Roasted red tomato sauce

by onblueberryhill on August 30, 2015

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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:

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to this:

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to this!

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Oatmeal socks

by onblueberryhill on August 28, 2015

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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 – because it’s tightly plied, it should wear well, but without any nylon in it, I wonder how it will hold up over time in socks.

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Pattern:  Irish Oat socks by cabinfour – I made no modifications to this pattern and knit on the recommended US 3s.  This was the perfect sock pattern for me, because it has a little bit of nice detail in a simple cable, but not so much that it really slowed me down or couldn’t be memorized.  Plus, I find that there’s a lot of difference (in terms of my patience) in knitting socks in sport weight, as opposed to fingering weight – it moves so much faster (I finished both socks in three days), and I like socks that are a little thicker, anyway.

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The only change I would make if I knit these again is I would make them at least an inch – if not two inches – longer at the cuffs (I knit the foot length to 7.5″ before starting the toe decreases, which is the perfect foot length for me).  I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough yarn, but I had over 30 grams left when I was done, so I could have easily added a few inches to each.

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Madder tee

by onblueberryhill August 22, 2015
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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 […]

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Fireside socks

by onblueberryhill August 21, 2015
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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 […]

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Images from a summer Sunday

by onblueberryhill August 17, 2015
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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 […]

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Mezcal test knit

by onblueberryhill August 11, 2015
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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 […]

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Cormo shawl

by onblueberryhill August 6, 2015
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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 […]

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Summer in Maine

by onblueberryhill August 3, 2015
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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

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Pink sunset shawlette

by onblueberryhill July 19, 2015
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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) […]

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Summer Blues shawl

by onblueberryhill July 16, 2015
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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 […]

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Madder shawl

by onblueberryhill July 14, 2015
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  I can’t say enough wonderful things about Camellia Fiber Company’s yarn – it’s soft, but has good structure and spring, and the natural dyes have produced the most beautiful tonal colors!  Camellia is a small-batch, independent dyer located in Nashville, and it’s not easy to get your hands on some, but it’s well worth […]

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Whispering Island shawl

by onblueberryhill July 6, 2015
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This soft and beautiful shawl knit up quickly, in less than a week, with Local Color Fiber Studio’s new yarn, from their own sheep and angora rabbits raised on Bainbridge Island.  The yarn is 85% Finnsheep wool and 15% German Angora.  I used every yarn of two skeins (200 yds/ea) to knit Whispering Island Shawl […]

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Cutting garden begins to bloom

by onblueberryhill July 6, 2015
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This year, I developed a new area of our property into a cutting garden, using as guidance an article in Sunset Magazine about perennials and annuals that work well for cut flower arrangements. This first year, I’m growing as many varieties as I could find in kind of a “pilot program,” to see what fares […]

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Happy 4th of July!

by onblueberryhill July 5, 2015
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We celebrated the Fourth with a red, white and blue-themed picnic on our back deck – homemade fried chicken, biscuits, corn on the cob, the first sungold tomatoes out of the garden, lemonade, and cherry pie for dessert – yum!  We followed dinner with marshmallows toasted at the fire pit, a moonlight swim in the […]

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Summer Moon

by onblueberryhill July 3, 2015
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Wow, this is gorgeous – and huge!  I finally found the perfect use for my Plucky pinks gradient Pattern:  Summer Moon Yarn:  Plucky Bello (55% merino, 45% cashmere) (380 yds per skein) CC1 – Wintery Mix (1 1/2 skeins) CC2 – Bashful (36g) CC3 – Rouge (32g) CC4 – Blush (43g) CC5 – Power Ballad […]

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Getting ready for a show

by onblueberryhill July 3, 2015
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I’m stocking up for my first art show, and experimenting with my first batch of custom-made glaze: Pin It

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Farmer’s market tote bag

by onblueberryhill June 28, 2015
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Riley Blake’s Vintage Market fabrics and Purl Bee’s Forty-Minute Tote pattern are the perfect combination for a new produce bag needed on my weekly trips to the Portland Farmer’s Market. I used Decor Bond Pellon fusible interfacing to make the bag sturdier, and navy cotton webbing for the handles. Pin It

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Lacecap hydrangeas

by onblueberryhill June 26, 2015
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Warren cardigan

by onblueberryhill June 23, 2015
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  This has been in my queue for months and months, and I finally disciplined myself to get it completed.  It’s not that I didn’t like the project, but you know how you get swept away by your enthusiasm for new projects, while old ones keep  getting pushed back further and and further in your […]

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Zinnia pullover

by onblueberryhill June 19, 2015
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Pattern:  Gable, designed by Hannah Fettig for Brooklyn Tweed Yarn:  Sunday Knits Eden (100% 3-ply merino) in color Zinnia – 6 skeins (246 yds/ea) – I barely made it at the end of the sixth skein, using up all of the yarn but a few yards, so I’d recommend 7 skeins just in case Knit […]

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