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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

I bought some Inspinknity blocking wires a few months ago, in anticipation of.blocking my Twin Leaf Crescent. I had knit two of these before (one prototype, one FO) and had not loved the blocking process. Scallops are hard to block! … Co

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Stole vs Poncho: The readers have spoken! It sounds like it was a good idea to hedge my bets and have Trellis Vines be wearable both ways. I am currently wearing mine as a poncho, but glad to have the … Continue reading &

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I’ve been dying to wear this new piece for the last six months, but I had to wait until it was published last week. This is my Trellis Vines Stole and Poncho. It’s a long rectangle of lacy loveliness. You … Conti

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It’s all about the braid. These cuffs are a little workshop in stranded color knitting and braids. Three types of braids are featured: Latvian herringbone braids, half braids that resemble chain links, and half braids that resemble twisted rope. They …

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As promised, here’s my newest design, the Beanstalk Poncho. I wore it on the last day of the yarn crawl, and loved it. It’s knit with two 400 yard skeins of fingering weight yarn, a perfect lightweight accessory for spring … Conti

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The weekend before the yarn crawl was the 13th annual Crafty Moms weekend at the coast. That’s a lot of tradition! The Beanstalk Poncho that I wore Sunday? I seamed it at Crafty Moms weekend. I was going to use … Continue reading

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I spent the last day of the yarn crawl at my home haunt, Twisted. I teach many classes here. My trunk show here was just plain fun. Terri showed me her finished RCYC MKAL for this year. Her friend M … Continue reading →

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Only two shops for me today, but they were great! First stop, Wool ‘n’ Wares to see the Rainbow moose. (Rainbow Connection scarf pattern by Shannon Squire.) So much rainbow in one shop! And trunk shows. Four simultaneous trunk shows, … Continu

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I won’t even pretend that I’ll be able to go to all 14 shops on the Rose City Yarn Crawl. I salute those who have already turned in their completed passports! I started my day with a trunk show, but … Continue reading →

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The Rose City Yarn Crawl started off with a bang. Or more accurately, a POP! I spent the day at For Yarn’s Sake having a multi-trunk show with dyer Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit, and fellow designers Shannon Squire and … Continue reading U

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It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year: Rose City Yarn Crawl! This year there are fourteen participating shops in the metro Portland area. The crawl begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, and ends at 6 p.m. … Continue rea

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Well, that was a hoot! I knit this Stopover in 8 days, and then set it aside to wait for my color pop swap yarn to arrive in the mail. What a difference a color pop makes! The swap yarn … Continue reading →

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A little more Madrona. If you missed the Fun and Games edition, you can see it here. (Market, extras, a song.) I took two classes this year: Latvian Fingerless Mitts with Beth Brown-Reinsel, and A Sense of Proportion with Franklin … Continue re

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Madrona was, as always, a magical experience. This was my first time teaching there. My blocking class was full, and my students came ready to learn about swatching, washing, and blocking all the knits. It was fun! I took two … Continue read

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I finished all the knitting on my Stopover last night! Monday to Monday, and done. Except for the color pops. I’m waiting for my swap of color pops to come in the mail, and I’ll duplicate stitch them when I … Continue reading →

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Edit: it’s 40K, not 20K. I was thinking about the 16 row repeat, but it’s 32 rows. Math! But it’s bound off and done. Ends woven in; here are the orts: It’s just the way I imagined it. I love … Continue reading →

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Do you always swatch? Do you always wash and block your swatches? True confessions time here: I don’t always swatch, and when I do, I don’t always wash and block it. This has come back to bite me several times. … Conti

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I’ve just bound off and blocked a new design project. Such pretty leftovers! And they kind of go with my wine. I’ve loved every moment of knitting with this gorgeous gradient kit from Black Trillium Fibres. It’s Lilt, an 85/15 …

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Last month I bought some Hood strawberries, local berries that are so delicate they don’t go for sale outside the area. They’re tender and sweet and perfect. We ate some, and I made a small batch of strawberry balsamic jam … Continue readi

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July means Tour de France, which means Tour de Fleece! I participated last year, but that’s pretty much the last time I picked up my spindle. I had started spinning this pretty BFL from Knitted Wit but when I picked … Conti

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19 said yes, 19 said no. Ever the optimist, I forged on. And this is how close I got: I made it! With 3 inches to spare. Just enough to sew in the end. It wasn’t really high stakes, because … Continue reading →

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Edited to add: Contest closed! See next post for the results and winner. I’m playing a little game of yarn chicken. Do you think there’s enough yarn left for me to get 1050 stitches? Yes or no. Leave a comment, … C

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The blueberry crop is still going strong, despite the best efforts of the birds and squirrels to make me share. The new raspberry plants have given me almost a dozen berries. I wasn’t expecting any this year, so it’s all … Continue reading

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After the busyness of TNNA and Ryan’s graduation, I headed to Sunriver in Central Oregon for a mid-week rendezvous with friends. I stopped at The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters to drop off a look book, and chatted with Paula, Nancy, … Continue read

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You know I’m a big believer in blocking hand knits. It makes such a difference in the finished piece. I love blocking my knits outdoors in the summer. Last month, just before TNNA, I finished my second Summertime Blues and … Continue readi

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So late, I know! It’s been busy here. First of all, this happened yesterday: CollegeKid2, Computer Science, summa cum laude. We had to take his picture on the Jumbotron, because we were too far away from the stage to get … Continue reading →

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Back from TNNA and working hard! I’ll do the write up in my next post, but for now I’m knitting away on a lace project obsession. I started this last fall, and set it aside because of other deadlines. When … Continu

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I’ve just released my Summertime Blues pattern. This wrap/poncho is a perfect summer accessory. Knit in fingering weight yarn, it is light and sleek and swingy, especially in a wool/plant fiber blend. It features two sets of lacy leaves, twining …

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I’ve added a cowl pattern to my Criss Cross Accessories Collection. This is in Knitted Wit’s new Shimmer Worsted yarn. It’s 80/20 Targhee and silk. The wool is all sourced and processed in the USA. It’s bouncy, slightly rustic, and …

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I’m everywhere! (Who knows/remembers this cartoon?) I’m feeling a little scattered, and focused at the same time. A lot of knit-related stuff going on this month! Last Saturday, I did an all day workshop for the Tigard Knitting Guild. What …

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