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Why I Knit

Knitting brings us closer to the ones we love.  Whether in person, or the internet…knitting has brought me together with an amazing group of kindred spirits!  I can’t imagine life in here in Portland without my dear Caitlyn…and relaxing evenings at home knitting with my sister Kerry.    With the advent of Ravelry, I’ve even been able to “meet” knitters who I would have NEVER been able to otherwise.  (Like my yarn swap pal Katja from Norway!) Knitting brings me closer together with the sweet people whom I get to make things for!  As I knit, I often think of the wonderful woman who taught me how to knit and crochet in the first place…my Grandma Nell…even though she’s passed on…we have this connection through needles and yarn

Speaking of friends and kindred spirits…I have a new found love of sock yarn.  Due mostly,  to a certain, newly local, (Are you Local?!)  influence in my life…the insanely talented sock knitta and designer Star!  We have been having all kinds of adventures, and many of them of the yarn persuasion (of course!).  Before we left San Francisco for home, we decided  to have a  “YARN CRAWL”.  In one day we hit up Artfibers, Imaginknit, Atelier Yarns, and Greenwich Yarn.  I was a very, very good girl and made only one purchase the entire time.  Kyoto Yarn from Artfibers.  It GLOWS, and I cannot wait to finally get the camera cord (I’ve purchased and returned 3 that were supposed to fit and didn’t!!!) replaced to show you pictures of my newly acquired stash.

And since we’ve been back in Portland, we continued our Yarn Crawl at Twisted, where I scored some Blue Moon Fibers, Socks that Rock in the “Mustang Sally” colorway. I also squeezed in a skein of Louet Gems for a super secret swatch I’m making.   We took a quick peek inside the Yarn Garden,  and I just had to show her Knit/Purl downtown…For all of my “hard work” schlepping the few boxes she sent ahead of her, Star was so kind as to bestow upon me a very special gift of a skein of Wollmeise yarn!  I squealed in delight when I opened it!

Yip-pee-ki-i!

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back in the saddle

Hello all!

Wow! I am still recovering from a whirlwind trip down to San Francisco and back. I could hardly believe that during my short stint there, the weather was sunny and warm…not a speck of fog to speak of! I was able to visit a few really great shops…like little otsu and artfibers. Not to mention (of course) delicious meals and drinks with family and friends.

Being back home is wonderful, but I will always have a huge Golden Gate Bridge sized hole in my heart. I just love that dang city!

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It’s official!

Women in Trades Career Fair

May 3rd 2008

From the Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. site:

“Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. welcomes your participation in the 16th Annual Women in Trades Career Fair!

The Fair is an incredibly effective way to discover career possibilities in the construction, mechanical, utility, and other trades. This is a chance for women and girls to meet tradeswomen, use power tools, operate equipment, and learn about apprenticeships and high-paying, highly skilled career opportunities in the trades.”

I am thrilled to be part of the next “Pathways to Success” class offered here in Portland,  by Oregon Tradeswomen.   I am expecting to become a 3rd generation electrician, and couldn’t be more excited!  For those of you who don’t know-know me…my grandfather, father, uncle, and step-father are ALL electricians!  So this is a really big deal for me, and my family.

If you live locally and don’t know too much about the trades, and what they have to offer women and girls, I highly recommend checking out their website.  The Women in Trades Fair is completely hands-on…so you get to learn how to do a heckuva lot of uber useful things – demonstrated by women volunteers!  Talk about DIY…

My career path change is also going to free up my creative talents to be used entirely for fun, and far less for cold hard cash.  I can’t tell you how much that means to me nowadays.

OK…back to taxes…

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A friendly reminder…today is the day before we all have to get off of our rumps and get our taxes postmarked with that old-least-favorite-day-of-the-year: April 15th. Sheesh! Sometimes being a grown-up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, i-tell-you-what. Alas, so instead of working on my lovely Kimono shawl, I have been on HOLD with the Oregon Dept of Revenue for the past HOUR…I am typing this while listening to the ever horrific Muzak. Did I also mention that today is Monday?!

No fun!

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Oxbow Regional Park

let\'s get camping!

Such amazing weather this weekend!  We, in the Rose City have been enjoying some very unabashed spring-like weather.  I’m talking in the mid 70’s people!  So we headed to our new home away from home: Oxbrow Regional Park.  We did a tiny hike and enjoyed a sun filled afternoon on the banks of the Sandy River.

For those of you lucky to live in Portland, Oxbrow is really close.  So close, you could just drive up Division, through Gresham, and get there within about 30 minutes.  Far better than trying to get out to the Gorge on a busy weekend!

Tonight we are having a BBQ in the backyard with the chickens, and tomorrow we are hosting Elinor’s First Birthday Party!  .

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I can\'t believe that\'s me!

About an entire decade (lifetime?) ago I happened to be in a band on K records called the Subdebs. I was 19 years old, had just moved to the Northwest from San Francisco, and knew…well no one!

Enter Star. She was little bit older, smart, amazing, and funny…and when I first met her…I was incredibly nervous because I thought she was SO cool. Long story short…we ended up having this exciting shared experience of being in a band together! And although we haven’t lived close to each other in over 5 years, we have remained close friends.

Next Wednesday, I am flying down to San Francisco to meet her. We are going to spend a couple of days in the city (child and spouse free?!) and then I am helping her with her MOVE TO PORTLAND by driving with her the rest of the way! I love road trips!

One of my best friends is moving to my town and I couldn’t be more excited! There are parallels abound in our lives lived apart from each other. We both adore knitting (she has even been PUBLISHED!), spinning, hoping to live a holistic life, and dutch bicycles (just to name a few) . She has done her time in the City of Angels and is ready to make a really big move up into the Great Northwest.

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Day 28…Introducing…

This is my little mister, Sebastian. Pure sunshine who conducts my life as his mother like a symphony.

Sebs is turning 5 years old in a couple of months, which means I will be sending him to Kindergarten in the fall.  Where does the time go?


Like a lot little boys his age, Sebbers loves pirates, dinosaurs, playing in the dirt, Spiderman, and books about animals.  He has been learning to read, and blew my socks off this morning when he read “Baryonyx” and “Diplodicus” to me.  He likes to watch his mommy sew and knit, and often asks when he can come see me teach a knitting class again.  (Which is funny because every time I’ve knitted him a sweater he pitches a fit saying they’re “TOO SCRATCHY!!!”)  Sebs has been taking piano lessons, and will performing in his very first recital this coming June.  I can’t wait!  His piece, a popular tune….”Mary Had a Little Lamb”.

Aren’t kidlets the best?

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