Birthday Knitting (and a Trip)!

I am about to head home for my birthday next weekend. This will be the first time I have been home for a birthday in about 6 years. I have no clue why this is such a big deal for me this year but I am so excited to celebrate with my family.

Besides being home with my family I am also super excited to show my boyfriend around my hometown. I have been educating him about my upbringing through episodes of Portlandia but there are still some things he just needs to learn by being there. On our agenda is a hike at Multnomah Falls, Voodoo Doughnuts, Stumptown Coffee, Powell’s Books, the Cascade Brewery, and a day trip to the Oregon Coast. On my personal birthday agenda is a tour of Portland yarn shops in search of a yarny birthday gift to myself. I can’t decide on a pattern to knit because there are several that I have been drooling over lately. I have one week to decide between these:

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Khajiit Cowl by Lili Aghabeik

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Ease by Alicia Plummer

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Hitch by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Input is greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone has any Portland yarn shop recommendations they are greatly appreciated. I grew up there but my fiscal ability to afford nice yarn didn’t mature until I moved away.

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The Great Green Thing

I finally finished my Nuvem, or the Great Green Thing as it has been affectionately called by boyfriend’s family. This baby took me about four months and it was truly a pleasure to knit every stitch. At first I was a little intimidated by the miles of stockinette but let’s face it, I love the soothing motions of knit stitches. This really was a therapy project if there ever was one.

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I knit this up with four skeins of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Adriana (my name and favorite color!). The yarn is so smooth and squishy and a pure joy to work with. The finished object is equally squishy and wonderful. In the two short weeks that this has been finished JB has taken to stealing it for use as a pillow for naps on the couch.

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I absolutely love the increase sections. The increase method is an interesting twist on a make one increase which creates a smoother fabric and more even stitches. I will probably try to incorporate this method into more of my projects because I am always frustrated by the uneven stitches on either side of a make one. The only modification I made was to substitute the ruffle for ribbing around the edges. I am so happy with that choice, ruffles are still a tad too feminine for me.

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Overall, this might truly be my favorite finished object to date. I am even contemplating casting on another one, the pattern is that addicting. If I am being honest though I am in love with almost all of Martina Behm’s patterns, especially her newest one Angles. I think I need to knit them all.

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I will leave you with a totally goofy photo. I try to be all artsy and this is what happens. I should really leave the creative direction for photography to others more skilled than I. My only defense is that this shawl is seriously too large to reasonably capture in one go.

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Knitting by Sunset

I locked myself out of my apartment this morning. It was one of those door closes and you suddenly realize that your keys are on the kitchen table kind of days. While it started out rough, it was made infinitely better by a productive writing day, free lunch, a free 1/2 pound of coffee, and the fact that my ears finally popped after 3 days of frustrating hearing loss caused by a plane flight!

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I am currently sitting by the Hudson River watching the sun set and casting on a Larch Cardigan while I wait for my roommate to get out of class. Yet another hidden blessing in a bad day gone good.