So I Had This Weird Dream…

… that I was running an adoption agency for tribbles… ­čśë

The novelty – and the silk mohair – is running its course. Not before I have a limited production run of two each of four unique yarn / colour combos of ‘Velloso’ cowls.

These are available for purchase now in my Etsy shop. Please take a peek and feel free to share.

'Velloso' Cowl ~ limited edition ready-to-wear from KeiB Designs

‘Velloso’ Cowl ~ limited edition ready-to-wear from KeiB Designs

ADD / OCD Knitter Problems…

I really am not joking when I use these acronyms and so… Here are the next bunch of fuzzy. This will be the cover work for “Velloso” when it’s back from tech editing ­čÖé

Luna Saturniinae ~ More Fuzzy

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KeiB/luna-saturniinae

And the best score evah! Jordana Paige bags at almost 70% off. What’s a girl to do?
Well obviously, get two! ­čÖé

Knit / Crochet bags by Jordana Paige. The 'Cora' in Lavender and Dove Grey.

Knit / Crochet bags by Jordana Paige. The ‘Cora’ in Lavender and Dove Grey.

Don’t Come Any Closer…

… as it would seem that over Christmas and Boxing Day, I’ve managed to come down with The Plague. I’ve done nought but sit and blow my nose, listen to audiobooks and when I can manage the needles, knit a bit. I may try to read a real book today, I owe friends from my writing blog some reviews. I hate losing time to illness but there it is.

For whatever lunatic reason, I opted to start a project on the 19th December… oh right! Stymied by a Tunisian stitch on the “Marisol cardigan and now waiting for a stitch dictionary. I can’t have idle hands and housework doesn’t count so I began “Revontuli“. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and has been translated into English. What I looked for specifically was a pattern that would be simple in appearance and use up 241 grams of glorious handspun from Turtlepurl.

I’m loving it so far, the picture below shows the beginning though I’ve made it to the end and my planned modification of one full extra repeat before the garter eyelet edge and cast off.

Revontuli Shawl - start

It’s become heavy so not sure if I’ll finish today – weak as a kitten and facing with dread a walk to the drugstore for more flu meds. The green has come into the mix and stayed and there is the most subtle of striping effects happening. The yarn itself is glorious, I really love handspun and this is special having been bought direct from Genevieve at The Almonte Fibre Festival, just over a year ago. The fibre mix is such a pleasure to work with, drapey now and with a lovely sheen. The slightly thick ‘n thin thread adds some textural interest. Can’t wait to finish.

With that, I’m back to bed. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday ­čÖé

Make It Monday

Addewid’s debut:

The beads are lit up with natural daylight. Their colour is a deep ruby – S/L ruby AB’s for my bead people. The Elle Rae yarn is a deep rich black that has a lovely sheen. Love this project like crazy and I think I may have become a blocking convert!

More pictures on my Ravelry profile: here

Addewid debut. #happygirl #knittersofinstagram #shawl #karinb #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #laceweight #earthfaire #beads

Make It Monday

… of a different sort ­čÖé

I was a busy bee this weekend. Having determined that the “truck” that hit me appears to be the gluten-mobile, I’m having much more energy after having revised my diet a little. It’s a learning curve. With that energy, I cleaned house, unpacked more (yes still unpacking), organized a large donation to our local Diabetes charity, did some work on Oliver (Clue 7, the final clue was released Friday) and I made this:

Make it Monday :)
I’ve become a furniture makin’ fool. I really love my Ikea Hemnes. This piece will go into the 2nd bedroom and I’m hoping to get my headboard together before the weekend comes.

Here is Ollie after completing Clue 6:


These are the last of the nupps in the design and there is just a hint of beading in the final clue. Seems in keeping with the theme of a shawl that “Nancy” would wear. I’m always sad to come to the end of a KAL. This one has been great. I’ve loved the TUS Lux and the colourway and Janine’s designs never fail to be a joy. She’s particularly good at combining the flow of lace patterning and it makes for a wonderful knitting experience.

Wishing you all a gentle Monday. Cheers!

Hell Froze Over

I’m not sure if I’m proud or horrified.

This may mean I need to turn in my punk rock rebel knitter card but…

It’s true.

I swatched.

The evidence:

#hellfrozeover #iswatch #knitting #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #karinb #olivermysterykal #uniquesheep #gradience #luxe #silkmerino

I’ve got the correct tension on the recommended 3.75mm with Unique Sheep’s Luxe. I’ll be using my Addi Lace circulars for this project. I used skein 6 from the Gradience set for the swatch and it is a really nice yarn base. All the body and “sproing” of merino and a smooth feel of silk, without the slippery.

I can’t wait for the start date!

Back To Reality

All good things must end and so does my summer vacation. No long-lost, distantly related benefactor conveniently kicked the bucket, leaving me with an inheritance. It’s sure been nice being able to dedicate time to getting settled. There’s still lots to do but things are coming together really well. Having a wee nook in the kitchen to work at, write my posts, plan meals, is wonderful and I’ve a dedicated corner in the living room for knitting.

I’m making good use of that with the Addewid MKAL back in swing with Clue 2 being released on Friday, the 8th. This section worked up really quickly. The lace pattern Abigail chose for this is very intuitive and it was done before I knew it!

Addewid MKAL Clue 2 Finished

This late night photo doesn’t show the subtle placement of beads very well but they are there in the tips of each “petal”.

Finishing left me looking for something to work on and as I’m trying to clear out some of my ancient WIP’s, I dug out the “Pleasance Shawl“. Pleasance was a kit offered in what back in 2011, was called “The Victorian Writers Club” (now the “Classic Writers Club”, via Woolgirl, one of my favourite online wool shops. Unfortunately, after getting started, I’d set down the pattern somewhere and over the course of two ┬ámoves, it was no where to be found. However, fortune smiled last week when a Raveller saw my post, looking for a copy (there weren’t downloadable versions at the time of release) and was able to send me a replacement. I did have to frog it back a little, as I sat down to get started, I noticed that one of my nupps had gone bad. Its “nuppies” were coming unravelled and there was no saving a 7-stitch nupp. I’m back on track now and hopefully, this bad boy will be finished up in a week or so.

I never did take any progress photos but here is the Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk in the club colourway “Wonderland”.

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk

Ahhh… Sweet Mystery

Clue two of the MKAL is done. I’m pouting a little as it’ll be another long wait to this coming Friday and Clue Three. ┬áThe first gradient colour shift was worked in Clue two and I’m loving how these flow. This is my first project with Unique Sheep’s gradients and I can see another wee obsession starting.

Take a peek at some of the other shawls in progress on the Ravelry group page. There are some stunning colourways.

I’ve taken a picture with this on two needles to give an idea of how it’s working up. It’s hard to see the subtle hint of lilac in those grey areas but they’re there and they echo the silver-lined amethyst beads nicely in person.

Detail of Clue Two

Detail of Clue Two

And so I’ll get back to my Hanging Garden Stole. It’s progressing well, I’m just finishing the seventh repeat of the total twelve and really enjoying the Zephyr lace.

Hope y’all found some time for needles or hook this weekend. Cheers!