Scrappy tigers

by onblueberryhill on 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, but I thought she could use a pair of PJ pants to lounge around the house in.

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I already had Simplicity #2290, but not near enough fabric to make a pair of pants for a nine-year-old, so I turned to my fabric stash and managed to put something together.  I sewed the eight-year-old size, because I knew that this pattern ran really large.  My patched-together fabric pieces were barely wide enough, but I squeaked by.

I think the scrappy look makes cute pants, and best of all, she thinks that they’re super comfortable and already wears them just about any time she’s hanging out at home :)

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The tomatoes are rolling in!

by onblueberryhill on 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!)

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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 [...]


Doo Wop

by onblueberryhill September 3, 2014
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One of the great new(ish) colors from The Plucky Knitter – I had to find something to knit it up in, and I loved the idea of a hat and cowl set.  The cowl is Camptown Races, knit in Plucky Primo Sport Round Table and Wintery Mix and Plucky Sweater Doo Wop (Primo Sport is, [...]


Sewing with Skinny laMinx

by onblueberryhill September 1, 2014
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Beautiful home decor-weight fabric I found while browsing at Modern Domestic – it’s from Skinny laMinx, a fabric designer based in South Africa.  Her nature-inspired fabrics are amazing, and you can buy them on Etsy  The print that I used for the table runner and the tote bag is Pincushion, in colors Humbug and Khaki. [...]


Eastbank Esplanade

by onblueberryhill August 25, 2014
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Another project with Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool; this time a purchased a skein of Eastbank Esplanade, a color dyed exclusively for Knit Purl here in Portland, and knit a Wurm hat.  What a great pattern – this would work with so many different yarns!  Because Dyed in the Wool is sport weight, I [...]


Garden bounty

by onblueberryhill August 25, 2014
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I’ve been busy harvesting and then trying to find enough uses for our garden bounty around here!  This week: * I bought blackberries at the farmer’s market (we picked some, but it takes forever, and the ones at the market are so much bigger and juicier!) and put up blackberry jam using almost no sugar [...]



by onblueberryhill August 19, 2014
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Quaker Yarn Stretcher is a great pattern to show off a single skein of yarn – really, you could knit it in any weight, but I was using sport weight yarn from Spincycle Yarns called Dyed in the Wool.  This is really cool yarn with a handspun look that I’ve never tried using before, and [...]


Heirloom Wanderling

by onblueberryhill August 17, 2014
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I love this one!  I usually try not to knit sweaters in anything lighter gauge than DK – knitting an entire sweater on US 4s is quite a commitment!  But I just couldn’t resist the combination of this pattern and this yarn.  The pattern is Wanderling, another brilliant one from the amazing Isabell Kraemer.  The [...]


Bargello embroidery

by onblueberryhill August 11, 2014
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I’ve never tried Bargello embroidery before, but I was lured in by an everything-you-need kit from Churchmouse Yarn & Teas.  I haven’t really been inclined to try different patterns – instead, what captures my imagination is all of the different color combinations.  I had a chance to visit Churchmouse a few weeks ago and I [...]


Plucky + Churchmouse = two of my favorite things

by onblueberryhill August 10, 2014
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I was lucky enough to be near a computer when Churchmouse Yarn & Teas announced its exclusive line of Plucky Knitter colorways, because they sold out completely in less than an hour!  The colors were only available in Primo Fingering, and I snatched up all but two of them.  Now the problem:  I don’t know [...]


Summer knitting

by onblueberryhill August 9, 2014
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Most mornings this summer, I’ve tried to find a little time to sit out on my deck with a mug of tea, listen to the water splashing on the rocks of our water feature and into the pond, smell the perfume of the silk tree that drapes over the railing, and do some knitting . [...]


Pop Spots

by onblueberryhill August 8, 2014
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Fun knitting pattern . . . and a great way to show off gradient yarn!  The pattern is Pop Spots.  The MC yarn is Twirl Shetland Petals in color Button – it’s a blend of alpaca, mohair and lambswool, and a very soft and fuzzy, natural-feeling yarn.  It was a great contrast with the dots, [...]


Hellebore pullover

by onblueberryhill August 6, 2014
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I’ve been wanting to knit this pattern for some time for my youngest daughter, and finally found the perfect yarn – unfortunately, it was fingering weight, but I got gauge with it doubled on US 6s, so I plunged ahead.  I’m always nervous knitting for my kids, because there are so many reasons they may [...]


Our family tradition: summer in the San Juan Islands

by onblueberryhill August 1, 2014
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Every year, for almost twenty years (with a few exceptions, especially when the girls were really young), we’ve traveled to Washington’s San Juan Islands for our summer vacation.  It is so much like home to us that we got married at Roche Harbor, and we return there every year now.  We stay in the same [...]



by onblueberryhill July 29, 2014
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How cute is this?!  I swear, Brooklyn Tweed patterns never fail to amaze me.  This is Winslow, one of the patterns from the new BK Kids lookbook.  I used Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter yarn – 5 skeins of Faded Quilt, 1 skein of Fossil, and 1 skein of Almanac.  I knit on the recommended US 6s [...]


Moody Blues henley

by onblueberryhill July 27, 2014
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A while back, I purchased the Moody Blues gradient in Plucky Sweater (DK weight) from a Plucky Knitter update – such a gorgeous range of colors, how best to show them off?  I used Isabell Kraemer’s Kynance Cove pattern and, after doing a little math, came up with the following formula: * knit five sections [...]


Fabric as art

by onblueberryhill July 25, 2014
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I love finding new, creative ways to use fabric as art – simple and uncomplicated, yet beautiful!  This one was inspired by a similar display at Modern Domestic – while I was there, I bought the wood embroidery hoops and a few fat quarter cotton solids in yummy pink, peach and sorbet colors. I ironed [...]