The gallery for my 2017 finished projects is up, you can check them out here:
Finished Projects 2017
A few more projects have jumped on to the needles since New Year’s Eve.
First up is the Prairie Fire pullover for the first quarter KAL in Eat.Sleep.Knit’s 2018 Yarnathon. I’m working this in Tosh DK and it’s lovely; more of a cotton feel and handle than a traditional woolly hand. I’ll be starting the lower band shortly and then just the sleeves to finish up.
Speeding along on a few WIP’s; my Petrichor Cardigan is nearly complete and I have a few of the colours that I’ll be using in “Hue Shift” – photos to come once all yarn has arrived. I’m really stoked about the variety of projects we’ll be working on this year!
It’s a new year, a new-ish job, same old cat that I adore, another birthday and some big changes to come…
I hope your own 2018 kickoff is going well. Cheers!
It’s the final weeks of December and once again I’m wondering where the heck this year went?! It’s been a pivotal year for me in my personal life (but that’s another blog site) altogether a very good one 🙂 A few more projects have flown off the needles and one or two may even make the deadline before New Year’s Eve (I still need a date – interviews being conducted – ha!)
My Solace Cardi is finished and I loved working with SweetGeorgia’s Worsted. The hand is soft and squishy with great stitch definition and the “Ultra Violet” colourway is the most exquisite mix of every purple that my little heart could wish for. A few mods along the way and some to try in another version of this, should I make another.
Solace and Solace Info:
Solace Cardigan ~ finished
Next up was a quickie knit for my “Silk Sweetheart” badge and a great reason to justify buying some Madeline Tosh Merino|Silk – well worth it!
Mandala Bias Scarf and Ravelry Info:
Speeding along on a few WIP’s; my NoFa Shawl and Ellington Socks photos and Ravelry details are linked to their names in green italic. Crossing my fingers to have those finished and a clean (more or less) craft slate for 2017. The next few days will be filled with cooking and a wee bit of baking for the holiday. My own crew will be here at home base for a few days, visiting various and sundry in-laws and outlaws and then I’ll have a little down time to spend with friends before a new year, another birthday and some big changes to come.
I hope your own countdown to Yule (or whatever) is going smoothly and happily and that you find a moment or two to relax and knit (or whatever). Cheers!
One of my first original designs, the intarsia technique “Nefertiti Scarf” is among Elann.International’s featured patterns for the month of October.
Details are on Elann.com and Ravelry where you can favourite or queue it 🙂 The yarn that I designed with, Elann’s Peruvian Highland Wool Worsted, was discontinued for some time but has been re-released with a higher micron count, more colours and a sportweight version as well.
I taught myself Intarsia as I was working on this and it’s a technique that I enjoy. The original design concept is still a favourite and last year I reworked it as a single colour scarf that really showcases the textural stitches I chose to convey an ancient Egypt feel. This scarf was called “Cairo Cabled Scarf” and is also available on Ravelry.
Nefertiti Scarf ~ Elann Exclusive
Cairo Unisex Scarf 2015
The snow came to stay but I’m sufficiently dug out and knitting on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Making good progress with ‘Ariel’ aka: Absinthe Mermaid, the Manos Fino is a treat to work with and a perfect sub for Tosh Merino Light incidentally.
Body almost ready to separate for back and front.
I dug out an old skein of Ruby Sapphire sock yarn and am playing with the bones of a new design. RS yarns were an Indie company that I loved. Generous skeins and very limited colours, many customised with their fans names – yup, there is a ‘Karin’ colourway 🙂 The one that I’m working with is ‘Heather’, a lovely, springtime mix with touches of teal and sand that keep it from being too saccharine. ‘Biaisée’ is the working name for this scarf.
The diagonal line and sunlight. How Vermeer!
I have a lot of a skein leftover from my ‘Metallicus‘ tee and have been churning out these awesome little soap savers (or cell phone cases said my Mum when I gave her one Friday night). They take minutes to hook up and I have some pretty stone beads to add as tie stops. I think I’m up to six of them now with another on the hook – they’re a great little ‘green’ item and mine are also vegan friendly 🙂
Perfect for travel soaps or Wild Woolly’s sample sizes.
I’ve been stocking my Etsy shop with more cross stitch, hardanger and vintage kitsch; also some cute and out-of-print children’s patterns. Dinosaurs never go out of style!
Matching Dino pullover and squishy knit dino buddy.
I hope everyone had a great weekend – ciao for now!
What’s not fun about a makeover?!
Except all the work…
The time had more than come for an investment of effort. My Etsy shop is 8 years old now and I’ve been on Ravelry since 2007. Needless to say, many photos needed updates – some still need to be scanned for upload. Things like links, tags, SEO, other social media weren’t around then and sadly some of my early posts and listings were very ‘bush league’.
Today was the day that I made time to update some old knitting project photos and with that came the motivation to do a massive revamp. I focused on Etsy and the trickle-down landed on Flickr and Ravelry. The task isn’t quite finished but close to it and I’m glad with the results. Part of the update process was to unpack, evaluate and post or pitch my many counted cross stitch kits and supplies. At one time, I was as obsessed with this craft as I currently am with knitting and the CCS stash accrued shows it! The bottom line is – I will never be able to do it all (36 kits x 1 month to complete = 3 years of samplers and that isn’t all of them!) and I have the same dilemma with my knitting. Knitting won. The prize is more room for the yarn because all of my ‘Just Nan’ sampler charts / kits are listed on Etsy and you can find those here: JN Cross Stitch. If you have any friends or family who might be ISO of these retired patterns, feel free to pass along the link. If you’d care to ‘follow’ or ‘favourite’ my shop – KeiB Designs and Knits– please do! It’d make my day.
I took the time to update several FO photos of scarves that are in my Ravelry projects and also listed on Etsy. My ‘M’amselle’ mannequin is new and a much better model than the kitchen table, floor or Ikea cot that was my background for years :). This led to tweaking my LinkedIn and adding proper tags and descriptions to all that stuff in Flickr.
There are times that I really like this OCD thing!
How was your week in fibre and life in general?
A few of the ‘Do Overs’:
SPAF Collection I – ‘Pearl’ Knitted 2013
SPAF Collection V – ‘Shell’ Crocheted
SPAF Collection III – ‘Sky’ Knitted
SPAF Collection II – ‘Rhodonite’ Knitted
SPAF Collection VIII – ‘Rhodonite’ Crocheted
SPAF Collection IX – ‘Pearl’ Chrocheted
SPAF Collection X – ‘Jacaranda’ Crochet
SPAF Collection VII – ‘Shell’ Knitted
SPAF Collection IV – ‘Jacaranda’ Knitted
SPAF Collection VI – ‘Sky’ Crocheted
Geode Unisex Scarf 2014
Cairo Unisex Scarf 2015
A few of the Just Nan samplers available (Careful! They’re addictive 😉 ):
A Breath Of Spring – charted sampler from Just Nan
Be Scary – charted sampler from Just Nan
Lady Scarlet’s Journey Part 3- charted sampler from Just Nan
A Lady’s Heart – charted sampler from Just Nan
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 😉
As mentioned, the modelled photos. M’amselle loves her new look:
The BubbleWrap Wrap Pattern from ©KeiB Designs
Stitch detail. The BubbleWrap Wrap Pattern from ©KeiB Designs
The BubbleWrap Wrap Pattern from ©KeiB Designs
Reversible detail. The BubbleWrap Wrap Pattern from ©KeiB Designs
Pattern notes can be found on my Ravelry here: BW Wrap
The BW Scarf test knit is finished and the pattern will be on its way to the Tech Editor very soon. I’m happy with this one, it was really rewarding to be able to work the complete concept – yarn base, custom colour and planned construction – all in one go.
Fashion shoot pics will come later:
Teaser for the yarn dyer 🙂
The BW Scarf blocking
The BW Scarf not blocked
Two cakes of calorie-free joy!
With Retreat out of the way and the last of the family duties surrounding my Dad’s passing, I plan to focus on getting some WIP’s tamed and revising old patterns into my newer format. I’m taking a much needed break from my poetry blog and the occasional drama that lurks there to write a guest chapter for a friend’s upcoming book. This blog is my sanity and happy place (along with it’s Blogger twin, SMVSLT) so I’ll be hanging around. I had recently followed several new WP crafters but neglected to have post updates come to my email. I hope to get that fixed up too, I don’t want to miss anyone!
Off to the LYS to hang out for an impromptu Sit ‘N Knit with my Bestie. Wishing all of you a restful Sunday. 🙂
I wrapped up a prototype knit for a new design last night. Doubly happy as I’d picked up the custom colours that I ordered from Yvonne at Yvieknits Yarns for the cover of the pattern when it’s published.
The working title is ‘The BW Wrap‘ and once it’s back from tech editing, etc. I’ll share more details. For now here’s a peek at the FO and the luscious Merino Silk Fingering that it will be test knit in. I chose ‘Faery Looking Glass’ for the very subtle variegated and a custom tone of Yvonne’s popular ‘Pewter’. I’m trying to convince her to make it a regular colour and call it ‘Reflection’ or similar 🙂
The BW with a side of Yarn Porn:
The BW Wrap ~ Finished 1
The BW Wrap ~ Detail
The BW Wrap ~ Finished 2
KB’s ‘Faery Looking Glass’
KB’s custom version ‘Pewter’
Two cakes of calorie-free joy!