Surprise….!

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!

Happy Knitting,

Michele, The Yankee Dyer

Salt Life…

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.

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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.

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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!

Michele

The Mad Dash…

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!

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Peace Out!

Michele

 

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