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Never too late…

to learn a new thing! This is my first ever granny square. Crocheted!

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I used to crochet a long time ago, but my only project was a ripple afghan I made for DH when we were dating, back in the Dark Ages. All acrylic, shades of cream and brown.

I’ve been reading the Rose City Yarn Crawl threads on Ravelry, and Laurinda Reddig, designer of the Crochet-ALong shawlette, says that if you can crochet a granny square, you can crochet her shawlette.

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I’m still not convinced. The granny square was easy to figure out. I clearly don’t know which way I’m going with the shawlette. Lucky for me, I’ll see her Friday at For Yarn’s Sake in Beaverton at their KAL/CAL group, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Knitted Wit (Lorajean, dyer of my project yarn and so much more) will be there, too. Come see us!

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I had a great time at the Knitting Bee last Sunday. It’s really fun to knit with other knitters (and crocheters), and the most inspiring and intimidating thing? Seeing all these people knitting MY PATTERN. So far, they seem to like it! I really love seeing all the different color combinations, too. Check them out on Ravelry!

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Other knitting? The office peeps from Lantern Moon came over last night to cast on for the Thrumbelina KAL. We have new thrummers! I finished my first slipper, and have just started the second. It’s not too late to join us. And the pattern is still on sale for 25% off through the end of January. That’s tomorrow!

What’s on your needles? You know what’s on mine!

Recess 24/7 this weekend

I was going over my upcoming weekend with DH, and he turned to me and said, “Your life is like 24/7 recess!” Well, it is a pretty sweet extended weekend I’ve got lined up. Knitting, music, celebration…

Friday is the RCYC MKAL cast on party at Twisted, 5 to 8 p.m. Refreshments and prizes! Come knit with me!

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Saturday I’m teaching Tink Drop Frog, how to fix mistakes at Twisted, from 1-3. I love teaching this class; it’s very empowering to new-ish knitters. There’s still space in class, if you want to register.

My baby turns 21 on Saturday, too. Where did the time go?

Sunday I’m singing with my music besties (The Pie Birds, aka the Divas) in church. Monday, even more of us (The Day Old Pastries) are singing at this MLK Day Remembrance and lunch packing event. The NE Portland Backpack Program provides weekend lunch sacks for children at risk for hunger who don’t have the school lunch program on the weekend. During the 2012-2013 school year we are providing about 5,000 weekend lunch sacks (11,000 lunches) to 164 children at four locations. Come sing with us, and pack lunches with us! The event is free, but bring a can of chili to donate. We’ll be at Maranatha Church, NE 12th Ave between Skidmore and Mason in Portland, from 1-3 p.m. Details here.

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Tuesday, the Thrumbelina KAL begins! Two more days to enter to win a copy of the Thrumbelina pattern. Check out the blog post for details.

And now the moment you’ve been waiting for: The winner of this lovely Knitted Wit single fingering yarn (silver lining and madge)

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is…Samantha from Eugene! Go check out her blog here. Congratulations, Samantha!

I hope you’re with me for part or all of this weekend fun, in person or via the interwebs! Looking forward to it all.

January is selfish knitting month: cast on with me!

After the frenzy of gift knitting (which I don’t do…), January is traditionally selfish knitting month. (And I’m using the term selfish in the most positive way: for your SELF!) What are you going to knit? Are you casting on something new, or trying to finish something already on the needles? I need to finish something to clear my needles before this.

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I’m planning to knit the Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery KAL, so I can have this shawlette for myself. My original will be a sample somewhere for the next year, and I want one for me NOW. Will you be knitting along with me? You’re invited! Check out the RCYC group on Ravelry for ongoing details.

I’m also having a Thrumbelina KAL. If you were lucky enough to register for Lantern Moon’s April retreat, you’ll be knitting your own Thrumbelinas along with me before the retreat so you’ll have cozy toes when you go to Timberline Lodge. No kick off date yet; we’re working out details. But you don’t have to be going on this retreat to knit along. The more the merrier for the KAL, as far as I’m concerned. More thrums for everyone!

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And I need to get started on a new design, due in March.

All three of these upcoming knits are fun, but technically for me they’re work, so they’re not really selfish knitting. What about something that’s just for me? I guess finishing the current knit is all about me (my own knit of my new shawl design debuting in February), so that counts. But I’m also dreaming of casting on Lempster from Knitty. While I’ve been dreaming, my friend Sarah has knit two of them! I received some gift cards to Twisted for Christmas, so they may kick start my Lempster. Am I crazy? Can I get all these knits done in a timely manner? There’s only one way to find out!

What’s your selfish knitting for January? If you need some inspiration, go look through the Doomsday Knits and Under 100 Knit Collection sets. And don’t forget, I’m having a giveaway of the Under 100 ebook. Leave a comment on the previous post to enter to win. Happy new year!

Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery KAL

The 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl is coming up fast. It’s February 27 – March 2 next year, but the fun starts NOW.

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We’re having a mystery knit along (KAL) and crochet along (CAL) before the crawl starts. We? Yes, we! I’m thrilled to let you know that I’m the designer of the 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery KAL Shawlette. As a native Portlander, I hope you enjoy the very Portland elements that I designed into this piece.

Presales of the shawlette patterns (one knit and one crochet) have begun through Ravelry. You’ll have plenty of time to pick the perfect yarn for your shawlette. Join the chatter in the RCYC group on Ravelry. Knitting begins in January, which is traditionally selfish knitting month after holiday gift knitting!

The shawlette is knit with two colors in fingering weight yarn; I chose to work with two semi-solids. Please come knit along with me; I’m looking forward to knitting along with you!

Want to know more about the yarn crawl? Check out all the details on the Rose City Yarn Crawl page. You can order a tote with this year’s new logo, and sign up for the Yarn Ball, a pre-yarn crawl reception on Wednesday, February 26.

Don’t live in Portland? You can still knit along. I think you’ll love this shawlette. I know I do!

High on yarn fumes from Rose City Yarn Crawl

That pretty much sums it up! The Crawl was well attended; I saw lots of very happy yarnophiles. I started the crawl at Twisted, where I had a trunk show on Thursday afternoon, sharing space with Chrissy Gardiner. She brought all the socks from her new book, Indie Socks! (She’s got legs, I’ve got heads, we’ve both got torsos…)

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Even though it was the first day of the crawl, Valerie had already visited nine of the 18 shops.

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I went crawling on Saturday. Cathy and I decided to visit some shops on the west side that we hadn’t seen before or in a while. We visited four. Luckily, I’m local, so I can visit the rest of the shops at any time.

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There should be five buttons (including Twisted) on my bag; I forgot to get a button at one of the shops. I was a little distracted by yarn!

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Aren’t the logo colors pretty? They may have influenced my color choice at For Yarn’s Sake. This is Cascade 220 Superwash, 100g/ball.

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I bought 3 skeins of each of these colors, thinking that I would knit a log cabin baby blanket for an soon-to-be-born cousin. But I must have been high on yarn fumes; there’s no way I can get that much knitting done soon, while still working on my design projects! So some of this will have to go back. I think one ball of pink will become In Threes, a sweet little cardigan.

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Our next stop was at the Knitting Bee, which was new to both me and Cathy. This sweet piece was on the wall, which made me remember that I hadn’t taken any pix at For Yarn’s Sake. High on yarn fumes, I tell ya. The shop was cute! And owner Jami’s pattern for the Vintage Fremont Shawl is lovely. It has an interesting construction and applied lace edging, which is something that I’ve been wanting to try. Winner!

From there we let the car navigation guide us to Northwest Wools. I used to shop there all the time, before there were many yarn shops in town. It’s still a lovely place, organized by yarn weight/fiber and then by color. I couldn’t resist this lovely yarn’s perfect chinaberry red. It’s Cascade Cloud, 70% merino, 30% alpaca.

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Look at the construction of it! It’s cabled, or chain plyed. I love it. It will probably be a squooshy seed stitch cowl, which would really show off the yarn’s structure.

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From there we went to Pearl Fiber Arts, new to Cathy but not to me. There was a lot of pretty yarn! Not being much of a stasher, I settled for the latest Interweave Knits magazine since I had already bought yarn. Cindy had some seriously big yarn, and the needles to match!

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We ended at Twisted, just because it’s home base. And now I’m back to knitting away at my Honey Cardigan. So far, so good!

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Did you participate in the yarn crawl? What was your favorite thing? If you’re not local here, you should come visit for the crawl next year. I think it’s going to be February 27-March 2, 2014. Knit on!

Trunk Show at Twisted for Rose City Yarn Crawl

A few more notes on the crawl:

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I’m going to have a mini-trunk show at Twisted on Thursday, February 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. I’ll be teaming up with the fabulous Chrissy Gardiner for two hours of fun! I hope you can stop by and say hello.

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The Daffy Taffy Twists pattern is up and available for you, for free! Knitted Wit‘s Gumballs mini-skeins are perfect for this, and leftover sock yarn works in a pinch, too. Tuck a little lavender inside the stuffing and make sachets! I’d suggest catnip to make catnip toys, but I never want Mookie to have an excuse to chew yarn. You can decide for your own cat, though…

And last of all: Today, Monday, February 4, is the last day to pre-order your limited edition 2013 RCYC tote bag. They’re cute, with the RCYC logo on the front, and participating store logos on the back. What are you waiting for? Are you a procrastinator like me? I’m ordering mine right now!

Rose City Yarn Crawl 2013

Mark your calendars! The Rose City Yarn Crawl is coming. This year’s crawl will feature 18 shops in the Portland metro area February 28-March 3.

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Each of the 18 shops will have a prize basket with goodies donated by sponsors, plus something from the shop. You can enter to win a basket in each of the shops. If you make it to all the shops and fill out your shop passport, you can enter to win the grand prize basket.

Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit and I are teaming up and donating a fun little project for this year’s baskets.

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These are my new Daffy Taffy Twists, knit with Knitted Wit’s Gumballs, mini-skeins of fingering weight superwash merino. I wrote the pattern especially for this event, and it will be available here on the blog soon. I just need to reformat it so it’s not a postcard! It ties in with Lorajean’s theme: Treat yourself!

Check out the yarn crawl buzz on Facebook and Twitter. You can follow the fun on the Rose City Yarn Crawl Facebook page, or on twitter. You’ll find the full shop list and more information on the Rose City Yarn Crawl website.

I’m really looking forward to this year’s crawl; I missed last year’s because I was in Nicaragua. See you soon!

Rose City Yarn Crawl

The Rose City Yarn Crawl is coming! This event will be held at 19 shops in the Portland metro area March 1-4. Yes, there are that many; it’s an embarrassment of riches. Can you visit 19 shops into four days? Well, you can at least try!

Each of the 19 shops will have a prize basket with goodies donated by sponsors, plus something from the shop. You can enter to win a basket in each of the shops. If you make it to all the shops and fill out your shop passport, you can enter to win the grand prize basket.

Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit and I are teaming up and donating a Ziggy Hat kit to each of the baskets. The kit includes my Ziggy Hat pattern and her dreamy Polwarth Wool/Silk DK blend in assorted colors.

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The shop owners are organizing the crawl themselves this year, and I love the buzz they’re creating on Facebook and Twitter. There are daily fun facts about the shops, trivia quizzes, and giveaways going on daily. You can follow the fun on the Rose City Yarn Crawl Facebook page, or on twitter. You’ll find the full shop list and more information on the Rose City Yarn Crawl website.

Get set to crawl!