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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Merry, Merry…

Greetings to you this Christmas Eve.  The weather here is positively balmy and unnatural, but the silver lining is saving on the heating bill.

First and for most I would like to wish you all the very happiest of holidays, however you choose to celebrate.  Our Christmas eve dinner was a homemade lasagna and salad and our lovely neighbor Linda joined us because I can’t stand the thought of anyone being alone.

I have finished quite a number of knitting accessories including the baby sweater which was gifted to the wee one for Christmas.  I’ll give you all the links at the end of the photo parade.

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Yes, I’ve been busy.  Here are the links:

Pattern:  Baked Clay by Alicia Plummer

Pattern:  Cote-Nord Cap by Amy Christoffers

Pattern:  Antiquity by Alicia Plummer

Pattern:  Baby Wrap Sweater by Churchmouse Yarns

Pattern:  Jolly Wee Elf by Churchmouse Yarns

I did the Elf on a whim and it brought me tremendous joy.  All yarns are by Yankee Dyer Yarns with exception of the elf.

I hope that you have fun with family and friends over the next few days.

Merry Christmas,

Michele

 

Giving Tuesday…

This actually took place on Monday because it was my Aunts birthday.  I gave her my prize winning Sierra Lupine. I realized that it was perfect for her and she’s totally knit worthy.

   
 She was completely blown away and the gift of giving always feels wonderful!

My wish is that she wear it in good health but send it back for a wash and re-block.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a full house and great times. 

The next few week are busy with school concerts and Christmas preparations.

I’ll be back soon!

Michele 

In a different direction….

Greetings from a balmy Maryland.

We are gearing up for the parental units to arrive beginning Sunday and then again on Wednesday.  It’s really going to feel like Thanksgiving here this year.

I’ve not blogged much I know and I’m sorry.  Being a mother of a pre-teen is mentally exhausting.  If you have kids, you understand.

I decided to try something different and it still involves dying the yarn and knitting…..DESIGN.  Yep, I stuck my toes in and it was fun.  I have my first published pattern on Ravelry and in my shop and you can get it.  I went slow and steady with this and wonderful knitter friends did the tech edits for me.  Here it is, may I present, Snug Harbor Infinity Cowl by yours truly.

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It’s a wonderful cowl that combines my love of lace, texture and stripes.  Think about all the possible color combinations.  This is my favorite way to wear it but it can also be worn long.  I did this in Yankee Sole II, fingering weight yarn.  Help share the love on Ravelry!!

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I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did designing and knitting it.  And that  is what I’ve been up to.  What’s on your needles?

Till next time…..!

Michele

Not at Rhinebeck…

Because I’m not at Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool festival! I’m almost finished this darling baby sweater. Pattern is BabyWrap sweater by Churchmouse. Yarn is Yankee Sole II.

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For those of you at Rhinebeck, enjoy!


In a nutshell……


I’ve been absent for quite a bit.  My apologies.  This summer was chuck full of things to do.  We also entered the world of orthodontia.  Most of July was spent going back and forth adjusting, replacing and dealing with issues of that sort.  I had braces myself, so I totally knew how he was going to feel.  Day 1, I found his head on my lap and I ate it up.  Soft food and Tylenol seemed to make things better.

I was mostly in mom mode all summer and that is job #1, so I decided to try my hand at designing a knitted accessory.  I felt like I was being productive in a new and exciting way.  I just finished the sample and am more than pleased.

My family and I went on our vacation in early August to the Outer Banks of NC and it was so picture perfect.  I got a healthy dose of salt air and mixed in some business while I was there.  It was a good experience but I won’t do that again as it felt like much less of a vacation for me. I did however parasail with my son and achieved “cool parent” status for a few days.  It was really awesome and I totally felt bad ass.  I’ve come down from that cloud…..LOL!

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The dye pots are rolling and I am always happy when the creative juices are flowing.  I am participating in the Riverview Winefest at Sotterley Plantation on October 3rd and 4th beginning at Noon each day.  If you are local and read my blog come out for some great wine, food and YARN!

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In knitting news, I finally sank my teeth into this WIP and finished the knit on edge.  Not sure why I didn’t finish it immediately, but as soon as I blocked it, I saw the magic that is blocking transform this lace shawl.  Pattern is Liz Christy by Kirsten Kapur.  Yarn is Yankee BFL

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I had a whirlwind trip home to RI last weekend to celebrate my parents 5oth wedding anniversary.  I had a lovely time and I hope they did as well.  Before I left I enjoyed some clamcakes and chowder with my parents and a prefect view on a perfect fall day in NE.

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I will leave you with this yummy image as I head off to label yarn.

Be happy,

Michele

Dear Facebook….

Dear Facebook,

We seem to have reached an impasse .  I can no longer sign in no matter what device I use.  You have ZERO customer support which I find extremely disconcerting.  No 1-800 number for help.  NOTHING!!!  When you were dreaming this whole thing up Mr. Zuckerberg, I think you forgot customer support.  That’s a pretty big screw up in my book.  Please use some of your  $9.4 Billion and invest in customer support.  Consider that a bit of free business advice.

So, I’ve had to delete my account and wait 14 days to start all over.  To say I loathe you would be an understatement right now.  If I didn’t have a business page, I wouldn’t even bother again quite frankly.

I knew I wouldn’t be happy until I blasted this to the public.

For those who follow me on FB, I’ll be back soon.

Signed,

A very dissatisfied user~

 

Dear Summer….

You have kept me very busy! I thought things were busy during the school year, you are making that look easy!

We ended the school year nicely and immediately began our adventure in orthodontics. I think we had minor emergencies in just the first 3 weeks. A brace fell off, a wire broke and I forget what else. Let’s just say there is knitting stashed in the car for such trips. 

Camp sounds like a great idea until you have to pack a cooler and lunch and snacks every morning and be up a 6:00 am so I can enjoy my cup of coffee before all the prep begins. Then it’s all the back and forth. He had fun at both camps and that’s all that matters. 

I’ve not been dying much or knitting much. My hands are hurting and a Pyrex glass bowl fell off a shelf and onto my knuckle. It hurt like hell and I thought, what if I can’t knit??? I could that day but not do much now. I can bend it so I know it’s just got to heal from its multi colored bruise.

This past Thursday night I went out and saw The Bacon Brothers in Alexandria, VA. To say I had fun would be an understatement. They are really, really good and Kevin was really, really good to look at!! We were so close it was great. If they are in your neck of the woods, by all means go! It’s a great night out!!

 See what I mean, sexy as hell and a great voice which is also sexy as hell! 

I’m looking forward to our family vacation in a couple of weeks to the Outer Banks. 

I’ll be back soon with some knitting photos.

Hope you are well!

Michele