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Trunk Show for Me!

I’m excited to let you all know that my first official Trunk Show will be during the Rose City Yarn Crawl, March 5-8th, 2015 at BlackSheep at Orenco!

I will be there on and off throughout all four days of the crawl. My patterns and samples will be there whether I am or not! lol

Here is a quick sample of what you might see if you stop by:

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Butterflies and Roses

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I was out cutting roses (again) for the petals for Kaitlyn’s wedding.  As I was cutting, I happened to catch motion from the corner of my eye and there was a lovely butterfly.  I calmly and carefully pulled my phone from my pocket.

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The butterfly kindly stayed around long enough for me to take a few photographs.  It was a rather large one too.  I’m guessing that it was the size of my palm.

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I love butterflies.  I think this one is an Old World Swallowtail, but I’m not really sure.

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Visits From Friends

My friend Shandra came to visit and the first day that she was here I took her to Powell’s Books. It’s one of those Portland institutions that you have to visit once while in Portland. The bookstore is amazing. It’s huge, there are so many genres to explore, and you can easily lose yourself in the rows for hours.

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The employees even give you helpful (and entertaining hints) about the books.

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I also took Shandra to the International Rose Test Garden. Of course, it is in full bloom and just smells and looks delightful.

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I also took her to Pearl Fiber Arts which is a lovely shop in the Pearl District. Then we dined at Supa for lunch. Delicious sandwiches and delightful soup. Then I took her to Uwajimaya in Beaverton. We ended our day at Black Sheep at Orenco for Handiwork Guild.


Full of Roses

The roses have really gone to town. I’m hoping with a little love they will be even bigger and better next year. I’m thinking of making them some “compost tea” with rabbit poop to help them grow. 🙂

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This year’s crop of blooms is more than enough for the dried rose petals for Brett’s wedding.

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So, roses. I think I need some more lady bugs though. I’m noticing more aphids while I’m out trimming off dead heads and choosing blooms to dry. There is also a slight hole, so I think I need one more rose to fill out my front row.


RCYC- The Spoils

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So, you knew that I was going to buy something. I was somewhat restrained. There may also be some books, and beads, and other little fun things that I bought as well.

In my defense, there is sock yarn for a dedicated project in that picture. Plus the green yarn is destined for a sweater for Avi’s our nephew. So, I wasn’t buying too many skeins without a purpose. Ahem.

Plus, a designer should have some fodder for creative ideas, right? Wait, can I call myself a designer?


Rose City Yarn Crawl Part 3

By day 3 we only had 5 shops left to visit. This was good because we were really starting to tire. Our first stop of the day (#14rcyc) was Yarnia. This is a cool concept. You can choose your components, such as a strand of merino, a strand of silk, and a strand of cotton, then have them wound into a cone together. You create the weight and blend of your yarn. It’s a very interesting concept.

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From Yarnia we headed out to Happy Knits. Happy Knits had a really nice classroom space. Their gauge swatch wall was a good example of how gauge is so different between people.

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Happy Knits is very close to our next stop, Yarn Garden. For two shops to be so close together, they are also very very different. One has a more modern feel, the other a more vintage feel. One is inviting by being full of warm wood colors, the other for its shabby chic appeal. Between the two, this area is well stocked in many different brands of yarns.

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Gossamer was our next stop. And this one was another shop that was but a block away from somewhere I had been before. I stood in the cold for an hour with Avi one day when I could have been in Gossamer, toasty and browsing yarn. I have to learn to use my phone when I am out. There are a lot of yarn shops in this town. I’m usually not more than a stone’s throw from one. This place is also close to a delightful eatery. We enjoyed ourselves immensely at Ate-Oh-Ate. Very yummy Hawaiian food.

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Our last stop was Twisted.  Twisted might have been my favorite of all of the shops just based on their displays.  I love the riot of color that can be seen on every wall.  The presentation takes a lot of space, but really encourages your eye to travel and take in all of the skeins.  This was our 18th stop.  Yes, we found our way to all 18 shops in 3 days.

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From Twisted we went back to Powell’s (which we also visited on Thursday) and then back to Knitting Bee where Lauren found the perfect skein of yarn and took it home.  Whew.  That was a lot of yarn.