Moody Blues henley

by onblueberryhill on 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 of each of the four blues:  Early Light, Inspiration Point, Cryin’ Icicles, and Big Sky (I left out Study Hall, the darkest shade)
* each section is 6 rows
* use Silver Lining as a two-row “spacer” between each blues section

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The eight-row count for each blues/spacer section worked well because the pattern calls for color changes every 4 rows, so with a little modification, I was able to follow the pattern as written.  My count came out exactly perfect – I finished the fifth section of the last blues color just when I was ready to start the bottom ribbing.  Amazing!

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I used Silver Lining for the bottom ribbing, and as a solid for the sleeves once I completed a five-section of the first and second blues colors (I was originally going to knit the entire sleeve in Silver Lining, but because the top of the sleeve is constructed at the same time as the yoke, it turned out that I’d already began with stripes, so I finished off the first two blues sections in stripes, then switched to solid).  I used Big Sky to knit two two-row stripes near the cuff – not sure if I like this, but didn’t dislike it enough to rip it out after it was done.

In the end, I needed 3 skeins (really, I only got about 1/4 way through the third skein) of Silver Lining, and a partial skein of each of the blues.  I knit size M2 (39.5″ bust) – I thought it might be a little baggy, but it turned out to be a good call, because I wouldn’t like it any tighter (maybe the nylon content of the yarn makes it a fit a little more snugly) – on US 6s (the pattern’s recommended needle size).  I had gorgeous handmade ceramic buttons in my stash from an earlier purchase that matched perfectly.

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This pattern has a lot of stylistic features that I don’t use a lot but I thought they worked well – a saddle shoulder construction, German short rows, a provisional cast on, etc.  It’s worked seamlessly from the top down, which I love because I can adjust fit and length as a I go, and constructing the sleeves as part of the yoke results in a nice fit.

I’m very happy with how the sweater shows off the color gradient, without looking to “stripey” or too busy.  I like how the fit feels, but when I look at the photos, it seems a little oversized.  Would it tighten it up just a little bit if I dampened it and threw it in the dryer – has anyone ever tried that with Plucky Sweater?

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Fabric as art

by onblueberryhill on 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 them, stretched them in the frames and pulled out any wrinkles, trimmed off the excess fabric around the edges of the frames, and hung them from the ceiling with thumb tacks and thin gauge wire – couldn’t be easier!

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I love how the sun comes through and shows off the colors, and how they add color and movement to my hobby room, without taking up wall space or getting in the way.  I’ve seen displays where beautiful fabric samples are stretched into embroidery frames and mounted on the wall, but in my house, wall space is at a premium, so this is the perfect solution!

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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. [...]


Market shopping bag

by onblueberryhill July 14, 2014
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Using this tutorial from the Purl Bee, I whipped up this practical-but-beautiful shopping bag for my weekly trips to the farmer’s market.  I love how gorgeous the fabric is, but how durable the end product is, too, because of the sturdy canvas fabric and the way the webbing handles are sewn the entire length of [...]


Biking along the Willamette River

by onblueberryhill July 13, 2014
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It’s really hot this week here in Oregon, so I biked early yesterday, leaving the house at 6am.  My ride followed the Willamette River for over an hour and a half, from Oregon City to Milwaukie to Sellwood, and finally into downtown Portland, where I arrived just in time for the start of the weekly [...]


A sea of lavender

by onblueberryhill July 8, 2014
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I think that one of the most stunning ways to landscape a walkway is to edge it on both sides with lavender – I still remember the front walk at a bed & breakfast on Lopez Island in the San Juans, where we stayed every year, and when we had our house built, I wanted [...]


A photo essay of hydrangeas

by onblueberryhill July 6, 2014
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Advance warning – I went a little crazy photographing all of the hydrangeas in my gardens today!  To be fair, we have at least a dozen different varieties, and they’re all so drop-dead gorgeous that I can never choose a favorite . . . so this time, instead of trying to choose, I’ve included them [...]


Paloma cardigan

by onblueberryhill July 4, 2014
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I love this style of cardigan – slouchy, oversize, knit from bulky yarn and incredibly comfortable!  The stitch pattern is kind of a double seed stitch, and it really adds to the “cushy” feeling, as does the yarn — Plucky Bulky in color Opaline. The pattern is Paloma and I knit it on US 10s. [...]


Powder Puff pullover

by onblueberryhill July 2, 2014
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I love how this sweater came out, which is amazing, because I had a lot of problems and issues with it the entire way through.  The pattern is Cabeladabra, and I bought it as a kit with Plucky Scholar yarn (75% merino / 25% cashmere, color Powder Puff).  My first problem was that I could [...]


Climbing at Smith Rock

by onblueberryhill July 1, 2014
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We spent  a gorgeous day at Smith Rock, in the high desert of central Oregon, learning to rock climb.  It was a lot of fun, and not as difficult as I had feared!  All of the girls gave it a try, and I even managed to climb all the way to the top of the [...]


Oregon coast at dusk

by onblueberryhill June 23, 2014
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A couple of beautiful days (and evenings) at Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast . . . Pin It


Orchid gradient

by onblueberryhill June 21, 2014
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The perfect pattern for this beautiful gradient of yarns! Pattern:  Vector (scarf size) Yarn:  Black Trillium Gradient Kit – Pebble Sock (100% superwash merino) – 5 127-yard mini-skeins in Orchid colorway Needles:  US 6s I knit 65 garter ridges for each color, which used up almost all of each of the mini-skeins.  I decided to [...]


Kestrel linen top

by onblueberryhill June 18, 2014
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The perfect summer knit – I had fun playing with Quince & Co’s new yarn Kestrel, and I finished it in less than a week!  The pattern is North Fork, and I knit size M (40″ bust).  I ended up using 6 skeins of Cove and one skein of Senza.  I got gauge on US [...]


Father’s Day socks

by onblueberryhill June 11, 2014
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I’m not a big sock knitter – I think the combination of having to knit the same pattern twice, and the fact that no one really gets to see the FO when you’re wearing it, plus the fact that you’re usually knitting socks on REALLY tiny needles, all work together to push me toward other [...]