Owning it…..

TGIF folks!!

Wednesday I cast on for the precious wee knit and I was so excited that I pulled the classic “knitting mistake”, I didn’t read the pattern all the way through.  I skimmed it several times and saw no problems.  The pattern said you start at the cuff of the sleeve and knit to the other sleeve. Again, no problem.  I had my needles, the yarn and off I went yesterday knitting away on the wee ribbing of a sleeve.

So, on Wednesday night at knit night I pulled out my knitting and the pattern and was chatting away and then looked at the pattern and realized I had knit an extra row. No big deal, so I get it back on track and add the 2 additional stitches and look at the pattern again, and again and again.  I then say to my friends, how am I suppose to do garter stitch in the round??  I was met with questioning faces that promptly asked if the pattern said to join in the round.  Well, not exactly. I assumed and you know what the first three letters spell!!  Warning bells were going off in my head and the pattern was now in the hands of my knitting friends and as they read the directions out loud it all started to make sense.  This sweater was NOT KNIT IN THE ROUND.  I have to tell you that I had a really good laugh as did my friends and then there was talk of making the baby a contortionist to fit into my wonky sweater.  More laughter!!  Did I mention that there was a schematic and talk of seaming…….NONE OF WHICH I SAW. Also, the sweater is a wrap sweater.  If ever there was a case of poor pattern reading, man this was it.  So, yes, I am owning that I started knitting a garment without reading the directions, apparently at all.  Shit happens and I’m owning it.

This is what new little lives do to us, we loosing out knitting minds!  I’m back on track and will have some correct photo’s soon.

Thank you all for your kind and supportive words about my recent losses.  They touched my heart.

Hugs,

Michele

 

Catching up…..

Happy Summer!  That was one fast school year.  We have been in a horrible heat wave which makes me and everyone else miserable.  When the dew points are in the 70’s, it’s insufferable.  Right now we are having terrible thunderstorms.

I have been knitting and once again I knit the Rosemary (Romi) Hill Mystery Knit Along and she didn’t disappoint this year either.

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I love the colors so much.  The lighter color is called Fairy Dust, a hint of pink and the darker shade is Sun Kissed Peach.  This MKAL started about a month after my Uncle passed and I needed something to hold on to, literally.  I knit like a woman possessed but it kept me sane.

At the end of May, I lost a dear friend who had been suffering for such a long time.  It’s been a rough spring.  I am thankful that I have knitting to lose myself in at times.

It’s not all sad.  A dear friend became a grandmother for the first time and I have been so excited for her and her family.  Nothing like a baby to make you happy.  You just can’t help yourself.  I asked the then to be grandmother if she would mind if I knitted something special for her daughters baby and she said absolutely.  This is the color combination I cooked up the other day.

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I just love it! A one of a kind color way for a one of a kind little one.  I plan in casting on tomorrow.

I also just updated the shop with many new colors as well as out sumptuous new sport weight yarn, Yankee Schooner.  It’s a beautiful combination of 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon and comes in 250 yard skeins.  You can see them right here.

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Enjoy the yarn porn!  Happy Knitting!

Michele

 

 

ArtFest LaPlata 2015

We are melting here in the Southeast.  Dew points are in the 70’s…pure yuck and tomorrow I will participate in ArtFest LaPlata.  Temps will again be around 90 and I’m praying for a breeze.  I will be armed with lots of things to keep me cool while trying to sell wool!!  Thankfully knitters don’t let the weather affect their stash enhancements!!  I am so appreciative to all who support me!!

I will see you on the other side of this!

Tomorrow is also World Wide Knit in Public Day, so whip out your knitting/crocheting wherever you are!

Stay cool and enjoy!

Michele

Seems like yesterday….

Twelve years ago today, my life changed for the better!!  I can’t imagine my life without him and look forward to all the challenges he can throw at us.

Happy Birthday to my sweet boy!!  Here is a trip down memory lane…!

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Almost 3 years!

Almost 3 years!

12 years old!

12 years old!

You are the light of me life! Shine on little man, shine on!!  Happy 12th Birthday!

My love always,

Mom

The Five Stages…..

Greetings friends!

I know that I have been completely absent from the blog and I’m sorry, but let me explain why.

On March 1st, my family lost a very sweet soul, my Uncle Bob.  He was my mother’s brother and after my dad, the second most important man in my life.  The loss hit me hard.  I seem to be working the 5 stages of grief and am a bit stuck on anger at the moment. I’m angry because we moved away and I didn’t get to see him as much as I would have had we stayed in Massachusetts.  I am struggling folks, that’s all I can say.

I am knitting now but even that gave me no joy for a while. I am also working in spurts as my son’s school schedule has really messed with my dying time.

I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I am here and I haven’t forgotten about you. I just need quiet.

I am working on a lovely piece about my Uncle, mostly in my head, because as soon as I start typing the food gates open and I’m afraid to flood the computer.

I will be back soon!

Hugs,

Michele

 

 

Homespun Yarn Party 2015

Sunday, March 22 was an amazing day!!  Yes, I am VERY behind on the blog but if you knew how the month of March for me you would understand.  I’ll give a full account in another post.

I was invited to participate in the Homespun Yarn Party in Savage, MD and I was thrilled.  This would be my first exclusive fiber event and I was thrilled and scared to death at the same time.  Due to events beyond my control, there wasn’t lots of prep time.  I’m talking 2 weeks and one was spent with bronchitis, but I busted my butt and there were some late nights and basically I did what I had to do to get stuff ready.

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It was a complete blast. Thanks to my family for being my helpers for the day.  It was a team effort for sure.  These are all “before” shots because once the door opened, it was crazy and I left lighter that when I arrived.

Have a wonderful day! I promise to see you more often.

Be happy,

Michele

 

 

Working the yarn…

Greetings from the dye pots.  I have great blog posts for next week but didn’t want to leave you hanging.

It has been an incredibly stressful couple of weeks here and on top of that I was invited to a wonderful local yarn event which is requiring ALL MY TIME.

So, lets catch up next week!

Cheers,

Michele

 

What I love….

Greetings from a snow covered house with a really happy kid in it.  Actually, he’s outside enjoying day two free from school.  It was a lovely snow, light and fluffy and easy to clean up.

I just finished knitting a lovely cowl by Anne Hanson called Sculling Cowl and I did it in a week.  That’s record time for me.  As I sit and type it has had a bath and is upstairs in my guest room blocking.  I hope to wear it to knit night tonight.  I used our newest yarn, Yankee Posh, and boy was it just a pleasure.  Yankee Posh is a lovely 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere and 10% Nylon base that is just so yummy.  Once you feel it, you just have to have it.  You know, yarn crack!!

So with that project coming to a quick end, I needed something else to knit pronto.  I have become a pretty monogamous knitter of late, so I don’t have anything else on the needles.  I have things planned, but they are big things like another sweater in fingering weight yarn and a shawl in lace and I really want something easy and mindless….enter the K I T.  

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I love having a couple of kits on hand for exactly this type of situation.  I have a confession, I have four (4), so I have options!!  A knitter always needs options.  I am also in a major cowl phase and I am about to scratch an itch that I’ve been ignoring….Chevrons!  They are back in a big way and my little cashmere cowl is going to be chevrons.  What a happy accessory it will be!!

I also got some dying in and updated our shop.  Take a look….

I hope you have a wonderful day.  Tonight is knit night so you know I am happy!

See you soon,

Michele

Three strikes and a bonus….

Hubby and I are down for the count. He’s claimed the couch and I went back to bed. Finally some extra rest. Then the phone rings and yes, you guessed correctly, it’s school. Hubby weakly yells up to me that I have to go get him.

I get dressed and off I go. Not use to hubby being home so I back out of the garage right into his truck with my new car. I’d cry but I just don’t have the energy.

I’ll see you on the other side of this!

I hope you all remain healthy.

Michele

Mix Tape Tour/Football/Cold, in that order…

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  The Northeast is getting more snow and here is the Southeast we had rain and now wind.  And yes, another grey day.

I had a fabulous weekend with a couple of knitting friends as we met up at Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA for the Stephen and Steven Mix Tape Tour.  I have been looking forward to this for a couple of months.  As you can imagine, the spaces were limited so you had to jump on it as soon as it was announced.  I have to give props to Fibre Space and the staff as they were wonderful and helpful and running on fumes I think.

Stephen West is a real sweetheart!  His pictures on Instagram are amusing and entertaining and he is the same in person.  Steven Be was just as sweet and wonderful and a perfect team they did make.  As a dyer, I really appreciated Stephen’s approach to color, which was pretty much, go for it!!  The hours went to quickly, don’t they always!  And that was my Saturday.

Sunday was the big game.  Being from the northeast, you bet I was rooting for the Patriots.  It was a nail biter of a game and I was already feeling a cold coming on, so I pretty much chilled on the couch and knit/napped most of the day.  It’s better to just give in.

Monday, full-blown yuck inserted itself into my life.  I managed to get to the pet store, pharmacy, and grocery store and home again in time to pick up the boy from the bus stop.  I really can’t complain as we all have been healthy up to this.  I prayed that I would stay healthy until Saturday and then it didn’t matter.  That sorta back fired, but I can live with that.

I seem to have cowl-itis.  I bought yarn on our retreat for a cowl in two different weights and while at Fibre Space I bought yarn for 2 more.  One I have been lamenting over and one was pure indulgence…..100% cashmere.  I am  s t i l l knitting on hubby’s scarf and being monogamous.  That is just about killing me but I get the look every time I put it down so it’s best to just press on and finish it.  It’s really a rather handsome scarf and will look wonderful on him.

Did I tell you that the boy is very interested in clothes now?   I can’t remember.  I didn’t see him leave this morning but hubby said he looked sharp.  I can’t remember the last time he was in jeans.  Honestly I think it was his jean overalls when he was a toddler.  He always looked fabulous when I dressed him.  I did buy him some skinny jeans, as was his preference, but they are slim as well and he did look sharp getting off the bus.  So grown up for about a half hour…..sigh!

Here are the pictures from Saturday!

Hugs, Michele

 

 

 

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