Crossed The Finish Line 2016

Cast off on 14 July and blocked on the 15th. Happy with this one – used up more ancient stash and thoroughly enjoyed the pattern. I don’t think I’m in the running for a winning jersey but pleased to have another unique garment to offer in my shop 🙂

Details: “Gavrinis Shawl“and I’m working the large size in Elann’s Alpaca Fina, a sportweight on the skinny side in the colourway ‘Alpine Violet”.

Améthyste Cave de Gavrinis portfolio & details :

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Let The Tour Begin 2016

Begun. Once again, my friend Natalie is hosting her annual Tour de France KAL. The design is her “Gavrinis Shawl“and I’m working the large size in Elann’s Alpaca Fina, a sportweight on the skinny side in the colourway ‘Alpine Violet”.

I’m just starting the second repeat of Section D and have really enjoyed this pattern. I’m sure that it’ll slow down significantly now as there are 401 stitches and a second repeat of Section E before the border and cast off but… it keeps me out of the pub! JK 🙂

Here is a link to my project details and the group discussions are taking place on her Ravelry group. The photo below is not a purple tribble but my TdF 2016 at the start of the first Section D:

KeiB's TdF 2016

KeiB’s TdF 2016

And… I’m off! Not to watch the Tour but to listen to ‘Les Triplettes de Belleville‘ – awesome soundtrack to a wonderful full-length cartoon that features the Tour.

Ă€ bientĂ´t!

Happy 4th Of July!

Better late than never 🙂

SEP Cover 1931, The Original Swift, Knitting, Crochet, Spinning

Although my branch came to Canada as Loyalists during the American Revolution, many Tuppers chose to stay and odds are very good, we be cousins!

I’ve been working away on my  Tour de France KAL shawl, my friend Natalie’s lovely Gavrinis and loving it. I expect I should have Chart D finished this evening.

In Keeping With The Tour de France Theme

This is a wonderful animated movie from 2003, a Canada / France collaboration. It tells a story of Champion, who lives with his grandmother Mme. Souza and her beloved dog, Bruno. Champion becomes a dedicated bicycle racer, just as his parents, under the tutelage of his grandmother, who is his guardian.

When Champion disappears during a leg of the Tour de France race, Mme. Souza sets out to find him and soon she is enmeshed in a nefarious Mafia plot. Befriended by the Triplets de Belleville, once famous entertainers of the 30’s, no fallen on old age and hard times, the story of how Mme., Bruno and friends is very entertaining and the music is wonderful!

It can be dark, I would not recommend this for younger children, unless you screen it first. It is however, a favourite in my family.

Happy 4th Of July Weekend

The Knitting Machine, 2005, acrylic felt knitted with excavators and aluminum utility poles

Gotta love 'Murrica - go big or go home!

Gotta love ‘Murrica – go big or go home!

Why yes I can say that! Although my branch came to Canada as Loyalists, during the American Revolution, some chose to stay. The Beau’s family has deep roots in Canada, so he puts up with my teasing :).

Ah yes, the knitting.

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I’ve been working away on my  Tour de France KAL shawl, Natalie’s lovely Pere Lachaise and loving it. I expect I should have Chart D finished this evening.

And I leave you with a bird’s eye view of the really big “shew”.

See? Real men knit. They just like to use really BIG tools!

See? Real men knit. They just like to use really BIG tools!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Aside

My Tour de France shawl continues to progress, work eats up a lot of my knitting time but I’m pleased with it so far. I’m no longer questioning my sanity in pairing a variegated yarn with a lace pattern. There was method to my madness but in the early bit, I wondered if I wasn’t going too far out of my aesthetic comfort zone. Happy to say that now that I’m working the portion where there are long panels mostly comprised of stocking stitch, my reason for choosing the Malabrigo, I’m liking it better. I should have some photos soon, now that there is a pattern shift, it looks more like there’s been progress made 🙂