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…
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
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The Northeast is getting more snow and here is the Southeast we had rain and now wind. And yes, another grey day.
I had a fabulous weekend with a couple of knitting friends as we met up at Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA for the Stephen and Steven Mix Tape Tour. I have been looking forward to this for a couple of months. As you can imagine, the spaces were limited so you had to jump on it as soon as it was announced. I have to give props to Fibre Space and the staff as they were wonderful and helpful and running on fumes I think.
Stephen West is a real sweetheart! His pictures on Instagram are amusing and entertaining and he is the same in person. Steven Be was just as sweet and wonderful and a perfect team they did make. As a dyer, I really appreciated Stephen’s approach to color, which was pretty much, go for it!! The hours went to quickly, don’t they always! And that was my Saturday.
Sunday was the big game. Being from the northeast, you bet I was rooting for the Patriots. It was a nail biter of a game and I was already feeling a cold coming on, so I pretty much chilled on the couch and knit/napped most of the day. It’s better to just give in.
Monday, full-blown yuck inserted itself into my life. I managed to get to the pet store, pharmacy, and grocery store and home again in time to pick up the boy from the bus stop. I really can’t complain as we all have been healthy up to this. I prayed that I would stay healthy until Saturday and then it didn’t matter. That sorta back fired, but I can live with that.
I seem to have cowl-itis. I bought yarn on our retreat for a cowl in two different weights and while at Fibre Space I bought yarn for 2 more. One I have been lamenting over and one was pure indulgence…..100% cashmere. I am s t i l l knitting on hubby’s scarf and being monogamous. That is just about killing me but I get the look every time I put it down so it’s best to just press on and finish it. It’s really a rather handsome scarf and will look wonderful on him.
Did I tell you that the boy is very interested in clothes now? I can’t remember. I didn’t see him leave this morning but hubby said he looked sharp. I can’t remember the last time he was in jeans. Honestly I think it was his jean overalls when he was a toddler. He always looked fabulous when I dressed him. I did buy him some skinny jeans, as was his preference, but they are slim as well and he did look sharp getting off the bus. So grown up for about a half hour…..sigh!
Here are the pictures from Saturday!
What a perfect place for a Fall wool festival!! Rhinebeck, New York did not disappoint. The color was as spectacular on the ground as on the trees. It was wonderful to see children playing in natures beauty. I even caught a little guy in a beautiful Baby Surprise Jacket.
It was a r e a l l y long day, but worth it in so many ways. I saw tons of glorious sweaters, shawls, scarfs and hats. Everywhere I looked I was just in awe of all the beautiful knits.
I took this picture while in line for the Cider Donuts, which were well worth the wait!
I have to laugh because I said to a few folks like Laura Nelkin, I’ll see you there, when frankly it’s hard enough to stay with the people you came with never mind actually finding someone. But I did literally run into someone and my day, week, year, was made….
Me and The Yarn Harlot
The look on my face pretty much said it all. There was a moment captured with any ugly cry on my part. I am such a goof. But seriously, what were the odds?
I got to see some lovely alpacas and even a nun with a goat. Yes, you read that right. A nun with a goat. Too surprised to get a picture of that.
I had a wonderful time and have great memories and photos and hope to go back next year, but for the whole weekend.
Here is a group shot of the group of knitters and friends I went with.
Thank you Rhinebeck for the wonderful day! I sure hope we meet again next year!
Happy knitting people!!
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