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!

Not Another Arcadian!

Hell yeah there’s another one! It seems I’ve gone quite mad for this design concept (can I say that?) I’ve completed the single, double and Aran weight test knits and am having a simplified version test knit, possible for a freebie release. With all the lonely stash laying about, it seemed one more variation couldn’t hurt. I promise this is IT!

So a few mods for stitch count, fit / shaping and voilà! The Arcadian Coordinate Headband / Earwarmer:

I’m super stoked to get all the writing and tech editing done for this next little bunch of patterns. I want some crochet work out there because I love it and I have finally got round to updating my pattern template. Yes, the Configuration Controller / Technical Writer has finally got off her butt, with the professional consulting skillz of her Graphic Designer daughter and (crosses fingers ’cause isn’t really that professional anymore) the next release should be in the next format that I’m currently mucking about with.

Now THIS is what I call a Good Friday 😉