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Unraveled…..

It’s a perfect summer day here in MD. Little humidity and just pretty perfect.  The birds are chirping, the windows are open and my butterfly bushes are full of natures wonders.

Things here have been a bit rough, hence the title of this blog.  And things might get goofy as some of what has been doing on sorta rhymes.  I saw the orthopedic hand specialist almost 2 weeks ago for a trigger finger issue.  I was told to stop what I was doing….knitting, dying…..and complete rest for 4-6 weeks, ice and sleep with a glove on, which I will admit is helping.  If you think there should have been a big crying jag, you would be correct, there have been several.  Next up my eye.  I developed at sty and it didn’t really present as one so off I went to eye doctor and it was a sty just a different kind.  Solution, warm compresses applied frequently.  Then I developed a rash on my right forearm, started small and as I scratched it grew.  I began treating with a topical something or other and dismissed it.  Then yesterday I wound up at the doctors for a separate issue whereas I took note that i had issues with all my appendages.  Before the doctor came in I had another good cry and got caught by said doctor.  It was nice to see her perk up and tell me she can help….thank you Lord because my hubby said I was becoming unravelled.  Frankly, who can blame me right?  She also addressed my hand and said if my hand felt better she didn’t think knitting for 5 minutes here and there would be a problem.  Yep, she got a big hug.  She took care of all my issues and gave me a shot for the arm and it’s only contact dermatitis and the eye is already better as is my toe.  I mean seriously I need a vacation!!!!

We will be heading to the Outer Banks on the 12th of August and I can’t wait.  Now I can plan a bit of knitting.  I am a huge fan of Amy Herzog and I think vacation knitting calls for a sweater.  Something easy and soothing like stockinette and my beautiful Rear Admiral color way in Yankee Harbor DK.  My swatch has been done for a while so I just need to plug in my info and pick my pattern which I think will be Cypress Cove.  It’s a beautiful open cardigan and I got to try it on and I adored it, plus no buttonholes!!

I have taken this forced down time to plan for the coming year and I have some great ideas for kits and new colors and even another new base.  It’s all very exciting and has kept me from a complete meltdown.  I am currently working on Purless by Romi Hill and today we get to spend some time together.  I’m using our beautiful Yakkity-Yak in Yak-Tober a rich heathered gold and available in our shop if you click on the link.

Now you know why I’ve been so quiet, I’ve been unravelling.

I also have other wonderful news.  We would like to welcome Ewe to You Yarns in Grand Blanc, Michigan to the Yankee Dyer Yarns family.  We are really getting around!!

I’m off for 5 minutes of bliss.

Hugs ~ 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

 

 

Merry and Bright…

Greetings from me to you!

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I’m sure you are in the throws of making everything merry and bright as Christmas is just a week away.  Is it me or does it come quicker and quicker??  There are still cookies to bake and presents to wrap.

I did finish my Christmas knitting last night and was thrilled when it came off my needles.  Are you giving knits for Christmas? If so, what?  It’s fun to watch all the different hat and mitten people start loving on Ravelry and even more fun to see the weights of yarns change from fingering to super bulky as it nears closer.  It always gives me a giggle because we’ve all been there.  In your mind you have TONS of time and then whack, someone gets sick or you get sick and it all comes to a screeching halt.  Other than hubby falling on the black ice yesterday, all is well here……..I am sure I just cursed myself but whatever.

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We will leave here the day after Christmas and head north to MA to be with our families and continue the merry and bright with them.  We will be driving so lots of knitting time and I’m ahead on the planning of that too….who am I…?  I’m never this organized.  After the year I’ve had, if someone above is cutting me some slack I’ll take it.

I may not get back before Christmas and I wanted to take this moment to wish you all the happiest of holidays.  Be good to one another and treasure every moment.

Merry Christmas ~ 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

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

 

Joy……

Despite all that is going on in the world,  I can still find joy in many different ways.

On June 3rd, our son turned 13.  It’s really quite hard to believe I have a teenager but one look at him and I see the changes happening all too quickly.  JOY!

My parents were able to come celebrate this milestone with us,  and they were able to stay for more than a week.  JOY!

A lovely customer coming up to you while vending an event with her finished shawl and better health.  The pattern is Pamuya and it was knit in our Yankee Sole II Pool Party colorway and it was knit by the fabulous Tammy.  JOY!

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A busy work schedule.  JOY!

Coloring outside the lines with color in my knitting.  JOY!

In a world with such conflict, it’s vital that you recognize the joy.

One last note, I will be participating in the Frederick Fiber Fest at The Frederick News-Post, on June 18th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  If you are local, come out and check it out!

Find your joy,

Michele

 

Re-Entry is rough….

Greetings from a warmer than normal Maryland.  I was home on Cape Cod for the past 7 days and it was the right amount of cold.  The weather hear makes me a bit nuts.

I arrived home around 9:00 pm Monday evening to a happy family and and an empty refrigerator.  Yesterday I just wanted to ease back in before I am out the door again on Friday….more about that later.  Before I headed north the refrigerator was full and there was lots of yummy food.  Hubby claimed to go to the grocery store and when he says he picked up a “couple of things”, he means it literally.  How do you go into a grocery store and only pick up one or two things??  Must be a guy thing.  It’s on the “to do list” to cure hime of this problem,

I had a wonderful time while home.  Spent lots of quality time with Mom and Dad.  Mom and I got to watch the series finale of Downton Abbey together which was a wonderful bonus.  I was able to see both of my brothers, my nieces and nephew and even my dear friend Sharon.  We enjoyed a hearty breakfast and did our bit to boost the economy.  On the way back to the airport I was able to visit both of my Aunts, so it really did feel like a full trip.

I did quite a bit of knitting this trip.  Someone commented on my last post that I forgot to mention the name of the sweater that had been stalking me on Ravelry and Instagram, my bad, it’s called Stopover and honestly it’s a really quick knit.  I am  finished with the decreases and increases and now I’m just about ready to knit the sleeves.  I don’t find it at all amusing that I came home to 70 degree weather. Too hot, too soon, big yuck because you know allergy season is right around the corner.

I was like the energizer bunny before I left.  I blocked Sagebrush for mom, and of course forgot to take a photo.  I bound off 500+ stitches for my Love of Spiders and I kept my promise about not starting the sweater until that labor of love was done.  As soon as the last stitch was bound off, I immediately cast on the sweater.

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Blocking in this crazy warm weather is Love of Spiders and I must say it was a fun knit and that shawl is HUGE.  Love, love, love the color combination I chose.  Both yarns are Yankee Sole, 100% merino with a great high twist.  The colors are Fresh Apricot and The Admiral.  Glamour shots when that sucker is dry.

I’m off to do household stuff and unpack and begin the repacking and I’ll tell you why in my next post.

Have a wonderful day!

Michele

In Loving Memory….

I knew that I would write about this at some point, but honestly, the heartache is as fresh as it was one year ago.  I can’t believe that is has been a year since my wonderful Uncle has passed.  My Aunt posted this picture recently and I hadn’t seen it before and I knew it would be perfect for my tribute post about him.

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This is my sweet Uncle Bob and his bride, my Aunt Sandy.  I just love this picture and had to share it.

My Uncle Bob served in the Air Force for 20 years and served the US again for another 20 in the US Postal Service.  He was a sweetie and I miss him every day. He was stationed all over the world and as a young person, I use to think this was a very glamorous life.  He would just laugh, which told me nothing.  Once he retired back home to RI, we got to spend much more time with them and the holidays were filled with family and fun.  I have so many wonderful memories that it truly does fill my heart with joy.

He gave advice in a very subtle and sweet way.  He would never comment on my boyfriends, but when they failed to show up at the next family event, he would give me a thumbs up which meant they weren’t the one.  When I met my husband and introduced them, he did something he had never done in the past, he whispered into my ear, he’s a keeper.  I can’t help but smile when I think about that.  He was right! He always called me Shelly and he was the only one to do so.

I know that he’s watching over all of us that he left behind and rejoicing with the ones who went before him.  We miss you and will see you again….

All my love,

Shelly

Giving Tuesday…

This actually took place on Monday because it was my Aunts birthday.  I gave her my prize winning Sierra Lupine. I realized that it was perfect for her and she’s totally knit worthy.

   
 She was completely blown away and the gift of giving always feels wonderful!

My wish is that she wear it in good health but send it back for a wash and re-block.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a full house and great times. 

The next few week are busy with school concerts and Christmas preparations.

I’ll be back soon!

Michele 

In a nutshell……


I’ve been absent for quite a bit.  My apologies.  This summer was chuck full of things to do.  We also entered the world of orthodontia.  Most of July was spent going back and forth adjusting, replacing and dealing with issues of that sort.  I had braces myself, so I totally knew how he was going to feel.  Day 1, I found his head on my lap and I ate it up.  Soft food and Tylenol seemed to make things better.

I was mostly in mom mode all summer and that is job #1, so I decided to try my hand at designing a knitted accessory.  I felt like I was being productive in a new and exciting way.  I just finished the sample and am more than pleased.

My family and I went on our vacation in early August to the Outer Banks of NC and it was so picture perfect.  I got a healthy dose of salt air and mixed in some business while I was there.  It was a good experience but I won’t do that again as it felt like much less of a vacation for me. I did however parasail with my son and achieved “cool parent” status for a few days.  It was really awesome and I totally felt bad ass.  I’ve come down from that cloud…..LOL!

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The dye pots are rolling and I am always happy when the creative juices are flowing.  I am participating in the Riverview Winefest at Sotterley Plantation on October 3rd and 4th beginning at Noon each day.  If you are local and read my blog come out for some great wine, food and YARN!

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In knitting news, I finally sank my teeth into this WIP and finished the knit on edge.  Not sure why I didn’t finish it immediately, but as soon as I blocked it, I saw the magic that is blocking transform this lace shawl.  Pattern is Liz Christy by Kirsten Kapur.  Yarn is Yankee BFL

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I had a whirlwind trip home to RI last weekend to celebrate my parents 5oth wedding anniversary.  I had a lovely time and I hope they did as well.  Before I left I enjoyed some clamcakes and chowder with my parents and a prefect view on a perfect fall day in NE.

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I will leave you with this yummy image as I head off to label yarn.

Be happy,

Michele