Plucky striped cardigan in Churchmouse hues

by onblueberryhill on October 30, 2014

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What beautiful yarn!  A very limited run of Plucky Primo Fingering, made specially for Churchmouse Yarn & Teas in OOAK colors.  You can see the full skeins here.

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I used 3 skeins of Morning Cuppa as the MC and 1 skein of Mighty Madrona for the upper sleeves, and then knit the stripes in all of the remaining colors (Brown Betty, Vitamin Bee, Bainbridge Bramble, Ferry Schedule, Sound Crossing, Churchmouse).

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The pattern is Funky Grandpa, and because I wanted to make sure that it fit loose and oversized, I knit size large (40″ body size), which is one size up from my usual.  I used the recommended US 3s and US 4s and was able to get gauge.  I knit without any modifications, and then blocked very aggressively.  I was worried when I first put on the FO because it was too tight and too short, but be warned – this one REALLY stretches when it’s blocked!  That was a good thing for me (although I stretched the sleeves a little too long, I think :)  Even with all the stretch, I wish it was as much as two inches longer – I would change the length accordingly if I knit it again.

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This yarn is incredibly soft, and knitting a sweater in fingering weight yarn results in such a nice drape and a lightweight feel, it feels amazing!  I almost never have the patience to knit an entire sweater in fingering weight, and I got through this one by pacing myself – only knitting an inch or two a day, interspersed with other projects.  I still managed to finish it in less than a month though, so I feel like it was worth it, especially to show off this gorgeous yarn.

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Origami scraps

by onblueberryhill on October 30, 2014

Origami Oasis nightgown 1

I used the Simplicity #1569 nightgown pattern (size 8) to use up all the remaining pieces of my Origami Oasis fabric – it’s a pretty patchworked result, but I like it just fine :)

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Wool patchwork cats

by onblueberryhill October 28, 2014
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I love finding new and creative uses for materials I love, like Mary Flanagan felted wool.  Fortunately for me, Purl Bee excels in coming up with projects just like this one . . . their free pattern is here and it’s the perfect use for one of their mini textured felted wool bundles.  I bought [...]


Sweet tart shawl

by onblueberryhill October 19, 2014
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A beautiful shawl and another opportunity for me to show of Plucky Knitter’s sweet tart gradient. Pattern:  Aeris shawl Needles:  US 7s MC yarn:  Plucky Worsted yarn in Flannel (1 1/2 skeins) CC yarns:  Plucky Sweater in Lawn Ornament, Tip Toe, Fondant, and Tulip Time This knit up quickly – it’s not quite as big [...]


Pumpkin harvest

by onblueberryhill October 18, 2014
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Shetland Flannel robes

by onblueberryhill October 16, 2014
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Wow, this is gorgeous fabric!  It was my inspiration for this year’s Christmas gift for all of my female relatives – flannel robes, using the Purl Bee pattern. I bought the Shetland Flannel fabric at Purl Soho – 4 yards each in colors peach tweed, pumpkin herringbone, oregano herringbone, denim tweed, and grey herringbone. I [...]


Sweet Tart hat

by onblueberryhill October 13, 2014
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This project was my first opportunity to knit with the Sweet Tart gradient yarn set I purchased from The Plucky Knitter this summer:  Fondant, Tip Toe, Tulip Time, and Lawn Ornament, all in Plucky Sweater.  I used Plucky Sweater in Flannel as my MC and knit the hat from the Wurm pattern. Because the yarn [...]


Grape jelly

by onblueberryhill October 10, 2014
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Although we have a grape arbor in the yard, its production has been really poor in recent years.  I’m not sure what the problem is – although I suspect it has something to do with how we’re having it pruned.  Something to look into for next year . . . In the meantime, a family [...]


Origami Oasis fabrics

by onblueberryhill October 8, 2014
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Sometimes you see a fabric line and it’s so bright and fun, you just have to come up with something (or things!) to sew out of it . . . This fabric is Tamara Kate’s Origami Oasis – I bought various yardages of Crossing Paths (raspberry), Floret (candy), Mountain and Valley (candy), Oasis Border (candy), [...]


Churchmouse’s Modern Wrapper

by onblueberryhill October 5, 2014
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Wow, this is gorgeous!  It took a lot longer than I thought it would – knitting up on US 10s should have made it go quickly, but I guess because it’s so oversized, there was a lot of fabric to knit.  While the pattern looks a little intimidating, once you get into it and follow [...]


Shades of brown cashmere scarf

by onblueberryhill September 30, 2014
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  I’m starting to knit “manly” Christmas gifts, beginning with this scarf, knit from Pepperberry Knits DK weight yarn in marled colors Barn Owl and Fox Trot, and solid color Long Johns.  I used US 7s and the Purl Bee pattern No-Purl Ribbed Scarf, which is really cool because you get a ribbed appearance with [...]


Pepperberry cowl and mitts

by onblueberryhill September 28, 2014
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This is a gorgeous gift set . . . or maybe it will be a gift to myself  The yarn is all marled cashmere from Pepperberry Knits.  The cowl is knit from two skeins of DK weight in color Posies (140 yds/ea) on US 6s (I actually changed to US 7s at one point, with [...]


Alaskan salmon applique quilt

by onblueberryhill September 21, 2014
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I sewed and quilted this wall hanging in only two days, thanks to the kit available here.  The kit comes with the salmon appliqué already cut and backed with double-sized thermo-bond.  All I had to do was cut the pieces for the heads, since I wanted them a different color.  A hot iron temporarily affixed [...]


Framed bargello squares

by onblueberryhill September 19, 2014
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I wrote here about my discovery of bargello embroidery and some of the practical uses I’d found for my finished projects.  My favorite aspect of bargello is the endless combinations of color, and how the colors one chooses play off of each other in unexpected ways.  A second foray to Churchmouse Yarn & Teas this [...]


Tolt cardigan

by onblueberryhill September 16, 2014
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This was the perfect match of yarn to pattern – I wish you could feel this cardigan and see it in person, it is so gorgeous!  I can’t say enough about this yarn – I only wish it was available online, because it’s a long trek for me to Tolt Yarn & Wool in tiny Carnation, [...]


Scrappy tigers

by onblueberryhill September 12, 2014
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  I purchased just two fat quarters of the Tiger Stripes from Cotton & Steel’s Hatbox at Modern Domestic, not knowing at that time what I wanted to do with it.  My daughter has about a million dresses that I’ve made for her, and we have too many blankets, quilts, pillows, etc, around the house, [...]


The tomatoes are rolling in!

by onblueberryhill September 11, 2014
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Wow, we grow BIG tomatoes around here!  I love garden-fresh tomatoes – my only problem is, I eat them as fast as they can ripen, so I end up having very few to make into sauce (even though we planted four large garden beds in tomatoes this year, totaling over 24 plants!) Pin It


Shoulder Cozy

by onblueberryhill September 10, 2014
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Knit as a gift . . . the pattern is Churchmouse’s Shoulder Cozy, knit on US 13s.  I knit the size small/medium and used 1 1/2 skeins Rowan Summer Tweed (70% silk / 30% cotton) in color Tonic, and 1 skein Rowan Kidsilk Haze Eclipse in color Libra (456). The project is knit double-stranded, holding [...]


Spincycle cowl

by onblueberryhill September 8, 2014
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Just because I couldn’t resist another skein of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool yarn, this time in color Nostalgia . . . I used Churchmouse’s welted cowl pattern and US 6 16″ circulars.  Because I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough yarn to complete size small (the single-wrap cowl), I used leftover Plucky Sweater [...]


Nani Iro

by onblueberryhill September 7, 2014
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A quick project that literally only took a little more than an hour – and an excuse to get to sew something with Nani Iro double gauze, I love how this fabric feels! I bought 2 1/2 meters of this fabric in colorway Freedom Garden from this Etsy shop, and used the simplest pattern I [...]