You Can Take The Girl Out Of The 80’s…

But you’ll never get the 80’s out of the girl! ­čśë

Goth-Stonians Legwarmers have gone live on Ravelry!

Please download and get creative – it’s free for the remaining month of August – a little kick-start to the beginning of the knitting season.

Fast, fun, affordable. One skein of Cascade 220 or any worsted, some imagination and these become totally unique.

Huge loves to my amazingly beautiful and talented daughter for supplying photos for me Hell no! You wouldn’t catch me on heels that high anymore – unless a palanquin and two studly dudes come with purchase!

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Goth-Stonian Legwarmers ┬ęKarin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs

Goth-Stonian Legwarmers ┬ęKarin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs

Pretty Skellina

She is off the hook and off the needles. “Skellina” is a blingy version of “Yorick” and technically another test knit. Note to self: take notes, SMH. I believe I’ve got it all down now and will get at some writing and tech editing.

This is another of my ┬ękindred knits & cohabiting crochet projects, combining filet mesh crochet in a motif form, with knitted lace work and ribbing. I invented a rib stitch to achieve the look of bones for Yorick… alas poor Karin! I knew notes not – apologies to Willy┬áShakespeare. All is recouped though and tweaked even, so that the Skellina version is “The One”.

I was iffy about using a yarn with acrylic – I totally own being a yarn snob – but this King Cole “Galaxy” just wouldn’t stop following my around my LYS the last time I went for a Sit ‘N Knit. I figured anything so sassy and insistent needed WIP’ing into shape. I actually love it… it is the tiniest bit splitty but you’d expect that with the paillette thread and in no way is this a disadvantage. The yarn is soft and shows the stitches well. What I really like is that the paillettes shine with rainbow hues, when light hits them. It’s like a two for one look and gives a perfect sugarskull or D├şa de Muertos┬álook to the finished cowl.

The other WIP’s are coming along, that being a second “Filigree” and the resurrected third pair of “Goth-stonian” legwarmers. I found some beautiful Asian-motif beads in a lacquer red that’ll be perfect for this pair that I’m working in some black Cascade 220.

And now, back to the grind. Cheers All!


Did I Mention It Keeps Me Out Of The Pub?

I’m in full-on manic mode with the fibre crafts…

This is great but in the past, has come with a dreadful and incurable side effect – Startitis. Starting is all well and good and when my brain’s on fire, can be productive. There is my own little twist (no pun) on it though… ADD is such a great thing in many ways but when all synapses start firing at once, I can get so overwhelmed that I want to chuck it all and just read books!

In the interest of avoiding – hopefully – the dreaded ennui monster, I’m allowing myself to do bugger all “official” knit stuff today and am just having fun. Yay!

Keeping the Punk in Punk Rock… I’ve been popping these skully crochet things out like Reddenbacher’s:

I really do love crochet, it’s fast, fun and who can argue with skulls? ­čśë I’m thinking that there may be an entire #UCG realm of possibility here for knit and crochet items.┬áMy daughter has inherited, perfected and is fearless in her Goth style and would be a perfect model! Now… if I could just stop fretting about what people think…

First and worst sign of aging = giving up the styles that make you happy for the popular perception! Why, why, why do we spend so much time encouraging our children’s creativity and freedom of expression, only to turn round and quash it in ourselves or others?

So, back to my version of colouring outside the lines in my blanket fort today. If anyone needs me, I can be lured out with dark chocolate milk and pop tarts! ­čÖé