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Dexter, Oregon, United States
I am a self-employed knitter/designer and photographer. I strive to write unique designs inspired by nature, folklore, magic, Fairies and Elves, and I find a lot of inspiration from symbolism and traditions in cultures throughout history. I also love to photograph nature on an intimate level. As a Master Gardener I raise garden starts each spring to sell locally, and I am also a soap maker and musician. I can be found at our local Dexter Lake Farmer's and Crafter's Market on Sundays from May thru October selling my knitting patterns and hand knit items, as well as hand crafted soap, macro-photography from the garden, and tomato and pepper starts for your garden. You can find me on Ravelry as Peargirl and our band The Pears can be found on Reverbnation.

About purchasing patterns...

All patterns are available by clicking on the "Add to Cart" button for each pattern. You will receive an e-mail from knitpixie@msn.com usually within 24 hours with the pattern attached, ready for you to download and print. You may also purchase through Ravelry~ http://www.ravelry.com/stores/lorna-pearman-designs for automatic download. There are no refunds on patterns. Happy knitting!!!

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Made: Indie Craft Boutique with live music from Vishravas...


A very fun evening at Made's Holiday Pop-Up Shop last night with live music from Vishravas featuring Dennis Pearman on bass, Peter Thomas on guitar, and Bruce Lawrence on drums (pots and pans). A special thank you to Laura and Jay for hosting this event.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Made: Indie Craft Boutique


Made: Indie Craft Boutique has opened it's Holiday Pop Up Shop at the corner of Broadway and Willamette St. in Eugene, Oregon. The hours are Noon to 7pm for the entire month of December excluding Christmas. I am selling a variety of hand knit items including hats, and for knitters my patterns are also available. My knitting and handmade soap is for sale as well as photography from my garden. There are other vendors who have their art/crafts for sale including photography, hand blown glass, and wonderful t-shirts. If you believe in supporting and shopping local, come check us out!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Meet Your Maker Indie Craft Show

Come join 25 local artists at this year's "Meet Your Maker" at Cozmic Pizza in Eugene Sunday, Dec. 5th from 1-5pm. Support local independent arts and crafts ~ 8th and Charnelton in the Strand Bldg.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Ivy Headband

Knit in Pure Pima by Berroco, this headband is soft and stylish. The pattern gives simple instructions for changing the width or length of the headband. It was originally designed and knit for Ivy, my hairdresser.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Moss, Ferns & Berries Handspun


My handspun...from a beautiful blue-faced leicester roving from Dicentra Designs.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Struck By Lightning Hat KAL begins Nov. 2nd


Come join the fun in knitting this colorful hat in this November KAL with the Appalachian Yarns Group on Ravelry.The pattern will be offered free for anyone participating in this event, check the thread for details at http://www.ravelry.com/events/struck-by-lightning-kal-2

Friday, September 3, 2010

Amelie Escargot in Denali National Park, Alaska


What magnificent beauty in Denali National Park, lucky for Amelie she is with Melanie Silcott to enjoy this beautiful treasure with its striking landscape.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tree Frog on Black-Eyed Susan

My macro lens has invited me closer to the flowers I photo...I did not expect this today, 2 tree frogs resting on my Rudbeckias! Here is one of them...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Gecko Chullo...a new knitted hat design from Peargirl...


A new chullo pattern, this time with geckos, symbolizing luck and regrowth, while the gecko circle represents the cyclical nature of life. The pattern is available here from Peargirl Knits or from Ravelry.com.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Herringbone Chullo Pattern...new for knitters!


Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped pattern usually found in woven twill fabric. Rooted in ancient origins, the herringbone pattern dates back to Egyptian and African cultures where it was used to fashion decorative jewelry and basketry. Today it has many applications including hardwood flooring. It is so named because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish. Here I have applied it to this Chullo, or earflap hat, for a combining of cultures. The Chullo is a Peruvian style of hat with earflaps made from vicuña, alpaca, llama or sheep's wool. Chullos have been used in the Andean Mountain region since pre-Hispanic times and wearing different types and colors has a significance among the Andean natives. The Herringbone Chullo pattern is available on this blog.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Amelie Escargot - On the move in Alaska...


Amelie pictured here in Homer, Alaska. Wish I was there too!!! She will travel further than I can ever expect to.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Hummingbird Rescue


Today a beautiful female Rufous Hummingbird was trapped in our greenhouse. She was exhausted from her attempts to escape, and she just couldn't find her way back out. I was able to catch her with my bare hand as she rested between attempts. Once outside, she rested in my hand for approximately 5 minutes which allowed time for a few photos. Amazingly enough, 20 years ago I rescued 2 hummingbirds within a one week period from similar situations. Each time it has happened I can hardly believe that I am holding such a fragile creature, especially given the fact that they move so fast, and I think that it will never happen again...and then it does!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Peargirl Knits In 1000 Fabulous Knit Hats by Annie Modesitt


The Eco Gecko Hat made it to print in Annie Modesitt's new book 1000 Fabulous Knit Hats in the Babies & Children section of the book. So exciting to see my design and my name in print! Also included in this section is my great-granddaughter Savannah Rain wearing her hat I knit for her. Both hats are credited to me and the index includes my name and web address. Peargirl Knits in Annie's book...very cool!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Amelie Escargot in Alaska


Amelie arrived in Whittier, Alaska yesterday via snail mail! Melanie Silcott, my niece, called me in the evening to thank me and tell me how much she liked her. Knitters know how much that means! Melanie is an awesome person and Amelie is in good hands.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Victorian Lace Valance Pattern


I have always wanted to knit lace valances for my windows. I thought I would start with a small window in my bathroom before I moved into the dining room which has 3 large windows.I used Araucania Lonco Multy which is a kettle-dyed fingering cotton on a #4 needle. I am very happy with the results. The pattern is very easy to modify for any size window which makes it a "one size fits all" pattern. And I love the yarn, it's gorgeous! My pattern is available on this blog for purchase.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Amelie Escargot


I would like to introduce Amelie Escargot, who I knit for my niece Melanie who travels the world. I never travel, so as in the movie "Amelie", Amelie Escargot will travel with Melanie and her boyfriend Morgan, and I will see pictures of her travels. She represents Oregon well, where it rains slugs and snails, and Eugene where we crown a Slug Queen each September during the Eugene Celebration. She will head to Alaska on Monday to begin her journey. I will post photos from Amelie's travels.
May 24, 2010 - Amelie Escargot arrives in Whittier, Alaska via Snail Mail

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Each year we celebrate Cinco de Mayo in honor of my husband Dennis' maternal grandmother, Elise Conde, who came to this country from Sonora, Mexico. Dennis' mother, Marquita Pearman, has wonderful stories to tell of her mother's sense of humor and her love for playing the guitar. She died at the young age of 49 from uterine cancer, so Dennis did not have the pleasure of knowing her. Dennis is an amazing cook and makes a dish called "Puerco Pibil", or slow-roasted pork. We got the recipe from the movie "Once Upon A Time In Mexico", Robert Rodriguez, producer and director of the movie, and his version of this amazing dish...try it, you'll love it! Here you'll find the recipe in written form, can't seem to make it link though...I guess copy and paste into your google bar.

http://www.thespicehouse.com/recipes/puerco-pibil-recipe

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Venita Shawl Pattern Errata

Patterns received on or before May 4, 2010 should use this update. There were 2 YO's omitted from the original pattern in the EYELET ROW. Here is the correction.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
EYELET ROW:
K6, SSK, *YO, K2tog*, rpt from * to * until 3 sts before marker, YO, K3tog; work gusset: *YO, K2tog*, rpt to last 3 gusset sts, YO, K3tog, YO; continue row: SSSK, *YO, K2tog*, rpt from * to * until 2 sts before last marker, YO, K2tog, K6.

This 2nd modification is minor, but clarifies the second shaping row, pattern updated with this revision on May 13, 2010...

SECOND SHAPING ROW:
K6,sm,SSK,*K3,K2tog*,rep * to * to gusset marker,sm,SSK,K to 2 sts before second gusset marker, K2tog,sm,SSK, *K3,K2tog*, rpt * to * to last marker,sm,K6 (233 sts rem).

I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sister and Brother Comedy Act




My grandchildren, Skyla and Jaylen, both possess a great sense of humor. Laughter is what has gotten me through this life, I am happy to see that humor is hereditary! If not for love and laughter, I could have easily given up a long time ago.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Goin' Be Kick Ass, Just Sleeves and A Hood Shrug


It is not often Alexandra gives me the opportunity to knit for her, so when she does, I really listen to what she wants. She loves to design clothing, and had very specific ideas in mind for this project. The best part is that she loves it now that it's finished and was anxious to wear it. And when it comes to knitting for others, that excitement is what we hope for but do not always see. And I think she looks beautiful in her "Just Sleeves and A Hood".

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Knitters For Peace...Make Hats, Not War!



As knitters knit the "World Peace Hat", I thought it would be interesting not only to see their hats all in one place, but also where everyone is from. After all, peace is on all of our minds all over the world. This beautiful version in pinks and purples was knit by Jenni from South Dakota.


This gorgeous version of the Peace Hat was knit by Adrienne in Gig Harbor, Washington, and is modeled by her beautiful daughter. The corrugated rib is a very pretty addition.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Give Peace A Chance

Peace in this world, is it possible? Spreading the message of peace is just one small way to show that you are against war, whether through a song with a powerful message, or knitting peace hats for yourself and others to wear. I am excited because I have knit this hat recently for my sister-in-law Sue who will be leaving soon for a visit to Ireland, and she wanted this hat to wear while there. So cool, my peace hat will travel to Ireland and make it's statement, however small.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My beautiful children and grandchildren...July 16, 2005


Pictures are always a treasure to have and bring memories of happy days flooding in. How quickly the years fly...Skyla, Jaylen, Katia, Alexandra, and Zach!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Fiberella


A new year, a new decade beginning. My 2nd project of the year is Fiberella, a needlefelted fiber-fairy witchy sort of woman, old and wise, cunning and crafty, with a gleam in her eye.

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Elvish Baby Hat

Elvish Baby Hat
My grandson Soul looking very elf-like in the Elvish Baby Hat.

Elvish Kids Hat

Elvish Kids Hat
Peregrine, a cute little Elfling at the Quarter Stitch in New Orleans.

Om Slouch Hat

Om Slouch Hat
A comfy, slouchy hat sure to look good on even those who think they don't look good in hats.

Oregon's Old Growth Hat

Oregon's Old Growth Hat
Knit in Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed for softness, with a beautiful cabled fabric for texture, this hat will keep your head and ears warm in the coldest temperatures.

Just Sleeves and A Hood Shrug

Just Sleeves and A Hood Shrug
The hood in this shrug pattern is tall and deep enough to not pull up on the shoulders for a very comfortable fit.

Clown Fish Love Anemones

Clown Fish Love Anemones
Sue Wineland's adorable grandaughter Margaret

My great-nephew, Charles Alexander Brown in his Bunny Hat

My great-nephew, Charles Alexander Brown in his Bunny Hat
He was the source of inspiration for my first design, the Chocolate Bunny Baby Hat, photoed here wearing the original.

My grandson Jaylen in his Spider Boy Hat

My grandson Jaylen in his Spider Boy Hat
Jaylen is fun to knit for...he loves to wear what I knit him!

Ivy Headband

Ivy Headband
My granddaughter, Skyla, modeling her headband that I knit for her.

My beautiful great-granddaughter Savannah Rain in her Noro hat with my granddaughter Katia

My beautiful great-granddaughter Savannah Rain in her Noro hat with my granddaughter Katia
Hand knit hat in Noro Silk Garden using Nancy Lindberg's "Headband, Hat, Helmet" pattern.

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