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Michele plays with yarn, food, and music in Portland

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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Steeks! Does the word strike fear in your heart? Cutting your knitting…it’s not so scary if it’s just on a tiny piece, and that’s why I designed my Bucket List Coffee Accessories a few years back. Steeking a little piece …

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It’s a race to the toe! It’s a pleasure to knit these single strand worsted weight socks with Knit Circus Ringmaster Panoramic Gradient. The yarn has held up perfectly after frogging the Concentric Slipper Socks. The added bit of contrasting …

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Last summer I designed this Dotty Cowl for Knit Picks, for their 12 Weeks of Gifting. I just saw the Knit Picks blog post; it’s up! I designed it with two shades of Chroma Worsted, one plain and one gradient. … Continue reading →

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Remember these? My Concentric Slipper Socks. So beautiful in this lovely panoramic gradient from Knit Circus. But they’re an expensive slipper because they’re double-stranded with four 50g balls of beautiful gradient yarn. You could knit these with any worsted weight …

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I’m so glad I started over. It was a tough decision to rip out an almost finished shawl, but I’m glad I did it. The softer contrast of the gray Soft Kitty instead of the green Serenity really speaks my … Continue reading →

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My lovely Nymphaea shawl pattern is now available through Ravelry download. It’s a sparkling beaded confection that’s fun to knit and wear. You can knit it with 435 or 650 yards of fingering weight yarn and 200 yards of contrasting … Continue

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Our Nymphaea Fall Shawl Retreat was this past weekend, and it was a blast. We had knitters and crocheters playing with beads and yarn up at Quinn Mountain in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. I wish I had more pictures, … Continue rea

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Oh, that little voice that says, “Are you sure that’s what you want?” Green beads, green yarn And you say, “Maybe?” On our way with green beads, green yarn, and contrasting green yarn Commitment is just so hard sometimes. I …

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I’m really happy with my Lucky Star shawl, and it seems like you’re happy with it, too! I’m looking forward to seeing Lucky Star shawls out in the wild. It’s a fun knit. And this one goes perfectly with one … Continue

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It’s been a super productive fall, and it’s not over yet! Here’s the latest off my needles. Lucky Star is a crescent hug of garter stitch stripes, interspersed with an intriguing star stitch. The shawl is knit from the top … Conti

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I have a new shawl design coming out this week, Lucky Star. It features an elongated garter tab cast on at the beginning, designed to minimize the hump that can occur at the center neck of top down crescent shawls. …

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What’s next on my hit parade? A snuggly warm cowl. Winter is coming! Madrona trees are native to the Pacific Northwest. They have gorgeous peeling bark, shiny leaves, and little berries. This brioche knit cowl features leaves and optional small …

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I had so much fun designing the Concentric Cowl. What else could I design with such sproingy goodness? Concentric Slipper Socks, of course! These are knit from the cuff down using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together for … C

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It was a glorious transition into autumn. What better way to celebrate than with a fiber festival? Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is done for another year. I spent Friday afternoon judging the knitting entries. This piece was the winner … Continue read

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I’ve been knitting up a storm. Here’s a sneak peek of my newest shawl, coming soon. It’s called Lucky Star. You may now have a Madonna song running through your head. You’re welcome. You know that hump that happens at … Continue readi

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Every in a while, a design idea comes together so easily, it just jumps off the needles. This is the Concentric Cowl. I designed it in a wink, and the only thing that took any time at all was that … Continue reading →

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Oh, Labor Day! Farewell summer, welcome fall… I ran away with my knitting last week. Good thing I brought more than one project; I lost at yarn chicken on this Mitered Crosses Blanket square. I just needed 2 more green … Continue reading &

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Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is just around the corner! This local fiber festival has something for everybody: yarn, fiber, classes, animals, cooking, shopping, and more. I’m teaching two classes this year. Brioche Pastiche is sold out; I’m really looking …

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My home was filled with gorgeous music on Saturday evening. The eleventh annual Piano and Pinot Fun-Raiser brought together three musicians, 16 guests, and wine and dessert. I don’t play my piano much these days, so it’s nice to hear … Co

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Registration is open for the Nymphaea Shawl Retreat! The event is November 9-11 at Quinn Mountain Retreat in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. It’s a small retreat, so you’ll get lots of attention as you start your Nymphaea Shawl. Register …

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As you may know, Madrona Fiber Arts Festival is one of my favorite events of the year. I’ve been going to Madrona for many years, and teaching there since 2016. Last week, founder Suzanne Pedersen emailed to let the Madrona … Continue reading 

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Oh, the siren song of a new project! It’s so easy to be seduced away from the current ones, isn’t it? I like to have two projects at any given time. One is usually a design project I’m working out, … Continue reading U

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When we decided to meet Tyler in Scotland, highland games were high on my list of things to see. The Lorne Highland Games are pretty small, but going to Oban meant we could take the train from Edinburgh and not … Continue reading →

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We had a great vacation last month. Our older son was on a two month sabbatical trip through Europe, and we caught up with him for a week in Scotland near the end of his trip, spending time in Edinburgh, … Continue reading →

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I’m back! We took a wee trip to Scotland. And Barcelona. And St. Louis! More on all of that when I get myself sorted. I did manage to visit one yarn shop while I was away, Ginger Twist Studio in … Continue reading

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Introducing Just Enough Lace, my shawl in the new Delicate Details book from Knit Picks. Just Enough Lace is an asymmetric bias triangle which begins at the small end and grows to a sweeping finish. It’s knit flat and the … Continue

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Do you knit year round? I do. My needles have been very busy! I designed two cowls in May, which I can’t share just yet, but I love them both. They’re simple, and the yarn makes them sing, or vice … Continue reading →

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Worldwide Knit in Public Day is this Saturday, June 9. I know that for most of us, every day is Knit in Public Day; it’s just part of what we do. But it’s fun to make a party out of … Continue reading →

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It’s been done for a while, and I finally, finally took pictures for the pattern. All it took was a tripod, a camera, and an iPad to operate the camera via remote control. Whew! I could have asked DH to … Continue reading →

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