Friday, You’re My Favourite

Three FO’s this week, yay! “Le Scarabée Argent“, “Firefly
and “Harmonia’s Rings“.

All the details are on my Ravelry, at the links above. Hope all is well in your world with lots of time for family, friends, chillin’ and crafting 🙂

Harmonia’s portfolio:

Firefly’s portfolio:

Le Scarabée Bleu’s portfolio:

Yarn Porn! Tool Porn! 🙂

Not So Swift?

I saw a post on Instagram that caught my eye. A newbie to skeins, as opposed to commercial yarn balls, asked an Indie dyer if winding a skein into a cake was necessary before beginning to knit.

Confession? I’ve been in such a rush to start a project that I have sometimes knit right from the skein. I always want to put myself in a corner at some point before that skein is all knit up!

The discussion continued, as the newbie didn’t know how to cake yarn, what a swift was or what she could use in its place as she didn’t own one. I decided to post my own swift hack on Instagram and Pinterest because I don’t own a swift either! I have something that works great for me, is super cheap, easy to put together and ‘green’. Picture follows with the blurb I posted with it. Pretty straightforward assembly and it puts zero stress on the yarn – one reason why some Indie dyers advise winding by hand v. a swift / winder combo.

“No ‪#‎swift‬? No problem!
KeiB’s ‪#‎diy‬ swift solution. These ‪#‎upcycled‬ coffee jars work great and don’t require rearranging furniture or introducing your partner to ‪#‎bfl‬ bondage wink emoticon. Get fancy with ‪#‎acrylicwater‬ to anchor the contents and ‪#‎sculpey‬ or ‪#‎fimo‬ to dress up and disguise the lids. ‪#‎knittersofinstagram‬ ‪#‎keibdesigns‬‪#‎crochetersofinstagram‬ ‪#‎instaknit‬ ‪#‎lifehacks‬ ‪#‎skeins‬ to cakes – buy yarn not gadgets 😄 💕 ‪#‎keibonravelry‬

It’s The Little Things

I was at Dollarama, one of many variations on the “dollar store” theme, and these caught my eye.

Savvy storage

Savvy storage

I’ve been keeping all my stitch markers in recycled camera film containers or sealable sandwich bags. Now they’re all together and easier to get at.

Some Posh Yarn fell into my basket during the last update. This “Miranda” yarn is exquisite; silk, cashmere and alpaca blend. I was thinking of a Hieroglyph version for this but while working on the original and organizing the many WIP’s and stash that were unearthed last week, I’m content to just pet it :).

Posh Yarn " Miranda" sock

Posh Yarn ” Miranda” sock

I found these leftover, almost complete skeins that I can’t bear to part with and am playing around with some stitch patterns and ideas. More silk and a touch of cashmere.

Luscious leftovers

Luscious leftovers


I Got Nuthin’

I’m having post-project let down after completing my Mayflower Shawlette. I know. I have elevnty-hundred WIP’s and a ridiculous amount of yarn but… Doing a little bit of photography and some writing until my yarn muse sings something I want to hear.

I did order this pattern keeper for knitting on the go. Slipped Stitch Studios has some of the cutest project bags and accessories. I want the entire Crazy Caveleras line! They even have snips on a wristlet – could double as a key chain – that are airplane approved.

This is going to make travelling with a pattern so much easier!

This is going to make travelling with a pattern so much easier!

We are off to explore. It’s a misty, warm morning, the rain is still making up it’s mind whether or not to fall. Perfect for some moody and romantic photo opportunities. Or, maybe just hanging out at a coffee shop

Cheers all, Kei

Yarn Pr0n

Oh and what a luscious bit of pr0n it is! My “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Codex, dyed by the Verdant Gryphon arrived yesterday. I am in silk heaven. So now, what do I make with this? It’ll have to be something spectacular or perhaps… I’ll just buy a display case 🙂

Silken pupas and threaded rainbow butterflies on poetry...

Silken pupas and threaded rainbow butterflies on poetry…

Also these new tools

New Knit Picks sunburst needles and Clover hooks.

New Knit Picks “Sunburst” needles and Clover hooks.

I noticed about a year ago that when I was knitting in the evening, that my metal Addis, my favourite needle for years now, were flashing in the light. To the point it was really irritating to the eyes, not to mention distracting. I’ve found myself using my bamboo and wood needles more often and was happy to catch a sale of Knit Picks’ “Sunstruck” needles. Just like the Harmony needles but in a light birch finish. I’m hanging on to my “lace” Addis, they have the newer, more pliant cord but will be donating my older ones to  Goodwill.

Gradually phasing out my very old Aero crochet hooks too. I’ve had some these from the time I was in my teens. Since discovering Clover and my new favourite, Tulip Etimo hooks, I’m enjoying my craft so much more. Now, if my Llama Daddy would spring for some of those ergonomic and gorgeous new Furls hooks…


I think this may be one of the best new innovations for knitters ever.

Just like with crochet diagrams, the kind that you more often see in Japanese pattern books, it’s so easy to “read” the stitches. Browsing the website, you can get a much better feel for the way the finished fabric will look, much more so than with a grid-style diagram.

I love this and hope to try it out very soon.

Winding Up ~ Centre-pull yarn tutorial

Using a Nostepinne (replacement) « FreshStitches.

I moved a little while back and have yet to completely unpack my formidable yarn, knitting, crafting stuff.

Let’s just say that the spare room is floor to ceiling, all three walls full!

The urge to knit comes and goes for me. It never goes quite long enough for me to resist buying more yarn… Picard, I can hear you calling for me. Please desist or I shall make it so. Resurrecting this blog and finding myself with more hours in the day since said move, have me back in the saddle… as it were.

Finding a project was easy. That particular box of goodness was labelled. Finding my knitting “Stuff” though? Umm, yes. Still climbing the stacks.

What I was looking for in particular was my ball winder. I splurged and bought one several years ago and I love it. Fast and perfect, little yarn cakes every time. Alas, the winder is awol. (it was damn hard to resist typing “awool” but I wanted this blog to be more serious and professional than the old… NOT!!)

So, I’ve been winding my skeins by hand. A fibre art in itself and one that I haven’t done in a very long time. I’d forgotten the lovely tactile feel of a cherished yarn running through my fingers and how it is a good time to think about how that yarn is going to look in a chosen project.

I can wind a mean yarn all, years of practise and learned when I was little and “helping” my Nanny T., knitter extraordinaire, with her projects. What I love about a yarn cake though, it doesn’t try to escape when you’re knitting and that centre-pull. I love centre-pull.

I have a lovely yarn bowl that helps contain flight risks, those roundy ones that inevitably wind up under the couch tangled in media cords but with more than one project on the go all the time… I needed an alternative.

This tutorial is perfect! It’s all of the things that an OCD knitter needs in a self wound ball. Smooth, round, even and centre pull. I love it and had to share it.

Cheers! Kei