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Enter the blizzard…

Hey there! We’ve got lots of snow and whipping winds and P O W E R!  I hope I didn’t just jinx us. But we are warm and safe and tucked into the house while mother nature unleashes her fury outside.

Did I tell you that I had decided that 2016 was going to my year of zen?  I mean January isn’t even over yet and I honestly feel like it should be.  I’ve been sick pretty much since the 4th or so and had a family emergency which required me to fly home and take care of a very loved one.  You know what you do, you rise up to occasion and you handle things.  All the emotions hit me at the airport on the way back.  I was the one sitting there with tears streaming down my face at the gate fighting back the urge to grab a cab and go back to where I was needed.  Healing is what needs to take place and I had really done all that I could, except I really wanted to stay.  I’m sure you know that tug on your heart.

I’m still not feeling great and got some meds from the doctor and hopefully all will be better soon.  Just a heads up, flying with a cold really makes things worse.

In knitting news, I want to knit lots of things.  While sick, Ravelry is a lovely way to distract yourself of how you are feeling by replacing the icky feelings with feelings of what I’m gonna knit when I feel better!!  Of course when sick, you think that you have somehow become a knitting ninja and all things are possible.  I know you know that feeling!

My mom had asked me to knit Sagebrush by Romi Hill after she had seen and tried on mine and I had kinda said sure and then forgot about it until she called me to the carpet on it and gave me a deadline.  I am proud to say that I practiced monogamous knitting and came in well under my deadline.  It needs to be blocked and a joined and then mailed.  She is gifting it to a special doctor and the color way she chose was Teal Me On in Yankee Sole II.  In case you didn’t know, teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

I hope that all is well with you and that if you are affected by the blizzard, you are safe and warm.

I’ll have photo’s of the finished project on the next blog.

Be happy….

Michele

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Merry, Merry…

Greetings to you this Christmas Eve.  The weather here is positively balmy and unnatural, but the silver lining is saving on the heating bill.

First and for most I would like to wish you all the very happiest of holidays, however you choose to celebrate.  Our Christmas eve dinner was a homemade lasagna and salad and our lovely neighbor Linda joined us because I can’t stand the thought of anyone being alone.

I have finished quite a number of knitting accessories including the baby sweater which was gifted to the wee one for Christmas.  I’ll give you all the links at the end of the photo parade.

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Yes, I’ve been busy.  Here are the links:

Pattern:  Baked Clay by Alicia Plummer

Pattern:  Cote-Nord Cap by Amy Christoffers

Pattern:  Antiquity by Alicia Plummer

Pattern:  Baby Wrap Sweater by Churchmouse Yarns

Pattern:  Jolly Wee Elf by Churchmouse Yarns

I did the Elf on a whim and it brought me tremendous joy.  All yarns are by Yankee Dyer Yarns with exception of the elf.

I hope that you have fun with family and friends over the next few days.

Merry Christmas,

Michele

 

In a different direction….

Greetings from a balmy Maryland.

We are gearing up for the parental units to arrive beginning Sunday and then again on Wednesday.  It’s really going to feel like Thanksgiving here this year.

I’ve not blogged much I know and I’m sorry.  Being a mother of a pre-teen is mentally exhausting.  If you have kids, you understand.

I decided to try something different and it still involves dying the yarn and knitting…..DESIGN.  Yep, I stuck my toes in and it was fun.  I have my first published pattern on Ravelry and in my shop and you can get it.  I went slow and steady with this and wonderful knitter friends did the tech edits for me.  Here it is, may I present, Snug Harbor Infinity Cowl by yours truly.

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It’s a wonderful cowl that combines my love of lace, texture and stripes.  Think about all the possible color combinations.  This is my favorite way to wear it but it can also be worn long.  I did this in Yankee Sole II, fingering weight yarn.  Help share the love on Ravelry!!

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I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did designing and knitting it.  And that  is what I’ve been up to.  What’s on your needles?

Till next time…..!

Michele

In a nutshell……


I’ve been absent for quite a bit.  My apologies.  This summer was chuck full of things to do.  We also entered the world of orthodontia.  Most of July was spent going back and forth adjusting, replacing and dealing with issues of that sort.  I had braces myself, so I totally knew how he was going to feel.  Day 1, I found his head on my lap and I ate it up.  Soft food and Tylenol seemed to make things better.

I was mostly in mom mode all summer and that is job #1, so I decided to try my hand at designing a knitted accessory.  I felt like I was being productive in a new and exciting way.  I just finished the sample and am more than pleased.

My family and I went on our vacation in early August to the Outer Banks of NC and it was so picture perfect.  I got a healthy dose of salt air and mixed in some business while I was there.  It was a good experience but I won’t do that again as it felt like much less of a vacation for me. I did however parasail with my son and achieved “cool parent” status for a few days.  It was really awesome and I totally felt bad ass.  I’ve come down from that cloud…..LOL!

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The dye pots are rolling and I am always happy when the creative juices are flowing.  I am participating in the Riverview Winefest at Sotterley Plantation on October 3rd and 4th beginning at Noon each day.  If you are local and read my blog come out for some great wine, food and YARN!

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In knitting news, I finally sank my teeth into this WIP and finished the knit on edge.  Not sure why I didn’t finish it immediately, but as soon as I blocked it, I saw the magic that is blocking transform this lace shawl.  Pattern is Liz Christy by Kirsten Kapur.  Yarn is Yankee BFL

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I had a whirlwind trip home to RI last weekend to celebrate my parents 5oth wedding anniversary.  I had a lovely time and I hope they did as well.  Before I left I enjoyed some clamcakes and chowder with my parents and a prefect view on a perfect fall day in NE.

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I will leave you with this yummy image as I head off to label yarn.

Be happy,

Michele

Owning it…..

TGIF folks!!

Wednesday I cast on for the precious wee knit and I was so excited that I pulled the classic “knitting mistake”, I didn’t read the pattern all the way through.  I skimmed it several times and saw no problems.  The pattern said you start at the cuff of the sleeve and knit to the other sleeve. Again, no problem.  I had my needles, the yarn and off I went yesterday knitting away on the wee ribbing of a sleeve.

So, on Wednesday night at knit night I pulled out my knitting and the pattern and was chatting away and then looked at the pattern and realized I had knit an extra row. No big deal, so I get it back on track and add the 2 additional stitches and look at the pattern again, and again and again.  I then say to my friends, how am I suppose to do garter stitch in the round??  I was met with questioning faces that promptly asked if the pattern said to join in the round.  Well, not exactly. I assumed and you know what the first three letters spell!!  Warning bells were going off in my head and the pattern was now in the hands of my knitting friends and as they read the directions out loud it all started to make sense.  This sweater was NOT KNIT IN THE ROUND.  I have to tell you that I had a really good laugh as did my friends and then there was talk of making the baby a contortionist to fit into my wonky sweater.  More laughter!!  Did I mention that there was a schematic and talk of seaming…….NONE OF WHICH I SAW. Also, the sweater is a wrap sweater.  If ever there was a case of poor pattern reading, man this was it.  So, yes, I am owning that I started knitting a garment without reading the directions, apparently at all.  Shit happens and I’m owning it.

This is what new little lives do to us, we loosing out knitting minds!  I’m back on track and will have some correct photo’s soon.

Thank you all for your kind and supportive words about my recent losses.  They touched my heart.

Hugs,

Michele

 

Catching up…..

Happy Summer!  That was one fast school year.  We have been in a horrible heat wave which makes me and everyone else miserable.  When the dew points are in the 70’s, it’s insufferable.  Right now we are having terrible thunderstorms.

I have been knitting and once again I knit the Rosemary (Romi) Hill Mystery Knit Along and she didn’t disappoint this year either.

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I love the colors so much.  The lighter color is called Fairy Dust, a hint of pink and the darker shade is Sun Kissed Peach.  This MKAL started about a month after my Uncle passed and I needed something to hold on to, literally.  I knit like a woman possessed but it kept me sane.

At the end of May, I lost a dear friend who had been suffering for such a long time.  It’s been a rough spring.  I am thankful that I have knitting to lose myself in at times.

It’s not all sad.  A dear friend became a grandmother for the first time and I have been so excited for her and her family.  Nothing like a baby to make you happy.  You just can’t help yourself.  I asked the then to be grandmother if she would mind if I knitted something special for her daughters baby and she said absolutely.  This is the color combination I cooked up the other day.

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I just love it! A one of a kind color way for a one of a kind little one.  I plan in casting on tomorrow.

I also just updated the shop with many new colors as well as out sumptuous new sport weight yarn, Yankee Schooner.  It’s a beautiful combination of 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon and comes in 250 yard skeins.  You can see them right here.

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Enjoy the yarn porn!  Happy Knitting!

Michele

 

 

Homespun Yarn Party 2015

Sunday, March 22 was an amazing day!!  Yes, I am VERY behind on the blog but if you knew how the month of March for me you would understand.  I’ll give a full account in another post.

I was invited to participate in the Homespun Yarn Party in Savage, MD and I was thrilled.  This would be my first exclusive fiber event and I was thrilled and scared to death at the same time.  Due to events beyond my control, there wasn’t lots of prep time.  I’m talking 2 weeks and one was spent with bronchitis, but I busted my butt and there were some late nights and basically I did what I had to do to get stuff ready.

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It was a complete blast. Thanks to my family for being my helpers for the day.  It was a team effort for sure.  These are all “before” shots because once the door opened, it was crazy and I left lighter that when I arrived.

Have a wonderful day! I promise to see you more often.

Be happy,

Michele

 

 

Grey, grey and more grey…..

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.

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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.

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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!

Hugs,

Michele

 

 

 

Beyond Brrrr..!

Greetings to you all!  I hope you are warm and cozy.  It is rather brutal out there and I’m not even in the part of the country where it is just plain awful.  I will tell you that last nights drive home from knit night was a two hand on the wheel and heated seats kind of ride.  It was so windy and wild that it actually disturbed my sleep.

Yesterday and today have been a bit of a blur.  I have been trying to reorganize my dying stuff (the boys moved everything around “trying to help”, need I say more about that), and actually dye some yarn and take photos and keep the family stuff going.

I have a finished object to show you. The pattern is just a 2×1 ribbed sock but they are in my Crazy Monkey Love color way.  I love them!!  If you want a pair you can find the yarn in my Etsy shop.

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My sweater is almost ready to be blocked.  I only have ends to weave in and in for a soak it goes.  I expect to wear it next weekend on our annual knitting retreat to Williamsburg, VA.  I hope the weather is a bit less miserable.  I don’t mind cold but ass freezing, not so much!

I have also been knitting a rather interesting knit by Stephen West.  If you don’t know who he is, just click the link.  I am attending one of his classes at the end of the month and I expect that it will be a BLAST!!

I’ll give you a sneak peek at what I am knitting next time.

Enjoy the rest of your day and stay warm.

Best, Michele

Here’s a close up of the socks!

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Following One’s Bliss….

Lately I have been spending more time at the dye pots and feeling the love.

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A lovely knitter sent me this photo of her finished sock and by the time this post, her second had been done for hours.  Thank you Corrine for such a fabulous picture.  I just adore this color way and of course you can find it here.

I am very fortunate to be able to do what I love and get paid to follow my bliss essentially.  I had to unleash the restrictions I put on myself sometimes and go a bit wild and that’s how my new color ways, Pop Rocks, was born.

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I think these are so much fun!!  Doing this makes my heart happy!!

In knitting news, I am 2 inches away from being done with the body of my sweater.  I’ve decided that short sleeves may indeed work in the long run.  I’ll keep you posted.

I hope you all are well and enjoying the wonderful weather!

I’ll see you soon!

Michele