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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

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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Rain, rain, rain. And then the flowers bloom! This is my Rain Chain Shawlette. I designed it for the Knit Picks Little Luxuries Collection two years ago, and now it’s available on Ravelry, too. The Rain Chain Shawlette is a … Continu

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Gale Zucker, knitwear photographer extraordinaire, was in town last weekend for TNNA. We worked out a way for her to do a workshop here through the Puddletown Knitters Guild. It was great! I’ve taught iPhone knitting photography before, and wanted …

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Gung hay fat choy! It’s the year of the Boar (or Pig, but I think boar sounds nicer somehow). Red envelopes with lucky money for the kids. Traditional foods…some friends asked me for this recipe, so I’m stashing it here. … Continue reading

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I finished my Planned Pooling cowl. It was an adventure! I started by trying to stack the colors exactly. Then I loosened my gauge for a bit to get the colors to veer to the right (because the colors were … Continue reading 

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I’m teaching three beginning brioche knitting classes at Northwest Wools. The classes are full, but I’m also teaching it at Twisted on Saturday March 23. This class features my Petite Brioche pattern, which you can download for free here. I …

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This yarn is 9.5 years old. I bought it at Sock Summit in the summer of 2009. I think the company changed hands somewhere along the way since then, but I still have this skein. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces … Continue read

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Last week was Winter Whale Watch week at the Oregon Coast; gray whales are migrating down to Baja to their warmer winter waters. I went on a day trip with friends to try to catch a glimpse of them. We … Continue reading

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My friend Dave Worth was recently at SFO, San Francisco International Airport. They always have interesting exhibits there. The current one is on 1950’s consumerism. This picture he posted on FB caught my eye. (Barbie was introduced in 1959.) The …

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We had a pretty trippy year in 2018. We began the year in Kona, swimming with the mantas, and returned to Kona in December and met some octopuses. In between, we went to Scotland to hang with Son1 on his … Continue reading →

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My new Concentric Bed Socks are knit from the cuff down using a single strand of worsted weight yarn for a quick and cozy knit. You can use magic loop, 2 circulars, or double pointed needles; knitter’s choice! Alternating bands … Contin

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We ran away to the sun in early December, and had a fabulous time. There was even knitting involved. We saw turtles and tide pools. Honu at Ai’opio Beach Tide pool at Wawaloli Beach Shingle urchins We visited an octopus … Continue read

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One of the things that I love about knitting is that you can always tweak it if it’s not exactly the way you want it. When I first knit my carbon/pollen version of my Lucky Star shawl, I knit 9 … Continue reading →

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