Crafty Mom Weekend 7.0

What I didn’t tell you about the Portland Yarn Crawl: I wasn’t going to be there! I had a Pippi Hat at Happy Knits in the scavenger hunt, but that was it for me. I was at the beach for Crafty Mom weekend. This was the seventh annual getaway; there were 10 of us this year. The weather doesn’t matter much. If it’s nice, I get some good walks in. If it’s not nice, the view from the window is enough.



I had a very productive weekend. I started my Felted Slip Stitch Tote shop sample for Twisted. I love the vibrant colors of Brown Sheep’s Lanaloft. And the pattern just flies along. I would have finished it, but I had a few other projects that needed work, too.


I started and finished a secret project; I’ll tell you about that someday soon. I played the guitar. I wrote lyrics for a song. I did a little spinning with my drop spindle. I enjoyed the view!




I worked on my Heather Hoodie. The cables are lovely. I love how the cable pattern ended at exactly the right place to make an “O” when I joined the shoulders. Serendipity!


But even before the weekend, my hands were already aching from knitting cables with bulky yarn. Manipulating the stitches makes my hands tired. I’m cabling without a cable needle (see tutorials on the sidebar), but I don’t think it would be any better if I used one, because I’d still be manipulating the stitches. I’ve been playing a lot of guitar, too, so my hands feel used and abused!

I joined the fronts to the back, and I did the math to knit sleeves down from the armholes. I’m going to make the sleeves plain stockinette rather than cable some more. I’d like to finish this and wear it before it gets too warm! It snowed on us on the drive back over the Coast Range, so there’s still time…

What did you do this weekend?

17 responses to “Crafty Mom Weekend 7.0

  1. That is one impressive weekend! I wish I was so productive lately! There’s hope in my future. I can’t wait to see the sweater all finished by the way

  2. I need a crafty mom weekend. It sounds wonderful. And while we’re wishing, I’d like to make that kind of progress on my projects!

  3. I am full of envies…what a paradise/haven to spend a weekend with crafters and without agenda, commitment, or obligation! It’s the kind of weekend/retreat I love to be a part of. As you already know, my daughter had her performance at the CO District Solo & Ensemble and did exceptionally well and the adjudicator took notice of her ability. Then, I spent two days at an intense quilting workshop. My brain is fried and am recovering slower from sensory overload. Now, I am testing out a fingerless mittens pattern for a friend. No complain…life is good when I can play with fiber! Thanks for sharing those glorious beach photos. And your bag and sweater look fabulous, Michelle!

  4. such gorgeous views – of coast and yarn! not that i could get there for a weekend (living in europe), and i’m not a mom either, but where does one find such beaches?

  5. Sounds like you had a lovely time! Chez Knoobie is, hopefully, hitting Brooklyn this weekend for some knitting at La Casita.

  6. Wow, the views are amazing. I had some views…of ice on Lake Erie – awe inspiring nonetheless!

  7. Beautiful scenery shots! 🙂 Eager to hear about your “secret” project!

  8. Sounds like an amazing weekend. Love the view! Great job on the hoodie… can’t wait to see it modeled. 🙂

  9. Wonderful pictures and the Heather Hoodie is looking good. Glad you had a great weekend. I’m off on retreat with my Knit Sibs THIS weekend. Looking forward to seeing the ocean and having down time.

  10. Wow, so productive! Where did you stay? Totally inspiring!

  11. Cute, cute, cute! And I love all of the beach photos! 🙂

  12. Oh man, so jealous of your amazing weekend!

  13. Sounds like a wonderful weekend – thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!

  14. Wow. Yarn, breath-taking vistas, knitting… what a great time.

  15. Oh my gosh Michele – What a fabulous weekend. Wish I could have joined you all. Love the beach! I will have to beg Deb to take me to the beach in August. See you in a few months:)

  16. Sounds and looks like it was a blissful weekend! Heard your song-lovely! How fun to be able to share more than just your knitting creations!

  17. Sounds like a fantastic weekend 🙂