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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

I’m so pleased with my newest design, the Cannon Beach Cowl. It just rolled off my needles because the yarn knew what it wanted to be. I love it when that happens! And then there were fingerless mitts too, because … C

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The fifth annual Indie Design Gift-A-long is live on Ravelry! What is Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion through Ravelry to help you kick-start your holiday gift-making. It begins with a pattern sale, and then the fun and games begin on …

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I fell in love with some yarn recently. It begged me to take it home from Knit Purl. This is Woolfolk Får, a very soft worsted weight merino wool with a chainette/icord construction. Look at that chainette! Yarn doesn’t always … Conti

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I love i-cord selvage edgings that are worked simultaneously with your project. No afterthoughts here! They give a finished edge, and help keep stockinette from rolling. I’ve been using two techniques for this. The first is on my Thrumbelina slippers, …

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The class schedule is up! The Madrona Fiber Arts Festival is February 15-18 (President’s Day weekend) in Tacoma, WA, and registration for classes opens on the morning of November 9. I am super excited to be teaching my class, Athena …

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Finally ready for prime time! This is Tumbling Leaves, a wide crescent shawl. I designed this sample with Bumblebirch Heartwood, a lightweight 75/25 superwash merino/nylon blend. It was a delight to knit! The shawl is wide enough to wear wrapped …

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I’m going to Rhinebeck this weekend! But not in person. This is my Nymphaea shawl. Nymphaea is the genus name for water lilies, and the lacy shell pattern reminds me of flowers floating in a pond on a breezy day. … Continue r

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I have a pattern (or two, depending on how you look at it) in the new Knit Picks book, Merry Knitmas. Aren’t they sweet? It’s a choose your own adventure pattern. I wanted to offer a choice of cuff motifs … Continue

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Do you belong to a knitting guild? I just joined a brand new one, the Puddletown Knitters Guild. Link to Facebook site here; I don’t think there’s a website yet. What is a knitting guild? It’s a place to share … Continue

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I love perusing the knitting books at Kinokuniya, the bookstore inside Uwajimaya. I’ve picked up a couple stitch dictionaries there, both here and once in Tokyo. It’s usually possible to puzzle out the charted stitch patterns, even though I don’t …

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September flew right on by! A birthday, an anniversary (35 years!), a pattern in By Hand Serial #4, and Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. I had the great good fortune to be the knitting judge at OFFF, and it was … Continue reading →

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It’s out today! And now I can show you my new design, Puget Sound, which is in the current issue of By Hand Serial. (All photographs from this issue courtesy of Andrea Hungerford.) I put together my favorite things about … Continue readin

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Hurricane Harvey fundraiser update: Thank you for participating in my fundraiser! I just sent the proceeds to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. I’m paying the PayPal and Ravelry fees, so all the pattern sale money goes to the fund. I’m …

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The photos of the devastation in Houston are heartbreaking, the result of unimaginable rainfall from Hurricane Harvey. I’ve been looking into charity efforts, trying to figure out how to help. The Mason-Dixon Knitting gals are one step ahead of me; …

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Well that was stellar! And lunar. And solar…definitely awe inspiring! Pinhole camera made with knitting needle and paper on hand I trekked down to Salem to view the eclipse from Willamette Valley Vineyards. They were in the path of totality; …

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Next design project: A shawl with this gradient kit. With beads! The yarn is from June Pryce Fiber Arts, 7 100 yard mini-skeins of MCN. The beads are from Bead Biz; I’ve met them several times at Madrona. I want … Continue reading

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At least that’s what I think I’m calling it. Let me know if you have a better idea! This is a wide crescent shawl, knit from the top down with two skeins of Bumblebirch Heartwood Fingering in Hellebore and Atlantic … Continue

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It’s August, and it’s hot. I’m thinking of winter’s chill, and big fat yarn. This is my Snowflake Christmas stocking. It’s one of my earlier patterns; I first published it in 2009. But I designed this stocking way before that. …

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While I was knitting my Go Tell the Bees KAL shawlette this month, I was also designing another shawl. This is Hazel Knits Entice MCN fingering, in Splish Splash and Hoppy Blond. Two of my favorite colors in one of … Continue reading

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And lovely wraps they are… The Go Tell the Bees KAL has wrapped up. We had a lot of fun in the Ravelry group! Here are some of the newer FOs. Clockwise from top left: Shawls by Cassiopia, nibbleknitter, chaos1, … Continue reading

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I just bound off my Go Tell the Bees shawlette, KAL version. It’s blocking in the shade of the bamboo in the backyard. So pretty! I’m using flexible Inspinknity Ultra-Fine Blocking Wires for the top curve, and pinning out each … Cont

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I love being the boss of my knitting, even to the point of cutting it up to make it behave. Steeking had been on my bucket list for years, and I took a class from the fabulous Mary Scott Huff … Continue reading →

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The Go Tell the Bees KAL is halfway done, and FO’s are rolling in! Photo by chainstitcher on Ravelry Photo by BlossomWorks on Ravelry Photo by BlueberryHill on Ravelry Photo by knitcrazycpa on Ravelry Photo by maybaby24 on Ravelry Photo …

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The Go Tell the Bees KAL is underway, and we’re having a grand time chatting over in the Ravelry thread. It’s not too late to join the KAL; we’re knitting at our own pace and just having fun. Some of …

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It was a jam packed weekend! I was a guest designer at the Knit Picks WWKIP Day Knit Pick-nic, where I worked on my Go Tell the Bees KAL. I love how my mannequin Lacey has my yarn ball tucked … Continue reading →

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It’s shaping up to be a knit-packed weekend here in Portland, Oregon! Knit Picks is having a WWKIP (Worldwide Knit in Public) Day event this Saturday, June 10. I’ll be one of the guest designers there; come say hi if … Continu

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And we’re live! My Go Tell the Bees pattern is now available through Ravelry. (If you’re a newsletter subscriber, don’t forget to use your coupon code for 20% off. If you’re not a subscriber and want to be, let me …

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There is something wonderful about mastering a skill and getting repeatable results. I’ve been on a bagel quest for the last couple of months, turning out batch after batch in search of the perfect multi-grain boiled bagel texture. I did … Continue read

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Buzz! I’m watching my test knitters’ projects develop on the Go Tell The Bees projects page on Ravelry, and planning for a fun KAL. Pattern coming June 1, KAL begins June 11. I found some cute bee stitch markers that … Continue reading 

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Remember this cake of gorgeous gradient yarn? It grew up to be this shawl. This is Go Tell the Bees. It was inspired by the title of the upcoming book in the Outlander series, “Go Tell the Bees That I … Continue reading →

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