Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sock Summit – Natknit’s mini #pdx tour Part 2: Mississippi Avenue & North Portland

Hi there,

I love in North Portland or No Po as we affectionately call it. I love sharing all about my neighborhood with folks from out of town. Since you’re all knitters you’re doubly cool house guests. Also if you’re from Portland already and just want to hang out with some cool knitters then come along. If you’re not able to make it on Friday, just use the directions here and do the tour on your own. Do some of your own research to get comfortable with the Max System and the Google Map of the area as well. Here’s a link to the train schedule.

I’m sketching out more details of this plan. Right now I’m planning for Friday only. 

2:30 -2:45ish PM We’ll meet outside of the Convention Area near the “Big Bell” I’ll probably be there earlier just hanging out. I’m not sure how hot it will be so make sure you bring a water bottle or hotweather drink just in case. Anzen (Japanese grocery) across from the Convention Center sells beverages and so does the Starbucks inside.

2:45 We’ll walk down to catch the 3:09 Max Yellow line train (schedule). It’s not that far but I want to give us enough time to accommodate anyone who is a ‘leisurely’ walker and give us time to purchase our train tickets. If you purchase a whole day ticket you won’t have to worry about paying for one on the way back.

We’ll get off at N. Killingsworth. It takes roughly 15-20 minutes to make the trip on the train. Walk 4 blocks to the Naked Sheep Knit Shop near Killingsworth & Gay. I timed it and it’s about an 8-10 minute walk and I drag my feet.

Hang around the Naked Sheep for a bit, then walk back to the Killingsworth station. Take the train back one stop to the The N. Prescott stop and walk down Skidmore to Mississippi Ave 3 blocks.

My hope is that we’ll get done around dinner time. I plan to eat at the Carts at Mississippi Ave.  get a brewski at Probst Gastrobpub and then head to the Amnesia Brewery for more local beer. YES, we like BEER as much as we love coffee in Portland. Anything goes after that. If you’re interested in trying out one of the many places to eat on Mississippi it’s up to you. If a few people are interested in hanging around we can stay at Amnesia or go to any of the other lovely establishments on the street. 

This is very Portland, you see… just hanging out letting things develop as they will.

To get back to the convention center, you’d just walk to Failing st. from Mississippi Avenue. Take a right on Failing and walk to Failing Street Pedestrian Bridge. Walk over the bridge and straight to N. Interstate. Take a left and walk to the Max Station at Overlook Park.

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Sock Summit – Natknit’s mini guide to Portland – Part 1: Downtown

Hi there,

Thought I would help the Sock Summiteers out and provide a mini guide to Portland. I suppose this guide can be used any other time. If I have time later today I’ll post a mini tour to South East & Happy Knits. All of these tours will be for those taking public transit. You can use the links and addresses provided to program your GPS or locate driving routes on your phones 🙂

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square on a rainy day

Mini Trek Downtown from the Oregon Convention Center

  1. From the Convention Center stop take the MAX Red/Blue lines headed for Hillsboro. Stop & get off at Pioneer Square (see map). Actually use that map to guide you.
  2. From Pioneer Square walk to the foodcarts on 10th & Alder.  Pioneer Square is on 6th & Ziba’s Pitas, Whole Bowl, and others are good choices at this cart area.
  3. From the foodcarts on  9th & 10th & Alder walk up Alder to Knit Purl on Alder & 11th
  4. From Knit Purl walk to the Button Emporium on 10th & Taylor
  5. Going back to the Convention Center: From Pioneer Square take the MAX Red/Blue lines to the Convention Center stop.

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Sock Summit – I’ll never be ready or finished!

You know it’s been over a month since I started my goal of knitting three pairs of socks for the Sock Summit. I’m barely done with just one, and actually I think I’ve decided I’m not going to be done with this one because I want to make knee-highs. Oh well, such is life.

I am almost finished with the Nautillina shawl I started and I’ll have it ready and blocked I think by Friday. But this isn’t for me, it’s for someone else.

Also, I needed to knit something fast so I’ve been thoroughly entranced by gigantic needles. Yes, this is the same woman who once swore off knitting with anything larger than US 10 needles because knitting with anything bigger than that was like doing the “Chicken Dance.” But I had the perfect opportunity to use those size US 19’s that were gathering dust behind my laptop. So I finished a shawlette with some Artfibers Baccarat (a lovely iridescent ribbon yarn that reminds me of Japanese Beetles) which has been languishing in my stash, but I have so much of it left that I think I’m going to undo the bind off and continue knitting until I have a full shawl.  Arrrrgh. I’ll never be done. I need to lie down on the floor and remain calm.

Mulberry kettle dyed socks

These are the socks that never end...


Nautillina Shawl

Nautillina Shawl


Bacarat Shawlette

This yarn reminds me of Japanese Beetles

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7/7 #knitchat – Colorwork in Knitting

A Fair Isle tam is a good introduction project to this skill. You can find the
pattern for this one at Knitty.comRequest Feedback

For many of us new to knitting in more than one color, the idea of switching colors in a stitch pattern other than by striping or using a self striping yarn seems a bit daunting. My 2nd and continuing Fair Isle project isn’t really Fair Isle because I’m using a self striping yarn as one of the color yarns. Therefore I don’t need to worry about changes. I  my next project I’ll probably take the leap and use more than two strands.  My earliest FI project was a bust because I hadn’t mastered tension or holding the different strands w/o tightening too much. Color work includes using the technique of intarsia which is defined as a method of knitting with a number of colors, in which a separate length or ball of yarn is used for each area of color (as opposed to different yarns being carried at the back of the work). (Wikipedia).

This week’s #knitchat is on color work. Come and share your experience with color work in knitting or bring your questions for the #knitchatters 😉 As always share picture of projects if you have them during the chat.

#knitchat questions:

Q1) Any color work projects or patterns out there that you’re oggling right now? (Fair Isle, Intarsia or others)

Q2) Have you ever used any color work techniques in knitting? What was your experience like? If not what’s keeping you from trying?

Q3) Do you have any questions about color work techniques?


DETAILS… DETAILS… If you want to know more about what #knitchat is and how it works

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: Thursdays on the date listed above at 6:30 PM PST/9:30 PM EST (1 hour)
  • Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fiber-crafters
  • How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?
  • How: to post photos – 5 ways to share photos on Twitter
  • How: to shorten your links. Simply paste your link into the field in and shorten it. Copy and paste this link into the twitter feed.

Fair Isle Resources:

How to on Fair Isle or Stranded Knitting (Vogue Knitting)

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