Eastbank Esplanade

by onblueberryhill on August 25, 2014

Eastbank Esplanade 1

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 used US 4s for the brim, and US 6s for the body of the hat.  I knit size small, casting on 90 sts, and it fits me perfectly.  I ran a little short and had to borrow stash yarn for just the final few rounds – I don’t think it even shows.

Eastbank Esplanade 2

The hat took only two evenings, and I like how it shows off the handspun appearance of the yarn and the gradation of colors.  Next I’m going to try using a solid neutral for the purl rows, and different bright colors for the “inside” knit rows.  I like the doubled-over brim of the hat – it makes it fit warm and snug – and the slouch is just perfect, it makes that hat fit loosely over all of my hair, without being too slouchy.  I can see why so many people on Ravelry have knit this free pattern!

Eastbank Esplanade 3

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Garden bounty

by onblueberryhill on August 25, 2014

blackberry jam 2

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 with Ball Low or No-Sugar Pectin.

blackberry jam 1

* I dug carrots, onions, and potatoes and used this recipe to make an oven-roasted vegetable medley.

chocolate zucchini bread

zucchini parmesan sticks

* In a desperate attempt to use up our prolific zucchini, I’ve made this chocolate zucchini bread with applesauce (which makes it at least a little healthy, right?) and these zucchini parmesan sticks.  I can’t take credit for the photos – they’re from the recipe pages – mine weren’t near as pretty, but definitely delicious!

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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 [...]



by onblueberryhill July 24, 2014
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I recently took a lot of close-up photos of the gorgeous hydrangeas blooming in our yard, and I thought the photos would be great candidates for enlargement and mounting on aluminum plates.  Thanks to websites like Aluminyze, you can print photos on aluminum just as easily as on paper or canvas. I chose four photos, [...]


Gakusei zip-up cardigan

by onblueberryhill July 23, 2014
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This project arose out of my ongoing obsession with Plucky yarn – the pattern is Gakusei, and I knit it in Plucky Sweater yarn.  I used Lonesome Highway as the MC (4 skeins), and Brooch and Bashful (1 skein each) as CC1 and CC2. Plucky Sweater yarn is DK weight, and it’s knit on US [...]


Brooklyn Tweed’s color work cardigan for little girls

by onblueberryhill July 22, 2014
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Pattern:  Atlas (cardigan version) Needles:  US 5s (US 6s for color work and US 2s for ribbing, as called for in pattern) Yarn:  Brooklyn Tweed Loft – 4 skeins Snowbound, 1 skein Plume, 1 skein Blanket Fort Size:  10 years (largest) I loved this pattern – it was fun to knit, and even fingering weight [...]


Urban Hiker

by onblueberryhill July 21, 2014
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The details really give this jacket a nice finished look – the twisted stitch band along the front and the tops of the sleeves helps to avoid an overload of bulky yarn stockinette stitch. Details: * Pattern:  Urban Hiker by Tin Can Knits (the cool thing about this pattern is it’s sized for small children, [...]


Visiting San Francisco

by onblueberryhill July 20, 2014
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A fun three days in San Francisco and the bay area – although the 14-hour drive on either side of those three days was a little much! Day 1:  Walk to the Golden Gate Bridge, shop and browse along Chestnut Street, eat at Super Duper Burger and stop at Kara’s Cupcakes for dessert. Day 2: [...]


Summer flowers gathered top

by onblueberryhill July 17, 2014
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I used some of my stash fabric and Purl Bee’s tutorial to sew several of these lightweight summer tops for my nine-year-old daughter.  All you need is approx. 1/2 yard of fabric, a yard of 3/8″ elastic, and an hour or two in front of your sewing machine. I made the first top from the [...]


Teeny tiny cherry pies

by onblueberryhill July 16, 2014
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I’ve planted several pie cherry trees in my fruit tree orchard, and they’re finally starting to produce, but between what the birds eat, what we can reach, and how much time we’re willing to spend picking (and pitting!) the cherries, we don’t end up with a whole heck of a lot to show for it. [...]