Laughs, Eats, and Knitting

Happy belated Thanksgiving from Knit Purl! It’s holiday season, and we’ve been busy little bees at the store. We’ve been getting ready for Little Boxes and Small Business Saturday (both took place this weekend), and preparing the store for all your holiday knitting needs. We put in our holiday window. And don't forget Cyber Monday online. With all the happenings around the store, it was good to have a little pause.

 

It’s always nice to get a little break from all the day-to-day tasks and take some time to relax. My dream R&R day is what I had on Thursday, an outrageous amount of food and some knitting time with my mom. I don’t get a lot of “me time,” but when I do, I like to spend it catching up on all my knitting projects (of which I have many), and spending time with my family.

My holiday weekend included the following:

I survived the dogs. I brought my two dogs (Lola and Carl) over to my parents’ to play with Teddy. Lola and Carl are Terrier mixes, and Teddy is a 120-pound Rottweiler who thinks he’s the size of a Yorkie. They spent the time running around, eating like royalty, and napping on the couch. Teddy did sit on Carl for a second, but besides that everyone survived.

Lots of Food. My parents love to cook and they went out of their way to make me a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner that was amazing! Favorite part: apple pie and leftovers. Least favorite part: sharing with the dogs.

Story time. My parents and I have all been traveling quite a bit, so we haven’t had much time to catch up. This weekend we spent hours cry-laughing to all the stories we had to share, some that included ants in a bed, an airport knitting needles fiasco, and an awkward mistaken identity moment.

Knitting until my fingers were numb. My mom taught me to knit a couple of years ago, and ever since I’ve spent every Sunday knitting with her. We decided to add knitting to our Thanksgiving routine, since it’s one of the ways we both like to relax. Plus, we both had way too many work-in-progress projects, and were trying to motivate each other to complete at least one (we completed four!).

List of projects:
Veronika by Julie Weisenberger
Kalaloch by Andrea Rangel
Annabel Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge—Done!
Cerus Scarf by Hilary Smith Callis
Softwaves Magnum Cowl by Laura Irwin—Done!
Laylow by Shannon Cook—Done!
Maja Stole by Anniken Allis—Done!"
Beatnik by Norah Gaughan

Shopping small. This weekend, there were two events supporting local businesses, Little Boxes and Small Business Saturday. I participated in both, which meant a lot of walking around to Portland’s amazing selection of locally owned stores, resulting in bags full of presents (many for myself—oops!).

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend filled with good food and joyful laughter.

December 01, 2015 by Laura Oriana Konstin

The Pumpkin Patch

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Portland has quite a few pumpkin patches nearby. Many of them with hayrides and (haunted) corn mazes, and plenty of hot cider and kettle corn.

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Usually, they’re not in season until we start to see rain, and they can get kind of mucky. I happened to go after a particularly rainy week; there was plenty of mud, and subsequent mold, to be found.

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This particular patch was quite busy on a Saturday morning, with a lot of enthusiastic hunters out in search of the perfect pumpkin.

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After rolling over a lot of too big and too gnarled pumpkins, I found just the one: small, round, and ideal for not carving. I love carving pumpkins, but I love not carving them just as much.

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Right now, this guy is on display with some other wild-looking gourds, keeping our table company through fall.

October 31, 2014 by Cait Lamborne
Tags: Portland

My Pickle Day

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I grew up on a small farm from about the age of 7 to 18. We had a beautiful garden, fruit trees, and a small collection of animals. My parents taught my sister, brother, and I many valuable tasks. However, one of the few things I didn’t learn was canning. How I missed, this I’m not sure, but I think it may have had something to do with the Super Nintendo that entered the family around age 13. Isn’t Donkey Kong the best?

Canning, right! Let’s get back to the subject, shall we?

Spicy pickles! That’s what I chose for my first canning extravaganza—a family recipe from my dear friend Heidi. The following recipe yields 10-12 jars.

What you’ll need
My dear friend Heidi  (or a sidekick of your choosing)
12 1-Quart Canning Jars
5–6 Pickling Cucumbers Per Jar
1–2 Garlic Heads
1 Fresh Dill Plant
1–3 Tsp Cayenne Per Jar
1–3 Serrano Peppers Per Jar (optional)
Large Canning Pot with Jar Dividers
Canning Tongs

Pickling Solution
10 Cups White Vinegar
10 Cups Water
1 Cup Canning Salt

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Tip
I was told to put my glass jars through the hot and light loud option of my dishwasher, lids off. This way your jars are hot when you pack them and transfer them to the hot water. It’s less likely the glass will burst.

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Instructions
Clean the cucumbers. Prepare the canning liquid and heat to a low simmer, not boiling. Heat your large pot of water (with dividers) to boiling. Pack your hot canning jars with one head of dill, 1–3 garlic cloves, 1–3 tsp cayenne, 5-6– cucumbers and a couple hot peppers.

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Next, carefully fill each jar with the steaming hot vinegar mixture to just about 1/4″ from the top of the jar. Screw each lid on just tight enough, but not too tight! Carefully drop these beauties into the boiling water between your jar dividers and cover with the lid for exactly 8–10 minutes. Pull out each jar using your handy dandy canning tongs when the time is up!

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Lastly, place your jars in a clean, cool, dark, dry place and wait ever so patiently until it’s time to pop the lid and give them a taste. I think 3 weeks is the minimum to wait. My husband would tell you two weeks…. But his patience level for spicy pickles is slim to none!

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Canning is much easier and faster than I thought it would be. There will definitely be more canning in my future. Hopefully with my mom! I so appreciate all her beautifully stacked glass jars I remember seeing in our cellar so much more now.

October 15, 2014 by Rachel Bishop
Tags: Portland

Vintage Revival

Modern fashion often draws inspiration from past eras’ styles and stories, bringing older trends to light in new textiles. While those who lived through a fad’s original inception might dread seeing it walk down the runway (and not all fashion needs to be resurrected), by doing this, designers hope to provide a sense of place […]

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May 21, 2014 by Hannah Thiessen
Tags: Portland

Virtual Store Tour

While many of our local knitters are mapping out their route for the upcoming Rose City Yarn Crawl, we didn’t want those of you who can’t come to Portland (or perhaps would have a much longer route to travel), to miss out on seeing the store. So we thought we would share with you a […]

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February 18, 2014 by Hannah Thiessen

Don’t Miss the Rose City Yarn Crawl!

It’s time again for the annual Rose City Yarn Crawl! This event is a fun way for fiber lovers of all stripes and stitches to connect with yarn stores and other enthusiasts in Portland and the surrounding area. 2014 is the fifth year the RCYC has been held, and it continues to be a fun […]

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February 11, 2014 by Hannah Thiessen

Partnering with The Pixie Project

It’s no secret that Portlanders love their pets. The Rose City has over 30 dog parks (second only to New York), including special facilities for swimming, natural landscapes and small dogs only. Multnomah County has a special literacy program where kids can read to dogs, and restaurants like Hobnob Grille offer up special pup-focused menus. […]

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February 04, 2014 by Hannah Thiessen
Tags: Portland

Bold, Cheeky, Color with Alpha B

It’s hard to believe, when looking at the luscious colors of Alpha B skeins in the store, that Anne Morrow’s first attempt at dyeing ended in disaster. She started dyeing yarn at the encouragement of her knitting group, back in 2009. The first ever Sock Summit was to be held, and Anne thought that she […]

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December 23, 2013 by Hannah Thiessen

Knitting Blissfully

Raya Budrevich is the multi-talented mind behind Blissful Knits, a brilliantly colorful line of yarns and patterns. What makes Raya’s work unique is not simply the vivid and vibrant approach she takes to fiber, but the science and thought behind each skein. “I had to learn everything there was to know about dyeing yarn — […]

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December 18, 2013 by Hannah Thiessen

Beautiful Bumblebirch

Sarah Kurth is the dyer and owner of Bumblebirch, one of our favorite independent local dyers! We’re proud to offer so many colors of her artisanal yarns in our store, and love the story behind Sarah’s work almost as much as the yarn itself. Like many knitters, Sarah picked up sticks and string at a […]

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December 11, 2013 by Hannah Thiessen