29 July 2015

From The Main Blog ~ It Has Begun...

I didn't plan to post again so soon... is slow here in blogland and summer is all too fleeting in The Great White North but...

I saw the first of them.

Those harbingers of doom - the annoying people who start posting about it being halfway through the year and "better start planning for Christmas". Don't even get me started on "Back To School" being in the shops already. What happened to enjoying the moment?!

Anyway...

I didn't start it but it brought to mind that yes, I will be crafting for people and I suspect some of you may be too. So, I thought that I'd mention that I've been updating yarns for sale on my Ravelry stash tab - yes, still unpacking and organizing. There is lots new including: much sought after limited edition colours, discontinued and out of business Indie sock yarn, Socks That Rock!, Rowan yarns - several that are discontinued, cashmere, alpaca, Lucky Lurker "Duets" sock yarns and some Vegan-friendly skeins too. Tons more in a range of weights. I recently began an offer to pay half of the shipping cost on any purchase of three (3) skeins, this doesn't include purchases that are sold as lots.

I also have some handspun yarns, tools, books and patterns available at my Etsy shop and for those who don't knit or are pressed for time this year, I have several finished knit and crochet items in the Etsy shop.

Now if that doesn't jingle your bells in July, I'm sure this will!

Knitfun xmas july

20 July 2015

Make It Monday, Mai-sen ~ Sakura Blossom

Mai-sen is completed. This is my test knit / crochet based upon Geisha. I revamped the construction slightly and like it better for ease and minimizing finishing. I'm all about less finishing. Mai-sen was another stashbusting project too, some very elderly but gorgeous Zen Yarn Garden serenity lace and squooshy sock. Both were club exclusives via Woolgirl and serendipitously, they played nicely together.

Here is Mai-sen's CV:



14 July 2015

From The Main Blog ~ 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 ©Kindred 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! :)


07 July 2015

Filigree Is Available In The Ravelry Shop

Never too early to begin with your Christmas, Etc. gift making :)

You can find Filigree, my latest scarf pattern at the link below and please feel free to add me on Ravelry (KarinB) or to join the PSPRP group on Ravelry.

Filigree ~ Eyelet & Tailored Ruffle Scarf


Cheers All!
Filigree ©by KeiB Designs
Filigree ©by KeiB Designs