Fiber Fumes…..

Happy Thursday!  I hope you all are well.  It’s our first full week of no school and it’s lovely to just delete that alarm off your alarm clock for a while.

On Saturday I participated in a new fiber festival hosted by the Frederick News-Post and it was a complete blast and success for all the planners and vendors.  I had so much fun meeting new fiber loving friends and sharing our love of wool that I feel totally hung over today (Sunday).  I helped so many with parings of yarns for various shawls that I had on display like my Moon Shadows by Romi Hill and  by Kristen Kapur.  When I am tired and think I can’t dye anymore yarn, it’s this energy that gets me through.

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These are all “pre stampede” as the wall of yummy became thin, quickly.

I’m going to revamp my Etsy shop during this off time, new photos and update that sale section.  I’ve been working on my Charlie cardigan which I am so enjoying.  A sleeve, the black and one front is complete as, so one front and a sleeve and we will have a sweater.  I think that is going to be my new favorite way to knit a sweater.  There is lots of satisfaction upon completing each piece.

We leave for vacation on July 2 and I can’t wait.  Outer Banks, I’ve been dreaming about you and your beaches and the salt air……so close, so close.  I could care less about my clothes, it’s basically the essentials nothing fancy.  As you all know, vacation packing is ALL ABOUT the PACKING OF THE KNITTING.  Of course I will over pack here.  I’ve been itching for lace, yep need to scratch that itch.  Designer Ysolda Teague has a shawl called Stac Shoaigh that is calling me in sport weight, so that is a definite to go with me.  There was something else and for the life of me I can’t remember it.

I’ll be back before I go! Be happy!

Michele

 

Joy……

Despite all that is going on in the world,  I can still find joy in many different ways.

On June 3rd, our son turned 13.  It’s really quite hard to believe I have a teenager but one look at him and I see the changes happening all too quickly.  JOY!

My parents were able to come celebrate this milestone with us,  and they were able to stay for more than a week.  JOY!

A lovely customer coming up to you while vending an event with her finished shawl and better health.  The pattern is Pamuya and it was knit in our Yankee Sole II Pool Party colorway and it was knit by the fabulous Tammy.  JOY!

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A busy work schedule.  JOY!

Coloring outside the lines with color in my knitting.  JOY!

In a world with such conflict, it’s vital that you recognize the joy.

One last note, I will be participating in the Frederick Fiber Fest at The Frederick News-Post, on June 18th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  If you are local, come out and check it out!

Find your joy,

Michele

 

Let’s catch up….

I have started so many blog post and not finished them that it should be a crime and they were good in the moment, but that moment has passed.

I forgot to tell you all about my exciting and liberating retreat with Amy Herzog.  It was hosted by The Knitting Boutique here in MD and I jumped at the chance to go.  I actually jumped at the chance last July and it wasn’t until March of this year.  I was very thankful of the payment plan and thrilled that it was just a couple of hours from me.  The location was divine as was the food and Amy.  I learned so much.  She is positively brilliant and if you get a chance to go to one of her events I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Her Custom Fit is just flipping genius.  Here in a nutshell is what is so brilliant.  I live south of the Mason Dixon line and worsted weight sweaters are pretty limited in these parts.  The beauty of Amy’s program is, find a yarn that makes you happy.  Swatch and block it.  She has a variety of swatch test to either ensure your success of not in her books and I did them all.  Yarn passed that test and it’s a DK, more wearable for these parts.  Here’s the touchy feely part, you have to take lots of measurements and this is all explained in her book.  Once you have your gauge and your measurements, off you go to here website, plug everything in and SHAZAM, a custom pattern just for you!!  No highlighting anything.  This sweater is destined for success.  I took a couple of pictures upon our arrival and then just melted into the wonderful weekend it was.

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The only picture I have of Amy!

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I will leave you with this peaceful picture.

It’s Sheep and Wool weekend here in Maryland.  Need I say more…..!

Hugs,

Michele

 

I love bugs and I can not lie!

Well, not really, but I love the pattern, The Love of Spiders.  I must say that it was a fun and engaging knit.  I highly recommend it.   However, the yardage is a tad off for the main color.  I was only able to complete 7 out of the 9 repeats and it didn’t make much difference in the end result.

Yarn is Yankee Sole, our 100% merino with a great twist.  Colorways are Fresh Apricot and The Admiral.

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Happy Easter Folks!

Michele

Re-Entry is rough….

Greetings from a warmer than normal Maryland.  I was home on Cape Cod for the past 7 days and it was the right amount of cold.  The weather hear makes me a bit nuts.

I arrived home around 9:00 pm Monday evening to a happy family and and an empty refrigerator.  Yesterday I just wanted to ease back in before I am out the door again on Friday….more about that later.  Before I headed north the refrigerator was full and there was lots of yummy food.  Hubby claimed to go to the grocery store and when he says he picked up a “couple of things”, he means it literally.  How do you go into a grocery store and only pick up one or two things??  Must be a guy thing.  It’s on the “to do list” to cure hime of this problem,

I had a wonderful time while home.  Spent lots of quality time with Mom and Dad.  Mom and I got to watch the series finale of Downton Abbey together which was a wonderful bonus.  I was able to see both of my brothers, my nieces and nephew and even my dear friend Sharon.  We enjoyed a hearty breakfast and did our bit to boost the economy.  On the way back to the airport I was able to visit both of my Aunts, so it really did feel like a full trip.

I did quite a bit of knitting this trip.  Someone commented on my last post that I forgot to mention the name of the sweater that had been stalking me on Ravelry and Instagram, my bad, it’s called Stopover and honestly it’s a really quick knit.  I am  finished with the decreases and increases and now I’m just about ready to knit the sleeves.  I don’t find it at all amusing that I came home to 70 degree weather. Too hot, too soon, big yuck because you know allergy season is right around the corner.

I was like the energizer bunny before I left.  I blocked Sagebrush for mom, and of course forgot to take a photo.  I bound off 500+ stitches for my Love of Spiders and I kept my promise about not starting the sweater until that labor of love was done.  As soon as the last stitch was bound off, I immediately cast on the sweater.

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Blocking in this crazy warm weather is Love of Spiders and I must say it was a fun knit and that shawl is HUGE.  Love, love, love the color combination I chose.  Both yarns are Yankee Sole, 100% merino with a great high twist.  The colors are Fresh Apricot and The Admiral.  Glamour shots when that sucker is dry.

I’m off to do household stuff and unpack and begin the repacking and I’ll tell you why in my next post.

Have a wonderful day!

Michele

In Loving Memory….

I knew that I would write about this at some point, but honestly, the heartache is as fresh as it was one year ago.  I can’t believe that is has been a year since my wonderful Uncle has passed.  My Aunt posted this picture recently and I hadn’t seen it before and I knew it would be perfect for my tribute post about him.

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This is my sweet Uncle Bob and his bride, my Aunt Sandy.  I just love this picture and had to share it.

My Uncle Bob served in the Air Force for 20 years and served the US again for another 20 in the US Postal Service.  He was a sweetie and I miss him every day. He was stationed all over the world and as a young person, I use to think this was a very glamorous life.  He would just laugh, which told me nothing.  Once he retired back home to RI, we got to spend much more time with them and the holidays were filled with family and fun.  I have so many wonderful memories that it truly does fill my heart with joy.

He gave advice in a very subtle and sweet way.  He would never comment on my boyfriends, but when they failed to show up at the next family event, he would give me a thumbs up which meant they weren’t the one.  When I met my husband and introduced them, he did something he had never done in the past, he whispered into my ear, he’s a keeper.  I can’t help but smile when I think about that.  He was right! He always called me Shelly and he was the only one to do so.

I know that he’s watching over all of us that he left behind and rejoicing with the ones who went before him.  We miss you and will see you again….

All my love,

Shelly

The struggle is very real…..

Greetings folks!  I come to you from my sunroom, minus the sun.

Let’s play catch up.  Last weekend I finally got to see some of my knitting friends that I haven’t seen since the holidays.  It was wonderful.  My friend Sandy was wearing a sweater that has been stalking me on Ravelry, Instagram and Twitter.  Yes, stalking me…only knitwear can do this, it’s a problem and frankly every knitter has it and likes it.  I just about fell over seeing it in real life and knew I needed to knit it.

Meanwhile, I’m knitting a border on a shawl with 600 stitches and I told myself that if I ordered the yarn, (which I did) and it came before I finished the shawl (which it has), that I would finish the shawl first.  As I sit and do this blog post, I have my shawl on top of the sweater yarn as sort of barrier between me and the “other yarn”.  The struggle is very real.  I think that the border could almost be done.  I think that the “other yarn” is starting to chirp…knit me, knit me.  I’m holding on folks, by the skin of my teeth because once the border is done, then I need to bind off 600 stitches and you know that’s a killer.

Here’s a sneak peek at my package.  I ordered this yarn on Friday and it arrived on Monday!  If you ever need some fabulous customer service, order yarn from Tolt Yarn and Wool in Washington State.  They are awesome!!  I think I forgot to mention that I shared the lust of this sweater with 2 of my knitting friends and we are doing a KAL….clever, right?

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Inside that muslin bag sits a sweater quantity of yarn.  I haven’t even taken it out.  What patter is it for you ask, why Stopover, of course by the fabulous Mary Jane Mucklestone.

Here are my colors….

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The main body of the sweater is the top color, Oatmeal. Colors from left to right are, Berry Heather, Turquoise Heather and Spring Green Heather. Not pictured is the white and blue that my folks brought me back from Iceland.  So many options.

This is where I will leave you.  I will emerge when the bind off is complete.

Happy Hump Day,

Michele

Random on a Thursday

Greetings this fine day where I find myself  A L O N E.  It was lovely when they were here but enough is enough.  My son had been home since last Thursday.  The beautiful snow is melting and the roads are clear, and last night was knit night!!  It was so good to see faces other than my family. Whoot, whoot!!!

I did some online shopping before the blizzard because my son left his fleece in Massachusetts and it’s most likely lost, so I ordered him another from LL Bean and I was really struggling with the sizes.  He’s 12 and I was going to order him the 10/12 and then thought, hmmm, that night only fit for this year, but the next size seemed huge to me, a 14/16.  I ordered the larger and worried the whole time that it was going to be huge.  It arrived and it’s roomy and perfect.  Seems like yesterday that I had him is those sweet footed pajamas.  Hard to believe he’s going to be 13 in a few months.

I’m working on a new project that I’m going to keep close to the vest for the time being, but I will show you the colors.  Yarn is Yankee Sole, a nice 100% merino with a high twist.  Colors are The Admiral and Fresh Apricot and the end result is going to be beautiful, or so I hope.

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In other news, I told you this would be random.  Our microwave died on Tuesday,  just out of the blue, died.  We figured out what we most likely needed and the cost of the professional to get it and put it in and it was cheaper to replace it.  Thr old one is on a chair and the new one is sitting on my range at the moment because 8:00 pm isn’t the time to attempt a project like that.  Hubby was successful and installed it while I was a knit night last night.  Then yesterday the garage door decided that it no longer wanted to work either.  I mean seriously, what the hell.  That will be looked at this evening.

I thought about not highlighting my hair anymore and then just laughed because I’m way to young to be this gray.  So, guess where I am going on Friday, yep, cut and color me sassy.

I hope you are having a relaxing day.

Be happy,

Michele

 

Enter the blizzard…

Hey there! We’ve got lots of snow and whipping winds and P O W E R!  I hope I didn’t just jinx us. But we are warm and safe and tucked into the house while mother nature unleashes her fury outside.

Did I tell you that I had decided that 2016 was going to my year of zen?  I mean January isn’t even over yet and I honestly feel like it should be.  I’ve been sick pretty much since the 4th or so and had a family emergency which required me to fly home and take care of a very loved one.  You know what you do, you rise up to occasion and you handle things.  All the emotions hit me at the airport on the way back.  I was the one sitting there with tears streaming down my face at the gate fighting back the urge to grab a cab and go back to where I was needed.  Healing is what needs to take place and I had really done all that I could, except I really wanted to stay.  I’m sure you know that tug on your heart.

I’m still not feeling great and got some meds from the doctor and hopefully all will be better soon.  Just a heads up, flying with a cold really makes things worse.

In knitting news, I want to knit lots of things.  While sick, Ravelry is a lovely way to distract yourself of how you are feeling by replacing the icky feelings with feelings of what I’m gonna knit when I feel better!!  Of course when sick, you think that you have somehow become a knitting ninja and all things are possible.  I know you know that feeling!

My mom had asked me to knit Sagebrush by Romi Hill after she had seen and tried on mine and I had kinda said sure and then forgot about it until she called me to the carpet on it and gave me a deadline.  I am proud to say that I practiced monogamous knitting and came in well under my deadline.  It needs to be blocked and a joined and then mailed.  She is gifting it to a special doctor and the color way she chose was Teal Me On in Yankee Sole II.  In case you didn’t know, teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

I hope that all is well with you and that if you are affected by the blizzard, you are safe and warm.

I’ll have photo’s of the finished project on the next blog.

Be happy….

Michele

A fast year….

I sit and and can’t believe that 2015 is coming to an end.  It was a wild ride in more ways than one.

My blogging wasn’t my best and I blame grief for that.

Business was great with new opportunities presenting themselves.  I am always grateful to meet knitters and crocheters and share out love of wool.

My family has kept me busy.  But without them I would be lost.

I even did an original design this year.

I look at everyday as a blessing and I’ve had many.

I hope this New Year’s eve finds you well and happy.

I will see you in 2016.

PS:  Yankee Dyer Yarns is having a sale.  Code is NEWYEAR for 25% off.

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