WIP Wednesday

Finally digging out from under the WIP pile. Not that I mind, I am a process knitter – if someone kept changing the skein for me, I’d probably be happy working on that scarf I started when I was four! 🙂

I have still not got round to say hello to all of you and I am sorry. I simply haven’t checked my WordPress email or reader in like, a month and now I’m afraid to – it’s linked to my poetry blog and… email overload! I’m not ignoring anyone, just utterly overwhelmed with social media. Please feel free to message or comment if you have something I shouldn’t miss and of course, I haven’t given up my Ravelry, Instagram or FB; you can always find me there 🙂

In progress are : Rheinlust Shawl – still need to rescue those dropped, twisted stitches and so it’s in “Time Out”, Trilo Cardi – backburnered for test knitting and baby knitting, Ariel Pulli – just needs sleeves, Summer Breeze Shawl – also backburnered for baby knitting and my Scarabée Argent – anxious to finish but the test knit and Castra KAL that ended yesterday were getting all of the knitting love. I’m still waiting on that extra set of arms to grow in!

The Firefly test knit is almost complete and I’ve enjoyed working on it. Using up more stash was just a bonus. This is a new pattern from my friend Anja of Buntart on Ravelry and I think it’ll be well liked. The colour options are endless – tonal, contrast, harmonized, gradient – and the knitting is easy peasy. Details are on my Ravelry > here <.

Sneak peek:

Firefly test knit

Firefly test knit

Happy halfway there day!

FO Friday ~ Jungle Superhero Pram Blanket

Off the hook and going soon to Mama, Papa and Baby.
My project notes are on Ravelry -> here <-

JSPB’s portfolio:

I’ve been somewhat AWOL the last couple of weeks. Mostly to be sure JSPB was finished but also am participating in Yarn Love’s Castra KAL and test knitting a shawl for my friend Anja (it’s interesting and fun – you’ll want it 🙂 ).and will have an update later this week.

I’m working hard supporting the ‘Save Mooney’s Bay‘ community group and this is my priority at the moment.

A member created this wonderful Youtube video that hits the highlights and provides a link where you can add your voice. Your support would be very appreciated.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 🙂

Tiny Bubbles

The BW Scarf test knit is finished and the pattern will be on its way to the Tech Editor very soon. I’m happy with this one, it was really rewarding to be able to work the complete concept – yarn base, custom colour and planned construction – all in one go.

Fashion shoot pics will come later:

With Retreat out of the way and the last of the family duties surrounding my Dad’s passing, I plan to focus on getting some WIP’s tamed and revising old patterns into my newer format. I’m taking a much needed break from my poetry blog and the occasional drama that lurks there  to write a guest chapter for a friend’s upcoming book. This blog is my sanity and happy place (along with it’s Blogger twin, SMVSLT) so I’ll be hanging around. I had recently followed several new WP crafters but neglected to have post updates come to my email. I hope to get that fixed up too, I don’t want to miss anyone!

Off to the LYS to hang out for an impromptu Sit ‘N Knit with my Bestie. Wishing all of you a restful Sunday. 🙂

I Got Nuthin’

Two thirds of the JH test knit is it! I do like seeing how different yarn selections change the look of one pattern. This one, in Cash Iroha, has very precise stitch definition but a much more rustic feel. Four more of these and I’ll have Yule / Christmas covered for all the menfolk in my family 🙂

James Harris ~ TestknitI had some fantastic news and I hope it’ll go through, either way it’s a compliment and so encouraging. I’ve been approached to have one of my patterns taught as a class 🙂 I’m so happy about the potential this has and if it comes to fruition, I’ll share the details here for any who might like to participate.

Cheers all! Have a great weekend 🙂

 

WIP Wednesday

Uugghh…

It’s all about the WIP’s this week I’m afraid. I’ve done it to myself with this damn “startitis” and lack of sufficient pairs of arms. I finished the prototype for “James Harris” and am currently working the test knit from my draft pattern. Savannah is my “selfish knitter” and “Reign” accompaniment, so not a lot done but progressing. I keep on staring at the yarn for the test knit of Matinée II (the Mrs. Crosby) but I’ve psyched myself out with the technique I want to use v. practical application / joy of the knitting / fear of buggering up the most gorgeous yarn evah! I suppose a dip in the frog pond wouldn’t be the end of the world if things… unravel…

Progesses and lilacs from my walk to the Marché:

 

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! 😉

I Could Show You…

Knitfun favorite obsession

My black and white obsession, that is:

My knitting jags resemble a two-year old’s food jags 🙂 Come to that, my eating habits resemble same!

Skulls And Spring

Skully” was well received and so I’ve begun a test knit. Remind me to take notes the next time I decide to hook “off the cuff”! The skull motif is a fairly well-known one, for those of us who like that stuff and my favourite was Spider Mambo’s single crochet guy. I popped her skull into an Arcade wheel style “granny” to make “Skully”. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember what I did. I started yesterday with hook, needles, yarn, notebook and camera (!) in my lap and set to.

Yorick” is close to halfway done, I’ve notes and photos for a possible tutorial if this becomes a pattern and thankfully, DID remember what I’d done to create the “Slipped Stitch Open Patella Cable”. Yes. That. 8=. I’m using the KnitPicks wool of Andes sportweight again, had tons leftover and it’s super economical for proto’s and tests. I’ve promised my Girlie a #ucg version that she’ll be able to wear at work (sidebar: since when do companies hire Graphic Designers, ie: Artists, and then subject them to corporate drone dress codes?) I have some KnitPicks Shine Sport in black for multi-seasonal wear. I’m testknitting an idea that’s languished for a while. Still bearing the unfortunate name of “Green Blob” in my head but now in blue. I think if I can stop setting this down for other yarny projects, it could be pretty.

Speaking of seasons… I’m not sure who is responsible for this but you go to Mama Nature right now and apologize!! I woke to this beautiful but chilly back garden view this AM.

Happy :)

I’m finding a nice rhythm to capturing ideas before they flit away on the wings of ADD – not just with my crafting but the writing too. Taking a moment to simply sketch a few lines and write a word or two has increased my productivity and sleeping with my journal close by to capture those Giller Prize worthy phrases (lol!) helps too.

The positive reinforcement of being at my LYS when a customer who’d purchased “Les Cloches Cannelées“, and was at the store for her yarn was amazing! My Bestie works at Yarn Forward, the talented and gorgeous Francine of “Fancy That” and she has been huge in helping get the word out. I’m looking forward to sharing a picture of her scarf when it’s finished.

Being there on a day that all yarn was 20% off was inspirational and dangerous. Dangerous to my pocketbook but inspirational for test knitting a combination pattern that’s been percolating. I love crochet almost as much as knitting and often combine the two crafts. This latest idea may make it to a pattern format if all goes well. I’ve begun with a crochet motif and rounding out the idea with knitting. The Berroco “Folio” that I couldn’t say no to, is a treat to work with. Soft, light and warm; it works up beautifully airy on the recommended pins.

Progress so far (working name is “Arcadia Cowl”):

Arcadia Cowl ~ Progress 1

©KeiB Designs

 

Test Knitters?

I’m finally finished (I hope!) with the tech part of “Cairo” and wondering if one of you may be interested in test knitting? I’m looking for two people who would like to give this a whirl.

This is a good project for an intermediate knitter. Experience knitting cables and keeping track of several patterns at once is required.

If you have a wee bit of worsted lurking about, silk, silk blend, cotton blend; have time to get this done fairly quickly – I’m thinking two weeks at the outside – please message me at the tab above or click this link – message me – if this sounds “doable” for you.

Description from the pattern cover page: “This reversible scarf combines cable patterns that suggest the architecture of ancient Egypt flowing gently and blending into a sand- patterned background.” There’s a photo here at a previous post.

“Cairo Cabled Scarf” will be released with two other themed patterns in e-book format when test knitting for the other patterns is completed.

Any help is much appreciated!