A little bit of April Sunshine :)

I’m enjoying the lovely spring weather today! We’ve had it here all week too which might be a little abnormal (April showers bring May flowers, or in the case of Oregon, May showers, and June showers, and so on…) This past weekend Kevin and I cashed in a living social deal that my mom treated us to in celebration of Kevin’s graduation from college. We headed up a bit north of here to the wonderful Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, OR. If you live in Oregon, have never been to the garden, love to relax, and love good deals, this place is for you!! They run deals online a lot and I think we hit the jackpot. Included in our stay was a massage (we upgraded to couples massage), beer tastings, two nights stay in a great room at the resort, passes to the Oregon Garden, and a great dinner for two (we both had 12 oz New York Steaks! yum!!). 

It was also delightfully nice because of the weather. We explored a bit around the area and ate some spicy bratwurst and saw a really pretty hilltop abbey in Mt. Angel. 

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The above photo is the sunset from our little porch from our hotel room. It was warm enough to sit outside to eat a meal! :) 

While on the trip I worked on a cowl since it was easy travel knitting, but before we left I worked on the swatches for my dress with my Yarnia yarn! Here are some photos (and… its amazing the difference blocking can make!! remember that!). On the left: pre-blocking shown with my fabric. One the right: the lace pattern totally opening up while being blocked. 

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I’m using the lace pattern from Cloud Illusions by Boo Knits. I’m not sure the meaning of the designers choice of name but it totally always makes me smile because of this guy– Boo, the “world’s cutest dog”. I own one of those stuffed dogs, and two miniature versions as well (my Boo’s babies)! Maybe I’ll keep my stuffed dog close by for this project. He’ll be my little lace dress mascot and helper. 

And… this is turning out to be a long post, but I still have more! I was accepted into graduate school. I’m so excited to start at the end of June. This year was kind of a gap year/year off after finishing my undergrad degree so I’m glad to kind of feel like I’m on the right track again. I’m going to be getting my Masters of Education and by Fall of 2015, I’ll be completely ready to be teaching high school or middle school Social Studies some where! Wish me luck! 

 

I’ve been away in Yarnia!

Literally… on Sunday at least! (I’ve also been working away in my own mythical yarn land too!) If you aren’t from Portland and you haven’t heard of Yarnia, go take a look at their website. You can basically make any sort of custom yarn you want from color, weight, fiber, and yardage. And it’s really affordable… like really really affordable. Like I bought 3600 yards of custom lace weight yarn for about $50. 

And what did I buy 3600 yards of lace weight yarn for, you ask? 

I’m planning a crazy project! I’m going to knit a dress for a really special wedding I’m going to in August! It’s going to be lace and I’m sewing a dress for underneath the knitted lace. My mom told me I should knit a dress for the wedding after we saw Laurinda Reddig’s crocheted dress at the Yarn Ball. I chose two strands– one wool, one cotton– both in shades of the perfectly bright and happy fuchsia. After stopping at Yarnia, I went to Fabric Depot and found the perfect fabric to match! 

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I think I’m going to start swatching soon… I think I’m going to have to! What a big and fun project! :) 

More from the Yarn Crawl

I’ve been super inspired since the yarn crawl! I think I love knitting even more!! I have started working on some scrapbook pages about the crawl and was looking through my mom’s photos some more and saw that there was a gif from the yarn ball of everyone in the MKALs! I guess google + photos can make gifs if you take a bunch of successive photos, how cool! 

Just had to stop by and share!! 

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Rose City Yarn Crawl 2014!!

 

 

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Oh my goodness AMAZING!!! The yarn crawl was soooo much fun! (technically its not over yet– get crawling if you haven’t yet!! It goes through Sunday!!) We hit 17 shops (we’ve got one left for today) between Thursday and Friday and pretty much got the full driving tour of Portland. I can’t believe I’d lived in the Rose City for 18 years and had never seen parts of the city/metropolitan area where some of the yarn shops were at (I’m talking to you Multnomah Village!). And after living in Eugene for 5 years… I want to stay! I miss you Portland, you and your yarny amazing-ness. 

Anyways… back to the crawl. It kicked off with the Yarn Ball, where most memorably I got to see all the lovely MKAL shawls all finished and meet the designer herself, Michele Bernstein! Check out her blog post on the Yarn Crawl, she’s got a photo of me, her and my mom at the ball! I also won a raffle prize for a skein of Solstice Midsommar Sock donated by Dublin Bay Knitting Company!

The first day of our crawl (Thursday) my mom and I started with Twisted and hit all the downtown-ish stores on both sides of the river. That day we saw Twisted (purchased the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock special Gulchtastic colorway), Dublin Bay Knitting Company (purchased two skeins of Lopi Lettlopi), Pearl Fiber Arts (purchased an amazing hand made button from One Of A King Buttons that says “Knitters have a ball in Portland, OR”), Knit Purl (mom bought a sample that was on sale, a pretty yellow scarf), Angelika’s, Yarn Garden (got a sweater’s worth of Jo Sharp DK that was on sale to make the Driftwood sweater as I was inspired by their shop sample), Happy Knits, Gossamer, Close Knit, and Yarnia (created my own red bulky weight!)!! 

Yesterday (friday) on day two, we saw Naked Sheep Knit Shop, Little Lamb and Ewe (purchased some Manos del Uruguay Maxima), Wool ‘n Wares, All About Yarn, NW Wools (mom bought me some really cute gift tags for knitted gifts), For Yarn’s Sake, and Black Sheep at Orenco. We’ve still got Knitting Bee, but my parents house is about 1/2 mile from the store so we are going to go there really quick today before I have to head back home. 

All in all, I have to say is this trip has been amazing, I’m super inspired and I LOVED the Rose City Yarn Crawl! 

 

How to get things done…

How to get things done is to have something else you really need to finish… AKA my Rose City Yarn Crawl Shawl for my mom!! Its so close but since getting to clue three (lots of stockinette stripes, thankfully done now) I have started and finished two other projects. I’ve got a photo of one, and I’ll definitely post a picture of the other later this week. I’m planning on wearing it at the yarn crawl so I’m sure I’ll have loads of photos then. 

Anyways the first project finished was the 221B Hat! I love Sherlock so this hat was amazing. Check out the free pattern on Knitty. I made it in one evening when I just needed a break from doing the shawls. 

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It was made with super cheap Lion Brand Wool-Ease but I like it anyways. (I spent like $4 on it!). 

The second project (not yet pictured) was a mini version of the Lonely Tree Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia. I didn’t buy enough yarn so I made a little bandana scarf size shawlette which I currently have tied around my neck. It grew a bit in blocking but it is still pretty tiny once I get it around my neck. It’s also dark brown! 

I’m getting super excited about the Yarn Crawl. I’ve got a list going of what order I want to go in, a few items on a shopping wish list and I’m going to pack tonight. Yippee! I can’t believe its here. I’ve totally been hyping this up for myself so I’m very excited!! 

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I’ve still been knitting away at my Rose City Yarn Crawl MKAL shawls (I had to frog back on one) and I’m a bit behind on the knit-along aspect of them! Still trucking along at the stockinette stripes.

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This weekend we had another crazy snow storm, this time accompanied by a really bad freeze afterwards. The trees were like frozen icicles and so many broke and fell under the weight of the ice and snow. I had to walk part of the way home from work since a road was blocked and passed a tree a top a poor girls car (she was not in it luckily) and power lines that were skewed across the street because of the falling trees and branches.

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That second photo of the snow over the city was taken by my friend (stolen from your instagram Nick!!) who lives up the hill and always takes great weather pics. A lot of my friends were with out power (and some still are… even after 3-4 days!!). I luckily didn’t lose power but we did lose our cable and internet on Saturday for a bit so I couldn’t watch the Olympics that day! The Olympics have been pretty much all I’ve been doing recently (aka… butt firmly planted on couch and knitting in hand). I had dinner with my sister yesterday and realized I didn’t have much to talk about besides all the curling, biathlon, ski jumping, snowboarding slope style, and of course Figure Skating that I had watched (need I mention Yulia Lipnitskaya? She blew me away!! Also never mentioned I figure skated until I was about 12… did competitions, but wasn’t all that great. She is AMAZING!)

Since I don’t have too much knitting to share this week, I thought I’d share a little bit of what has been inspiring me recently. I’m absolutely loving anything Iceland. Icelandic Knits, photographs of icelandic landscape, Icelandic Rock bands and singers– you name it!! I’m really hoping to pick up some Istex Lopi yarn soon. Here’s some of my inspiration photos— I’m hoping they will inspire some new designs for me soon and maybe some new knitted projects (especially those Istex sweaters– Aftur and Afmæli– both available as free patterns on the istex website!) 

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Also since I mentioned music I’m also going to share links to some awesome Icelandic artists— Ólafur Arnalds (who wrote a lot of the music for the infinitely amazing British TV series Broadchurch– which if you haven’t watched you should!!!) and Of Monsters and Men (I got to see them live in concert last May! You’ve probably heard of them or at least heard of their really popular song Little Talks. I’ve linked to the song King and Lionheart.)
Enjoy! :)

Feb-ew-err-eeeeee!

Its the second month of 2014 already! How crazy is that? I’ve already learned how hard it is to meet my monthly knitting goals. My ‘January’ project isn’t quite done, but I altered the pattern I designed a lot and I’m finally happy with it. I’ve kind of put that project on hold though towards the end of the month because my mind is occupied and inspired by other projects. I worked on my Glenesk sweater a lot more and have started on two versions of the Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery KAL, one for me and one for my mom. I feel a little bad that I didn’t finish my January mittens, but as long as I finish them eventually…

Anyhow, I make the rules of this little game? Right? And the whole purpose was to knit more and I’m DEFINITELY doing that! :)

The yarn crawl has been like everything I’ve been looking forward to recently! I’m soooo excited!!

Here’s some pictures of how my MKALs are coming a long! (SPOILERS !)

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Yeah… I had to frog part way through the second clue. They are turning out so much better now though!

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That’s the sun setting behind the trees on my street, view from my deck. I love the little silhouette of the church in the lower left corner.

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Here I am ready to go into an interview for grad school. I’m applying to get my Master’s in Education so I can become a social studies teacher! :) Wish me luck!!