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Summer Road Trip, part 4

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San Diego was, as San Diego can’t help but be, amazing. We played hard and slept hard in Southern California. Auntie Jill taught Hazel how to sew, and they made an adorable quilt for lovies. (She made one for Astrid, too, but we wisely did NOT allow Astrid anywhere near the sewing machine). Both girls got to ride on a …

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Summer Road Trip, part 3: Legoland!

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After LA, we headed down to San Diego to spend a few days with more family. Cousin Maggie works at this magical place called Legoland, and, together with her mom and sister, took us there for the day. It was so.much.fun. Stefan fulfilled his life-long dream of flying an airplane. I fulfilled my life-long dream of eating fried green apples. …

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Summer Road Trip, part 2

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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

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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 …

The JJ & Shannon Show at Wool ‘n Wares

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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

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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

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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

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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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Beginning-of-Summer fun times

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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 …