Monthly Archives: November 2012

Swatching happily away…

My favorite time of night is when everyone is in bed and it’s just me and the pup on the couch. This is when I usually start to play with yarns or read patterns.

Last night I started to swatch for my cardigan. I am making a proper swatch this time. I will not rip it out. I will however do all the proper things. Give it a bath, block it and keep it.

I got lots of enjoyment and a slight thrill that I am FINALLY knitting on my yarn. I was sitting here watching TV and swatching away and then did the impatient thing. Knit an inch and tried to measure my gauge. So much for a proper swatch. I now remember why I have no proper swatches, impatience!! I didn’t let this lure we away from my goal, so I am still knitting until it is at least 4 inches. I will have to say that I am in love with the Yankee Tweed. Here is my swatch so far…

To my defense, I started swatching around 10:30 pm. I have a fair amout of knitting to do, like 3 more inches. God, my hands are looking old! When did that happen??

I am looking forward to work tomorrow night. I have been missing my friends and an anxious to see what everyone is working on.

Well, I am off the make that swatch look a bit more proper!

Happy Knitting!

Michele

 

My stuff…..

Sounds like something a 2-year-old might say, right? This has to be one of my biggest pet peeves EVER. I don’t know how it started. Maybe being the only girl in my family, but nonetheless, I start to quiver whenever someone touches or moves my stuff.

Now I have been married for 15 years, so this is not news to the hubby and yet he continues to mess with me. Let’s just not talk about the child, he has zero respect for anyones stuff. I go out of my way to be respectful of where other people leave their stuff. Even if it ends up in the dog’s mouth where she is happily chewing on it.

As we all know, this is major catalog season and our mailbox and yours have been stuffed with every L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer and Williams-Sonoma catalog. I enjoy this part of the season. I usually sort the mail and put the catalogs off to the side for looking at when I get a chance. This might mean in a couple of days. Then I sit down and go through them and discard most. For some reason, this makes the hubby nuts. Tonight for instance, I was lingering in the kitchen flipping through a Williams-Sonoma and I announced…hey, they have their own Credit Card, boy would that be dangerous. It’s tough living with someone with no sense of humor.

On the knitting front, I have 2, yes you read correctly, 2 finished objects. One is my Easy Fold Poncho from Churchmouse Yarns. I did mine in Rowan Felted Tweed DK in a Teal color and it is heavenly and just right over a sweater for that “not strangled feeling in the car with a bulky coat”.

My second finished object is a hat for my hubby. The pattern is called Windschief by Stephen West. I used Sweet Georgia yarns Superwashed Worsted in Slate Gray and it was immediate LOVE. I really liked this pattern design. It had just the right amount of texture for my hubby. I just made him put it on for a quick photo. See…

The only modification I made was in the length as he wanted it to cover his ears so I added a 1/2 inch to the length. It is really a smart-looking hat. His next one is a surprise.

I decided that it was time to swatch for my Vitamin D cardigan I have been itching to knit. I also decided that it might be a perfect Yankee Dyer project. I am going to use the Yankee Tweed  and I think it’s going to look fabulous.

Here’s to swatching and getting gauge!

Michele

Yikes, I couldn’t blog…

Hello to all! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. I had much to be thankful for and that includes all of you the read my blog!

I need to back track a bit because I had started a blog post and apparently never posted it. Sheer exhaustion may have had something to do with it.

Last weekend, The Yankee Dyer had a wonderful Open House with my dear friend Phyllis who is a gifted potter and she invited me to join her at her studio this year and we both had a fabulous weekend. Saw lots of friends and made some new ones. A ton of work went into it for me as I was just coming off a huge dyeing job for The Knot Hysteria retreat in Port Ludlow, WA.

Here is some of Phyllis’s work.

This last picture is of a beautiful lamp and my hubby bought it for my for Christmas. I am so very excited and NO, I don’t already have it.

So, we travelled by car to Massachusetts and it really went better than I expected. I didn’t need the Xanax like I thought I would and I even fell asleep at one point…sheer exhaustion set it. I did knit on the way up and finished Kyle’s hat which made him very happy.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving with his side of the family and I got my baby fix in. We headed to Cape Cod on Friday for some quick QT time with my family and we left yesterday (Saturday) and drove straight home. We arrived at 9:30 pm last night and we all were in bed at 9:45 pm and asleep by 10:00 pm. It was wonderful to wake up in our own bed!

The dog has been retrieved and bathed and the washing machine is going. I am thankful that I had stuff in the freezer to defrost for dinner tonight. I am also extremely thankful that we never saw an accident traveling either way.

The boys are off to Lowe’s….I can’t imagine wanting to be in a car, but whatever. I think that they are going to try to set up the tree or decorate outside. I can keep myself busy in here.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I am grateful for all of you too!

Happy Knitting,

Michele

Move over lace…

I was just on MSNBC’s website and a headline buried in there caught my eye. This was it..

Something warm: Brides cozy up to wedding sweaters!” Move over, bustiers; brides are now wearing wool. That’s good because those bustiers are terribly uncomfortable.

So is the sweater the new “it”wedding attire? I do think so! It’s so much better than fur and you really can wear it after the wedding…Yay!

It goes on to state that “when the October 2012 issue of New York Magazine Weddings hit the stands, it featured a first: a radiant bride displaying laid-back glamour in a cream-colored, cable-knit sweater paired with an ivory silk-taffeta skirt by designer Carolina Herrera.”

I think this is fabulous and sexy and what a wonderful keepsake of your special day. With all the fabulous fibers in the world, the possibilities are endless.

For those of you that didn’t know, I started my college career in Fashion, so anything fashion related always peeks my interest and the fact this includes knitting changed my whole blog for today!

I couldn’t resist sharing…

I will be busy with the Open House all weekend and will have many pictures to share.

Have a wonderful knitterly weekend friends…

Michele

A delicate balance….

The art of balancing it all finally broke me today. Burning the candle at both ends caught up with me as well. I came home from work, made dinner and proceeded to pass out on the couch for a couple of hours, which didn’t affect my sleep pattern at all. Got up, had a snack, watched a program and went back to sleep.

I am really struggling to achieve an acceptable balance in my life. Starting a business takes up so much of my time and I hate telling the family that I can’t do things because I have to work.

The end of my dyeing spree is in sight. Just two (2) more skeins to dye and I am done until the new year. Yes, you heard me, the new year!!

I have an Open House this weekend which will be fun and then we head out on Tuesday with the car pointing North. We will be in Massachusetts for Thanksgiving and home in Maryland for Christmas. I am really excited about being home for Christmas. We have always run our you know whats off trying to get to the airport at O’Dark-Thirty and our Christmas gets lost in the process.

I am really missing my knitting too! I have but a mere 2 inches left to knit on my poncho. I have a feeling it will be the knitting black hole…like sleeves. I was hoping to wear it for the Open House, but I need to be realistic, find another outfit!!! You never know, I might be able to do it. Ok, I just rolled my eyes at myself….FIND ANOTHER OUTFIT!!!

Hubby is bringing home pizza for dinner and then I will head upstairs for a well-earned bubble bath. Help with the aches and pains of standing on your feet for hours and the horrible pain in my right hand from wringing out all that yarn. There has got to be a better way. I did soak my hands last night in Epsom salt and boy did that feel wonderful. I think once all my work is done I might treat myself to a manicure on Friday and include a paraffin treatment. Things to look forward too. I am not a high maintenance girl. Manicures are for special occassions. My hands are in way too much water in my real life and frankly the toilets and tubs don’t care how my nails look!…I just made myself laugh…ha ha!

Have a lovely evening and I’ll be in touch.

PS: No word from The Yarn Harlot, but she has to be beyond exhausted!! I’ll keep you posted!  🙂

 

Beautiful day for drying…

I am dyeing as fast as my burnt little fingers can go.

I have a new and total infatuation with Teal and Turquoise…..so pretty. At the moment I am on a self-imposed break and snarfing down some leftover pizza. I think it is even better the second day or I am totally starving.

I really miss knitting!!!

Last night I was up until 2 am winding these little balls into mini skeins. Great idea, big pain in the ass.

That’s not even all of them. I still have 4 more skeins to divide. Going to be a long week. I have called in the troops for help….

I know that next weekend will be tons of fun, but there is so much work to do. It will all be OK!

My poor FIL is in town and walked in right in the middle of a dye session. He was impressed I think. Poor guy decided to stay in a hotel.

All the boys are somewhere far away looking at airplanes and having guy time.

Lunch break is over I have been told! The boss is such a slave driver.

More later…..

Michele

Everyone is anxious….

I know, I know, we are all anxious to hear what The Yarn Harlot has to say about my yarn. However, I don’t expect to hear from her personally. If I do, then you will all hear the SCREAM heard round the world. She could be knitting on my yarn as I write this, I have no idea.

As the knitters and staff are just settling in at Port Ludlow, I am here dyeing like a crazy person. I don’t know when the calendar jumped from the 1st to the 9th on me. I thought I had oodles of time….not so much.

I am sitting here watching yarn soak and thinking I really just want to go to bed. My shoulders hurt, my back. my feet and I love this, right???

I perfected a beautiful red! Score 1 in the win column for me.

I am making kits and did call in “my girls” for help. It takes a lot for me to ask for help, and frankly, with no help I am doomed. Hubby tries, but with zero knowledge of a swift and ball winder, I don’t have time to babysit him.

I am  off to find a pharmaceutical with my name on it.

Happy Knitting…..

Inspired to finish…

Greetings and TGIF to you all!

Yesterday, the box to WA was shipped and a piece of my heart was in that box. I hope that they all love the yarn.

Last night at work, my friend Betsy came in wearing her finished poncho and it looked so wonderful on her, that it has inspired me to finish mine.

I am doing it in Rowan Felted Tweed DK in a Teal color. I love it and since my shoulder seems to be giving me grief again, I am going to knit on this until it’s done. I only have about 5 inches left, but it’s starting to feel like the knitting black hole.

When I start a project I usually knit on it exclusively. But I think I will spread myself around a bit. Working on small needles really torks my shoulder so knitting monogamy just won’t do. I am looking forward to knitting Kyle’s hats and maybe one for Bryce…not sure that he is knit worthy yet.

I did a bunch of errands this morning and am rewarding myself with a little knitting time and a movie. I just love George Clooney, in most movies, but The Perfect Storm is one of my favorites and it just happened to be on. So, the puppy and I are keeping each other company until the rest of the family is home.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Michele

Heading to UPS…

I am breathing a sigh a relief and joy. Sitting in my sunroom is a rather large box of hand dyed yarn that is heading to a knitting retreat in Port Ludlow, WA., hosted by non other than Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Tina (I am sorry, but I don’t know Tina’s last name). This box contains some of my best work. I have discovered that I really enjoy handpainting the most. Here are a couple of my favorite hand paints….

I sure hope that everyone on the retreat loves these as well.

Here is a picture of the box and it’s contents. All are tagged with personal and funny notes. I cracked myself up a couple of times. Hope these ladies have a sense of humor.

The retreat starts on November 8th or 9th, so I will be a bit nervous for the weekend. I have goosebumps…

Happy Halloween to all!

Michele