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.
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!!
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…..!
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.
For those of you at Rhinebeck, enjoy!
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!
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!
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
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.
I will leave you with this yummy image as I head off to label yarn.
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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.
A very dissatisfied user~
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the yarn porn! Happy Knitting!
Posted in Designers, Family, Mystery KAL, Projects, Yankee Dyer
Tagged Cashmere, Knitting, Rosemary Romi Hill, shawls, sport weight, Yankee Dyer, Yankee Schooner, yarn
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!
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…!
Almost 3 years!
12 years old!
You are the light of me life! Shine on little man, shine on!! Happy 12th Birthday!
My love always,
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!