Little big update

It is not pattern news I bring today, but the happy (and overdue) update regarding my website. For a long (really, really long) list of reasons, I’m closing Rose City Knits down and moving everything over to my name. Aside from the need for name recognition in the design world, it’s also problematic from a contract perspective to host everything through a business without my name in it.

So, the transfer is still in progress; but, I feel confident enough in my new website to share.

The new homepage.
The new homepage.

It’s (obviously) not complete, but is up and working and getting the hits – which totally counts as a success for me :)

I’d love for you to take a look around and give me feedback. Suggestions are always welcome!

As for the sweaters, I really need to tie myself down to a chair and sew on some (10) darned buttons. And weave in ends. Finishing will be the end of me.


Busy, busy, busy

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post. Things have been in high gear here, and I’ve been working on a bunch of patterns amidst the chaos. None of them are ready to be published yet, but I do have a sneak peek of an upcoming release, Lettermore:


In other news, I’ve finished a bunch of sweaters (can’t wait to share pictures!) and have so many projects in progress, it’s kind of overwhelming. There’s also updates to be shared on #origamigraffiti and I owe you all some contests (and have the prizes ready). Give me a couple of days to get caught up, and we’ll have some fun!

Okay, I lied

I’m currently at the Yarn Harlot’s book signing.  So, instead of stuff*, I offer you an adorable YouTube video that I can’t stop watching:

I love Cole theBlackCat‘s videos, partially because Cole looks so much like my Mo’ and also because there are cute cats and I’m a knitter.  It’s a thing.

If you have time to kill and need a pick-me-up, definitely go and check out the other videos in the series.

Lastly, yay! for ravelry and their 4 MILLION users! Woot!!  Did you see the stats?  They’re geek-tastic.  We’ve made over 5 blue whales worth of projects – how sweet is that?

*Specific, I know.

Family time!

As promised, the long-overdue post about Alexa & Tegan’s visit :)

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The girls came up on the 19th and spent three days with us.  Immediately, Tegan’s first request was a trip to Powell’s*.  We promised her that’d be our first trip the next day; and, in fact, we managed to hit three different Powell’s locations (one by accident, but that’s another story).

We got many, many books at the downtown location (plus an origami kit – seen in the photos), then got even more origami paper at the Home & Garden Powell’s on Hawthorne.

Tegan got really into the #origamigraffiti and was a pro at placing (and hiding) it.  My favorite was when she snuck several cranes into decorative mugs at Bipartisan.  We put #origamigraffiti in some really original places at her suggestion.

Other journeys included a trip to Voodoo Doughnut Too, nominally to get her a Voodoo t-shirt and a dozen doughnuts, but also to show off the Voodo topiary.  If you haven’t been to Voodoo Too, don’t miss the topiary :)  For the record, she liked the Dirty Doughnut, which is one of my faves.  We also ended up at OHSU because I had an appointment (and I thought they might want to ride the tram – no dice).

Things I noticed:

  1. Tegan is SO BIG.  I couldn’t handle it.
  2. Tegan is the cutest 7-year-old in the world.  Sorry if you don’t agree, but that’s my totally unbiased opinion.
  3. Origami is an awesome craft for kids (which I kind of already knew/ suspected).
  4. I totally forgot to teach her to knit.  I’ve been meaning to.
  5. I am seriously impressed with my sister’s (and Karen’s) parenting abilities.

So, yeah.  We had a fantastic visit (I hope they agree) and really wish we could see them more often.  All in all, it was just the pick-me-up we needed after this Fall/ Winter.

Sooo… next time, so much to share.  Until then, if you’re in the area, I hope you’re enjoying the gorgeously unseasonable weather.  If you’re not, maybe you should hop onto a plane.  It was 66F today and super sunny.


*No joke.  She’s a Morris, for sure.


I know, I know – I promised my next post would be about Alexa and Tegan’s visit last week. Not going to happen. Mostly because my brain is melting out of my head. So, instead, I bring you my latest crazy idea…


You may have been seeing my photos on instagram and twitter with the hashtag #origamigraffiti and been wondering what the heck I’m on about. Well, it’s like this…

After spending the last 2.5 years in and out of the hospital and doctors offices, I had an idea for spreading good will and cheer – with origami graffiti. Little anonymous (or not) gifts for others. The idea is to leave origami in places where people will find and enjoy them. Ideally, as a happy surprise during an otherwise stressful time.

So, I’ve been testing the idea and it’s been quite successful. People pick them up and play with them, they move them around, and some even take them home (which is also cool). Point in case: Mum and I dropped off 3 origami cranes at a pharmacy last week and when we came back, they were all sitting in pride of place – on top of the registers.

I even got my sister and Tegan into it, and will share many pictures of them folding paper in my next post (really).

So, that’s that. I invite you to join me in my quest to bring joy to the world – one fold at a time.  All I ask is that you remember to use the hashtag #origamigraffiti when you share pictures on Instagram or Twitter :)

what a week

How is it February 24th? Last week went by in a rush. There were many doctors appointments and trips to the pharmacy (no news, alas) and endless calls to my new insurance company. Ugh. The highlight of last week, without question, was a visit from my sister and niece. Which was awesome and deserves its very own post – and should happen tomorrow (when I’m not quite so brain dead after hours of trying to track down a real human being to talk to). Until then, I wanted to share something the cat lovers out there will appreciate:

Due to the weird construction of our house, the only place our Blu-Ray/ streaming device (for Netflix, Hulu, etc) will work is on top of the DVD/ Blu-Ray case – the new favorite stoop for both cats, but Purl especially can be seen up there several times a day.

She also has an unfortunate tendency to sit on the Power and Open/Close buttons, which usually leads to her freaking out and jumping off like something bit her.  Best of all, it drives Mac (Mom’s Westie) absolutely nuts that the cats can get up there but he can’t.  So he’ll sit on the stairs and whine at whichever cat is perched.

I snapped this shot to document the craziness.  After all, everyone should appreciate it.

Hopefully all that makes sense.  I’m feeling spectacularly stupid after hours on hold and calling, calling, calling today.  Tomorrow should be better.

Here be winners!

Amazingly, there were quite a few entrants in this month’s contest (I’ve decided to do monthly contests, just for the fun) – so, yay!  Thank you, everyone, who entered.  Our lucky winners are:

  1. Sara P.
  2. Camille K.
  3. Michele B.

If you’re one of the speedy three, please let me know which Rose City Knits pattern (in addition to Vero Verto) you’d like to receive :D

(To keep things fair, next month’s contest will be a random drawing.)

In other news, if you’ve been watching my social media feed(s), you’re probably wondering why I keep posting #origamigraffiti

We-ell, I’ll be explaining that soon.  Plus releasing some new patterns.  Lots in the works here.  All I need is enough time to get it all done!

Vero Verto – and a contest!

Vero Verto in “Daffodil”

It’s done, it’s done! Big ‘thank you’ to Katrina (model) and Portland Nursery (location) for being awesome.

Pattern details:

GAUGE: 16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette

  • Approximately 200 y / 183 m of worsted to Aran weight yarn. Samples shown were knit with 1 skein of Anzula For Better or Worsted (200 y/182 m per 3.5 oz/ 100 g skein), shown in “Clay” and “Daffodil”
  • Set of five US 8/ 5 mm dpns
  • One 16-inch/ 40.5 cm US 8/ 5 mm circular needle
  • One 16-inch/ 40.5 cm US 6/ 4 mm circular needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • 8 stitch markers (optional)

SIZING: Adult M (22”/ 56 cm head circumference)
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
$6.00 US PDF DOWNLOAD on ravelry

I saw felt the yarn, Anzula’s For Better or Worsted, at TNNA and immediately knew what it needed to be – I’d just been informed that I was getting several designs back and needed to re-knit them. Anzula gave me a bunch of skeins in different colors (so expect to see more patterns knit with this yarn in coming weeks!) and I cast on immediately.  Yum.  Not to mention fabulous stitch definition.

And now to the CONTEST portion of our post, specifically aimed at the nerds among us.  The first three people to email me with the correct answer to this question:

Where did the pattern name, Vero Verto, come from?*

…will win one free copy of Vero Verto and any one Rose City Knits pattern of their choice!  Send your answer to my email – fyberduck(at)gmail(dot)com.

The deadline to submit is end of day, Thursday, February 13th (PT).  I’ll announce the winners on Friday (well, hopefully, provided anyone enters) and send out those patterns :)


*Hint: book lovers, think of the big screen.

Good news (#3!)

Apparently, this is my third post entitled “Good news”.  Need to get more original, it seems.

So, yes, good news to report – I did manage to make it to the doctor’s office last week, in spite of Snowmageddon 2.0.  Even better, the doctors took me (and the situation) seriously*.  Unfortunately, we still have no diagnosis and I’ve been threatened with yet more biopsies if the condition doesn’t improve in two weeks.  Keep your fingers crossed, I really don’t want to get another biopsy!

Alas, our good fortune did not extend to the pharmacy run that was necessary after the appointment, so we got stuck outside with the crazy people.  You know who they are.  Just because your truck has chains, doesn’t mean you still get to drive 35 MPH over ice and snow.

Other than all that?  Progress has been slow.  Looking forward to posting even better news later this week.  Hopefully the tech gods will smile on me.

Here’s hoping you’re having a lovely week!

*My hopes were not high after a dismal appointment with Dermatology earlier in the week.

Best laid plans

I’ve been planning to update my blog with numerous posts for the past month, but things keep happening*.  I particularly wanted to share my latest pattern release, Vero Verto (plus a contest!), but that’s not going to happen tonight.

The latest and greatest distraction (or catastrophe, depending on your POV) is that is down.  As is my attached email address.  I can neither send nor receive email.  Goody.

I’ll try and post some good news tomorrow.  After my doctor’s appointment.  Which is a whole ‘nother story in itself.

Wish me luck!

*Not good things.  Good things would be nice.