Arcadia And Angora

Damn… I love alliteration! 🙂 It comes naturally, a function of the ADD brain I’ve thought, as I often think in rhyme too… Anyways…

Making her debut is The Arcadian Cowl (single loop version):

Arcadian Cowl - Finished

The Arcadian Cowl by KeiB Designs ©Karin Bole Tupper

I’ve a busy day today that will preclude knitting – I wish Atavan was available OTC! – but the test knit for Arcadian’s double loop sister should be underway by this evening. I really like this blocked and finished and might just keep it!

And as knitting is my Valium, I jumped into yet another project. This is another buster of most ancient stash and easy on the hands so far. KFI’s Angora Extra, has been languishing in my stash for at least 5 years and when I found it a few days ago, I wanted to knit it but was out of love with the original pattern I chose. Elsebeth Lavold to the rescue and I now have a couple centimetres of “Halle” underway.

Halle Crossover Sweater ~ Start

Hello Halle 🙂 ©Karin Bole Tupper

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WIP’s And Chains

Sometimes, the sheer volume of my stash makes me want to cry… I will never work through all this yarn! I have made some good progress in “shopping the stash” and have two WIP’s (one with chains) to show for it.
Silky Cables now has it’s turtleneck collar and is only waiting the arrival of an insurance skein before I pick up and finish the sleeves. The chains are part of a test knit for another KeiB Designs pattern, this one combining knitting and crochet.
WIP's and Chains

Arcadia Cowl ~ Progress 1I’m excited to finish this up and to complete the tech editing on the pattern. I really love crochet, almost as much as knitting and have been matchmaking them for a while now, though this will be the first pattern I publish. Hopefully, “Arcadian Cowl” will be complete in time to come with me to Thursday’s “Sit ‘N Knit”. I’ll be dropping off more copies of “Les Cloches Cannelées” and looking for a victim to test knit this new one 🙂

Arcadia is off the blocking board today (finishing this post on Wednesday AM) and ready for sewing up. I’ve lassoed a few more ancient and ornery skeins of KFI Angora Extra to cast on for a casual Elsebeth Lavold sweater and a further herd of motley colours to try my hand at a mitred block afghan. Pictures of that bunch to come in a later post.

Halfway through the week now – Yay! Hope yours has been going well 🙂

 

Harmonia Happiness

I’m as close to finished my other sweater as possible, waiting only for the arrival of a skein to make the long-sleeve version.

That is a great story – I was so excited about using up this old (2010) stash that I didn’t realize I only had 5 skeins, not the 6 I’d mistakenly listed on Ravelry. Madelintosh as many of you know, doesn’t used dye lots (a ridiculous business decision but genius has it’s privilege I suppose). Undaunted, I resolved to buy a skein as close as possible and blend two together however but much to my chagrin, I discovered that “wisteria” had been discontinued.  Who discontinues purple?! Really people… Anyway, after an Internet and Ravelry  search (and heaven knows, it can be hard to get people to part with Stash, even if they haven’t used it in near a decade!) I found my shade and miraculously, it was purchased from the same shop – The Loopy Ewe – and in the same year as my own, just a few months apart. Fortuitous! I think the odds are quite good that it’ll be from the same batch, if not lot. The photo certainly looks close and though it was not listed for sale, the lovely Raveller agreed to sell to me 🙂

Here’s my progress from the inside view:

Harmonia's  Rings ~ Progress 2

Just a quick note: I’ve been finding it hard to catch up on my reading and responding on WordPress. Some of you know that I have a writing and poetry blog here as well. The volume of wonderful posts is sometimes overwhelming, especially when my M.E. kicks up and I hope you’ll forgive me if I miss something. Always know that your visits are what keeps me going  and are very much appreciated 🙂

 

Silky Cables Progress

A little update on my latest sweater:

This is a pleasure to knit for many reasons. I almost never repeat a pattern but this one’s worth it. It’s great to be using up stash – as some of you may know, I’m not kidding about the shop’s worth of yarn – this silk / wool blend is great to work with, the colour is soothing and the knitting is almost mindless. A big boxy knit, drop shoulders – so, no shaping save the neck and version one is still a “weekend round the house favourite”.

Silky csbles ~ Start

 

The antique blue shade didn’t show up well under evening living room light, hopefully next picture will be a little more accurate. This project is speeding along, should be dividing for the armholes today. My other projects are scowling from the basket but I still maintain that “Circuit Knitting” nets me far more Fo’s than staying with one project from start to finish 🙂

My Little Log Cabin In The Silk Garden

All squares finished and ready for borders:
Log Cabin In Silk Garden
These are the first six and from my bag of 10 skeins (Colour 243 B), I was able to get 12 squares with some leftover for mending.

And a couple more, seeing’s as I just realized I shared the above photo and am too lazy to take it out :p :

Log Cabin in Silk Garden ~ Start
What a happy making project! As portable as socks, no thinking just keeping my hands busy – something as essential as breathing for me. My GF had made a similar type of blanket and chose Lett Lopi for her borders, I’m following that lead after checking it out on line. It looks to have a similar hand and appearance when knit to the Noro Silk Garden. I went with a colour called “Black Heather”. It has the traditional look of a black border but I think will be a little less harsh in contrast to the blocks. Unfortunately, it’s backordered for 2-3 weeks but I think I can find something to keep me busy 😉
My Harmonia’s Rings sweater is still in the works, it needs just the bottom band and the sleeves are almost complete, just debating full or elbow length sleeves and because I’m me… I started another sweater. With cleaning, organizing and donating, I’m finding some lovely yarn that I’d forgotten about. A bag of Elann’s Highland Silk looked a great fit to make a new version of one of my favourite sweaters. No photos yet, I’m just working the bottom rib of this generous sized, turtleneck pullover. The first version was made when I was pregnant with my son and has survived many years and even machine washing since. Week’s end should bring a progress photo to share 🙂

Yarn Pr0n AND Book Pr0n

My Webs order:

Berocco Alpaca Fine and My Grandmother's Knitting

Can’t wait to start this project. The dark blueberry mix is for the vintage-style Concetta Cardigan by Ciriila Rose from the book, My Grandmother’s Knitting and the turquoise blend is for Norah Gaughan’s “Jubilee” scarf.

I’ll be casting these on just as soon as SPNF #’s 4 and 5 are complete… probably tomorrow now that I have this incentive.

I’ve recently become a fan of WestKnits – how did I miss these designs? – as much for the fact that he’s a guy who knits – and that is rather rare but also because he brings a more masculine aesthetic to his designs – they actually look like something a dude would wear! This sweater, “Drangey“, by Stephen West, really caught my eye for the texture and simple and attractive colourwork and the saddle shoulders – very wearable. I’m thinking a deep charcoal fleck with red stripes would look great in this pattern.

And-d-d… this is how my stash grows!