10 February 2016

Quick Update

Tons of new stuff in my Etsy shop. Counted cross stitch fans, I no longer stitch and have listed many OOP charts, kits and semi-kits. Some lovely discontinued yarns - Debbie Bliss, Sundara, Etc. plus ready-to-wear and KeiB Designs patterns.

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And most recent post from the main blog:

A little here, a little there. Verra busy lately!


22 January 2016

Shop and Ravelry Updates

What's not fun about a makeover?!
Except all the work...
The time had more than come for an investment of effort. My Etsy shop is 8 years old now and I've been on Ravelry since 2007. Needless to say, many photos needed updates - some still need to be scanned for upload. Things like links, tags, SEO, other social media weren't around then and sadly, left some of my early posts and listings were very 'bush league'.

Today was the day that I made time to update some old knitting project photos and with them, did a massive update. I focused on Etsy and the trickle-down landed on Flickr and Ravelry. It's not quite finished but close to it and I'm glad with the results. Part of the update process was to unpack, evaluate and post or pitch my many counted cross stitch kits and supplies. At one time, I was as obsessed with this craft as I currently am with knitting and the CCS stash accrued shows it! The bottom line had to be, I will never be able to do it all (36 kits x 1 month to complete = 3 years of samplers and that isn't all of them!) and the same is true for my knitting. Knitting won. The prize is that all of my 'Just Nan' sampler charts / kits are listed on Etsy and you can find those here: JN Cross Stitch. If you have any friends or family who might be ISO of these retired patterns, feel free to pass along the link. If you'd care to 'follow' or 'favourite' my shop - KeiB Designs and Knits-  please do! It'd make my day.

I took the time to update several FO photos of scarves that are in my Ravelry projects and also listed on Etsy. My 'M'amselle' mannequin is new and a much better model than the kitchen table, floor or Ikea cot that was my background for years :). This led to tweaking my LinkedIn and adding proper tags and descriptions to all that stuff in Flickr.

There are times that I really like this OCD thing!
How was your week in fibre and life in general?

A few of the 'Do Overs':


17 January 2016

From The Main Blog ~ Suffering Startitis

I seem to have 'outstarted' myself in the last week. This is common for me - the ADD, OCD, creative-type thing. Everything I picked up and cast on but almost immediately, went sour. Kind of how I imagine a bad first date would be. Part of it is being committed to working from my stash and if you've seen my Ravelry stash, you'll understand why. Despite the size and variety, I wasn't getting the 'THIS!' feeling from anything. I decided that maybe a new pattern would be the ticket and purchased a couple including, Wolfberry Knits 'Metallicus' tee. It was the cure!
A new pattern, some old stash and I have a cute tee shirt ready to go for when spring arrives here. I used up some Nashua Creative Focus Linen in pale teal and am really pleased with the finished project.
Met-eal-i-cus:


Some of the survivors from the 'startitis' frenzy are two hexi-type stashbuster blankets. I love this pattern and that it can be worked modularly like the uber-popular 'Sock Yarn Blanket' from the Heathen Housewife. I have a vast amount of leftovers as well as stash and this project is great for commute knitting. The blue hued one is sock weight and the purple one is worsted. I'm working on a modified 'Sothia' shawl in some old and much-loved Zen String. All of which keep me from my true dream of singing karaoke down at the pub and being 'discovered'!


Modified Sothia shawl
Modified Sothia shawl

02 January 2016

From The Main Blog ~ Last Stitches 2015

Leventry-tini aka: Leventry by Sarah Jordan. Off the blocking mat and onto M'amselle for its debut:


Progress photo of 'First Stitches 2016' aka: Matinée Cowl ~ Indian Paintbrush:
Indian Paintbrush progress
Indian Paintbrush progress