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Fun in Skippack…

Happy 4th of July!

Last weekend Yankee Dyer Yarns spent a glorious weekend in Skippack, PA at Yarnings, an absolutely charming yarn shop.  I met Gayle, the owner, at MDSW and I’m so glad she slipped me her card.  Seriously folks, this is the best part of my job, meeting you the shop owners and knitters.  You never fail to inspire and delight me.

For those of you who know me, driving around these parts hasn’t been my “thing”.  Yes, the traffic is terrible and people are nuts but there is a bigger picture.  But I bought an actual GPS and that made things so much easier and I had my dear friend Sue as my copilot.

Lots of Yankee Breeze.

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Building Blocks

We put together a couple of beautiful combinations for this fun knit by Stephen West.

Morning Trail by Romi Hill in Yankee Breeze

Fairyhill Shawl by Helen Stewart

Yarn, Yarn everywhere.

We had a great time with Gayle, Christine and Margret.   We may be back in the Fall.  Gayle will keep you posted.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend ladies!!

Warmly,

Michele

Finished sweater and a birthday ……

We are in the homestretch of school and tomorrow he will be promoted to 9th grade which means high school here.  This year was a bit of a struggle for him and us but other parents have survived worse, we shall survive.

Our son also turned 14 on Saturday and he has the attitude to go with the age.  We had a nice day together and went to his favorite place for dinner.  Time does go quickly so grab what you can and enjoy.  I keep trying to physically hold onto to him but he resist…..LOL!  Here’s a little flash back at his baby cuteness.  Look at that pouty baby bottom lip.

In knitting news I finished my Custom Fit Sweater!!!  It’s a rather shameful story really.  The entire and I do mean the ENTIRE sweater was done.  It was blocked, sewn together, ends woven in, buttons, thread and a pretty ribbon all  purchased and all together in a pretty bag.  My nemesis, the freaking button bands.  I kinda suck at the whole buttonhole thing.  I decided that I needed to overcome that so I proceeded with the directions and put the band with the buttons on the wrong side.  No bid deal, it’s only 10 rows, mission accomplished.  Now for the one with the buttonholes.  Amy Herzog the designer of the Charlie Cardigan said to use an eyelet buttonhole and someone told me the one row buttonhole was better but I hate how fussy it is and I also realized that I NEVER button my cardigans so the eyelet one would do just fine.  Before I knew it I was sewing on the pretty grosgrain ribbon and then the buttons and I just LOVE it!!  Tell me what you think.  I’m currently swatching for another sweater in her custom fit collection.

Had to wait for my son, the photographer, to take some pictures for me.

It’s actually chilly here today so I am wearing it to knit night!

Lastly, the Frederick Fiber Festival will be taking place this weekend and our yarns are sold exclusively in Maryland by Knit Locally.  If you are going please stop by and say Hi to Peggy and let your fingers fondle all the beautiful yarns she is bringing with her!

I’ll see you back here soon!

~Michele

 

 

Back to reality…..

Greetings from my favorite chair on a rainy Tuesday here in Maryland.  We just finished dinner and everyone has scattered to do whatever it is that they do.  The house is quiet and I thought I would pop in and do some writing.

I really thought that I was on an upswing from the whole MDSW tiredness but to be honest I’ve been sleeping late in the mornings, like really late, like breakfast at lunch time.  Last night I made myself go to bed by 11:00 and that was good.  I still got up later than I wanted but it was 8:30 and not 10:30.  I had another massage today and I physically feel lots better.  My back, shoulders and neck were pretty jacked up.  I guess dying 800+ skeins in 6 weeks might do that to you.  Plus since the beginning of the year I was busy fulfilling wholesale orders so I really haven’t had much of a break.  I have one more fun obligation in Pennsylvania at the end of June and then it’s some serious R&R for this gal.

Yankee Dyer Yarns will be having a trunk show at Yarnings in Skippack, PA on June 24 and 25.  Gayle, the shop owner and I met at MDSW and we were able to plan something fun for her customers.  We can’t wait to see you there.

Last week I had a short burst of energy and wanted to cast on everything I could and almost did.  I have 2 new shawls in the works and I’m cruising Amy Herzog’s site and contemplating a sweater.  Which makes me feel so guilty because I have a custom fit sweater upstairs, all blocked and put together and it’s only missing ONE button band and the buttons.  Maybe that’s something I could do tonight?  I would love to wear it to knit night tomorrow.  Until I finish that I can’t be looking a more sweater patterns…….said the moth to the flame.

What’s on the needles you ask?  I started Summer Camp by Laura Aylor and then I fell down the rabbit hole with Fairyhill shawl  by Helen Stewart because it has BEADS!  I actually have a bead stash and I partially blame Laura Nelkin for that…LOL!  Pictures next time as it’s almost dusk and I need to go upstairs and get that sweater.  While I’m up there I think a soak in the tub sounds great.  I really do just feel like a slug.

That’s what’s going on here.  What’s going on with you?

Till next time ~ Michele

Salt Life…

Greetings from Cape Cod!  Oh how I miss this place.  The summer traffic, not so much.  I am having a chill out day and thought a quick blog post might be fun.

Last weekend my family and I went to Lauray Caverns in Virginia and honestly it was magnificent.  If you are in that neck of the woods I highly recommend it.

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This is a totally mind-blowing picture.  There is a natural spring on the bottom which acts as a reflecting pool for the ceilings.  Who needs photoshop when mother nature does this for you.

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This was really fascinating too.  Here you were allowed to throw in money and make a which.  They have raised more that a million dollars that they have donated.

In knitting news, my sweater is in the process of being sewn up and I left it home.  Too bulky to schlep around.  I am working on my Olympic knitting, one is a wrap, Nash by Alicia Plummer and the other is a shawl with beads by Romi Hill called Latticework.  I won’t finish either before the end of the summer games.

Are you knitting along with the games?  I’ve enjoyed the girls gymnastics and all the swimming and was lucky to catch some equestrian events this am.

I hope you are staying cool as the humidity has been brutal.

Knitting picture progress next blog post.

Until then, be well!

Michele

The Mad Dash…

Hi there!  It’s been an extremely busy summer.  I feel like I’ve been in the car for most of it shuttling the boy here there and everywhere.  This week is Circus camp.  To say that I am sick of being in the car would be an understatement and what is happening on Saturday, many, many hours in the car as we head to Cape Cod for a much needed vacation.

So, what to pack for car knitting????  This is the great dilemma.  My current project involves a rather large chart, lace and beads, not exactly car friendly, I’ve already tried that.

I really didn’t feel like doing another shawl or a hat or mittens or miles of garter stitch.  I was texting back and forth last night with my friend Sue and she asked a very important question, what size project do you want?  That was the exact question I needed.  I looked through all my patterns and decided on Nash.  It’s a scarf with a lacy feel and in a DK weight yarn.  I have DK yarn left over from something with cashmere and it’s in a pot right now getting happy in it’s dye bath.  Yep, last minute mad dash to the dye pot.  For a dyer I would think this is typical.

I have tons more to share but not enough time to do so at the moment.

I will share a little secret, keep your eye on Jimmy Beans Wool! Something wonderful will be going on there soon!

In case you like Kevin Bacon, here is a little eye candy for you!

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Peace Out!

Michele

 

Fiber Fumes…..

Happy Thursday!  I hope you all are well.  It’s our first full week of no school and it’s lovely to just delete that alarm off your alarm clock for a while.

On Saturday I participated in a new fiber festival hosted by the Frederick News-Post and it was a complete blast and success for all the planners and vendors.  I had so much fun meeting new fiber loving friends and sharing our love of wool that I feel totally hung over today (Sunday).  I helped so many with parings of yarns for various shawls that I had on display like my Moon Shadows by Romi Hill and  by Kristen Kapur.  When I am tired and think I can’t dye anymore yarn, it’s this energy that gets me through.

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These are all “pre stampede” as the wall of yummy became thin, quickly.

I’m going to revamp my Etsy shop during this off time, new photos and update that sale section.  I’ve been working on my Charlie cardigan which I am so enjoying.  A sleeve, the black and one front is complete as, so one front and a sleeve and we will have a sweater.  I think that is going to be my new favorite way to knit a sweater.  There is lots of satisfaction upon completing each piece.

We leave for vacation on July 2 and I can’t wait.  Outer Banks, I’ve been dreaming about you and your beaches and the salt air……so close, so close.  I could care less about my clothes, it’s basically the essentials nothing fancy.  As you all know, vacation packing is ALL ABOUT the PACKING OF THE KNITTING.  Of course I will over pack here.  I’ve been itching for lace, yep need to scratch that itch.  Designer Ysolda Teague has a shawl called Stac Shoaigh that is calling me in sport weight, so that is a definite to go with me.  There was something else and for the life of me I can’t remember it.

I’ll be back before I go! Be happy!

Michele

 

Let’s catch up….

I have started so many blog post and not finished them that it should be a crime and they were good in the moment, but that moment has passed.

I forgot to tell you all about my exciting and liberating retreat with Amy Herzog.  It was hosted by The Knitting Boutique here in MD and I jumped at the chance to go.  I actually jumped at the chance last July and it wasn’t until March of this year.  I was very thankful of the payment plan and thrilled that it was just a couple of hours from me.  The location was divine as was the food and Amy.  I learned so much.  She is positively brilliant and if you get a chance to go to one of her events I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Her Custom Fit is just flipping genius.  Here in a nutshell is what is so brilliant.  I live south of the Mason Dixon line and worsted weight sweaters are pretty limited in these parts.  The beauty of Amy’s program is, find a yarn that makes you happy.  Swatch and block it.  She has a variety of swatch test to either ensure your success of not in her books and I did them all.  Yarn passed that test and it’s a DK, more wearable for these parts.  Here’s the touchy feely part, you have to take lots of measurements and this is all explained in her book.  Once you have your gauge and your measurements, off you go to here website, plug everything in and SHAZAM, a custom pattern just for you!!  No highlighting anything.  This sweater is destined for success.  I took a couple of pictures upon our arrival and then just melted into the wonderful weekend it was.

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The only picture I have of Amy!

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I will leave you with this peaceful picture.

It’s Sheep and Wool weekend here in Maryland.  Need I say more…..!

Hugs,

Michele

 

I love bugs and I can not lie!

Well, not really, but I love the pattern, The Love of Spiders.  I must say that it was a fun and engaging knit.  I highly recommend it.   However, the yardage is a tad off for the main color.  I was only able to complete 7 out of the 9 repeats and it didn’t make much difference in the end result.

Yarn is Yankee Sole, our 100% merino with a great twist.  Colorways are Fresh Apricot and The Admiral.

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Happy Easter Folks!

Michele

The struggle is very real…..

Greetings folks!  I come to you from my sunroom, minus the sun.

Let’s play catch up.  Last weekend I finally got to see some of my knitting friends that I haven’t seen since the holidays.  It was wonderful.  My friend Sandy was wearing a sweater that has been stalking me on Ravelry, Instagram and Twitter.  Yes, stalking me…only knitwear can do this, it’s a problem and frankly every knitter has it and likes it.  I just about fell over seeing it in real life and knew I needed to knit it.

Meanwhile, I’m knitting a border on a shawl with 600 stitches and I told myself that if I ordered the yarn, (which I did) and it came before I finished the shawl (which it has), that I would finish the shawl first.  As I sit and do this blog post, I have my shawl on top of the sweater yarn as sort of barrier between me and the “other yarn”.  The struggle is very real.  I think that the border could almost be done.  I think that the “other yarn” is starting to chirp…knit me, knit me.  I’m holding on folks, by the skin of my teeth because once the border is done, then I need to bind off 600 stitches and you know that’s a killer.

Here’s a sneak peek at my package.  I ordered this yarn on Friday and it arrived on Monday!  If you ever need some fabulous customer service, order yarn from Tolt Yarn and Wool in Washington State.  They are awesome!!  I think I forgot to mention that I shared the lust of this sweater with 2 of my knitting friends and we are doing a KAL….clever, right?

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Tolt Yarn and Wool

Inside that muslin bag sits a sweater quantity of yarn.  I haven’t even taken it out.  What patter is it for you ask, why Stopover, of course by the fabulous Mary Jane Mucklestone.

Here are my colors….

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The main body of the sweater is the top color, Oatmeal. Colors from left to right are, Berry Heather, Turquoise Heather and Spring Green Heather. Not pictured is the white and blue that my folks brought me back from Iceland.  So many options.

This is where I will leave you.  I will emerge when the bind off is complete.

Happy Hump Day,

Michele

Enter the blizzard…

Hey there! We’ve got lots of snow and whipping winds and P O W E R!  I hope I didn’t just jinx us. But we are warm and safe and tucked into the house while mother nature unleashes her fury outside.

Did I tell you that I had decided that 2016 was going to my year of zen?  I mean January isn’t even over yet and I honestly feel like it should be.  I’ve been sick pretty much since the 4th or so and had a family emergency which required me to fly home and take care of a very loved one.  You know what you do, you rise up to occasion and you handle things.  All the emotions hit me at the airport on the way back.  I was the one sitting there with tears streaming down my face at the gate fighting back the urge to grab a cab and go back to where I was needed.  Healing is what needs to take place and I had really done all that I could, except I really wanted to stay.  I’m sure you know that tug on your heart.

I’m still not feeling great and got some meds from the doctor and hopefully all will be better soon.  Just a heads up, flying with a cold really makes things worse.

In knitting news, I want to knit lots of things.  While sick, Ravelry is a lovely way to distract yourself of how you are feeling by replacing the icky feelings with feelings of what I’m gonna knit when I feel better!!  Of course when sick, you think that you have somehow become a knitting ninja and all things are possible.  I know you know that feeling!

My mom had asked me to knit Sagebrush by Romi Hill after she had seen and tried on mine and I had kinda said sure and then forgot about it until she called me to the carpet on it and gave me a deadline.  I am proud to say that I practiced monogamous knitting and came in well under my deadline.  It needs to be blocked and a joined and then mailed.  She is gifting it to a special doctor and the color way she chose was Teal Me On in Yankee Sole II.  In case you didn’t know, teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

I hope that all is well with you and that if you are affected by the blizzard, you are safe and warm.

I’ll have photo’s of the finished project on the next blog.

Be happy….

Michele