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Gathering Wool in PDX

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  • 11/23/16--09:57: 2016 Gift-a-long
  • Every year on Ravelry, this amazing and seemingly-never-in-need-of-rest group of designers organizes the massive Indie Design Gift-a-long (GAL), and it started officially last night at 8pm. If you haven’t yet taken part in it, it’s a great opportunity to get some holiday crafting done, while being as involved as you want to be in a very vibrant (and talkative) community, ...

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    What does the Wine Country Shawlette have to do with Planned Parenthood OR the ACLU? I’m donating all proceeds from its sale to these organizations as a response to the truly horrifying things going on in our country right now. Much of the following is taken from my newsletter, from which I’ve had an amazing response so far. (If you’d ...

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    I love my job! I get to collaborate with amazingly-talented folks from all over the land, while trying out new yarns and connecting with new-to-me knitters. It’s really the best. When Lise from Tre Liz emailed me last year about a collaboration, I was all about it. I had been following her on IG, and her fabulously funky aesthetic and ...

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    Today is the day I become the number that is the answer to everything, at least according to Douglas Adams and the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Does that mean I’m going to gain some kind of crazy enlightenment? Oh, man, I hope so. In the meantime, how about if I celebrate by knitting all day and you celebrate ...

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  • 12/16/16--08:47: The Plan
  • As Hannibal from the A-Team would say, “I love it when a plan comes together!” And that’s exactly what happened with this hat: I had an idea, I knit that idea, and the hat turned out to be exactly what I wanted it to be.

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  • 12/18/16--09:12: Malvina’s Hat
  • Malvina Reynolds was a folk singer-songwriter and political activist in the 1960s and 1970s, and is probably best known for writing and composing the song, “Little Boxes.” Make some little boxes of your own and play around with contrasting colors. Easy colorwork equals fun knitting!

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  • 12/18/16--09:16: Simple Dimple
  • If you’re looking for a simple hat, and a reason to mix colors like crazy, look no further. This hat is a great mindless knitting project, perfect for last-minute stash-busting gift-knitting.

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  • 12/18/16--09:34: A trio of hats
  • Every month, when I publish my League of Busy B’s offering, I feel a little flutter of excitement and happiness, thinking, oh, this time, I’ve designed my new favorite thing. This month is no exception, EXCEPT for the fact that I’ve designed three of my new favorite things. Three hats, all in the same weight of yarn, with the same ...

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  • 01/25/17--10:46: Trajectory
  • The sweeping curves of this shawl work equally well in two colors or one: with two colors, the effect is bold; with one, subtle. Which will be your trajectory?

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  • 01/25/17--10:53: Falling Leaves
  • From the first time I saw the gorgeous Pan’s Labyrinth colorway from Tre Liz, I knew leaves needed to be in the mix on the finished design. This asymmetric triangle, marrying fun mesh and a leafy border perfectly complements a highly variegated colorway, in a fun and unexpected way.

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  • 02/02/17--08:22: Craftivism is good
  • Here’s the story… Late in the fall, after the election was over, I struggled with how best to honor my beliefs within my very own micro-business. I decided to raise some money for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood with the sale of the Wine Country Shawlette. It was well-received. I lost some followers because of it, sure, but I also ...

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  • 02/28/17--12:58: Sock FOs: February
  • Here’s the first installment in a series I’m calling “How many socks did I knit THIS month?” Socks are eligible if they meet the following requirements: 1. Are a full pair. 2. Are finished in the month included. (This means that the first sock could have been finished MONTHS previous). In February, I finished a whopping 5 pairs of socks! ...

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  • 03/27/17--11:39: Eight (!!)
  • I am now the mother of an eight-year-old. Wow. How can that be? I feel like it was only a minute (and a lifetime) ago that I found out I was preggers. And then there was the long being-pregnant situation. The newborn fog. Watching her learn to be a person, to crawl, to walk. Experiencing a second pregnancy with a ...

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  • 04/04/17--06:41: Slay Me KAL
  • 20 years. “In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.” -Joss Whedon Buffy the Vampire Slayer turns 20 this year, and Tina from Blue Moon Fiber Arts and I decided to celebrate by doing what we do best: she designed a bunch of Buffy-themed ...

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  • 04/13/17--09:23: One lone pair
  • That’s all I completed in March, after a whopping five pairs in February. Oh, well, it all comes out in the wash, I guess. My one lone pair is a pair of Otherwise Engaged (otherwise known as my new favorite sock pattern). In a one-of-a-kind-but-closely-related-to-Monet’s-Garden skein of Knitted Wit Victory Sock, these have already been firmly engulfed in my wearing ...

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  • 04/20/17--08:26: Slay Me photoshoot
  • Stefan and I headed out to the graveyard (hey, you take your dates where you can with small kiddos in the house) to take some photos of Slay Me. He even carved me a fabulous stake (what a romantic!). Slay Me is one of those projects that’s just as enjoyable to knit as it is to wear. The rate of ...

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  • 04/26/17--14:18: This Way and That
  • These socks just kind of go this way and that. The pattern is one that is simple, and elegant, and squishily perfect for any variegated gorgeousness you can’t stop yourself from amassing.

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  • 04/26/17--14:28: Abuzz
  • You’ll be all abuzz putting colors together for these striking socks. Complicated though they may appear, the knitting is easy as pie.

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  • 04/26/17--14:35: Otherwise Engaged
  • Feel free to be otherwise engaged while working on these socks – once you get in the rhythm, you’ll be able to concentrate on other things while working them. They are fantastic for a highly variegated skein, breaking up color in the most delightful way.

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  • 04/26/17--14:40: Spell Cowl
  • While wearing my myriad Spell Shawls this fall, I’ve found myself obsessed with the idea of a cowl version, so here you go!

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