I Got Nuthin’

Well, perhaps a little some some… it IS WIP Wednesday so here’s a peek at a prototype. A very naughty prototype – math, yarn types, math, three false starts and math, made me think this one didn’t want to be made but it’s creeping along now:

©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs

©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs

A little blue with the unmistakeable change in the air that signals the end of summer and the quick and inevitable transition to winter. Our autumn here doesn’t last very long or I might enjoy it more.

Sharing a collage piece,”Kei’s Five Beautiful Things” that I post regularly on my poetry blog, The Eclectic Poet from what was the last true week of summery goodness. Sometimes, I need to remind myself that there are always reasons to smile.

(In it’s entirety from the original post):

In this instant I am perfectly, completely happy.
#keisfivebeautifulthings

These are the things that stopped me – if only for a moment – to really appreciate that moment, in joy, humour, wonder… Five beautiful things.

~ kei
2 September 2015

 

Make It Monday

Dupatta Scarf ~ Finished

Lang Mille Colori Socks & Lace, Cascade Heritage paints (held double throughout)

More stashbusting. These were leftovers from my Tandoori Tikka Tumeric shawl and I now have a display piece for each of the three finishes that are written in my Cloches Cannelées pattern. I hope to have a variety of yarns and options for all the patterns that come with me to the 2015 Needler’s Retreat by the end of September. Should be no problem, right? That clone I ordered will be here any minute I’m sure! 😉

Dupatta’s portfolio:

If you love this scarf pattern you can add it to your Ravelry favourites here 🙂

Saturday Synopsis

The week brought a little of this, a little of that, much knitting and pencil chewing over a new design. I planned a little for my first vending event and did a tiny bit of shopping and finished two books.

Here’s a little gathering of “the things”:

Hoping your week was happy and productive and wishing you a great weekend 🙂

Cheers all!

Ringin’ Hellz Bellz

I had to!

LCC was in process for so long, I was glad to see the end of it when I published the pattern. This was just before I revamped my style sheets with a better layout, more visually appealing font and photos and what I hope is a better format in general to work from.

My BFF, has been knitting this as a store sample for our LYS and asked me for some clarifications the last time I popped in for knitting and sushi – make those sticks do double duty! Kidding :p

Based upon her questions, I opted to reknit the blasted thing, hence “Hellz Bellz” and you’re welcome for the ACDC earworm! I’ve wound up making some tweaks that I think greatly improve the pattern, specifically in how it reduces finishing a lot and I added a finishing option that makes this design Unisex as well.

The redux will be available very shortly (purchased updated automatically via Ravelry) and will include this variation “Plum Delphiniums” below and some updated photos of the prototype and test knit:

 

Konnichi wa Geisha!

I couldn’t put this one down 🙂 “Geisha” is the prototype for another ©Kindred Knits & Cohabiting Crochet design. More stashbusting too. The concept is meant to echo the fans that Geisha use during dancing. The inset, delicately ruched bands are like the pleats of a fan or the gentle ripples of an ornamental koi pond. The central panel is linear and structural, mirroring the lines of a shoji screen.

Super happy with this one and have caked some gorgeous Zen Yarn Garden DK and Lace, in tonal shades of cherry-blossom pink, to work the test knit.

Here is Geisha’s Portfolio:

Uhh…

Man! This catchy title thing is hard!

No FO’s today. I’m squirrelling away at a prototype for a new pattern and working a stashbusting pram blanket. My fingers have been giving me hell, so the blanket is crochet, just to break up the repetitive motion.

Just a wee peek at both and then I’m back at it:

Blazin’ Needles

Just wrapped up the final (for realz – my OCD kicked in hard for the last two patterns!) test knit for “James Harris”. This one is called “Polished Pewter” and I’m back to my original transitioning for the ribbed section. Note to self: do NOT allow the chicken to take notes next time you are prototype knitting…

I am madly in love with the Three Irish Girls “Felicity” that I worked this in. It’s a 50/50 merino silk and heavenly. The hand, the stitch definition and the mileage are great! One skein made the scarf, a well worthwhile investment in a luxury yarn for gifts.

Although named for my Great Grandpa Thorpe, this design is totally unisex (non-gender specific and all that good stuff) and dressy or casual, so there are lots of pictures in the portfolio below :):

The New Man In My Life

James Harris, it was love from the first moment you appeared in my thoughts to finally tying the knot!

Okay. Enough silliness :p The inspiration for this first in the series is my Great Grandpa Thorpe. He was a well-known ship builder and craftsman but to me, he was hugs, yarns – of the story variety, salt, ocean, family love and pride. It seemed fitting to work this as a traditional seaman’s scarf, a shape that is really wearable and unisex.

JH – the test knit is done and I think he’s a keeper. I’ll be over here in my corner trying to decipher notes and getting this one ready for editing.

JH’s portfolio 🙂 :

Insert Catchy Title Here…

I think I’ve used that one before 🙂

So… James Harris – the test knit edition is done and I think I’m good-to-go for the pattern write. I like this one and am looking forward to the second in the series, Carey Judson. There’s some Three Irish Girls yarn winging its way here for that project 🙂

I gave in to my psych-out and started the Matinée II – small edition (Mystic Topaz) in some reclaimed Noro Kureyon Sock. I was exploring using some double knitting techniques for this but it’s so easy to do and my hope is that adventurous beginners as well as more experienced knitters will want to make this when it’s released… and not soon enough. I may need to start offering bribes for Test Knitters!

On the “been there, done that” front, I’m including an FO picture from a Raveller who just finished up a beautiful, gradient version of my “Carré Glace” pattern. I will never stop being excited anytime someone chooses to make a KeiB Designs pattern 😀