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Hell may have froze over. The #Elizabethshawl is blocking! #knitting #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #bluefaceleicester #laceweight #hedgehogfibres

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Meh… Monday

Workday Mondays are a letdown after such a wonderful weekend.

Another Needler’s has closed successfully until next year. It was great to see the women I don’t have the opportunity to as often and nice to see a few new faces. I can’t believe how quickly the time flies when we’re there. The schedule was the same format as usual and though not rushed, it’s busy enough that I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked. The weather this year was a little colder, we did see some scattered snow flurries falling on our way to Gananoque. Just enough to leave a small trace on the windshield and to remind that, yes winter’s coming.

I loved all the classes and our teachers this year were engaging andΒ I took away something useful from all of them. The Continental Combined knitting method is one I know I’ll be using and I’m intending to practise by working dishcloths that way. Ten minutes a day builds muscle memory!

Below is a link to the Flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/63208434@N00/sets/72157648806549028/

I tried to capture some of the sere but still beautiful scenery along the Trans Canada Highway but there was a lot of laughing and catching up happening between this Navigator and our Driver, my BFF Frankie. Random snaps of classes, our teaching projects, our room (which has now become a home-away-from-home), the lovely cake from The Glen to celebrated the Retreats’s 25th year and some photos of the wine and cheese held the first night.

And now… off to the cubicle I go. I’ll update with projects and the (mostly) finished Oliver Twist Shawl later.

Have a good week everyone!

Counting Down

… To Needler’s Retreat 2014 πŸ™‚

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Needler’s Retreat and I’m so glad to be able to be a part of it.

I'm ready 😊

More yarn or more cider? πŸ˜‰

Once again, we’ll be meeting at The Glen House in Gananoque; a beautiful venue and so welcoming. Our classes this year are another good mix and I’m especially excited to be taking a class that my BFF, Francine Hebert of Fancy That will be teaching on the knitting with silk hankies technique. Our class materials will include hankies that have been dyed by my friend Yvie of YvieKnits, so this promises to be a real treat.

A trip back in time: Needler’s Retreat 2011 photos.

Our other workshops will include: JAZZ UP YOUR RAGLAN by adding Stitch Patterns with Deb Gemmell and KNITTING CONTINENTAL COMBINED with Anja Krebber. No homework required this year so I’m a very happy girl!

I’m hoping to be taking the “Tipsy Lizzy” (Elizabeth) shawl and my finished “Oliver Twist” shawl, provided I can get them blocked and dry before we head out Friday morning but I’m not going to drive myself crazy trying. I’ve learned this last year to take things a little easier.

I’ll post if able, the days are very full and there are some beautiful venues for walks and photo ops. If not, there’ll be an update next week.

Wishing you all a great week and weekend. Cheers!

Family, Fibre and Furnaces

Once again, an entire week has flown away from me!

With all the lead up to my nephew’s wedding, I thought I’d have a little more by the way of knitting and such to show but somehow, I’ve not managed a lot other than to keep up with the Oliver Twist MKAL. I did complete Clue 4 and it’s official… I love nupps!

Here’s the detail photo of Clue 4:

Clue 4 Completed ~ Detail

KarinB’s “Oliver” Clue 4

I’m still working away on “Blob”, which is beginning to look cuddly and wearable. I’ve a second skein to work with that’ll give a unique “dip dye” effect to the prototype, one that I hope will catch the interest of some knitters once it’s published. The Manos “Fino” is a gorgeous yarn, I’m already plotting ways to buy more.

A little excitement with my furnace this week, though it’s been so warm, there’s hardly a need. I did have a broken igniter but an efficient repair man and a service contract so all worked out beautifully and winter can begin whenever it chooses to get here.

The itinerary for this year’s version of The Needler’s Retreat was emailed out early this week and I am thrilled!

My BFF, the very talented Francine Hebert of “Fancy That” yarn jewellery, will be teaching a class in knitting with silk hankies. I fully expect that my efforts at class clown will be appreciated by all our teachers this year. Once again, the venue is the gorgeous Glen House in Gananoque on the St. Lawrence and we have our favourite room as per usual (party is at Frankie and Kar’s! πŸ˜‰ ) I was really happy that we don’t have any homework to do before this year’s classes; I’m already doubting I’ll have much finished (ie: blocked) for Show ‘N Tell.

Keeping You In Stitches Saturday

Umm… Does anyone else note the “choking hazard” warning?

I’m not sure if I have the most twisted sense of humour or just a dirty mind.

I lay the blame on Addi. All those slick tips and smoooth transfers, lol!

(making sure my “Class Clown” title goes unchallenged for The Retreat!)

The purl-fect man!

The purl-fect man!

You can actually buy this kit right here:Β boyfriend kitΒ πŸ™‚

Throwback Thursday

There’s been a huge surge of visitors to Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl in the last couple of days and I want to thank you for stopping by! This is a shameless plug: if you’ve been enjoying what I share here, please consider voting for my blog (as mentioned in this post: Canadian Blog Awards)

When I find good tips, I like to share them – that’s the beauty of our crafting community! There are other tutorials here too with links back to the websites where they originate. I hope to make a video tutorial showing my favourite technique for creating nupps soon to add to the others πŸ™‚

I don’t know if any of you are participating in “Throwback Thursdays”, a Facebook meme where you post old photos of yourself. I don’t often but it is fun to see those memories and bright, shiny faces!

I just like alliterative post titles – can’t help it – it’s the “writer” thing πŸ™‚ My knitting “Throwback Thursday” which could also be a “WIP Wednesday”… if we’re getting all technical, is to a design that has been on paper forever but is finally seeing some love in the prototype stage.

I’m hoping to have this piece done to bring with me to Sheeps Ahoy’s 2014 Needler’s Retreat, along with it’s older sibling “The Bishop’s Sleeves” scarf. At the moment, this is called “The Aqua Blob Of Doom”, though I’ll come up with something more appealing before it goes live! The prototype is being worked in Fleece Artist and Manos yarns, both are silk blends and luscious to work with.

The Aqua Blob

The Aqua Blob

Retail Therapy Saturday

Busting out of the old routine here. Things have been very quiet here on the knitty blog, I’ve been super busy on my poetry blog as I participated in the month-long NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month. It was a great incentive to write something new everyday. There were many sites onWordPress and Facebook that provided prompts and encouragement for those who wanted or needed it. I just liked having a bit of a burr under my saddle as I find it easy to procrastinate (I know! Gasp!) about my writing as much as my knitting ;-). A little knitting was done in April (mostly fighting with that damnable Kauni) but the Tipsy Lizzy Shawl is flying along. I’ve begun Chart Five, the last chart and am looking forward to getting something off the needles.

I’m also looking forward to a friend coming for a visit in just a few short days and am flying around this place decluttering and trying to make things homey, though with that said, I went to an open house today to look at what I would dearly love to make my next home. It’s time to leave this part of my life behind and a clean start is looking like all kinds of wonderful! I’ve another open house to go to tomorrow and then some big decisions to make. This whole being a grownup is both cool and scary.

While I was out, I figured a tiny bit of retail therapy couldn’t hurt and seeing as these followed me all over Winners, I had to bring them home with me:

#rainboots #puddlejumpers #winnersscore #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #rock&candyYay! I just loved them and had no idea what the brand was. It was a double score to find out these are Rock & Candy and usually 3 times what I paid πŸ™‚

With that, I guess I can’t put off doing some more cleaning or organizing around here. I’ll be registering for the upcoming Needler’s Retreat 2014 Version, once again put on by the wonderful Debbie Wilson of Sheeps Ahoy and then… the dishes…