Wickerwork pullover

by onblueberryhill on November 28, 2015

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Gorgeous new yarn by YOTH – a worsted weight 100% domestic Rambouillet called Father.  I used Caviar, the darkest of one of the Raw Palette colorways.  It took all of five skeins (220 yds/ea) and then I had to break into the sixth skein just for the ribbed neckline.  Knit on US 10s and US 7s (for the ribbing).  The pattern is Wickerwork, published by Quince & Co.

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I went with size 42″ because I wanted a little bit of ease – I wish there wasn’t such a gap between sizes, all of my sweaters feel like they’re turning out a little oversized these days, but I don’t want 0″ of ease.  It seems like I’m stuck between choosing size 38″ – which would result in little to no positive ease – or size 42″, which ends up being 3-4″ ease (which can be a lot).  With a sweater like this, I didn’t want a close fit, but I don’t really like swimming in it, either.

Wickerwork pullover 3

This yarn has a pretty soft hand, and had the potential to really stretch when it was blocked, so be gentle with it.  As a matter of fact, I’d like it to be a little longer in the body, so I think I might go back and block the body a little longer.  Otherwise, I like the overall fit in the shoulders and the yarn – it’s soft but wears well, and I think this will be a daily go-to sweater in the winter.

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It’s frosty this morning

by onblueberryhill on November 25, 2015

frost on leaves

Rose hips and fallen leaves – the last vestiges of fall – are touched by frosty winter this morning . . .

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Chocolate pullover

by onblueberryhill November 18, 2015
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This one has it all:  soft and squishy yarn, comfy oversize fit, nubbly texture that gives the sweater “squish” and shows off the beautiful yarn dye, ribbing, cables, and a cowl! Pattern:  Test knitting Babycocktails’ new Gin & Tonic pullover pattern Yarn:  6 skeins (280 yds/ea) Lakes Yarn & Fiber Hayden DK in color Alces […]


Barn cardigan

by onblueberryhill November 11, 2015
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This project turned out exactly as I had hoped it would!  Although the Rosemont Cardigan by Knitbot pattern was designed for a very different kind of worsted weight yarn, I wanted something that was rustic and oversized – that I could pull over a denim button-down shirt, pair with jeans and boots, and wear outside […]


Fall colors

by onblueberryhill November 9, 2015
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I love the colors of fall, whether it’s in yarn: or in nature! Pin It


Quarry Blanket

by onblueberryhill November 6, 2015
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Pattern:  Wool Leaves Yarn:  Brooklyn Tweed’s Quarry, held double (6 skeins plus just a few yards of a 7th skein) – color Flint Needles:  US 13s Pin It


Confetti cake

by onblueberryhill November 5, 2015
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In celebration of my daughter Isabella’s 13th birthday: Cake inspiration here and simple instructions for a birthday banner here.  The beautiful mini cake stand is from jampdx. And this photo was taken right before the banner caught on fire To celebrate, Bella chose to take her posse of girlfriends to the Portland Art Museum, then […]


Amber Ale

by onblueberryhill November 4, 2015
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This scarf is stunningly beautiful – the combination of the open stitch in this to-die-for cashmere yarn, and the tonal dye color, makes it one of the most gorgeous and wearable pieces I’ve knit in a long time! Pattern:  Amber Ale by Babycocktails Yarn:  Sweet Fiber Cashmere DK in color Spiced Pumpkin (3 skeins @ […]


Fringe Hatalong

by onblueberryhill November 2, 2015
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My first entry for this month’s Fringe Hatalong: Pattern:  Seathwaite Yarn:  I intended to buy Cumbria, the beautiful yarn featured in the pattern, but I was seduced by Bumblebirch Forage, beautifully dyed by a local indie dyer right here in Portland.  The yarn is 220 yards of superwash merino in color Cranberry. Needles:  US 4s […]


Swatch Pots

by onblueberryhill October 27, 2015
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I’m experimenting with combining my two favorite pastimes:  knitting and pottery  I’m starting with small plates textured with knitting swatches.  They’re all limited edition, because the swatches wear out pretty quickly.  This first batch is made from Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, in stockinette stitch on US 7s. This is definitely a work in progress – I’m […]


Pumpkin pie from scratch

by onblueberryhill October 23, 2015
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I’ve always wanted to try making a pumpkin pie from REAL pumpkin – not the glop in a can – and I was inspired by the step-by-step directions here to give it a try.  It turned out to be much easier than I had thought it would be, and really successful even the first time […]


Warsa linen for the home

by onblueberryhill October 21, 2015
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I couldn’t resist buying some of this beautiful new Warsa linen at Purl Soho – the soft, muted colors beautifully offset the handwoven blanket I splurged and bought while visiting Swans Island Company this summer in Maine. The pillows are 20″ square, in colors Fig, Celadon, Smoke and Coyote.  In order to use some of the […]


Marled PK hat

by onblueberryhill October 20, 2015
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Pattern:  PK Marled hat Yarn:  The Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran in Papier and Scholar in Magnet & Steel (one skein each – plenty left over) – knit double-stranded Needles:  US 7s (ribbing on brim) and US 10 1/2s This was a fun way to play with colors and bases, but I’m not that crazy about […]


Lark Tees

by onblueberryhill October 19, 2015
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This is a really great sewing project – just make sure you’re using a jersey needle and a knit/stretch/small zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.  There’s only three pattern pieces – front, back, and sleeves – and then the binding for the neck and sleeves.  The neck binding may appear really small at first, but […]


Fall projects

by onblueberryhill October 18, 2015
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Dahlias from the farmer’s market: And from my garden: ‘Tis the season for baking owl cookies: To make these candleholders, I pressed leaves (for a minimum of 36 hours) and then applied them to jars with Mod Podge. These autumn candleholders couldn’t be simpler: I just collected acorns from local elm trees, and used some […]


Cozy CFC Cowl

by onblueberryhill October 15, 2015
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Pattern:  Textured Cowl (free on Ravelry) Modifications:  Cast on 5 additional sts, knit one extra purl round before binding off Yarn:  Camellia Fiber Company CFC Merino Handspun in colorway Sylvan (approx 100 yds) Needles:  US 13s Pin It


Wool Leaves in Brooklyn Tweed Bulky

by onblueberryhill October 13, 2015
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A beautiful sample knit for Brooklyn Tweed in their new delectable bulky-weight yarn, Quarry.  The pattern is Wool Leaves, slightly modified for the heavier weight yarn.  I knit it on US 10s, but I think the ideal needle size would be 10 1/2. To complete eight full repeats of the lace pattern took 3 skeins […]


Will autumn ever come?

by onblueberryhill October 12, 2015
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It’s been such a long, hot and interminable summer here in Oregon – finally the sumac is starting to show its fall colors, but I’m beginning to wonder if autumn will ever arrive . . . Pin It


Colors of Bainbridge shawl

by onblueberryhill October 10, 2015
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Pattern:  Peak Color by The Plucky Knitter Yarn:  Plucky Primo Fingering in Churchmouse Yarn & Teas colors:  I Want Some Mora, 24 Blackbirds, Ferry Schedule, Sound Crossing, and Forever Green (one partial skein of each) Needles:  US 5s This would be beautiful in a little heavier weight yarn, too – something sport or DK, perhaps. […]


make. wear. love. knitting retreat

by onblueberryhill October 7, 2015
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I was so happy to have a reason to return to mid-coast Maine this fall, to attend the make. wear. love knitting retreat, hosted by Amy Herzog of CustomFit.  I was able to take some amazing classes, and still had plenty of time to visit some beautiful locales along the coast – it was like two […]