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 🙂

 

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Harmonia Happiness

I’m as close to finished my other sweater as possible, waiting only for the arrival of a skein to make the long-sleeve version.

That is a great story – I was so excited about using up this old (2010) stash that I didn’t realize I only had 5 skeins, not the 6 I’d mistakenly listed on Ravelry. Madelintosh as many of you know, doesn’t used dye lots (a ridiculous business decision but genius has it’s privilege I suppose). Undaunted, I resolved to buy a skein as close as possible and blend two together however but much to my chagrin, I discovered that “wisteria” had been discontinued.  Who discontinues purple?! Really people… Anyway, after an Internet and Ravelry  search (and heaven knows, it can be hard to get people to part with Stash, even if they haven’t used it in near a decade!) I found my shade and miraculously, it was purchased from the same shop – The Loopy Ewe – and in the same year as my own, just a few months apart. Fortuitous! I think the odds are quite good that it’ll be from the same batch, if not lot. The photo certainly looks close and though it was not listed for sale, the lovely Raveller agreed to sell to me 🙂

Here’s my progress from the inside view:

Harmonia's  Rings ~ Progress 2

Just a quick note: I’ve been finding it hard to catch up on my reading and responding on WordPress. Some of you know that I have a writing and poetry blog here as well. The volume of wonderful posts is sometimes overwhelming, especially when my M.E. kicks up and I hope you’ll forgive me if I miss something. Always know that your visits are what keeps me going  and are very much appreciated 🙂

 

WIP Wednesday

… and an FO 🙂

FO first. This is “Papyrus Columns Cowl”. A mostly reversible cowl or infinity scarf.

Papyrus columns ~ Finished

The completed set:

Papyrus columns ~ Finished

Memories of Egypt. Completed test knits for a KeiB Designs e-book.

I’ll be finishing the tech editing for the cowl today and hope to have the e-book up on Ravelry this evening. I think the book version will be titled “Memories of Egypt” or something similar, to reflect the cable theme that I used.

I hope some of you will give one of these a whirl and if you do, please feel free to share your photos 🙂

My new WIP is “Harmonia’s Rings” by Sivia Harding:

February 25th

KeiB’s “Harmonia”

This is my first moebius project – I know. It’s just I hate being a crowd follower and if it’s popular, I usually stay away from it. Must keep the “Punk” in Punk Rock! This pattern called to me though and so I am now on the moebius bandwagon.

I watched Cat Bordhi’s Youtube video to teach myself the cast on and as best I can tell, all has gone accordingly. I’m using one of my favourite yarns, Madeline Tosh Vintage in the colourway “Wisteria”. Another stashbuster project, as I purchased this a few years ago for a different project and fortuitously, had the right yardage 🙂

It’s snowing like mad again today and so I’ll tuck in with Harmonia and Henry Miller (some things are just better each time) and hope that Spring won’t forget Ottawa!

Cheers All 🙂

 

Meet Morisot

I’m not sure what I’m doing right. Oh yeah! Staying off the computer and knitting 😉

I finished up my Morisot Sweater this weekend:

Morisot Finished 2

I love it and there are more photos of it here KarinB on my Ravelry profile.

I also managed to block another shawl. I did. I know! My Père Lachaise Shawl, the 2013 Tour de France project designed by my friend Natalie Servant, is finally wearable.

I wouldn’t normally pair a variegated yarn with a lace pattern but there was so much stocking stitch in this design, I thought I’d use up a little bit of stash.

Père Lachaise Shawl ~ Finished

Père Lachaise Shawl ~ Finished 2

 

I also made a huge pot of spaghetti sauce and cooked up a ton of gluten-free fettucine to make my lunches for the week, as well as cheese omelettes for my breakfast. That and an evening out with a friend Saturday night to a local pub to see two really talented and entertaining bands made for one very good weekend. This in spite of a cold that kept trying to spoil my fun. Ha! Take THAT (swallows more Advil Cold & Sinus) evil cold germs.

I’ll spare you pictures of the food – that’s what Instagram is for!

Autumn Bides Her Time

I can feel it in the air already and the subtle change in the quality of the light… autumn will be her again almost before I had a chance to welcome summer. A month after my move here, month and a bit, I guess, I’m still unpacking and moving in. Opening boxes from my home that were never looked at during my stay at the apartment. Sometimes, it’s like opening gifts. I’ve found things that I didn’t know I missed and here, in their proper context of a home, they make me happy all over again. So much to be grateful for.

Some of the first boxes have been all my knitting and crafting supplies. I did a post in the early days of the apartment that was 1/3 of a humourous “full disclosure” about the size of my stash and during the actual move, it’s size was apparent even to the moving guys. I’m pretty sure it may become a moving legend 🙂 I’m having fun though going through and organizing it into an actual room; matching yarn to patterns and discovering a few gems.

With the weather as it is and the first few yarn company ads for fall wear starting to show up – just like those lone renegade red leaves among the green – I was looking at the heavier weight yarns and those deeper, richer colours. I have a lot. So much that right off the top, I know I won’t get to these (again) this year and it’s time to try and find them a good home.

Noro Niji in “Winter Bouquet“, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan in “Garnet” and Elann Uros Aran in “Desert Rose“.

Autumnal Colours

These beauties are all 10-ply (heavy worsted to aran weight). There is enough in each lot for a good size project; a hat and scarf, vest, etc. With the interest in textural and modular knitting, I think all three together would make a luxurious and visually interesting afghan. I’m selling as lots only, if you are looking for a small quantity, sharing with a friend might be an idea. If anyone is interested in all three lots, either for different projects or to make up the afghan, I would cover half the shipping cost to the US, UK or Canada (a Canada Post quote would be provided in advance based on your address).

Fall Yearnings In Yarn

The shades and tones of autumn

This photo shows how nicely these play together, the solids picking up various shades in the varigated. The textures could be used to great effect in a modular lap blanket. All the yarn bases are different but they are all natural, but for the Debbie Bliss, with 30% microfibre. You can find more details by clicking the links above and feel free to message me on the tab at the top of the page if interested in purchasing the entire lot.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

Make It Monday

I know I’ve seen that phrase somewhere else, can’t think where though. I like it and I think it may be my Monday theme for a while. I like to believe it’ll motivate me to truly BE making.

In that vein, here is my Julissa progress. Ready to pick up the sleeves. Super happy with this one, other than that little stitch marker mishap :).

Ready for sleeves.

Ready for sleeves.

Front cable panel.

I think I will wait until my 12″ circulars get here to do those sleeves. The 16″ is pulling just enough, even before any decreases that I think it’ll be a hassle. I’m not a fan of dpn’s for sleeves unless I have to use them. While I wait for those, it’ll be back to the chameleon blanket for crochet and I think I’ll cast on my Jose by Jane Ellison.

ETA: I didn’t want to put it down! I used the “four sticks” method and finished sleeve one last night. I love dpn’s for socks but not for sleeves. Nonetheless, it came out nicely and I’m that much ahead, yay!

I’ve finally taken the time to make time for my Etsy shop. In truth, I’d been procrastinating because I remembered the listing process as rather arduous and that from a high tech person. A lot has changed, so I’ve updated the about, changed the name (I’m glad they offered that option but sure wish it wasn’t character space limited – I couldn’t use PSPRP, sadly) and even have a few items listed.

I’m happy to be back at it there, although being on Etsy, the temptation to browse and buy is nearly overwhelming.  So many talented and creative people there!