I Do Knit – Honestly!

Maybe it’s winter, maybe it’s the hectic work schedule, maybe it’s having a “boy” underfoot (kidding! I love him underfoot) but it’s so hard to blog of late and as to reading other posts… there just aren’t enough hours in a day. This why I sometimes mention to comment and link me to any of your posts that you think are not-to-be-missed 🙂

In the interest of keeping this somewhat concise, I’ll gallery photos and the green links will have more construction details if you’re interested. Almost every project or purchase I’ve made is to aid my intrepid teammates, the Peppermint Ponies and I’m happy to say that I’ve reached level 1 in the Booster Club (can I say popped my cherry? I just did!) I’m at Cherry level and achieved the maximum points for my Q1 KAL – any Melanie Berg pattern – submission, ‘Moonraker‘. Canada Customs has been holding my Birthday order (placed on 15 Jan) hostage since the 22nd of January. I have no idea why this semi-regular order has aroused suspicion but am considering a covert mission to liberate the fuzzy goodness!

I’ve finished some long time WIP’s and hopelessly tangled some cobweb lace of a WIP that I hoped to be adding here but… damn… To keep me calm whilst waiting on my Postie to rescue my Birthday yarn, I’m working on a super cute Casapinka pattern called ‘Loop‘. It’s bright and fun, a stashbuster and super easy.

It’s February already and soon March will arrive and another round of National Crochet Month. I’ve picked a pattern and have some gorgeous – Yarn Porn ahead! – Yarn Love and Shibui to use for my first project. Planning ahead – bless my little ADD heart – this one will tie in nicely with Yarnathon 2017 projects and badge collecting.

I’m off to work – they just don’t understand about priorities, lol! – have a great rest of your week!

The FO’s: Rico Socks, Smoke Rings Shawl, Moonraker Shawl

The WIP’s: Loop Shawl, Brise d’Été Shawl, Side Effect Pullover, NoFa Shawl

With Bated Breath…

Still waiting on my ESK yarns to get fully engaged with my Yarnathon 2017 knitting – the shipment is right on track, I’m just REALLY impatient to get started! All groups and their members are off to a great start although at the moment, the Peppermint Ponies are bringing up the rear. I expect to singlehandedly boost our stats with my birthday order next week! Well, maybe boost a little… I am still on the never-ending yarn diet of Doom.

As of Saturday AM:

Yarnathon 2017 ~ Teams and standings on 7 Jan '17

Yarnathon 2017 ~ Teams and standings on 7 Jan ’17

What I have done is plan as many non-buying point boosters as I can; these being mostly achievement badges for various skills, spills and thrills in the knit / crochet world. What I am buying for is a toned down version of the Persian Dreams afghan and a crochet version of our team mascot who I’ve dubbed “PepPonia“. So far, I’m favouring one of Heidi’s African Flower motif designs, Fatty Lumpkin, worked in our team colours on Cascade’s 220 Superwash base.

On the WIP front, my Side Effect has it’s first sleeve and the second should be underway later today. Contrary to my lifelong modus operandi, I’m focused on finishing this before going back to other WIP’s. No big thing but working this way as opposed to having six or seven UFO’s strewn over the living and dining room is so much more Zen 🙂

And now Saturday chores and stuff calls ~ loudly, obnoxiously ~ beginning with shovelling out after last Thursday’s very rude dumping of 20cm or so of snow and then freezing rain. Clearly, Mother Nature is not a knitter – I have to keep these muscles protected for warmer, fuzzier activities! Cleaning then organizing an under sink recycling pull out bin will be much easier now that Handy Andy very kindly repaired my ancient sink basket and trap (thank you !) and once the vacuuming is done, I’ll be tucked in with a cuppa, a book and SE’s sleeve 🙂

Here’s hoping your chores are light, and that there’s time for a few stitches where you are. Passez un bon-weekend!

Merry Christmas & Blessed Yule

Baking like a maniac today, family arrives tomorrow, love and happiness ensue!

From my home to yours, have a Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas and may all the joy of this season be yours ❤

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Source: http://giphy.com/gifs/christmas-santa-squeeze-l41YaWrBaLybnkQbm

Twisted Purl Cast On ~ My New Boyfriend

I am using this on my ‘Le Scarabée Bleu‘ cardigan and between it and German Short Rows, I’m not sure which technique I love more!

When I decided to do the TP cast on a few hours ago, I thought as I looked at the directions that it is the same as the way I’ve always added stitches – But! – purling them instead of knitting them ie: cabled cast on, makes for a much nicer edge to pick up and the first and last stitches between the front and back are much tidier. *Heart*

The German Short Rows… With a maiden name like ‘Tupper’ this should have always been in my crafty tool kit. I will never ‘wrap and turn’ again. Srsly… It is just that good.

Sharing the joy of the original posts just below here:

German Short Rows La Maison Rililie picture tutorial

German Short Rows Tin Can Knits picture tutorial

Mimi Kezer’s step-by-step tutorial on the German Short Row or “working the Double Stitch”

If you haven’t used these techniques before (and I have an ‘old knitter’ attitude about not broke, don’t fix) you may want to give them a whirl. My knitting happy quotient just jumped big time and that’s saying a lot from Miz Sticks Obsessed 😉

Friday FO Y’all!

What? It’s a (mostly) natural fibre 😉

Look what I made! :)

Look what I made! 🙂

I have to go slowly with these projects – M.E. means I get wiped out way too easily! – but I really love putting together furniture. These are my first hinged doors and I’m feeling very ‘proudy pants’. They are the self closing kind and working without need for adjustment. I got to use my new level for the anti-tippers installation and can now hide a few ‘junk’ piles 🙂

TGIFOF ~ Thank God It’s FO Friday

Despite the sore throat, flying boogers, earache, temperature and general crappiness…
Yay! An FO for today 🙂

Not Over You Yet‘ is my 3rd ‘Over The Willamette’ and yes, I may have an obsession going on, hence the name for this project :). This is a great pattern, well written – something that’s still hit and miss with crochet patterns – and quick to work up. The second one, is finished but still needing blocking, something I’ll tackle when I’m feeling better.

This shawl was worked in KnitCircus Thrilling, a heavy fingering, silk merino blend and, having only one skein, I knew it would need mods. Nothing drastic, I went up a couple hook sizes to accommodate the yarn’s weight and knew in advance that I’d only get one border row in. After blocking, there’s no sacrifice in the overall size – the last two gallery photos show NOYY on top of my 1st version ‘Over The Rideau’ and they’re the same. OTR was also done on a larger hook than recommended – just my preference this time – for a lacier look. The more narrower (hahaha! Yes I did that – meds must be working, lol!) border works well with the slightly more rustic look of the KnitCircus yarn I think and even better, there was no need to buy more yarn.

Not Over You Yet’s portfolio:

Have a great weekend y’all! 🙂

I Got Nuthin’

Currently reading ‘Girl Waits With Gun’. Just finished Vonnegut’s ‘Breakfast of Champions’ – loved it! Totally bizarre and entertaining.

Sothia: at the last section –  793 stitches – must push through

Lilli Pilli: love it. On the 3rd section but all the garter is killing me. Garter is why I don’t worship at Stephen West’s feet – adorable as he is!

Next: reclaim Moorland yarn and start Moorland Cardi over again. Note to self – don’t lose your notes! Finish Opulent Pullover #2 – has been in WIP too long. Start Ariel pullover because… mermaids!

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I’m a little… blecched out about blogging lately. I generally keep PSPRP very light and fluffy and leave the angst to the ole poetry blog but sometimes, there’s spillover. Some of the ‘blue’ has to do with odd follower patterns – lets face it – we blog to be heard, at least a little. There is a lot of ‘tit for tat’-ishness in blogging and I don’t have the cycles for it – healthwise, timewise or tolerancewise.

I refer to people who are all over your blog like white on rice and then the moment you follow them back, they never interface with you again. It happens a lot in the poetry blog realm but there’s spillover into the craft blog realm where once, there was a much more nurturing and interactive spirit. I’ve no problem saying this irks me. I wonder more about the people who are incredibly supportive but then for no discernible reason, suddenly stop liking or commenting but continue to visit the blog. These are the most puzzling to me – I can’t help but wonder if a post may have given offence. Clearly, the information itself must still be interesting or they wouldn’t come to read. What is it then that makes them no longer wish to support by even the expedient and ubiquitous ‘like’?

Please understand – this isn’t whiny or self-pitying – I’m far too happy a person in my real life for that – I do wish to understand though. I consider myself a loyal follower – if I’m following you, I really like your content. I may not get to every post due to health, time, etc. nor do I expect my followers to like every single post. Who wants to be just a click from the reader? I will say that for folks who post more than twice a day or do nothing but reblog their old work or are constantly hawking their wares or other social media sites, I skip those. This is more an issue among poetry blogs, no idea why though. I find it overwhelming to see ten posts a day from the same person.

Anyway… This started as a legit question in my mind when I noticed the length of time since my last post and my lack of desire to – where once I was excited to share at least every few days. I welcome feedback on my content – the ‘message me’ tab is for sending private emails to PSPRP. I do notice that some folks are no longer actively blogging but that’s different from folks are still visit here and are silent. I’m interested to know what precipitated the withdrawing of the friendly exchanges.

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OT: I shall now hawk my wares – not the books, the good stuff. I have been updating my Etsy shop like a madwoman, mostly with needlework kits and patterns. Many of us cross over between fibre crafts and I’m offering many old, OOP, Limited and HTF items from Mirabilia, Just Nan, Charland Designs, Emie Bishop and more.

Main page of KeiB Designs is here: My Shop

My posts like this I view as an invite to a Tupperware (no pun, maybe a little) party – I in no way expect you to buy anything but would love the support of a ‘favourite’ or ‘follow’.

We now return you to more fibre-y posts!