Hello 2018!

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!

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Winding Down 2016

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:

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!

FO Friday

I’ve finally wrapped the final test knit for Matinée II. This is a scarf version of the Matinée  Cowl and I had the joy of working this up in some of my friend Yvonne’s – of Yvieknits Yarn – merino silk bases.

Here’s Matinée II ~ Moonstone‘s portfolio:

My local LYS – Yarn Foward Kanata – had a sale this Tuesday past and I took advantage to get enough Sirdar Baby Bamboo to finish my prototype and to work the test knit. The pattern is almost written but for some fine tuning – this design really wanted out of my head!

Progress on BW Wrap so far:

And though I should not buy any new yarn – as I’m currently reorging my yarn room and will post about that in the future – I had a flash of inspiration for a bistitchual project for a baby blanket and have decided to run with it. I’ll be using black for the background and the three colours for the motifs:

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Yes. I will be using acrylic / nylon. May the force be with me…

Fino Finito!

I was beavering away at this and more than ever need a love slave for my hands! This is my Manos del Uruguay version of “Filigree” and the one that I hope will be displayed at the LYS by week’s end. It’s a completely different look and feel in the merino silk blend v. the alpaca rayon. The stitches really pop in this base! I really love them both 🙂

Filigree has garnered a little interest from the folks at Berroco and hopefully, I’ll be able to tell a bit more in the coming weeks. Back to the grind to get a couple more samples done for both the LYS and the Needler’s Retreat 2015. I’m in like Flynn! So totally stoked and a little nervous too but I’ll be there with a bunch of wonderful ladies so… onward with the knitting. Next up a Cloche in some yummy shawl leftovers and the icy coolness of a Matinée in my new YvieKnits.

I’ve been missing some of the regulars here. Once in a blue, I see in Stats that you pop by to visit – please feel free to say “hello” and know you’re missed when not around. I’m on Instagram and FB too for those that prefer to connect there.

And presenting M’amselle in her new Fino Filigree:

 

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 :):

Keeping You In Stitches Saturday

 

Y’all know I love a good pun or double entendre… it’s the writing thing :p

So. This is one of my favourite actors, favourite movies and dare I say…? Favourite yarns, though as of this posting, I’ve only squeezed, sniffed and… well, I may have fondled a little too. If I’m being totally honest.

I HAD to see what the hype’s about, yarn diet or no and so; under the guise of test knitting, I ordered this Mrs. Crosby’s Hat Box and Carpet Bag in – wait for it – Wild Huckleberry!

Mrs. Crosby Hat Box and Carpet Bag <3

Mrs. Crosby Hat Box and Carpet Bag ❤

I LOVE it and can’t wait to finish up “Carnelian” so that I can get my hands all over “Amethyst”. Once test knits are complete, the tech editing math-fest of doom will begin with an eye to have all versions of “Matinée” published next week.

And once again, I invite you to like & follow my new Facebook page and / or just me on Facebook. I’d love the support 🙂

Matinée II

It’s good to have options and so this is a variation on Matinée. There’ll be a faux lapped placket, perfect to show off handmade buttons or a special shawl pin. The construction is a tiny bit different from version I, perhaps even easier :).

Test knit is underway:

I’m really liking “shopping the stash”. Having to move x2 really brought home to me how quickly things accumulate! Organizing my stash so that it’s tidy but visible helped. I’d had things neatly packed in banker’s boxes in closets but out-of-sight doesn’t exist for me. Getting everything onto Ravelry was a huge help too. The “Stash” used to be much less functional, more like a catalogue. I remember when there wasn’t a place for the price… Now that you can cross-reference to your queue and new projects, it’s amazing how much I’ve been able to work through. How much I have left to go is another story for another day! 😉