Counting Down

… To Needler’s Retreat 2014 🙂

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Needler’s Retreat and I’m so glad to be able to be a part of it.

I'm ready 😊

More yarn or more cider? 😉

Once again, we’ll be meeting at The Glen House in Gananoque; a beautiful venue and so welcoming. Our classes this year are another good mix and I’m especially excited to be taking a class that my BFF, Francine Hebert of Fancy That will be teaching on the knitting with silk hankies technique. Our class materials will include hankies that have been dyed by my friend Yvie of YvieKnits, so this promises to be a real treat.

A trip back in time: Needler’s Retreat 2011 photos.

Our other workshops will include: JAZZ UP YOUR RAGLAN by adding Stitch Patterns with Deb Gemmell and KNITTING CONTINENTAL COMBINED with Anja Krebber. No homework required this year so I’m a very happy girl!

I’m hoping to be taking the “Tipsy Lizzy” (Elizabeth) shawl and my finished “Oliver Twist” shawl, provided I can get them blocked and dry before we head out Friday morning but I’m not going to drive myself crazy trying. I’ve learned this last year to take things a little easier.

I’ll post if able, the days are very full and there are some beautiful venues for walks and photo ops. If not, there’ll be an update next week.

Wishing you all a great week and weekend. Cheers!

A Process Knitter’s FO

Tipsy Lizzy (The Elizabeth Shawl) is off the needles as of yesterday.

Not blocked, there truly is no room in this place to block, it’s not just my dislike of blocking! I won’t have that excuse at my new home 🙂


Lizzy came out quite large, even before blocking and truthfully, I can’t wait to see it fully completed. The lacework was a joy and the Hedgehog Fibres BFL lace just glows in the stockingette sections close to the border.

Tipsy Lizzy Shawl - not blocked

Tipsy Lizzy Shawl – not blocked

I’ve pulled out the Peter Pan Mystery Shawl and Jacaranda (Jose) Cardigan for my next “get finished” projects. Time is flying by in these countdown days to moving and it makes sense to just wrap some things up – no pun  – moving that darn Craft Room again is going to be a monster pain. Must. Knit. Faster…

Of course, for anyone who can help lighten the load, I’ve still plenty gorgeous yarn for sale in my “Stash” over on Ravelry. Right here actually ;-). Ryan Gosling would never steer you wrong 🙂

Happy Monday All!

Retail Therapy Saturday

Busting out of the old routine here. Things have been very quiet here on the knitty blog, I’ve been super busy on my poetry blog as I participated in the month-long NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month. It was a great incentive to write something new everyday. There were many sites onWordPress and Facebook that provided prompts and encouragement for those who wanted or needed it. I just liked having a bit of a burr under my saddle as I find it easy to procrastinate (I know! Gasp!) about my writing as much as my knitting ;-). A little knitting was done in April (mostly fighting with that damnable Kauni) but the Tipsy Lizzy Shawl is flying along. I’ve begun Chart Five, the last chart and am looking forward to getting something off the needles.

I’m also looking forward to a friend coming for a visit in just a few short days and am flying around this place decluttering and trying to make things homey, though with that said, I went to an open house today to look at what I would dearly love to make my next home. It’s time to leave this part of my life behind and a clean start is looking like all kinds of wonderful! I’ve another open house to go to tomorrow and then some big decisions to make. This whole being a grownup is both cool and scary.

While I was out, I figured a tiny bit of retail therapy couldn’t hurt and seeing as these followed me all over Winners, I had to bring them home with me:

#rainboots #puddlejumpers #winnersscore #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #rock&candyYay! I just loved them and had no idea what the brand was. It was a double score to find out these are Rock & Candy and usually 3 times what I paid 🙂

With that, I guess I can’t put off doing some more cleaning or organizing around here. I’ll be registering for the upcoming Needler’s Retreat 2014 Version, once again put on by the wonderful Debbie Wilson of Sheeps Ahoy and then… the dishes…


Break It Monday

It’s official. Me and Kauni broke up. Irreconcilable differences.

I am back with my luscious love the Tipsy Lizzy shawl and happy as a clam…

Next time I mention “quick and dirty” project, someone please smack me upside the head with a 5 pounder of acrylic!

This is “Tipsy” when I stepped out on her. It did have something to do with that “J” shaped papercut but we’ve made up and I think she’ll be done shortly.

#workmanscomp #papercut #messingwithmyknitting #owdamnit


In other news, I have to clean my apartment! I have a friend coming to visit and though not dirty, I do have a lifetime and single family home worth of stuff crammed into a two bedroom flat. Looking for a slightly larger place is slow work as there’s a learning curve. In the meantime, sorting, piling and general mayhem ensue as the countdown to fourteen May is well underway!

Make It Mon… Oh Hell, I Give Up…

I got nuthin’ but WIP’s. I am whipping them good!

Finally getting some quality time with the PP MKAL Clue 7, the border and it goes quickly when I actually knit and not over on my sister blog, writing. Progress when I took the photo:

IMG_3475When I’m not all about Peter Pan, I am all about Elizabeth. My “Tipsy Lizzy” is coming along nicely.

You’ll have to take my word as the photo still looks like a red blob:

Tipsy Lizzy progress

Tipsy Lizzy progress

WIP Wednesday

One more FO first:

Second Snow Day Hat

Second Snow Day Hat

Slow but sure, I’m getting this particular lot of Noro Silk Garden Aran used up. It started life as the “Tula” Cardigan and unfortunately, I misplaced the notes for that one. Moving is such a pain! This one will have the matching fingerless gloves soon and then off to my shop with the Dream In Colour set.

Finishing a project is sometimes a letdown and so to allleviate my post-Hanging Garden Stole lace hangover, I cast on a shawl in my Hedgehog Fibres BFL Lace from last November’s Needler’s Retreat. The colourway is “Merlot” and it positively glows! I’m working the “Elizabeth” Shawl by Dee O’Keefe

and mine has been dubbed: Tipsy Lizzy Shawl :):

KarinB's Tipsy Lizzy Shawl

KarinB’s Tipsy Lizzy Shawl

Halfway through another week already! I can’t believe we are almost at the end of February. Workplace moving preparations will be ramping up, hopefully with no service disruptions to the communities we serve. Knitting is saving my sanity as per usual 🙂 Hope your week is going well. Cheers!