It’s a perfect summer day here in MD. Little humidity and just pretty perfect. The birds are chirping, the windows are open and my butterfly bushes are full of natures wonders.
Things here have been a bit rough, hence the title of this blog. And things might get goofy as some of what has been doing on sorta rhymes. I saw the orthopedic hand specialist almost 2 weeks ago for a trigger finger issue. I was told to stop what I was doing….knitting, dying…..and complete rest for 4-6 weeks, ice and sleep with a glove on, which I will admit is helping. If you think there should have been a big crying jag, you would be correct, there have been several. Next up my eye. I developed at sty and it didn’t really present as one so off I went to eye doctor and it was a sty just a different kind. Solution, warm compresses applied frequently. Then I developed a rash on my right forearm, started small and as I scratched it grew. I began treating with a topical something or other and dismissed it. Then yesterday I wound up at the doctors for a separate issue whereas I took note that i had issues with all my appendages. Before the doctor came in I had another good cry and got caught by said doctor. It was nice to see her perk up and tell me she can help….thank you Lord because my hubby said I was becoming unravelled. Frankly, who can blame me right? She also addressed my hand and said if my hand felt better she didn’t think knitting for 5 minutes here and there would be a problem. Yep, she got a big hug. She took care of all my issues and gave me a shot for the arm and it’s only contact dermatitis and the eye is already better as is my toe. I mean seriously I need a vacation!!!!
We will be heading to the Outer Banks on the 12th of August and I can’t wait. Now I can plan a bit of knitting. I am a huge fan of Amy Herzog and I think vacation knitting calls for a sweater. Something easy and soothing like stockinette and my beautiful Rear Admiral color way in Yankee Harbor DK. My swatch has been done for a while so I just need to plug in my info and pick my pattern which I think will be Cypress Cove. It’s a beautiful open cardigan and I got to try it on and I adored it, plus no buttonholes!!
I have taken this forced down time to plan for the coming year and I have some great ideas for kits and new colors and even another new base. It’s all very exciting and has kept me from a complete meltdown. I am currently working on Purless by Romi Hill and today we get to spend some time together. I’m using our beautiful Yakkity-Yak in Yak-Tober a rich heathered gold and available in our shop if you click on the link.
Now you know why I’ve been so quiet, I’ve been unravelling.
I also have other wonderful news. We would like to welcome Ewe to You Yarns in Grand Blanc, Michigan to the Yankee Dyer Yarns family. We are really getting around!!
I’m off for 5 minutes of bliss.
Hugs ~ Michele
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We are in the homestretch of school and tomorrow he will be promoted to 9th grade which means high school here. This year was a bit of a struggle for him and us but other parents have survived worse, we shall survive.
Our son also turned 14 on Saturday and he has the attitude to go with the age. We had a nice day together and went to his favorite place for dinner. Time does go quickly so grab what you can and enjoy. I keep trying to physically hold onto to him but he resist…..LOL! Here’s a little flash back at his baby cuteness. Look at that pouty baby bottom lip.
In knitting news I finished my Custom Fit Sweater!!! It’s a rather shameful story really. The entire and I do mean the ENTIRE sweater was done. It was blocked, sewn together, ends woven in, buttons, thread and a pretty ribbon all purchased and all together in a pretty bag. My nemesis, the freaking button bands. I kinda suck at the whole buttonhole thing. I decided that I needed to overcome that so I proceeded with the directions and put the band with the buttons on the wrong side. No bid deal, it’s only 10 rows, mission accomplished. Now for the one with the buttonholes. Amy Herzog the designer of the Charlie Cardigan said to use an eyelet buttonhole and someone told me the one row buttonhole was better but I hate how fussy it is and I also realized that I NEVER button my cardigans so the eyelet one would do just fine. Before I knew it I was sewing on the pretty grosgrain ribbon and then the buttons and I just LOVE it!! Tell me what you think. I’m currently swatching for another sweater in her custom fit collection.
Had to wait for my son, the photographer, to take some pictures for me.
It’s actually chilly here today so I am wearing it to knit night!
Lastly, the Frederick Fiber Festival will be taking place this weekend and our yarns are sold exclusively in Maryland by Knit Locally. If you are going please stop by and say Hi to Peggy and let your fingers fondle all the beautiful yarns she is bringing with her!
I’ll see you back here soon!
I don’t know about you guys but the grey days are killing me. I really noticed that December and January have been very bleak to say the least. On the rare sunny days I find myself literally “soaking it up” as much as possible. Spring will be here soon, right?
The weather gave New England a wild blizzard named Juno. I guess the weather folks decided to name ALL storms from now on. As if they need anything else to fuel their excitement over anything weather related. I digress…on to knitting.
I went on a knitting retreat 2 weekends ago and had a wonderfully relaxing time. Great company, good food, knitting and chick flicks equals lots of fun.
I finished my sweater and actually wore it.
It is so comfortable and the fit is just perfect. This is when you are happy that you did a swatch and blocked that swatch. The pattern is Window to my Soul by Joji Locatelli. The yarn is Yankee Stride in the Under the Sea color. This is the second garment that I have made by her and I really like the way she designs.
I also made this for this upcoming weekend because it grabbed my attention while on vacation this past summer. I am so fortunate that I will be taking a class with Stephen West and StevenBe at Fibre Space on Saturday. It will be tons of fun. Here is Vertices Unite by Stephen West.
As a dyer, you know that color fascinates me. I used the exact same pink in the lower section to the right. It is actually a pink and grey stripe and then to the left the same pink is paired with navy. See how different it looks. I love it!! All the yarn is hand dyed by me in Yankee Sole II. It is a great stash buster and the color possibilities are endless. It has a lovely i-cord bind off that really gives it a proper finish. I will be wearing this on Saturday when I meet Mr. West!! Oh yeah, there will be pictures!!!
I hope that your week is going well. If you are in New England, I know what you are doing…shovel, shovel, shovel!!
I’ll see you soon!
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My family and I have been enjoying the Olympic games. The winter Olympics are by far my favorite. Snowboarding and figure skating are also high on my list of must see events.
I haven’t done much knitting either. My current WIP just isn’t thrilling me. Love the yarn, like the pattern but something is missing. There is no zip in this project. You know what I mean about zip. It’s that feeling of not being able to put it down or you can’t wait to sit down and dig in. I have none of that for this project….nada, zip, zilch. What to do, what to do?? Find something else to knit quick. I saved this draft last night and picked up the knitting in question and noticed that I had made an error. I was purling on the right side and knitting on the wrong side. I think that I had double checked that too.
I do, however, have plans for all of this!
This is going to be a gorgeous Seed Stitch wrap! What option do you prefer? The only difference is that I added a light green skein.
Since my knitting is working against me these days, I have been doing laundry and channeling my inner domestic goddess….well not quite, but things are getting done.
We are expecting another storm today, which has been a weekly event and seems to be our weather pattern this winter. I hope that the kids don’t use up anymore snow days, but it’s not looking good.
Tonight is knit night, a day early thanks to the storm! I am wearing my new sweater and it is extremely cozy. Perfect for this winter for sure.
Stay safe and warm!
Wow, I have been gone for a bit. Best of intentions on doing a blog post, but I have failed.
I am back for a bit in between making the yarn pretty and my secret project and knitting my first top down sweater! I am also doing it in a new Yankee Dyer base, Yankee Worsted. It has a lovely hand this yarn and I have been in love while knitting the sweater. The pattern is from Tanis Gray and it is called Market Jacket. Like I said, this is my first experience with a top down construction and I found the directions to be a bit vague. But with help of another more experienced knitter, success can be had. My helper and I made some mods to the pattern. As the yarn-over increases looked pretty, they didn’t provide the structure I thought the sleeves needed. We also opted for a long-tail cast-on instead of a provisional cast-on as this will give the collar more stability and I am making the sleeves longer. I adore how this has come out so far. I have reached the garter edging and am a row away from binding off. Here is a picture of me trying it on yesterday to check the length. I have added and 1.5 garter edge to this length. As soon as I bind off and before the sleeves are done, I will be blocking the body and opening up the lace and cables.
I just adore the color and have named it Chai Latte. Yankee Worsted in 100% wool and spit splices like a dream. I see another in a Charcoal color perhaps!
I am still working on the mate to that lonely sole of a sock and am making progress. I am at the gusset and should be turning the heel while this sweater is blocking.
I also have to tell you that this is my “Baseball Play-Off Sweater”. I am a HUGE Red Sox fan and the playoffs with Detroit were long and boring for the most part and this sweater just flew off the needles. It also flew off my lap for several grand slams. I love October baseball, especially when the Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series. Maybe I should start a sweater for that?? Oh the possibilities!!
See you after the blocking!!
This sweater has been on my mind for about 2 years and I am starting to get the ich to do it. There are factors that I need to consider. Factor 1, it has to be in one of my yarns and hand dyed. Factor 2, I have to decide if I want to use 100% wool or a Donegal Tweed. I will need to phone a friend…LOL, you know who you are. 🙂
My dream sweater is the Na Craga by Alice Starmore from her fabulous book Aran Knitting. The St. Brigid comes in a close second. This would be a HUGE undertaking, but I think that I am up for the challenge. I figure, why not!
I have to admit that I am in a knitting funk. Nothing that I have on the needles is making me happy. It might have to do with the fact that my hand/wrist is aching and knitting is just painful. Thankfully, I see the specialist on Tuesday.
I have been spending way too much time on Twitter and Ravelry torturing myself and drooling over so many fabulous patterns and then getting bummed out and sitting on the couch and watching TV….bad TV at that. I even forgot to blog. I didn’t think you wanted to hear my knitting woes….
The big sweater project is on hold for a bit. I would love to get some of these knitted items off the needles but the desire is less than zero. I will try to pull myself up by the boot straps.