Greetings from Cape Cod! Oh how I miss this place. The summer traffic, not so much. I am having a chill out day and thought a quick blog post might be fun.
Last weekend my family and I went to Lauray Caverns in Virginia and honestly it was magnificent. If you are in that neck of the woods I highly recommend it.
This is a totally mind-blowing picture. There is a natural spring on the bottom which acts as a reflecting pool for the ceilings. Who needs photoshop when mother nature does this for you.
This was really fascinating too. Here you were allowed to throw in money and make a which. They have raised more that a million dollars that they have donated.
In knitting news, my sweater is in the process of being sewn up and I left it home. Too bulky to schlep around. I am working on my Olympic knitting, one is a wrap, Nash by Alicia Plummer and the other is a shawl with beads by Romi Hill called Latticework. I won’t finish either before the end of the summer games.
Are you knitting along with the games? I’ve enjoyed the girls gymnastics and all the swimming and was lucky to catch some equestrian events this am.
I hope you are staying cool as the humidity has been brutal.
Knitting picture progress next blog post.
Until then, be well!
Happy Thursday! I hope you all are well. It’s our first full week of no school and it’s lovely to just delete that alarm off your alarm clock for a while.
On Saturday I participated in a new fiber festival hosted by the Frederick News-Post and it was a complete blast and success for all the planners and vendors. I had so much fun meeting new fiber loving friends and sharing our love of wool that I feel totally hung over today (Sunday). I helped so many with parings of yarns for various shawls that I had on display like my Moon Shadows by Romi Hill and by Kristen Kapur. When I am tired and think I can’t dye anymore yarn, it’s this energy that gets me through.
These are all “pre stampede” as the wall of yummy became thin, quickly.
I’m going to revamp my Etsy shop during this off time, new photos and update that sale section. I’ve been working on my Charlie cardigan which I am so enjoying. A sleeve, the black and one front is complete as, so one front and a sleeve and we will have a sweater. I think that is going to be my new favorite way to knit a sweater. There is lots of satisfaction upon completing each piece.
We leave for vacation on July 2 and I can’t wait. Outer Banks, I’ve been dreaming about you and your beaches and the salt air……so close, so close. I could care less about my clothes, it’s basically the essentials nothing fancy. As you all know, vacation packing is ALL ABOUT the PACKING OF THE KNITTING. Of course I will over pack here. I’ve been itching for lace, yep need to scratch that itch. Designer Ysolda Teague has a shawl called Stac Shoaigh that is calling me in sport weight, so that is a definite to go with me. There was something else and for the life of me I can’t remember it.
I’ll be back before I go! Be happy!
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Tagged Amy Herzoag, Fiber Festival, Knitting, Kristen Kapur, Rosemary Romi Hill, shawls, vacation, yarn, Ysolda Teague
Hey there! We’ve got lots of snow and whipping winds and P O W E R! I hope I didn’t just jinx us. But we are warm and safe and tucked into the house while mother nature unleashes her fury outside.
Did I tell you that I had decided that 2016 was going to my year of zen? I mean January isn’t even over yet and I honestly feel like it should be. I’ve been sick pretty much since the 4th or so and had a family emergency which required me to fly home and take care of a very loved one. You know what you do, you rise up to occasion and you handle things. All the emotions hit me at the airport on the way back. I was the one sitting there with tears streaming down my face at the gate fighting back the urge to grab a cab and go back to where I was needed. Healing is what needs to take place and I had really done all that I could, except I really wanted to stay. I’m sure you know that tug on your heart.
I’m still not feeling great and got some meds from the doctor and hopefully all will be better soon. Just a heads up, flying with a cold really makes things worse.
In knitting news, I want to knit lots of things. While sick, Ravelry is a lovely way to distract yourself of how you are feeling by replacing the icky feelings with feelings of what I’m gonna knit when I feel better!! Of course when sick, you think that you have somehow become a knitting ninja and all things are possible. I know you know that feeling!
My mom had asked me to knit Sagebrush by Romi Hill after she had seen and tried on mine and I had kinda said sure and then forgot about it until she called me to the carpet on it and gave me a deadline. I am proud to say that I practiced monogamous knitting and came in well under my deadline. It needs to be blocked and a joined and then mailed. She is gifting it to a special doctor and the color way she chose was Teal Me On in Yankee Sole II. In case you didn’t know, teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.
I hope that all is well with you and that if you are affected by the blizzard, you are safe and warm.
I’ll have photo’s of the finished project on the next blog.
Happy Summer! That was one fast school year. We have been in a horrible heat wave which makes me and everyone else miserable. When the dew points are in the 70’s, it’s insufferable. Right now we are having terrible thunderstorms.
I have been knitting and once again I knit the Rosemary (Romi) Hill Mystery Knit Along and she didn’t disappoint this year either.
I love the colors so much. The lighter color is called Fairy Dust, a hint of pink and the darker shade is Sun Kissed Peach. This MKAL started about a month after my Uncle passed and I needed something to hold on to, literally. I knit like a woman possessed but it kept me sane.
At the end of May, I lost a dear friend who had been suffering for such a long time. It’s been a rough spring. I am thankful that I have knitting to lose myself in at times.
It’s not all sad. A dear friend became a grandmother for the first time and I have been so excited for her and her family. Nothing like a baby to make you happy. You just can’t help yourself. I asked the then to be grandmother if she would mind if I knitted something special for her daughters baby and she said absolutely. This is the color combination I cooked up the other day.
I just love it! A one of a kind color way for a one of a kind little one. I plan in casting on tomorrow.
I also just updated the shop with many new colors as well as out sumptuous new sport weight yarn, Yankee Schooner. It’s a beautiful combination of 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon and comes in 250 yard skeins. You can see them right here.
Enjoy the yarn porn! Happy Knitting!
Posted in Designers, Family, Mystery KAL, Projects, Yankee Dyer
Tagged Cashmere, Knitting, Rosemary Romi Hill, shawls, sport weight, Yankee Dyer, Yankee Schooner, yarn
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
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.
Here is my sweater that claimed 2nd place. Pattern is Market Jacket by local designer Tanis Gray.
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.
Posted in Designers, Mystery KAL, Projects, Yankee Dyer
Tagged Hand dyed yarn, Knitting, Red Rock Canyon, Rosemary Romi Hill, Sierra Lupine, Tanis Gray, Yankee Sole II, yarn
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.
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.
It was a joy to knit. I love Romi’s attention to detail! Her charts are sheer perfection!
I made this with Yankee Dyer Yarns, Yankee Sole II in Chap My Khaki’s and Chai Latte and I dyed them myself.
Do you see the Owls peeking out at you! What a fabulous addition to the design. And then the bind off.
Pretty Picots add the perfect balance for this shawl. I loved knitting in as well as blocking it because nothing beats the magic of blocking!
If you haven’t experienced a Romi design, please do treat yourself. It’s such a great journey!
If you like these colors and are thinking you might like to make one, please visit my shop, The Yankee Dyer, and I will hook you up!
I am wearing this Object of Affection to a wedding at the end of June. Perfect for a late day, outdoor wedding.
In other news, we are up to our neck in basil. I see lots of pesto in my future.
Did you know that you can make the pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays and use it all winter. I throw it in homemade spaghetti sauce, meatloaf and toss with veggies.
Have a wonderful and happy weekend! See you next week!
I love the pure genius in what is going on with this Mystery shawl with Rosemary (Romi) Hill. The texture is off the hook and having good yarn helps. I have been knitting like a crazy person and I am pleased to present the fruits of my labors, which is just fancy for, I gave up everything except eating and bathing for this baby!
Look at those darling Owls peeking out at you! I was happy to be able to finish this early so that I could have a couple of days to catch up on my other stuff like laundry and such.
Clue #4 comes out tomorrow and I hope that there are more Owls.
Have a wonderful Thursday! Next blog post will be about the dye pots.
It’s never too late to join the KAL. Also, check out our website for some great sale yarn.
I have been knitting my fingers off playing catch up with the MKAL. Yes, I know it’s not a race, but I had a knitting error to fix and then away I went. I just finished Clue #2 yesterday and snapped you a quick picture.
Pretty, right? I am absolutely in love with the texture of this shawl. If you haven’t tried any designs by Rosemary (Romi) Hill, please treat yourself and your yarn to an adventure. Because of Ms. Hill, I can read charts!! Which really does make knitting so much easier. This happened last year while doing her first mystery shawl. It was a joyous day!!
As I head into Clue 3, I threw in a LIFELINE and STITCH MARKERS. I have had too many incidents of knitting going wonky with no lifeline to save me and the feeling is bad folks,really bad. Now remember when putting in your safety net, go under your stitch markers and NOT THRU THEM. Ask me how I know?? I am always excited to finish one clue and go onto the next that sometimes I forget the lifeline and after completing Clue 1, I zipped one in and went thru the markers. It became clear in about a nano second as I started to knit what the problem was, I went thru the markers and not under them….UGH….here was my quick fix. I grabbed my scissors and pried open the stitch marker and replaced it with a new one and then slapped myself in the head!! (Actually left myself a note by my knitting area).
Please practice SAFE KNITTING folks and then you won’t have to smack yourself.
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…
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!