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What a wonderful 2012….

I first and foremost want to wish you all a wonderful New Year!! May this and every year be blessed for you all.

The year has gone by so fast, as they seem to do after you have children. I thought I might do a year in review.

The year started off on the rough side for me. I began the New Year sick and it kind of rolled right on through until the end of February. It was just one thing after another.

It was the year of the Not So Smalls group that I started at my LYS. We started off with small shawls and boy have they grown, as have our skill levels.  We started off the year with And So Are You by Rose Beck and it was a fun knit. Then the Color Affliction Affection  by Veera Valimaki  took hold of the shop, and pretty much the world. Everyone was knitting one. I had such a great time helping people with their colors. I loved that shawl so much I made a second for Bryce’s teacher, whom we adored and I deemed “knit worthy”. Next we did Citron, which is so close to done it’s ridiculous. After that we had fun with Ambleside which was great practice for the yarn overs. Next up was Line Break by Veera Valimaki, who was one of the HOT designers of 2012. Now in between there were hats and a poncho. Last, but not least was the Dungeness shawl. I must admit that mine is not done. The group has grown and I couldn’t be happier!


Also this year was the birth of The Yankee Dyer. And what a ride it has been. I started off with a lovely 100% merino base that we dubbed, Yankee Pride and it was pretty much off to the races from there. I had a wonderful Open House in July and another in November and lots of sales and custom orders in between. My family and friends have been behind me all the way and I so appreciated all the love a support I got from all of you especially my husband!! (He just made me type that)…


I offered up a box (pictured above) of hand dyed yarns to the Knot Hysteria Retreat this Fall in Port Ludlow, WA. I was thrilled to dye the yarn and send it. I got a lovely note from all the wonderful knitters and teachers. But the best was yet to come and I had no idea that this was going to happen. The Yarn Harlot used my yarn to knit her friend Ken a pair of socks. It was a TRUE MOMENT for me!! There were tears even before I had seen her blog post. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen. Talk about ending the year on a high note!!

The new year holds so many wonderful life moments with my family, friends and business. Bryce is going to hit double digits this year, that is so amazing! Let’s face it, everyday is an adventure and I look forward to enjoying the ride!


Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all the very best that life has to offer!


aka The Yankee Dyer


I found the camera…see….!

I have proof that I am knitting. Yep, you guessed correctly, I found the camera and took a whopping 2 pictures of my current WIP’s. One is Citron, a lovely free pattern from Knitty, which I have decided to extend the repeats to 10 so that it will be larger. The color is totally outside of my color spectrum, but I love it and think it will look fantastic for a summer night out!

My next addiction, and I say addiction because it is so fabulous, that you can’t wait to put more color combinations together and do it all over again. This is the insanely popular Color Affection.  I am doing mine on size 7 32″ circulars and  really, I could use a 40″ for ease of working space. Now the picture is vague, I did that on purpose and am not a totally lousy photographer, just in case you were wondering! I want to show it to you in all its’ glory.

On the home front, Kyle has left for Massachusetts, and my parents are leaving in the morning and I will be running Bryce around between karate and BMX.

In between, I will be prepping the yarn in anticipation of dyeing on Monday. Just the thought of it makes me so happy.

I have to run to school to see Bryce and his presentation.

Have a great day. Happy Knitting!