Monthly Archives: August 2012

One word…..Qiviut!!!

Oh my is all I can muster about Qiviut! It has been on my “if I ever hit it rich” list.  Frankly, out of reach until this evening. Here is the story….

My parents are on vacation in Canada and having a wonderful time. I checked in my them the other day and asked my mom if there were any yarn shop near where they are and if so, could she run and in snag me something. I told her I would cruise the web to see what was near them in Banff, Alberta.  I never really had time to get on the internet to pursue it and figured that I would touch base with them tonight. So I get my mom on the phone and she tells me that they are staying at a fancy hotel and there is yarn in a shop off the lobby. I am thinking I like the way Canadians think and that American hotels should take notice. So I ask her what they had and then she says the words I never thought I would hear QIVIUT…!!  fact that she says, all they have is Qiviut makes my knees week. She has no idea.  I was completely speechless and asked mom to please repeat what she said. And then she ask if I want any….Oh hell yeah!!!

So I call the shop in the hotel and there was a little language barrier and the salesperson kept telling me to come see it and I kept repeating I am in the US, my parents are there. So I do some quick research and ask mom to pick me up a skein with some merino and silk in it and I will make a scarf. I told mom to pick something out that she thinks I will like as long as it is in fingering weight.  I feel a bit faint at the prospect of a skein coming my way. I also told mom it was good for me to have a memento of their trip…..!  Sheepish grin on my end!!

Here is a little information about this rare, rare gem.

Eight times warmer than wool and finer than cashmere, qiviut is hypoallergenic and will not shrink. Extremely rare, it is one of the most luxurious fibers you can choose for a garment. In contrast to wool, qiviut is soft, non-irritating to the skin, and is very durable. Qiviut garments are worn for years and can be hand washed in mild detergent. It does not shed, is odorless and retains warmth even when wet. It is an extremely warm, yet lightweight fiber that preserves heat in the winter, while also providing cool, breathable comfort in warmer weather.

I must get back to some knitting, but I had to share that news with you. Yay me! Today has turned out quite awesome!

Happy Knitting!

Michele

 

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This week….

This week I am trying to spend the last remaining summer vacation days doing fun things with Bryce. Today he wanted to have “pajama day” and since the car was back in the shop for the repairs that were waiting on parts, I figured it was fine.  Hard to believe that he is going into 4th grade, time sure does fly.

He told us at dinner that he wanted to raise money during the school year for cancer. His goal is $1,000….quite a character my child. Just when you think he can’t make you any crazier, he says something like that. I see a future for him on Wall Street or working for a Non-Profit.

Now with all the car repairs behind me and our checking account limping along, I really need to get back to the dye pots. I promised to do no dyeing this week, which allows for alot of knitting.

I blocked Bryce’s 3rd grade teachers Color Affection and I will take pictures of it tomorrow.  We delivered it on Thursday when we met his 4th grade teacher.

Now I am trying to make my hubby’s birthday nice and he has suddenly decided that driving ME around seems like a fun family activity. I have news for him, I get zero pleasure driving around doing nothing. His birthday is tomorrow, there is no gift and no cake and I have to work. Oh well! I am sure I will figure something out.

I hope you all have a great day!

Should have read further….

I have been taking a wee break from dyeing and actually getting a bit of knitting done and the obligatory housework.

While at The Mannings, I found 2 patterns from Chruchmouse Yarns and Tea that I had been really wanting, so I bought them and some Kiogu to make one of them with. When I finally sat down to look at the pattern in more detail, I realized that the cast-on consisted of casting on 430 stitchs for one patterns and 640 for the other….the words that followed were not pretty or ladylike. I put those patterns aside for another day. A friends did remind me that it was really only casting on 10 stitches 40 times….!!

Here is my Line Break…love the color, love the fabric, love the yarn, it’s just a big love fest!!!

Line Break

The truck is still in the shop and I am relying on the kindness of friends to get me to work and then home.

I am off to get ready for work. Have a happy day!

Michele

 

 

 

The Manning’s…..

Carol’s Wheel Cover

What a glorious day we had at The Mannings!! We left Maryland in the rain and welcomed Pennsylvannia with sunshine and no humidity. It was so wonderful and long overdue.

Here are some of the pictures I took. I mostly shopped and relaxed….

Dear friends..Angie and Karen

There were lots of knitters and hookers and lots of food and fun colorful projects, like this one that has been in progress for about 1 year.

Blanket made with specific sock yarn….Love it!!

This blanket really caught my eye. I think one done in a “throw” size might be fun to do. These girls were making actual bedspreads. They were lovely!! How many of us have lots of leftover sock yarn…cute project.

This was the outside wonderful. Inside The Mannings was just room after room of pure….Oh My!! I left with some Koigu, blocking wires, patterns, a DVD and some Addi Click cords and other misc. things.

It was a perfect day! You don’t get many of those!

I am off to do some knitting while I can.

Happy Knitting,

Michele

Week in review….

My husband and son are in West Virginia having some “guy” action packed time, which means I get some quiet time, but it really didn’t turn out that way. You know, the best laid plans, not so much.

I ended up helping out at work on Wednesday night and spent Thursday in the studio custom dyeing a sweater quantity of yarn and finished at 3:30, which gave me time to pass out on the couch for 20 minutes before I needed to get ready for work.

Then today I practically had to get out of bed and head to the lab to get fasting blood work done and then there were a bunch of errands to do and now I am finally relaxing with the puppy who has been upset do to the lack of cuddling time…spoiled puppy!

On Wednesday night, my friend Michelle gave me the shawl that I asked her to knit with my yarn, Yankee Pride. She chose to do the Magrathea shawlette and it is absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much Michelle!

So pretty and done in the Oyster Colorway.

My weekend is busy as well. A couple of friends and myself are heading to The Mannings tomorrow for their Annual Knit In. You bring chairs and food and you sit around and meet other great knitters and shop and just have relaxing fun. I have a small shopping wish list, some blocking wires and some more dye. I am really looking forward to the relaxing.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and happy knitting!

Michele

A day to knit…

I took care of business this morning as well as some household chores (those are never ending) and decided after such a busy dyeing week, I would reward myself with some well deserved knitting time and some trash TV. It has been a wonderful afternoon.

I began a new shawl called Line Break by Veere Valimaki. She is the same designer as the ever popular Color Affection. It was wonderful to sit down and cast on and make some progress. I love progress.  I am using Madeline Tosh Light in a beautiful blue/green colorway called Cousteau and I am using my size US #6 Signature Needles.  Everything is better on a Signature needle!!

I remembered that I had taken a really neat photo while on vacation and I wanted to share it with you all. Isn’t it beautiful and the gal who made it, lined it. I enjoyed looking at it very much.

Have a great day and stay cool!

Michele

 

 

Honesty, Integrity and Professionalism….

I just looked down and there they were….

I took this really cool picture while at the beach and thought that I would share it.

I have been so busy and behind in so many areas it’s ridiculous. Now that home is quiet, we are adjusting back into our routines.

My son is at horse camp, so dyeing is in full swing.

But there is something on my mind that I just can’t shake and maybe if I write about it, it will bring me resolution.

Actually, specifics don’t matter. I am just so disappointed in the lack of honesty, integrity and professionalism in this person. Lessons learned on this end for sure. In the drivers seat now is a real professional.

I am dyeing all my special orders from my open house and it’s slow going. I don’t think I realized how tired I really was and still am.

There are so many things I want to knit, but time seems to be against me.

Back to the dye pots….

Happy Knitting!

Michele