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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

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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I fell in love with a stitch pattern back in November, and I’ve had a great time playing with it. It’s my adaptation of a stitch pattern I saw in a Japanese stitch dictionary. It’s kind of like a cable, … Continue

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Mmmmmm, Malabrigo. This sumptuously squishy cowl is knit in the round with two coordinating colors of Malabrigo Worsted, a lovely single ply merino yarn. Cleverly slipped stitches look like Morse code, but it’s not saying anything except, “Wear me!” Only …

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That’s a lot of pointy bits! Kind of like my cat when I’m trying to get her into the carrier. I recently taught a circular hat class at Twisted. It’s a pretty basic hat, knit bottom up beginning with some … Continue reading →

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On New Year’s Eve I picked up my previously abandoned Honey Cardigan project, and found that it really only needs sleeves. The body increases are finished, and it’s long enough, so I finished the bottom edge in garter stitch. It’s …

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A little more aloha: On our trip to the Big Island last month, we made a day trip to Kilauea to hike the Kilauea Iki (small Kilauea) crater. This was the site of a huge 1959 eruption. All is calm … Continue reading →

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When it rains, it pours! Here’s the third of my patterns whose rights have come back to me just now. This is the Fern Lace Shawlette. It was originally published in the Knit Picks Under 100 Knit Collection. Now you … Continue reading

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Happy new year! The pattern for Sophie’s Rose is now available through PDXKnitterati! (See bottom of post for launch sale info.) This is an asymmetric triangle, knit from the small point to the sweeping ruffle. I designed this for Anne …

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We made a return trip to the Big Island just before Christmas to get a little sunshine and warmth. We wanted to do a hike south of Kona that promised a number of sea arches. Having seen Holei Sea Arch … Continue reading &#

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The digital sales rights to Thrumviator (from Doomsday Knits, Cooperative Press) are now mine, mine, mine! This means you can purchase this pattern from me through Ravelry. I’ve reduced the price from $7 to my standard $6. But to celebrate … Contin

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Well, they’re not really knitted. But I can put a picture of knitting on my shoes! This isn’t quite what I want, but you get the idea. Anything is possible. I just ordered these shoes for DH’s birthday, using the … Continue reading &#

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I’m a fan of the Alameda Old House History blog. Doug Decker does a great job of detailing the history of buildings in Portland’s Alameda neighborhood. He recently invited people to post pictures of favorite old houses, so I thought … Continue r

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My last Christmas stocking made it home in time for the holiday. The red one is the Super Cabled Christmas Stocking in Knit Picks The Big Cozy. We started the day with the (adult) kids, serving up a mimosa brunch … Continue reading →

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Thanks for sharing your Christmas stocking traditions with me! It sounds like many people use the Christmas stocking to hold off the main event gift opening until after coffee and mimosas civilize us. Very wise. This is Anne‘s Christmas stocking …

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Does this look like the home of a knitter? I knit Christmas stockings for our family about 15 years ago. The snowflake stockings came first. After that? Variations on the theme. I knit the piano stocking next. (I was playing … Continue reading

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Knit Picks had a little holiday craft night last Thursday. It was a cozy time at West Elm in the Pearl District, a sweet store full of all the things that would make your home look gorgeous, any time of … Continue reading →

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