It must have been a warm day in Nunavut… I’ve gone finishing crazy. Making his FO debut is my “Ollie” – the Oliver Twist MKAL shawl. Worked to pattern (nupps and minimal beads), no mods and in the colourway “You Zig, I Zag” (you’ve got to pick a pocket or two boys) and with S/L chartreuse AB #6 beads. Ollie is huge and warm and totally my new boyfriend 😉
Putting the blocks to “Ollie” 😉
I KNOW!! Right?!
When did I turn into “The Blockinator”?
So totally worth it to make the time. Ollie has come out huge and I’m glad, it gives the gradient colourway lots of room to be appreciated and look at all those nupps!
Loved this project. Janine is a whiz with lace patterns and I am totally smitten with the Unique Sheep’s Luxe base.
… To Needler’s Retreat 2014 🙂
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.
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.
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!
… of a different sort 🙂
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:
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!
As if the weeks didn’t fly by quickly enough!
When you have something to look forward to, they fly faster and often better.
Here’s my “Ollie” after completing Clue 5:
Loving the “cameo” effect created by the nupps in the stocking stitch diamonds. This may be one of my favourite Unique Sheep colourways so far. I’m scheming already about how I can incorporate the various bases and colours into some sort of stashbuster blanket!
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:
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! 😉 ) 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.
Tomorrow is the release date for the second clue in the MKAL. Looking forward to this! I completed Clue 1 last Saturday:
My new design is coming along. Working it in Malabrigo “Fino” is definitely a bonus and encouragement to not leave it languish for too long. I should have a photo to share soon.
Sadly, no blocked photos yet. Weddings, house chores, unpacking and organizing are still taking priority (and space!) One huge donation to The Canadian Diabetes Association should help to free up some of that, not to mention my sadly ruffled Fung Shui!
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…
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!
No knitting to speak of this weekend. I’m slowly working my way through the beaded bind off of Addewid. It’s hard to wrap up a truly enjoyable project.
I did cake the six luscious skeins of Unique Sheep Luxe that I’ll be using for the upcoming mystery KAL:
The theme is loosely based on the Oliver Twist tale by Dickens and designed by Janine La Cras, who also designed the Peter Pan shawl that I knit a few months ago. Should be another fun project. I’m taking my colour inspiration from the musical version “Oliver!” and the song: You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket or Two, I’ll be working this project in the “You Zig, I Zag” colourway (just as Fagin sings about for the boys) with S/L chartreuse AB beads in size 6. The yarn base is Luxe, a merino and Tussah silk blend.
The KAL begins with the first clue to be released on 19 September and… I’m ready 🙂
Saturday wa s bit out of the norm. My daughter and I had a bonding date and went to get tattoos together. This was her first tattoo and my most recent. The day couldn’t have been better, wrapping up with a late lunch and glass of wine on the patio of a neighbourhood pub. The perfect way to enjoy the waning days of summer temperatures here in the Nation’s Capital 🙂
Wishing you all a gentle Monday. Cheers!