Pink sunset shawlette

by onblueberryhill on July 19, 2015

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The Kuni Shawl by This.Bird.Knits is the perfect pattern for mini-skeins of gradient colors – I used Julie Asselin’s Leizu Fingering gradient set (5 skeins, totaling 525 yds) in colorway Vendanges, knit on US 7s.

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My original idea was to change colors for each segment (the shawl alternates between garter stitch and lace stitch segments) and I was able to do that for the first section – in fact, I had quite a bit of the lightest color left over – and just made it through the second segment with the next skein.  However, by the third segment, I ran out of yarn with three rows to go, and eight rows to go in the fourth segment.  After that, I just need the segment pattern until I ran out of the color, and then moved onto the next segment with the next color, regardless of where I was in the pattern.

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As a result, the finished shawl is more of a shawlette, but once I blocked it and the lace opened up, it’s a perfect sit-on-your-shoulders size, and it shows off the color gradient beautifully.

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Summer Blues shawl

by onblueberryhill on July 16, 2015

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Yarn:  O-Wool’s O-Wash Sport – 2 skeins (306 yds/ea) of Boreal Bluet, Cattail, and Cuckoo Flower

Needles:  Knit double-stranded on US 9s

Pattern:  Very Shannon’s Bradway Shawl

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Because the pattern is written for a worsted-weight yarn, I knit the sport weight doubled – I came up with almost the same gauge as the pattern, but because I went up a needle size (to get a fabric that draped nicely and wasn’t too dense), it may be that my FO is even a little bigger than the pattern.  It’s certainly a big FO – more of a wrap than a scarf or shawl.  It’s wonderful to throw over your shoulders and wrap around you, but I’m not sure if I’ll get as much use out of it as a smaller shawl, given that there just aren’t that many occasions here in Oregon where I need to wrap up :)  Regardless, I think it’s beautiful – I love O-Wool’s colors, and the variety of textures is really visually pleasing and keeps it from being just another striped shawl.

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Madder shawl

by onblueberryhill July 14, 2015
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  I can’t say enough wonderful things about Camellia Fiber Company’s yarn – it’s soft, but has good structure and spring, and the natural dyes have produced the most beautiful tonal colors!  Camellia is a small-batch, independent dyer located in Nashville, and it’s not easy to get your hands on some, but it’s well worth [...]

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Whispering Island shawl

by onblueberryhill July 6, 2015
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This soft and beautiful shawl knit up quickly, in less than a week, with Local Color Fiber Studio’s new yarn, from their own sheep and angora rabbits raised on Bainbridge Island.  The yarn is 85% Finnsheep wool and 15% German Angora.  I used every yarn of two skeins (200 yds/ea) to knit Whispering Island Shawl [...]

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Cutting garden begins to bloom

by onblueberryhill July 6, 2015
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This year, I developed a new area of our property into a cutting garden, using as guidance an article in Sunset Magazine about perennials and annuals that work well for cut flower arrangements. This first year, I’m growing as many varieties as I could find in kind of a “pilot program,” to see what fares [...]

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Happy 4th of July!

by onblueberryhill July 5, 2015
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We celebrated the Fourth with a red, white and blue-themed picnic on our back deck – homemade fried chicken, biscuits, corn on the cob, the first sungold tomatoes out of the garden, lemonade, and cherry pie for dessert – yum!  We followed dinner with marshmallows toasted at the fire pit, a moonlight swim in the [...]

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Summer Moon

by onblueberryhill July 3, 2015
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Wow, this is gorgeous – and huge!  I finally found the perfect use for my Plucky pinks gradient Pattern:  Summer Moon Yarn:  Plucky Bello (55% merino, 45% cashmere) (380 yds per skein) CC1 – Wintery Mix (1 1/2 skeins) CC2 – Bashful (36g) CC3 – Rouge (32g) CC4 – Blush (43g) CC5 – Power Ballad [...]

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Getting ready for a show

by onblueberryhill July 3, 2015
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I’m stocking up for my first art show, and experimenting with my first batch of custom-made glaze: Pin It

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Farmer’s market tote bag

by onblueberryhill June 28, 2015
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Riley Blake’s Vintage Market fabrics and Purl Bee’s Forty-Minute Tote pattern are the perfect combination for a new produce bag needed on my weekly trips to the Portland Farmer’s Market. I used Decor Bond Pellon fusible interfacing to make the bag sturdier, and navy cotton webbing for the handles. Pin It

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Lacecap hydrangeas

by onblueberryhill June 26, 2015
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Warren cardigan

by onblueberryhill June 23, 2015
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  This has been in my queue for months and months, and I finally disciplined myself to get it completed.  It’s not that I didn’t like the project, but you know how you get swept away by your enthusiasm for new projects, while old ones keep  getting pushed back further and and further in your [...]

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Zinnia pullover

by onblueberryhill June 19, 2015
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Pattern:  Gable, designed by Hannah Fettig for Brooklyn Tweed Yarn:  Sunday Knits Eden (100% 3-ply merino) in color Zinnia – 6 skeins (246 yds/ea) – I barely made it at the end of the sixth skein, using up all of the yarn but a few yards, so I’d recommend 7 skeins just in case Knit [...]

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Launching summer break at the Oregon coast

by onblueberryhill June 18, 2015
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A few days in Cannon Beach makes for a wonderful start to summer vacation . . . Pin It

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Raw palette three-color shawl

by onblueberryhill June 11, 2015
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This pattern is Linook, knit in YOTH Little Brother in colors Hazelnut, Shitake, and Portabella.  Since the pattern actually calls for four different colors, I used Hazelnut as both the first color (Color A) and the last color (Color D). The pattern is designed for a DK-weight or worsted-weight yarn, and Little Brother is more [...]

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Crewneck pullover in a Plucky shade of purple

by onblueberryhill June 10, 2015
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This is a wonderful, classic sweater – easy to knit, well-fitted, and lightweight enough to wear almost year round.  Even though it’s only 25% cotton, it feels light and airy – perfect for fall and spring, for chilly summer mornings and crisp summer evenings. Pattern:  Tide Chart by Amy Miller Yarn:  Plucky Crew – 4 [...]

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Hinterland shawl

by onblueberryhill June 8, 2015
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A beautiful kit from Woolful Mercantile . . . the yarn is from Hinterland Farm in Canada and it’s called Ravine.  It’s a three-ply aran weight yarn – 60% Canadian Targhee, Columbia, and Rambouillet, blended with 40% of Hinterland Farm’s alpaca fleece. The pattern is Pure by cabinfour.  I started with US 9s, but switched [...]

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Today’s mugs

by onblueberryhill June 7, 2015
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Playing around with shape and proportion here – I like the small, round handle asymmetrically placed near the bottom of a tall, narrow mug. Pin It

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Fragrance

by onblueberryhill May 24, 2015
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I wish that photos could convey how wonderful this rose smells!  The shape, fragrance and color all embody the word “rose” to me.  Out of all of the varieties in my rose garden, this one is hands-down my favorite Pin It

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Sewing projects for the home

by onblueberryhill May 22, 2015
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This week’s sewing projects – quick, simple, and satisfying! A set of four placemats and napkins, sewn from Robert Kaufman’s Studio Stash Yarn Dyes.  I bought one yard of the Denim and 1/2 yard each of the Spice and Denim from Bolt, without really thinking through what I would use them for.  I originally thought [...]

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Falling petals

by onblueberryhill May 21, 2015
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Peony petals are beautiful even when they’ve dropped to the ground Pin It

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