Trucking Along

I’m in the middle of several projects as always. I don’t get people who don’t have WIP’s – you know, like six or thirteen of them :p

I’m working at my second Filigree scarf in that glorious, reclaimed Camelspin. No deadline for this, so I just pick it up when I need a break. I’ve also begun the borders for my Log Cabin In The Silk Garden. The Lett Lopi I had ordered never came from the first company and I wound up ordering it direct from Iceland. Would you believe it was half the price?! It showed up a few weeks ago and I’m making time for it in between other things.

I did complete another Yorick Cowl. This one made entirely to my draft pattern and I’m super happy with it. I’ve tweaked the join at the centre back neck and am debating releasing this a little closer to All Hallows. In the meantime, that project and another Yorick are destined for my Etsy shop as “ready to ship” items. Slow but sure, I’m restocking the shop, it’s a challenge to keep up with the blogging, FB’ing, etc. and still find time to knit!

The design bug is always biting hard and on that front, the next in my men’s scarves is pencilled down. At the moment, I’m seeing it as a fully crocheted project and I’ve found some scrummy SweetGeorgia silk merino aran to play with the concept. I’ve also started the prototype for another ┬ęKindred Knits & Cohabiting Crochet design. This is a scarf with a nod to Japanese motifs and aesthetics, also with my favourite (dare I say signature?) design feature for combining widely differing yarns into one piece. I’m liking how it’s working up so far and always love to see a little more stash being busted.

I better get at it, the day is calling and one more quick coffee to power up.

Cheers All! ­čÖé

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Pretty Skellina

She is off the hook and off the needles. “Skellina” is a blingy version of “Yorick” and technically another test knit. Note to self: take notes, SMH. I believe I’ve got it all down now and will get at some writing and tech editing.

This is another of my ┬ękindred knits & cohabiting crochet projects, combining filet mesh crochet in a motif form, with knitted lace work and ribbing. I invented a rib stitch to achieve the look of bones for Yorick… alas poor Karin! I knew notes not – apologies to Willy┬áShakespeare. All is recouped though and tweaked even, so that the Skellina version is “The One”.

I was iffy about using a yarn with acrylic – I totally own being a yarn snob – but this King Cole “Galaxy” just wouldn’t stop following my around my LYS the last time I went for a Sit ‘N Knit. I figured anything so sassy and insistent needed WIP’ing into shape. I actually love it… it is the tiniest bit splitty but you’d expect that with the paillette thread and in no way is this a disadvantage. The yarn is soft and shows the stitches well. What I really like is that the paillettes shine with rainbow hues, when light hits them. It’s like a two for one look and gives a perfect sugarskull or D├şa de Muertos┬álook to the finished cowl.

The other WIP’s are coming along, that being a second “Filigree” and the resurrected third pair of “Goth-stonian” legwarmers. I found some beautiful Asian-motif beads in a lacquer red that’ll be perfect for this pair that I’m working in some black Cascade 220.

And now, back to the grind. Cheers All!

 

Make It Monday

Just a quickie. UCG Yorick is finished and “Blue Blob” has been beautified and is my new WIP of the week :):

 

I Could Show You…

Knitfun favorite obsession

My black and white obsession, that is:

My knitting jags resemble a two-year old’s food jags ­čÖé Come to that, my eating habits resemble same!

Skulls And Spring

Skully” was well received and so I’ve begun a test knit. Remind me to take notes the next time I decide to hook “off the cuff”! The skull motif is a fairly well-known one, for those of us who like that stuff and my favourite was Spider Mambo’s single crochet guy. I popped her skull into an Arcade wheel style “granny” to make “Skully”. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember what I did. I started yesterday with hook, needles, yarn, notebook and camera (!) in my lap and set to.

Yorick” is close to halfway done, I’ve notes and photos for a possible tutorial if this becomes a pattern and thankfully, DID remember what I’d done to create the “Slipped Stitch Open Patella Cable”. Yes. That. 8=. I’m using the KnitPicks wool of Andes sportweight again, had tons leftover and it’s super economical for proto’s and tests. I’ve promised my Girlie a #ucg version that she’ll be able to wear at work (sidebar: since when do companies hire Graphic Designers, ie: Artists, and then subject them to corporate drone dress codes?) I have some KnitPicks Shine Sport in black for multi-seasonal wear. I’m testknitting an idea that’s languished for a while. Still bearing the unfortunate name of “Green Blob” in my head but now in blue. I think if I can stop setting this down for other yarny projects, it could be pretty.

Speaking of seasons… I’m not sure who is responsible for this but you go to Mama Nature right now and apologize!! I woke to this beautiful but chilly back garden view this AM.

‘Dem Bones

Skully” is finished and I love him!

This is going to be fun to customize ­čÖé Embroidery, beads, craft findings, even fabric paint. He’ll go from a subtle and well-behaved skeleton to a party-on-dude dia des los muertos sugarskull with just a visit to the craft store. The #UCG version will be black and in a blend with sheen; merino / tencel or a merino / silk. Embellishments will be jet or marcasite-type and very understated so that those of us who are “working for the Clampdown”, can still be “work appropriate” *cough*┬áwithout compromising our personal style. It was a good week for Yarn Pr0n too – I know – I could easily open my own shop but I’ve been so-o-o good for the last couple years (for real!) and when I’ve ordered of late, I’ve used the purchase up for test knits or to finish languishing projects.

That’s my story. I’m sticking to it!

What arrived are: Sweet Paprika, “Messa Di Voce“, the last of three shipments of the sweater club I joined last year and some gorgeous Blue Sky Alpacas “Alpaca Silk” to make Dolce Knits “Victoria”. Can’t wait to get my needles into this lot.