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RCYC 2016 Day 4


I spent the last day of the yarn crawl at my home haunt, Twisted. I teach many classes here. My trunk show here was just plain fun.

Terri, me, M

Terri showed me her finished RCYC MKAL for this year. Her friend M was visiting from Canada. M said that she has knit Summertime Blues, but hasn’t blocked it yet, so I let her model mine. Me? I’m wearing my new Beanstalk Poncho. So new, it hasn’t been published yet. It should be out in the next few days; I just need to edit the photo shoot pix we did last Wednesday. The yarn is a gradient set (x2) from Three Fates Yarn in Salem; they have it at Twisted.


Camille also finished her MKAL. Looks great!


Judy took my Athena Entrelac class at OFFF last September. She brought her unfinished project, and decided to knit it with a cashmere blend instead. It will be soft and lovely!

knit fox

I didn’t catch this knitter’s name, but she was visiting with two adorable littles, and this fox that she knit. Cute!

summertime blues

More Summertime Blues! It’s so helpful for people to be able to see my knits in person and try them on.

Adam and Digby

Ex-Twistedista Adam came by with Digby. So cute!

PDXKnitterati trunk show

And that’s a wrap! It was a very fun, very yarny weekend. Thanks so much to For Yarn’s Sake, Lantern Moon, and Twisted for having me!

Next on the agenda: Getting Beanstalk Poncho ready to publish, and making a video tutorial for another pattern that’s in the works. Blocking my just finished Twin Leaf Crescent for the Black Trillium KAL. Blocking my Stopover sleeves about an inch longer (I’m only going to wet the sleeves. Think it will work? We shall see.) And two design projects that are only in my head so far.


This is part of the yarn for one of the design projects. Two ply fingering weight spindle-spun alpaca from Peru. The hank was bigger than my swift, and I tried to hand-wind it by hanging it on a doorknob. Messy, and totally my fault for being impatient. The other hank? I’m going to call a friend!

What’s on your knitting agenda this week? Clickety-click!

New pattern: Starwood Cowl and Cuffs

It’s barely spring, but it’s still chilly around here. And I know that a lot of you are still having snow, so it’s not too late for a little warmth.

Starwood crop

This is Starwood, a cowl and cuff set. They’re knit in the round using a simple slip stitch pattern to create a colorful tweedy look. It only looks complicated; just one color is used per round. The pattern is easily adjusted for length and width. I knit this set with Knit Picks City Tweed DK, a blend of 55% Merino wool, 25% Superfine alpaca, 20% Donegal tweed. It’s not too heavy, but it has a wonderful drape. Just warm enough for early spring!

starwood detail

This pattern is available now, and will also be available through the Knit Picks IDP (Independent Design Program). See the pattern page for details.

And! Knit Picks is having a 40% off sale on selected colors of all their alpaca yarns, including City Tweed DK, through Wednesday, March 27. Pick three colors and cast on!

As luck would have it…

I’m pretty lucky! Bonnie picked me as the winner in her drawing for some yarn and her new pattern.

alpaca silk

This yarn is 50 grams/146 yards of Alpaca Silk in the Ice colorway from Blue Sky Alpacas. It’s a gorgeous shade of gray, and the silk in it gives it a beautiful sheen. It feels great, too.


See it glow? I love it!


The pattern is called Buttermilk Sky; it looks lovely. I”m looking forward to knitting this sweet little cowl.

Thank you, Bonnie!