Category Archives: Mystery KAL

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

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Catching up…..

Happy Summer!  That was one fast school year.  We have been in a horrible heat wave which makes me and everyone else miserable.  When the dew points are in the 70’s, it’s insufferable.  Right now we are having terrible thunderstorms.

I have been knitting and once again I knit the Rosemary (Romi) Hill Mystery Knit Along and she didn’t disappoint this year either.

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I love the colors so much.  The lighter color is called Fairy Dust, a hint of pink and the darker shade is Sun Kissed Peach.  This MKAL started about a month after my Uncle passed and I needed something to hold on to, literally.  I knit like a woman possessed but it kept me sane.

At the end of May, I lost a dear friend who had been suffering for such a long time.  It’s been a rough spring.  I am thankful that I have knitting to lose myself in at times.

It’s not all sad.  A dear friend became a grandmother for the first time and I have been so excited for her and her family.  Nothing like a baby to make you happy.  You just can’t help yourself.  I asked the then to be grandmother if she would mind if I knitted something special for her daughters baby and she said absolutely.  This is the color combination I cooked up the other day.

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I just love it! A one of a kind color way for a one of a kind little one.  I plan in casting on tomorrow.

I also just updated the shop with many new colors as well as out sumptuous new sport weight yarn, Yankee Schooner.  It’s a beautiful combination of 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon and comes in 250 yard skeins.  You can see them right here.

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Enjoy the yarn porn!  Happy Knitting!

Michele

 

 

Oy, the hormones….

And I don’t mean mine!!!  We are the parents of a pre-teen boy that I may not survive.  I’m mostly not kidding.  You never know what kid is going to get off the bus.  You sit and wait to see what comes out of his mouth.  He’s either going to love you or hate you.  It’s like living a soap opera everyday.  I enjoy every single minute that child is in school let me tell you.  And as everyone says to me, and this too shall pass.  I might see it pass through the bottom of alcohol.

Back to more reliable and stable topics, yarn and knitting.  My happy place!!  I may have forgotten to mention that county fairs are big around here and this year I entered 3 knitted items and was especially proud because they were all dyed by me.  Two of the items were lace, one a shawl and one a beaded lace scarf and actually the sweater had lace panels too!!  I was really thrilled to not only win 1st place with both the lace shawl and scarf, but the shawl won Best In Show and the comments on the back said that the scarf was considered also for the top honor.  My sweater took second place and I never did lay eyes on the sweater that took first.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Best In Show Ribbon

Best In Show Ribbon

This was Best In Show!  Pattern is Red Rock Canyon by Rosemary (Romi) Hill and the pattern that also got 1st place is Sierra Lupine also by my favorite designer Rosemary (Romi) Hill.

Sierra Lupine

Sierra Lupine

Here is my sweater that claimed 2nd place.  Pattern is Market Jacket by local designer Tanis Gray.

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Market Jacket

It is finally getting chilly here and I can’t wait to wear all my new knitting pretties.

Sweater update:  It’s almost done.  I am working on one of the sleeves and should get to the button band and neckline this weekend.  I am hoping to wear it for Thanksgiving.  I’ll take an updated photo soon.

I hope all is well with you.

Be happy,

Michele

Sweet, Sweet Mystery…

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It was a joy to knit.  I love Romi’s attention to detail!  Her charts are sheer perfection!

I made this with Yankee Dyer Yarns, Yankee Sole II in Chap My Khaki’s and Chai   Latte and I dyed them myself.

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Do you see the Owls peeking out at you! What a fabulous addition to the design.  And then the bind off.

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Pretty Picots add the perfect balance for this shawl.  I loved knitting in as well as blocking it because nothing beats the magic of blocking!

If you haven’t experienced a Romi design, please do treat yourself.  It’s such a great journey!

If you like these colors and are thinking you might like to make one, please visit my shop, The Yankee Dyer, and I will hook you up!

I am wearing this Object of Affection to a wedding at the end of June. Perfect for a late day, outdoor wedding.

In other news, we are up to our neck in basil.  I see lots of pesto in my future.

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Did you know that you can make the pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays and use it all winter. I throw it in homemade spaghetti sauce, meatloaf and toss with veggies.

Have a wonderful and happy weekend!  See you next week!

Best,

Michele

Clue #3……Complete!

I love the pure genius in what is going on with this Mystery shawl with Rosemary (Romi) Hill.  The texture is off the hook and having good yarn helps.  I have been knitting like a crazy person and I am pleased to present the fruits of my labors, which is just fancy for, I gave up everything except eating and bathing for this baby!

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Look at those darling Owls peeking out at you!  I was happy to be able to finish this early so that I could have a couple of days to catch up on my other stuff like laundry and such.

Clue #4 comes out tomorrow and I hope that there are more Owls.

Have a wonderful Thursday!  Next blog post will be about the dye pots.

It’s never too late to join the KAL.  Also, check out our website for some great sale yarn.

Michele

Oh the knitting….

I have been knitting my fingers off playing catch up with the MKAL.  Yes, I know it’s not a race, but I had a knitting error to fix and then away I went.  I just finished Clue #2 yesterday and snapped you a quick picture.

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Pretty, right?  I am absolutely in love with the texture of this shawl.  If you haven’t tried any designs by Rosemary (Romi) Hill, please treat yourself and your yarn to an adventure.  Because of Ms. Hill, I can read charts!!  Which really does make knitting so much easier.  This happened last year while doing her first mystery shawl.  It was a joyous day!!

As I head into Clue 3, I threw in a LIFELINE and STITCH MARKERS.  I have had too many incidents of knitting going wonky with no lifeline to save me and the feeling is bad folks,really bad.  Now remember when putting in your safety net, go under your stitch markers and NOT THRU THEM.  Ask me how I know??  I am always excited to finish one clue and go onto the next that sometimes I forget the lifeline and after completing Clue 1, I zipped one in and went thru the markers.  It became clear in about a nano second as I started to knit what the problem was, I went thru the markers and not under them….UGH….here was my quick fix.  I grabbed my scissors and pried open the stitch marker and replaced it with a new one and then slapped myself in the head!! (Actually left myself a note by my knitting area).

Please practice SAFE KNITTING folks and then you won’t have to smack yourself.

Best,

Michele

 

 

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…

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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!

Michele

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.

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Come and have fun with us!

Happy Knitting,

Michele

 

 

 

Mystery KAL…..

Ready for some fun?

How about a mystery?

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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…..here.

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??