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Sophie’s Rose shawl, as seen at Madrona

Introducing Sophie’s Rose, an asymmetric triangle shawl with an extravagant ruffle.

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I designed this for Anne Lindquist at For Yarn’s Sake, using two very special yarns. The main color is Sophie’s Rose, the semisolid brown with raspberry pink accents that MadelineTosh dyed as a custom color in honor of Anne’s new granddaughter, Sophie. The coordinating color is Knitted Wit‘s Madge, on her Merino Single Fingering base.

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The theme is a garden trellis interspersed with rows of roses.

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I wore this at Madrona last weekend, and the big ruffle makes it really fun to wear.

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This pattern is available through Ravelry, link here. The MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light is available at For Yarn’s Sake, and they also have a good supply of Knitted Wit‘s Single Fingering in Madge. You can see it during the Rose City Yarn Crawl, and after, too. I’ll be wearing mine at For Yarn’s Sake on Saturday, March 1; I have a trunk show there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come by and say hello while you’re on the Crawl!

RCYC KAL begins in one week! Parties and more…

Can you believe it? One week until the cast on for the Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Shawlette KAL. The official cast on date is Friday January 17; the first clue will be released that day. If you’re local to Portland, I’d love to knit with you! I’m having a cast on party at Twisted from 5 to 8 p.m. We’ll have refreshments and prizes; drop by any time and knit a bit with us. I’m thrilled to be the designer of this mystery shawlette!

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I’m also knitting with the KAL/CAL group at the Knitting Bee on Sunday January 26, from 1-3 p.m., and bringing a little trunk show there, too.

And Lorajean (Knitted Wit) and I are planning a trip to For Yarn’s Sake on Friday, January 31 during their KAL time, 4:30 to 6 p.m. I love having these opportunities to knit with you; knitters are the nicest people.

I’m ready to cast on! Well, I will be, once I get my yarn from Knitted Wit next week. This is what happens when you hang out with a dyer.

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I changed my colors, because I finally realized that I’ll get the sample back next year. My new yarn colors: clematis and tugboat.

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This is not the actual yarn, just the color. The yarn will be Knitted Wit Single Fingering, rather than this plied sample. Lorajean gave me yarn for the KAL, but now she’s talked me into the blues. I asked her if she wanted the silver lining and madge back, and she said that I should give it away on the blog! This is your chance to win these two skeins of gorgeous yarn. Leave a comment by midnight January 13 to enter to win. (Fine print: Winner must be a USA resident, so I can mail it out quickly in case s/he needs it for the KAL.) Thank you, LJ!

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I hope you’ll be knitting along with me. And when we’re finished with the KAL, I hope to see you on the crawl with your beautiful shawlette! I’m also hoping that we can get a group picture at the Yarn Ball on February 26. That will be a rainbow of awesome! Rose City Yarn Crawl is also giving away prizes in conjunction with the KAL and CAL; more info on that later. The actual yarn crawl dates are February 27 through March 1, and includes 18 Portland-area yarn shops.

Here’s the scoop on the KAL: The pattern is available through Ravelry here for $6. You’ll receive a pre-MKAL information sheet telling you about yarn and dates. Every week beginning January 17 the pattern will be updated with the next clue so you can download it.

The RCYC group on Ravelry is here: Pop on over and see what colors people are choosing in the pre-MKAL thread!

Are you ready to cast on? Do you want to win yarn? Leave a comment, in either case!

Linocuts!

Lino-whats? Linocuts!

I went to a printmaking party at a friend’s house on Sunday. It was a new crafty thing for me. We traced images, transferred them to linoleum blocks, and then carved the blocks so we could print with them. (Cool carving tools, no picture though.) This block is about 3 inches square.

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I used a knit snowflake motif, because, hey, it’s me.

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I love how my prints turned out. The gold on black paper didn’t have as much pop as I expected; the silver was better. I like the gold on the cream paper, though. The blue print is the first one I made. I’d love to try this again. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but it wasn’t nearly as intimidating or complicated as I thought it would be! I’ll cut these prints out and mount them on cards for stationery.

Knitting continues, and I picked up some new yarn for no reason.

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The one on the left was purchased in Ellensburg when I was there at the beginning of the month, because I wanted to support the LYS there. It’s Ella Rae Lace Merino, but really more of a light fingering weight than lace weight, 460 yards/100g. The one on the right is KnittedWit’s CSY offering for November. It’s Bling, colorway is Solstice, 438 yards/100g. I saw it when I was labeling yarn for Lorajean, and had to have a skein. “It followed me home, can I keep it?”

Hope you’re having a great week! Happy Thanksgiving, to all who celebrate. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and the beginning of Advent this week. Bring on the holidays!

This is what 10,000 stitches looks like

after they’ve been frogged.

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Approximately 10,000 stitches. Why didn’t I listen to that little voice sooner? But I love the revised version that I’m knitting, and I think I’m back up to about 7500 stitches so far. The little voices are laudatory this time…or are they just playing me? o_O

It’s rainy and windy today, perfect for knitting. The forecasst for tomorrow looks worse. I’m teaching at OFFF in the morning, and shopping after that. I’m not sure the outdoor vendors will hang on that long! I helped Lorajean set up yesterday, and she just messaged me that they’re going to pack it in today. Some of the outdoor vendors didn’t come at all, and the one scheduled to be behind us looked around and decided not to set up. There’s still shopping inside, though, and the animals in the barn, so I plan to enjoy it all anyway.

black and white bfl, dyed

I’m kind of coveting this fiber, even though I’m not currently spinning. Isn’t it gorgeous? Black and white BFL, hand dyed by Knitted Wit. Even prettier in person.

If you’re local, I hope you had a chance to get to OFFF today, or are planning to do so tomorrow!

Entrelac madness

I just noticed that Twisted’s sale of the week is all about long color repeat yarns. These are my absolute favorite yarns for entrelac; it looks like you’ve changed colors a million times, but the yarn has done all the work for you!

My Infinity Entrelac Infinity scarf can be knit with any weight yarn, from fingering to Aran. The Mochi line is perfect for these, both Mini Mochi

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and Mochi Plus. Schoppel-Wolle’s Unisono and Gradient would work, too.

My Athena Entrelac Cowl is meant to be knit in a worsted weight yarn, but Aran is fine. This one is in Mochi Plus. Again, Schoppel-Wolle’s Unisono and Gradient would work, too.

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And my Entrelac Socks are meant to be knit in sport or DK. Zauberball’s Starke 6 (sport weight) would work (these are not Zauberball).

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To make the most of this opportunity, I’m offering 20% off any or all of my three entrelac patterns. Use the code entrelac on the Ravelry pattern page for Athena Cowl, Infinity Entrelac Infinity Scarf, and/or Entrelac socks, now through August 11.

Feedly’s a winner! and 5 years of PDXKnitterati means you could be, too

I’ve posted about my angst over Google’s impending shutdown of Reader. I’ve tried several alternatives, and really just wanted something as quick as Google Reader’s titles view for skimming through blogs. Feedly was pretty good, but only offered a titles view in a browser, and I do most of my reading on an iPad. They asked for feedback from Reader refugees, and it sounds a lot of us were looking for this option.

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As of this morning, Feedly’s iPhone and iPad apps now have a Title Only view. Talk about responsive! It’s not an April Fool’s joke. I’ve updated my apps and I. Love. It. I’ve played around with it, and it does what I want. I think it may be even better than Reader; I haven’t figured out all the shortcuts yet. You may have issues with Feedly on a computer, because it requires an extension on your browser, but the extension issue doesn’t bother me. Feedly is working on cloning Google Reader’s API, and says that the transition will be seamless when Reader shuts down on July 1. Sounds good to me. Done!

Hmmm, knitting content. I can’t show you what I’m knitting right now. Sometimes design work means nothing to show, for months and months! But it’s spring, I have a new blog reader, and I just realized that I’ve been blogging for five years as of March 17. That went by in a flash! To celebrate, I’d like to share some yarn with you, because that’s what knitters do.

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This is Knitted Wit Silky ‘n’ Single, worsted weight, 60% Merino/40% Silk, 220 yards, 100g. I don’t know if this color has a name, I got it from Lorajean’s Community Supported Yarn club last year. It hasn’t told me what it wants to be, but maybe it will tell you!

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And this is Three Fates Yarn Eponymous Sock, 2 ply 100% superwash merino, 400 yards, 100g, color Mulch. I chose this rich brown yarn at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival last fall because I had a brown project in mind, but I ended up using a different yarn. I can’t show you that project, either, until later this year, but it turned out just right. But I digress.

Hmmm. Tell me what you think each yarn wants to be, and I’ll do two random drawings to choose the lucky winners. I’ll take comments through next week Monday, April 8. Good luck!

Support your local indie dyer

Remember last year, when I joined Knitted Wit’s Community Supported Yarn club? I received five unique yarns, and helped enable Lorajean to play with new fibers and dyeing techniques. I grew my tiny stash, and she grew her business. And now she’s doing it again! Five skeins of yarn over five months, beginning in September. Signups are going on now.

Let’s review what I got last year:

A beautiful raspberry pink Rambouillet single, which I used for my Zen Rain knitalong.

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It was perfect! I wore this a lot last winter with a grey sweater dress. So cute! LJ is now dyeing a Rambouillet 2 ply on a regular basis.

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This sea green Silky ‘n’ Single worsted weight is cool and serene.

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I haven’t decided what it wants to be yet, but I take it out and admire it on a regular basis. LJ now has a plied version of this in her lineup, Silky ‘n’ Plied.

I also received this apple green merino/cashmere/nylon blend, fingering weight.

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It’s on the needles as a shawl design project, waiting for me to come back to it. I love how it knits up. (The reason I’m a monogamous knitter is that I tend to go on to the next thing and not come back, so it’s better if I just finish before moving on. But this one is calling my name loudly enough that I WILL go back to it.) I can’t show you a picture, because it’s a secret!

Some sparkly Bling in Huckleberry, which was almost a finished sock, but I, um, got distracted! Now that I look at it, I think I actually want to finish these. I’m not loving the fit of this heel variation (gusset decreases under the heel instead of along the sides) so I’m going to rip back and go back to my standard heel.

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And my favorite yarn of all: DK weight Polwarth/silk. It was a fabulous orchid color, but I traded it back to her for Beaujolais, and knit my OXO mitts with it.

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I also had a chance to design my Pointer Mitts and Hats with it for the {Among Friends} club.

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This is one of my all-time favorite yarns to knit with, and it all started with Knitted Wit’s chance to experiment with this yarn base through her community supported yarn program. It’s a big win for all of us. Being part of a CSY is extra thrilling, because you never know what you’re going to get. Beautiful yarn just shows up on your doorstep. Unlike vegetables, it doesn’t go bad before you can use it. That’s good news for me!

I wonder what this year’s CSY will bring?

Sharing the love…of knitting and yarn

I’m the winner of some delicious Blue Sky Alpacas Melange 100% baby alpaca yarn, and a copy of winter Interweave Knits, courtesy of Allison Haas, aka Alaskan Purl! Her design for her offset cable mittens is in this issue, and she is celebrating with a giveaway.

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The mittens are super cute, and begin at the tip with Judy’s Magic Cast On, instead of at the cuff. Clever!

The yarn photographs as brown, no matter how I set my white balance. It’s really more of a mustardy greenish yellow. It’s exquisitely soft.

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You can see in the last picture that it’s really much more complex. There are shades of green, yellow, and even red in the mix.

Allison has a winner with this pattern. Check out her blog at Alaskan Purl Designs. Thanks, Allison!

And…because I already have a copy of this issue of Interweave Knits, I’ll give away this copy to a randomly selected commenter. Leave your comment below. Contest closes at midnight on Wednesday (tomorrow).

PS: Does this mean I’m acquiring a stash? Yikes! To de-stash a little, I’ll also include this skein of ridiculously sunny Malabrigo Worsted. I used it for my relentlessly cheery bedsocks. 40 stitches around makes a quick knit!

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The first picture is truer in color than the picture of the socks. Want to knit with a smile? Comment below. Good luck!

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…but I can’t really show you yet. Here’s a little peek.

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Look at this gorgeous yarn I got from Lorajean (Knitted Wit) last week!

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A perfect cloudy gray…

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with sparkles! We have a little project in the works…

Have a great Thanksgiving. I’m not cooking…but I’m in charge of gravy, comme d’habitude. I can handle that. It’s been a rough month, but I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m lucky to have my family, an interesting and rewarding job, and to be able to knit for fun, design a bit, teach knitting, and blog both here and for Lantern Moon. I’m having a little giveaway on the Lantern Moon blog; click over and enter.

Are you knitting for the holidays? I’m not! Too much pressure. There may be gifts, but I’m not obligated to knit for anyone. Gifts happen sometimes, but mostly incidentally or by inspiration. That’s how I roll…

Bubba’s Blankie

What’s this?

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A beautiful basket from Lantern Moon.

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And inside is the group project for Lorajean’s baby-to-be. She’s temporarily named him Bubba, so this is Bubba’s Blankie. It’s modeled on one I saw on the Yarn Harlot’s blog. Simple garter stitch strips, sewn together.

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They’re matched at the center, and the ends stop when they stop. The gauge varies wildly, but it doesn’t really matter.

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We had 14 strips, because we had 14 knitters. When Lorajean and I laid out the strips last week, we realized that this blanket was bigger than life! So the plan shifted, and she’ll have two blankets, nearly identical.

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I slip stitch crocheted the strips together. I thought this would be the back of the blanket, but I like the look of this the chain loops. The other side of the blanket just shows little blips of color; it’s equally handsome.

Edit: Apparently I single crocheted the strips together. I don’t crochet much, so I never remember what the stitches are called. Sorry for the misinformation!

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Lorajean loves it! She dyed the yarn for this project; it’s wonderfully soft superwash bulky merino. The colors seem to glow.

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I have almost all the strips for the second blanket. One piece left! And then it’s time to get cracking, because the baby is due in two weeks…

Crochet like the wind!

Thank you to all the other knit nite knitters on this blanket: Shari, Shannon, Leigh, Marilyn, Peggy, Toni, Helen, Margaret, Cathy, Charlotte, Sarah and Paula, and special thanks to Cathy for providing the beautiful basket.