My heart broke on November 8th.
To say that I am sad would be such an understatement as to how I actually feel. I feel so many things, some at the same time. Anger is pretty up there. Disappointment is up there too. I’m not even sure that this blog post will make any sense. I have been shaken to my core and I’m terrified for all of us. I have been very active on Twitter and appalled by what I have found. I’ve fought back but I have found that I can’t find peace this way and I’m not sure it’s good for my mental health.
I pray that we don’t take steps backwards. I pray that we don’t start a war. I pray that “he who shall not be named” surrounds himself with people who will keep him grounded, but that’s looking even more horrifying as I type this. Basically folks, I’m praying.
I’m going to support programs I believe in and pray. I wish you all peace in whatever soothes you. I forecast that antidepressant sales go through the roof. The only ones making out will be the pharmaceutical companies.
Love Trumps Hate
Always be Kind
Greetings friends! I know, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve blogged.
I participated in Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in the beginning of October which was loads of fun and promptly came down with a cold as we were driving home which was a real bummer time-wise as I had 2 wholesale orders to fulfill. Thankfully it stayed a normal annoying head cold so all was ok, I rested for a couple of days and then hit the dye pots running.
It was pretty thrilling to send off that first box filled with my yarn to an actual brick and mortar store here in Maryland, The Knitting Boutique in Glen Burnie, ahead of deadline…yay for the win! It was even more satisfying to send a box to my home state of Massachusetts. Oh man, that did my heart good I tell ya. What store in Massachusetts you ask? Why, Uncommon Yarn in Brookline to be exact. Stop in and tell Lesley and Trish that I sent you. It’s a lovely shop. Light and bright and full of beautiful yarn and great places to knit!!!
I went to MA for my mom’s birthday and we had to go to Boston for a medical appointment. I wasn’t sure what the day would hold for us and I was so hoping to pop into the shop and meet the owners and it happened.. I got to Uber for the first time….took my Dad for insurance. I’m sorry but the idea of getting into a car with a stranger just doesn’t sit well with me. FYI..the driver was very nice.
Uncommon Yarn Fun
That’s me in the middle! It felt so good to be in Boston!
Next, what’s on the needles. I have completed a few things since we last met and photography is lacking. I did a shawl in the SVFF color way and I finished and blocked Nash, which I have dubbed, Big Pink. While in MA, my niece took a liking to it so I may need to knit another. I am knitting a hat for my father in law for a special birthday and it needs to be done by Friday….nothing like a deadline to keep the needles on fire. I’m almost ready to start the decreases so I’m not worried. I am also working on a shawl with colors I don’t usually knit with…gray…and I’m knitting in 2 shades of gray, Dove and Graphite and I’m smitten. Pictures soon. I’m doing the hat in our new Harbor DK in Graphite and it’s really got some lovely hues.
I could see a beautifully cabled sweater in this….TBD. Let’s hear it for gray!!!
It’s election eve…is that a thing….it feels like a thing.
I’m off to finish the hat! I wanted to let you know that I’m still here.
Remember to vote!
Happy Knitting ~ Michele
Greeting from a crazed dyer. Yes, you read that right. Next weekend is the Shenandoah Fiber Festival and I am vending. It’s my first 2 day fiber event so anxiety is in pretty high gear. I’ve totally gave up housework and the family and began a rather crazy yet fun dying marathon.
Busy is a blessing and I know it. But this is why I haven’t blogged much.
My sweater is practically done and would be done if I hadn’t had to wait for my buttons to come it. They arrived the other day and I’m ignoring them until I dig myself out from the yarn bomb that is my house at the moment.
I have actually left the house today because we were out of food and I needed to slurp some wifi from the library, so a win win in my book and I get some fresh air. We’ve been blessed with a break in the weather and nature is out AC at the moment and frankly I’ve been sleeping like a brick.
I did have some things come off the needles recently, but they require blocking and I have no time.
I have a tooth infection and am on antibiotics and praying that wherever this leads it will wait until after next weekend. So, please say a little prayer that epic dentistry isn’t in my immediate future.
The chill in the air just thrills my wooly soul and of course I think I’ll cast on some socks because they are excellent travel knitting and mentally it’s about all I’m capable of at the moment, you understand?
Well, off to the grocery store and then back to the dye pots.
See you on the flip side.
I’ve been keeping a secret for a l o n g time. I was asked by the fabulous folks at Jimmy Beans Wool to participate in their Mico-Brew series and I was thrilled to accept.
The yarn was to be based on the book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I had an absolute blast coming up with the color. To be honest, it’s my favorite part next to seeing what my colors grow up to be. The lovely folks at Jimmy Beans even designed a lovely accessory called Don’t Panic Wrap and it really captures the essence of the yarn.
If you buy the yarn at Jimmy Beans, you get a code for 50% off the pattern! Win, win I’d say.
I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!
Michele, The Yankee Dyer
Greetings from Cape Cod! Oh how I miss this place. The summer traffic, not so much. I am having a chill out day and thought a quick blog post might be fun.
Last weekend my family and I went to Lauray Caverns in Virginia and honestly it was magnificent. If you are in that neck of the woods I highly recommend it.
This is a totally mind-blowing picture. There is a natural spring on the bottom which acts as a reflecting pool for the ceilings. Who needs photoshop when mother nature does this for you.
This was really fascinating too. Here you were allowed to throw in money and make a which. They have raised more that a million dollars that they have donated.
In knitting news, my sweater is in the process of being sewn up and I left it home. Too bulky to schlep around. I am working on my Olympic knitting, one is a wrap, Nash by Alicia Plummer and the other is a shawl with beads by Romi Hill called Latticework. I won’t finish either before the end of the summer games.
Are you knitting along with the games? I’ve enjoyed the girls gymnastics and all the swimming and was lucky to catch some equestrian events this am.
I hope you are staying cool as the humidity has been brutal.
Knitting picture progress next blog post.
Until then, be well!
Hi there! It’s been an extremely busy summer. I feel like I’ve been in the car for most of it shuttling the boy here there and everywhere. This week is Circus camp. To say that I am sick of being in the car would be an understatement and what is happening on Saturday, many, many hours in the car as we head to Cape Cod for a much needed vacation.
So, what to pack for car knitting???? This is the great dilemma. My current project involves a rather large chart, lace and beads, not exactly car friendly, I’ve already tried that.
I really didn’t feel like doing another shawl or a hat or mittens or miles of garter stitch. I was texting back and forth last night with my friend Sue and she asked a very important question, what size project do you want? That was the exact question I needed. I looked through all my patterns and decided on Nash. It’s a scarf with a lacy feel and in a DK weight yarn. I have DK yarn left over from something with cashmere and it’s in a pot right now getting happy in it’s dye bath. Yep, last minute mad dash to the dye pot. For a dyer I would think this is typical.
I have tons more to share but not enough time to do so at the moment.
I will share a little secret, keep your eye on Jimmy Beans Wool! Something wonderful will be going on there soon!
In case you like Kevin Bacon, here is a little eye candy for you!
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.
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!
Posted in Designers, Family, Yankee Dyer
Tagged Amy Herzoag, Fiber Festival, Knitting, Kristen Kapur, Rosemary Romi Hill, shawls, vacation, yarn, Ysolda Teague
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!
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,
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.
The only picture I have of Amy!
I will leave you with this peaceful picture.
It’s Sheep and Wool weekend here in Maryland. Need I say more…..!
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.
Happy Easter Folks!