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Summer Road Trip, part 2

The second part of this Road Trip Travelogue takes place in the city of angels, where we spent 5 days with college friends and family, and at an amazing and beautiful wedding of two very special folk. Is there anything in the world better than grandparent snuggles? These two certainly don’t think so. New friends on a beach so much …

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Summer Road Trip, part 1

We had a big trip at the end of June – we drove from Portland, to Coos Bay, to Sacramento, to Los Angeles, to San Diego, visiting loved ones along the way, and then we drove the whole.way.home in three long hot days. It was a great trip – the girls played with so many kids, we reconnected with so …

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The answer to my rip or knit quandry

Thanks to everyone who chimed in here or on Facebook – you all have helped so much, even though you’re completely split down the middle. How does that help, you ask? How do I decide to rip or knit if the very metrics by which I was making my decision say that I should do neither, or both? Well, that’s …

The JJ & Shannon Show at Wool ‘n Wares

Along with one of my fiber besties, JJ Foster, of Buttonhole Buttons and The Traveling Ewe, I am teaching a class at Wool ‘n Wares on Saturday, July 25th. They’ve named it the JJ & Shannon Show, and we’re going to discuss how you can modify patterns to better fit your own bad self. What: the JJ & Shannon Show …

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Groupthink help

Years ago, I had an idea for a pattern. I grabbed three skeins of Knitted Wit‘s gorgeous Single Fingering, and started knitting. I knit. And knit. And knit. And then I decided it would be amazing to offer the pattern in different gauges, so I grabbed three skeins from my stash and started knitting, and before I knew it, I …

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Pompomville

Sometimes, you just need to pom it up. There’s something so satisfying about creating a big, beautiful pompom (pompon?). I’m addicted to adding them to all of my recently-completed hats. These pompom makers seriously make it so easy. Lovely, bright, colorful balls of squish. Unleashing the pommy beast. A pompom in action. And one at rest. Where are you on …

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Knit it: BASS #3 – Summertide Wrap

I’d like to introduce you all to the third pattern in the Big Ass Skein Society, the Summertide Wrap. True confession time: designing is not always easy. It’s not even always fun. It’s mostly fun, and super gratifying, but sometimes, you hit a wall of creative blockage. For some reason, this pattern really kicked my booty. Not because it’s difficult, …

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What’s round on the sides and HI in the middle?

oHIo!!! I had a stellar time in the heart of it all, visiting family and having so much fun that barely any photos were snapped. Lots of catching up, laughs, hugs and yummy food. The time with my sweet nieces was particularly special – I don’t get the chance to see them that often, and spending so much quality time …

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Beginning-of-Summer fun times

We’re knee deep in Summertime readiness here at Chez Squilombard, and most of all, that involves so.much.play with our wee gals. It’s almost like it’s their job. A first real school field trip to the Children’s Museum for Hazel. A fourth (!) birthday celebration for Astrid. Career planning. Last days of school. And more fun than you can shake a …

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Behind the scenes on the ATDC photo shoot

Here’s a peek behind the scenes of the latest Shannon Squire Designs photoshoot. Stefan did as he does and delivered gorgeous, clear, sharp photos the the Amazing Technicolor Dream Cowl. My wee ladies always like to be involved. In everything that happens in our household. And into anything in which these two are involved is injected lots of chaos. Pure, …

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Knit it: Amazing Technicolor Dream Cowl

The Amazing Technicolor Dream Cowl is now available, and it really is an amazing dream to knit, especially if you get your hands on 15 of Knitted Wit‘s sweet little Gumballs of Victory Fingering. I used her 15-color sets Little Black Dress (Long Loop) and Rainbow Magic (Short Loop) and buttons from Buttonhole Buttons. This pattern came about as a …

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Knit it: Vintage Pyrex Socks

Are you obsessed with Pyrex? I am. There are a few reasons, the first of which being that it’s really lovely, amazing stuff. The second reason is, quite simply, my J girls – LJ from Knitted Wit and JJ from The Traveling Ewe. They are fun, funky and totally addicted to Pyrex, which re-stoked a slumbering obsession of my own. …