Meet Michele Lee Bernstein, PDX Knitterati, this Saturday!

October 19, 2021

Meet Michele Lee Bernstein, PDX Knitterati, this Saturday! Yarn Folk


We're so excited to welcome PDX Knitterati, Michele Lee Bernstein, this Saturday! She will be signing her new book, Brioche Knit Love, from 10-11am, and will have samples of the projects from the book with her! There are books still available from the pre-order here, and we will have additional copies on hand. 

Whether you're a long-time fan of brioche or just getting started, there's a project (along with great instruction) in this book for you!

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…to learn (and do)

three red and orange skeins of yarn with the words "Yarn Folk talks"


Social Stitching via Zoom 

Thursday, October 21st, 4:00-6:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID



Knit a Marit!  

October 1-31, Berroco Makers Facebook Group 


Book Signing with PDX Knitterati, Michele Bernstein



October 23, 2021, 10-11am

Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati, designs and teaches from her home base in Portland, Oregon. She loves designing accessories, especially if they use one or two skeins of very special yarn. She’s fond of texture (brioche, lace, entrelac, elongated stitches), and loves using interesting techniques to make small objects sing. Her patterns are available through Ravelry and Payhip.

Michele loves teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting! She teaches at local yarn shops, fiber festivals (Vogue Knitting Live, Red Alder Fiber Arts Festival, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival), guild meetings, and retreats.

Michele’s new book, Knit Brioche Love: 21 Skill Building Projects from Simple to Sublime combines her love for teaching and designing, using simple accessories to take knitters from the easiest one color brioche through more complex brioche techniques.

Michele blogs about knitting, food, and music at You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, Ravelry, YouTube, and Twitter; she’s PDXKnitterati on all platforms.

You can preorder Brioche Knit Love here.

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Our friends at Apple Fiber Studio invited us to participate in a new limited-edition color of the month offering--the PrettyPretty Yarn Club--and we think that the October color, Fall Leaf, is swoon-worthy! These colorways are dyed up on Gala, a 75% Merino wool / 25% nylon sock base, and when they're gone, well, you'll just have to wait for the next month's gorgeous option!

We've also got the most recent two issues of Modern Daily Knitting's Field Guides--Beginnings, and the just-released Marls--along with a restock of the Lopi issue.
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…to inspire


One of the questions I posed during the Have a Ball Fall Crawl giveaways had to do with favorite crochet designers. Here are links to some of the responses (along with responses from a similar question posed to my shop owner friends):

Toni Lipsey (I made the Adore shawl using 5 balls of Tiramisu, and the French Press Cardi is under serious consideration!)

Kira K Designs (Kira designs both crochet & knit patterns)

WiggleStick Designs

Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby (both crochet & knit)

The Crochet Project

Rachy Newin

Coastal Crochet


Aoibhe Ni

Elena Fedotova

Ksenia Naidyon


Alexandra Tavel / Two of Wands

Jeananne Atthowe / Cerulean Orchid

Detroit Knots

Nomad Stitches



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The Trendsetter Soffio Cashmere is a fascinating yarn, with its fluffy texture and extra stretch. With so much air incorporated into the structure of the yarn, it's a good insulator, and the stretch means that you can produce a variety of viable fabrics by using different sized needles. The hats above were knit with a combined total of two balls of yarn--Liz made the smaller one using the US 10 / 6mm needles specified in the Gathering Hat pattern, while I used US 11 / 8mm needles, which combined with the stretchy yarn, matched the stated gauge. Aside from needle size, the two projects were knit exactly the same!

The Laurel shawl, by Jen Peck, is just a few rows from the start of the border mosaic motif. The Hudson + West Weld is so pleasant to knit with, and I can't wait to see how these two subtly different greens work together in the main motif! Another great use for Purl Strings, beyond  being able to see the project flat prior to the final bind off is that I'm able to swap out my interchangeable cord for a longer length now that I'm up to 350 stitches or so...

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