Camellia colors

by onblueberryhill on October 1, 2015

Camellia colors pullover 1

Two gorgeous Camellia Fiber Company colors look even better together!  I love how these soft, naturally dyed colors blend so beautifully together – they remind me of an early fall day at the beach.

Pattern:  Tide Chart

Size:  40 1/2″

Yarn:  CFC Merino Sport – 2 skeins Indigo/Rhubarb and 2 skeins Sylvan (325 yds/ea)

Needles:  US 5s and US 3s (ribbing)

Camellia colors pullover 2

Borrowing inspiration from a fellow Raveler, I knit with the first color (blue) until 3 rounds after the short rows were completed; at that point, I switched to the second color (Sylvan grey) and knit in 28-round stripes.

Camellia colors pullover 3

Instead of a crew neck, I knit a rolled hem neck by picking up stitches as called for in the pattern, knitting 7 rounds, and then binding off.

Camellia colors pullover 4

Pin It


Hitchcock henley pullover

by onblueberryhill on September 25, 2015

Hitchcock 1

Pattern:  Hitchcock by Tin Can Knits, published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 14 (Fall 2015)

Size:  4 (40″ bust)

Yarn:  4 skeins O-Wool Local (50% alpaca / 50% merino) in color Wild Geranium

Needles:  US 7s and US 5s

Hitchcock 2

Hitchcock 3

The body of the sweater is knit in reverse stockinette – I was amazed by how much you can see the difference between my stitch when knitting in the round (body) and when knitting back and forth (yoke).  Luckily, I think it creates a cool differentiation between the sweater body and yoke, which is a good thing because I don’t think I could have prevented it even if I’d tried!  I’m not sure how I feel about the look of a sweater worn “purl-side out” — it’s got a neat rustic quality, but I’m still not sure I’m sold on it.

Hitchcock 4

Hitchcock 5

I love the story behind this yarn, and it creates a beautiful halo (that would be the 50% alpaca) – however, it’s maybe a little too scratchy for a sweater?  I also think the body came out a little long – I’d shorten it by an inch or two next time.  The color is lovely in some lights, but it’s a little subtle and muddied for me in others.  There are some beautiful colors in this yarn line that I think I would have preferred, in hindsight . . .


Pin It


Clara cardigan

by onblueberryhill September 23, 2015
Thumbnail image for Clara cardigan

Pattern:  Foyle’s Cardigan – my first experience with CustomFit Size:  Custom w/ relaxed fit (43 3/4″ bust) – I thought my blocked stitch gauge was 17 sts x 26 rows, but I think I was a little off, because this didn’t come out quite as big as I thought it would – I love the […]


Seafoam cabled cardigan

by onblueberryhill September 21, 2015
Thumbnail image for Seafoam cabled cardigan

This is truly one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever knitted, thanks primarily to Camellia Fiber Company’s incredibly beautiful yarn.  The natural indigo dye is stunning, and the yarn itself is so soft and squishy – I thought that the big cables were perfect to showcase both the color and the texture. The pattern […]


Fat Fish Blue hat

by onblueberryhill September 20, 2015
Thumbnail image for Fat Fish Blue hat

Pattern:  Gone Glamping by The Plucky Knitter Yarn:  One skein (with some leftover) of Plucky Primo Aran in color Fat Fish Blue Needles:  16″ circulars – US 5s (ribbing) and US 7s Gorgeous color!  I love the hat pattern, but the stitch pattern for the non-cabled section was really hard on my hands after a while.  Also, […]


Summer stripes pullover

by onblueberryhill September 17, 2015
Thumbnail image for Summer stripes pullover

Wow, can Jill Draper dye some spectacular colors!  I thought this made a great end-of-summer piece to pull over jean cutoffs when the weather started to cool down a little. Pattern:  High Tide (worsted version) Size:  40″ Needles:  US 8s and US 7s Yarn:  Jill Draper’s Hudson – 3 skeins Blue Bell and 2 skeins Bottle […]


Cat in a basket: A series

by onblueberryhill September 16, 2015
Thumbnail image for Cat in a basket:  A series

Storing yarn isn’t the only use for my new Tethermade basket . . . Pin It


Wearing my handmade wardrobe: Aster

by onblueberryhill September 15, 2015
Thumbnail image for Wearing my handmade wardrobe:  Aster

It has finally cooled down enough here in Oregon to wear jeans again, which gave me the perfect opportunity to try out my new Aster shirt: Pin It


Swans Island shawl

by onblueberryhill September 14, 2015
Thumbnail image for Swans Island shawl

I picked up these skeins of Swans Island Worsted this summer, when I was lucky enough to get to visit the Swans Island home office during our trip to the coast of Maine.  I had absolutely no idea what to knit with them at the time, but they looked so beautiful together, I couldn’t resist. […]


A handmade wardrobe

by onblueberryhill September 10, 2015
Thumbnail image for A handmade wardrobe

For the past few months, I have been inspired by several maker blogs that focus on apparel sewing.  I had been thinking for some time about sewing my own clothes, but often felt too frustrated and intimidated by the process. However, the posts of other bloggers, particularly Karen Templer of Fringe Association, really made me think […]


Roasted red tomato sauce

by onblueberryhill August 30, 2015
Thumbnail image for Roasted red tomato sauce

I didn’t intend to put up tomato sauce this year, but I had so many tomatoes, I had to find something to do with them! From this: to this: to this! Pin It


Oatmeal socks

by onblueberryhill August 28, 2015
Thumbnail image for Oatmeal socks

Yarn:  2 skeins (181 yds/ea) of Quince & Co Chickadee in color Audouin – this yarn is 100% American wool, and it must be very tightly plied, because it was really springy!  As a result, it feels wonderful to knit with, and even nicer on my feet.  My only worry is how it will wear […]


Madder tee

by onblueberryhill August 22, 2015
Thumbnail image for Madder tee

I knit this tee with Camellia Fiber Company’s CFC Flax (50% alpaca, 25% silk, 25% linen) – such an unusual, multifaceted yarn!  The silk gives it a shimmer, the alpaca gives it a halo, and then the linen gives it strength and structure, while still keeping it lightweight.  It’s a sport weight yarn, naturally dyed […]


Fireside socks

by onblueberryhill August 21, 2015
Thumbnail image for Fireside socks

When it’s yet another hot and sultry August day around here, my mind speeds ahead to cold winter nights in front of the fire, and to cozy wool socks! Pattern:  Hyak Socks Yarn:  1 skein Cestari 2-ply worsted weight (100% wool) in natural medium grey (MC) and 1/3 skein Heirloom (100% American Romney) in Red […]


Images from a summer Sunday

by onblueberryhill August 17, 2015
Thumbnail image for Images from a summer Sunday

Our summer schedule has been packed full of fun trips, activities, camps, and adventures, which is all well and good, but I was really glad for a Sunday to stay home, take a breath, and slow down a little!  My youngest daughter designated Sunday as “family day”, which she defined as:  waffles and fresh peaches […]


Mezcal test knit

by onblueberryhill August 11, 2015
Thumbnail image for Mezcal test knit

I just finished test knitting a beautiful cardigan that is the perfect summer-to-fall transition wardrobe staple: Pattern:  Mezcal by Thea Coleman (babycocktails) Yarn:  Six skeins of Julie Asselin Leizu DK, in an unnamed purple colorway Needles:  US 5s Size:  38 – I couldn’t get gauge, so I went with a size that didn’t allow for […]


Cormo shawl

by onblueberryhill August 6, 2015
Thumbnail image for Cormo shawl

This is wonderful yarn, a limited edition run only available through Gauge + Tension – it’s G+T Cormo Sportweight, and I wish you could feel it through the photos!  It’s tightly spun so it’s bouncy and very lively, and just the right balance between soft and crisp (I feel like I’m describing a wine  I […]


Summer in Maine

by onblueberryhill August 3, 2015
Thumbnail image for Summer in Maine

We’ve just returned from an idyllic ten days in downeast Maine, exploring Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert Island, Acadia National Park, and the entire mid-coast.  Although it was high tourist season – and it showed – nonetheless we found it beautiful, peaceful, and the ideal place to while away the summer days. Pin It


Pink sunset shawlette

by onblueberryhill July 19, 2015
Thumbnail image for Pink sunset shawlette

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. My original idea was to change colors for each segment (the shawl alternates between garter stitch and lace stitch segments) […]


Summer Blues shawl

by onblueberryhill July 16, 2015
Thumbnail image for Summer Blues shawl

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 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 […]