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! 🙂

FO Friday

This has nothing to do with Frig Off Mother Nature, who dropped another 15cm of snow onto our fledgling spring day before yesterday.

(and apologies for not being as interactive with comments as usual – I’m always a flighty mess with ADD/OCD but I suffer adore Spring Fever on top of that!)

It does have to do with stashbusting, crochet – I’m still on the jag, Madeline Tosh and spring fever that can’t be denied. Shovel duty notwithstanding.

Over The Rideau‘ came off the blocking mats first thing this morning and I’m happy with this one, maybe even a bit barmy! There’s a scarf size version, hooked in Tosh leftovers from my ‘Pennae Shawl‘ and last night, a cake of KnitCircus leaped from the shelf and demanded that it be worked in this pattern too!

It’s that quick, easy and a one skein project when worked without mods to size. For someone with as any OOAK, limited and yarn club singles as me, I’m finding I can bang out one of these in several hours and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to an adventurous beginner.

Over The Rideau’s portfolio:

As unpacking progresses – now to the boxes of items that had been stored for ages anyway – I’m finding there are many bits of my old life that I’m happy to let go. Former hobby items mostly and collectibles accrued before I realized that yarn takes up less room!

If you are a fan of counted cross stitch, I have many beautiful kits and patterns for sale in my Etsy shop, including: Just Nan, Laura Perrin and Mirabillia. If you are a lover of teddybears, I’m listing many miniature to medium size OOAK and limited edition artist teddies at my Ebay shop. There just isn’t room for them in my new place. Feel free to contact me here or there if you have any questions, the links for both shops follow just below:

Karin’s Etsy Shop and Karin’s Ebay Shop

Etsy Launches It’s New Look Today!

I’m super pleased with the new format being offered for shop owners on Etsy – that’s saying a lot. Generally speaking, change of any sort has me quivering tearfully in a corner like some overgrown, purple-haired OCD hamster!

Not this time though. There’s been a standardization for the way shop policies are presented, with the ability to tailor them for each shop owner. The new look is streamlined with lots of white space, larger photos and all the information is on one ‘page’, just scroll to find the shop related info like: policies, about and reviews. The categories are in a less ‘fussy’ font, larger and easier to find and after all that scrolling, there’s the ‘ejector’ button down on the bottom right so you’re popped back to the top, ready to shop!

How do you owners and customers feel about the new look? And please stop by and visit me at KeiB Designs And Knits – feel free to leave your Etsy link in the comments below.

Cheers All! 🙂

Done Like Dinner ~ No Fooling :)

Don’t know about y’all but March came in like a lion here and tried its damnedest to go out that way too. Fortunately, it’s just rain that’s teeming down at the moment and getting rid of the remnants of snow and ‘snirt’.

The end of March is the end of National Crochet Month and I’m super stoked about my FO’s this year. I’m pretty sure I’ve hooked more in the last month than I normally do in six! I have five FO’s and one ‘also ran’. I’ve yet to snag more of the YP yarn to finish what was project two and I really don’t want to end it where it is – OCD alert.

So, on this first of April, here are all of the crochet things! 🙂

Fantasm Shawl‘s portfolio:

And a quick roundup of all my projects for this years #ncm2016:

Bicraftual Harmony

I seem to have forgotten to post the finished project photos of my ‘Sothia Shawl! I finished this at the end of February and then jumped right in to the crochet projects. Without further ado, here are the pictures of another stash buster.

Sothia’s portfolio:

I’ve also finished my 3rd project for National crochet month – ‘Ile d’Ecosse Shawl‘. After all the dithering about beads, I decided to not use them. I still have a lot of the ‘blueberry mix’ Ultra Alpaca and so will use them for a different project. I really like this one – the yarn colour is so subtle, difficult to photograph – the purple flecks show best in direct, natural light.

Ile d’Ecosse’ portfolio:

Project number five, another shawl is off the hook but not blocked. It’s very rustic, worked in ‘SockItToMe Steps’ and was a help in tightening up my treble / triple crochet stitches. I’ll likely work it again in a nicer yarn though still very happy to use up the last of this 🙂

I hope your week has been productive and happy. Ciao for now!

Make It Monday

Got a kick in the mojo since Wednesday – my beads finally arrived and so has spring.

I finished up my fourth project for National Crochet Month, ‘Starry Skies Stained Glass‘ afghan. This cleared out the last of some ancient stash and some never-to-be-finished projects. I actually hooked from a half completed vest at one point! Very happy with the results and debating to gift this or keep for my Moroccan, boho family room.

SSSG’s portfolio:

Time now to backtrack to my third project as the beads arrived late Friday afternoon. I think they’ll look pretty along the border. I chose Toho’s in ‘Metallic Cosmos’, 8/0’s to go with the Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in ‘Blueberry Mix’.

Beads for KeiB's 'Ile d'Ecosse'

Beads for KeiB’s ‘Ile d’Ecosse’

That’s it for now! Hope Monday is gentle with you and don’t forget – to celebrate National Crochet Month, all yarn in my Etsy shop ships free to Canada and USA!

Wednesday…

Still waiting on my beads to finish up ‘Ile d’Ecosse’ shawl and so committed myself to finishing and blocking ‘Pennae‘ shawl. I like how the two colours of Tosh Merino Light played so nicely together but I have to admit, I prefer symmetrical shawls. I did tweak this a bit to minimize the snooze-inducing amount of garter stitch – again, just personal preference – and I think it’s come out okay.

Pennae’s portfolio:

I’m still really hook obsessed at the moment and so progress on my fourth NCM2016 project has been good. I’m making the  ‘Starry Skies‘ blanket in some very ancient worsted leftovers, yarn too nice to give away or donate but no longer a favourite colour or rescued from very old WIPs. It’s about ‘lapghan’ size as of today and I hope to have it wrapped up over the coming weekend.

Meanwhile, household chores call. I’m staining an antique washstand that has been passed from my Auntie, to my Mum and I scavenged it from the end of our driveway when I was a teen – much to Mum’s chagrin :). It’s been with me ever since and endured an epic session of stripping and sanding to remove the five or six coats of paint it had endured over it’s life with a family of DIYers with good taste. While that dries, I’m planning how to best individualize the translucent, frosted privacy film that I’ll be putting up on the entranceway sidelight. A new front door meant the old, curtained window went – glad, as it was original to the house (!) We’ll see how my attention span holds for the next few days 🙂

All of the WIPage: