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Showtime at TNNA!

I’m not at TNNA…at least not in person. But I’m there in spirit! My Filigree Shawls are at Knitted Wit’s booth for Sample It. Lorajean just snapped this pic for me.


This is my scarf design that I reworked with a crescent shawl shaping to showcase Knitted Wit’s beautiful Shine yarn (50/50 merino/tencel). I liked the scarf, but I love the shawl. Shapings for scarf and shawl are both included in the pattern.


The shawl comes in two sizes.


I love its sister shawl and scarf, Webfoot, too.


If you’re at TNNA, stop by and see Filigree in person at Sample It tonight, or in Knitted Wit’s booth during the show. Have a great show, all! And have some Jeni’s ice cream for me…

If you’re not at TNNA, you can still knit your own. I’m knitting one for me, right now.


Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of the migration of yarnies to Columbus, Ohio today. They say they’re heading there for TNNA, The National Needlearts Association summer trade show. But I think they’re equally excited to be in close proximity to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. I first encountered Jeni’s when I went to TNNA last year. I was hooked. I went to Jeni’s every day!

The kids gave me an ice cream maker last Christmas. Was it a gift for me, or a gift for them? Hmmm. I don’t use it a lot, but I love it when I do.

The first thing I made with it was Bourbon Vanilla ice cream, which was their ulterior motive for this gift. It turned out great; we put it in profiteroles.


This outing, we made Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet using Jeni’s recipe. It tastes just like a ripe pear, even with riesling in it. Delicious. (And do you sense a theme?) This was my favorite flavor in Columbus.


I used Anjou pears, and Brooks Winery‘s Tethys, a late harvest riesling. The wine was probably nicer than it needed to be, but drinking the rest of the bottle was great! (I did have help.) Here’s the recipe. (Thank you, Jeni, for allowing me to post this.)

Riesling-Poached Pear Sorbet
A surprisingly rich sorbet with the texture of a ripe pear; sweet Riesling notes shine on the finish.

This flavor works well even with underripe pears—you just have to poach them a bit longer. If your pears are superripe and juicy, you won’t need to poach them for more than a few moments.

Pairs well with: Cocoa Zin Ice Cream with palmiers and whipped cream.

Makes about 1 quart

6 medium Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, or Comice pears (about 1 3/4 pounds), peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Riesling
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue cooking for 5 to 8 minutes, until the pears are soft. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Puree the pear mixture in 2 batches in a food processor until completely smooth. Force through a sieve.
Fill a large bowl with ice and water. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bag and submerge the sealed bag in the ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice as necessary, until cold, about 30 minutes.

Pour the sorbet base into the frozen canister and spin just until the consistency of very softly whipped cream.
Pack the sorbet into a storage container, press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.

Excerpted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer (Artisan Books). Copyright 2011.

This is a fabulous book, full of innovative flavors. On to the next flavor! I’m missing TNNA, but my ice cream fix is here…

Same song, second verse…

I was hanging out with Lorajean the other day, labeling Knitted Wit yarn and fiber, because that’s how we roll. She was looking for something to feature at TNNA’s Sample It in June. I offered to re-work my Filigree scarf into a shawl, using her Shine merino/tencel yarn. Game on! This is a nice way for me to be present at TNNA since I can’t go this time, and a pretty way to highlight Shine.


I’m knitting this in Knitted Wit Shine, colorway Silver Lining, which feels very appropriate for Filigree. In this picture from yesterday I’m 2/3 done with the lacy border, but in real life I’m way past that. I’m halfway done with the short row (no wraps!) crescent shaping. I should be finished tomorrow, and then I can block and measure, and update the pattern.


Right now the pattern for Webfoot and Filigree Scarves includes both lace edgings. It’s a little confusing for linking on Ravelry. I’m planning to separate this pattern into two patterns, one for each edging. Each pattern will have instructions for shaping a long shallow scarf and a deeper, more traditionally shaped crescent shawl. If you’ve already purchased this pattern through Ravelry by the time I issue the update next week, you’ll get both the Webfoot and Filigree pattern updates as two separate patterns.

What else? More flowers are blooming in the garden. The clematis on the trellis on the front of my house is very happy this year.


The first iris opened two days ago. The purple ones bloom first, and the yellow ones will bloom soon after that.


This columbine self-sowed itself into the bed of irises. I don’t mind.


By the way, this thing?


It’s an alligator scute.


Scutes are bony plates (osteoderms) inside an alligator’s skin. Inside, not under. They make the skin hard to penetrate, and they may also be involved in the alligator’s temperature regulation system. All that basking in the sun to warm up…


OK, back to knitting! I want to finish this Filigree Shawl, and I also want to swatch a couple things to take to Amy Singer’s class on Saturday. Did you know Amy Singer of Knitty fame is coming to Portland? She’s doing three classes for Twisted on Saturday: Random Cables, Making the next Monkey (what makes a great pattern), and All About Knitty. There’s still space if you’d like to come. Call Twisted to register.

Happy spring!

TNNA Day 3

I only made it through 5 rows of the market on Day 2, so there was more to explore on Day 3. There are at least 15 rows, but beyond row 9 or so it’s all needlepoint and cross-stitch, which I didn’t peruse (sorry, Dee).


I made it to the booth of Michelle Miller, Fickleknitter, and checked out her beautiful shawls. Michelle is the third designer in the first round of the {Among Friends} yarn and fiber club. I’m among great friends in the club!


I met Fiona Ellis, who is the designer of the Clark Cable Mitts pattern that comes with the red Soakbox. What’s a Soakbox? A nifty package that contains Soak (my favorite wool wash) and hand creme in a matching scent, nail polish, yarn, and a pattern for fingerless mitts. All color coordinated, of course. Check the link for other colors and designs.


Fiona gave me a tip on managing the cable pattern with dpns; keep the needle change at the point just to the left of where the cable abuts the purl section. No ladders in the purl sections!

My friends at Lantern Moon always have a beautiful theme to their booth. This year it’s hand knit and embellished bird nests in Vietnamese bird cages.



I particularly liked this notions holder that looks like a retro handbag.



Cute! (You do have to stock it with your own goodies…)


I met Bonnie Kellogg, who has come up with an ingenious little tool for fixing mistakes. When I teach my Tink Drop Frog class, I teach dropping and picking up columns of stitches with a crochet hook from the knit side of stockinette stitch. Garter stitch and seed stitch are a little bit harder to fix with a crochet hook, but Bonnie’s double-ended tool makes it a snap. It has a hook on each end, which makes it easy to manipulate your way around the back and forth of garter stitch. The package includes three sizes and instructions. You can see the Fix-A-Stitch tool in action here.


And I stopped by the Christmas at Sea booth. They’re running an awareness campaign about the importance of the work of seafarers. I participated in a similar tiny hat campaign through the Mason-Dixon knitting blog back in 2008 to raise funds for home heating help in the UK, so I know how quick and do-able this is. I took this little kit home to knit because I didn’t have any dpns with me. You can participate too; follow this link.



Dinner means knitting, right? No idle hands!


And a last trip to Jeni’s, afterwards. This is the mural on the side of their building. Love it! Tonight’s flavors: brambleberry crisp, and a repeat of my favorite, the Riesling poached pear.

Late night knitting in the 2nd floor lobby bar at the Hyatt, and then my TNNA was done! It was a very fun weekend. Thanks again to Knitted Wit and Sincere Sheep for featuring my designs with their yarns at Sample It!

Sweater Surgery #2

The red ruffle tank. This one was a quickie. I brought it to TNNA and wanted to wear it to Sample It, but I wasn’t willing to remove the armhole and neck i-cord edgings in order to shorten the shoulders. Instead, I sewed a new shoulder seam on the inside of the piece, a half inch down from the original. I tacked the extra seam allowance towards the back. It’s not perfect, but it down and dirty worked!


I no longer fear that my bra is showing through the armholes, and it no longer feels like a shapeless sack. The waist seems to fit better, too, even though I did nothing to the shaping. I think just being hiked up a bit helped, because it ends at a better place on my hip. Here’s the original again:

ruffle tank

I have one more TNNA post to make, but it’s not done yet. I had jury duty today, and some of my info for the post was at home. I’ll post it tomorrow. Have a good evening!

TNNA Day 2

Catching up on a fun weekend!

After the fun of Sample It on Friday, the market of TNNA opened on Saturday morning. This is where yarn companies, dyers, designers, and other vendors show off their wares to LYS owners from all over the country. The fashion show began shortly after the market opened. I missed most of the show, but here are a couple cute Downton Abbey inspired items.


A little ruffled jacket, ruffly on the front, too!


And this cute jumpsuit, called The Lady Sybil, by Sarah Wilson. I ran into Sarah over at the North Market during lunch, and she said that it was knit to show off Anzula Luxury Fibers, but she won’t be writing a pattern for it. Cute!

I met lots of old friends, and made some new connections, too. My homies for the weekend:


Lorajean (Knitted Wit) on the right, and Kira Dulaney of KiraK Designs, in the Knitted Wit booth.


Brooke Sinnnes of Sincere Sheep.


Jessica Owen Day (Cairnish Knits) with her stitch markers in the Knitted Wit Booth.

Other fun places to see:


Stephanie (tinyowlknits) and Alex (DullRoar) in their boudoir inspired booth. They had a magic 8 ball covered in yarn. The answer was “You may rely on it.” I won’t tell you the question!


Ysolda’s cute tea shop booth.


Jeni Hewlett from Fyberspates (distributed by Lantern Moon) taking a picure of this gorgeous circle shawl knit with 2 skeins of Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace. I don’t know the name of the design, but I think it’s in a new Scrumptious collection coming out soon.


And my favorite picture of the day. I met Thea Colman of Baby Cocktails, the designer of the sweater I’m knitting. We chatted a bit, and then I asked her if she’d take a picture with me and my work-in-progress by the sample of her Vodka Lemonade. She very graciously agreed!


Dinner that night at Happy Greek with my homies, including Chrissy Gardiner, who really is my homie! (She lives in my neighborhood.) Her new book, Indie Socks, is a gorgeous collection of socks knit with yarns from indie dyers. Knitted Wit’s Ladies that Lunch colorway is included in this collection, and the pattern really makes the most of this contrasty variegated yarn.

Tonight’s Jeni’s flavors were Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Dark Chocolate, for those of you keeping track. I also tasted whiskey pecan, which was delightful!

More tomorrow…(more blogging, more ice cream…)

TNNA day 1

Day one at TNNA Columbus is setup day! I helped Lorajean (Knitted Wit) set up her booth. Finishing touches tomorrow morning before the market opens, so I’ll show you that later. We took a break and tried on our unfinished sweaters. Mine is a Raspberry Vodka Lemonade, and hers is Goodale. Top down is working for us!


There’s a one hour sale called Sample It, where vendors sell/show off their wares for yarn shop owners. Brooke (Sincere Sheep) featured my Pointer Mitts & Hat pattern in a kit with her yarn. They sold out!



Note how Brooke is modeling the hat and ONE matching mitt…

I was at Lorajean’s booth talking up Thrumbelina slipper kits. We sold most of those, too.


I’m so pleased to be here, and tomorrow the real fun begins. Can’t wait to walk the floor and see what’s new with everyone!

Tonight, our second trip to Jeni’s Ice Cream. Our first foray last night was a combo of lemon and blueberry, and riesling pear sorbet. Tonight’s was pistachio and honey, and brown butter almond brittle. What should I have tomorrow? Check out the flavors!


TNNA bound!

I’ve made a last minute decision to go to the TNNA show in Columbus. TNNA is the National Needlearts Association, and this is the their big summer trade show. Why go? I have two designs featured in Sample It, the shopping feeding frenzy for LYS owners the evening before the show opens. Yay, me!

Knitted Wit (Lorajean Kelley) is featuring my Thrumbelina Thrummed Slipper pattern in a kit with her worsted yarn and roving. This would be a great project for a class. I know; I’ve taught it a few times!


And Sincere Sheep (Brooke Sinnes) is featuring my Pointer Mitts and Hats pattern with her DK weight Luminous yarn. (These pictures are not the kit yarns, which I haven’t seen yet…)

pointer set

I said to LJ, “I want to go!” And she said, “Come along!” How could I not? I’m really lucky to be working with such wonderful talented independent dyers, and to have a chance to go to the summer show. I’ll show you all the fun as we go.

I made another last minute decision on Saturday. I bought an iPad! My very slow laptop is making me crazy, and I’ve been coveting DH’s iPad. I bought my iPad to have an easy way to have a portfolio of my work with me, and also to blog from. I bought a little Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard/cover for it, and it’s pretty comfortable to type on. Most of this post is being typed on it. The only issue I’m having with this post is that I haven’t figured out the best/easiest way to insert pictures yet.

In other news, my Raspberry Vodka Lemonade is moving right along. It will be take-along knitting; I don’t think it will be done by Thursday. Too many things to get done before I leave!

Knit Nite

I’m part of a knitting group that’s been meeting for several years. It started with an intarsia class that met with Leigh Radford, and continued to meet after that. We met again last Wednesday.

Even though I’m a fairly monogamous knitter, sometimes I need a no-brainer project to knit around other people. Wine and conversation can really mess up a complicated lace pattern or a current design project! I’m at a “must think, chart, write this down” moment on my current design project, so I cast on a simple hat for DH. It’s in MadelineTosh Merino, which is worsted weight superwash merino, 4.5 sts/inch. The color is called Kale, and it is a reddish brown wonder. The depth of the color is luscious.


(Before you ask, no, knitting with dark yarn on dark needles doesn’t bother me. I knit mostly by feel, rather than looking at what my needles are doing. I love my ebony needles, even if I’m not looking at them! They feel and sound great. If I need to see my dark knitting, I’ll knit with rosewood, but ebony is my favorite.)

Cathy of Lantern Moon was just back from the TNNA Winter Trade Show, and she brought some new books for us to see. They’re from the Fyberspates Scrumptious yarn line: Saturday Treat by Ysolda, Scrumptious Knits by Carol Feller, the Scrumptious Baby Collection, and the previous book, the Scrumptious Collection. Fun!


Cathy even brought back an autographed copy of Ysolda’s book for me. Thanks, Cathy!


I love being part of a knitting group. We compare projects, swap stories, help each other with techniques, and laugh a lot. And of course, there’s food. We meet in our homes and always have a potluck dinner. It’s a good group of people, and I love being part of it.

Are you in a knitting group? Do you meet in homes, libraries, knitting shops? What’s your favorite thing about your knitting group? If you’re not in one, do you wish you were?

TNNA inspiration

Last Saturday and Sunday I walked the floor at TNNA. Lots of yarn and needles and bags and designs and more to see. I don’t have a ton of photos from the floor, because cameras are technically not allowed, but here’s a rainbow from Bergere de France. (I had met Vincent the night before, so wasn’t shy about asking for a photo!)


The Lantern Moon booth was beautiful, as planned, and the butterflies all stayed in their places (hooray).

booth busy



The Pico Accuardi booth had a woodland theme, complete with its own pixie.

PA new

PA fairy

baby o nest

BTW, his sweet hat is a felted creation by Sarah at Attitude Hats.

I took a few mini-session classes. The first was on social networking, led by Erin Slonaker, editor-in-chief of Yarn Market News. One thing that she told us about that I’d never heard of: Pinterest. It’s like bookmarking, but publicly, and it’s very visual. You can make beautiful pages of things that interest you, and share them. Erin talked about things going viral via Pinterest. Go look! Here’s Erin with the YMN cake at Soho Publishing’s Sunday reception. You may know her as the designer of the Leyburn Socks on her Pepperknit blog.


I also took a class on blogging/social media with Benjamin Levisay (CEO) and Kimberly Reynolds (social media director) of XRX, Inc. Their point? Do it! But don’t stress about it. They said that a company should have four things in the social networking world: blog, Facebook, Twitter, and a Ravelry page. We’re getting there…I need more hours in a day.

I had two mini-sessions with Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting. One was on teaching, and one was a color forecast for spring/summer. I’ll tell you about the colors later, when I can take a picture of the color card. So gray here in PDX this weekend, and I haven’t been home during the day.

Lantern Moon had a champagne punch reception to celebrate their 10th anniversary TNNA show.

champagne reception

The team from Soho Publishing brought us a cake!

cake ladies

cake dudes 2

Jess, Casey, Sarah, and Mary-Heather from Ravelry helped us celebrate.

mh and m

I love Mary-Heather’s shawl, and I can’t remember what it is. I tried looking at her gallery on Ravelry, but couldn’t find it. Do you recognize it?

mary heather

Kristin Omdahl (far right) came by to showcase her new book, A Knitting Wrapsody. She had some friends model samples of a few of the designs. They are really lovely. The book comes out next month, and it looks great. Best feature: it comes with a dvd to demonstrate less familiar techniques. What a great idea.



You can see how I was wearing many hats at TNNA last weekend: blogger, LM blogger, designer, LYS teacher! One last cool thing: Unicorn Books had a book signing/giveaway almost every hour. It took me a while to figure that out, so I just ended up with two. I’ll tell you about them later, after I can take a picture or two, and maybe even get a chance to sit down and look at them!

This weekend? The Day Old Pastries played at a MLK Workday and Celebration for the Portland Backpack Lunch Program. It was a fun gig, and that’s another hat for me!