I seem to have ‘outstarted’ myself in the last week. This is common for me – the ADD, OCD, creative-type thing. Everything I picked up and cast on but almost immediately, went sour. Kind of how I imagine a bad first date would be. Part of it is being committed to working from my stash and if you’ve seen my Ravelry stash, you’ll understand why. Despite the size and variety, I wasn’t getting the ‘THIS!’ feeling from anything. I decided that maybe a new pattern would be the ticket and purchased a couple including, Wolfberry Knits ‘Metallicus‘ tee. It was the cure!
A new pattern, some old stash and I have a cute tee shirt ready to go for when spring arrives here. I used up some Nashua Creative Focus Linen in pale teal and am really pleased with the finished project.
Metallicus ~ Finished, neckline detail
Metallicus ~ Finished
Some of the survivors from the ‘startitis’ frenzy are two hexi-type stashbuster blankets. I love this pattern and that it can be worked modularly like the uber-popular ‘Sock Yarn Blanket’ from the Heathen Housewife. I have a vast amount of leftovers as well as stash and this project is great for commute knitting. The blue hued one is sock weight and the purple one is worsted. I’m working on a modified ‘Sothia‘ shawl in some old and much-loved Zen String. All of which keep me from my true dream of singing karaoke down at the pub and being ‘discovered’!
Modified Sothia shawl
My first guy / unisex pattern ‘ James Harris‘, was worked by the awesome WildWoolly and she posted her FO photo on a real guy! I’ll never get tired of seeing my patterns made up 🙂
‘James Harris’ modelled.
I bought a rock! A little ‘Goo Gone’, some felt feet and I have half a bookend 🙂
Half a bookend 🙂
I have a good start on another stashbusting project. The worsted version of the Cerys Hexagon Blanket:
To keep me out of the bars when in-between projects 😉
Leventry-tini aka: Leventry by Sarah Jordan. Off the blocking mat and onto M’amselle for its debut:
Leventry-tini ~ Finished
Leventry-tini ~ Border and edging detail
Leventry-tini ~ Front view
Leventry-tini ~ Yarn and pattern stitch view
Progress photo of ‘First Stitches 2016’ aka: Matinée Cowl ~ Indian Paintbrush:
Indian Paintbrush progress
Will be a Matinée Scarf in some Noro Silk Garden sock and some Manos del Uruguay silk blend. Some fiery colours to warm up a snowy winter.
Noro and Manos to start 2016 off right.
I’ll be hitting the publish button on ‘Velloso‘, my first pattern release for 2016 in a few hours and hope that you’ll take a moment to peek and ‘<3’ on Ravelry. Velloso will be the next KeiB Design to be available at Yarn Forward, my LYS.
The last couple weeks were filled with family activities, lots of of knitting, a little crochet and liberal quantities of friends and wine! My first great-niece arrived and I gifted her with a wee pink crochet beanie (free pattern courtesy of Deja Jetmir). It was on and off my hook and then gifted so quickly, I don’t have a photo! The yarn was a very old Lucky Lurker ‘Duets’ in a semi-solid pink mix. I also had enough yarn left from each of the Velloso cowls that I mentioned in previous posts to make four more and to pop them up for sale in my Etsy shop.
Various Velloso ~ I was able to make two cowls from the skeins used.
Leventry-tini ~ Finished and waiting for blocking.
Sterling Cowl ~ ©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs
Keeping me busy between finishing my Leventry-tini shawl this AM and beginning my first 2016 project tonight is ‘Cerys‘, a modular, hexi baby blanket that I’ve started in some leftover mini mochi. I suspect this will go on forever, like my ‘Mission Possible‘ blanket – for which I’m still looking for yarn if you have any – as I’ve enough stash and leftovers to open two shops!
Cerys Hexi Stashbuster Baby Blanket
Mission Possible Stashbuster Blanket
Last and not least here is a link to my page ‘Finished Projects 2015‘. I’m super happy with what did get done, not gonna sweat the ton of WIP’s still lurking and toast to having stuck to my plan to ‘shop the stash’ as often as I could 🙂
Wishing you and yours all the health, happiness, peace and prosperity that 2016 holds. Tomorrow is a new day in a new year. Let’s make every single one count ❤
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)
Silk Garden Aran, Sundara, Wollmeise and more…
Never too early to begin with your Christmas, Etc. gift making 🙂
You can find Matinée II, my latest scarf pattern, with a cowl option, at the link below and please feel free to add me on Ravelry (KarinB) or to join the PSPRP group on Ravelry.
Matinée II Scarf
It’ll be up on Etsy and Craftsy soon.
Matinée II Scarf
©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Deigns
I’m in the middle of several projects as always. I don’t get people who don’t have WIP’s – you know, like six or thirteen of them :p
I’m working at my second Filigree scarf in that glorious, reclaimed Camelspin. No deadline for this, so I just pick it up when I need a break. I’ve also begun the borders for my Log Cabin In The Silk Garden. The Lett Lopi I had ordered never came from the first company and I wound up ordering it direct from Iceland. Would you believe it was half the price?! It showed up a few weeks ago and I’m making time for it in between other things.
I did complete another Yorick Cowl. This one made entirely to my draft pattern and I’m super happy with it. I’ve tweaked the join at the centre back neck and am debating releasing this a little closer to All Hallows. In the meantime, that project and another Yorick are destined for my Etsy shop as “ready to ship” items. Slow but sure, I’m restocking the shop, it’s a challenge to keep up with the blogging, FB’ing, etc. and still find time to knit!
The design bug is always biting hard and on that front, the next in my men’s scarves is pencilled down. At the moment, I’m seeing it as a fully crocheted project and I’ve found some scrummy SweetGeorgia silk merino aran to play with the concept. I’ve also started the prototype for another ©Kindred Knits & Cohabiting Crochet design. This is a scarf with a nod to Japanese motifs and aesthetics, also with my favourite (dare I say signature?) design feature for combining widely differing yarns into one piece. I’m liking how it’s working up so far and always love to see a little more stash being busted.
I better get at it, the day is calling and one more quick coffee to power up.
Cheers All! 🙂
Prototype knit / crochet project
Log Cabin throw, borders underway
Yorick I ~ available in Etsy shop
Yorick I ~ detail
I’ve started a bunch of things, nothing new there. It’s hard to focus when the garden calls. Hard to stay awake at night after an evening spent working outside. I do love it though, and it looks like there’ll be a good return on the work so far. Keeping my enthusiasm to the scale of a small urban space is the only trick. Like all my passions, it’s a “go big or go home” deal with me :).
I am in love with my latest crochet project, Schultertuch / Dreieckstuch and of the neglected, it is seeing the most love. I had some ancient Lorna’s Laces stash that demanded to be dusted off and it seems it will be a gradient-ish shawl, if all goes to plan.
Barberry gone, dwarf spruce new
Sunset last Sunday
Dameslfly and exoskeleton
First clematis bloom
Thunderstorm competing with the sunset
Second Noro Silk Garden log cabin
Lorna’s Laces crochet shawl