The Rose City Yarn Crawl is just around the corner! The 2015 crawl runs from Thursday March 5 through Sunday March 8. There are 15 participating shops in the metro area, check the RCYC website for full details.
I have the pleasure and honor of having two trunk shows during the crawl. On Thursday March 5 I’ll be at Wool ‘n’ Wares in West Linn from 1 to 5 p.m. They just moved downstairs in their building in December, and I’m looking forward to seeing their new larger space. On Sunday March 8, I’ll be at Twisted in Portland from 1 to 5 p.m. My home stomping grounds! Come by and say hello and see samples of my newest designs, as well as some older favorites, too.
Bonus time! Rose City Yarn Crawl is giving away free pdf downloads of last year’s RCYC pattern collection, through tomorrow, February 28. Hurry!
What else is going on? I’m slowly going through my older designs and updating and reformatting them for my current layout. Most of the time this also means making new charts (I used to chart in Excel; Intwined is so much nicer) as well. Each pattern takes two to three hours to make it flow and make it pretty. Why am I telling you this? If you already purchased these patterns, you can download the new versions. And if these patterns are new to you, you can get them at 20% off through March 7. Here are the designs that have reformatted patterns; use coupon code REFRESH for the discount on any or all of these. Go to the Ravelry page for the design; the Buy Now buttons don’t give the opportunity to enter a coupon code. Sorry about that!
Pointer Mitts and Cap or Beret
Zen Rain Shawlette
Log Cabin Baby Blanket
ZigZag Lace Pedi Socks
Hugs and Kisses OXO Fingerless Mitts
Are you participating in the yarn crawl? Come see me!
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It’s snowing in Portland, which doesn’t happen often.
I actually wore a hat today, which doesn’t happen often, either. It’s all about the hair, you know.
This is my Pippi hat, and I love it. I designed this hat during a snowy week in Portland in 2008. DH said I looked like Pippi Longstocking in it, and so it was named.
My current Pippi isn’t either of these colorways, but it’s too dark to take a picture. Suffice to say it coordinates with my jacket. Do you like it? I think you should knit one, too, so I”m putting the Pippi hat pattern on sale for 20% off through February 14. Consider it a Valentine’s Day offering! My Hugs and Kisses Fingerless Mitts pattern is also on sale. Both of these patterns are $4 instead of $5 through Valentine’s Day. If you want both, please make two separate transactions; I can’t get the Ravelry cart to discount both in the same transaction.
Now go be cozy and knit!
I finished these yesterday, and I love them. I love the color, I love the fit, and I love the yarn.
These are my Hugs and Kisses OXO Cable Fingerless Mitts. I chose to knit the version with the longer cuff, shorter palm, and there’s plenty of coverage for my hands and fingers. (Sorry, no fabulous manicure.)
They’re knit with Knitted Wit‘s DK Silk/Polwarth (15/85) blend in Beaujolais. The yarn is lovely to work with; it’s soft, and not splitty. This is one of her newer colors. When I saw her knitting a sample with it at Twisted, I wanted to make my own. This also solves my sample problem. We can use her sample at our trunk show, and I can wear these! Last night I also remembered that I have a sample in Mirasol Tupa; it’s a single mitt that I knit for Twisted, and when they stopped carrying this yarn, they gave it back to me. It wouldn’t have been worth much at the sample sale last month as a single…
It was fun to knit from my own pattern, which I hadn’t looked at for a while. I’m happy to say that it was easy to follow!
These would make a great Valentine’s Day gift. Do you want to knit some? Or give the pattern as a gift? The pattern is $1 off (20%) from now until the end of the month; that’s my gift to you. Click here to buy through Ravelry; you don’t have to be a Ravelry member to do so.
The aforementioned trunk show? Lorajean and I are having a dual trunk show on Saturday, January 21 at Kathy’s Knit Korner in Forest Grove. Stop by and see us! We’ll be there from 1-3 with lots of pretty samples, Knitted Wit yarns and PDXKnitterati patterns.
Kathy’s Knit Korner
1703 Pacific Ave.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
The shop is owned by the fabulous Sharon Spence of Stitch Jones, another very talented indie hand-dyer. We’ll be rockin’ in color!
I’m having a little problem with my selfish knitting. Here’s what’s on my needles right now.
The first mitt feels great. These mitts were going to be selfish knitting, for me, but then I realized that I need them as a sample for a trunk show. Does this mean that it’s not selfish knitting? I’d really like to wear them, but I also want them to look nice later in the month. I’m seriously thinking of knitting a third mitt, so I can wear the first two and still have one to show. I’ll have to weigh my yarn and see if there’s enough for three. Or see if Lorajean has a little more left in this color!
My other selfish project was the design that I had going in my head for the Arroyo yarn . But is that no longer selfish knitting if it’s going to be design work in this yarn weight for a club instead?
And the potential gift for DH…that’s definitely not selfish knitting.
Foiled again! But it’s all enjoyable, so I guess the truly selfish knitting will have to wait. Do you have any selfish knitting going on this month?
The knitters have spoken. Rip it! So I did. I frogged 7 inches (almost an entire skein) on the back of my Heather Hoodie so I could go back and bind off for armhole shaping for a modified drop shoulder instead of having a standard drop shoulder. There were 8 stockinette stitches on each edge, so I bound off 6 for each armhole, which is about an inch and a half. This was the most I could bind off and still be able to pick up between the last 2 stockinette stitches before the cable panels. I want to pick up stitches at the shoulder and knit down, rather than sew in the sleeve. Re-knitting the back is going well. I love the OXO cable on this.
Do you see the little ladder at the center of the X in the OXO cable? Those were bugging me. Then I finally opened a Knitting Daily email about blocking that had been sitting in my box for a week. What timing. It’s about this very cable in the Heather Hoodie pattern. No worries now; I know that blocking is going to fix those!
In other OXO news, I’m sending $265 from sales of my Hugs and Kisses OXO Cable Fingerless Mitts to Doctors Without Borders. Thank you for purchasing this pattern.
And it really does feel like spring here. Temperatures in the 50’s, and it got sunny today! I took advantage of the break in the rain, and walked down to the local library. Here’s a little taste of spring. Most of the pix are from my camera phone, so they’re not quite up to the usual standard. But they make me smile.
Last year’s something or other.
Daffodils! and crocus! It must be spring.
Do you know what these are? I think they’re gorgeous, and I saw a lot of them. I want to plant some…