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Fiber Fumes…..

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.

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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!

Michele

 

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Catching up…..

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.

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy the yarn porn!  Happy Knitting!

Michele

 

 

What a wonderful 2012….

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!

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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)…

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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!

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Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all the very best that life has to offer!

Michele

aka The Yankee Dyer