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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I’m popping in with very exciting news and then I’m popping right back out. Yankee Dyer Yarns will be vending at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival this year. We will be in the main building, location is A20.
To say we are thrilled would be the understatement of the year!!!! I’m still kind of speechless.
I sent emails out to my knitting friends and shared this most exciting news. I asked who wanted to work the booth with me. You can always count on your knitting friends to reply with an enthusiastic HELL YEAH!!! We are going to have so much fun meeting all of you. It’s my favorite part…..
On the needles is a show sample that needs to get off the needles. We will be debuting 3 new bases at the festival and even have knitting samples. I love that I looks like I’ve got my shit together. The universe works in mysterious ways.
We will also be vending again this year at Powhatan Festival of Fiber in Powhatan, VA on April 29. It’s a wonderful festival and I look forward to seeing more fiber enthusiast there too!
I’m off to prep more yarn.
See you when I see you ~ Michele
Greetings this new year! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season.
I’m hoping to write a bit more this year as last year personally was a hot mess and yet professionally exceeded my expectations….!
I am proud to say that Yankee Dyer Yarns is now available in three brick and mortar shops and this thrills me to bits! If you find yourself in Brookline, MA, check out Uncommon Yarn …voted best new shops of 2016 by The Boston Globe. We can also be found at the soon to open Red Fox Yarns in Vienna, VA. They are opening on February 1, so if you live close and are a knitter/crocheter, check then out. We can also be found on The Knitting Boutique‘s website.
On February 18, we will be having a trunk show at Knit Locally in Gaithersburg, MD. If you live around the area or want a fun road trip, we would love to meet you!!
I spent the Martin Luther King weekend with my dearest friends on our annual getaway to Williamsburg, VA. We had such fun knitting, eating, drinking, shopping and laughing, lots of laughing. It was very much like setting an internal reset button after the holidays and a rather tumultuous year. Last year I mentioned to my friends that I was thinking about starting a memories blanket with my wee bits of leftover yarn and my friend Katharine was with me on this fun project. In fact she was the only one who ACTUALLY started it. Well, I rectified that this year by starting mine in earnest. Here is ALL the knitting I did on our weekend away…
I had grand plans of finishing sweaters in various stages of knitting, in fact my knitting was heavier than my actual suitcase. It was just nice to have no obligations whatsoever.
There is lots going on this year with shows and in my next post I’ll share with you these events.
I hope your weekend is wonderful. The sun is out here and for that alone I am greatful.
Happy Knitting ~ Michele
Greetings from a snow covered house with a really happy kid in it. Actually, he’s outside enjoying day two free from school. It was a lovely snow, light and fluffy and easy to clean up.
I just finished knitting a lovely cowl by Anne Hanson called Sculling Cowl and I did it in a week. That’s record time for me. As I sit and type it has had a bath and is upstairs in my guest room blocking. I hope to wear it to knit night tonight. I used our newest yarn, Yankee Posh, and boy was it just a pleasure. Yankee Posh is a lovely 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere and 10% Nylon base that is just so yummy. Once you feel it, you just have to have it. You know, yarn crack!!
So with that project coming to a quick end, I needed something else to knit pronto. I have become a pretty monogamous knitter of late, so I don’t have anything else on the needles. I have things planned, but they are big things like another sweater in fingering weight yarn and a shawl in lace and I really want something easy and mindless….enter the K I T.
I love having a couple of kits on hand for exactly this type of situation. I have a confession, I have four (4), so I have options!! A knitter always needs options. I am also in a major cowl phase and I am about to scratch an itch that I’ve been ignoring….Chevrons! They are back in a big way and my little cashmere cowl is going to be chevrons. What a happy accessory it will be!!
I also got some dying in and updated our shop. Take a look….
I hope you have a wonderful day. Tonight is knit night so you know I am happy!
See you soon,
It was a joy to knit. I love Romi’s attention to detail! Her charts are sheer perfection!
I made this with Yankee Dyer Yarns, Yankee Sole II in Chap My Khaki’s and Chai Latte and I dyed them myself.
Do you see the Owls peeking out at you! What a fabulous addition to the design. And then the bind off.
Pretty Picots add the perfect balance for this shawl. I loved knitting in as well as blocking it because nothing beats the magic of blocking!
If you haven’t experienced a Romi design, please do treat yourself. It’s such a great journey!
If you like these colors and are thinking you might like to make one, please visit my shop, The Yankee Dyer, and I will hook you up!
I am wearing this Object of Affection to a wedding at the end of June. Perfect for a late day, outdoor wedding.
In other news, we are up to our neck in basil. I see lots of pesto in my future.
Did you know that you can make the pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays and use it all winter. I throw it in homemade spaghetti sauce, meatloaf and toss with veggies.
Have a wonderful and happy weekend! See you next week!
I have been knitting my fingers off playing catch up with the MKAL. Yes, I know it’s not a race, but I had a knitting error to fix and then away I went. I just finished Clue #2 yesterday and snapped you a quick picture.
Pretty, right? I am absolutely in love with the texture of this shawl. If you haven’t tried any designs by Rosemary (Romi) Hill, please treat yourself and your yarn to an adventure. Because of Ms. Hill, I can read charts!! Which really does make knitting so much easier. This happened last year while doing her first mystery shawl. It was a joyous day!!
As I head into Clue 3, I threw in a LIFELINE and STITCH MARKERS. I have had too many incidents of knitting going wonky with no lifeline to save me and the feeling is bad folks,really bad. Now remember when putting in your safety net, go under your stitch markers and NOT THRU THEM. Ask me how I know?? I am always excited to finish one clue and go onto the next that sometimes I forget the lifeline and after completing Clue 1, I zipped one in and went thru the markers. It became clear in about a nano second as I started to knit what the problem was, I went thru the markers and not under them….UGH….here was my quick fix. I grabbed my scissors and pried open the stitch marker and replaced it with a new one and then slapped myself in the head!! (Actually left myself a note by my knitting area).
Please practice SAFE KNITTING folks and then you won’t have to smack yourself.
I finished this yesterday! My first stranded project and I really loved doing this. Look at the crown…so pretty.
Just makes me happy looking at it. It needs to be blocked and you should see how many ends need to be woven in, but it will be worth it. Did I mention that I have the matching mitten pattern….?
Now I am gearing up for Romi’s It’s a Mystery with Clue #1 coming on Friday! If you would like to join Yankee Dyer Fans on this MKAL, go over to our shop and pick your colors and I will ship them immediately.
Come and have fun with us!
Ready for some fun?
How about a mystery?
Announcing Yankee Dyer Yarns first Mystery KAL. I have chosen Rosemary (Romi) Hill’s Mystery shawl pattern. Clue #1 will be released on March 21 st. She is a fabulous designer with great attention to detail. I had a blast last year and the shawl was my greatest knitting achievement. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.
2 Colors: 1 Light and 1 Dark- 400 yards each
Here are the rules:
1. You have to purchase the pattern via Ravelry…here.
2. You have to use Yankee Dyer Yarns for at least ONE or BOTH of the colors.
3. It would be great to see pictures of your progress on the Yankee Dyer Fans Ravelry forum…..here.
4. I will determine an appropriate end date for the prizes and will use a random number generator to choose.
5. There will be prizes! Really good prizes.
6. Have fun!
Once you have decided to participate via our Ravelry group, I will contact you with a Mystery Code to use on Yankee Dyer.
Who wants to solve the Mystery with me??
Wow, I can’t believe that a year has gone by since I left my part-time position at my LYS. What a difference a year makes!
It was a great year for my business, Yankee Dyer Yarns, as I was able to dedicate more of my time and energy to moving forward. During this year, I purchased equipment to make the dying process easier on my hands. My hands patted myself on the back for that one as I almost crippled myself. I was able to get my yarns in a couple of designers hands. Rosemary (Romi) Hill will be designing with it this year and Laura Nelkin is using 315 mini skeins of a specially dyed color in her current Magpie Mystery KAL. It was a huge thrill for me!
Social media plays so much of a role. I’ve been Tweeting, not twearking! Our Etsy shop has regular customers and I have quite a few followers on Twitter and I have even met one this fall.
At Maryland Sheep and Wool I got to meet the Queen of Wool, Ms. Clara Parkes. It was quite by accident, I promise that I wasn’t stalking her. I was waiting for a booth to open and out she came. I got to hug her twice and she said she knew me (Twitter), and it was a big thrill. I also got to meet Jill Draper, of Jill Makes Stuff and she was so lovely. I have found that most everyone in the wool industry are helpful and just as nice as can be.
I stepped up my knitting this year and challenged myself is new ways! That’s always fun, especially when you achieve something awesome.
My family and friends continue to love and support me in all the ways that matter. I am blessed and take nothing for granted.
I am waiting on some news that will take things to the next level. I can’t talk about it yet, but I will know something on Wednesday. I’ll keep you posted.
I adore my new sweater! I just need to get the buttons on and it will be complete!!
I hope you enjoyed my year in review.
See you soon….