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I love bugs and I can not lie!

Well, not really, but I love the pattern, The Love of Spiders.  I must say that it was a fun and engaging knit.  I highly recommend it.   However, the yardage is a tad off for the main color.  I was only able to complete 7 out of the 9 repeats and it didn’t make much difference in the end result.

Yarn is Yankee Sole, our 100% merino with a great twist.  Colorways are Fresh Apricot and The Admiral.

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Happy Easter Folks!

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

 

Grey, grey and more grey…..

I don’t know about you guys but the grey days are killing me.  I really noticed that December and January have been very bleak to say the least.  On the rare sunny days I find myself literally “soaking it up” as much as possible.  Spring will be here soon, right?

The weather gave New England a wild blizzard named Juno.  I guess the weather folks decided to name ALL storms from now on.  As if they need anything else to fuel their excitement over anything weather related.  I digress…on to knitting.

I went on a knitting retreat 2 weekends ago and had a wonderfully relaxing time. Great company, good food, knitting and chick flicks equals lots of fun.

I finished my sweater and actually wore it.

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It is so comfortable and the fit is just perfect.  This is when you are happy that you did a swatch and blocked that swatch.   The pattern is Window to my Soul by  Joji Locatelli.  The yarn is Yankee Stride in the Under the Sea color.  This is the second garment that I have made by her and I really like the way she designs.

I also made this for this upcoming weekend because it grabbed my attention while on vacation this past summer.  I am so fortunate that I will be taking a class with Stephen West and StevenBe at Fibre Space on Saturday.  It will be tons of fun.  Here is Vertices Unite by Stephen West.

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As a dyer, you know that color fascinates me.  I used the exact same pink in the lower section to the right.  It is actually a pink and grey stripe and then to the left the same pink is paired with navy.  See how different it looks.  I love it!!  All the yarn is hand dyed by me in Yankee Sole II.  It is a great stash buster and the color possibilities are endless.  It has a lovely i-cord bind off that really gives it a proper finish.  I will be wearing this on Saturday when I meet Mr. West!!  Oh yeah, there will be pictures!!!

I hope that your week is going well.  If you are in New England, I know what you are doing…shovel, shovel, shovel!!

I’ll see you soon!

Hugs,

Michele

 

 

 

Beyond Brrrr..!

Greetings to you all!  I hope you are warm and cozy.  It is rather brutal out there and I’m not even in the part of the country where it is just plain awful.  I will tell you that last nights drive home from knit night was a two hand on the wheel and heated seats kind of ride.  It was so windy and wild that it actually disturbed my sleep.

Yesterday and today have been a bit of a blur.  I have been trying to reorganize my dying stuff (the boys moved everything around “trying to help”, need I say more about that), and actually dye some yarn and take photos and keep the family stuff going.

I have a finished object to show you. The pattern is just a 2×1 ribbed sock but they are in my Crazy Monkey Love color way.  I love them!!  If you want a pair you can find the yarn in my Etsy shop.

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My sweater is almost ready to be blocked.  I only have ends to weave in and in for a soak it goes.  I expect to wear it next weekend on our annual knitting retreat to Williamsburg, VA.  I hope the weather is a bit less miserable.  I don’t mind cold but ass freezing, not so much!

I have also been knitting a rather interesting knit by Stephen West.  If you don’t know who he is, just click the link.  I am attending one of his classes at the end of the month and I expect that it will be a BLAST!!

I’ll give you a sneak peek at what I am knitting next time.

Enjoy the rest of your day and stay warm.

Best, Michele

Here’s a close up of the socks!

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Following One’s Bliss….

Lately I have been spending more time at the dye pots and feeling the love.

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A lovely knitter sent me this photo of her finished sock and by the time this post, her second had been done for hours.  Thank you Corrine for such a fabulous picture.  I just adore this color way and of course you can find it here.

I am very fortunate to be able to do what I love and get paid to follow my bliss essentially.  I had to unleash the restrictions I put on myself sometimes and go a bit wild and that’s how my new color ways, Pop Rocks, was born.

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I think these are so much fun!!  Doing this makes my heart happy!!

In knitting news, I am 2 inches away from being done with the body of my sweater.  I’ve decided that short sleeves may indeed work in the long run.  I’ll keep you posted.

I hope you all are well and enjoying the wonderful weather!

I’ll see you soon!

Michele

Ready, Set, Knit…..!

Are you ready to jump into the mystery?  I can’t believe that a year has passed.  Frankly they seem to be passing faster and faster.  I finally settled on my color choices…

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Both are my Yankee Sole II bases, on the left if Chai Latte and the right is Chap My Khaki’s.  Also at the ready are my Signature US #5 needles.

I can’t wait to see how everyone’s color combinations meet  Romi’s brilliant design.  Remember to post pictures on our Ravelry page, Yankee Dyer Fans.  Please feel free to share whatever you like.

Ready, set, knit!

Michele

It’s been a year….

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Wow, I can’t believe that a year has gone by since I left my part-time position at my LYS.  What a difference a year makes!

It was a great year for my business, Yankee Dyer Yarns, as I was able to dedicate more of my time and energy to moving forward.  During this year, I purchased equipment to make the dying process easier on my hands.  My hands patted myself on the back for that one as I almost crippled myself.  I was able to get my yarns in a couple of designers hands.  Rosemary (Romi) Hill will be designing with it this year and Laura Nelkin is using 315 mini skeins of a specially dyed color in her current Magpie Mystery KAL.  It was a huge thrill for me!

Social media plays so much of a role.  I’ve been Tweeting, not twearking!  Our Etsy shop has regular customers and I have quite a few followers on Twitter and I have even met one this fall.

At Maryland Sheep and Wool I got to meet the Queen of Wool, Ms. Clara Parkes.  It was quite by accident, I promise that I wasn’t stalking her.  I was waiting for a booth to open and out she came.  I got to hug her twice and she said she knew me (Twitter), and it was a big thrill.  I also got to meet Jill Draper, of Jill Makes Stuff and she was so lovely.  I have found that most everyone in the wool industry are helpful and just as nice as can be.

I stepped up my knitting this year and challenged myself is new ways!  That’s always fun, especially when you achieve something awesome.

My family and friends continue to love and support me in all the ways that matter.  I am blessed and take nothing for granted.

I am waiting on some news that will take things to the next level.  I can’t talk about it yet, but I will know something on Wednesday.  I’ll keep you posted.

I adore my new sweater!  I just need to get the buttons on and it will be complete!!

I hope you enjoyed my year in review.

See you soon….

Michele

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Secret Dye Project Reveal….

Happy day after Christmas!!  This is an unexpected post, but I couldn’t be happier to fire up the computer and share this with you all.

I told some of you that I was working on a TOP SECRET dying project for a major designer, but that’s ALL I could say.  Well, the project was for Laura Nelkin and you can see her blog about the project here.

Here are just a few of the details of why I was so busy.  I dyed more that 16,500 yards of yarn and handled that amount many times over.  Then I had to skein them into mini skeins of approx. 40 yds. each. It was a huge honor to be asked and I was thankful that I had the equipment to do it.  This is what the box looked like just before shipment to Laura….

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The year 2013 was a great one for The Yankee Dyer and I am looking forward to a wonderful 2014!

Cheers,

Michele

Oh good grief….

The packages are still arriving and I do feel badly for all the folks that do the deliveries.  My packages  come with maps on them because our street is still not found on a GPS.  I call it living off the grid.

I finished my Happy Hat and my friend Paula added a tassel for me which I just adore.  The pattern is called Simple Beret by Hannah Fettig.  Of course now that it is finished we are expecting temps in the 60’s….Oh good grief is right.  It needs a bath and a 10″ plate to get that classic tam shape.  I would call this a successful test knit of our new Yankee Worsted, which will be debuting in our Etsy shop January 2014.

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My son came down with a cold and it apparently called for ginger ale, ice cream, and popsicles.  He’s been a real pill as of late.  I am choosing to ignore him in lieu of what I would really like to do with him.

Last night my friend Betsy and I got together and knit and it was more of a visit than knitting for me.  I just crave adult company, it’s so sad.

Speaking of sad, it had been a rough year for several of my knitting friends.  There had been several unexpected deaths, horrible illnesses and diagnosis and I am thankful that they have a place where they can come and get away from the pain even if only for a few hours.  We are a tight group of great woman who have each others backs through good times and not so good times.

Be well my friends…

Michele