Whispering Island shawl

by onblueberryhill on July 6, 2015

Whispering Island shawl 1

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 from Curious Handmade.  I used the recommended US 8s, even though the yarn was sport weight (instead of the DK weight used in the pattern).  As a result, the already-soft yarn is even softer and has a wonderful drape.

Whispering Island shawl 2

The angora gives the FO a lovely halo and the shape of the shawl fits perfects around my neck and shoulders.  Because I used a slightly smaller gauge yarn, the shawl turned out perhaps a tad bit smaller than the original, but its fit is perfect for a cool summer evening, and it is unbelievably light – it almost feels like you’re wearing spun gossamer around your shoulders!




Whispering Island shawl 3

I have two skeins of this wonderful yarn left in my stash, so I’m making them available as a giveaway – just the perfect amount to knit Whispering Island Shawl, or many other beautiful shawl, mitt, or hat patterns out there to choose from!  If you’d like to enter, please leave a comment for a random drawing on July 8th.  I’m excited to get to share such a beautiful yarn and help support local, American-grown and processed farm yarns like this one!

finnsheep/angora yarn

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Cutting garden begins to bloom

by onblueberryhill on July 6, 2015

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 well (and most of all, what isn’t eaten by the deer, rabbits, squirrels, etc that seem to gobble down everything I plant here!)

Inspired by the idea of learning to arrange flowers beyond my usual – a vase of dahlias, a vase of roses, a vase of gladiolas (you get the idea!) – I’ve been walking around my yard a few mornings each week, cutting anything I find that I think might work well together in an arrangement.  In addition to the usual cut flowers, I’ve tried to add other points of interest, such as the flowering tops of onion plants, the blooms of cilantro that has bolted, or the leaves of a smokebush.  So far, I’m really pleased with the results.

flower arrangement 1

This beautiful pink and white arrangement uses phlox, delphinium, gooseneck, and onion tops gone to flower.

flower arrangement 2

This arrangement is smaller, but I like the varying heights of the flowers, which include dahlias, coneflowers, delphinium, phlox, and flowering onion tops.


Of course sometimes you can’t beat the impact of a single variety en masse – especially when that variety is as gorgeous as this hydrangea!

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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 [...]


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 [...]


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


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


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 [...]


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 [...]


Launching summer break at the Oregon coast

by onblueberryhill June 18, 2015
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A few days in Cannon Beach makes for a wonderful start to summer vacation . . . Pin It


Raw palette three-color shawl

by onblueberryhill June 11, 2015
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This pattern is Linook, knit in YOTH Little Brother in colors Hazelnut, Shitake, and Portabella.  Since the pattern actually calls for four different colors, I used Hazelnut as both the first color (Color A) and the last color (Color D). The pattern is designed for a DK-weight or worsted-weight yarn, and Little Brother is more [...]


Crewneck pullover in a Plucky shade of purple

by onblueberryhill June 10, 2015
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This is a wonderful, classic sweater – easy to knit, well-fitted, and lightweight enough to wear almost year round.  Even though it’s only 25% cotton, it feels light and airy – perfect for fall and spring, for chilly summer mornings and crisp summer evenings. Pattern:  Tide Chart by Amy Miller Yarn:  Plucky Crew – 4 [...]


Hinterland shawl

by onblueberryhill June 8, 2015
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A beautiful kit from Woolful Mercantile . . . the yarn is from Hinterland Farm in Canada and it’s called Ravine.  It’s a three-ply aran weight yarn – 60% Canadian Targhee, Columbia, and Rambouillet, blended with 40% of Hinterland Farm’s alpaca fleece. The pattern is Pure by cabinfour.  I started with US 9s, but switched [...]


Today’s mugs

by onblueberryhill June 7, 2015
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Playing around with shape and proportion here – I like the small, round handle asymmetrically placed near the bottom of a tall, narrow mug. Pin It



by onblueberryhill May 24, 2015
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I wish that photos could convey how wonderful this rose smells!  The shape, fragrance and color all embody the word “rose” to me.  Out of all of the varieties in my rose garden, this one is hands-down my favorite Pin It


Sewing projects for the home

by onblueberryhill May 22, 2015
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This week’s sewing projects – quick, simple, and satisfying! A set of four placemats and napkins, sewn from Robert Kaufman’s Studio Stash Yarn Dyes.  I bought one yard of the Denim and 1/2 yard each of the Spice and Denim from Bolt, without really thinking through what I would use them for.  I originally thought [...]


Falling petals

by onblueberryhill May 21, 2015
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Peony petals are beautiful even when they’ve dropped to the ground Pin It


Sewing with Birch organic knits

by onblueberryhill May 17, 2015
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I usually find knit fabrics to be too thin and flimsy, not really good quality and, as a result, difficult to work with.  The Birch organic knits, however, are entirely different.  These knits are thick and plush, still with a lot of stretch and give, but they feel so nice, and I love the color [...]


Cracked pepper shawlette

by onblueberryhill May 16, 2015
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Pattern:  Jana by Yarn On The House Yarn:  YOTH Little Brother (80% SW merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon) – 1 skein (435 yds) in color Cracked Pepper Needles:  US 5s I love how soft and textured this yarn feels knit in seed stitch, and I really enjoyed the unique construction of this shawl, [...]


A whisper around my neck

by onblueberryhill May 15, 2015
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This is the gorgeous result of a beautiful yarn and a simple yet elegant pattern! Yarn:  Two skeins of Lakes Yarn & Fiber Organic Merino Sport (370 yds/ea) in color Whisper Pattern:  Corrugated by cabinfour Needles:  US 6s It is soft and so lightweight, and I think the neutral color goes with so many things [...]