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Murphy’s Law Indeed…

I have been missing a pair of Signature Needles for quite sometime and on occasion, I have lent them out….I can hear your gasp from here….and I check with the people to whom I would have lent them and everyone said no, they didn’t have them.

I looked thru (insert sad face here), several project bags that have housed project I either no longer love or have kinda forgotten about…it happens.  No dice.  I even looked in the “bigger” bags that I schlep all the little bags around in (I’m in danger of becoming a bag lady), still nothing!

I came to the realization that I would just have to replace them and that I exactly what I did a few weeks back at MD Sheep and Wool.  As predicted, I found them today, under my bed in a project LONG forgotten.  So, now I have a fixed 3 and one of the new Interchangeable 3’s.  But what I really needed was my US Size 4, and then I couldn’t find that only to realize I was knitting with it.

In other news, I am busy getting ready for a small festival on June 7 and I am excited because this year I will have the grid wall and the yarns will be displayed as they should be displayed.

I will also be introducing our new Sport Weight yarn, Yankee Clipper!  All good things.

I’m off to set the house straight as I have made a big mess looking for stuff.





Viajante is a Portuguese word for “traveller”, and a hot pattern on Ravelry right now.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about it when it came out and pretty much had dismissed it as a “not for me” pattern. But then some of my knitting friends were getting jazzed about it and I waited. I waited for people to finish the project and post some pictures.  The pictures were pretty, and I was already smitten about the yarn chosen by the designer, Martina Behm. I was starting to weaken.  I looked at the pattern notes of others and noted the needle size and dismissed it again because of my hand issue. But I went ahead and obtained my prized Wollmeise Lace-Garn for it in a colorway called Amethyst Light. I may have failed to mention that this is done in 1700 yards of lace weight yarn…..insert your cringing face here! I also failed to mentions that it’s knit for a bit on a 2.75 US (3 mm) needle and then the majority is knit on a size #4 US needle.

I have the pattern, the yarn and the needles right here beside me as I type this.  It looks so crazy, but it would be a great public and television knitting project.

I think it will stay on the back burner for a bit. My hand just can’t hold that small of a needle right now and I am making progress and would rather not have a setback now.

Getting my knitting love is my Vitamin D cardigan and I am happily knitting away on it.  This is my first top down sweater and I love that I can try it on as I go.I am using my yarn again, this time I am using my Yankee Tweed in the Wine colorway on Signature needles US #5 and I am loving it. I just might be monogamous with this project.  Here is a sneak peek….

Vitamin D Cardigan byHeidi Kirrmaier

Vitamin D Cardigan by
Heidi Kirrmaier

Please excuse the picture. It is a grey and rainy day and I had to use the flash.

I had planned on hitting the dye pots today, but I much prefer to dye in natural light and today is so gloomy out. So change in plans. I am going to clean up the kitchen and tidy some other neglected areas and then sit and catch up with the rest of the world with Downton Abbey. A friend lent my Seasons 1 and 2 and I have been itching to watch.

Have a wonderful day and I hope the sun is shining where you are!




A day to knit…

I took care of business this morning as well as some household chores (those are never ending) and decided after such a busy dyeing week, I would reward myself with some well deserved knitting time and some trash TV. It has been a wonderful afternoon.

I began a new shawl called Line Break by Veere Valimaki. She is the same designer as the ever popular Color Affection. It was wonderful to sit down and cast on and make some progress. I love progress.  I am using Madeline Tosh Light in a beautiful blue/green colorway called Cousteau and I am using my size US #6 Signature Needles.  Everything is better on a Signature needle!!

I remembered that I had taken a really neat photo while on vacation and I wanted to share it with you all. Isn’t it beautiful and the gal who made it, lined it. I enjoyed looking at it very much.

Have a great day and stay cool!




It’s my party….

Today was my birthday! As a mom myself, I feel that this day is more significant for the person who labored through it. Hubby took the day off and shuttled Bryce to and from camp. We ended the day with a great dinner together and cake, of course!

My birthday gifts this year were awesome, one from my best friend and one from my hubby…..Gift Certificates to Signature Needle Arts. I promptly placed my order and treated myself to a monogram on each. Both needles are circulars and I decided that I needed another Size 6, stiletto 40″ and Size 5, Stiletto 40″….I think I meant to order a Size 7 and not the 5….might have to call them in the morning. Might have been a bit too giddy about this gift.  ;-p

I placed an even bigger order with my supplier…sounds really bad doesn’t it. The people with the wool to be exact!! When I get home from vacation, here it will be waiting for me. There are going to be a lot of boxes….

I have so much to do to get ready for vacation, list, laundry, more laundry. I can’t wait to sit on the beach at the end of the day and watch my sun play in the ocean and my butt in a chair listening to the sound of the waves. I must say, this is what I miss the most. The sounds and smell of the ocean….so peaceful.

I will try to keep in touch, but I can’t promise. I am really going to try and stay “unplugged” as much as possible. You can always follow me on Twitter…I am getting quite addicted to that. If you Tweet, follow The Yankee Dyer for up to the minute “splashes” about what we are up to on Cape Cod.

I promised myself I would be in bed by 11:00 pm tonight and for the rest of the week because the 2:00 am nights are kicking my behind.

I am still knitting on the Poncho and I love the feel of the Rowan Felted Tweed. This poncho will be lightweight, but warm. I’ll take a picture of my s l o w progress, but progress non the less.

I leave you with a flower from my garden! It makes me happy! I hope it makes you happy as well.

She's a beauty!


Happy knitting!