Konnichi wa Geisha!

I couldn’t put this one down đŸ™‚ “Geisha” is the prototype for another ©Kindred Knits & Cohabiting Crochet design. More stashbusting too. The concept is meant to echo the fans that Geisha use during dancing. The inset, delicately ruched bands are like the pleats of a fan or the gentle ripples of an ornamental koi pond. The central panel is linear and structural, mirroring the lines of a shoji screen.

Super happy with this one and have caked some gorgeous Zen Yarn Garden DK and Lace, in tonal shades of cherry-blossom pink, to work the test knit.

Here is Geisha’s Portfolio:

Don’t Come Any Closer…

… as it would seem that over Christmas and Boxing Day, I’ve managed to come down with The Plague. I’ve done nought but sit and blow my nose, listen to audiobooks and when I can manage the needles, knit a bit. I may try to read a real book today, I owe friends from my writing blog some reviews. I hate losing time to illness but there it is.

For whatever lunatic reason, I opted to start a project on the 19th December… oh right! Stymied by a Tunisian stitch on the “Marisol cardigan and now waiting for a stitch dictionary. I can’t have idle hands and housework doesn’t count so I began “Revontuli“. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and has been translated into English. What I looked for specifically was a pattern that would be simple in appearance and use up 241 grams of glorious handspun from Turtlepurl.

I’m loving it so far, the picture below shows the beginning though I’ve made it to the end and my planned modification of one full extra repeat before the garter eyelet edge and cast off.

Revontuli Shawl - start

It’s become heavy so not sure if I’ll finish today – weak as a kitten and facing with dread a walk to the drugstore for more flu meds. The green has come into the mix and stayed and there is the most subtle of striping effects happening. The yarn itself is glorious, I really love handspun and this is special having been bought direct from Genevieve at The Almonte Fibre Festival, just over a year ago. The fibre mix is such a pleasure to work with, drapey now and with a lovely sheen. The slightly thick ‘n thin thread adds some textural interest. Can’t wait to finish.

With that, I’m back to bed. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday đŸ™‚

Make It Monday!

Last one of 2013 and so I tried a little harder to have something to post. I’m so happy with the amount of knitting I got done this year. It’s true that the rhythm of the needles can provide music for the soul and mine certainly needed it. The last two years have been a little chaotic for me personally and knitting is an amazing stand in for a therapist at times!

And so, the knitting… I finished up the first Noro Bias Lace Scarf:

Noro Bias Scarf ~ Detail

Noro Bias Scarf ~ Detail

Noro Bias Scarf ~ Finished

Noro Bias Scarf ~ Finished

Although I love the pattern and the Noro Kureyon sock colours, it still feels like binder twine while being knit and that’s why this project kept getting pushed to the back burner for others.

I also finished another “Straggler” project, my Bellydance! Socks:

Pattern is a KB Design and worked in Turtlepurl's "Big Turtle" sock yarn

Pattern is a KB Design and worked in Turtlepurl’s “Big Turtle” sock yarn

Unblocked (of course! I wouldn’t block socks anyway unless gifting) and forgive the terrible lighting – I’ve just finished and it’s evening here as I do my update.

WIP It Good

There are so many projects I’d like to finish before the end of the year. My perpetual Startitis really makes that difficult at times. I’ve been making a concerted effort to get through some of these older projects and if I do break down and start something new – and who can resist casting on a new yarn purchase right away? – I’m finishing it. Pipe down inner teenager…

Here are a couple that are now in the home stretch:

Noro Bias Lace Scarf

KB Design Bellydance! Sock

KB Design Bellydance! Sock

And this is what’s really inspiring me to get them done quick :):

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Moorland Cardigan

I started this cardigan quite some time ago and it wound up tucked away during my move. The recent unpacking, tidy and following Ravelry update unearthed a few almost forgotten projects and I think I’ve fallen in love again. Feeling very inspired to wrap up the scarf and socks and then tackle the rest of Moorland. Crossing my fingers that I can duplicate the tension!

Have a wonderful Wednesday All!