Monday, February 23, 2015

Rose City Yarn Crawl

Rose City Yarn Crawl is where all the shops in the Portland Metro Area have special events going on for an entire weekend. This year it is March 5th-8th. I will be spending Friday, March 6th at For Yarn's Sake in Beaverton with a trunk show of yarns and samples. Larissa Brown will be there for a book signing as well as books & patterns inspired by her books. I'll be bringing the Beautiful Wreck inspired yarn and mini skeins as well. So make sure you drop by and see us!

Also, if you have any requests, let me know and I'll make sure to pack them!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blair Socks

I finished a pair of socks for Blair, my husband. 

I always keep a pair of DK weight socks (rav link) on the needles at all times in case I need a mindless project to take somewhere. They usually take me about a year to make, but then he has another pair of lovely socks to wear. These were out of Tosh DK, which is turning out to be one of my favorite yarns for his socks. I love the colorway Plaid Blanket mixed with the golden Harvest Wheat color. I think for my next pair I am going to try out Cat Bordhi's new Sweet Tomato Heel! I'm really looking forward to it!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Flax Sweater

I just finished a sweater for my daughter and I am so in love with this pattern!

The pattern is Flax (rav link) by Tin Can Knits. It's a simple top down raglan sweater design all knit in one piece. The bonus is the pattern is free with lots of diagrams and details to knit it on your own. It knit up so fast! I love it! The yarn is something I got from Knot Another Hat during their March Madness sale a couple years ago. It's Mochi Plus, which means machine washable single plied yarn. I loved working with it. It was super soft. My daughter loves it, which is the most important part.

Also, the sizes for this sweater run from newborn to Men's 4X, so you can knit it for anybody! If you don't want to do it on your own, my amazing friend Destiny is doing a class on it starting this Saturday, February 21st at Knot Another Hat.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Shawl Shapes

I was very lucky to get to take a class with Veera Valimaki this last Sunday at Happy Knits in Portland! Here is what I made in class:

Veera walked us through all the basic shawl shapes. She had us start a simple shawl of any style and then start adding texture to it, any simple pattern. Then to add surprises she suggested adding short rows and color and other fun things. I enjoyed this moment of playing with my knitting of just adding things as I felt like it. It was very freeing. It was also just a lot of fun to take a class. Sure I could have learned all this stuff on my own, but really it was great to go take a class and try something new. It was an adventure! I definitely plan on taking more classes in the future! If you have a chance to take a class with Veera, sign up for it! She is a really interesting person and I enjoyed her class very much!

Monday, February 09, 2015

New Colorway: Wasco

This yarn is named Wasco. Little more than 10 miles to the east of Hood River is Wasco County. Due to something called a rain shadow, this marks the beginning of more arid country. It's beauty is held in fields of wheat and other grains, which glow golden and brown in the summer sun.

It is shown in MIU Superwash Sock Yarn. It is part of the 2015 Color Collection. Find the rest of the new colors on the website!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

New Colorway: Tartan

This yarn is named Tartan. When I was a child my family annually attended the Scottish Games. I loved the bagpipes, kilts and different woollen tartans representing each clan. Today we can cheat a little and use this yarn to make our own tartan. Just one skein and you can weave your own faux tartan scarf!

It is shown in MIU Superwash Sock Yarn. It is part of the 2015 Color Collection. Find the rest of the new colors on the website!

Monday, February 02, 2015

New Colorway: Kite Boarder

This yarn is named Kite Boarder. It is named after the kiteboarders who frequent the Columbia River at the port of Hood River. Every summer they are on the river with their bright colored designs and billowing sails

It is shown in MIO Columbia Aran Yarn. It is part of the 2015 Color Collection. Find the rest of the new colors on the website!