Monthly Archives: January 2015

Grey, grey and more grey…..

I don’t know about you guys but the grey days are killing me.  I really noticed that December and January have been very bleak to say the least.  On the rare sunny days I find myself literally “soaking it up” as much as possible.  Spring will be here soon, right?

The weather gave New England a wild blizzard named Juno.  I guess the weather folks decided to name ALL storms from now on.  As if they need anything else to fuel their excitement over anything weather related.  I digress…on to knitting.

I went on a knitting retreat 2 weekends ago and had a wonderfully relaxing time. Great company, good food, knitting and chick flicks equals lots of fun.

I finished my sweater and actually wore it.

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It is so comfortable and the fit is just perfect.  This is when you are happy that you did a swatch and blocked that swatch.   The pattern is Window to my Soul by  Joji Locatelli.  The yarn is Yankee Stride in the Under the Sea color.  This is the second garment that I have made by her and I really like the way she designs.

I also made this for this upcoming weekend because it grabbed my attention while on vacation this past summer.  I am so fortunate that I will be taking a class with Stephen West and StevenBe at Fibre Space on Saturday.  It will be tons of fun.  Here is Vertices Unite by Stephen West.

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As a dyer, you know that color fascinates me.  I used the exact same pink in the lower section to the right.  It is actually a pink and grey stripe and then to the left the same pink is paired with navy.  See how different it looks.  I love it!!  All the yarn is hand dyed by me in Yankee Sole II.  It is a great stash buster and the color possibilities are endless.  It has a lovely i-cord bind off that really gives it a proper finish.  I will be wearing this on Saturday when I meet Mr. West!!  Oh yeah, there will be pictures!!!

I hope that your week is going well.  If you are in New England, I know what you are doing…shovel, shovel, shovel!!

I’ll see you soon!

Hugs,

Michele

 

 

 

A little warmer here…..

Happy TGIF to you all.  I ventured out today because it was sunny and a tad warmer and we needed food and I realized that I was in dire need of buttons.  The temperature actually reached 40 degrees in the sunshine and it felt so good.  As I was driving I was peeling off some of my layers and letting the sun warm me.

While I am writing this my 11 year old son just popped in to ask me to please move my car or he could do it.  Kids…

I am having just an all around great day.  My friend texted me because her daughter is expecting and today they were going to find out the gender.  I happened to be in JoAnne’s getting buttons at the time of the text, so there might be security footage of me doing a happy dance. I’m sure the staff has seen worse.  I am so happy for my friend!!!  Becoming a grandparent has tons of perks and none of the pain.

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I’m off to rip out some knitting and then do some housework. The glamorous life continues.  Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Michele

Beyond Brrrr..!

Greetings to you all!  I hope you are warm and cozy.  It is rather brutal out there and I’m not even in the part of the country where it is just plain awful.  I will tell you that last nights drive home from knit night was a two hand on the wheel and heated seats kind of ride.  It was so windy and wild that it actually disturbed my sleep.

Yesterday and today have been a bit of a blur.  I have been trying to reorganize my dying stuff (the boys moved everything around “trying to help”, need I say more about that), and actually dye some yarn and take photos and keep the family stuff going.

I have a finished object to show you. The pattern is just a 2×1 ribbed sock but they are in my Crazy Monkey Love color way.  I love them!!  If you want a pair you can find the yarn in my Etsy shop.

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My sweater is almost ready to be blocked.  I only have ends to weave in and in for a soak it goes.  I expect to wear it next weekend on our annual knitting retreat to Williamsburg, VA.  I hope the weather is a bit less miserable.  I don’t mind cold but ass freezing, not so much!

I have also been knitting a rather interesting knit by Stephen West.  If you don’t know who he is, just click the link.  I am attending one of his classes at the end of the month and I expect that it will be a BLAST!!

I’ll give you a sneak peek at what I am knitting next time.

Enjoy the rest of your day and stay warm.

Best, Michele

Here’s a close up of the socks!

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What’s up with the lack of manners?

Maybe I have the post-Christmas blues, but I am becoming more annoyed by the lack of manners.  Please and thank you seem to be a thing of the past.  Not in my house, but there is a general feeling of entitlement that’s not sitting well with me.  How about you?

Between my husband and I, we have collectively 6 nieces and nephews and we did not receive ONE, not ONE thank you for their Christmas gift.  Is it all becoming too much, I think so.

I even made hand knits for the older children and I only asked for a picture of them wearing their gifts.  Is asking a teenager to take a selfie too much?  I really didn’t think so.

Yes, my feelings are hurt and I am sick of the rudeness.  I know that my mother is going to comment on this blog post.  But how I feel is how I feel and that’s that until I’m over it.

Anyone else have ungrateful gift recipients? I’m listening…

My rant is over and I am moving on.

Hugs,

Michele

Happy 2015 to you…

Greetings to you all, wherever you may be!

I’d like to wish you all the happiest of holidays. I’ve been enjoying mine with my family. It’s including lots of knitting time.

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Here is a little glimpse of our Christmas.

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I wish you all good health and lots of happy moments in the coming new year.

I dedicate this the year of the making!

Warm thoughts,
Michele