Make It Monday

Got a kick in the mojo since Wednesday – my beads finally arrived and so has spring.

I finished up my fourth project for National Crochet Month, ‘Starry Skies Stained Glass‘ afghan. This cleared out the last of some ancient stash and some never-to-be-finished projects. I actually hooked from a half completed vest at one point! Very happy with the results and debating to gift this or keep for my Moroccan, boho family room.

SSSG’s portfolio:

Time now to backtrack to my third project as the beads arrived late Friday afternoon. I think they’ll look pretty along the border. I chose Toho’s in ‘Metallic Cosmos’, 8/0’s to go with the Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in ‘Blueberry Mix’.

Beads for KeiB's 'Ile d'Ecosse'

Beads for KeiB’s ‘Ile d’Ecosse’

That’s it for now! Hope Monday is gentle with you and don’t forget – to celebrate National Crochet Month, all yarn in my Etsy shop ships free to Canada and USA!

My Brain Is Exploding…

So many ideas, so many WIP’s… notes, graph paper, yarn, MATH.

If I'd known that knitting was math...  Uugghh

If I’d known that knitting was math… Uugghh

My ADD goes through stages that are like manic and depressive. For me though, its stages of: pretty okay and don’t run out of sticky notes or… who let loose the my inner 4-year old and why did you give her apple juice? It looks like a bomb went off in a yarn store here…

So what I do have done is the concept for a new pattern collection and I’ve started the prototype knit. This will be a series of Men-friendly / unisex / non gender stereotyped accessories. The names are from my Great Granddads and I’m taking creative license from their lives and hobbies. James Harris is the first, worked in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK (from stash). I’m also working the Savannah cardigan from Dolce Handknits in some luscious ECO alpaca (more stashbusting), it’s gorgeous to work with and the pattern is very simple – great to work out brain kinks.

Hope your weekend will be wonderful and I’m off to… make more messes! 🙂

Helloooo Monday

I have a bucketful of WIP’s and not much else at the moment. I’m still waiting on “insurance skeins” to finish up both Silky Cables and Harmonia’s Rings. This hasn’t dimmed my enthusiasm a bit and I expect I’ll be back on track by week’s end.

The same story with My Little Log Cabin afghan. The Lett Lopi is backordered for another week and then will need to get here. Being as far along as I am has started a wee knitted blocks craze for me though. I’ve put together two afghans’ worth of ancient stashed worsted weight and am itching to start.

On the design front, I have a victim ;-), doing the test knit / crochet for “The Arcadian” as I type. I’m currently working the prototype for the double loop version in some scrummy Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK:

Arcadian Cowl ~ Double Loop Test Knit

I’ve rejigged the sewing up on this one, an improvement I believe and will be making some edits on the pattern before release. I am stupidly happy with this second version, the yarn (using stash again!) is so nice to work with.

Best be off now to finish up this ZYG. I hope your Monday will be gentle and that you aren’t seeing the snow falling that I am. Yes. More friggin’ snow!

Knots? Knot A Problem

Back in October, I mentioned this group on Ravelry – Knot A Problem – a group of folks who will untangle your hopelessly tangled skeins of yarn and return them to you in a useful state.

I did finally get in touch with the group and was linked up to a local person who is part of the “First Responders of Fibre”. Carolyn met me at my LYS and bravely took away the two skeins that I’d had no luck with. We connected again at the Knit Guild meeting for drop off and wonder of wonders! I can actually knit up this cashwool lace and that cherished Zen Yarn Garden Silk Single 🙂

I can’t recommend this group of (crazy) wonderful people more highly.The service is free, barring postage if you couldn’t find a local person. That said, the list is quite extensive and listed on a thread in the group (link below).

For knot a problem

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knot-a-problem

And the results (‘scuse the blurry):

Knot A Problem results

The Week That Got Away

I even missed my “Keeping You In Stitches” post yesterday! Hopefully, being back in a routine will help this coming week. Going back to work after a vacation is hard but things went as smoothly as they can. I’ve been walking back and forth each day, now that I live closer and that “free” hour of exercise is making me feel much better. The commute takes me through a lovely local park and over The Rideau Canal and Prince of Wales Falls (Hog’s Back Falls for my local peeps) and that touch of nature and nurture in the day is good for the soul.

The Prince of Wales Falls, part of my daily commute :).

My resurrected “Pleasance” shawl is coming along nicely. I’d forgotten how scrummy the ZYG Serenity Silk is, pity it’s discontinued. I’m still working the lace section and hoping to get to the short row section this week. Progress so far, big blob in a beautiful colour :):

Pleasance Shawl Detail

Nupps!

Clue 3 of the Addewid KAL was released Friday the 15th. I was at work when the notification came through and couldn’t wait to get home and start this section. I’m really liking the lace patterns used in this, they flow together beautifully and this design does not have the more traditional “spine stitch” in the centre, it grows with yarn over increases every few rows; subtle and pretty. No picture at the moment, I’m on the last couple rows and will do an ETA picture post tomorrow evening .

Hope Monday treats you well. Cheers!

Back To Reality

All good things must end and so does my summer vacation. No long-lost, distantly related benefactor conveniently kicked the bucket, leaving me with an inheritance. It’s sure been nice being able to dedicate time to getting settled. There’s still lots to do but things are coming together really well. Having a wee nook in the kitchen to work at, write my posts, plan meals, is wonderful and I’ve a dedicated corner in the living room for knitting.

I’m making good use of that with the Addewid MKAL back in swing with Clue 2 being released on Friday, the 8th. This section worked up really quickly. The lace pattern Abigail chose for this is very intuitive and it was done before I knew it!

Addewid MKAL Clue 2 Finished

This late night photo doesn’t show the subtle placement of beads very well but they are there in the tips of each “petal”.

Finishing left me looking for something to work on and as I’m trying to clear out some of my ancient WIP’s, I dug out the “Pleasance Shawl“. Pleasance was a kit offered in what back in 2011, was called “The Victorian Writers Club” (now the “Classic Writers Club”, via Woolgirl, one of my favourite online wool shops. Unfortunately, after getting started, I’d set down the pattern somewhere and over the course of two  moves, it was no where to be found. However, fortune smiled last week when a Raveller saw my post, looking for a copy (there weren’t downloadable versions at the time of release) and was able to send me a replacement. I did have to frog it back a little, as I sat down to get started, I noticed that one of my nupps had gone bad. Its “nuppies” were coming unravelled and there was no saving a 7-stitch nupp. I’m back on track now and hopefully, this bad boy will be finished up in a week or so.

I never did take any progress photos but here is the Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk in the club colourway “Wonderland”.

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk

Mayflower Shawlette Finished

Cast off yesterday. Debating the blocking method due to the ruched bands. I’m really chuffed with this project. Anything hand dye, hand spun is wonderful to work with and this laceweight was particularly nice. I like BFL and I’m having a love affair with all things lace right now. I was able to use all but 7 metres. Knowing that I was just going to work it until I couldn’t, I planned ahead to use some leftoer ZYG from my Blackwood Shawl to do the cast off. Although a different weight and fibre mix, it is still all natural and echoes the thick and thin strand. Tonally, it was very close with the khaki beige and deep rose flecks and the khaki green that showed up in the very last bit blends well enough to suit me. Overall, very happy with this one.

Finished!

Finished!

Detail 1
Detail 1

Detail of the gradient colour and the ZYG used for cast off.

Detail of the gradient colour and the ZYG used for cast off.

22 July 2013

Shawl still to be blocked…

A little yarn pr0n:

Frosted Berry

Frosted Berry

Wild Berry

Wild Berry

 

Some Lovely Zen Yarn Garden Serentity DK. Purchase with purpose, in revamping some of the yarn selections for older patterns, I noticed that one or two were now discontinued. What a great opportunity to make sample knits in new and “most wanted” yarn bases and colours!

I adore handspun yarns and I am in awe of people who can spin  laceweight – my favourite. This bit of loveliness was totally not necessary for anything other than to make me happy:

Flora Linnea

Flora Linnea

It is working up beautifully in the very simple but oh so effective “Citron“. I had begun a more traditional shawl but this gradient, rustic-spun just wasn’t being shown to its best. I think I now have the sweet spot of yarn, pattern and needle and I am totally smitten with this project.

Sunday

Wow! Middle of April already. Where does the time go? Seems just yesterday, I had made a commitment to resurrect this blog and my long-neglected shops and projects.

I can become a little too enthusiastic at times though and am suffering a dreadful dose of “Startitis”.

I’ve been dreaming of projects and waking in a tizzy to grab a hook or needles and some yarn. My home looks like an explosion in the Noro factory (colourful, messy and with lots of bits stuck in it, lol!).

I MUST finish something or my poor brain will spazz. There are times that I’m grateful to have ADD, other times I swear someone could find me in the textbook.

As all my projects are larger, I’m going to try to focus on just one part of one. The scarves really should have been done by now, along with the photos. My inner teenager has conspired against me on this last part of it though, the dreaded seventh scarf. Today I will finish.

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single

Colour change. Hand dyed skeins have much more personality than commercial.

I know now that I will run out of yarn for  Chameleon, so setting that aside until I can get my hands on more of the contrast / border colour. No hardship to go and browse at Jimmy Beans! When starting the Blackwood Shawl, I knew that I would either run out or need to make adjustments. I calculated a mod but the more I looked at the scale and what the finished size will be, I really wanted to make it to pattern. Fortunately for me The Yarn Company had a couple skeins of this very limited colourway left. Their customer service was great and being in NY, it won’t take long to get here. Yay Roxanne! Zen Yarn Garden from right here in Ontario (where I am today) has grown so much.

Now must be off. This turned into the longest post ever, when meant to be more of a disclosure for incentive! There are many chores to be done before any knitting. The Beau should be here soon and I’m certain he won’t want to see what a crazy yarn lady I can be when he’s away!

Yarn Pr0n photo, before I have to hide this away with the rest of the stash. My Wollmeise score from Loopy’s last update:

Wollmeise Pure

Petit Poison Dark

Petit Poison Dark

Slightly better representation of colour. Deepest, darkest, Merlot with almost no variegation.

Crochet Hearts And I Heart Crochet

I seem to be on a bit of a crochet “jag” lately.

The two baby blankets, Chameleon and Requerdos, are coming along nicely. Group shot below.

Recuerdos de Infancia - WIP

Recuerdos de Infancia – WIP

 

Five down, sixth on the hook.

Five down, sixth on the hook.

Working with the Baruffa lace has been a joy. So soft and works up with a nice “squish”. As I’m still waiting on a proper sized needle to start the sleeves for my Concetta cardigan, I thought I’d revisit an aging WIP: my Blackwood Shawl.

I started this thinking I had a great combination of yarn, hook and colour. Unfortunately, the particular alpaca that I had on hand is a little on the fuzzy side and was obscuring the stitches. I really like the pattern and the yarn would be great for something else but… something else caught my eye just as the bloom was fading off my enthusiasm for this project and… Its been in the bin ever since.

With this new-found love for the hook, I went looking for a shawl pattern and realized this one still speaks to me. A little stash-diving later and I came up with a gorgeous Zen Yarn Garden 100% silk single, fingering weight. This is an exclusive colourway “G.I. Jane” from The Yarn Company. Finally out of its cello wrap and I am cautiously working my way through the first set up rounds as I type.

As always, holding my breath for having spoken of a WIP aloud. I’m hoping the reverse psychology of admitting to a project and perhaps having people wonder what becomes of it will be enough inspiration to finish it up.

Back from the WIP bin!

Beginning with a new yarn / hook combo.

So many lovely projects come across my screen, this one caught my eye, again for a baby blanket and this blog looks like it’ll be inspiring too!

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