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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

I’ve been knitting up a storm. Here’s a sneak peek of my newest shawl, coming soon. It’s called Lucky Star. You may now have a Madonna song running through your head. You’re welcome. You know that hump that happens at … Continue readi

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Every in a while, a design idea comes together so easily, it just jumps off the needles. This is the Concentric Cowl. I designed it in a wink, and the only thing that took any time at all was that … Continue reading →

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Oh, Labor Day! Farewell summer, welcome fall… I ran away with my knitting last week. Good thing I brought more than one project; I lost at yarn chicken on this Mitered Crosses Blanket square. I just needed 2 more green … Continue reading &

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Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is just around the corner! This local fiber festival has something for everybody: yarn, fiber, classes, animals, cooking, shopping, and more. I’m teaching two classes this year. Brioche Pastiche is sold out; I’m really looking …

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My home was filled with gorgeous music on Saturday evening. The eleventh annual Piano and Pinot Fun-Raiser brought together three musicians, 16 guests, and wine and dessert. I don’t play my piano much these days, so it’s nice to hear … Co

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Registration is open for the Nymphaea Shawl Retreat! The event is November 9-11 at Quinn Mountain Retreat in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. It’s a small retreat, so you’ll get lots of attention as you start your Nymphaea Shawl. Register …

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As you may know, Madrona Fiber Arts Festival is one of my favorite events of the year. I’ve been going to Madrona for many years, and teaching there since 2016. Last week, founder Suzanne Pedersen emailed to let the Madrona … Continue reading 

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Oh, the siren song of a new project! It’s so easy to be seduced away from the current ones, isn’t it? I like to have two projects at any given time. One is usually a design project I’m working out, … Continue reading U

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When we decided to meet Tyler in Scotland, highland games were high on my list of things to see. The Lorne Highland Games are pretty small, but going to Oban meant we could take the train from Edinburgh and not … Continue reading →

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We had a great vacation last month. Our older son was on a two month sabbatical trip through Europe, and we caught up with him for a week in Scotland near the end of his trip, spending time in Edinburgh, … Continue reading →

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I’m back! We took a wee trip to Scotland. And Barcelona. And St. Louis! More on all of that when I get myself sorted. I did manage to visit one yarn shop while I was away, Ginger Twist Studio in … Continue reading

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Introducing Just Enough Lace, my shawl in the new Delicate Details book from Knit Picks. Just Enough Lace is an asymmetric bias triangle which begins at the small end and grows to a sweeping finish. It’s knit flat and the … Continue

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Do you knit year round? I do. My needles have been very busy! I designed two cowls in May, which I can’t share just yet, but I love them both. They’re simple, and the yarn makes them sing, or vice … Continue reading →

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Worldwide Knit in Public Day is this Saturday, June 9. I know that for most of us, every day is Knit in Public Day; it’s just part of what we do. But it’s fun to make a party out of … Continue reading →

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It’s been done for a while, and I finally, finally took pictures for the pattern. All it took was a tripod, a camera, and an iPad to operate the camera via remote control. Whew! I could have asked DH to … Continue reading →

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I always say that blocking is magic. Especially with lace. But even then, I’m always astonished at the transformation. Here’s my Nymphaea shawl, right off the needles, no blocking, no weaving in the ends. It’s pretty small, 48 inches across …

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It was a busy weekend! Remember the dye project we bought from Abundant Earth Fiber? We loved meeting Lydia Christiansen and learning about her milling and spinning on Whidbey Island. Lydia’s entire inventory was stolen, along with her trailer, on …

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One catch up post! I spent 36 hours in Ellensburg, WA to celebrate a friend’s birthday the weekend before Knot Another Fiber Festival. It was quick but we packed in a lot of fun! Saturday was LYS Day. I wasn’t … Continue reading &

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A little recap here. I spent the weekend at Knot Another Fiber Festival. Sarah Keller of Knot Another Hat (LYS in Hood River, OR) puts on her fall Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival in The Dalles, and now this new spring … Continue reading &#

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I had the pleasure of hanging out with 16 knitters, and a group of kitters, last night. It was the first ever Knitters with Kitters event at Purringtons Cat Lounge. It sold out quickly. I’m pretty sure it won’t be … Continue reading

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Do you have a local yarn store that you love? We have nine (ten?) lovely yarn stores here in the Portland metro area; we are blessed! A local yarn store is a little bit of heaven, a place where you … Continue reading →

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I’m planning to teach a brioche knitting class at Stash in Corvallis on June 2, and at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival on September 22. This is a three hour class, so it goes beyond the two hour Petite Brioche … Continue reading

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Just in time for spring! It’s a stole! It’s a poncho! It’s lacy and gorgeous! I designed the Trellis Vines Stole/Poncho for Knit Picks two years ago. This was a year after I designed my Tilt Shift Wrap (I was …

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This past weekend was the 15th annual Crafty Moms weekend at the Oregon Coast, whoa. Fifteen years of friendship and fun. Fifteen years of beautiful sunsets and walks on the beach, and projects we may or may not remember. I’m …

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Still catching up…March began with a trunk show at For Yarn’s Sake to kick off the Rose City Yarn Crawl. I took two whole pictures. But I had fun! It’s a group trunk show at For Yarn’s Sake with Knitted … Cont

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It’s been a wildly knitterly month, and I’m just now coming up for air. Madrona Fiber Arts Festival, Rose City Yarn Crawl, Lantern Moon Retreat, and a side trip to Skamania in between, whew! Back to the beginning: Madrona! Lovely …

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No, it’s not about dating in the pioneer days! (Hey baby, wanna go for a buggy ride?) I taught a log cabin knitting class last month, and I wanted to revisit how I pick up my stitches along the selvage … Continue reading

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Well all that brioche knitting had to turn into something! These are the three hat patterns in the Brioche Hat Trick e-book, available through Ravelry as a pdf download. I went for a botanical theme, so they’re Clematis Seed (the … Co

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The Puget Sound Shawl is a two color half-pi (semi-circular) shawl, knit flat. It features sunshine and rain, seagulls, the Olympic Mountains, and waves lapping the shore. The magic of slipped stitches creates two-color motifs in the sunshine and seagull …

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First of all: Drumroll! The winner of the Japanese Shetland Lace Knitting book is…carrotmusic, aka Karen. Congratulations! I just bound off my last (for now) brioche project. It’s the cowl I started before I took the deep dive into the …

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