Last Stitches 2015

Leventry-tini aka: Leventry by Sarah Jordan. Off the blocking mat and onto M’amselle for its debut:

Progress photo of ‘First Stitches 2016’ aka: Matinée Cowl ~ Indian Paintbrush:

Indian Paintbrush progress

Indian Paintbrush progress

First Stitches 2016

Will be a Matinée Scarf in some Noro Silk Garden sock and some Manos del Uruguay silk blend. Some fiery colours to warm up a snowy winter.

Noro and Manos to start 2016 off right.

Noro and Manos to start 2016 off right.

I’ll be hitting the publish button on ‘Velloso‘, my first pattern release for 2016 in a few hours and hope that you’ll take a moment to peek and ‘<3’ on Ravelry. Velloso will be the next KeiB Design to be available at Yarn Forward, my LYS.

The last couple weeks were filled with family activities, lots of of knitting, a little crochet and liberal quantities of friends and wine! My first great-niece arrived and I gifted her with a wee pink crochet beanie (free pattern courtesy of Deja Jetmir). It was on and off my hook and then gifted so quickly, I don’t have a photo! The yarn was a very old Lucky Lurker ‘Duets’ in a semi-solid pink mix. I also had enough yarn left from each of the Velloso cowls that I mentioned in previous posts to make four more and to pop them up for sale in my Etsy shop.

Keeping me busy between finishing my Leventry-tini shawl this AM and beginning my first 2016 project tonight is ‘Cerys‘, a modular, hexi baby blanket that I’ve started in some leftover mini mochi. I suspect this will go on forever, like my ‘Mission Possible blanket – for which I’m still looking for yarn if you have any –  as I’ve enough stash and leftovers to open two shops!

Last and not least here is a link to my page ‘Finished Projects 2015‘. I’m super happy with what did get done, not gonna sweat the ton of WIP’s still lurking and toast to having stuck to my plan to ‘shop the stash’ as often as I could 🙂

Wishing you and yours all the health, happiness, peace and prosperity that 2016 holds. Tomorrow is a new day in a new year. Let’s make every single one count ❤

~ kei

A Small Break From The Garden…

I’ve started a bunch of things, nothing new there. It’s hard to focus when the garden calls. Hard to stay awake at night after an evening spent working outside. I do love it though, and it looks like there’ll be a good return on the work so far. Keeping my enthusiasm to the scale of a small urban space is the only trick. Like all my passions, it’s a “go big or go home” deal with me :).

I am in love with my latest crochet project, Schultertuch / Dreieckstuch and of the neglected, it is seeing the most love. I had some ancient Lorna’s Laces stash that demanded to be dusted off and it seems it will be a gradient-ish shawl, if all goes to plan.

Pictures:

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 🙂

What I’m Working On

Shopping the stash yielded up this ancient Noro Silk Garden and it seemed a good fit to try a log cabin-style afghan. I had a bag of 10 skeins and am working my eighth block as I post (and make some lunch). This is amazingly easy to memorize, a perfect commute or telly watching project. With the few metres left after each block, I should be able to knit 12 comfortable and then will look for a complimentary yarn to work the borders.

Looking forward to seeing my kiddos this weekend and wishing all of you a wonderful and productive week’s end 🙂

Log Cabin In Silk Garden

WIP Wednesday

WIP for normal people, FO for me 🙂

First project finished in the new place. Not blocked, the knit stuff is status quo with me but I’m looking forward to getting it blocked. I actually have the room to do these things now!

A peek before blocking.

A peek before blocking.

Why, why, why…? Despite my best efforts, my toes always seem to sneak into photos… No mean feat – happy coincidental turn of phrase – for size 6’s to be hogging the limelight. At least my polish matches…

Spiral Stashbusting Madness

And… Might as well make this latest round of rabid spammers work to find a place to dump their crap!

Holy crap! They come in waves like a Tsunami of Stupidity – get a life!

Anyway…

Two progress shots of my Spiral Pram Blanket follow, it’s growing so quickly in this early stage that I’m already onto my 80cm cord and soon to move again! From a stashbusting standpoint, this is going great. I’ve worked all the half balls, the bits and bobs and the next join will be to that poor, old sweater that just didn’t make the cut. As a blanket though, I think this project will be a win 🙂

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Spiral Pram Blanket ~ Progess 2Wishing you all a perfect weekend.

Cheers!

 

WIP Wednesday

And happy 600th post to me!

Who’d have thought? There are days this blog feels far more chore than hobby; for the most part though, I enjoy sharing here. I know the sharing certainly keeps me motivated to keep knitting, crocheting and learning more about my fibre crafting.

There are WIP’s – there are always WIP’s – with me, it’s just a matter of which ones are active and which ones are hibernating. I’ve managed to get a fair bit of work done on the Jacaranda / Jose Cardi; a miracle what with work and packing and the paperwork for the move! The back is just about ready for the armhole shaping:

Jacaranda Cardigan Progress 2

And because this is ADD Me, I must have a “Quick ‘N Dirty” project (especially because even the highest quality cottons hurt my hands!) I’ve cast on the “Spiral Pram Blanket” mentioned in a previous post. I’m working this in leftover Noro Silk Garden – the neverending stash of SG – and am loving it so far:

Spiral Pram Blanket Start

Dear Noro…

I may have to break up with you.

Like a Bad Boy boyfriend, you tempt me with your charm and good looks and every time I break down and take you back, you behave for a while and then wham! You let me down.

I’ve put up with three (or more!) knots in one $12.00 skein and your random bits of orange that show up in my pink colourways. I think I’ve been very tolerant of the bits of floor sweepings and the slivers caused by random bits of wood and sticks, even the ones that made me bleed and cuss. Really Noro, really?

Your new thing is to just break randomly as I am throwing you over a needle?

You, Bad Boy, have tested my limits. There are other variagated yarns you know and they would be happy to have my sexy Karbonz running through them!

So. Best behave through the rest of the knitting on these mitts are I’ll be turfing you into the bin and no amount of silk, mohair blandishment will convince me otherwi… Ooh, pretty colours…

Maybe just… one… more… skein… 😉