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Rhinebeck 2014

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.

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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.

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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

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.

Alpaca

Alpaca

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.

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Thank you Rhinebeck for the wonderful day!  I sure hope we meet again next year!

Happy knitting people!!

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….

IMG_1984It was lots of fun and I totally fell in love with these little guys and can’t wait to see what Laura has planned for them.

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

Cheers,

Michele

I’m still here…

Greetings! Sorry that I have neglected you but I was ill and then my mom was here visiting for a week and I lost track of you….so sorry.

I have been knitting on that fabulous Warwick shawl in my own yarn, finally. I used my lovely Yankee Stride and enjoyed knitting on this very much! Here is a sneak peek, unblocked…..

warwick1 I love that this looks like a hot ass mess until it is blocked and that is where the magic happens.

Warwick Shawl by Irish Girlie Knits

Warwick Shawl by Irish Girlie Knits

It is by far, my favorite shawl. I did this the Anne Hanson way, no stitch markers and no life lines….I call it knitting on the edge. The pattern was clear and easy to follow and I would have been done in a week but I got a cold/virus thingy that had me down for about 10 days. I mean taking a shower was an “event” and then you changed into fresh jammies and had to rest…that kind of thing.

I actually did the bind off while my mom was here and used my kitchen table for the blocking. Was not the best space, but I was anxious for my mom to see the magic of blocking.

I also joined the Juego Mystery KAL on Ravelry with Laura Nelkin. This was an impulse thing after I finished the Warwick shawl and it requires 40 grams of beads. Yes, you read that right, 40 grams. I am going to have a shawl with BLING! This MKAL starts April 12…can’t wait.

I also acquired some Wollmeise Lace for a project that I will talk about in a future post…..

There have been so many changes since I last wrote, all wonderful and different. I feel lighter and happier than I have in months, so I know that the decisions I made were the right ones. More on this later.

I hope this post finds you all well and happily knitting away!

I would also love to know what you all are knitting on! Inquiring minds want to know.

Happy day,

Michele