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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

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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I’m teaching my Athena Entrelac Cowl at Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in February. I love entrelac; it makes a knitter feel ever so clever! It’s even easier when you have a slow color changing yarn to make the color choices … Continue read

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I finished this hat on Saturday evening, but changed my mind about the crown shaping. About to start that again. In other news, happy birthday to DH! I decided to get cases for his autographed baseballs. They’ve been rolling around …

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First, if you’re looking for the Shetland Lace book giveaway post, click here. *After* you read this post, of course! I’m almost done knitting the third of my three brioche hats. Silly me, I started with the most complicated stitch …

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I just looked up, and January is half over. Whoa! I’m doing a deep toss of my studio office. Lots of dumping and recycling going on, and I’ve moved more of my knitting books in, and more of my kiddos’ … Continue reading

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A hat is a fiendishly simple thing. It’s a tube, closed at the top. Easy peasy, right? I’ve been playing with this hat project all week. It’s been a Goldilocks experience. Too tall? Too short? Just right? The top of … Continu

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The brioche knitting continues. I’m smitten! I knit this cowl for my sister. She’s a big University of Oregon Ducks fan, and the swirling circles made perfect O’s. After the perfect mirror symmetry of plain brioche rib, I was startled …

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First, if you’re looking for the free Petite Brioche knitting pattern, see this post. I’m back in the kitchen today, making some quick gifts. Of course they are boozy. These were on my blog last year at this time, but … Conti

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This is Petite Brioche, a little headband/earband to keep the chill away. It’s also a great introduction to two color brioche rib in the round. It’s a quick little project, and you can still whip one out for a wee … Continue readin

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It started in January, with a scarf. This is the Never Fail Scarf, a free pattern from Mason-Dixon Knitting. Really fast, and a great learning tool for single color brioche knit flat. Of course I had to figure out how … Continue reading →

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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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