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Into the Wild: one of my favorite things is to see all the wonderful gear knitting folks wear to go play in the chill.

On the left: from a trip to Cordova, Alaska, this summer – on the Copper River by Child’s Glacier. Abigail and her adorable daughter Lillian joined all the activities throughout the week at the Fiber & Friends Retreat and delighted everybody with their smiles! This time, we were all hiking in our knitwear – it’s a little chilly out there on the glacier but we’re cozy!

(Before the retreat, we had a KAL for the He Said She Said Cap – you can see my KAL Cap here…)

On the right: from the Yarniacs Podcast group on Ravlery, here’s Celeste’s hubby while they were out hiking in the aspens in Flagstaff, AZ.

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Travels [with Knitting]

One of my favorite things about this time of year, is its natural path of reflection.

As winter deepens and it gets harder to move outward, it irresistibly becomes easier to move inward.

I love this time of musing and remembrance.

It’s a lovely setting of the stage for what’s to come while being a fond travel through the experiences just gone by.

Gathering these January thoughts, means I’ve been day-dreaming a lot about my near-past travels.

Branching out to more far-flung locations to teach and intersect with fiber folk has been a real desire of mine since I moved to Portland, and one of my dreams came true this June on a great Pacific Northwest adventure.

The record of this trek popped up here and there online while I was on the road but never made it into these journal pages.

But here is the January all ready to embrace the June…

The main event? Something called Fiber and Friends, put together and hosted by the lovely Dotty Widmann and her Net Loft tribe in Cordova Alaska.

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Here, in a place only accessible by plane or ferry, was a gathering of teachers and crafters and the most incredible landscapes.

Cordova is home to the Net Loft, which is an incredible knitting and craft store, nestled under an even more incredible “hill”.

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I cannot begin to describe the color Green as crafted by the Cordova sky and sea but suffice to say I was speechless (and grinning) a lot of the time I was there just by virtue of what I saw walking around.

Myself and a cast of teachers spent our days work-shopping in town – here’s the lovely students from my Pick-Up-and-What? class – and I salute their excitement and game!

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We also had mini-classes for kids – in mine, we made friendship bracelets.

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Midweek, we took a trip out the Copper River to the glacier area and once again, I was speechless.

In fact, my heart almost burst from my frame (click the picture to explode with me)…

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Mary Jane Mucklestone and I are thrilled to be out on the Copper River!

Later that week the Fiber and Friends Retreat ended up with a big party out by Eyak Lake

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where we were feasted with the best grilled salmon I’ve ever had and serenaded by Belle Mickelson and bluegrass friends in what was one of the most magical afternoons of all…

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All in all, from the wonderfully welcoming knitting community of Cordova, to the feisty and most excellent curious students in my classes, to the magnificent landscapes and vistas, I fell head-over-heels with Alaska and can’t wait to visit again!

a year of making 2014

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As 2014 draws to a close, one thing was very clear here at Studio Chic: it was the Year of the Sweater!

Now I’ll be the first to admit my love of cardigans exceeds all others and in 2014, once again I could not resist the muse.

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WINTER STORY 2014: following a slight obsession with one JRR Tolkien and a little movie called The HOBBIT, came a homage to the new elf on the block: one TAURIEL

Since I’ve lived in the Pacific NW, it’s been easy to be more and more drawn to its majestic forestry (and everything outdoors). Thus, my take on a woods-woman’s jacket was born.

From its relaxed, long, side-to-side construction to its subtle celtic cabling, this style tickled my design fancy while trying out some new moves.

Goal: top-down modular styling with no finishing at all except for weaving in some ends (and sewing on a toggly button).

I’ve been living in this sweater – it is comforting with a capital C = Big Fluffy yarn in a relaxed modern shape! :)

Chic Knits Abria Knitting PatternSPRING STORY 2014: as days grew longer and clothing grew lighter, it was time to explore some new fiber combinations and continue evolving the modular muse that was filling up my thoughts.

In mind? A more gossamer fabric with a more elegant shape: and thus came to be ABRIA

This was the one for all of us needing that last missing link to finish a strapless ensemble or even wonderful mom-to-be-dressing!

I had in mind an elegant, open, upswept front treatment – which came into play with the use of strategically placed short-rows. Let me say, if you’ve never had fun with this technique, Try It! Make a cap or scarf to see how easy it is and then come back and play. Short rowing creates a dynamic shape in a fabric in a way an ordinary boring rectangle can never approach.

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FALL STORY 2014: and that brings us to that season that’s the most wonderful of all!

And here happened something that I didn’t expect – I was ready to step away from my obvious infatuation with the color Oatmeal and jump into the excitement of beautiful blue… (So in love with this tone, I’ve made a cap and currently have a long-long brioche scarf and another sweater on the needles!)

EDIN an aran-weight trapeze-shaped cardigan, continues the elegant modular construction that I’ve been experimenting with all year and combines it with my favorite compound raglan shaping (look close and you can see the “S” in the raglan lines). And again, there’s virtually no finishing – once you’re done, you’re done after a few passes with the weaving-in needle.

The neckband features an eyelet stitch pattern that forms a lacy faux cable effect – ornamental but not bulky – just enough to make it agreeable for pretty office wear, but in a shape that’s also flattering to all of us… And now that I’ve sampled COLOR I want one in the rainbow. How about a sexy deep scarlet or a happy sunny yellow?

What’s next on the needles here in the Studio? Here in Portland, we’re having a little deep-freeze going on and I feel the need for a large wrap-able accessory to mind the gap…

THANK YOU for joining me in all this year’s explorations – one of the best yet!

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