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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

I love linen in the summer. It’s cool and crisp, and feels just right to wear. I’m hoping for a long slow slide into fall, because I’m not done with summer yet! Kittiwake is a breezy summer shell that knits … Continue reading →

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I tried on my Soldotna Crop halfway through the bind off, and it either needed to be a little shorter or a lot longer. I thought it would be cuter as a little cropped thing, so I ripped back and … Continue reading →

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Just a reminder, registration is open for our Seeing Stars Fall Shawl Retreat. This is a small retreat in the Columbia River Gorge, near Camas. I’m doing this with crochet designer Laurinda Reddig, and both of our shawls feature stars! …

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You know how much I love brioche knitting. I’ve fallen so far down the brioche rabbit hole, first with 2 color brioche in the round, then increases and decreases. What’s next? Flat brioche. Flat brioche, syncopated. If you swap the … Continue re

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I didn’t realize I was almost done with the yoke by the time I finished auditioning my color combinations. Now we’re just flying along! Remember I said that I hadn’t done a proper gauge swatch? Yeah, that. The stated gauge …

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Well, it took all morning, but I just had to know for sure. Here’s the green yoke version. And here’s the white yoke version. The green and purple arrow section isn’t nearly as compelling as I imagined it would be, … Continue reading 

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I don’t knit from other designer’s patterns very often; usually I’m designing something of my own. But every once in a while a design will catch my attention, and I just have to knit it! The last time it was … Continue reading 

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I’m teaching at Vogue Knitting Live in Columbus, Ohio this fall! The event is November 1-3, and general registration is now open at this link. I’m so excited to take my show on the road! I’ll be teaching these classes: … Continu

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What kind of person brings white linen knitting on a camping trip? Yes, it’s me. I had just finished the white linen top, and I didn’t love it. I wanted minimal shaping, so I designed it with two simple rectangles. … Continue rea

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It’s the dog days of summer, but I’m busily planning for fall. (This is my friend Sissy at Lost Lake, Mt. Hood National Forest, last week.) First off, I’ll be teaching at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in September. This … Contin

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So, my gauge swatch ended up being 39” in circumference and 5” tall, unblocked. I gave it a soak and laid it out with just a little bit of encouragement to maintain its size, and it pretty much did. The … Continue reading →

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Well, linen captured my hot weather knitting attention, so that’s what I’m knitting right now. But not this: I frogged this linen knitting from last summer, and started something with a simple lace pattern. How did I choose? I wanted …

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It’s been a busy month here; I’ve been up to my elbows in brioche! Two of the projects will be published next winter; I can’t show them until they’re out. But they were really fun to work on. The third … Continue read

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I didn’t make it to IKEA on Saturday; that was one too many activities for me. But it was a great day in the park with Knit Picks. It didn’t even rain! And it was cool enough that we could … Continue reading →

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Worldwide Knit in Public Day is this Saturday, June 8. As knitters, we knit in public all the time. But it’s fun to make a special party of it! There are three WWKIP Day events on my radar, and I’m … Continue reading →

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How do you keep track of where you are in a pattern? I was recently invited to try knitCompanion, an app for iOS and Android devices. I’m happy to say that this is a very useful tool. Read to the … Continue reading →

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I have a couple new classes coming soon! First up: Shall We Dance. Learn how to tame your skein with planned pooling! Space dyed yarns can be so pretty in the skein, but so jumbly when you knit them. Learn … Continue reading

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Introducing Parquetry, a garter stitch and brioche cowl. I designed it for Fiber Gallery, a local yarn shop in Seattle, for this year’s Puget Sound LYS Tour. This yarn crawl runs from May 15-19, 2019. If you’re planning on attending …

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It’s been quiet over here on PDXKnitterati, but that does’t mean there’s nothing happening! It’s been an absolute storm of knitting that I can’t show you. Life is like that sometimes. I designed and finished a project that I can …

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I just found out that my Oregon Sky has been nominated for pattern of the month on LoveKnitting! In addition to Ravelry, I sell patterns on LoveKnitting, which is based in the United Kingdom. I uploaded Oregon Sky there last … Continue rea

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Mmmmm, brioche. It’s been quiet around here, but that’s because I’ve been doing a deep dive. I’ve gained new skills frogging two color brioche and getting it back on the needles. It’s actually easier than it sounds. I do it … Continue readi

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Spring has sprung for sure! April is the prettiest month in Portland. Everything bursts into bloom. I try to do my favorite bridge walk on the waterfront when the cherry trees are blooming. The walk is 2.7 miles along the … Continue re

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One more time! We had a spectacularly beautiful weekend on the Oregon Coast. Great weather, beautiful sunsets, camaraderie and crafts. I’ll put the scenic photos at the end. Yarn and other craftiness first! Brioche and Bellini breakfast I brought three …

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Shall We Dance is an adventure in planned pooling. Space dyed yarns can be so pretty in the skein, but so jumbly when you knit them. Learn how to tame the color monster with planned color pooling. This Aran weight … Continue reading ͛

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The 2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl is in the books, and it was fun as always! It’s a tradition that we begin on Thursday with a big trunk show at For Yarn’s Sake. Lorajean Kelley of Knitted With, and designers … Continue reading →

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On top of everything else going on, we went to New York City for the weekend for a family gathering. It was a very quick trip! We did a few things between family events. We were a block off Central … Continue reading →

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We lost our Yadi last week after a brief but devastating illness. He was two (two and a half?) years old. He came into our life last summer, July 25, 2018, from Purringtons Cat Lounge. We got him as a … Continue reading →

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I’m delighted to introduce my new shawl design, Oregon Sky. It’s a collaboration with local dyer Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit. And a cast of thousands. Or at least 10. From Lorajean: What do you get when you put a … Continue reading 

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The 20th, and very last, Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat was last weekend. It was perfect, and perfectly wonderful. This community of fiber artists just feels like home. I had the honor and pleasure of both teaching and being a student, … Continue reading

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This is so pretty, and if you’ve got oranges hanging around from holiday gift baskets, this is a great way to use them! Winter Beet and Orange Quinoa Salad 1 cup quinoa, uncooked 2 roasted beets, or if you’re lazy … Continue reading

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