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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

Still snowy here in PDX. Ordinarily we don’t get much snow, and when we do get some, it usually gets covered by freezing rain. Not this time! We can actually play in it and with it for a few days. … Continue reading →

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It’s a snow day here…time to knit! It started snowing last night and we’ve got about 10 inches of snow at my house. I loved knitting my Ships in the Night shawl, but as I was finishing it, I thought: … Continue

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I love my new Stopover. It fits just like the blue one, except the sleeves are 3/4″ longer, which is perfect. In the end, I chose pink for the color pops. I don’t usually like pink and red together, but … Continue reading &#

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Happy new year! Apparently I’m a fan of the repeat, especially for things that are quick, easy, and look good. My Stopover is a case in point. So are Korknisse. I’m also a fan of the quick and easy in … Continue reading U

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I finished knitting my Stopover last night, and it’s on to the color pops! I like duplicate stitch for this part, so I don’t have to commit to a color until the very end. I used the spring green last … Continue reading →

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Is my Stopover done? Nah, who knits with Lopi in Hawaii? Well, me, just for a bit, but I also brought some linen to play with. This is the Euroflax Sport mini skein set from Mason Dixon Knitting, in Sea. … Continue reading →

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We ran away for a little aloha last week, but I’ll catch you up on that later. We returned home on the 19th, and I’ve been scrambling ever since. I’m hosting Hanukkah dinner tonight (Christmas Eve), and Christmas dinner tomorrow. …

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I love my blue Stopover sweater; I wear it a lot! The sweater is light as a cloud, and the Lopi yarn does not pill at all. I knit it last spring in 8 days during the BangOutASweater KAL. I’ve … Continue reading →

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These kitty knit patterns have come across my Facebook, Instagram, and blog reader feeds. Do you feel the need to knit a kitty? The Window Cat is available on Ravelry, courtesy of designer Sara Elizabeth Kellner of Rabbit Hole Knits. … Continue r

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December is always such a busy month! Our pop-up show/shop was a great success. I sold all but one of my knit pieces, and am happy to know that they’re going to be well loved out in the world. One … Continue

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While I’ve got this giant yarn on my needles, I thought I’d share the tip I learned from Norah Gaughan in her two-sided cables class at Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival. (That’s 2 CGFF-related posts in a row. It was a …

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One of the things I learned in Carson Demers’ ergonomics class at Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival is to take stock of your knitting, and try not to have all of your projects be the same. In other words, they shouldn’t … C

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Happy Thanksgiving! It’s been a great year, knit-wise. I’m grateful for a life of designing and teaching, and meeting lots of fun knitters along the way. Knitters are the best people! We don’t have to agree on everything to be …

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It’s looking like a tradition: The third annual Indie Design Gift-A-long is beginning on Ravelry this week (Tuesday). These are just a few of the 20 designs I’m including in the sale portion of the event. You can find all …

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I had the pleasure of teaching my Bucket List Coffee Accessories class last week and this week at Twisted. This class covers the basics of two color stranded knitting, knitting a steek, reinforcing a steek, and CUTTING the steek. Not … Cont

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It finally stopped raining, so I had the chance to photograph my newest shawl design: Ships in the Night. This was my comfort knitting when Bisquee/Biscuit/BellaTrix/Trix was ill after her adventures in the fireplace. It’s probably the most soothing knit …

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First off: If you’re looking for my blog post about signing up for my newsletter, there’s a link at the bottom of this post. The schedule is up! The Madrona Fiber Arts Festival is February 16-19 (President’s Day weekend), and … Continue rea

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Coming soon: the PDXKnitterati newsletter! What’s in it for you? Hot news about new designs, new classes, and what I’m up to next. I’ll offer discounts on new designs, just for subscribers. And as an extra thank you, you’ll also …

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Well, that was a whirlwind fun weekend! I went to The Dalles (where?!), Oregon for the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival this weekend, and had a blast. Three classes, chatting with knitters, and shopping…I’m one tired pup. My first class was …

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Remember this garter stitch “worry bead” knitting? It grew up to be this: The pattern is coming soon; it’s back from the tech editor and is being test knit. You might remember that it was my zen project when Biscuit/BellaTrix/Bisquee …

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Moving backwards to move forward! Before my meeting with the Boss, I was at St. Anthony’s Retreat Center in Three Rivers, California to teach at the Sheeper Than Therapy Guild’s fall retreat. We had a great time. The weather was …

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“You’re a dangerous woman.” Who, me? Bruce Springsteen was in town to promote his new autobiography, “Born to Run.” The event was at Powell’s Books, a large and wonderful independent bookstore here in PDX. We managed to get tickets (we …

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It came; it went! The weather was perfect at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival last weekend. On Saturday, I taught my braided wristlets class. A lot of fun in such a small piece of knitting! Sunday was my play … Continue reading →

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Ready? Go! I’ve got my patterns printed, and class samples ready for my Braided Wristlets class tomorrow (Saturday) at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. It’s an all day class, 9:30 to 4:30, so I won’t have much time to play. … Continue read

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Looking around the blog universe, Facebook, and Instagram, it’s clear that I’m not the only one who feels euphoric about September knitting. Social media is full of posts about new cast ons. I’m here to enable you! I love teaching …

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I love September. It’s my birthday and wedding anniversary month. Lots of good celebrations are ongoing. September is also the beginning of knitting season. I knit year round, but somehow September knitting feels more special. And I’ve been quite inspired …

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The one that says, “That bind off may be a little tight.” Or, “I don’t think that bump is going to block out.” Or whatever. That little voice knows best. Sometimes It takes a while for me to pay attention …

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I’ve knit a lot of garter stitch during the past week. 800 yards of fingering weight yarn is a lot of knitting! I’ve really enjoyed it. Of course, there was that moment when I was 80% done, and I thought, … Continue reading →

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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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