Monthly Archives: March 2014

And the negotiations began….

In February, we realized that the vehicle I was driving had some major issues going on and we were on the fence as to what to do.  Would the repairs cost more than the vehicle was worth?  It was possible.  So, for this bog I will refer to hubby as, Mr. Finance.  We decided to poke around and see what we liked.  There was lots of research done and we had it narrowed down to two vehicles.  Mr. Finance does not like to walk into a dealership and I don’t blame him.  You have to go in with the right attitude and have patience.

I went and I did all the test driving and sat through the “what number works for you” game with the salesperson.  It consumed an entire day.  Mr. Finance took a Friday off and we set out together and things looked promising until our salesperson sold the car we wanted right out from under us.  I think Mr. Finance disconnected himself from the process.  I was kinda on my own.

So, on Tuesday, I was on a mission.  My vehicle was already cleaned out.  I packed a lunch and something to drink, grabbed my knitting and off I went.  I would have car buying success or knit an entire sock trying!  They knew I meant business when I came in and made myself comfortable.  I had a cheat sheet of numbers for negotiating and I was fearless I tell you.  I pulled the sock out during the intense part of the dealings, which just blew everyone away and provided a breather for me and I really think it threw them off their game.  Then when things looked “iffy”, I started by putting the sock away, and putting on my scarf and coat.  Hold up, what’s going on they say.  I was prepared to walk away.  Negotiations resumed, in my favor, and then I got Mr. Finance on the phone to seal the deal.  Frankly, all that “new car smell” was starting to make me dizzy and  a bit sick to my stomach, so I slipped outside to get some much needed fresh air. When I returned, I heard the sales manager say congratulations to me!!

Now, I haven’t negotiated a car sale by myself in many years and it was exhausting.  So, I smiled and shook his hand and excused myself to the ladies room where I proceeded to do the HAPPY DANCE in private followed by a couple of aspirin.  Mr. Finance was happy that he didn’t have to sit there and do any of “the negotiating” and told me that I had done a good job.

So, this is what I was negotiating for….!!

My new wheels!

It’s a happy color and I am enjoying the fruits of my labor!  We will have this for a long time!!

In knitting news, Clue #2 came out on Friday and I plan to work on mine this weekend.

It’s going to be a wet weekend here.  Perfect for knitting and baking and I’ll throw some house stuff in there for good measure.

Be good…





The Mystery begins with Clue #1…

Friday could’t come fast enough for all the knitters who are participating in the Romi Hill I’ts a Mystery KAL, and then we found out that we had to wait until West Coast time for the release of Clue #1.  Several of us were together knitting and waiting for 1:00 pm EST and as soon as the clock struck one, we all hit refresh on our tablets and the KAL was on!!

Clue #1 was fun.  I love the way Romi designs.  Lots of interesting things going on.  Here is my finished clue.  It reminds me of mesh and I love it.  Thank goodness I have other things to knit because Friday is so…far….away!!


I can’t wait for Friday and Clue #2 to be revealed.

If you are knitting along with Yankee Dyer Yarns, please post a photo in our Spoiler Thread in the Yankee Dyer Fans forum on Ravelry.

I hope your weekend was wonderful.  I know that the calendar says Spring, but I beg to disagree.  I am still wearing my down coat and scarf.

My father in law was in town visiting with us.  It was a great visit and he is now on his was to Delaware for work.

The boy had been on antibiotics and ear drops for his double ear infection and I think that he is on the mend.

I rented a movie today from Redbox and I just want to save you the whole $1.29. The name of the movie is “All is Lost” and there are exactly 2, yes, 2 whole words in the entire movie.  It was a perfect knitting movie.  if I had paid $8 to see it in the theater I would have been completely ticked.  I will say that Robert Redford was great but overall reminded me of Cast Away, you remember that one, don’t you?  Not much dialogue in that one either.

Have a great week!


Ready, Set, Knit…..!

Are you ready to jump into the mystery?  I can’t believe that a year has passed.  Frankly they seem to be passing faster and faster.  I finally settled on my color choices…


Both are my Yankee Sole II bases, on the left if Chai Latte and the right is Chap My Khaki’s.  Also at the ready are my Signature US #5 needles.

I can’t wait to see how everyone’s color combinations meet  Romi’s brilliant design.  Remember to post pictures on our Ravelry page, Yankee Dyer Fans.  Please feel free to share whatever you like.

Ready, set, knit!


A new love……


IMG_2461I finished this yesterday!  My first stranded project and I really loved doing this.  Look at the crown…so pretty.

IMG_2459Just makes me happy looking at it.  It needs to be blocked and you should see how many ends need to be woven in, but it will be worth it.  Did I mention that I have the matching mitten pattern….?

Now I am gearing up for Romi’s It’s a Mystery with Clue #1 coming on Friday!  If you would like to join Yankee Dyer Fans on this MKAL, go over to our shop and pick your colors and I will ship them immediately.

Come and have fun with us!

Happy Knitting,





Color, color everywhere..

I thought that I would put some color combinations together to see if anything speaks to you.

Flashlight Blue and In the Buff

Flashlight Blue and In the Buff

Sherwood Forest and In the Buff

Sherwood Forest and In the Buff

Porcini and In the Buff

Porcini and In the Buff

Porcini, Teal Me On and In the Buff

Porcini, Teal Me On and In the Buff

Purple Rain and Petal Pusher

Purple Rain and Petal Pusher

As you can see the possibilities are endless.  I also think Call Me Navy and In the Buff would be lovely.  I would also be happy to dye something special just for you.

I look forward to solving the mystery with you.

PS:  Remember to let me know if you will be participating so I can give you the Mystery Code for your discount.








Mystery KAL…..

Ready for some fun?

How about a mystery?


Announcing Yankee Dyer Yarns first Mystery KAL.  I have chosen Rosemary (Romi) Hill’s Mystery shawl pattern. Clue #1 will be released on March 21 st.   She is a fabulous designer with great attention to detail.   I had a blast last year and the shawl was my greatest knitting achievement.  I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

Materials Needed:

2 Colors:  1 Light and 1 Dark- 400 yards each

Here are the rules:

1.  You have to purchase the pattern via Ravelry…here.

2.  You have to use Yankee Dyer Yarns for at least ONE or BOTH of the colors.

3.  It would be great to see pictures  of your progress on the Yankee Dyer Fans Ravelry forum…

4.  I will determine an appropriate end date for the prizes and will use a random number generator to choose.

5.  There will be prizes!   Really good prizes.

6.  Have fun!

Once you have decided to participate via our Ravelry group, I will contact you with a Mystery Code to use on Yankee Dyer.

Who wants to solve the Mystery with me??