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Hold the phone….Gray!

Greetings friends!  I know, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve blogged.

I participated in Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in the beginning of October which was loads of fun and promptly came down with a cold as we were driving home which was a real bummer time-wise as I had 2 wholesale orders to fulfill.  Thankfully it stayed a normal annoying head cold so all was ok, I rested for a couple of days and then hit the dye pots running.

It was pretty thrilling to send off that first box filled with my yarn to an actual brick and mortar store here in Maryland, The Knitting Boutique in Glen Burnie, ahead of deadline…yay for the win!  It was even more satisfying to send a box to my home state of Massachusetts.  Oh man, that did my heart good I tell ya.  What store in Massachusetts you ask?  Why, Uncommon Yarn in Brookline to be exact.  Stop in and tell Lesley and Trish that I sent you.  It’s a lovely shop.  Light and bright and full of beautiful yarn and great places to knit!!!

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I went to MA for my mom’s birthday and we had to go to Boston for a medical appointment.  I wasn’t sure what the day would hold for us and I was so hoping to pop into the shop and meet the owners and it happened.. I got to Uber for the first time….took my Dad for insurance.  I’m sorry but the idea of getting into a car with a stranger just doesn’t sit well with me.  FYI..the driver was very nice.

Uncommon Yarn Fun

Uncommon Yarn Fun

That’s me in the middle!  It felt so good to be in Boston!

Next, what’s on the needles.  I have completed a few things since we last met and photography is lacking.  I did a shawl in the SVFF color way and I finished and blocked Nash, which I have dubbed, Big Pink.  While in MA, my niece took a liking to it so I may need to knit another.  I am knitting a hat for my father in law for a special birthday and it needs to be done by Friday….nothing like a deadline to keep the needles on fire.  I’m almost ready to start the decreases so I’m not worried.  I am also working on a shawl with colors I don’t usually knit with…gray…and I’m knitting in 2 shades of gray, Dove and Graphite and I’m smitten.  Pictures soon.  I’m doing the hat in our new Harbor DK in Graphite and it’s really got some lovely hues.

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I could see a beautifully cabled sweater in this….TBD.  Let’s hear it for gray!!!

It’s election eve…is that a thing….it feels like a thing.

I’m off to finish the hat!  I wanted to let you know that I’m still here.

Remember to vote!

Happy Knitting ~ Michele

Salt Life…

Greetings from Cape Cod!  Oh how I miss this place.  The summer traffic, not so much.  I am having a chill out day and thought a quick blog post might be fun.

Last weekend my family and I went to Lauray Caverns in Virginia and honestly it was magnificent.  If you are in that neck of the woods I highly recommend it.

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This is a totally mind-blowing picture.  There is a natural spring on the bottom which acts as a reflecting pool for the ceilings.  Who needs photoshop when mother nature does this for you.

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This was really fascinating too.  Here you were allowed to throw in money and make a which.  They have raised more that a million dollars that they have donated.

In knitting news, my sweater is in the process of being sewn up and I left it home.  Too bulky to schlep around.  I am working on my Olympic knitting, one is a wrap, Nash by Alicia Plummer and the other is a shawl with beads by Romi Hill called Latticework.  I won’t finish either before the end of the summer games.

Are you knitting along with the games?  I’ve enjoyed the girls gymnastics and all the swimming and was lucky to catch some equestrian events this am.

I hope you are staying cool as the humidity has been brutal.

Knitting picture progress next blog post.

Until then, be well!

Michele

Fiber Fumes…..

Happy Thursday!  I hope you all are well.  It’s our first full week of no school and it’s lovely to just delete that alarm off your alarm clock for a while.

On Saturday I participated in a new fiber festival hosted by the Frederick News-Post and it was a complete blast and success for all the planners and vendors.  I had so much fun meeting new fiber loving friends and sharing our love of wool that I feel totally hung over today (Sunday).  I helped so many with parings of yarns for various shawls that I had on display like my Moon Shadows by Romi Hill and  by Kristen Kapur.  When I am tired and think I can’t dye anymore yarn, it’s this energy that gets me through.

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These are all “pre stampede” as the wall of yummy became thin, quickly.

I’m going to revamp my Etsy shop during this off time, new photos and update that sale section.  I’ve been working on my Charlie cardigan which I am so enjoying.  A sleeve, the black and one front is complete as, so one front and a sleeve and we will have a sweater.  I think that is going to be my new favorite way to knit a sweater.  There is lots of satisfaction upon completing each piece.

We leave for vacation on July 2 and I can’t wait.  Outer Banks, I’ve been dreaming about you and your beaches and the salt air……so close, so close.  I could care less about my clothes, it’s basically the essentials nothing fancy.  As you all know, vacation packing is ALL ABOUT the PACKING OF THE KNITTING.  Of course I will over pack here.  I’ve been itching for lace, yep need to scratch that itch.  Designer Ysolda Teague has a shawl called Stac Shoaigh that is calling me in sport weight, so that is a definite to go with me.  There was something else and for the life of me I can’t remember it.

I’ll be back before I go! Be happy!

Michele

 

I love bugs and I can not lie!

Well, not really, but I love the pattern, The Love of Spiders.  I must say that it was a fun and engaging knit.  I highly recommend it.   However, the yardage is a tad off for the main color.  I was only able to complete 7 out of the 9 repeats and it didn’t make much difference in the end result.

Yarn is Yankee Sole, our 100% merino with a great twist.  Colorways are Fresh Apricot and The Admiral.

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Happy Easter Folks!

Michele

Re-Entry is rough….

Greetings from a warmer than normal Maryland.  I was home on Cape Cod for the past 7 days and it was the right amount of cold.  The weather hear makes me a bit nuts.

I arrived home around 9:00 pm Monday evening to a happy family and and an empty refrigerator.  Yesterday I just wanted to ease back in before I am out the door again on Friday….more about that later.  Before I headed north the refrigerator was full and there was lots of yummy food.  Hubby claimed to go to the grocery store and when he says he picked up a “couple of things”, he means it literally.  How do you go into a grocery store and only pick up one or two things??  Must be a guy thing.  It’s on the “to do list” to cure hime of this problem,

I had a wonderful time while home.  Spent lots of quality time with Mom and Dad.  Mom and I got to watch the series finale of Downton Abbey together which was a wonderful bonus.  I was able to see both of my brothers, my nieces and nephew and even my dear friend Sharon.  We enjoyed a hearty breakfast and did our bit to boost the economy.  On the way back to the airport I was able to visit both of my Aunts, so it really did feel like a full trip.

I did quite a bit of knitting this trip.  Someone commented on my last post that I forgot to mention the name of the sweater that had been stalking me on Ravelry and Instagram, my bad, it’s called Stopover and honestly it’s a really quick knit.  I am  finished with the decreases and increases and now I’m just about ready to knit the sleeves.  I don’t find it at all amusing that I came home to 70 degree weather. Too hot, too soon, big yuck because you know allergy season is right around the corner.

I was like the energizer bunny before I left.  I blocked Sagebrush for mom, and of course forgot to take a photo.  I bound off 500+ stitches for my Love of Spiders and I kept my promise about not starting the sweater until that labor of love was done.  As soon as the last stitch was bound off, I immediately cast on the sweater.

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Blocking in this crazy warm weather is Love of Spiders and I must say it was a fun knit and that shawl is HUGE.  Love, love, love the color combination I chose.  Both yarns are Yankee Sole, 100% merino with a great high twist.  The colors are Fresh Apricot and The Admiral.  Glamour shots when that sucker is dry.

I’m off to do household stuff and unpack and begin the repacking and I’ll tell you why in my next post.

Have a wonderful day!

Michele

The struggle is very real…..

Greetings folks!  I come to you from my sunroom, minus the sun.

Let’s play catch up.  Last weekend I finally got to see some of my knitting friends that I haven’t seen since the holidays.  It was wonderful.  My friend Sandy was wearing a sweater that has been stalking me on Ravelry, Instagram and Twitter.  Yes, stalking me…only knitwear can do this, it’s a problem and frankly every knitter has it and likes it.  I just about fell over seeing it in real life and knew I needed to knit it.

Meanwhile, I’m knitting a border on a shawl with 600 stitches and I told myself that if I ordered the yarn, (which I did) and it came before I finished the shawl (which it has), that I would finish the shawl first.  As I sit and do this blog post, I have my shawl on top of the sweater yarn as sort of barrier between me and the “other yarn”.  The struggle is very real.  I think that the border could almost be done.  I think that the “other yarn” is starting to chirp…knit me, knit me.  I’m holding on folks, by the skin of my teeth because once the border is done, then I need to bind off 600 stitches and you know that’s a killer.

Here’s a sneak peek at my package.  I ordered this yarn on Friday and it arrived on Monday!  If you ever need some fabulous customer service, order yarn from Tolt Yarn and Wool in Washington State.  They are awesome!!  I think I forgot to mention that I shared the lust of this sweater with 2 of my knitting friends and we are doing a KAL….clever, right?

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Tolt Yarn and Wool

Inside that muslin bag sits a sweater quantity of yarn.  I haven’t even taken it out.  What patter is it for you ask, why Stopover, of course by the fabulous Mary Jane Mucklestone.

Here are my colors….

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The main body of the sweater is the top color, Oatmeal. Colors from left to right are, Berry Heather, Turquoise Heather and Spring Green Heather. Not pictured is the white and blue that my folks brought me back from Iceland.  So many options.

This is where I will leave you.  I will emerge when the bind off is complete.

Happy Hump Day,

Michele

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

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