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In a different direction….

Greetings from a balmy Maryland.

We are gearing up for the parental units to arrive beginning Sunday and then again on Wednesday.  It’s really going to feel like Thanksgiving here this year.

I’ve not blogged much I know and I’m sorry.  Being a mother of a pre-teen is mentally exhausting.  If you have kids, you understand.

I decided to try something different and it still involves dying the yarn and knitting…..DESIGN.  Yep, I stuck my toes in and it was fun.  I have my first published pattern on Ravelry and in my shop and you can get it.  I went slow and steady with this and wonderful knitter friends did the tech edits for me.  Here it is, may I present, Snug Harbor Infinity Cowl by yours truly.

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It’s a wonderful cowl that combines my love of lace, texture and stripes.  Think about all the possible color combinations.  This is my favorite way to wear it but it can also be worn long.  I did this in Yankee Sole II, fingering weight yarn.  Help share the love on Ravelry!!

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I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did designing and knitting it.  And that  is what I’ve been up to.  What’s on your needles?

Till next time…..!

Michele

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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.

Market Jacket

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

Knitting therapy….

I awoke to the most glorious weather.  We really needed a break from the hideous humidity that makes life miserable.  It was nice sleeping with the windows open and listening to all the noises that are unique to summer.

As you know I have been knitting steadily on a lace project which really has been a sort of therapy for me as I am really missing our cat Chloe.  I needed a project that required all my attention and there were days a week or so ago that I suffered from a nasty summer cold and all I wanted to do was knit, so I did.  The resulting scarf is gorgeous and of course I can’t wait to wear it.  The pattern is Sierra Lupine by Rosemary (Romi) Hill and I used my light fingering weight yarn Yankee Pride in the Cornflower color way.

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and the edging is just stunning.  I just love the effect and the beads.  This project really did ease my sorrow.  Amazing what needles and some yarn can do.

Hard to believe that we are at the end of July and that I just ordered a new backpack for my son and LL Bean was out of quite a few colors already.  Next week is actual school supply shopping, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.  I love shopping for school supplies, always have.  Any excuse to hit Staples!!  I have a thing for Post-It Notes……

I hope that you are enjoying your summer.  See you soon.

Best,  Michele

 

 

 

Viajante……..

Viajante is a Portuguese word for “traveller”, and a hot pattern on Ravelry right now.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about it when it came out and pretty much had dismissed it as a “not for me” pattern. But then some of my knitting friends were getting jazzed about it and I waited. I waited for people to finish the project and post some pictures.  The pictures were pretty, and I was already smitten about the yarn chosen by the designer, Martina Behm. I was starting to weaken.  I looked at the pattern notes of others and noted the needle size and dismissed it again because of my hand issue. But I went ahead and obtained my prized Wollmeise Lace-Garn for it in a colorway called Amethyst Light. I may have failed to mention that this is done in 1700 yards of lace weight yarn…..insert your cringing face here! I also failed to mentions that it’s knit for a bit on a 2.75 US (3 mm) needle and then the majority is knit on a size #4 US needle.

I have the pattern, the yarn and the needles right here beside me as I type this.  It looks so crazy, but it would be a great public and television knitting project.

I think it will stay on the back burner for a bit. My hand just can’t hold that small of a needle right now and I am making progress and would rather not have a setback now.

Getting my knitting love is my Vitamin D cardigan and I am happily knitting away on it.  This is my first top down sweater and I love that I can try it on as I go.I am using my yarn again, this time I am using my Yankee Tweed in the Wine colorway on Signature needles US #5 and I am loving it. I just might be monogamous with this project.  Here is a sneak peek….

Vitamin D Cardigan byHeidi Kirrmaier

Vitamin D Cardigan by
Heidi Kirrmaier

Please excuse the picture. It is a grey and rainy day and I had to use the flash.

I had planned on hitting the dye pots today, but I much prefer to dye in natural light and today is so gloomy out. So change in plans. I am going to clean up the kitchen and tidy some other neglected areas and then sit and catch up with the rest of the world with Downton Abbey. A friend lent my Seasons 1 and 2 and I have been itching to watch.

Have a wonderful day and I hope the sun is shining where you are!

Michele