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 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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!)
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.)
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 !)
Yeah… I had to frog part way through the second clue. They are turning out so much better now though!
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.
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!!
My projects are coming along so well now that I’ve got all my designing worked out on the fingerless mitts. I’ve got the right mitt done completely now. The top photo shows it still in progress. I also decided to do a afterthought thumb (should I admit I had never done one before and have only done gussets?… It was so easy though I wasn’t worried about incorporating it into this design). I like the way it looks on a fingerless glove. I think I still like my thumb gusset for mittens, but we’ll see.
I’ve also cast on for my RCYC MKAL designed by Michele Bernstein. I’m also going to be knitting a second one for my mom but haven’t started that one yet. I won the yarn for that one on Michele’s blog! I was SO excited when I won! I can’t wait to start on that one as well and I suspect the yarn is sitting in the post box outside waiting for me… but I’ve still got to wait until tomorrow! My boyfriend , who I live with, went on a business trip this week to Los Angeles and accidentally left both the mail and trash key on his key chain. Oops! He’ll be back really late tonight and I’m definitely going to run down and check the mail as soon as he gets back, 11pm, Midnight? Who cares! I can’t wait!
I’m sitting drinking tea out of my mug now (which I believe my sister got me for Christmas 5 or so years ago) watching TV and knitting. I had a wonderful brunch with two friends from college and yesterday I went shopping with another friend and saw August: Osage County. My great find was the jacket (pictured) that fit perfectly. It definitely isn’t real leather but how I feel about it is REAL love!!
Just went yarn shopping for a Mystery KAL that I’ve decided to do. First time ever doing one so I hope it turns out well! It’s the Rose City Yarn Crawl’s 2014 KAL (an event that I’m anxiously awaiting!! Can’t wait to attend all the events! Click here to check out the event website) If you are from around the Portland, OR area check it out! I’m taking off work and driving up from Eugene for it.
Anyways, my January project is also going well, but I had to restart and change up my design a little bit because I deemed the corrugated ribbing not stretchy enough. This time I went with a plain and simple 2 x 2 single color rib. Sometimes simple is better right? Anyways, I’m going to try and whizz through the rest of it.
Here’s me just working away! (Oh and I’m also going to make them fingerless now… It’s a process designing, isn’t it?)
Happy New Year!
I’ve officially started on my 14 for 14 knitting project. Casted on my project a bit early on New Year’s Eve (but it was already 2014 on half the globe so that isn’t cheating right?) and I’ve gotten a decent amount done on it so far. I’m glad I’m working on it so I can release the pattern at the end of the month. Here’s a sneak peak!
My boyfriend and I ended up celebrating New Year’s with our friend Sean, and went out to the local bars. The bar we ended up at had some live music free appetizer buffet and champagne toast at midnight. It was pretty fun and a nice way to ring in the New Year. And I slept in until about noon… then took a good evening nap while watching the Rose Bowl. Must have celebrated a little too hard…
More updates soon! Share your knitting projects for the new year with me, I want to see what everyone is working on!