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#outlanderKAL has begun!

We kicked off the in-person #outlanderKAL today at Serial Knitters!

The pattern, Highland Plumes, was inspired by¬†this picture from¬†costume designer Terry Dresbach‘s blog:

My version looks like this:



Not a bad match, hm?

Here is my LYS owner’s version in Malabrigo Mecha:

Everyone is going crazy for that one, and no surprise. It glows! So, we got the knitters together today for part one of an in-person KAL.

#outlanderKAL #highlandplumes #KALatSK #serialknitters

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Aren’t they adorable?

The majority of knitters, inspired by Debie Frable’s model, chose Malabrigo Mecha for the piece. ¬†Second place, with two knitters, was the Classic Elite Chalet yarn, and one bold knitter chose the mega Malabrigo Rasta. All of the colors chosen were beautiful!

We kicked off by watching the steamy preview for the second half of season one. Have you seen it? Looky here:…/vid…/da6176d76bb04503a0125c17febdbde0

Then, a few tutorials. New learning included: long tail cast-on, long tail cast-on from two balls of yarn, chart reading, yarn-overs, marker placement and a variety of decreases.

HP Student Cowls


One great joy of knitting with bulky yarn? Major progress was made by the end of our first meeting. Here are two student projects, zipping along. (Malabrigo Mecha was used for both.)

Are you knitting Highland Plumes? Tag your Instagram and FB project photos with #outlanderKAL and #highlandplumes so everyone can oooh and ahhhh. I can’t wait to see all the cowls. Project discussion and support is happening on the shop Ravelry page, here:¬† Join us!

Pattern is here: Highland Plumes Cowl

Happy Knitting!

Oh, and here’s a bonus picture of me looking like a mad scientist/knitting teacher:

HP Class Teaching



New knitting pattern available!

Looky here:

Plus, the coupon code CLAIRE will get you $2 off the pattern. PLUS you can get this pattern, Pulse Point,  for free when you buy anything in my ravelry store until January 31, 2015. hooray!

Fighting with WordPress, so keeping this brief!

Pattern support on FB:

Pattern support on Ravelry:

Updated to Add: I’ve¬†got online and in-person knitalongs happening. Get in touch if you want to join up!









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Sweet crochet and beads
Seven skeins of lace weight yarn
What was I thinking?

knitting-related class at serial knitters!

I’ll be teaching a class next weekend at Serial Knitters¬†in Kirkland. Learn to use a¬†super cool app called KnitCompanion. Any questions? Call the shop to register. (425) 242-0086


I wrote a poem today!

Two Ways of Looking at a Pillow

~a poem in two parts~

Part I

At night I sit with pillows propped

and know my tasks should soon be stopped.

But books lure sweetly, “One more word!”

and warning voices won’t be heard.


“Tomorrow you will want to¬†cry!”

“Smart heads upon their pillows lie!”¬†

Despite this knowledge, with book I sit,

and clutching my needles, continue to knit.


Part II

The pillows I viewed last night with rejection

this morning receive undiluted affection.

Blankets billow and cuddle and soothe;

my body I will not remove.


The tasks of the day loom large in my brain

yet under this pillow I’ll steadfastly remain.

Why in the morning does it tempt and demand,

while a pillow at night is dismissed out of hand?




I wrote this today at a Responsive Classroom workshop, inspired by the poem Bed In Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson. Hooray for Academic Choice! Gosh, I love to write. I’d forgotten.

Portraits of the Teacher

Today third graders wrote self-reflections after a lesson was derailed by inadequate attention and failure to meet my standards of decorum. (It’s all part of the process!) A few included some awesome drawings, including portraits of the teacher. Enjoy.


Mysterious Requests

Anyone have a good quality knitting machine I could borrow for a project? I also need your yarn leftovers in any quantity. Also anyone have a grandfather clock or similar that you want to repurpose? More details to follow as this project evolves…

Ed tech + Jewish ed = ?

What happens when educational technology meets Jewish education? I’ll find out on my epic journey beginning tomorrow. Look out Teaneck, here I come. Looky here.

Third Blog is the Charm (cross-posted on FB)

This blog goes out to my Sewing/Fabric friends:

Hello! I’m planning a project to make “book bags” for my third graders, with the help of some parents. These would do the job of protecting books as they travel back and forth to school each day and housing reading logs and post-it notes. They need to fit picture and/or chapter books. I don’t think handles are essential.

I am in need of the following:

– fabric
– bias binding
– strategies for doing this project

Do you have any stash to contribute or ideas to help me do this properly? Right now we are using zip-lock bags and I anticipate they won’t last long. Wouldn’t personalized bags be cute?

Some Ideas:
Some schools buy these type:
Or these:

Thank you for your suggestions!

The Legacy Of Lloyd (a work in progress)

In honor of my dad’s birthday, which was yesterday, I bring you a re-post of “The Legacy Of Lloyd”. This is a compilation of my dad’s wisdom. I think some additions have been made since its last posting. If you Lloyd Fans think of any that I have forgotten, please let me know so I can update the Master Document.

Happy Birthday, Dad. You bring wisdom to all you encounter, and your breakfasts are filled with so much love.

The Legacy of Lloyd

(A Work In Progress)

1.      Always ask for the person’s name.

2.      Always pay your credit card bills in full – otherwise it’s just crazy.

3.      Avoid big doors when parking in the lot.

4.      Be alert, you may have to rescue things from the trash.

5.      Being nice to people pays off.

6.      Bring something for the kids.  Like candy.

7.      Carry your insurance card in your wallet.  Unfortunately, one day you’ll need it… that’s why there’s insurance.

8.      Concentrate on the road, don’t be preoccupied with where you are going.

9.      Don’t fill up on bread.

10.  Don’t use felt tip marker on the outside of an envelope (especially if rain is in the forecast).

11.  Erase completely.

12.  Everything has its own place.

13.  Folding boats and paper balloons is great fun.

14.  Go out to the driveway and wave goodbye.

15.  How to balance a check book.

16.  How to drive.

17.  How to hold a prayer book.

18.  How to play sports.

19.  How to use a highlighter.

20.  How and when to use a ruler.

21.  If it is worth doing something at all, it is worth doing it right.

22.  If someone you love wants something, bring it to them.  That makes them happy.

23.  If you are going on vacation, put your lights on timers and hide the jewelry.

24.  If you say you’re going to do something, do it.

25.  It doesn’t hurt to ask.

26.  It doesn’t matter how you dance, as long as you have fun.

27.  It feels great when someone brings you a little present.

28.  It’s always nice to have a good pen.

29.  Leave plenty of time to get to the airport.

30.  Make a copy of whatever you send… it’s important to keep a record.

31.  Make neat piles of things.

32.  No reason to answer the phone if it might be an… undesirable caller.

33.  Park on the end, if you can.

34.  Pay the toll for your family members behind you.

35.  Pin your socks together!

36.  Plan ahead.

37.  Plan to sit on the side of the bus where the sun won’t hit you.

38.  Put some of your money in savings.  Even just a little bit.

39.  Put your stamp on straight

40.  Sandwiches made by someone else taste better.

41.  Save the cartons!

42.  Save your receipts.

43.  Say thank you whenever someone does something for you, even if they had to do it.

44.  Separate your photo doubles before showing them to others.

45.  Slow down before the turn.

46.  Stack from the back, to avoid re-stacking.

47.  Take good care of your stuff and then it will last forever… but, if you lend it to your kids, forget it.

48.  Tape things off radio and TV for future enjoyment.

49.  Tennis is a good social sport.

50.  There is no reason to get a new dishwasher if you can fix the old one and it works just fine.

51.  Treat other people’s children the way you want others to treat your children.

52.  Use a letter opener.

53.  Use a sharp pencil.

54.  Use coupons.

55.  Use different color markers to encode things.

56.  When people like you, they are nice to your children.

57.  You can park in any spot as long as you go slowly.

58.  You can write the color of your suit/socks on the hanger to avoid confusion and possible embarrassment.

59.  Don’t use your car as a table.

60.  If you want to get mail, you have to send mail.

61.  Even a single dollar is a special present because it shows someone is thinking of you.

62.¬† Put your car keys right next to the stuff you don’t want to forget.¬† For example, put your car keys in the fridge with the special lunch you packed.

63.  Get your stuff ready to go the night before so in the morning you are all set.

64.  Do it now, because later you will forget.

65.  Post-it notes are helpful when you want to remember things.

66.  Write down the important details so you remember them.

66.  Your family is the most important thing there is.