25 February 2015

You Know You Wanna ;-)

I'd say "ribbed for..." but this is my PG blog ;-)

My three most recent designs are available on Ravelry now. You can snag them for a deal in e-book format or purchase individually.
With all this snow, what better way to keep warm?

Shush now! PG, remember? :-)

Find the post here and please do let me know if you make these, have questions, all that good stuff.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/memories-of-egypt/patterns

WIP Wednesday

... and an FO :)
FO first. This is "Papyrus Columns Cowl". A mostly reversible cowl or infinity scarf.

Papyrus columns ~ Finished
 
The completed set:
Papyrus columns ~ Finished
Memories of Egypt. Completed test knits for a KeiB Designs e-book.
  
I'll be finishing the tech editing for the cowl today and hope to have the e-book up on Ravelry this evening. I think the book version will be titled "Memories of Egypt" or something similar, to reflect the cable theme that I used.
I hope some of you will give one of these a whirl and if you do, please feel free to share your photos :)
My new WIP is "Harmonia's Rings" by Sivia Harding:
February 25th
KeiB's "Harmonia"
This is my first moebius project - I know. It's just I hate being a crowd follower and if it's popular, I usually stay away from it. Must keep the "Punk" in Punk Rock! This pattern called to me though and so I am now on the moebius bandwagon.
I watched Cat Bordhi's Youtube video to teach myself the cast on and as best I can tell, all has gone accordingly. I'm using one of my favourite yarns, Madeline Tosh Vintage in the colourway "Wisteria". Another stashbuster project, as I purchased this a few years ago for a different project and fortuitously, had the right yardage :)
It's snowing like mad again today and so I'll tuck in with Harmonia and Henry Miller (some things are just better each time) and hope that Spring won't forget Ottawa!
Cheers All :)

30 January 2015

TGIF! From The Main Blog :)

I'm wrapping up my week with an FO and buried under snow from the storm yesterday and through the night. This does not stop life here, Canadians know snow.
First up, I wrapped the test knit for "Cairo" and will be taking photos and doing the writeup for the pattern today. Here's my "just for the record" photo, there'll be better ones! The Cascade Venezia was lovely to work with, I may even try to find an excuse to work with it again soon, no matter the size of my stash. The design prototype is on the left in 100% raw silk and the test knit is on the right in Venezia.
Cairo Scarves ~ Finished
(c)Keib Designs
The printed versions of "Les Cloches Cannelées", were dropped off to my LYS, Yarn Forward on Tuesday and I'm crossing my fingers. Selling digital copies is wonderful and I had a wee flurry of interest this past week that's been a huge boost in light of some stress in my life. I do love the idea though, of the patterns being in a place where knitters are, where they can pick up the pattern, hold it up to the yarns on display, make their choices. Knitting and crochet are tactile crafts and that is a huge part of why I enjoy it so much.
I finished the "Sachy Hat & Mitts" and am mixed on the end result. Love the hat, love the finished look of the mitts. I do note that the pattern could have been written more clearly. I've been knitting for over half my life and was able to follow but I think the written section could have used clarification and some notes. I you're tackling the mitts are very large, even the smallest size. I did note this at the outset and these will be given as a gift :)
Sachy Hat
Untitled
The next knitting project is the "Stella Luna" shawl. I'll be using that gorgeous Tosh Merino Light in "Lepidoptera" that I picked up at last year's Needler's Retreat. There are large areas of stocking stitch in this pattern that I think will be ideal for showing off the colourway.
How are all of your first project 2015 crafts coming along?

20 January 2015

First Guild Meeting of 2015

The Ottawa Knitting Guild kicked off with a great meeting last night.
I've been very sporadic in my attendance and must confess, I'd thought Guild might be too old and stuffy for me. Like so many things crafty though, the renaissance has gained fresh faces and younger devotées are coming out.
Our speaker was Anne Pitman, of Anne's Yoga. Her topic was yoga for knitters and she was a delight! Her warm, engaging speaking style and soothing voice, combined with the knitter-appropriate movements that she demonstrated, had the entire room attentive and participating. No mean feat to get a roomful of knitters to set down the pins for a bit!
I am a marathon knitter. There's never a moment other than work or eating - and sometimes I resent that! - that I'm not doing something with sticks and strings and it is hell on the Carpal Tunnel and even that old SUV injury at times. This brief introduction had me (and all the attendees) relaxed and smiling, even after a stressful day at work and the two busses in January scramble to get to the meeting on time. I think I'll be adding classes with Anne to my "Would Like To Do" list for spring.
The upcoming courses look interesting and I think I'll be joining the class that explores reading Japanese patterns. I have several Japanese knit and crochet books and I love the expanded range of designs v. North American but they can be a challenge.
I'm always looking for new skills and inspiration so... What new things are you looking at to expand and enhance your crafting this year?
Wrapping up with a little Yarn Pr0n :)
Yarn Pr0n destined for test knits

Manos del Uruguay Alegria and Silk Blend