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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

VogueKnitting Live Columbus was my first VKLive event, and it did not disappoint. I had a great time teaching, and seeing friends old and new. My flight was early, but a snow delay in Chicago meant I missed the teacher … Continue reading →

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I recently received my Parquetry cowl sample back from Fiber Gallery. When it arrived I decided that I wanted it to be…more. So I frogged the old bind off and added more to the body of the cowl. And then … Continue reading &#

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Clara Parkes came through Portland last Friday on a tour for her new book, Vanishing Wool. We saw her at Powell’s, our lovely independent bookstore. While waiting for Clara, I noticed that Mary Mooney, our friend who works for the … Continue readi

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Mother Nature and the weather have conspired to make this fall one of the most colorful in recent memory. It’s so beautiful I almost can’t stand it. I’ve been taking a lot of pictures so I can remember this on … Continue

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And so are knitting classes. My schedule is set for the rest of this year. Here’s the lowdown on local and not so local offerings: First, a heads up for locals who want to learn brioche: I’ve added a weekday … Continue reading &

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Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival was fabulous, as always! This late September event never fails to delight. I had a full class for my Brioche Pastiche hat on Saturday morning, very fun. The power of group learning is strong! And … Continue reading

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Just back from a very pretty weekend in the Columbia River Gorge. It was my second Fall Shawl Retreat at Quinn Mountain with Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions. We had a great group of knitters and crocheters working on their Lucky … Continue readin

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Do you ever go back and adjust things, after you’ve finished? Or are you all for good enough and done? Apparently I’m a fusser. My Parquetry Cowl sample came back to me, and I decided I wanted it to be … Continue reading &

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I designed Parquetry last spring for The Fiber Gallery for the Puget Sound Yarn Tour. It’s just come back to me, so I can now introduce it here. I designed it to be a simple and easy knit. Garter stitch … Continue reading →

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I finished my Lucky Star just in time for Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Nothing like the power of a deadline! It went to be in Laurinda’s ReCrochetions booth as a promo for our Seeing Stars Fall Shawl Retreat at … Cont

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I started this shawl for the Nymphaea Fall Shawl Retreat last year, and set it aside sometime after my last post about it in November 2018. Other design projects were calling my name. You can see my progress up to … Continue reading ͛

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Color is a funny thing. I learn a lot about it by trial and error. I bought these two skeins of of Malabrigo Worsted to play with some more brioche ideas. I wanted the multi-color to be the main color, … Continue reading →

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Syncopation adds so much to music, and to brioche knitting, too! My Syncopation is a brioche asymmetric triangle shawl or scarf, knit from narrow end to wide end. The interplay between the dark rib and light edging is enhanced by …

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Well, the rest of August went by in a flash! It’s time to catch up and think about fall. I have a new shawl coming out soon; it’s syncopated brioche and I’m in LUV. So squishy. It’s being test knit … Continue reading ͛

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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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