First Yarn Porn Of 2018

Mmmm… Yarn… 🙂

 

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Wednesday What I Got

Post title has immediately precipitated singing Sublime’s “What I Got” 🙂

I got me some FO’s and some WIP’s and a whole lotta love for this Friday when Bestie and me are off to Needler’s Retreat 2016!

I am beyond grateful to have been sponsored to go on a scholarship this year – it’s been a difficult one and Retreat is one of those soul and sanity resets that I look forward to even at the end of a good year. I’ll have my camera handy as always to record slip slip knits and shenanigans.

So… what fell off my hooks and needles since the last post?

A slouchy hat with a whole lotta Vikkel going on. I winged this one to use up some gorgeous Malabrigo Rios – matches my Black Locust mitts – and to earn another achievement badge in Eat.Sleep.Knit’s Yarnathon 2016. Go Starsheep!

Next up was another stashbuster. Coppelia is a shawl / cowl hybrid and I finally knit up some of my Schaefer Marjaana. I fell in love with this 50/50 Silk Merino blend and bought a sweater or two’s worth sometime in the early 2000’s. Moving and organizing my guest room unearthed a lot of treasures. I love how the combination of yarn and pattern came together and this one will be coming with me to Retreat.

Yes. Yes, we do plan our outfits for the weekend!

On the needles I have an interesting bulky knit cowl. This is a bit of a challenge but it is for another achievement badge so worth powering through my dislike of 10.00mm needles that feel like telephone poles! I never buy “fat” yarn but this is another of Malabrigo’s – the Rasta base – in the same colourway as my BL mitts and the Vikkel Slouch hat and so, is a little less irritating to juggle knit.

Two stitches to 2.5cm!

Two stitches to 2.5cm!

The other WIP’s in waiting are all progressing very well. Atelier is almost finished, Ruisseaux still needs sleeves, Dulce de Leche is coming along slowly but… it’s cashmere and silk! I’m making this last as long as I can… like any luscious, sexy, sensual, tactile… err… knitting!

I’ll be casting on some socks – gasp! – to take as my personal knitting for when we have “free time”. I decide on the Haleakala socks from one of Cookie A’s sock clubs – the first year I think – I was a member for the first and second rounds and have yet to make one sock from all the patterns we received! I guess that’s the hazard of having started off designing socks almost exclusively myself. I got “socked out”. These will be cast on once we’re at Retreat so in the meantime here’s a little bit of yarn porn from Claudia Hand Painted Yarns – Addiction base in teal colourway:

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This is ESK’s photo and my skeins from them are identical.

Still can’t believe that I went from knitting one full pair of adult socks in less than 24 hours (Twice! My team competed and won twice) to not having finished a single pair in several years! Not a problem if a third of my stash wasn’t single skeins of Indie sock yarn…

I have a tiny bit of homework to prepare in addition to figuring out what Cons go with what cowls and what mukluks go with what shawls so better get cracking here. Hope you all have a productive week with lots of time for crafting and I hope to have some photos to share of the beautiful spot I’ll be at and some of my favourite ladies.

Cheers!

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I wrapped up a prototype knit for a new design last night. Doubly happy as I’d picked up the custom colours that I ordered from Yvonne at Yvieknits Yarns for the cover of the pattern when it’s published.

The working title is ‘The BW Wrap‘ and once it’s back from tech editing, etc. I’ll share more details. For now here’s a peek at the FO and the luscious Merino Silk Fingering that it will be test knit in. I chose ‘Faery Looking Glass’ for the very subtle variegated and a custom tone of Yvonne’s popular ‘Pewter’. I’m trying to convince her to make it a regular colour and call it ‘Reflection’ or similar 🙂

The BW with a side of Yarn Porn:

The Wrap Up

Tired and stoked all at once…

I can’t believe how fast these weekends fly by! The structure does keep us hopping, it’s three classes, ‘show and tell’ for about 65 people one night and Vendor’s Night the next. Classes this year were really interesting and we had some terrific teachers. MASTERING SOCK HEELS with Amanda Schwabe of Aknitica, DOUBLE KNITTING TECHNIQUES with Julie Nandorfy of Riverside Studios and SHAPING AND DESIGN IN KNITTED FABRIC with Nancy Halliday. I can’t say enough good things about these gals. They were fun, engaging and had some really good information and review to share with us.

Debbie Marshall Wilson, owner of Sheep’s Ahoy and our Retreat convener, organizer and cat herder extraordinaire does a great job and the staff at The Glen House are always wonderful and tolerant of this bunch of crazy knitters.

I couldn’t be happier about the new friendships and professional connections I made this year. There were many new faces and like all established groups, an infusion of new vitality and ideas is always a great thing.

My own vending went well. I didn’t faint, stutter, blush beyond sunburn level or spill anything. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that one or two people know PSPRP and I think generally, folks like knowing the face behind a brand in the small world of crafting. Sales were good and I was grateful for the opportunity to ‘talk up’ my design philosophy, future path and the Berroco interview. I think that really helped lend me some credibility among this hugely talented pool of designers.

BFF and I stopped in at the Third World Bazaar in Manotick Station on our way to NR in Gananoque. It was one of those (almost) screeching ‘180s’ as we caught sight of the small, yellow signs that announce this time-limited shopping event. BFF is the shopper half of our duo and it took no arm-twisting to decide to pop in.

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It was a delight! The selection is overwhelming and it would have been easy to spend much more time there than we did. As it was, we came away with some amazing finds from this unique shopping event. Everything in the TWB is fair trade and there are so many countries, crafts and artisan made items, you’d be hard pressed to not find something amazing. The staff were super, they obviously love what they do and were quick to help, knowledgeable, and even offering unsolicited (but welcome) compliments and advice. They are excited about their products and like seeing them go to a good home. This obviously struck a chord with BFF and myself. Fair to say we’ll be making this a regular stop next year.

It was fun and yes, I’m a little starry eyed to have been sharing Vendor’s Night with gals who are incredibly talented and whom I’m glad to call friends. I hope you’ll click through on the links that follow and give them some love, you’ll be glad you did 🙂

Francine Hebert aka BFF of Fancy That: yarn and knitting jewellery

Joanne Myers of Wild Woolly: handcrafted lotion bars, soaps, candles and more

Natalie Servant of Natalie Servant Designs: Beautiful shawl patterns and more

Yvonne of Yvieknits Yarns: beautiful hand-dyed yarns

and (shameless plug) me, Karin of KeiB Designs: unique patterns for accessories and more

A few highlights from the weekend:

Warning: Yarn P0rn Ahead

Come visit!

Lot’s of new yarns that are perfect for the cold months ahead and for little luxury gifts of knitting.

New in store: Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted, Noro Silk Garden Aran – several colours and Sundara Merino Worsted. Lots of knitted goods too for those who don’t knit but love to give unique and exclusive gifts 🙂

KeiB Designs & Knits on Etsy

KarinB’s Destash on Ravelry

(Check individual listings for information about shipping discounts)

Discontinued and hard to find colours and bases.

Silk Garden Aran, Sundara, Wollmeise and more…