Make It Monday

Silky Cables is off the needles. Yay!

Shown here with the original in all it’s matted mohair / acrylic glory, just for good measure.

There’s been a wealth of sales and new yarn temptations come up in my email and I’m finding it VERY hard to resist buying a set of Addi Clicks from Webs – I have mostly very old Addis, the ones with the gold cords and they’re losing their plating :(. The Unique Sheep is running another mystery KAL, another design by Janine La Cras and I desperately want to fit this into my time and budget. The theme is King Arthur and his court, a favourite subject of mine and one of the inspiration photos from TUS “Camelot” Pinterest board is this gorgeous photo of the Glastonbury Tor:

Glastonbury-Tor-England

 

If it’s Welsh or Wales, I’m all over it and I’m hearing that Marici silk lace calling me!

Annnddd… One more time with the “A” word: the link for my e-book “The Arcadian Collection”, containing all three patterns is >here< 🙂

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WIP Wednesday

My WIP’s doth runneth over! Already… 2015 knitting is off to a blistering start despite the constant interference of that Time Vampire “Work”.

One the needles, in my typical “Circuit Knitting” style are:

Phoenix Rising: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/phoenix-rising

Goth-stonian Leg Warmers: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/goth-stonian-legwarmers

Cairo Scarf Test Knit: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/cairo-scarf

I’m cheating and just linking the Ravelry project pages so that I can save my fingers.

The first full week back, post flu and the passing of my beautiful Nanny, has been brutal! Temperatures are what they are during January in my neck of the woods: cold with cold, bitter freezing and cold :p and my unit was tasked with completing several Finance courses that are mandatory and had to be completed by days’ end yesterday. No mean feat in a unit where timelines for completing your actual work are near impossible due to demand and our tiny staff. I am happy to say though that all three courses are complete and my marks may even have been pretty good! Nice to add to the old resume.

I have some wonderful news about Les Cloches Cannelées, it is going to be carried in printed format at my local LYS, Yarn Forward! I’m over the moon as every little bit helps. It’s hard to shine among the many pattern choices and talented designers on Ravelry, or even Etsy and so I’m super happy to have this opportunity. A store sample is underway and I’m crossing my fingers.

And with that, I’m off to work, <grumbles>

Cheers All!

It’s A Brand New Shiny Year

I’m looking forward to another year of fibre, friends and fun on Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl and happy to see all the talented new followers and old. You keep me inspired… if not out of the yarn shops! 😉

My 2014 projects in review can be seen on this page: Finished Knits 2014 and there’s a link on it to the project specifics for the patterns and yarns used.

I have a tradition of beginning a new project on New Years Eve and this one was no exception. Serendipitously and very appropriately, I had all the materials to start “Phoenix Rising”, a shawl by Sivia Harding Design. I’m a fan of Sivia’s patterns and the name and it’s associated story seem a metaphor for my life in general and how I’d like to see it continue this year. I don’t have a progress photo yet, I’ve been utterly engrossed in the making of it but here is a peak at the yarn – Unique Sheep’s Marici lace, the beads – 8/0 SL crystal AB’s and the pattern. The project page is on my Ravelry here.

#nextproject #uniquesheep #silk #lace #shawl #beads #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #siviaharding

 

The “Snow Glint” colourway is exclusive to Earthfaire, one of my favourite yarn store temptations.

To start the year off right, my friend Yvonne of Yvieknits Yarns is running a contest over on her blog. Yvie is the talented dyer behind the Mawata silk hankies that were used in one of the classes held this year at Needler’s Retreat 2014, taught by my lovely and talented BFF, Francine Hebert of “Fancy That”, yarn embellishments and jewellery.
You could win a skein of Yvie’s silk merino dk, so pop over for a visit 🙂

As it’s the beginning of a new year, I’ll take a moment to invite you to find me on Ravelry as “KarinB” and to join the Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl group there if you wish. I hope to be spending more time there and with publishing my “KB Designs” knitting and crochet patterns.

You can find my patterns on Craftsy, Etsy, Ravelry and on my Blogger home “So Many Vices, So Little Time“. I’ll get them here eventually… there really is “so little time”! I sell finished handmade items and some crafting supplies on Etsy as well.

If you’re a Social Media type, I can be found with the motley lot that hangs around on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, Pinterest and others. The green buttons on the top right hand side of the page will take you to my little corner of those spots. Feel free to leave a comment below about your own other internet spaces and to join me at mine.

Sheesh! You’d wonder how any of us have time to craft, right?! 😉

And with that – I’m back to the needles.

Cheers all!

 

FO Friday

It must have been a warm day in Nunavut… I’ve gone finishing crazy. Making his FO debut is my “Ollie” – the Oliver Twist MKAL shawl. Worked to pattern (nupps and minimal beads), no mods and in the colourway “You Zig, I Zag” (you’ve got to pick a pocket or two boys) and with S/L chartreuse AB #6 beads. Ollie is huge and warm and totally my new boyfriend 😉

Oliver Twist Shawl ~ Finished

Wet And Wooly Wednesdays

Putting the blocks to “Ollie” 😉

Putting the blocks to Ollie 😊

 

I KNOW!! Right?!

When did I turn into “The Blockinator”?

So totally worth it to make the time. Ollie has come out huge and I’m glad, it gives the gradient colourway lots of room to be appreciated and look at all those nupps!

Loved this project. Janine is a whiz with lace patterns and I am totally smitten with the Unique Sheep’s Luxe base.

Santa?

Make It Monday

… of a different sort 🙂

I was a busy bee this weekend. Having determined that the “truck” that hit me appears to be the gluten-mobile, I’m having much more energy after having revised my diet a little. It’s a learning curve. With that energy, I cleaned house, unpacked more (yes still unpacking), organized a large donation to our local Diabetes charity, did some work on Oliver (Clue 7, the final clue was released Friday) and I made this:

Make it Monday :)
I’ve become a furniture makin’ fool. I really love my Ikea Hemnes. This piece will go into the 2nd bedroom and I’m hoping to get my headboard together before the weekend comes.

Here is Ollie after completing Clue 6:


These are the last of the nupps in the design and there is just a hint of beading in the final clue. Seems in keeping with the theme of a shawl that “Nancy” would wear. I’m always sad to come to the end of a KAL. This one has been great. I’ve loved the TUS Lux and the colourway and Janine’s designs never fail to be a joy. She’s particularly good at combining the flow of lace patterning and it makes for a wonderful knitting experience.

Wishing you all a gentle Monday. Cheers!

Oliver After One Month

As if the weeks didn’t fly by quickly enough!

When you have something to look forward to, they fly faster and often better.

Here’s my “Ollie” after completing Clue 5:

Clue 5 Finished

Transitions up to and including Clue 5.

Clue 5 Finished ~ Detail

Clue 5 Detail

Loving the “cameo” effect created by the nupps in the stocking stitch diamonds. This may be one of my favourite Unique Sheep colourways so far. I’m scheming already about how I can incorporate the various bases and colours into some sort of stashbuster blanket!