Crossed The Finish Line 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 :

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Let The Tour Begin 2016

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

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.

À bientôt!

The Wrap Up

Tired and stoked all at once…

I can’t believe how fast these weekends fly by! The structure does keep us hopping, it’s three classes, ‘show and tell’ for about 65 people one night and Vendor’s Night the next. Classes this year were really interesting and we had some terrific teachers. MASTERING SOCK HEELS with Amanda Schwabe of Aknitica, DOUBLE KNITTING TECHNIQUES with Julie Nandorfy of Riverside Studios and SHAPING AND DESIGN IN KNITTED FABRIC with Nancy Halliday. I can’t say enough good things about these gals. They were fun, engaging and had some really good information and review to share with us.

Debbie Marshall Wilson, owner of Sheep’s Ahoy and our Retreat convener, organizer and cat herder extraordinaire does a great job and the staff at The Glen House are always wonderful and tolerant of this bunch of crazy knitters.

I couldn’t be happier about the new friendships and professional connections I made this year. There were many new faces and like all established groups, an infusion of new vitality and ideas is always a great thing.

My own vending went well. I didn’t faint, stutter, blush beyond sunburn level or spill anything. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that one or two people know PSPRP and I think generally, folks like knowing the face behind a brand in the small world of crafting. Sales were good and I was grateful for the opportunity to ‘talk up’ my design philosophy, future path and the Berroco interview. I think that really helped lend me some credibility among this hugely talented pool of designers.

BFF and I stopped in at the Third World Bazaar in Manotick Station on our way to NR in Gananoque. It was one of those (almost) screeching ‘180s’ as we caught sight of the small, yellow signs that announce this time-limited shopping event. BFF is the shopper half of our duo and it took no arm-twisting to decide to pop in.

O. M. G.

It was a delight! The selection is overwhelming and it would have been easy to spend much more time there than we did. As it was, we came away with some amazing finds from this unique shopping event. Everything in the TWB is fair trade and there are so many countries, crafts and artisan made items, you’d be hard pressed to not find something amazing. The staff were super, they obviously love what they do and were quick to help, knowledgeable, and even offering unsolicited (but welcome) compliments and advice. They are excited about their products and like seeing them go to a good home. This obviously struck a chord with BFF and myself. Fair to say we’ll be making this a regular stop next year.

It was fun and yes, I’m a little starry eyed to have been sharing Vendor’s Night with gals who are incredibly talented and whom I’m glad to call friends. I hope you’ll click through on the links that follow and give them some love, you’ll be glad you did 🙂

Francine Hebert aka BFF of Fancy That: yarn and knitting jewellery

Joanne Myers of Wild Woolly: handcrafted lotion bars, soaps, candles and more

Natalie Servant of Natalie Servant Designs: Beautiful shawl patterns and more

Yvonne of Yvieknits Yarns: beautiful hand-dyed yarns

and (shameless plug) me, Karin of KeiB Designs: unique patterns for accessories and more

A few highlights from the weekend:

Outta Here!

The Needler’s Retreat 2015 begins this afternoon at 5:00pm. We will be having our usual private soirée with the official troublemakers and lovers of non-dairy creamer (Bailey’s) an hour or two ahead of that. I love these gals and it’s a treat to spend time away from all other concerns and be immersed in the craft we all love. BFF and I have the ‘honeymoon suite’ again this year. Yes. We really do call it that. You need a ‘backstitch pass sl st over’ to get in with the punk rock purlers 😀

I’ll be back with stories and photos next week and until then happy knitting and don’t ‘ss any knits or p2togs’ that I wouldn’t do!

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Not your Grannie's Knittin'!

Not your Grannie’s Knittin’!

Cheers all! ~ kei
6 November 2015

Hello There

An unintended break happened. Probably a good thing, my brain is on serious overload – pretty sure I look like the definition of “Cat on a hot tin roof”. I can always make stuff, thank goodness. Keeps me sane. Mostly…

I’m working a store sample for “Filigree”, to be carried at my LYS if all goes well. Still on the prototype for “Lotus and Bamboo”. My crossed v. twisted stitches were not cooperating with the cable effect I was looking for. I think I’m sorted now and if this goes as planned, I think it’ll be lovely!

I was out the weekend past to a private home show for YvieKnits Yarns, Fancy That and Natalie Servant Designs; three wonderfully talented ladies that I’m happy to call my friends. The temptress Joanne, from Wild Woolly joined them this time and of course, I went home with more than I planned to! I allowed myself some of Yvonne’s silk merino in two different bases for a new design (possibly an older one if the LYS wants another pattern) and I couldn’t resist some of WW’s wonderful handmade soaps, lotion bars and a body lotion. I’ll need to shower three times a day to use all this up!

Some photos of the week’s activities:

Undulation Scarf ~ Finished

Trying something different – posting direct from my Flickr.
So here ’tis: Undulation Scarf, finished and not yet blocked.
Holy heck! This was a fast knit! Beginner worthy if you’re adventurous enough to try short rows. I love it!
It’s the perfect capper to a perfect day. I was invited to write for a position at work that I’ve had my eye on and had applied for in early October and last month’s medical tests came back negative.
Colour me very happy!