Thrumviator, redux

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 this re-release, you can save an additional buck through January 14 with the coupon code THRUM, when you check out through Ravelry. $5!

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Oh, Thrumviator, how cute and cozy you are! (Especially on Alex Tinsley, and photographed by Vivian Aubrey)

Thrumviator 1

My sample is back in my possession, too, and looking at it makes me want to knit another, with even fluffier thrums, for more squooshy coziness. How about you?

thrumviator hat

There’s still a lot of winter left…

Knitted shoes?

Well, they’re not really knitted. But I can put a picture of knitting on my shoes!

pdxknitterati ZX FLUX knit shoes

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This isn’t quite what I want, but you get the idea. Anything is possible.

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I just ordered these shoes for DH’s birthday, using the Adidas mi ZX FLUX photo print app on my iPad.

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It’s Portland’s beloved iconic airport carpet, soon to be replaced but not forgotten. DH loves this kitschy carpet, and now he’ll have shoes to remember it by. (Seriously, there are all sorts of souvenirs you can buy with this print on it, including socks and wall hangings. This carpet has its own website and instagram account.)

What about your cat?

pdxknitterati mookie shoes

Yep, possible.

cat zx flux shoes

Favorite photo from vacation?

zx flux beach shoes

Sure!

What would you put on your shoes? I’m going to knit a better swatch and go from there…

This Old House

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 I’d post mine here and link back over to his blog post.

this old house

This is the house I lived in until I was 7. At that time, it was a slightly ramshackle Victorian house over in Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood. Based on a house history by Barbara Grimala in the late 1980s or early 1990s after the family sold the house, here’s what I know. This Queen Anne Vernacular style house was built for Napoleon Bonaparte Pendleton in 1892. He lived there until he passed away in 1920. At the time of his death, he was living there with his wife Hattie, and Americus V. Pendleton’s widow Sara (love these names).

My grandmother and her husband purchased the house in 1943. During the time my family lived there, it was set up as a two family house, with separate living quarters upstairs and downstairs, with a kitchen and bath on each level. I’m guessing it was already divided when my grandmother bought it. My extended family lived there. My grandparents lived downstairs, and my aunt and uncle and cousin lived in what was most likely the front parlor downstairs, next to the winding staircase.

On the staircase, there were casement windows at each of the landings; the lower landing’s windows were small and at the perfect level for little girls pretending to be princesses. You can see the windows under and next to the porch roof. The upper landing window was taller. Each of these windows had squares of colored glass surrounding the main clear glass in the center of the window. Upstairs, the living room/dining room (pocket doors between!) belonged to my parents, my brother and sister and me. Across the hall was my bachelor uncle. My other uncle, aunt and cousin had the room at the end of the hall. That’s a lot of people! After my baby sister arrived, my parents bought the other house that I grew up in.

The picture above is from the early 1990’s, when I was home visiting from New York. I had always dreamed of owning this house and renovating it, but it was not meant to be. The house was sold after my uncle (the last family member to live there) passed away, and a subsequent owner did the renovation. It was gorgeous from the outside, with all the meticulous trimwork. The current tenant let me in to look around, and I was a little sad to note that all the original cedar bullseye moldings and doors had been painted white. (My current old Portland house, circa 1921, has pale walls and mahogany trim, as you can see in my previous post’s Christmas stocking mantel picture. We added the mantel and fireplace surround to match the rest of the trim in the house.)

I was in the neighborhood last year, and swung by to see the old house. I don’t know what happened, but the grande dame is looking tired.

old house

A lot of the shingles are missing, the porch railings and balusters are rotting, the stone wall has fallen, and one of the windows upstairs at the back (bedroom, I think) is boarded over. Poor old house. But I have a lot of happy memories of growing up there, and going to my grandparents’ home for weekly dinners after moving out. And this is where my favorite aunt first taught me to knit! I learned more properly from her when I was 14, but this is where it all started. (This is the downstairs parlor auntie, Aunt Rose. Click her name for that story.)

Thanks to Doug Decker at Alameda Old House History for the thought-provoking, memory-eliciting prompt!

Do you have a favorite old house, or an old house story? Please share!

(Notes: The first picture is a scan of a photo I took in the 1990’s, before digital photography. The second picture is digital, so you can zoom in and see more detail.)

Merry Christmas!

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.

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We started the day with the (adult) kids, serving up a mimosa brunch with waffle iron hash browns and brisket scrambled eggs (leftover brisket from Tuesday’s end of Hanukkah celebration).

waffle iron hash browns

Prime rib is in the oven, and extended family is due at 5 p.m. Hope you’re having a peaceful day, whether or not you celebrate Christmas! Did you receive any crafty gifts? My friend Carole gave me an Ott light, which will be very helpful for beadwork. It’s going to Crafty Moms weekend with me, for sure.

Merry merry!

More Christmas stockings

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.

Christmas stocking by Anne

This is Anne‘s Christmas stocking that she knit for her granddaughter Sophie. Gorgeous! This is Sophie of Sophie’s Rose, the shawl Anne commissioned me to design in her honor. Thanks for sharing your picture, Anne!

I forgot about my other set of Christmas stockings. I wrote this pattern for a class I taught at church. It’s a perfect tiny stocking, complete with heel turn. If you want to learn to knit a sock on dpns, this is a good learning tool. And you only have to make one.

pdxknitterati christmas stocking wreath

But they’re like potato chips, you just want more. The pattern is free, here: Christmas mini-stockings

Speaking of cute and free, I’ve been making more of these.

korknisse

I gave away last year’s batch, and felt that I needed some more. Free pattern here, Korknisse by Manne. A nice little diversion from some gift knitting…

Are you ready for Christmas, those of you who celebrate? We’re also gearing up for our annual Hanukkah dinner party, which will be on Tuesday. We’ll be lighting ALL the candles. Happy merry GO!

The stockings were hung…

Does this look like the home of a knitter?

PDXKnitterati Christmas stocki

I knit Christmas stockings for our family about 15 years ago. The snowflake stockings came first.

pdxknitterat christmas

pdxknitterati christmas stocking

After that? Variations on the theme. I knit the piano stocking next. (I was playing a lot as an adult student back then.)

pdxknitterati piano christmas stocking

My younger son wanted dancing people.

pdxknitterati christmas stocking

Of course, we needed a stocking for the cat.

cat christmas stocking

This year, I designed the super bulky Super Cabled Christmas Stocking.

pdxknitterati christmas stockings

We’re not a family of six, even though our fireplace gives that impression!

Our tradition is to open stocking gifts before Christmas breakfast. It was a way of holding off the wrapping paper frenzy until I was ready to face the day. It still works, even with grown kids! Now we add mimosas to that breakfast.

Do you have a Christmas stocking tradition at your house?

Knit Picks Craft Night at West Elm

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 year.

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Lots of crafters came to play. I didn’t bring my current project, so I looked for inspiration in these books…

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which came home with me. There was yarn to sample.

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I think I’m going to have to put a holiday hat together with these colors. All planned out; I just have to do the knitting.

I met Kim, who was wearing my Fern Shawlette.

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And I got to see my friend Stacey! She’s the Independent Designer Partnership coordinator (and much more) at Knit Picks. I’ve known her since before she started at Knit Picks, when our blogs crossed paths.

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Lots of fun and inspiration. Thanks to Knit Picks for inviting me!

Are you knitting gifts? I don’t usually, but this year I have a plan for a couple. Let’s see if I can actually make it happen. So many fun things to knit, so little time! My friend Carole and I wore our Pippi Hats while selling Christmas trees last week. I knit hers for Christmas last year.

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Or it may be that she received a box full of yarn, and a promise. That sounds familiar. A quick check on Ravelry shows that I knit it February 6-9. Gotta love Ravelry for keeping me honest!

Hoping your needles are flying!

Happy birthday, Knitted Wit!

It’s Lorajean’s birthday, and she’s having an Open Studio day on Sunday, December 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. to celebrate. Here’s the scoop:

Join us to celebrate Lorajean’s birthday with a sale!!! We’ll have local designers with patterns to inspire, buttons from Buttonhole! Buttons to help you find the perfect button to tie it all together, and bags from A Needle Runs Through It! Birthday cake will be sliced and ready to greet you!

I’ll be there as one of the aforementioned designers, with samples in lovely Knitted Wit yarns, including two of my newest, the Big Leaf Scarf

Big Leaf Scarf

and the Super Cabled Christmas Stocking

pdxknitterati christmas stockings

both in Knitted Wit Cotton Candy super bulky 100% merino wool.

Come by and say hi, and happy birthday!

Super Cabled Christmas Stocking

Expialidocious? (Sorry for the earworm)

I’ve been knitting up a storm. First, a new pattern!

The Super Cabled Christmas Stocking knits up in a wink with super bulky yarn at 2 stitches per inch on size 17 needles. It is knit top down from the cuff to the toe. The narrow four stitch cables are very manageable with this hefty yarn. A star toe completes the look. This jumbo stocking will hold a lot of goodies!

pdxknitterati christmas stockings

Charts and line by line instructions for the cable pattern are given. Gauge is 8 st/4 inches in stockinette stitch on size 17 needles, but gauge is not critical.

pdxknitterati christmas stocking
This version is knit with one skein of Knitted Wit’s Cotton Candy, 100% merino wool, 250g/140 yards (I used about 200g/120 yards), colorway Natural. Lucky for you, Lorajean’s 34th birthday is December 7, and she’s having a yarn sale, one skein 34% off, one day only. Hold that thought!

pdx christmas stocking knit picks
This version is knit with 3 skeins of Knit Picks The Big Comfy, 55% Superfine Alapaca, 45% Peruvian Highland Wool, 44 yards/100g per skein, colorway Garnet Heather.

I knit these stockings in about 2 days each. Super bulky, super quick!

To celebrate this launch, this pattern is on sale for $2 off with coupon code SUPERCABLE through December 14. Plenty of time to get this done! Go to the Ravelry pattern page for more information.

I was down to the toe when I realized that I didn’t have dpns in this size.

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But I did have size 17 straights, along with my circular. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. A little juggling for a few rows, and voila.

Lots more goodies in the pipeline…

Fall favorites

mookie
Knitting with my assistant

raking
Raking leaves

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Catnaps

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More knitting!

Fall is my favorite time of year.

Don’t forget, the Indie Design Gift-A-Long pattern sale ends tomorrow at midnight, Eastern Standard Time! Now’s the time to stock up on patterns for gift and selfish knitting. Use the code giftalong2014 for 25% off the specially featured patterns of nearly 300 independent designers on Ravelry. The details are at the Indie Design GAL group. There are already more than 200 posts in the FO picture thread! There are some great prizes being awarded, and a lot more to come.

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My featured patterns for the GAL are here. From what I’m seeing, there should be a lot more Snowy Woods Cowls and Thrumbelina slippers making their way into the world. I’m looking forward to seeing them in the project pages.