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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

 

 

 

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On Vacation….

Greeting from the Outer Banks of North Carolina!!!  We are on our annual family   vacation, a little late this year due to schedule issues.  So late in fact, that school starts on Monday.

Before we left I managed to get my son over to his new school for a quick refresher tour and actually met the new principal who was so kind to print off Bryce’s schedule and walked it with us.  We left for vacation more confident about middle school.

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This has been a summer of mixed emotions for me.  First was the loss of our beloved cat Chloe and I knit a beautiful lace scarf like a women possessed.  And usually after a project I flounder a bit and waffle about what to start.  Not this time.  I had my next project all picked out and when I had a free amount of time, I dyed my Yankee Stride for the sweater in our Under the Sea color way.  The pattern is Window to my Soul by Joji Locatelli.  It is finally looking like a sweater.

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I became immediately frustrated with the set-up row and then the chart.  All end-user error by the way.  I was hell-bent that I would get through it and I had  mixed emotions about the whole thing, but I kept going by having faith in the amount of fabulous success there was on Ravelry.  It was slow going but successful until I hit the proverbial wall.  When I got to Row 8, the directions state, continue in established pattern…..!!  What pattern??  I was only 8 rows in, I need more directions.  Don’t leave me to my own devices…..H  E  L  P!!!  This is where blind faith comes into play and a fair amount of anxiety.  I have my pattern repeats all tidy with stitch markers but I’ve come to a row where they need to come out…WHAT????  Oh snap, I went to bed that night and I had to talk myself down from the edge of insanity.  The sweater sat for about a week, in a rather undeserved timeout.  Of course it was end-user error and lets face it any knitting after 10:00 pm is just futile.

As you can see by the picture above that things are coming along nicely.  Sitting today on our 3rd floor condo with cool ocean breezes provided todays knitting destination.  It was pure heaven.

The boy is driving around in the gold cart he’s been bugging us about since we got here.  Eleven must be a rough age because when he isn’t whining he’s pouting.  I am ignoring both.

I’m off to knit a bit more before they want to do something else.

I hope that you all are having a wonderful week!!

Michele

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!!!

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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.

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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,

Michele

I’m still here…

Greetings! Sorry that I have neglected you but I was ill and then my mom was here visiting for a week and I lost track of you….so sorry.

I have been knitting on that fabulous Warwick shawl in my own yarn, finally. I used my lovely Yankee Stride and enjoyed knitting on this very much! Here is a sneak peek, unblocked…..

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Warwick Shawl by Irish Girlie Knits

Warwick Shawl by Irish Girlie Knits

It is by far, my favorite shawl. I did this the Anne Hanson way, no stitch markers and no life lines….I call it knitting on the edge. The pattern was clear and easy to follow and I would have been done in a week but I got a cold/virus thingy that had me down for about 10 days. I mean taking a shower was an “event” and then you changed into fresh jammies and had to rest…that kind of thing.

I actually did the bind off while my mom was here and used my kitchen table for the blocking. Was not the best space, but I was anxious for my mom to see the magic of blocking.

I also joined the Juego Mystery KAL on Ravelry with Laura Nelkin. This was an impulse thing after I finished the Warwick shawl and it requires 40 grams of beads. Yes, you read that right, 40 grams. I am going to have a shawl with BLING! This MKAL starts April 12…can’t wait.

I also acquired some Wollmeise Lace for a project that I will talk about in a future post…..

There have been so many changes since I last wrote, all wonderful and different. I feel lighter and happier than I have in months, so I know that the decisions I made were the right ones. More on this later.

I hope this post finds you all well and happily knitting away!

I would also love to know what you all are knitting on! Inquiring minds want to know.

Happy day,

Michele