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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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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!

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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!

The Ivy Headband

The 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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