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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!