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My various projects.

Hold the phone….Gray!

Greetings friends!  I know, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve blogged.

I participated in Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in the beginning of October which was loads of fun and promptly came down with a cold as we were driving home which was a real bummer time-wise as I had 2 wholesale orders to fulfill.  Thankfully it stayed a normal annoying head cold so all was ok, I rested for a couple of days and then hit the dye pots running.

It was pretty thrilling to send off that first box filled with my yarn to an actual brick and mortar store here in Maryland, The Knitting Boutique in Glen Burnie, ahead of deadline…yay for the win!  It was even more satisfying to send a box to my home state of Massachusetts.  Oh man, that did my heart good I tell ya.  What store in Massachusetts you ask?  Why, Uncommon Yarn in Brookline to be exact.  Stop in and tell Lesley and Trish that I sent you.  It’s a lovely shop.  Light and bright and full of beautiful yarn and great places to knit!!!

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I went to MA for my mom’s birthday and we had to go to Boston for a medical appointment.  I wasn’t sure what the day would hold for us and I was so hoping to pop into the shop and meet the owners and it happened.. I got to Uber for the first time….took my Dad for insurance.  I’m sorry but the idea of getting into a car with a stranger just doesn’t sit well with me.  FYI..the driver was very nice.

Uncommon Yarn Fun

Uncommon Yarn Fun

That’s me in the middle!  It felt so good to be in Boston!

Next, what’s on the needles.  I have completed a few things since we last met and photography is lacking.  I did a shawl in the SVFF color way and I finished and blocked Nash, which I have dubbed, Big Pink.  While in MA, my niece took a liking to it so I may need to knit another.  I am knitting a hat for my father in law for a special birthday and it needs to be done by Friday….nothing like a deadline to keep the needles on fire.  I’m almost ready to start the decreases so I’m not worried.  I am also working on a shawl with colors I don’t usually knit with…gray…and I’m knitting in 2 shades of gray, Dove and Graphite and I’m smitten.  Pictures soon.  I’m doing the hat in our new Harbor DK in Graphite and it’s really got some lovely hues.

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I could see a beautifully cabled sweater in this….TBD.  Let’s hear it for gray!!!

It’s election eve…is that a thing….it feels like a thing.

I’m off to finish the hat!  I wanted to let you know that I’m still here.

Remember to vote!

Happy Knitting ~ 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

 

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

Merry, Merry…

Greetings to you this Christmas Eve.  The weather here is positively balmy and unnatural, but the silver lining is saving on the heating bill.

First and for most I would like to wish you all the very happiest of holidays, however you choose to celebrate.  Our Christmas eve dinner was a homemade lasagna and salad and our lovely neighbor Linda joined us because I can’t stand the thought of anyone being alone.

I have finished quite a number of knitting accessories including the baby sweater which was gifted to the wee one for Christmas.  I’ll give you all the links at the end of the photo parade.

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Yes, I’ve been busy.  Here are the links:

Pattern:  Baked Clay by Alicia Plummer

Pattern:  Cote-Nord Cap by Amy Christoffers

Pattern:  Antiquity by Alicia Plummer

Pattern:  Baby Wrap Sweater by Churchmouse Yarns

Pattern:  Jolly Wee Elf by Churchmouse Yarns

I did the Elf on a whim and it brought me tremendous joy.  All yarns are by Yankee Dyer Yarns with exception of the elf.

I hope that you have fun with family and friends over the next few days.

Merry Christmas,

Michele

 

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

Owning it…..

TGIF folks!!

Wednesday I cast on for the precious wee knit and I was so excited that I pulled the classic “knitting mistake”, I didn’t read the pattern all the way through.  I skimmed it several times and saw no problems.  The pattern said you start at the cuff of the sleeve and knit to the other sleeve. Again, no problem.  I had my needles, the yarn and off I went yesterday knitting away on the wee ribbing of a sleeve.

So, on Wednesday night at knit night I pulled out my knitting and the pattern and was chatting away and then looked at the pattern and realized I had knit an extra row. No big deal, so I get it back on track and add the 2 additional stitches and look at the pattern again, and again and again.  I then say to my friends, how am I suppose to do garter stitch in the round??  I was met with questioning faces that promptly asked if the pattern said to join in the round.  Well, not exactly. I assumed and you know what the first three letters spell!!  Warning bells were going off in my head and the pattern was now in the hands of my knitting friends and as they read the directions out loud it all started to make sense.  This sweater was NOT KNIT IN THE ROUND.  I have to tell you that I had a really good laugh as did my friends and then there was talk of making the baby a contortionist to fit into my wonky sweater.  More laughter!!  Did I mention that there was a schematic and talk of seaming…….NONE OF WHICH I SAW. Also, the sweater is a wrap sweater.  If ever there was a case of poor pattern reading, man this was it.  So, yes, I am owning that I started knitting a garment without reading the directions, apparently at all.  Shit happens and I’m owning it.

This is what new little lives do to us, we loosing out knitting minds!  I’m back on track and will have some correct photo’s soon.

Thank you all for your kind and supportive words about my recent losses.  They touched my heart.

Hugs,

Michele

 

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

 

 

What I love….

Greetings from a snow covered house with a really happy kid in it.  Actually, he’s outside enjoying day two free from school.  It was a lovely snow, light and fluffy and easy to clean up.

I just finished knitting a lovely cowl by Anne Hanson called Sculling Cowl and I did it in a week.  That’s record time for me.  As I sit and type it has had a bath and is upstairs in my guest room blocking.  I hope to wear it to knit night tonight.  I used our newest yarn, Yankee Posh, and boy was it just a pleasure.  Yankee Posh is a lovely 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere and 10% Nylon base that is just so yummy.  Once you feel it, you just have to have it.  You know, yarn crack!!

So with that project coming to a quick end, I needed something else to knit pronto.  I have become a pretty monogamous knitter of late, so I don’t have anything else on the needles.  I have things planned, but they are big things like another sweater in fingering weight yarn and a shawl in lace and I really want something easy and mindless….enter the K I T.  

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I love having a couple of kits on hand for exactly this type of situation.  I have a confession, I have four (4), so I have options!!  A knitter always needs options.  I am also in a major cowl phase and I am about to scratch an itch that I’ve been ignoring….Chevrons!  They are back in a big way and my little cashmere cowl is going to be chevrons.  What a happy accessory it will be!!

I also got some dying in and updated our shop.  Take a look….

I hope you have a wonderful day.  Tonight is knit night so you know I am happy!

See you soon,

Michele