Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Unexpected….

I can’t believe that we are at the end of February.  Man that was a really cold month just about everywhere.  Lots and lots of opportunities to wear our woolies!!  Our heating bill came yesterday and I thought my hubby was going to have a heart attack.  I am sure that there is a lot of that going around.

I am sorry that it has been so long in between post, but my right hand is acting up again so I have been trying to not use it….still hurts.

I have some unexpected things to share today.  Last Friday at knitting group I learned stranded knitting and I shouldn’t say that this was unexpected, but man am I hooked!!  The pattern I started is Peerie Flooers by the amazing Kate Davies.  I also have the matching mitten kit.  I actually bought the mitten kit last year on out knitting retreat and bought the hat pattern this year and the matching yarn.  The hand is seriously holding me back from just zooming right through this lovely hat.  I guess I will just enjoy it longer.  Here is my progress.  Now keep in mind that my hubby was gone last Thursday thru Sunday and I was a single parent with school functions to attend.

The second unexpected is going to be big.  I had my hubby drive my truck because it was feeling funny and it looks like we are going to need to replace it and I am pretty broken up about it.  I love my truck and I can’t replace it, well I could if money wasn’t an issue, but it is.   We have sat down and narrowed my choices to 3 vehicles.  I kept testing the waters with hubby on the next size up and the look I got wasn’t good.  I decided not to push it.  It is only a car and I don’t need a big SUV, but I like being up high.  So, think of me on Saturday when I am test driving these cars and making my hubby nuts.

Did I mention that it’s snowing again today?

Go forth and make something pretty!

PS:  I moved some yarns into the SALE section on Etsy, so check it out here



The Winner is…

I have been playing with these colors for quite some time and I have finally made a decision.  May I present my Sky, Sea and Sand wrap.



I love this combination and will cast on today!

Still figuring out the new computer and have been unsuccessful at cropping pictures.

Enjoy your day!


Please thrill me….

My family and I have been enjoying the Olympic games.  The winter Olympics are by far my favorite.  Snowboarding and figure skating are also high on my list of must see events.

I haven’t done much knitting either.  My current WIP just isn’t thrilling me.  Love the yarn, like the pattern but something is missing.   There is no zip in this project.  You know what I mean about zip.  It’s that feeling of not being able to put it down or you can’t wait to sit down and dig in.  I have none of that for this project….nada, zip, zilch.  What to do, what to do??  Find something else to knit quick.  I saved this draft last night and picked up the knitting in question and noticed that I had made an error.  I was purling on the right side and knitting on the wrong side.  I think that I had double checked that too.

I do, however, have plans for all of this!

Option #1

Option #1

Option #2

Option #2

This is going to be a gorgeous Seed Stitch wrap!  What option do you prefer?  The only difference is that I added a light green skein.

Since my knitting is working against me these days, I have been doing laundry and channeling my inner domestic goddess….well not quite, but things are getting done.

We are expecting another storm today, which has been a weekly event and seems to be our weather pattern this winter.  I hope that the kids don’t use up anymore snow days, but it’s not looking good.

Tonight is knit night, a day early thanks to the storm!  I am wearing my new sweater and it is extremely cozy.  Perfect for this winter for sure.

Stay safe and warm!



Love it so much….

Today was put the buttons on the sweater day!  It happened and I wore it out like an excited kid!  None of this would have been possible without my dear friend Sandy!



And here is the back…



I love it so much.

Have a great weekend!



It’s been a year….


Wow, I can’t believe that a year has gone by since I left my part-time position at my LYS.  What a difference a year makes!

It was a great year for my business, Yankee Dyer Yarns, as I was able to dedicate more of my time and energy to moving forward.  During this year, I purchased equipment to make the dying process easier on my hands.  My hands patted myself on the back for that one as I almost crippled myself.  I was able to get my yarns in a couple of designers hands.  Rosemary (Romi) Hill will be designing with it this year and Laura Nelkin is using 315 mini skeins of a specially dyed color in her current Magpie Mystery KAL.  It was a huge thrill for me!

Social media plays so much of a role.  I’ve been Tweeting, not twearking!  Our Etsy shop has regular customers and I have quite a few followers on Twitter and I have even met one this fall.

At Maryland Sheep and Wool I got to meet the Queen of Wool, Ms. Clara Parkes.  It was quite by accident, I promise that I wasn’t stalking her.  I was waiting for a booth to open and out she came.  I got to hug her twice and she said she knew me (Twitter), and it was a big thrill.  I also got to meet Jill Draper, of Jill Makes Stuff and she was so lovely.  I have found that most everyone in the wool industry are helpful and just as nice as can be.

I stepped up my knitting this year and challenged myself is new ways!  That’s always fun, especially when you achieve something awesome.

My family and friends continue to love and support me in all the ways that matter.  I am blessed and take nothing for granted.

I am waiting on some news that will take things to the next level.  I can’t talk about it yet, but I will know something on Wednesday.  I’ll keep you posted.

I adore my new sweater!  I just need to get the buttons on and it will be complete!!

I hope you enjoyed my year in review.

See you soon….


I feel…

A case of stripes going on….



I really love the color combination, which is Call Me Navy and Chai Latte, both Yankee Dyer yarns.   For the increases I have been doing a kf&b which I think will block out fine.

I have been a bit under the weather since Thursday and it’s really nothing I can point a finger at, but I am off and whatever it is, it makes me really, really tired.

The name of this pattern is Carradal by Lucy Hague and it can be found here.  I fell in love with the cables of course and as soon as I find out where the extra stitch is and take it out, I am heading for the cables.

It is beautiful out today so I think some fresh air is in order.

Have a wonderful day!