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Mystery, Mystery….times Two…

See what happens when left to my own devices, I am now committed to, count them, 2 Mystery KAL’s.

The lastest, as of 5 minutes ago, is one by Rosemary (Romi) Hill and it is a semi-circle and Clue #1 came out at midnight.  Now I have to search my stash for yarn that will work…not really an issue!  Have you tried a Mystery KAL?  If so, I would love to hear about what you made and how much you enjoyed it.

A Mystery KAL

Getting my attention this week has been my Vitamin D sweater and it is really taking shape.  I am really enjoying this knit and using my Yankee Tweed yarn is making me very happy.  This yarn lends texture and interest to this knit.

My father in law is in town for the weekend and I have been cooking up a storm because the last time he was here I was dyeing yarn all weekend and did NO cooking and I know that he really enjoys my cooking. Last night was homemade spaghetti sauce and fresh baked bread and tonight it is BBQ ribs, coleslaw, beans and corn bread. I am making myself hungry…

I did an Etsy shop update last eveing! Some beauties you might want to check out at http://www.theyankeedyer.etsy.com



Viajante is a Portuguese word for “traveller”, and a hot pattern on Ravelry right now.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about it when it came out and pretty much had dismissed it as a “not for me” pattern. But then some of my knitting friends were getting jazzed about it and I waited. I waited for people to finish the project and post some pictures.  The pictures were pretty, and I was already smitten about the yarn chosen by the designer, Martina Behm. I was starting to weaken.  I looked at the pattern notes of others and noted the needle size and dismissed it again because of my hand issue. But I went ahead and obtained my prized Wollmeise Lace-Garn for it in a colorway called Amethyst Light. I may have failed to mention that this is done in 1700 yards of lace weight yarn…..insert your cringing face here! I also failed to mentions that it’s knit for a bit on a 2.75 US (3 mm) needle and then the majority is knit on a size #4 US needle.

I have the pattern, the yarn and the needles right here beside me as I type this.  It looks so crazy, but it would be a great public and television knitting project.

I think it will stay on the back burner for a bit. My hand just can’t hold that small of a needle right now and I am making progress and would rather not have a setback now.

Getting my knitting love is my Vitamin D cardigan and I am happily knitting away on it.  This is my first top down sweater and I love that I can try it on as I go.I am using my yarn again, this time I am using my Yankee Tweed in the Wine colorway on Signature needles US #5 and I am loving it. I just might be monogamous with this project.  Here is a sneak peek….

Vitamin D Cardigan byHeidi Kirrmaier

Vitamin D Cardigan by
Heidi Kirrmaier

Please excuse the picture. It is a grey and rainy day and I had to use the flash.

I had planned on hitting the dye pots today, but I much prefer to dye in natural light and today is so gloomy out. So change in plans. I am going to clean up the kitchen and tidy some other neglected areas and then sit and catch up with the rest of the world with Downton Abbey. A friend lent my Seasons 1 and 2 and I have been itching to watch.

Have a wonderful day and I hope the sun is shining where you are!




My stuff…..

Sounds like something a 2-year-old might say, right? This has to be one of my biggest pet peeves EVER. I don’t know how it started. Maybe being the only girl in my family, but nonetheless, I start to quiver whenever someone touches or moves my stuff.

Now I have been married for 15 years, so this is not news to the hubby and yet he continues to mess with me. Let’s just not talk about the child, he has zero respect for anyones stuff. I go out of my way to be respectful of where other people leave their stuff. Even if it ends up in the dog’s mouth where she is happily chewing on it.

As we all know, this is major catalog season and our mailbox and yours have been stuffed with every L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer and Williams-Sonoma catalog. I enjoy this part of the season. I usually sort the mail and put the catalogs off to the side for looking at when I get a chance. This might mean in a couple of days. Then I sit down and go through them and discard most. For some reason, this makes the hubby nuts. Tonight for instance, I was lingering in the kitchen flipping through a Williams-Sonoma and I announced…hey, they have their own Credit Card, boy would that be dangerous. It’s tough living with someone with no sense of humor.

On the knitting front, I have 2, yes you read correctly, 2 finished objects. One is my Easy Fold Poncho from Churchmouse Yarns. I did mine in Rowan Felted Tweed DK in a Teal color and it is heavenly and just right over a sweater for that “not strangled feeling in the car with a bulky coat”.

My second finished object is a hat for my hubby. The pattern is called Windschief by Stephen West. I used Sweet Georgia yarns Superwashed Worsted in Slate Gray and it was immediate LOVE. I really liked this pattern design. It had just the right amount of texture for my hubby. I just made him put it on for a quick photo. See…

The only modification I made was in the length as he wanted it to cover his ears so I added a 1/2 inch to the length. It is really a smart-looking hat. His next one is a surprise.

I decided that it was time to swatch for my Vitamin D cardigan I have been itching to knit. I also decided that it might be a perfect Yankee Dyer project. I am going to use the Yankee Tweed  and I think it’s going to look fabulous.

Here’s to swatching and getting gauge!