet which can be so unforgiving of knots, joins and carries.

Anyway, Marisol calls. Hope you’re finding something wonderful to run through your fingers too 😉