Unraveled…..

It’s a perfect summer day here in MD. Little humidity and just pretty perfect.  The birds are chirping, the windows are open and my butterfly bushes are full of natures wonders.

Things here have been a bit rough, hence the title of this blog.  And things might get goofy as some of what has been doing on sorta rhymes.  I saw the orthopedic hand specialist almost 2 weeks ago for a trigger finger issue.  I was told to stop what I was doing….knitting, dying…..and complete rest for 4-6 weeks, ice and sleep with a glove on, which I will admit is helping.  If you think there should have been a big crying jag, you would be correct, there have been several.  Next up my eye.  I developed at sty and it didn’t really present as one so off I went to eye doctor and it was a sty just a different kind.  Solution, warm compresses applied frequently.  Then I developed a rash on my right forearm, started small and as I scratched it grew.  I began treating with a topical something or other and dismissed it.  Then yesterday I wound up at the doctors for a separate issue whereas I took note that i had issues with all my appendages.  Before the doctor came in I had another good cry and got caught by said doctor.  It was nice to see her perk up and tell me she can help….thank you Lord because my hubby said I was becoming unravelled.  Frankly, who can blame me right?  She also addressed my hand and said if my hand felt better she didn’t think knitting for 5 minutes here and there would be a problem.  Yep, she got a big hug.  She took care of all my issues and gave me a shot for the arm and it’s only contact dermatitis and the eye is already better as is my toe.  I mean seriously I need a vacation!!!!

We will be heading to the Outer Banks on the 12th of August and I can’t wait.  Now I can plan a bit of knitting.  I am a huge fan of Amy Herzog and I think vacation knitting calls for a sweater.  Something easy and soothing like stockinette and my beautiful Rear Admiral color way in Yankee Harbor DK.  My swatch has been done for a while so I just need to plug in my info and pick my pattern which I think will be Cypress Cove.  It’s a beautiful open cardigan and I got to try it on and I adored it, plus no buttonholes!!

I have taken this forced down time to plan for the coming year and I have some great ideas for kits and new colors and even another new base.  It’s all very exciting and has kept me from a complete meltdown.  I am currently working on Purless by Romi Hill and today we get to spend some time together.  I’m using our beautiful Yakkity-Yak in Yak-Tober a rich heathered gold and available in our shop if you click on the link.

Now you know why I’ve been so quiet, I’ve been unravelling.

I also have other wonderful news.  We would like to welcome Ewe to You Yarns in Grand Blanc, Michigan to the Yankee Dyer Yarns family.  We are really getting around!!

I’m off for 5 minutes of bliss.

Hugs ~ Michele

 

 

 

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Fun in Skippack…

Happy 4th of July!

Last weekend Yankee Dyer Yarns spent a glorious weekend in Skippack, PA at Yarnings, an absolutely charming yarn shop.  I met Gayle, the owner, at MDSW and I’m so glad she slipped me her card.  Seriously folks, this is the best part of my job, meeting you the shop owners and knitters.  You never fail to inspire and delight me.

For those of you who know me, driving around these parts hasn’t been my “thing”.  Yes, the traffic is terrible and people are nuts but there is a bigger picture.  But I bought an actual GPS and that made things so much easier and I had my dear friend Sue as my copilot.

Lots of Yankee Breeze.

Mini Bar

Building Blocks

We put together a couple of beautiful combinations for this fun knit by Stephen West.

Morning Trail by Romi Hill in Yankee Breeze

Fairyhill Shawl by Helen Stewart

Yarn, Yarn everywhere.

We had a great time with Gayle, Christine and Margret.   We may be back in the Fall.  Gayle will keep you posted.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend ladies!!

Warmly,

Michele

Finished sweater and a birthday ……

We are in the homestretch of school and tomorrow he will be promoted to 9th grade which means high school here.  This year was a bit of a struggle for him and us but other parents have survived worse, we shall survive.

Our son also turned 14 on Saturday and he has the attitude to go with the age.  We had a nice day together and went to his favorite place for dinner.  Time does go quickly so grab what you can and enjoy.  I keep trying to physically hold onto to him but he resist…..LOL!  Here’s a little flash back at his baby cuteness.  Look at that pouty baby bottom lip.

In knitting news I finished my Custom Fit Sweater!!!  It’s a rather shameful story really.  The entire and I do mean the ENTIRE sweater was done.  It was blocked, sewn together, ends woven in, buttons, thread and a pretty ribbon all  purchased and all together in a pretty bag.  My nemesis, the freaking button bands.  I kinda suck at the whole buttonhole thing.  I decided that I needed to overcome that so I proceeded with the directions and put the band with the buttons on the wrong side.  No bid deal, it’s only 10 rows, mission accomplished.  Now for the one with the buttonholes.  Amy Herzog the designer of the Charlie Cardigan said to use an eyelet buttonhole and someone told me the one row buttonhole was better but I hate how fussy it is and I also realized that I NEVER button my cardigans so the eyelet one would do just fine.  Before I knew it I was sewing on the pretty grosgrain ribbon and then the buttons and I just LOVE it!!  Tell me what you think.  I’m currently swatching for another sweater in her custom fit collection.

Had to wait for my son, the photographer, to take some pictures for me.

It’s actually chilly here today so I am wearing it to knit night!

Lastly, the Frederick Fiber Festival will be taking place this weekend and our yarns are sold exclusively in Maryland by Knit Locally.  If you are going please stop by and say Hi to Peggy and let your fingers fondle all the beautiful yarns she is bringing with her!

I’ll see you back here soon!

~Michele

 

 

Back to reality…..

Greetings from my favorite chair on a rainy Tuesday here in Maryland.  We just finished dinner and everyone has scattered to do whatever it is that they do.  The house is quiet and I thought I would pop in and do some writing.

I really thought that I was on an upswing from the whole MDSW tiredness but to be honest I’ve been sleeping late in the mornings, like really late, like breakfast at lunch time.  Last night I made myself go to bed by 11:00 and that was good.  I still got up later than I wanted but it was 8:30 and not 10:30.  I had another massage today and I physically feel lots better.  My back, shoulders and neck were pretty jacked up.  I guess dying 800+ skeins in 6 weeks might do that to you.  Plus since the beginning of the year I was busy fulfilling wholesale orders so I really haven’t had much of a break.  I have one more fun obligation in Pennsylvania at the end of June and then it’s some serious R&R for this gal.

Yankee Dyer Yarns will be having a trunk show at Yarnings in Skippack, PA on June 24 and 25.  Gayle, the shop owner and I met at MDSW and we were able to plan something fun for her customers.  We can’t wait to see you there.

Last week I had a short burst of energy and wanted to cast on everything I could and almost did.  I have 2 new shawls in the works and I’m cruising Amy Herzog’s site and contemplating a sweater.  Which makes me feel so guilty because I have a custom fit sweater upstairs, all blocked and put together and it’s only missing ONE button band and the buttons.  Maybe that’s something I could do tonight?  I would love to wear it to knit night tomorrow.  Until I finish that I can’t be looking a more sweater patterns…….said the moth to the flame.

What’s on the needles you ask?  I started Summer Camp by Laura Aylor and then I fell down the rabbit hole with Fairyhill shawl  by Helen Stewart because it has BEADS!  I actually have a bead stash and I partially blame Laura Nelkin for that…LOL!  Pictures next time as it’s almost dusk and I need to go upstairs and get that sweater.  While I’m up there I think a soak in the tub sounds great.  I really do just feel like a slug.

That’s what’s going on here.  What’s going on with you?

Till next time ~ Michele

MDSW from a different view …

Yankee Dyer Yarns had the pleasure of being a vendor this year and I won’t leave you in suspense, we will be back next year too!   It’s pretty amazing that I dyed 821 skeins in 6 weeks….sleep is for wimps.

I have been in business for a little over  5 years and all the hard work has paid off.  We were warmly welcomed into the Maryland Sheep and Wool community.  That festival is run like a well oiled machine.  It was very impressive to see it from another point of view.  Those folks are volunteers and they do it because they love it.

I was fortunate that my three best girlfriends could share this experience with me.  We all enjoyed meeting you and although the weather was a bit fussy, it didn’t stop the knitters.   We got to see lots of wonderful knits and had some lovely chats with folks.  I am so fortunate because I love what I do and it is labor intensive at times, but it is so much fun and the festivals are a blast.

Let me share some photos with you of our debut at Maryland Sheep and Wool.

The infamous Sam Barsky selfie!  It was fun to meet him.

Meet Team Yankee Dyer! None of this would have been half as fun without them.

Thank you to all that braved the elements and mud.  I have throughly enjoyed watching my yarn pop up on the “what I got” link on Ravelry.  Keep on knitting and we will see you next at Shenandoah Fiber Festival in September.

Hugs ~ Michele

 

We have news…

I’m popping in with very exciting news and then I’m popping right back out.  Yankee Dyer Yarns will be vending at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival this year.  We will be in the main building, location is A20.

To say we are thrilled would be the understatement of the year!!!!  I’m still kind of speechless.

I sent emails out to my knitting friends and shared this most exciting news.  I asked who wanted to work the booth with me.  You can always count on your knitting friends to reply with an enthusiastic HELL YEAH!!!  We are going to have so much fun meeting all of you.  It’s my favorite part…..

On the needles is a show sample that needs to get off the needles.  We will be debuting 3 new bases at the festival and even have knitting samples.  I love that I looks like I’ve got my shit together.  The universe works in mysterious ways.

We will also be vending again this year at Powhatan Festival of Fiber in Powhatan, VA on April 29.  It’s a wonderful festival and I look forward to seeing more fiber enthusiast there too!

I’m off to prep more yarn.

See you when I see you ~ Michele

I’m Out …..

Greetings fine Folks,

It’s 1:02 pm EST and I literally just called it a day!!  Yesterday was completely NUTS.  You know the kind of nuts where you leave stuff half done…and that’s a generous term mind you, and you walk into a room and totally forget why you went there in the first place.  So much to do and just one crazy lady attempting to do it all.

The transition from middle school to high school is in full swing and the guidance department called yesterday to say we picked out too many classes for our son???  Really I can see how that happened, the paperwork was super confusing and in case it was “just me”, I let Dad take a look and he looked the same…I felt better immediately.  I resolved that crack in the force over the phone.  But there was a disturbance in the force and it carried over all night and right smack into today.

Let me share how this happened.  Hubby goes to bed well before me.  I linger and knit and watch TV.  I knew I had a fresh clean bed to climb into, that’s always a plus.  I finally get up there and get snuggled in and hubby starts coughing and coughing and I suggest he put some Vicks on his feet with socks.  People it is 2:00 am and he’s telling me that he can’t sleep with socks on.  I am now tired and annoyed.  I suggest evaluating his head and turning on his side.  He replies that he can’t because he gets heartburn.  At this point I’m thinking he’s got to GO…find someplace else to sleep and thank you he went on his own.  That damn alarm clock went off at 5:00 am and I just about tore it off the table and rolled over and went back to sleep.  Next thing I hear is HIM….!!  Do you know it’s 7:15 and Bryce missed the bus and I’m late for work and god as my witness I just wanted to give him a hand gesture followed with some choice words.  Let the crazy begin as I call school and they inform me that Bryce has testing right after homeroom……..SHIT……!  I threw food at the kid and grabbed my coat and off we went.  I prayed that the police wouldn’t be out, they apparently had better things to do than deal with a mom in her pajamas, and crazy morning hair and NO COFFEE in her.

I tried so hard to pull this day together but I’m out.  I just made a banana bread and licked the bowl and now I’m putting in a movie and sending the force a message.  You won, I give up.  Lets try this again tomorrow.

I pray your day is better than this….!

Peace  ~  Michele

 

Happy 2017….

Greetings this new year!  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season.

I’m hoping to write a bit more this year as last year personally was a hot mess and yet professionally exceeded my expectations….!

I am proud to say that Yankee Dyer Yarns is now available in three brick and mortar shops and this thrills me to bits! If you find yourself in Brookline, MA, check out Uncommon Yarn …voted best new shops of 2016 by The Boston Globe.  We can also be found at the soon to open Red Fox Yarns in Vienna, VA.  They are opening on February 1, so if you live close and are a knitter/crocheter, check then out.  We can also be found on  The Knitting Boutique‘s website.

On February 18, we will be having a trunk show at Knit Locally in Gaithersburg, MD.  If you live around the area or want a fun road trip, we would love to meet you!!

I spent the Martin Luther King weekend with my dearest friends on our annual getaway to Williamsburg, VA.  We had such fun knitting, eating, drinking, shopping and laughing, lots of laughing.  It was very much like setting an internal reset button after the holidays and a rather tumultuous year.  Last year I mentioned to my friends that I was thinking about starting a memories blanket with my wee bits of leftover yarn and my friend Katharine was with me on this fun project.  In fact she was the only one who ACTUALLY started it.  Well, I rectified that this year by starting mine in earnest.  Here is ALL the knitting I did on our weekend away…

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I had grand plans of finishing sweaters in various stages of knitting, in fact my knitting was heavier than my actual suitcase.  It was just nice to have no obligations whatsoever.

There is lots going on this year with shows and in my next post I’ll share with you these events.

I hope your weekend is wonderful.  The sun is out here and for that alone I am greatful.

Happy Knitting ~ Michele

 

 

Merry and Bright…

Greetings from me to you!

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I’m sure you are in the throws of making everything merry and bright as Christmas is just a week away.  Is it me or does it come quicker and quicker??  There are still cookies to bake and presents to wrap.

I did finish my Christmas knitting last night and was thrilled when it came off my needles.  Are you giving knits for Christmas? If so, what?  It’s fun to watch all the different hat and mitten people start loving on Ravelry and even more fun to see the weights of yarns change from fingering to super bulky as it nears closer.  It always gives me a giggle because we’ve all been there.  In your mind you have TONS of time and then whack, someone gets sick or you get sick and it all comes to a screeching halt.  Other than hubby falling on the black ice yesterday, all is well here……..I am sure I just cursed myself but whatever.

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We will leave here the day after Christmas and head north to MA to be with our families and continue the merry and bright with them.  We will be driving so lots of knitting time and I’m ahead on the planning of that too….who am I…?  I’m never this organized.  After the year I’ve had, if someone above is cutting me some slack I’ll take it.

I may not get back before Christmas and I wanted to take this moment to wish you all the happiest of holidays.  Be good to one another and treasure every moment.

Merry Christmas ~ Michele

Dear America….

Dear America,

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

Peace….