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Berry Picking at WUG


West Union Gardens really does a great job with their berry canes. They are well tended and watered. The berries hang heavy and ripe.


Picking is fairly easy, even with the bees hanging out. They must be a bit drunk on all of the flowers at WUG in the spring when the canes are all coated in flowers.




In two hours we managed to pick a flat each of Tay berries, Logan berries, Silvan blackberries, and Green gooseberries.



When I came home I even had a few red raspberries from my own canes.

Northwest Lace Conference Part 4


I took the knotted lace flower class from Elena Dickson. I managed to finish my flower by the second day of classes. So then I played with knotted lace edgings, making tubes, chains, and beading chains. This is the only piece that I took a photo for though.


When I was talking to Lauren about coming to visit me for the lace conference, I discovered that there was another Lauren Snyder signed up for the conference. So, we had to take a photo of the 2 Lauren Snyders. What is even more entertaining is that they are both tatters. 🙂


I took one selfie with Lauren. Only 1. We were at the banquet. We are starting to look a little tired in this photo.



The center pieces at the banquet were made by the members of the Portland Lace Society.  The theme was rainbows and butterflies, so each centerpiece had rainbows and butterflies.  Most of the pieces were made in bobbin lace or tatting, but I know there were also knotted lace butterflies.



I’m not sure which group this is, but the gal in the middle won the quilt.  She was a bit overwhelmed.


Northwest Lace Conference Part 3


There are just a few more pieces of the Northwest Lace Conference that I wanted to share. This is the quilt that was made by a member and raffled off. The butterflies were all made by members of the Portland Lace Society. There are many different types of lace represented on the quilt and it was lovely.


Lauren and I were looking pretty chipper that first day. Each day we were a little more tired though. Those long days and short nights took their toll.


We rode with Jean and Shirley, so I took their photo. Somewhat unawares I think.


The lace contest had several entries.  The themes were original pattern and contest theme.  I think.  Anyway.  I enjoyed seeing all of the entries and the creativity that went with them.


Then there were the display pieces.


So many different kinds of lace on display.




I have to admit that I was inspired by all of the pieces on display. Most especially by the knotted lace items as I chose to take the knotted lace flower class. It seems I have shared many photos and I will have to add one more part to my tale. So, look for part 4 tomorrow. 🙂


Northwest Lace Conference Part 2

The Teacher showcase was amazing. I can’t believe the talent and dedication exhibited by the teachers from our conference.


This was the table from our teacher, Elena Dickson, for the knotted lace class. Everything was so pretty.



I especially loved the flowers and scarf. Apparently the scarf has a hold on it should Elena ever decide to part with it and I am not the one at the top of that list.



This table was from the Romanian Point Lace instructor.



And then we get into a bunch of things I’m not too sure on.  I know this is bobbin lace, but I’m not sure on my styles.



This one was the wire lace table.  All of the lovely things on this table are made in bobbin lace using wire.  Some of them have beads and some of them are plain, but all of them were interesting and lovely.



Again, bobbin lace, but I’m not sure which kind.



And then there was the Orenburg lace.  It’s not particularly appealing to me as I don’t like garter based laces, but her display was full of technically exquisite pieces and lovely soft wool.

Northwest Lace Conference Part 1



The kick-off for the contest was Wednesday night.  Many of the participants were in hand and followed Jackie as she led the tour.  Unfortunately our conference was not located in a single building on campus, but spread out amongst 4 different buildings.  Fortunately, our conference was spread out amongst 4 different buildings and it was a lovely weekend.  The walk between the buildings each day was pleasant and sunny.



Jackie always seemed to have a smile on her face.  I swear that woman has batteries somewhere and they are labeled “Energizer.”



Shirly was looking her best and checking out some of the displays.



Pauline and Jan are looking a bit less quizzical than their friend.  I think I caught them all a bit unawares.  My friend, Lauren and I had a great time.  This post is already long though, so I will share more another day.

WUG Picking Round 1


I really love picking at West Union Gardens. The berries are well tended. The staff are pleasant. It’s lovely to be out picking in the sunshine.


The berries are huge and when they are ripe, they are sooooo delicious. I had a little fall down with the silvan blackberries. They just tasted too good.



Even the bees were in on the act.  They were just buzzing and flitting about.



By the end of our day, we had 4 flats of berries ready for the freezer.  They will be lovely jam sometime soon.

Jam Day

Well. We picked strawberries. A lot of strawberries. So, there had to be a jam day.


Strawberry Jam


Mixed berry jam from the freezer


Apricots for apricot vanilla jam


All told, we made 7 kinds of jam. That isn’t bad for a day’s work.


Though 2 boxes are missing, Shannon and I made 106 jars of jam. It was a long, but rewarding day. Shannon even made a bunch of dried strawberries. I’m already storing up more berries for the next jam day. Those pictures are for another day though.

My Patterns in Print!

Leafy Lisa Shawlette

Leafy Lisa Shawlette

This shawlette was the inspiration of our friend Lisa and the request of my shop-owner friend Tina. She really wanted a crescent shaped shawlette with a leaf that was easy to knit and fairly quick. We chose the lovely Misti Alpaca Chunky which washed and blocked into a lightweight, warm, and…

Find out more on MagCloud

So.  I’m trying out a new pattern printing service.  If you aren’t on Ravelry, or really prefer a print copy, or just don’t like using the Ravelry service, you can now find my patterns on MagCloud.  I’m moving them over slowly, but the collection will grow until you can find all of my patterns on MagCloud.   The nice thing is, if you order a printed copy, you will also receive the digital copy.  Or if you want just the digital copy, you can have that too.
I’m really excited because it also means I could offer books.  Real, printed, lovely books.  Would any of you be interested in a book by the Knitter Bunny?