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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.

Mini Bar

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

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

MDSW from a different view …

Yankee Dyer Yarns had the pleasure of being a vendor this year and I won’t leave you in suspense, we will be back next year too!   It’s pretty amazing that I dyed 821 skeins in 6 weeks….sleep is for wimps.

I have been in business for a little over  5 years and all the hard work has paid off.  We were warmly welcomed into the Maryland Sheep and Wool community.  That festival is run like a well oiled machine.  It was very impressive to see it from another point of view.  Those folks are volunteers and they do it because they love it.

I was fortunate that my three best girlfriends could share this experience with me.  We all enjoyed meeting you and although the weather was a bit fussy, it didn’t stop the knitters.   We got to see lots of wonderful knits and had some lovely chats with folks.  I am so fortunate because I love what I do and it is labor intensive at times, but it is so much fun and the festivals are a blast.

Let me share some photos with you of our debut at Maryland Sheep and Wool.

The infamous Sam Barsky selfie!  It was fun to meet him.

Meet Team Yankee Dyer! None of this would have been half as fun without them.

Thank you to all that braved the elements and mud.  I have throughly enjoyed watching my yarn pop up on the “what I got” link on Ravelry.  Keep on knitting and we will see you next at Shenandoah Fiber Festival in September.

Hugs ~ Michele

 

We have news…

I’m popping in with very exciting news and then I’m popping right back out.  Yankee Dyer Yarns will be vending at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival this year.  We will be in the main building, location is A20.

To say we are thrilled would be the understatement of the year!!!!  I’m still kind of speechless.

I sent emails out to my knitting friends and shared this most exciting news.  I asked who wanted to work the booth with me.  You can always count on your knitting friends to reply with an enthusiastic HELL YEAH!!!  We are going to have so much fun meeting all of you.  It’s my favorite part…..

On the needles is a show sample that needs to get off the needles.  We will be debuting 3 new bases at the festival and even have knitting samples.  I love that I looks like I’ve got my shit together.  The universe works in mysterious ways.

We will also be vending again this year at Powhatan Festival of Fiber in Powhatan, VA on April 29.  It’s a wonderful festival and I look forward to seeing more fiber enthusiast there too!

I’m off to prep more yarn.

See you when I see you ~ Michele

I’m Out …..

Greetings fine Folks,

It’s 1:02 pm EST and I literally just called it a day!!  Yesterday was completely NUTS.  You know the kind of nuts where you leave stuff half done…and that’s a generous term mind you, and you walk into a room and totally forget why you went there in the first place.  So much to do and just one crazy lady attempting to do it all.

The transition from middle school to high school is in full swing and the guidance department called yesterday to say we picked out too many classes for our son???  Really I can see how that happened, the paperwork was super confusing and in case it was “just me”, I let Dad take a look and he looked the same…I felt better immediately.  I resolved that crack in the force over the phone.  But there was a disturbance in the force and it carried over all night and right smack into today.

Let me share how this happened.  Hubby goes to bed well before me.  I linger and knit and watch TV.  I knew I had a fresh clean bed to climb into, that’s always a plus.  I finally get up there and get snuggled in and hubby starts coughing and coughing and I suggest he put some Vicks on his feet with socks.  People it is 2:00 am and he’s telling me that he can’t sleep with socks on.  I am now tired and annoyed.  I suggest evaluating his head and turning on his side.  He replies that he can’t because he gets heartburn.  At this point I’m thinking he’s got to GO…find someplace else to sleep and thank you he went on his own.  That damn alarm clock went off at 5:00 am and I just about tore it off the table and rolled over and went back to sleep.  Next thing I hear is HIM….!!  Do you know it’s 7:15 and Bryce missed the bus and I’m late for work and god as my witness I just wanted to give him a hand gesture followed with some choice words.  Let the crazy begin as I call school and they inform me that Bryce has testing right after homeroom……..SHIT……!  I threw food at the kid and grabbed my coat and off we went.  I prayed that the police wouldn’t be out, they apparently had better things to do than deal with a mom in her pajamas, and crazy morning hair and NO COFFEE in her.

I tried so hard to pull this day together but I’m out.  I just made a banana bread and licked the bowl and now I’m putting in a movie and sending the force a message.  You won, I give up.  Lets try this again tomorrow.

I pray your day is better than this….!

Peace  ~  Michele

 

Happy 2017….

Greetings this new year!  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season.

I’m hoping to write a bit more this year as last year personally was a hot mess and yet professionally exceeded my expectations….!

I am proud to say that Yankee Dyer Yarns is now available in three brick and mortar shops and this thrills me to bits! If you find yourself in Brookline, MA, check out Uncommon Yarn …voted best new shops of 2016 by The Boston Globe.  We can also be found at the soon to open Red Fox Yarns in Vienna, VA.  They are opening on February 1, so if you live close and are a knitter/crocheter, check then out.  We can also be found on  The Knitting Boutique‘s website.

On February 18, we will be having a trunk show at Knit Locally in Gaithersburg, MD.  If you live around the area or want a fun road trip, we would love to meet you!!

I spent the Martin Luther King weekend with my dearest friends on our annual getaway to Williamsburg, VA.  We had such fun knitting, eating, drinking, shopping and laughing, lots of laughing.  It was very much like setting an internal reset button after the holidays and a rather tumultuous year.  Last year I mentioned to my friends that I was thinking about starting a memories blanket with my wee bits of leftover yarn and my friend Katharine was with me on this fun project.  In fact she was the only one who ACTUALLY started it.  Well, I rectified that this year by starting mine in earnest.  Here is ALL the knitting I did on our weekend away…

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I had grand plans of finishing sweaters in various stages of knitting, in fact my knitting was heavier than my actual suitcase.  It was just nice to have no obligations whatsoever.

There is lots going on this year with shows and in my next post I’ll share with you these events.

I hope your weekend is wonderful.  The sun is out here and for that alone I am greatful.

Happy Knitting ~ Michele

 

 

Dear America….

Dear America,

My heart broke on November 8th.

To say that I am sad would be such an understatement as to how I actually feel.  I feel so many things, some at the same time.  Anger is pretty up there.  Disappointment is up there too.  I’m not even sure that this blog post will make any sense.  I have been shaken to my core and I’m terrified for all of us.  I have been very active on Twitter and appalled by what  I have found.  I’ve fought back but I have found that I can’t find peace this way and I’m not sure it’s good for my mental health.

I pray that we don’t take steps backwards.  I pray that we don’t start a war.  I pray that “he who shall not be named” surrounds himself with people who will keep him grounded, but that’s looking even more horrifying as I type this.  Basically folks, I’m praying.

I’m going to support programs I believe in and pray.  I wish you all peace in whatever soothes you.  I forecast that antidepressant sales go through the roof.  The only ones making out will be the pharmaceutical companies.

Love Trumps Hate

Always be Kind

Peace….

 

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

It’s Festival time..

Greeting from a crazed dyer.  Yes, you read that right.  Next weekend is the Shenandoah Fiber Festival and I am vending.  It’s my first 2 day fiber event so anxiety is in pretty high gear.  I’ve totally gave up housework and the family and began a rather crazy yet fun dying marathon.

Busy is a blessing and I know it.  But this is why I haven’t blogged much.

My sweater is practically done and would be done if I hadn’t had to wait for my buttons to come it.  They arrived the other day and I’m ignoring them until I dig myself out from the yarn bomb that is my house at the moment.

I have actually left the house today because we were out of food and I needed to slurp some wifi from the library, so a win win in my book and I get some fresh air.  We’ve been blessed with a break in the weather and nature is out AC at the moment and frankly I’ve been sleeping like a brick.

I did have some things come off the needles recently, but they require blocking and I have no time.

I have a tooth infection and am on antibiotics and praying that wherever this leads it will wait until after next weekend.  So, please say a little prayer that epic dentistry isn’t in my immediate future.

The chill in the air just thrills my wooly soul and of course I think I’ll cast on some socks because they are excellent  travel knitting and mentally it’s about all I’m capable of at the moment, you understand?

Well, off to the grocery store and then back to the dye pots.

See you on the flip side.

Michele

Surprise….!

I’ve been keeping a secret for a l o n g time.  I was asked by the fabulous folks at Jimmy Beans Wool to participate in their Mico-Brew series and I was thrilled to accept.


The yarn was to be based on the book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  I had an absolute blast coming up with the color.  To be honest, it’s my favorite part next to seeing what my colors grow up to be.  The lovely folks at Jimmy Beans even designed a lovely accessory called Don’t Panic Wrap and it really captures the essence of the yarn. 


If you buy the yarn at Jimmy Beans, you get a code for 50% off the pattern! Win, win I’d say.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Happy Knitting,

Michele, The Yankee Dyer