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Kerry's apron

This week I am sewing madly to update my Etsy shop, and to get ready for (hopefully!) 2 craft shows next month.  The first takes place on Saturday August 8th at the drive-in on hwy 99 in Newburg, called Craft-In.  I am also hoping to get a booth at Portland’s own Crafty Wonderland on Sunday August 9th.  One craftacular weekend!

I am loving putting together these aprons, made with both vintage fabric (lots of cute pillowcases!) and lovely new fabrics, such as Amy Butler and the like.  Tiny bits of old lace, hankies, embroideries, rick rack, and other fun finds make each one unique and fun for me to make!

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I am calling them my “gussy up” aprons.

In knitting news, I am rapidly stitching my way through Ishbel.  I am in love with this pattern right now, pretty and easy.  Pretty easy is a requirement for this broad these days, as my oldest is home for the summer, and my lovely babe is just 7 weeks old… not the time to cast on an Estonian lace shawl if you know what I mean... and you do, dontcha?

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knitting mojo

My little sister has been visiting us from Tennessee for the past week.  (Whoopie!)  Along with her awesome sense of humor, she brought some good ol Tennessee weather with her.  Namely the heat.  (Booooooo!) It has been scorching hot here in Portland since the day she arrived.  How RUDE I say.  How rude.

Since has been deemed anti-social to go down into my nice cool basement to sew, leaving my poor sister with nothing to do…I managed to resurrect my knitting mojo.

All it took was a nice cold beer, half of my Wollmeise stash, and the super sweet and popular knitting pattern by Ysolda Teague, Ishbel.  (Which is only one of the many darling patterns in her self published book, Whimsical Little Knits.)  A winning combination for knitters block!  Needless to say, i finished the beer, and am already halfway done with the shawl.

Monday, the whole family is heading out to the coast.  Cannon Beach to be exact.   I cannot wait!   (I hope to pop into Coastal Yarns while we are there too.)

Yarn ho!

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kyoto

I spent the first 8 months of my pregnancy knitting.  Constantly.

I Knitted up:

2 Baby Sweaters, including my first baby surprise jacket!

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1 Man Sweater (bottom up raglan crewneck)

1 Kimono Shawl

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and a few scarves and hats…

And now I can hardly be bothered to pick up the needles.  As I stare at my yarn bowl, I am honestly feeling a wee bit guilty.  All of that lovely yarn, just languishing there…looking so, so, so forlorn.

I blame this knitters block on summer and the baby.  After all, who wants to knit in the summertime?  Since I can rarely be bothered to knit with anything but LOVELY wool…summer is a tough season for me knitwise.  Especially when there is so much sewing to be done in my very cozy and cool basement studio!  Stacks of fabric inspiration all around me, crafty books and magazines to reference, and even some sketches of projects yet to be made.  Yes, I might as well strike while the (sewing) iron is hot!

This week I plan on sewing up a bunch of new aprons and bloomers to begin restocking my Etsy website.

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Picture-less Pattern

Above are the socks I’ve just finished for the Sock Knitters Anonymous group  (on ravelry) April’s Sockdown Challenge…a pictureless pattern!  I knit them with Noro Sock from my stash, and I like ’em a lot!

And now onto the stash enhancement:

The above is yarn by the ever amazing fiber artist Wollmeise.  Superwash, in Rosenrot.  I LOVE it.  the following was a gift from Starathena…also Wollmeise, 80/20 Twin in Poison Nr. 5.  I think it will be turned into a Clapotis!

Next we have Handmaiden’s Casbah Sock in Seafoam.  (Remember how I received a gift certificate for the Loopy Ewe on Mother’s Day?)

And that trip to San Francisco and to Artfibers, left me with this glowing yarn called Kyoto in #20….

And of course, a couple skeins of Socks that Rock Heavyweight, first in the Mustang Sally colorway:

And next in the Raven series, the color Ravenscroft…picked up at Twisted… 100% Superwash Lightweight:

I have been having a lot of knitting adventures.  A Pi shawl in over halfway done for the “One Shawl to Rule Them All” knitalong on Ravelry.  (YES, I know I am a dork, and I don’t care!)  And I am about to cast on for my next Sock Knitter’s Anonymous challenge…the Lighthouse Gansey sock from Knitty.  Exciting stuff!  I am also LOVING my new Harmony Wood knitting needles from Knitpicks…speaking of Knitpicks…Star and I got to visit their HQ a couple of weeks ago and it wwas soooo much fun!  Go check out her post on it!

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Since I’d spent most of today multiplying fractions, talking about power tools, and wielding a new tape measure…it was quite pleasant to come home, plant my bum firmly into the couch and spend my gift certificate to The Loopy Ewe!

Star was soooo generous on Mother’s Day, and boy-oh-boy I sure did need a little woolie pick-me-up today!  I chose some completely gorgeous Hand Maiden Casbah Sock yarn in Seafoam.   I love it!  There are still a few items on my Loopy Ewe Wishlist (ahem)…it was really, really, really difficult to not buy EVERYTHING in the shop!  But, I used my incredible willpower, and left some yarn there for you!  Lucky you.

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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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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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