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
Oh, I bet that got your attention! I also enjoy reading blogs that have pictures too! Sometime this isn’t always possible.
I told you I finished my Line Break and I kept forgetting to ask my friend Lynne for a quick photoshoot. She takes the most flatterning photo’s. So here we go…
It really was a fun knit.
Last blog post I had a case of pattern-itis. Well, now I suffering from wanting to cast-on everything in sight. I thought the better of this move.
I will definitely cast-on the Vitamin D sweater this week and possibly another shawl.
Yesterday I went on an outing with my friend which of course landed us somewhere near fiber and I added to my stash some glorious Road to China Light by The Fibre Company. Last weeks lace class with Anne Hanson was fun and informative because she works with some of the most sought after fibers and this was on my list to use with one of her beautiful patterns. What makes up this fiber you ask?? It starts off with 65% Baby Alpaca, then 10% Cashmere and 10% Camel and 15% silk…sounds awful, I know and it feels even worse, wink, wink. I am actually sitting here petting it.
So you see my dilemma right? So many great patterns and exciting yarns, but sadly, just not enough time. Unless I stopped cooking and cleaning and doing the laundry….what a lovely little fantasy I just had. I guess I just need to knit faster and better manage my time. I’ll let you know how that goes.
I finally finished the beautiful shawl Line Break. I did it in Madeline Tosh Light and I finished it in time for the nip in the air that is coming. I love the pattern and the yarn.
Today I spent a good chunk of time on Ravelry, buying, saving and fav’ing even more beautiful shawls. I am thinking of something with some beads. I did happen to pick up some beautiful beads while in Alexandria last weekend and I keep looking at them and they are speaking to me. My poor hubby was passing by and asked if this is what I was going to do today, my answer, yep, pretty much and I think I may need a nap. He understood the reason for my deep down tiredness and left me to myself.
I am also very smitten with a sweater. I know, I know…I always say, I’m not really a garment knitter, but I got to try this sweater on and it was love at first sight. My friends said it was a great choice and it looked really cute on me. The name of the pattern is Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier and can be found on Ravelry.
I am taking a lace class on Saturday with Anne Hanson at Crazy For Ewe and I was just talking with my friend Sue and she said something about “homework”. I said, I didn’t read anything about homework and then realized that I had forwarded the email to her without actually reading it!!! Why didn’t I read it you ask, well, when I got home yesterday from work, we had a house guest. He was 2 years old and we were in charge of him while his mom was in the hospital having his new baby sister. I forgot how active a 2 year old can be and how unsafe my entire home was, so no, I never went on the computer and if I hadn’t talked with Sue I would be quite embarrassed come Saturday.
This is what I was working on today! I love it!! This is Yarn Harlot bound!!!
So, now that I have confirmed that I do indeed have homework, I am off in search of the right needles and yarn…..! I think Yankee Pride will be perfect….needles are somewhere….I think looking in daylight is my best bet.
I am off to watch some mindless TV, as I have been dyeing all day with wonderful results!!
Happy Knitting and Sweet Dreams!