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

14 January 2015

WIP Wednesday

My WIP's doth runneth over! Already... 2015 knitting is off to a blistering start despite the constant interference of that Time Vampire "Work".
One the needles, in my typical "Circuit Knitting" style are:
Phoenix Rising: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/phoenix-rising
Goth-stonian Leg Warmers: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/goth-stonian-legwarmers
Cairo Scarf Test Knit: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarinB/cairo-scarf
I'm cheating and just linking the Ravelry project pages so that I can save my fingers.
The first full week back, post flu and the passing of my beautiful Nanny, has been brutal! Temperatures are what they are during January in my neck of the woods: cold with cold, bitter freezing and cold :p and my unit was tasked with completing several Finance courses that are mandatory and had to be completed by days' end yesterday. No mean feat in a unit where timelines for completing your actual work are near impossible due to demand and our tiny staff. I am happy to say though that all three courses are complete and my marks may even have been pretty good! Nice to add to the old resume.
I have some wonderful news about Les Cloches Cannelées, it is going to be carried in printed format at my local LYS, Yarn Forward! I'm over the moon as every little bit helps. It's hard to shine among the many pattern choices and talented designers on Ravelry, or even Etsy and so I'm super happy to have this opportunity. A store sample is underway and I'm crossing my fingers.
And with that, I'm off to work,
Cheers All!

07 January 2015

Les Cloches Cannelées Is Live In The Shop :)

Les Cloches Cannelées or The Fluted Bells scarf is finally available for purchase in  my Ravelry shop.
You can find it here: KeiB Designs on Ravelry Soon to follow on Craftsy and Etsy.
Les Cloches had different working names through the design and prototype phases but I think this one suits it best :) The two culprits are pictured below:
Two Cloche Scarves for Patt
Eyelet Smocked Scarf ©Karin Bole Tupper

The Bishop's Sleeves ©Karin Bole Tupper
The Bishop's Sleeves
©Karin Bole Tupper
If you do make one of my patterns, please be sure and post photos to our little group on Ravelry. I also have a tab way-y-y-y up top there under the "KeiB Designs" tab, to post reader's knits, if you'd like to share them here.
I'm still sick as all get out but the enforced home time was good for a little productivity and it's Hump Day! I'll be going back to work tomorrow - ugghh - out of pace now but well fortified with cold meds for the battle.
Cheers all :)

23 December 2014

'Tis The Season

Things became hectic, as they do for so many but there's a wee update on my main blog about my holiday "doings":


Some knitting and crocheting still going on amidst the cookie baking :)