Something for me


Purpleee can serve a Pur-ple-ose

Purple is a  mysterious colour indeed. Purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. Purple satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement. Because purple is derived from the mixing of a strong warm and strong cool color it has both warm and cool properties it’s an irrefutable choice as an accessory, rendering our frenetic metropolis into an agreeable clime.

wha wha… haven’t had time to knit – which makes me sad and blue. Well not up until Friday night.  I resolved to make something for myself to break out of my slump.

I have been busy doing my other job(s). Which do not reap the same rewards as knitting and creating. Shown here a  chowl – a cross between a cowl and a shawl. With a button to hold it all in place. Perfect if you want to keep your coiffeur from frizzing. See also matching hat.

Wool: Debbie Bliss como – 90% Merino / 10% Cashmere, Made in Italy


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The liberty to knit and purl


“Royal mail hath arrived”

As the wool stash waxes and intensifies, so too does my creative appetite for knitting. It’s surprising how reasonable shipping costs are when ordering knitting supplies via the internet. I was pleased to finally get my shipment of Freedom Spirit Wool from England. This wool tends to self stripe in the most insouciant manner. The colours are so closely related that the subtlety is markedly organic.

I have plans to try a few the patterns from this Twilleys of Standford booklet # 455.

The luxurious wool seen here in colours: energy and fire.

I foresee this shipment of yarn will auger in sundry fab duds.

My road is paved in yarn intentions


Wool slaves unite!

We knitters live in a mare’s nest. It’s safe to say knitters know the following scenario by wrote: “Knitters are wool gluttons and project-aholics.” Enticed by yarn and armed with ambition, the determination to perpetually hunt for patterns and wool is a fundamental trait we must bear.  Then a few mistakes, like miscounted stitches, or dropped stitches, are discovered and the wheels of progress come grinding to a halt. All of a sudden the knitting project gets pitched into a bag, or a basket. As usual life gets in between – we move on.

Then the call starts again. A fresh skein of wool impetuously beckons and charms you. You glance guiltily over at the socks or hat you’ve been working on but the luster has faded.  You’ve been seized by another knitting project. You make a flimsy promise to finish the socks or the scarf or the sweater however out of sight is out of mind.

You give yourself a short lecture on the detriments of procrastination and living the life of denial. But it’s old and you know how to skirt the issue by becoming subsumed in the new skein of wool.

Here are some updates. I  feel as though I am defeating the beast of abeyance. Take a gander at the inroads I’m making on the knitting/printing front.

I’m trying to adopt a “no regrets-no apologies philosophy”. Somethings gotta give.

1. Silk Sleeves – finished knitting these last week. The last act will be to sew up the seams. The finishing segment requires extra patience and should not be hurried.

2. Socks – I had been attending a knitting class to learn how to knit socks. What I hadn’t paid attention to was that the Wednesday night  Sock Class would conflict with Lent. Holden Evening Service is a Lenten Service I try to attend so the socks, or rather the sock class is now a no-show for me. You are supposed to give something up for Lent – perhaps the sock class is what I have to give up. To clarify I am not giving up knitting. No sirree bub. On the list are chocolate, wine and swearing. I’m no saint when it comes to giving up these ghosts. When a birthday lands in the middle of Lent you fall hard off the wagon. Currently I’m kicking up my heels, the heel and foot of the sock are temporarily postponed. Please stand by.

3. Capelet for baby – just couldn’t resist starting yet another ! knitting project. Taken from: Onemoreskein 30 Quick Projects to knit by Leigh Radford. I am in the mood to knit for babies again. Spring to me means babies! and fetching outfits.

http://www.leighradford.com/oneMoreSkein/index.html

4. Silk Screening – Here’s an illustration for a silk screen I’m working on at Martha Street Studio. This week the 4th and last colour will be screened on. Below is the rendering for the print. I’m really buzzed to be printing again!

Button Band Hat


Gilded Cap

Recently  went to the bottom of the wool bag and found a hat that needed finishing. Discoveries like these are best dealt with immediately. At least that’s what I’ve decided. Getterdone! = freedom to get going on other projects.

Knitted from Estelle yarn from Peru, Ultra Wool 50% wool/50% superfine alpaca. Colour: golden rod. The bucolic button is made from coconut. Any takers? It might be spring but caps like these are still a staple in the Manitoba climate where winds are always snappy and can still yield a bite.

Golden Rod Story Book

The Queer Rabbit, by Percy K. Fitzhugh; illustrated by H. Iheldfeld, G.A. Davis & C. Kendrick; published by McLoughlin Brothers
1906

Floccus schemes vs. leisure antics


Interludes and knitting

It’s an unvarnished fact that I am known to dither. Before embarking on a project I gauge all my options. There’s decisions aplenty to make in the beginning stages of knitting.  I have no problem getting down to the gist or the nitty-gritty of a project, however the gamut between choices, options and obligations is a complicated path. Time management is at the core of all organized people. Perpetually reinventing myself as über-multitudinous is my long sought grail. The wool and project stash is a constant reminder to keep going with this dream.

It’s a long weekend in Winnipeg and exclamations of Amen and alleluia! bellow far and wide. Monday is Louis Riel Day which translated means: I have a full day to kindle my knitting mojo. Meanwhile I’m looking forward to taking an  interlude at the Festival du Voyaguer which launched this weekend. Last night I went skating on the river trail but nary a fellow voyager could be seen. It was frightfully cold but my assorted sheaths of merino shrouded me from the harsh, churlish winds. Despite the ice having uneven sections, I found myself soothed by the rasping sound of metal on ice, and the steady, lilting motion of skating. It quickly registered that this workout took all the ruffles out of my blustery week.

As for Floccus schemes… I can’t decide (again options) which project to woo:
1. Silk sleeves from One Skein Wonders by Leigh Radford. Using the recommended Rowan KidSilk yarn 70% Kidsilk Mohair/30% silk.
2. As well I am trying a sock pattern using Austermann Yarn 75% Virgin wool/25% polymid.
The heat is on. These knitting projects need to get polished off. A juggling act to be sure, striking an equilibrium between frolicking and knitting will be a delicate achievement. Blogging compels accountability.

Démodé blazer scores brio with a poodle scarf !


Otiose excuses

Sometimes kismet is pretty simple. Your options, once meager and  distant can turn on a dime once you finally decide to get yourself motivated.  You start by rummaging in your wool stash, by touch alone you discover some plushy yarn from inside the jumbles of yarn you have been hoarding. Then suddenly the  glacial chill  is dispelled and you are magically released from your glomming lethargy. The yarn galvanizes you into action. My discovery was a praiseworthy boucle’ yarn in a shade called ‘Alaska’. It  instantly pleaded its case to be fabricated into something flamboyant. It’s winter here in Winnipeg and February lolls about in its typical passive manner. There seems to be widespread idleness, and it’s endemic. It’s as bottomless as the mountains of snow we have amassed this winter. Humanity’s facade is quiescent here at the 49th latitude. Behind closed doors we’re all stir crazy and in need of  something big or failing this radical  phenomena, we  settle upon pinning  for  lackadaisical solutions,  like: a) better television, b) a better social life, or c) some anecdotal pizazz to release inspirational, creative energy.  The latter  was settled on whilst watching bad television and waiting for my 16 year old daughter to navigate her way home in my car on treacherous, icy roads. As the squiggly yarn grew into the cravat I seemed to climb from my doldrums. At this juncture my heart  seized the joie de vivre! The result of which can be seen here.

OPUS CRAVAT

Knitted on Size 13 U.S. needles, Nomad Wool: 60% Wool/25% Alpaca/15% Nylon

Look for Nomad Yarn at Sirdar:  http://www.sirdar.co.uk/

FYI various knitting projects are under development. The cacophony of chirping arising from this phenomena is causing outright uproar. Please stand by for more completed projects.

Smitten Kitten


Scintillating and Serene



This photo sparkles and squeals a thousand words of sweetness and cuteness. On this occasion I introduce to you a special munchkin whose name is  Heidi. She is my niece Kirsten’s baby girl. Presently she parades a joyful demeanor. Oftentimes she is timid and shy, nevertheless her eyes bestow incredibly awareness. She is blessed with security and  and has been gifted an impervious sanctuary replete with kith and kin. She thrives on fawning peeps and comfy-soft canoodles.

Shown here in a Fireworks Chapeau, made from a chunky German yarn called Gedifra: 50% Highland Alpaca/50% New Wool, in Lavender Pudding!

http://www.gedifra.net/

Foxy


Coquette

Foxy Facsimile

Short of DNA testing which would only produce the same results, I have come to the conclusion that I have discovered the truth. I authenticate that  “It Girl # 2” is indeed Kirsten (and looking foxy I may add).

Signe and Kirsten are reverberating echo’s of one another but make no mistake, their uniqueness is undeniably ubiquitous. At present, they revel in motherhood and parenthood. I recall completely embracing this brimful, matriarchal wellspring.  Veering, but not forsaking the sacred path of motherhood, the Hat seems to be the frosting on the cupcake for these gals. They, as I, adore a pretty chapeau, which is my fortuity. Serendipity presents again. Makin’ lemonade in the shade. Not all fun games though, some knitting is required.

Shown here Kirsten in her “Numero dos” Chapeau

Made from Debbie Bliss Como, 90 % Merino/10% Cashmere, Colour: Talc blue

Sprinting with Noro and Java


I’m in Ictus

Evanescent Manoeuvrings on size 8 needles

 

Just putting it out there that there’s been a humdinger’ of a K1, YO, K2 happening  over here! Knitters spend a lot of time having love affairs with wool. The options are unremitting when surveying the myriad of kaleidoscopic yarns in the inner sanctum the Wool Shrine (aka your friendly neighborhood Wool  Repository). “Feel me! Buy me! Try me!” So much wool, so little time. Well the day job chomps its way into prime time knitting hours however there’s always nightfall, which in Winter-peg is currently 5:13 p.m. This is when yarn binging  generally occurs. These days I’m in ictus. In a transient state – as I am  memorized by a Noro yarn and can’t stop myself from recklessly knitting up a little sumptin’ sumptin’ .  I recently   discovered the “fagot stitch”. No guff this is what it’s called and frankly, fagoting can  rouse zeal in a knitter. There’s a beautiful rhythm to this stitch, primarily from the point of view of the continental knitter. I’m a speed daemon. I love it and quite frankly I’m hooked. I recommend a cupla’ mugs of Kick Ass Coffee to jolt you into high gear!

http://www.kickinghorsecoffee.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=41&products_id=75

Shown here: Noro Yarn, Made in Japan, Chirimen:  60% Cotton/24% Silk /16 % Wool

http://www.diamondyarn.com/d/noro/

Doppelgänger Shennanigans


It Girl # 1

Coquette

I have twin nieces. Identical twins. Aside from telephone conversations which still leave me flummoxed as to identity,  my savvy on being able to identify Signe and Kirsten since they were wee babe’s has been spot on! Today when I asked for a photo of Signe in her new chapeau (sent to me in an email) I couldn’t help feel wangled. Are my  spidey senses malfunctioning? Is this indeed Signe? Kirsten sent me the email. Hmmm…. this may be a clever ruse that the twins have concocted. Is it time to play the doppelgänger prank with their Tante (Aunt) Karin? Either way these girls know how to wile people with a charming smile. It’s reminiscent of  the ol’ Double Mint Gum advertisement. Double your flavour/double your fun? Coquettish behavior knows no bounds. Next a Photo of the other. We’ll get to the bottom of this while Signe is away on holiday.

At any rate I have made them each an “It Girl Chapeau”. This is numero uno.

Made from Debbie Bliss Como, 90 % Merino / 10% Cashmere, Colour: Rain Cloud