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Cables and Lace…

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!!



Blocking is to lace….

Blocking is to lace as Viagra is to, well you get my drift ….. they both make magic.  Both take something that has limited shape and makes them amazing!!How is that for a metaphor?  I’ve been giggling about it for a day or two and since I haven’t blogged in a bit, I thought I would start with a funny.

Blocking is truly magical.  I can be knitting away on a project, mostly lace as of late and when they are blocked, my hubby is always amazed. There are comments like, where did that come from?, when did you make that?  That didn’t look like that when you were knitting it.  And this is true.  Sometimes I have a little doubt about what it’s going to look like until it has a good bath and it hits the blocking board and the magic happens.  Just like my finished Sagebrush by Romi Hill.  It looked small and although I used 98% of the skein I doubted that I would be able to wrap it twice around my neck, but then the Viagra blocking happened and it grew.  Now you see why my metaphor works so well!!!


I do love the pattern and I did it in Yankee Stride so it feels so lovely around my neck and I can wrap it twice, which is exactly what I wanted.  It’s so light and drapey yet provides such warmth.  This knits up really quick and would make lovely gifts.  In case you didn’t know, the holidays are not far away!

I entered my beautiful shawl Cactus Flower, also by Romi Hill into our local County Fair and I was recognized with a lovely 2nd Place ribbon.  My son told me I was robbed…my sweet defender.


This is my finest knitting to date!  I adore this shawl and Romi Hill.

I haven’t been ignoring you I am just really busy dying.  I am not sure that I can talk about my top secret dying yet, but I am at a point where I can start dying for the Etsy shop and the rest of my knitter friends.

I will be casting on that sweater as soon as I dye the yarn!  I actually took stock of the sweaters I own and there seemed to be a common anthem…blue, green, teal, pink, purple, blue…you see where this is headed.  I dyed a color completely off the grid for me and others have been consulted and it is yummy.  To be continued in another post.

I hope all is well with you and I hope I gave you a giggle!

Happy Knitting,


Clue #3, Row 17….

It was going so well, until I landed on you Row 17, and didn’t realize that I had a pesky missing yarn over until Row 20 and now I have 3 rows to tink back.  I am trying to decide if I throw in a lifeline in you and rip out those rows quickly, like a band-aid off my child or if I take it slow and tink you back a stitch at a time.  Don’t rush me, I’m thinking!

I love this shawl so much and it has been a blast to knit, however, I need to learn how to read charts for the love of all things holy. Because when you get to written instruction that start to resemble math equations with brackets and within those brackets are parenthesis with how many times you are to do this, you can get lost die in there and there is no way out.

My friend, Betsy, suggested that I practice charts using my Alice Starmore Aran knitting book.  That was how she learned and got comfortable with the charts.  And as I look at the written directions vs the chart, the chart does seem easier.  So, guess what I will be doing this weekend?  If you guessed, tinking the shawl back and practice knitting from charts, then you get a gold star.

I just updated the Etsy site with some new handpaints.


I got a shipping confirmation this morning and my equipment has shipped!!  Can you see me, I am jumping up and down!!!  Boing, boing, boing!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!  I will see you on the flip side of this shawl and have some new skills!




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!


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

Who knew…

I awoke today much later than usual. I am totally taking advantage of the no school and hubby is home portion of the holidays. Sleeping to 10:00 was so wonderful and I always think that it is wonderful until my whole day gets a bit topsy-turvy.

The boys headed out to do errands in one direction and I in another. I was already in my car and of course, realised that I had forgotten my list, and had to run back in. I left the door to the car open and car running. I heard the telephone ringing and I answered it. It was my friend Lynne and she sounded so excited. She asked me, “have you seen the posting”, I said no, “what are you talking about”. She says again, “have you seen the Yarn Harlot’s post for today?”. I answer again, “no, haven’t been on the computer yet”. She proceeds to tell me what has happened and I immediately burst into sobs, great big happy, sobs. I take off my glasses and proceed to the nearest computer and fire it up and keep sobbing. I finally get on the internet and I start typing and there it is. Her fantastic blog post with all the fabulous knitted gifts she had made for the people who matter most in her life. Up front is a beautiful pair of socks she has knit for her dear friend Ken in The Yankee Dyer yarn Puritan in one of my favorite colorway. I am completely blown away. First, the socks are gorgeous and the yarn looks gorgeous and there is a baby, Luis, who received the most gorgeous sweater and you can’t help but fall a little in love with him too! Her nephew Hank was rocking a fabulous sweater as well. Lucky, lucky were the receivers of these gifts.

Who knew when I woke up this morning at such a late hour that this would happen?? Certainly, not me. But that is the most wonderful thing about life, you just never know what is going to happen.

It was a glorious shout out from a woman I admire so much. Who can make me nod and laugh while reading her blogs. She has fantastic crazy knitting skills but when things go astray, she will be the first to say, it got the better of me. I love that about her.

I thank you Ms. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee for making my day!

Happy knitting!