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Madelinetosh Poet Society Tam

Cold frosty morn.

madtosh5153crThat roof is RED.

A good day to take wool hat photos.
Continuing the Madelinetosh Love I even used a Madelinetosh pattern.

madpoet5125cr(best color match in this photo)
Madelinetosh Poet Society Tam in Tosh Vintage in Tart.


January 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

Alpha Stockings in Madelinetosh Sock

love love love madelinetosh!

They really are the same length, they aren’t pulled up evenly!

Alpha Stocking by Jenna Hurry, Interweave Knits Winter 2010, also available as a single pattern
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock colorway Duchess from Knit Purl in Portland

A toe up pattern with a clever attractive heel, it makes me smile to think of it. The cable design is pretty and skillfully adapted for knitting in the round.

eliminated the twisted stitches on the heel for a smoother fit at a high friction location
made the ribbing more ribby, for a more elastic fit

November 29, 2011 at 8:29 am 1 comment

Study Wrap in Shibui Baby Alpaca DK and Barbara Walker’s Dragon Skin

Dragon Skin
from Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
This is a good non-curling stitch pattern.

I received a request from my DD for something to wrap up in while studying in bed.
OF COURSE, I want to support Studying.
Especially since I am paying for it.
Especially if it involves knitting.

She likes soft knits.
She likes this shade of green.
She asked for something like snake scales.

Shibui Baby Alpaca DK in color Wasabi
4 skeins from Knit Purl in Portland
knit on US6, finished size: 18″x62″

May 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm 1 comment

Shibui fingerless Mittens

Shibui Sock yarn from Knit Purl in Portland:

3798247505_bc93d20b56_o (2)Shibui Sock yarn color 229 Mulberry

New mitts:

3796604183_3c83723c68_o (2)Shibui Sock color 229 Mulberry
with a bit of Blue Moon STR in Star Sapphire

The STR trim is leftover from another pair of mitts; they were much loved and appreciated and when one got lost, the only consolation was a new pair.

3796604127_60fc18208f_o (2)

August 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm 3 comments

Estonian Garden Stole in Cracksilk Haze

A Late Birthday Present:

After overloading the birthday girl with pattern links, and an unfortunate reference to “Jemima Puddle-Duck Syndrome“, I decided it would be best to just take her to Knit Purl and see what happened; I don’t think you can walk in there without finding something perfect.

Rowan Cracksilk Haze color 627
We both love this color! We’re calling it ‘Vine Maple’.

That is not the name Rowan gave it. They usually come up with picturesque romantic color names, but color 627 is named “Blood”.
First of all:

It’s NOT blood colored. Maybe the color of the icky styrofoam tray liner under a pound of ground beef.


So I renamed it Vine Maple. Oooooo-priiitteeeee.

Later, we decided we should go back and get that perfect coordinating yarn that we had waffled on for socks IF Knit Purl was still Open.
We got there and it was Closed.
But I tried the door and it was unlocked! We ran in and straight to the Wall of Koigu and grabbed the yarn and then tried to act like we’d been there all along.
Sandy Kay heard voices and came up to investigate, she was nice as could be, especially considering they were supposed to be Closed. Then we sent her to go find more yarn because I decided I needed to have a pair of the same socks! We were laughing ourselves silly the whole time and Sandy was a great sport about it.
Thanks Sandy!

Koigu KPPPM P105D

…and then, at the counter they were tempting us with these irresistible little hanks of silk and beads, perfect for trimming a sock:

Planet Earth Fibers in color Rouge


Fiber Trends Estonian Garden S-2009 by Evelyn A. Clark

And started:

Koigu KPPPM color 105D socks

March 29, 2009 at 9:58 pm 1 comment

Shibui + Hilltop


hilltopshibui 014cr2Lurrrve it!

hilltopshibui 014scrRhapsody in Lace and Ruffles by Megan Wright
from Hilltop Yarn in Seattle.
ShibuiKnits Baby Alpaca DK in color Spruce
from Knit Purl in Portland, OR.

This yarn is beautiful, it comes in rich colors, slightly variegated, soft and smooth, delightful to knit.
This yarn is a lighter gauge than the yarns specified in the pattern, so I modified the lace panel to make the wavy part wider, adding two stitches and two rows. I also added rows and details to the top and bottom borders.

That ruffle wanted to curl sooooo bad. I wondered how I was going to block a ruffle, thought about it the whole time I was knitting those 14 curly 581-stitch rows of stockinette. Here’s what I came up with:

shibui hilltop ruffle 004cr

it worked

shibui hilltop 009cr2

ETA: see me showing off here:

July 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm 4 comments

The Wall Of Koigu and A Clever Design

“What’s next?” turned out to be the Koigu fingerless mittens, mostly because they required the least amount of thinking. Thinking can really slow down my knitting. Some times it even halts my knitting. They’re pictured below in front of The Wall Of Koigu at Knit-Purl in Portland, where they lived in a previous life as hanks.

WallOfKoigu KnitPurl 30cr
fingerless mittens
Koigu (KPPPM) color P529
~62g, on #1 dpns
matching nails – OPI “Dominant Jeans”

I was treated to being photographed by The Blogger of Knit-Purl, who is even more delightful in person than on the blogpage.
Not a treat, was me rolling out as the champagne was rolling in! Aaah! that was tough, but I had a three hour drive north and work the next morning. If I lived in Portland, Sip ‘N’ Stitch at Knit-Purl is definitely where I would spend my Thursday evenings.

A Clever Design

I was visiting Portland State University, walking past Stephan Eppler Hall:

PSU Eppler Hall X015

The break in the pathway caught my eye, it is part of the building’s rain drain system:

PSU Eppler Hall A016

The downspout empties into a bed of stones, which drains out the bottom through the spout on the bottom left:

PSU Eppler Hall A017

The spout empties into a channel with an arrangement of granite bricks that allows the water to flow across the walkway through the spaces between the bricks and allows pedestrians to walk without tripping or spashing:

PSU Eppler Hall A019

At the end of channel the water falls into a sunken garden with stones at the base of the waterfall:

PSU Eppler Hall A020

Each drain is different, each bed of stones is different, each sunken garden is different:

PSU Epler Hall B003

PSU Eppler Hall C009

PSU Epper Hall B021

PSU Eppler Hall C026

PSU Eppler Hall B007

PSU Eppler Hall C014

I love a clever design.

April 12, 2008 at 6:07 pm 2 comments




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