Make It Monday

Silky Cables is off the needles. Yay!

Shown here with the original in all it’s matted mohair / acrylic glory, just for good measure.

There’s been a wealth of sales and new yarn temptations come up in my email and I’m finding it VERY hard to resist buying a set of Addi Clicks from Webs – I have mostly very old Addis, the ones with the gold cords and they’re losing their plating :(. The Unique Sheep is running another mystery KAL, another design by Janine La Cras and I desperately want to fit this into my time and budget. The theme is King Arthur and his court, a favourite subject of mine and one of the inspiration photos from TUS “Camelot” Pinterest board is this gorgeous photo of the Glastonbury Tor:

Glastonbury-Tor-England

 

If it’s Welsh or Wales, I’m all over it and I’m hearing that Marici silk lace calling me!

Annnddd… One more time with the “A” word: the link for my e-book “The Arcadian Collection”, containing all three patterns is >here< 🙂

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So The Bad News Is…

I WILL be saying “Arcadian” again in this post. It’ll be later though 🙂

I hope to ETA this post a little later with the “Finished” photo of Silky Cables. I’m about to begin the last half of the second sleeve and am really happy about the colour match of my “insurance” skeins. I definitely needed them. These blousey, dolman-like sleeves are using up two and a smidgen skeins each! This is a lot of sweater and one of the reasons I love it so much.

Once I’ve freed up the needles, I have just the cuffs to work on Harmonia’s Rings. This was another yarn miracle – to find insurance skeins from Madelinetosh (she of no dye lots) that were purchased in the same year, mere months, same shop and in the hands of someone south of the border willing to part with this (gasp!) discontinued colourway – and to find upon their arrival here they look to have come from the same batch…

Can I get a Hell Yeah?!

I’m still working away at the small, “filler” projects and sketching and plotting madly for some new designs. It’s fair to say that my new poison is making best friends of knit and crochet. Putting my hands on some King Cole “Galaxy” and some Berroco Vintage DK today means I’ll have to get at some prototype planning. My next big project will probably be the “Impromptu” cardigan. I’ve some gorgeous Canopy Fingering in “Crocus” a deep plummy shade and a few choices in contrasting or coordinating fingering for the pocket linings. My favourite is the Sirdar Baby Bamboo, though it’s a bit on the heavy side:

The first of the Arcadian patterns is available now on Ravelry. Pattern page here.
The rest will follow shortly, now that I’ve had a chance to work the kinks out of the new format and PDF transfer. It felt great to flex those old technical writer bones and I hope that crafters will like the more streamlined look. All three will be available in an e-book format as well as individually in a day or two.

All this means I should get myself to bed. It’s rainy gently, such a beautiful sound when it returns in the spring and I’ll be dreaming in colour for sure!

WIP’s And Chains

Sometimes, the sheer volume of my stash makes me want to cry… I will never work through all this yarn! I have made some good progress in “shopping the stash” and have two WIP’s (one with chains) to show for it.
Silky Cables now has it’s turtleneck collar and is only waiting the arrival of an insurance skein before I pick up and finish the sleeves. The chains are part of a test knit for another KeiB Designs pattern, this one combining knitting and crochet.
WIP's and Chains

Arcadia Cowl ~ Progress 1I’m excited to finish this up and to complete the tech editing on the pattern. I really love crochet, almost as much as knitting and have been matchmaking them for a while now, though this will be the first pattern I publish. Hopefully, “Arcadian Cowl” will be complete in time to come with me to Thursday’s “Sit ‘N Knit”. I’ll be dropping off more copies of “Les Cloches Cannelées” and looking for a victim to test knit this new one 🙂

Arcadia is off the blocking board today (finishing this post on Wednesday AM) and ready for sewing up. I’ve lassoed a few more ancient and ornery skeins of KFI Angora Extra to cast on for a casual Elsebeth Lavold sweater and a further herd of motley colours to try my hand at a mitred block afghan. Pictures of that bunch to come in a later post.

Halfway through the week now – Yay! Hope yours has been going well 🙂

 

Silky Cables Progress

A little update on my latest sweater:

This is a pleasure to knit for many reasons. I almost never repeat a pattern but this one’s worth it. It’s great to be using up stash – as some of you may know, I’m not kidding about the shop’s worth of yarn – this silk / wool blend is great to work with, the colour is soothing and the knitting is almost mindless. A big boxy knit, drop shoulders – so, no shaping save the neck and version one is still a “weekend round the house favourite”.

Silky csbles ~ Start

 

The antique blue shade didn’t show up well under evening living room light, hopefully next picture will be a little more accurate. This project is speeding along, should be dividing for the armholes today. My other projects are scowling from the basket but I still maintain that “Circuit Knitting” nets me far more Fo’s than staying with one project from start to finish 🙂

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 🙂