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TNNA wrap up

So late, I know! It’s been busy here. First of all, this happened yesterday:


CollegeKid2, Computer Science, summa cum laude. We had to take his picture on the Jumbotron, because we were too far away from the stage to get a non-blurry zoom pic. Yay, technology!

So, TNNA. It was fun! Lorajean (Knitted Wit) had a double booth with three designers featuring designs with her yarns: Debbi Stone, Shannon Squire, and me. Here’s my corner:

pdxknitterati corner

We used my Pointer Hat and Mitts to feature Targhee Shimmer DK and Worsted at Sample It. I knit the hat sample on the plane. There’s nothing like the power of a deadline!

pdxknitterati pointer hat

sample it (just before the doors opened for Sample It)

We saw a lot of people come through the booth! StevenBe loved my Snowy Woods Cowl and LJ’s special Snowy Woods colorway.

snowy woods

Jen Lucas came by to say hello. She was at TNNA to do a book signing with her latest book, Sock Yarn Shawls II.

Jen Lucas

Sometimes you have to leave Oregon to see the Oregonians!

Marie and Vivian from Tangled PurlsMarie and Vivian from Tangled Purls in Salem

Sonia from StashSonia from Stash in Corvallis

Jackie from Northwest Wools was there, too, but I didn’t catch her picture. Somewhere on Instagram is a great picture of her napping in Skacel’s yarn teepee!

Skacel teepee

Skcel teepee inside

I sold all my look books (catalogs) and took orders for more. Yay! There were so many lovely yarns and I am inspired to design. all. the. things. I wore my new Summertime Blues for most of the weekend; it was the perfect weight for the air conditioned convention center.

Summetime Blues pdxknitterati

My favorite thing I bought over the weekend? This cute project bag from Binkwaffle. (Product research, right? I want them to do a pdxcarpet bag…they probably think I’m nuts.)

binkwaffle bag

You can hang it on your wrist and keep knitting as you walk. Reversible, and no hardware other than the giant grommit to pass the handle through. No snags!

I’m so grateful to Lorajean for having me in her booth. I got her a Pyrex bowl to feed her pyrex obsession as a thank you…

LJ and FJ

What a fun crew! JJ Foster was also there; she reps for LJ and also had her Buttonhole! Buttons in the booth.

Shannon JJ Me

elevator panorama (Elevator pano of all the booth babes)

An exhausting, fun, productive weekend. Now I’m back to work, but I’ll share the rest of these pics…

Jeni's Sun popped corn and darkest chocolate ice creams. So good.

Jul buttonA cool way to use a Jul button to wear a small triangle shawlette.


And the obligatory #pdxcarpet and Mount Hood pix, of course.


Mount Hood

New: Summertime Blues Wrap

I’ve just released my Summertime Blues pattern. This wrap/poncho is a perfect summer accessory. Knit in fingering weight yarn, it is light and sleek and swingy, especially in a wool/plant fiber blend. It features two sets of lacy leaves, twining up the side.

pdxknitterati summertime blues

I knit this with Knitted Wit’s Shine, a 50/50 merino tencel blend. It’s a gorgeous, shimmery, drapey wonder.

The length and width of this wrap are easy to customize to your perfect size. The wrap shown is 21″ wide by 31″ long, modified from the instructions which are for a 19″ wide wrap.

pdxknitterati summertime blues

This pattern is available on Ravelry, page link here: Summertime Blues Use coupon code BLUESFEST for 20% off through June 7, 2015.

I just finished knitting a second one, same color, but with beads. A little shorter, because I’m shorter than my model! I’ll be wearing it at TNNA this weekend. What are your plans? More knitting?

Criss Cross, encore

I’ve added a cowl pattern to my Criss Cross Accessories Collection.

pdxknitterati criss cross cowl

This is in Knitted Wit’s new Shimmer Worsted yarn. It’s 80/20 Targhee and silk. The wool is all sourced and processed in the USA. It’s bouncy, slightly rustic, and a pleasure to knit with. This color is called Kiss and Teal. Fun!

Any single pattern from the collection is $6, or you can purchase the entire collection for $10. Here’s a link to the Ravelry page.

Knitted Wit’s Shimmer comes in DK weight, too. I think I showed you my Pointer Mitts I knit with Liberally Bleeding Heart.

pdxknitterati pointer mitts

Both of these are going to TNNA for Sample It and Cash and Carry through Knitted Wit. They’re great yarns.

pdxknitterati sophie's rose

This version of my Sophie’s Rose in Knitted Wit’s Single Fingering (Enchanted Forest and Salted Caramel) is going as a display model. (Thank you, Cindy, for knitting! It blocked like a dream.)

And I have one more new design, in Knitted Wit’s Shine, but that’s not ready to show you until tomorrow, maybe. It’s very lovely. So lovely, I’m knitting another version for me, with beads. Racing to see if I can get it finished! Halfway there and counting…

What are you knitting now?

Like Savoire Faire

I’m everywhere! (Who knows/remembers this cartoon?) I’m feeling a little scattered, and focused at the same time. A lot of knit-related stuff going on this month!

Last Saturday, I did an all day workshop for the Tigard Knitting Guild. What a fun bunch of knitters! We did slip stitch mosaic knitting: The basic how to, first flat and then in the round, with several patterns to try. In the afternoon, students designed and started either hats or cowls with this technique.

pdxknitterati knitting

Ha! Those pattern samples were secret gauge swatches! They’d be more accurate over a larger number of stitches, but it was a good starting point. Everyone started on their designs, which I hope to someday see finished and out in the wild.

Tomorrow I’m teaching in Salem at Tangled Purls. Blocking in the morning, stranded colorwork in the afternoon, a trunk show all day, and a meet and greet between classes.

cowl (375x500)Kerfuffle Cowl, stranded colorwork

Non-stranded (slip stitch) and stranded colorwork, bookends to my week. Fun!

I have a new design, Summertime Blues, that I just finished knitting; it’s off to the test knitter and tech editor. I used Knitted Wit’s Shine, a 50/50 merino tencel blend that I’ve knit and loved before. It has great drape and luster. Photos next week; my model is as busy as I am!

I’m getting ready for the TNNA trade show in Columbus at the end of the month; I’ll have some designs featuring Knitted Wit’s yarns in the Knitted Wit booth (including Summertime Blues, when I’m not wearing it). Cindy (@blackmoondog) knit this version of Sophie’s Rose for us, and I blocked it yesterday.

sophie's rose enchanted forest

Knitted Wit’s Single Fingering in Enchanted Forest and Salted Caramel.

sophie's rose blocking


I’m closing in on the last set of criss crosses on my KAL Tilt Shift. This was on the back burner while I finished Summertime Blues, but I’m back on it now. I’d love to get this finished and blocked today so I can wear it this weekend, but it’s all weather dependent. Yesterday was a glorious blocking day, sunny and warm. Fingers crossed!

What have you finished lately?

Showtime at TNNA!

I’m not at TNNA…at least not in person. But I’m there in spirit! My Filigree Shawls are at Knitted Wit’s booth for Sample It. Lorajean just snapped this pic for me.


This is my scarf design that I reworked with a crescent shawl shaping to showcase Knitted Wit’s beautiful Shine yarn (50/50 merino/tencel). I liked the scarf, but I love the shawl. Shapings for scarf and shawl are both included in the pattern.


The shawl comes in two sizes.


I love its sister shawl and scarf, Webfoot, too.


If you’re at TNNA, stop by and see Filigree in person at Sample It tonight, or in Knitted Wit’s booth during the show. Have a great show, all! And have some Jeni’s ice cream for me…

If you’re not at TNNA, you can still knit your own. I’m knitting one for me, right now.


Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of the migration of yarnies to Columbus, Ohio today. They say they’re heading there for TNNA, The National Needlearts Association summer trade show. But I think they’re equally excited to be in close proximity to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. I first encountered Jeni’s when I went to TNNA last year. I was hooked. I went to Jeni’s every day!

The kids gave me an ice cream maker last Christmas. Was it a gift for me, or a gift for them? Hmmm. I don’t use it a lot, but I love it when I do.

The first thing I made with it was Bourbon Vanilla ice cream, which was their ulterior motive for this gift. It turned out great; we put it in profiteroles.


This outing, we made Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet using Jeni’s recipe. It tastes just like a ripe pear, even with riesling in it. Delicious. (And do you sense a theme?) This was my favorite flavor in Columbus.


I used Anjou pears, and Brooks Winery‘s Tethys, a late harvest riesling. The wine was probably nicer than it needed to be, but drinking the rest of the bottle was great! (I did have help.) Here’s the recipe. (Thank you, Jeni, for allowing me to post this.)

Riesling-Poached Pear Sorbet
A surprisingly rich sorbet with the texture of a ripe pear; sweet Riesling notes shine on the finish.

This flavor works well even with underripe pears—you just have to poach them a bit longer. If your pears are superripe and juicy, you won’t need to poach them for more than a few moments.

Pairs well with: Cocoa Zin Ice Cream with palmiers and whipped cream.

Makes about 1 quart

6 medium Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, or Comice pears (about 1 3/4 pounds), peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Riesling
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue cooking for 5 to 8 minutes, until the pears are soft. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Puree the pear mixture in 2 batches in a food processor until completely smooth. Force through a sieve.
Fill a large bowl with ice and water. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bag and submerge the sealed bag in the ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice as necessary, until cold, about 30 minutes.

Pour the sorbet base into the frozen canister and spin just until the consistency of very softly whipped cream.
Pack the sorbet into a storage container, press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.

Excerpted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer (Artisan Books). Copyright 2011.

This is a fabulous book, full of innovative flavors. On to the next flavor! I’m missing TNNA, but my ice cream fix is here…

Same song, second verse…

I was hanging out with Lorajean the other day, labeling Knitted Wit yarn and fiber, because that’s how we roll. She was looking for something to feature at TNNA’s Sample It in June. I offered to re-work my Filigree scarf into a shawl, using her Shine merino/tencel yarn. Game on! This is a nice way for me to be present at TNNA since I can’t go this time, and a pretty way to highlight Shine.


I’m knitting this in Knitted Wit Shine, colorway Silver Lining, which feels very appropriate for Filigree. In this picture from yesterday I’m 2/3 done with the lacy border, but in real life I’m way past that. I’m halfway done with the short row (no wraps!) crescent shaping. I should be finished tomorrow, and then I can block and measure, and update the pattern.


Right now the pattern for Webfoot and Filigree Scarves includes both lace edgings. It’s a little confusing for linking on Ravelry. I’m planning to separate this pattern into two patterns, one for each edging. Each pattern will have instructions for shaping a long shallow scarf and a deeper, more traditionally shaped crescent shawl. If you’ve already purchased this pattern through Ravelry by the time I issue the update next week, you’ll get both the Webfoot and Filigree pattern updates as two separate patterns.

What else? More flowers are blooming in the garden. The clematis on the trellis on the front of my house is very happy this year.


The first iris opened two days ago. The purple ones bloom first, and the yellow ones will bloom soon after that.


This columbine self-sowed itself into the bed of irises. I don’t mind.


By the way, this thing?


It’s an alligator scute.


Scutes are bony plates (osteoderms) inside an alligator’s skin. Inside, not under. They make the skin hard to penetrate, and they may also be involved in the alligator’s temperature regulation system. All that basking in the sun to warm up…


OK, back to knitting! I want to finish this Filigree Shawl, and I also want to swatch a couple things to take to Amy Singer’s class on Saturday. Did you know Amy Singer of Knitty fame is coming to Portland? She’s doing three classes for Twisted on Saturday: Random Cables, Making the next Monkey (what makes a great pattern), and All About Knitty. There’s still space if you’d like to come. Call Twisted to register.

Happy spring!

TNNA Day 3

I only made it through 5 rows of the market on Day 2, so there was more to explore on Day 3. There are at least 15 rows, but beyond row 9 or so it’s all needlepoint and cross-stitch, which I didn’t peruse (sorry, Dee).


I made it to the booth of Michelle Miller, Fickleknitter, and checked out her beautiful shawls. Michelle is the third designer in the first round of the {Among Friends} yarn and fiber club. I’m among great friends in the club!


I met Fiona Ellis, who is the designer of the Clark Cable Mitts pattern that comes with the red Soakbox. What’s a Soakbox? A nifty package that contains Soak (my favorite wool wash) and hand creme in a matching scent, nail polish, yarn, and a pattern for fingerless mitts. All color coordinated, of course. Check the link for other colors and designs.


Fiona gave me a tip on managing the cable pattern with dpns; keep the needle change at the point just to the left of where the cable abuts the purl section. No ladders in the purl sections!

My friends at Lantern Moon always have a beautiful theme to their booth. This year it’s hand knit and embellished bird nests in Vietnamese bird cages.



I particularly liked this notions holder that looks like a retro handbag.



Cute! (You do have to stock it with your own goodies…)


I met Bonnie Kellogg, who has come up with an ingenious little tool for fixing mistakes. When I teach my Tink Drop Frog class, I teach dropping and picking up columns of stitches with a crochet hook from the knit side of stockinette stitch. Garter stitch and seed stitch are a little bit harder to fix with a crochet hook, but Bonnie’s double-ended tool makes it a snap. It has a hook on each end, which makes it easy to manipulate your way around the back and forth of garter stitch. The package includes three sizes and instructions. You can see the Fix-A-Stitch tool in action here.


And I stopped by the Christmas at Sea booth. They’re running an awareness campaign about the importance of the work of seafarers. I participated in a similar tiny hat campaign through the Mason-Dixon knitting blog back in 2008 to raise funds for home heating help in the UK, so I know how quick and do-able this is. I took this little kit home to knit because I didn’t have any dpns with me. You can participate too; follow this link.



Dinner means knitting, right? No idle hands!


And a last trip to Jeni’s, afterwards. This is the mural on the side of their building. Love it! Tonight’s flavors: brambleberry crisp, and a repeat of my favorite, the Riesling poached pear.

Late night knitting in the 2nd floor lobby bar at the Hyatt, and then my TNNA was done! It was a very fun weekend. Thanks again to Knitted Wit and Sincere Sheep for featuring my designs with their yarns at Sample It!

Sweater Surgery #2

The red ruffle tank. This one was a quickie. I brought it to TNNA and wanted to wear it to Sample It, but I wasn’t willing to remove the armhole and neck i-cord edgings in order to shorten the shoulders. Instead, I sewed a new shoulder seam on the inside of the piece, a half inch down from the original. I tacked the extra seam allowance towards the back. It’s not perfect, but it down and dirty worked!


I no longer fear that my bra is showing through the armholes, and it no longer feels like a shapeless sack. The waist seems to fit better, too, even though I did nothing to the shaping. I think just being hiked up a bit helped, because it ends at a better place on my hip. Here’s the original again:

ruffle tank

I have one more TNNA post to make, but it’s not done yet. I had jury duty today, and some of my info for the post was at home. I’ll post it tomorrow. Have a good evening!

TNNA Day 2

Catching up on a fun weekend!

After the fun of Sample It on Friday, the market of TNNA opened on Saturday morning. This is where yarn companies, dyers, designers, and other vendors show off their wares to LYS owners from all over the country. The fashion show began shortly after the market opened. I missed most of the show, but here are a couple cute Downton Abbey inspired items.


A little ruffled jacket, ruffly on the front, too!


And this cute jumpsuit, called The Lady Sybil, by Sarah Wilson. I ran into Sarah over at the North Market during lunch, and she said that it was knit to show off Anzula Luxury Fibers, but she won’t be writing a pattern for it. Cute!

I met lots of old friends, and made some new connections, too. My homies for the weekend:


Lorajean (Knitted Wit) on the right, and Kira Dulaney of KiraK Designs, in the Knitted Wit booth.


Brooke Sinnnes of Sincere Sheep.


Jessica Owen Day (Cairnish Knits) with her stitch markers in the Knitted Wit Booth.

Other fun places to see:


Stephanie (tinyowlknits) and Alex (DullRoar) in their boudoir inspired booth. They had a magic 8 ball covered in yarn. The answer was “You may rely on it.” I won’t tell you the question!


Ysolda’s cute tea shop booth.


Jeni Hewlett from Fyberspates (distributed by Lantern Moon) taking a picure of this gorgeous circle shawl knit with 2 skeins of Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace. I don’t know the name of the design, but I think it’s in a new Scrumptious collection coming out soon.


And my favorite picture of the day. I met Thea Colman of Baby Cocktails, the designer of the sweater I’m knitting. We chatted a bit, and then I asked her if she’d take a picture with me and my work-in-progress by the sample of her Vodka Lemonade. She very graciously agreed!


Dinner that night at Happy Greek with my homies, including Chrissy Gardiner, who really is my homie! (She lives in my neighborhood.) Her new book, Indie Socks, is a gorgeous collection of socks knit with yarns from indie dyers. Knitted Wit’s Ladies that Lunch colorway is included in this collection, and the pattern really makes the most of this contrasty variegated yarn.

Tonight’s Jeni’s flavors were Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Dark Chocolate, for those of you keeping track. I also tasted whiskey pecan, which was delightful!

More tomorrow…(more blogging, more ice cream…)