1. Jamie and Clare (Outlander series)
2. Tristan and Isolde
3. Anna and Glibert (Anne of green gables)
1. Paris Dress
2. Pink Two Tone Shrug
3. Planning My Garden
4. Making a Quilt
1. Jamie and Clare (Outlander series)
2. Tristan and Isolde
3. Anna and Glibert (Anne of green gables)
1. Paris Dress
2. Pink Two Tone Shrug
3. Planning My Garden
4. Making a Quilt
1. Hiya Hiya Sharp Knitting Needles
3. Self Striping Yarn
2. My Sewing Machine
4. My Kitchen Aid
5 My Vitamix
My Ideal Day
1. A vanilla Hemp Latte from Cafe Eleven
2. Riding my bike to Close Knit
3. Knitting with my friends + more lattes
4. Lunch at Harlow
5. Making Vegan Mac + Cheese with Broccoli
6. Watching Movies with Collin
See ya all tomorrow I am so excited every morning to find out what that day's list will be!
So this weekend's Rose City Yarn Crawl flew by. While I had planned on crawling all 4 days, life had other plans for me (we're moving) So while I only got to spend 2 days at this years crawl, boy were they awesome.
This year's yarn crawl started out at Twisted. On Thursday Imperial Stock Ranch was having a trunk show. They brought this sweet little lamb with them. She was so gentle and cute! Seriously it makes me want to move to a farm and have sheep! The main reason I needed to get myself to Thursday was jamPDX was having a trunk show. It was so hard to pick just one of her lovely pieces! I wanted both a pint glass and coffee mug. But in the end I couldn't stop thinking about the awesome coloring of the yarn ball on this mug.
So Friday morning after a long morning walk and a yummy breakfast at Cup and Saucer. I went to close knits to check out the Bumblebirch Trunk Show. She had so many beautiful bases and colors I want to knit with them all! But after trying to justify another skein of purple yarn I went with this skein of Wellspring in a beautiful green color called Succulent
I then saw a that I had an email from Twisted. It seems I had won a door prize for checking in on Thursday! Hip Hip Hooray! Seriously I never win anything, but it gets even better! I won a jamPDX Pint Glass! Seriously the universe must be pleased with me.
How cute is that! I love it! So when I went to pick up my prize, I spyed a skein of Tosh Merino Light in Posy. I have been on the hunt for this colorway! So of course a skein of that had to go home with me.
While yarn crawl was cut short for me this weekend it was still a fun time1 How was your weekend? did you do anything exciting. Make anything? Finish a UFO? let me know!
Hello, I hope you are all having a great end to an even better weekend. Tomorrow I'll be back with a re-cap of my Rose City Yarn Crawl (it was pretty great) and Day 3 of 30 days of Lists!
1. Vintage Lover
2. 4 - Eyes
4. Amateur Seamstress
5. Vegan Baker
6. Dachshund Mama
At the last minute I decided to 30 days of Lists! My Friend Erika is also doing it, so I thought it could be a fun thing to do for the month of march! I love spring, and it feels like just the perfect thing to get me out of the stinky doldrums that February has brought. I decided to do my lists on 6x6 squares of double thick sketch paper. I love this paper because, I can add markers and ink and light washes of watercolors as I see fit. I also plan to hang my favorite ones up around my desk after I am done!
Ways to add More Magic to My Life
1. Drink More Loose Leaf Tea
2. Fill my home and closet with handmade things
4. Early Morning Walks
So there is my list! I'll see you tomorrow!
Yesterday we talked about some of my favorite patterns from this years yarn crawl. Today we are gonna touch on my must see in store events and trunk shows.
Bumblebirch yarns has in the last year grown to be one of my favorite yarns. Her rich colors and amazing yarn bases make her yarn a pleasure to work with. This year she will be having Trunk Shows all over the city. I plan to catch her stop at Close Knits on Friday! I can't wait to see what colors she has created this year!
Three Irish Girl has published some of my favorite fingering weight patterns and sock patterns. I can't wait to get to see their gorgeous yarn in person! Don't forget to stop by and have a scone take and knit a few rounds in their lovely shop.
This class is going to cover two of the most dreaded to learn techniques in knitting, Provisional cast-on and my nemesis the kitchner stitch. I am hoping to drop by one of the classes for kitchner practice alone!.
One of the most asked about items on instagram or my blog is this yarn bowl. It is by JamPDX! Head over to twisted to meet them and get one of your own! . I cannot wait to pick up a coffee mug from these ladies!
So those are the must stop places for me this weekend! If you see me out and about crawling stay hi! I know it's gonna be like christmas tonight! Where i can barely sleep! See you out on the crawl!
Can you believe that it is time for the Rose City Yarn Crawl again. Time Flies when you are having fun I guess. This year I thought I would give you what I think are the highlights of this years yarn crawl.
I bet some of you are asking what on earth is a yarn crawl. Well it's a lot like a pub crawl, with a little less beer and a lot more yarn! The Rose City Yarn Crawl, brings 18 of Portland's independent yarn stores together for 4 days of trunk shows, classes, parties and knit nights. Every year I am completely blown away by the number of awesome yarn stores we have here in PDX.
Every year the RCYC offers free with purchase patterns from all the participating shops. This year the patterns are based off the neighborhoods that each yarn store lives in. Being a suck for anything and everything portland themed i see myself knitting a few of these this year. Here are the top 5 that I can't live without.
Not only does this cowl scream wear me this spring! It is the offering from my neighborhood yarn shop, Close Knits. Sally has designed such a simple and gorgeous cowl that I can't wait to make one or two. Plus it gives me an excuse to knit with Spud and Chloe Outer! I love their color palette I just have never found a project for it.
Twisted yarn shop's Shannon Squire makes some of the most beautiful shawlette patterns out there. This little beauty is no exception. Shawlettes are something that I always wish I had come summer nights in June but never seem to finish knitting. This one however I already have a skein of yarn ready to go! 2014 the year i finish a shawlette or two!
Dublin Bay Knitting Co, had my favorite in store event at last year's yarn crawl. They had Scones and Tea and Downton Abbey playing. Seriously what more could a girl ask for during a rainy day of shop hopping! There Pattern for this year is inspired by one of my favorite parks in town Fields Park! I have already marked a skein of Bumblebirch that I picked up at last year's yarn crawl for this shawl. I am debating casting it on for my bus knitting during the crawl.
Ever since my leap into sock knitting last summer, I have been wanting to try a lace and cabled sock. Yarn Garden's toe up creation is perfect. It can be hard to find a good lacy toe up sock but this one is a home run!
So those are the patterns from this year's group that are Must Knits for me. Join me tomorrow when I will give you my suggestions for the best events and Trunkshows of this year's yarn crawl. See you then!
A few weeks ago the charming Lizzy House thru down the gauntlet and started a contest for her new line of fabric Catnap. I had been debating making a dress out of one of these beautiful prints but had talked myself out of it. This contest was just the push I needed to make a dress with silly cats all over it! I used the pattern Macaron by Colette. I did a few tweaks. I wanted the pockets to be in the front so I could use them while I rode my bike but i didn't want all the pleats to interrupt or hid any of the sweet kitties so I gathered the skirt instead. I also had a heck of the time cutting out the bodice, I wanted to make sure that the cats weren't folded up into the Darts. That takes a lot of brain power when there 4 of them on the front bodice alone. t think this is a much more wearable version of the macaron, simply because of the lack of gathers.
Hello my sweet readers. Sorry for the unplanned and extended blogger break. Blame it on stomach flu followed by the worst head cold of my adult life AND laryngitis at the tail end. Oh February I am so over you. Please March get here soon. This was a bad one guys. like lay on the couch and try to will yourself to become part of it. No sewing, barely any knitting for almost 14 days. I've completely given up on the Knitting Olympics this year. I spent the majority of my down time stalking discontinued fabric on the internet, and obsessing about making all new spring dresses. As I've started to feel better. I've got a wee bit of cast-on fever. Wanna See?
If you follow me on twitter or Facebook. You may have seen me cussing out yarn with silk content. Now don't get me wrong. I love this yarn. It is Quince and Co Tern. But for whatever reason yarns with a silk content + me + lace knitting = Fugly. See this yarn was intended to be a very lacy cowl when i first bought it. after knitting a swatch of the lace with the yarn I shoved it in my stash. Then this awesome cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge came out and I had to knit it. The sample is knit in Tern, so I stupidly set about knitting without swatching the lace. BIG MISTAKE. The lace looked off I don't know what it was, maybe my YO were to loose maybe my SSK to tight but something was off and the little bit of steam blocking I did made no difference. I sent it to the frog pond.
What you see above is just a simple Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. When Hannah started knitting patterns for Quince and Co she re-tooled the featherweight in Tern. I love how that sweater looks and I know that this sweater will get a lot of use in my new planned spring dress line up.
Oh silly named sock yarn, how I will buy you every time. This feisty color way happens to be called Walk of Shame. Seriously how could I leave this yarn behind. This is some of the last of my Stitches West Stash. It reminds me of all the fun trips I've had to stitches west even though I cannot be there this year.
Started way before I got sick, this lovely squishy sweater is Snowcloud by Hilary Smith Callis. It is finally the perfect fit for my Manos Maxima in Royal. I bought this at LAST year's Rose City Yarn Crawl, and I hoping to wear it to this years!
I hate to think of any lovely yarn as Lemons but when I bought this amazing Dyed in the wool by spin cycle. I thought I was buying the right yarn to make a grey garden. Nope I need a worsted weight handspun. Oh well, I think there is enough yarn to make a sweet pair of simple fingerless mitts out of. I like how mindless they are and how they are subtle gradient. So that is where I what I have been up to lovely reader. I am excited to get back on track with a DIY video this weekend and more blog posts. Hope February has been treating you better.
Hey everyone. I hope you had a great weekend. I thought I'd give you a recap of this cute little place I went to this weekend with a few lovely local bloggers. Over on Alberta street there is this cute little bakery called The Sugar Cube.
They have such a lovely little shop where they serve Ristretto Roasters coffee and Smith's loose leaf teas. They have a mouthwatering assortment of baked goods to choose from. You should be forward however that this is a tiny little bakery. The seven of us took up a majority of the tiny cafe's space. However most of their pastries are perfect for grab and go.
I had a cup of coffee and the toast with almond butter and caramelized bananas. Let me tell you caramelized bananas are going to be making an appearance in my weekend home breakfasts in the near future. it was so good, the bread had great crumb and the tiny rounds of caramelized sugar gave the toast a satisfying crunch.
So not only was there awesome food there was great company as well. Our little blogging party was made up of Rachel from Love, Rachel, Erin of Bakery Bingo, Annie of Serious Crust, Brooke of Babbling, Brookelyn, Sarah of Will Run For Pasta, and my #1 Lady Date Erika of A Tiny Rocket. Thanks so much to Rachel for putting this little meet up together. It is always fun to go out with bloggers who get why you feel the need to take 300 pictures of a piece or toast!
Hey everyone, Happy February, So today marks the official launch of the 12oz Beehouse's You Tube Channel. For my first video I did a January Favorites video. I include everything from lipstick to handmade goodies to what I've been chowing down on this past month. So please check it out give it a thumbs up and don't forget to subscribe. I am hoping to do weekly posts at first and then bump up my frequency to twice a week around april. If you a new reader that came over here from my You Tube Channel then hello and welcome. I bet you want to see all those close up photos I promised. Your wish is my Command!
Don't forget to subscribe to my channel. Hope you have an awesome weekend and Go Broncos ( sorry PNW, I'm Team Peyton till he stops playing.)
Yesterday I had a blogging leadership meeting in SW portland. having to leave the house by 8:30 to grab coffee and make my buses for a 10:am meeting I wanted make-up that said polished and cute but wasn't gonna take me forever blending eyeshadows. So I grabbed some of my favorite products and was out the door in about 20 minutes.
What I used. (from to to bottom Left to right
1. Kiehl's Creme de Corps - This is a lifesaver for dry winter hand
2/ Real Techniques Blush Brush - these brushes are AMAZING i am slowly building up my collection of them.
3. Milani Baked Bronzer in glow - seriously this takes me from dead and tired to land of the living in just a few swipes
4. Cover Girl Outlast 3-1 foundation - I want to find a cruelty free replacement for this it was a gift and i like it but I would not buy it myself.
5. Milani baked blush in Luminoso - Move over Nars Orgasm, this blush is just as pretty and WAY cheeper.
6. Pacifica rollerball Perfume in Indian Coconut Nectar - I love this scent it is beautiful all year round> I love it most in the winter, because it gives you a little summery boost!
7. Ariel Mirror compact - This unfortunately was the last of a limited edition set hand mirrors from Sephora. I simply adore this mirror i take it with me everywhere.
8. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. This brush is great for quick contouring.
9. OCC Lip Tar in NSFW - if you haven't tried lip tar run don't walk to sephora.com and get yourself a tube seriously this stuff is great. I also suggest grabbing a tube of their clear as primer and a good lip pencil
10. Eos Lip Balm in strawberry - I love Eos ilp balms I have one at my desk, one in my purse one by my knitting and one by my bed. Seriously they are moisturizing with out being greasy and the smell amazing. they perfectly prep my lips for what ever lipstick I am gonna throw at them.
11. Pacifica Stellar Gaze in supernova - I seriously love this natural mascara. the only issue i have is that because it natural it can fade away. Plus Pacifica is a local Portland company so that is always nice!
12. Lime Crime Eyeliner in Quill - i get asked quite a bit about this eyeliner when I wear it. it is easy to apply and leaves a glossy black line. Seriously I adore this stuff! Plus Lime Crime has just about the cutest makeup packaging out there!
13. NYX lip liner in Red Hot - NYX lip liners are a MUST have for me. They are just a creamy and smooth as mac but at 3.50 instead of 15.00 I can have as many of them as my heart desires ( and I have just about every shade)
14 Urban Decay Naked 3 palette - If you like rosy golden shades and want to create a billion different looks then the UD naked 3 palette is for you. Today I used shades Strange, Burnout, nooner and Factory.
Hey everyone, welcome to one of the new weekly features I've been cooking up in my brain. I thought it could be cool to feature 4-6 knitting patterns that are new to me a week. so lets jump right into this weeks.
This hat's colorwork is simply charming. I would love to see it knit up in a medium gray with cute red houses. Be Sure to check out Bonnie's inspiring blog Blue Peninsula!
I am a sucker for the amazing colorwork patterns you can make with just 2 colors. Piccolo is one seriously beautiful pattern. I adore it. I am sure that this will be a must knit for me by the end of the winter. while my dream would be to make it out of Plucky Knitter primo sport. A more realistic goal would be out of Tosh Merino Light held double (my new favorite way to get a sport weight yarn).
Marjorie blog's at her website Tricotbec
Another design feature I am just ga ga for is a well planned pom pom. I love how it just seems to put the final finishing touch on this hat. This hat would be stunning in this Manos Del Uruguay Maxima. I'm thinking in a aqua or lush green color.
Justyna's adorable blog is let's knits
That's it for this volume. hope you have a great weekend. Planning to sew or cast on anything? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.
January is in full swing, and after I finish up the re-arranging of my sewing room tonight. I will be ready to settle down and get some sewing done.
Have you seen this adorable new-ish quilting magazine, Love Patchwork and Quilting? It's a great modern quiting magazine that gets me excited to give quilting a try. This tote Seemed like the best way to dip my toe into quilting. So I thought it would make yet another great knitting bag. (I know i just made a knitting bag but a girl can never have too many IMO.)
I had bought this bunch of fabric to make covers for my ikea cubes. After I decided I liked the look of the solid cubes this poor fabric has languished. I think that it will make a lovely tote.
After making Anna Maria Horner's lovely Painted Portrait dress. I have fallen quite hard for her patterns. The instructions are clear and not overly complex. I Really fell in love with this big tote bag when I saw it on her site in her new fabric line Dowry. I knew I had to make one in another colorway I also think this bag would look stunning in Tula Pink's Acacia line.
Colette's newest clothing pattern for women Zinna is the perfect skirt for all weather sewing. I have seen some lovely one made of quilting cotton and of Voile and even wool suiting. however the one that gets my heart in a flutter is the lined chiffon version.
It is defiantly cake sewing but the chiffon and how much I will wear it makes it seem more like frosting sewing. I can see these getting rocked with lots of my cabled sweaters and even cute lace tanks when spring and summer come.
I have been in love with this pattern for quite sometime. Unfortunately for me it has been out of stock for months. Well it was just released in PDF form so I can finally make this adorable dress
I think this would be the cutest dress for winter with tights and summer for campfire days! Seriously how cute is that canvas fabric by Jack and Lulu?
Can you tell how excited I am that Radent Orchid is the color of the year? Seriously I can't wait to make a bunch of purple hued things. This Joel Dewberry rayon is perfect for this dress and seriously the colors are TDF in person.
6 items It's a bit of challenge. But I am up for a challenge. I also am at the point where i am kind of sick of looking at the clothing in my closet. Also, Me Made May is coming up. I'd love to have a bunch of new items to rotate into that!
This year I am trying to temper my yearly desire to cast on every new pattern I see. So Right Now I have 4 projects I am working on. Only 2 are newly cast on, much better than last year. On top of that I am in the process of setting my studio up better. I am also looking into how to make beautiful fabric walls to block it off from the rest of the house so I feel more like I am in my own little world. I would also love to make use of the light sources in that room more. But enough about my never ending quest for the perfect crafting space. Let's talk some more about my knitting.
In the above two pictures you can see my favorite project right now. the Aviary Cowl by Katie White. I am so in love with the color combo I ended up with. It is knit out of TML in Porcelain (a lovely gift from a ravelry de-stasher) and Coquette (maybe my favorite Madelinetosh colorway ever) I plan on lining this sweet little cowl with The left over yarn from my next project.
This lovely hat is a Rikke Hat by Sarah Young. The Yarn is good old Tosh Merino Light in Wilted Rose. I am holding the yarn double since the hat is written for DK. I thought I would hate this because it is rows and rows of Garter in the round. Purling has never been my favorite thing. But I am finding it kind of nice. I enjoy the way the yarn is knitting up so I think that helps!
And Finally my first sock of 2014, since I am planning on knitting 14 I better get going! It doesn't look like much now but I am about to start the patterning on it. It is going to be the Diagonal Lace Socks by Wendy Johnson. This is one of those balls of yarn that i have been being too picky about what it becomes. So now it is going to become a beautiful pair of socks for the spring. The yarn is dyed by the wonderful indie dyer Bumblebirch here in Portland. Her yarn is so stunning in person. Please please please go check her out! This color way is Ranunculus. I just realized I am knitting with a lot of pink. Maybe it's all the gray weather that's making me want pops of color!
What have you cast on? Any crazy knitting goals for 2014?
I hope you had a great NYE and are ready to face the new year! We stayed in watched Don Jon and I made yummy things with my new Vitamix!!!! I think that a great way to easy into my new blog more goal for 2014 is to layout the plans I have for the year. Let's get into it shall we.
If there is one area of my life that I could streamline into a more efficient machine it crafting. I know when I work with discipline and on the project at hand i get more done. So I am setting a few broad goals for the year, but I plan on using the first of each month to check in and schedule out craft goals for that month.
Knit 14 Pairs of socks
Knit 4 Sweaters
Sew at least 10 dresses
Sew More Separates
Sew with Knits
Right at least 8 new knitting patterns
Submit 4 patterns to publications
Finish both sewing patterns I currently have languishing
Drink Glowing Green Smoothies Most mornings
Ride My Bike More
Dress Cute Even if I have no where to go that day.
Explore more of the PNW
Plan and plant my own garden
Make more home cooked meals
Add more Vlogging
Start a YT channel fill that with content as well.
Make sure I post at least 4 days a week.
Make Sure I record my Podcast EVERYWEEK on Friday
The key word for this year for me is Focus. I feel like all of this is attainable as long as I keep my goals in sight!
Dresses Sewn - 14
Skirts Sewn - 7
Tops Sewn - 6
Bags Sewn - 4
Hats Knitted - 12
Sweaters Knitted -1 (but it was frogged)
Shrugs Knitted - 2
Socks Knitted - 4
Fingerless mitts Knitted - 4
Trips to seattle -1
2013 seemed to just be slow. There were no traumatic events, or broken bones so I consider it a win over 2012. I feel like there is a lot I left on the table. So many project frogged or unfinished patterns that are written but not yet published. Podcasts that were prepped but not shot. Blog post written but not photographed. My over achieving ways made for poor documentation and poor content creation. This is something I can change. 2014 for me will be about finding order in this crazy whirlwind I call my brain. I want to blog more and podcast more and even make other video and audio content. Now I just need to make it happen, establish a plan and follow thru. Step one? Blow away my to my Omnifocus and start anew. I can't wait to share my 31 day challenge with you tomorrow, and all the other awesome things I have planned for 2014. Hope you have an awesome and amazing NYE and great 2014!
This past Monday night I was invited to a tasting in my neighborhood at Tula Gluten Free Bakery. I've been to Tula a few times and I am quite fond of their Vegan Gluten Free Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. (one of my top 5 CCC of all time in fact) I was very excited when I found out that this tasting was going to be focusing on Tula's lunch menu. I've always noticed it but I usually grab a cookie and a latte and boogie. Big mistake! Little did I know I've been missing out on some of the best tempeh in the country. More on that in a second.
Tula originally started out selling at farmer's markets in Bend. After husband and wife team Mieke and Caleb Johnson moved to Portland they opened Tula at it's current location on the corner of MLK and Alberta. The thing that strikes me most about this cafe is the drive for excellence and safety for people with allergies. Their bakery case is color coded so that people who have gluten AND dairy allergies can look at a glance to see what they can eat. Also they have a lot of vegan and even more vegetarian options! Mieke sat down and chatted with us during the tasting. She was warm, inviting and full of energy. You can tell that Tula is a work of love from how much attention she pays to ingredients and presentation.
First up, was a selection of panini, on vegan gluten free focaccia. There was a roasted tomato, arugula and Pesto. There was another one with arugula, pesto and tempeh. Oh this tempeh, is amazing. Not chalky or dry or hardly warm or worst burnt. It was exactly what you would expect tempeh to be. Now let's talk about the GF focaccia, it is out of this world good. Has nice texture and stands up to being pressed and best of all you can't tell it is gluten free. Not a trace of the sandy texture that usually sends me running from Vegan/Gluten free options.
Next up was a course of their new layered dishes. I love this concept. It's like all the best bits of a good sandwich piled on a plate with some different breads on the side. My favorite was the indian inspired one. (bottom two panels of the photo) Sweet potato and spinach is one of my favorite veggie combos to begin with. Now Layer that with a great indian spice and amazing GF flatbread I'm in heaven.
Next up was dessert! There was a lovely plate of Curried Pecans, Chocolate Hazlenut Roll and Cranberry and Raspberry tart with a almond flax seed crust. I am obsessed with this tart. the crust is so crunch and the combo of cranberry and raspberry is one i would't have thought up but I am going to try to make up into a jam for christmas morning.
It was such a fun and delicious night at tula with the other bloggers. Thanks again to Lisa Hill PR for inviting all of us to the event. I'm off to bundle up and go try their hemp chai! But if you aren't lucky enough to live in the Portland area you can get some of Tula's greatest hits by mail. Including my personal favorites the Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I love peplums, I never wear peplums but I adore them. There is something flirty and sweet and a lot sexy about a peplum top. But being a girl with curves peplums are hard. That why when the charming April Rhodes asked me to test her newest pattern The Riding Peplum and Peplum Party Dress, I couldn't say no. Guess what It's Perfect for ladies with curves. The slightly longer bodice and high low hem make it great, it covers what I want, doesn't lay directly on the widest part and looks awesome.
I can't wait for spring when I can wear it with capris and cute flats. I also think it would look awesome with shorts in the summer! Seriously I am in love with this top.
Top: Handmade (Riding Peplum Top by April Rhodes fabric by Dear Stella)
Pants- Pin Up Girl Clothing
Sweater: Handknit by me!
Pin: The Paper Mama
Now Let's talk about the Peplum Party Dress. JADORE! Seriously guys I love this dress! It spins when you turn it bounces when you walk and this Tula Pink Fabric is the best score I ever got at 4 dollars a yard! (don't hate) I know that I will be making a few more of these. Both of these patterns came together in a snap! With NO ZIPPERS! that right ladies it is a perfect beginners dress! (any ladies in PDX who wants to sew one but is afraid to hit me up we can schedule a private lesson!)
Holy wind Batman! See what I mean about the twirl factor.