Bumblebirch is ready for summer! Some of the current yarn offerings feature cool blue, purple and sandy pink. A variety of yarn weights are available including Grove (Superwash Merino/Bamboo blend), Blossom (Merino/Suri Alpaca blend) and Heartwood (Merino/Nylon blend). But that's not all - check out the Etsy shop for other fine Bumblebirch colorways and stitch markers!
Bumblebirch Grove in Lilac colorway.
Bumblebirch Blossom in Dune colorway.
Bumblebirch Heartwood in Coastline colorway.
I've had socks on my mind lately as Sock Summit 2011 is fast approaching, but of course knitted socks are great any time. This pair is Horcrux Socks (Ravelry link), knit using Artisan Sock Yarn in the Purple Hazel colorway from HazelKnits, which is based in Seattle.
I actually purchased this lovely colorway at the first Sock Summit in 2009. It took a while to find just the right pattern for the deep purples and greens. As you can see, I've just got the toe of one sock left to graft.
Located in the Pearl District of downtown Portland, Urban Fiber Arts is one of the newest knitting shops in town and a must-see for visitors and locals alike. The cozy fireside knitting area with a simple gray and red color palette is quite lovely. Beyond are the rows and rows of fantastic yarn! The storefront is nestled into the stylish Gregory Lofts on NW 11th Avenue, only steps from a Portland Streetcar stop, which I think adds to the charm and welcoming atmosphere.
To set this downtown knitting shop apart from others, friendly owner Cindy Abernethy stocks Urban Fiber Arts with the work of independent Northwest fiber artists and maintains a fine selection of spinning fibers.
Speaking of local dyers, I'm excited to mention that a shipment of Bumblebirch Cocoon was recently delivered!
I've been knitting this cute little tunic for a friend's baby with Heartwood (75% superwash merino/25% nylon) in the Hydrangea colorway. The pattern is Little Sister's Dress, and is super quick and simple! Tora Frøseth is a Norwegian designer with a collection of unique designs just popping with texture. This little dress just needs a wee button and will be done!
Bumblebirch Designs has taken on a new employee, though he's a little short on experience. Quite mischievous, he can't understand why such great yarn need be out of reach. Why not bring some of that fine fiber down here and we'll see how long it is? Or see how it tastes? Maybe the kitty wants to play with it too?
He loves the outdoors, just like Mommy, and thinks the swings at the park are great. We hike up the hill to Washington Park (I walk, he rides comfortably in the ERGO baby carrier) and there in the first clearing, between the mossy willows and some rather tall sequoias, I enjoy a few moments of quiet bliss as my little swinger smiles.
What's better than a sunny day? Nothing that I know of, unless that sunny day finds you knitting in its warm rays. Along with the sunny day comes singing birds, fragrant flowers, and smiling faces. I hope it's sunny where you are!
Baby Bumblebirch is now nine months old and is growing and growing! We use cloth prefold diapers and Nikky diaper covers - but sometimes it's fun to dress him in something different. This pattern is Vanilla by Kelly Brooker which I'm knitting with Cascade 220 Wool.