Vero Verto – and a contest!

Vero Verto in “Daffodil”

It’s done, it’s done! Big ‘thank you’ to Katrina (model) and Portland Nursery (location) for being awesome.

Pattern details:

GAUGE: 16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette

  • Approximately 200 y / 183 m of worsted to Aran weight yarn. Samples shown were knit with 1 skein of Anzula For Better or Worsted (200 y/182 m per 3.5 oz/ 100 g skein), shown in “Clay” and “Daffodil”
  • Set of five US 8/ 5 mm dpns
  • One 16-inch/ 40.5 cm US 8/ 5 mm circular needle
  • One 16-inch/ 40.5 cm US 6/ 4 mm circular needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • 8 stitch markers (optional)

SIZING: Adult M (22”/ 56 cm head circumference)
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
$6.00 US PDF DOWNLOAD on ravelry

I saw felt the yarn, Anzula’s For Better or Worsted, at TNNA and immediately knew what it needed to be – I’d just been informed that I was getting several designs back and needed to re-knit them. Anzula gave me a bunch of skeins in different colors (so expect to see more patterns knit with this yarn in coming weeks!) and I cast on immediately.  Yum.  Not to mention fabulous stitch definition.

And now to the CONTEST portion of our post, specifically aimed at the nerds among us.  The first three people to email me with the correct answer to this question:

Where did the pattern name, Vero Verto, come from?*

…will win one free copy of Vero Verto and any one Rose City Knits pattern of their choice!  Send your answer to my email – fyberduck(at)gmail(dot)com.

The deadline to submit is end of day, Thursday, February 13th (PT).  I’ll announce the winners on Friday (well, hopefully, provided anyone enters) and send out those patterns :)


*Hint: book lovers, think of the big screen.


This is one of those points in my life where I have to stop, look around, and make a decision. Because the holiday season is over, I’m down to a 1/3 of the hours I was working just a week ago. I’m being encouraged to spend my time designing, since my work was apparently a big hit at TNNA, but I worry about the feasibility of it. This by no means can be translated as no more designing, ever. I couldn’t stop if I wanted to. Which I don’t.

But, making a living as a designer is impossible. I think so, anyway.

I have time to consider my options, which are many. Being single and unentrapped is a great thing.

Of course, facing all this life-altering changes meant that I was in need of drinks. Just, well, not this kind:

drink and be merry

Opus just laughed at me when it arrived. I was so certain a vodka/ green tea mix would be more, y’know, serious. And not involve an umbrella and antennae. Thank goodness Terrisa took me for real drinks earlier. I dare you to take into consideration the sheer size of the green monstrosity – look at the size of the plates and glasses next to it! Sheesh.

Moving on. TheBon, being TheBon, totally won the Identify This Creature Contest and will thusly be sent a very large package this weekend – part to make up for the Wacky Ducky Prize that never arrived and also her just reward for speedy and accurate research. :)

I am very, very behind on my emails and blog reading.  Please forgive me.  Maybe I’ll get some time to attend to both matters this weekend.  And now I would like to sleep.


No, Patrick is not my SO/ better half, etc. We work together as the inventory specialists at Knit/Purl :) In many ways, he’s a male version of me. Kinda frightening how similar we are, actually.

Anyway, moving on… Went to Laurelhurst Park today and, wow!, there were a lot of birds. I spotted 2 hummingbirds (nesting in a pine tree, no less), 3 cormorants, millions seagulls and crows, 1 heron, and more ducks than you could quack at. There was also this, ah, ‘duck'(?):


First person to accurately tell me what that creature is will win… hrm, 2 balls of Panda Silk or 1 skein of Smooshy (the prize can be negotiable, depending on what I dig out of The Stash). Of course, you have to get the info to me by 9pm PST on Friday, since I plan on sending TheBon‘s Wacky Ducky Contest Prize (take 2 – the first still hasn’t arrived) on Saturday and refuse to visit the post office more than once in a week.

Anyway, back to Laurelhurst. I fed the ducks (don’t ask what), and they flocked around. The moment I pulled out the traveling sock:


They lost interest. Bah! Silly things.