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!

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‘Dem Bones

Skully” is finished and I love him!

This is going to be fun to customize 🙂 Embroidery, beads, craft findings, even fabric paint. He’ll go from a subtle and well-behaved skeleton to a party-on-dude dia des los muertos sugarskull with just a visit to the craft store. The #UCG version will be black and in a blend with sheen; merino / tencel or a merino / silk. Embellishments will be jet or marcasite-type and very understated so that those of us who are “working for the Clampdown”, can still be “work appropriate” *cough* without compromising our personal style. It was a good week for Yarn Pr0n too – I know – I could easily open my own shop but I’ve been so-o-o good for the last couple years (for real!) and when I’ve ordered of late, I’ve used the purchase up for test knits or to finish languishing projects.

That’s my story. I’m sticking to it!

What arrived are: Sweet Paprika, “Messa Di Voce“, the last of three shipments of the sweater club I joined last year and some gorgeous Blue Sky Alpacas “Alpaca Silk” to make Dolce Knits “Victoria”. Can’t wait to get my needles into this lot.

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!

Make It Monday

Makin’ it not fakin’ it.

I had a super busy weekend but still managed to fit in some knitting. My “Morisot” sweater, the first installment of the Sweet Paprika Sweater Club, is coming along beautifully. I’m loving the Staccato worsted and the colourway I’m using – Northern Sky – is rich and complex with no pooling or flashing (now THAT would be a knaughty knit):

Morisot

And because I’m stupidly in love with this FO, a couple more photos of my Elizabeth Shawl:
Elizabeth shawl 2
Elizabeth shawl 1