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Red and Orange Day

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Here’s the final six colors all done! Whew!

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I have been getting a very early start every day to help beat the heat this week. We have had heat indexes in the 100’s with highs in the mid 90’s. It helps a lot to gat as much done in the morning as I can. I have been out setting up for the day’s work by 7:45 or 8:00 am. Here’s my mixing and measuring work space.

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I have been setting up my pots in the shade under the trees just outside my work space area. Much better than where I usually set up on the concrete which is in the direct sun by midday. Here is the front are the buckets of yarn that are soaking while they await their turn in the pots. Those pots are 100 liter or quart (I forget which). I can fit a maximum of 80 liters of water and dye and still allow room for yarn of fleeces. The tables are for receiving the yarn from the pots and we rinse them there. We then take them to the work space again where we have an old washing machine for spinning out the excess water.

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Here are the first two batches I put in this morning. They are both pinks, Azalea on top and Tea Rose below.

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Here are some more close up shots of pinks and some oranges too. I decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and finish all of it today so all we have to do tomorrow is sort all of today’s dyeing by yarn bases in preparation of the next step which is labeling.

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More pinks.

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Oranges here at the right and the reds down on the other end.

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Here is a close up of the reds which really came out nice. Unfortunately the camera is not capturing the depth of the reds well at all. The dark one is a deep Garnet and the brighter one is a true Ruby red.

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This a dark red orange I call Tiger Lily on the next door neighbor’s lines since we ran out of room on ours. They gave me carte blanche to use them any time. :-)

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Notice the children up in the right corner? They were just loading all the previous day’s yarn in the shed and we are headed in for a well earned reward of popsicles and lime sherbet. I am obsessed with lime lately for some reason.

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I may skip the weekend blogging but I will be back on Monday. Who knows though I may have something to say tomorrow. I have got to get the house cleaned tomorrow so we’ll see. See ya later!

Green Day Part Two

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It’s pretty much just going to be some pictures tonight of the colors we dyed today. I am too worn out for jabbering and need a shower. :-)

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We are in the home stretch at last though. We have six more colors to go. We will be doing four tomorrow and the last two on Saturday.

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So if you are a fan of red and pink then tomorrow is your day. Saturday is for oranges. See ya later!

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Green Day…

No, not the band. Green YARN day, my favorite, especially the warm greens which is what we dyed today. Oh, and we also did some yellow and orangey yellows.

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The sun was pretty bright when I took these so they are a little washed out. We did get a break from the sun for the first half of the day and it felt somewhat cooler but when the sun did come out it got steamy fast.

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I hope you are all having fun with the daily yarn dyeing updates. Having something fun pictures to share each day is helping reignite the blogging habit for me.

Here is a sneak peek at a new yarn we have that I will be adding to the website sometime soon. It will probably be several weeks before I can get to it though.


It is a sport weight organic cotton yarn that is grown and milled in the U.S. I was so excited to find it and the best part is that is very reasonably priced too. I will probably have it around $7.00 or $8.00 a skein. It is 100g and 280yd. It will be sold un-dyed because I DON”T dye cotton. You can dye it yourself if you are so inclined, but I hate dyeing cotton, LOL! There will be more to come on this later. I am casting on one of my designs with this yarn soon.

Okay kids, that’s all for tonight. I need to grab a bite to eat. Tomorrow’s color is cool greens and gray!

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I don’t know why it is, but in my experience people have strong feelings about purple. They either love it or hate it. I am a big purple lover but my daughters mostly are not fans.

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Today we dyed purple yarn. Lots of purple yarn. :-)

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On the schedule for tomorrow is warm greens and yellows. I have a long day planned to get the biggest batches done before the thunderstorms which are more likely the end of this week. I needed to keep yesterday and today’s batches smaller because I had to work in some afternoon errands.

It is beastly hot this week. That always seems to happen, as soon as I get the yarn and dyes mixed the heat wave begins. On the upside, the yarn loves it and it is easy to get it dry. All of the blue yarn was dry this morning so we already sorted it by base to await labeling when it is all done.

I plan to get some knitting done tonight if I can stay awake long enough. I also have a new project and yarn to tell you about but I will save that for later when I have a chance to get some pictures for you.

See you later!

It was a Blue Day

I am going to attempt to resuscitate this poor blog. I last posted in mid fall last year after Meredith’s wedding. Our household under went many changes in October and November and honestly I found very little energy left for the blog. Once it was no longer in my routine it was harder to get motivated to catch it up. Well, today I suddenly felt the urge to pick it back up and get back in touch with you all. Hope some of you are still willing to tune in. :-)

So what are the changes? Well for one, half of our children have now left the nest. Our oldest daughter and my grandson moved out in late September. Then of course Meredith in October. Right after Thanksgiving the last of the adult children, Cassie, Joanie and Josiah all took an apartment nearby and are doing well there. It was a big adjustment going from a household of 12 to one of 6 but I am getting used to it.

Believe it or not I have not minded taking back over all the housekeeping. The plus is that it all gets done to my liking. It does leave less time for other things of course so one must set priorities. School work has been taking a big chunk of our time also but I feel good about that. It has bothered me many times that I didn’t feel the younger children were getting as much of my supervision and energy as the older ones did. That is mainly because of the business I guess. I have let it take a slightly lower priority lately. I have been working a a lot over the winter and spring but it has been easier to work it into my schedule with less traveling this year. I have been doing quite a bit of custom dyeing for others this year. I dyed for Cookie A’s sock club and have also been dyeing fiber for a local alpaca mill. I have enjoyed that change of pace very much.

But this week we are dyeing up our yarn for the late summer and fall festival season. As the title indicates today was Blue Day around here. Want to see what we did all day?

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I have been knitting sporadically and am finally on the yoke section of the upsized Sorrel I started a year ago

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I know. It is shameful how long this is taking. I am at the point where I need to do some math and decision making. Rather than do that which I was not in the mood for I cast on a fun little project with some stash yarn. It’s Chance of Showers in some Elsabeth Lavold Silky Wool. It is fun!

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We will do more catching up as I go along. Tomorrow’s Purple Day!

Long Overdue Update

I didn’t forget about you dear blog, I have just been a little busy still. I hope I will get more chances to keep up with you now that most of the home remodel is done and show season is over until next March.

So what has happened around here? Well in case you for got where all this started, this is a sample of how my house and particularly my kitchen had looked for way too long. Avert your eyes if you have a weak stomach because it is not pretty.


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Yuck, right?

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So here is the first steps again.

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Are you ready for the transformation?


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These were the existing cabinets. Jerry totally rebuilt those drawers and they are perfect and fabulous! If you only knew how terrible the originals were. Scroll back up to the top picture and notice how there is no gap between the drawer fronts. They hung on each other and I absolutely loathed them. I am giddy with my new drawers!

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I am very pleased with this color for the kitchen, TV room, and the half bath. It is called Tempered Sage which is a muted greenish yellow. So cheery and warm. It really brightens the whole place up.

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Scroll back up to the second picture and checkout this transformation! Yes those upper cabinets are all newly built and awesome! The only thing remaining to be fixed here is a new countertop. This is a temporary one until Jerry is finished with the one he will build with cherry.

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This spice cabinet is new also and I didn’t even know I needed one until now. :-)

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And this. This is awesome. This is the cabinet next to the refrigerator. I wish I had remembered to take a picture if the hellish messy cavern this was before. Now it’s a convenient and neat storage for my cookware.

I can tell you that I have never loved my kitchen as much. I have actually enjoyed cooking and even doing the dishes in there now, LOL!

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So here is my new sitting and dining area painted in a lovely green called Panacea. I love that name, don’t you? Sounds peaceful and it really is a color that is so restful on the eyes.

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A view of my hang out spot. There’s my knitting bag on the floor and my computer, and various devices for reading, music listening, working, etc. The TV is now in the room off of the kitchen where the dining table used to be. It is now dubbed the “TV room”. There is a door to close it off so we are all happier. If they want to use it and I want quiet this works so much better. I wish we had thought of it years ago!

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And speaking of my knitting bag a moment ago, here is my Mayapple progress. I am on the edging now.

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Last but not least, here is my brand new ride! Complete with my Rush Starman vanity plate. Jerry is driving my red ‘09 truck which is still like new except for having 110,000 miles on it. Believe me I took excellent care of that truck. I loved it to pieces. I actually felt a bit guilty loving my new blue one but I got over it, LOL!

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Isn’t she pretty? :-D

Wedding Day

This Saturday was Meredith ad Luke’s wedding day. An outdoor service and reception was planned at The Bagley’s (Luke’s parents) lovely country home in Burns, TN which is about a half an hour from our home in Nashville. We were all grateful the weather turned out so great after such an unusually wet fall thus far. They did a tremendous job putting it all together and I am personally thankful for all their hard work and planning. :-D I was so busy with festivals (9 shows in 10 weeks) and home remodeling that I was basically useless for anything else.

The pictures are what you really came for I bet so let’s get right to them shall we? I took none of these by the way. A family friend of the Bagley’s was on the job taking these great shots. :-)

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This was the only wedding I have been too that was open carry friendly, LOL! I thought it was a cool idea and all groom’s men plus Jerry had fun doing it.

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I must admit that I was surprised to hear them queue up the Cantina Song from Star Wars for the closing march down the aisle. I really shouldn’t have been though. I did fit the playful and casual tone of the whole affair perfectly. :-D

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The dress was my high school graduation dress for something old, the necklace was my wedding pearls for something borrowed, and the veil was something new. I forgot to check whether she had something blue though. Hope the bridesmaids covered that.

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On the far left in blue is Cassie (Meredith’s next younger sister) who was maid of honor. In front is Emma (our youngest daughter) as flower girl. On the right in yellow is Luke’s sister, Becky as bridesmaid.

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This picture is one of my favorites of all. Love those smiles. May you both have more of these than you can number. You will need them to get through the bumpy parts.  Oh if only we could keep in the front of our hearts the joy we feel on our wedding day, right?

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Here’s the whole wedding party. From left to right: Luke’s brother Josh, Luke’s friend and the best man (I am afraid I have forgotten his name) Luke and Meredith and I already introduced the bride’s attendants above. Oh and I almost forgot the little ring-bearer in his daddy’s arms.

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Luke’s family: sister Becky, father Jeff, mother Janelle, and brother Josh

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Here’s me and Jerry with the newlyweds and yes I am wearing the Teresa Rose shawl. :-D

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Now here’s a rare shot with almost the whole family. The only ones sadly missing are my two oldest daughters Heather and Alicia, my other son-in-law Garrod and my four grandchildren. Left to right: Ian (middle son), me and Jerry, Meredith (third daughter) and Luke, Cassie (daughter #4), Josiah (oldest son), Joanie (daughter #5), Kyla (daughter #6) and in front of the newlyweds my two youngest; Emma (daughter #7) and Elijah (third son and baby of the family :-D)

It was a fun day complete with a delicious catered barbeque and fireworks. I wish I had thought to take some candid shots of all the extended family who I thoroughly enjoyed seeing for the first time in several years. Thanks to you all for coming and making the day even more special! Mwah!

Oh, and next post will be long overdue remodeling and knitting updates. I promise it won’t be weeks either. :-)

A mixed bag of updates

Hello! I have quite a few things to share so I will get right to it.

Why don’t we start with a pretty new shawl?

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Cassie finished the knitting of Glenallen on Sunday but I just got it blocked yesterday.

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The color is closer to the picture in the middle with Cassie wearing it.

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You can see it in person, along with all the other fabulous samples we have been busy knitting up for you this year, at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville, VA this weekend. We are actually going to go one step further that that. Not only can you see the shawls and yarn in person, you have a unique opportunity to pick the brains of the designer! That’s right! We are hosting Dee O’Keefe of Designs by Dee in our booth this Saturday afternoon from 1-4 for a meet and greet. While you are there you can enter our little contest for your chance to win 5 DBD patterns of your choice (digital copy only). No purchase necessary to enter, we just need contact information. Sound fun?

In other news, I have kitchen remodel pictures to show you and man am I happy with how this is coming along? You better believe it!

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This is what I found when I came home on Monday. :-) I am excited to see what progress is made over my 12 day absence while we are in Virginia for the back to back festivals. Talk to you soon.

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Teresa Rose and Kitchen Update


On the drive home from south Georgia Monday Joanie finished Teresa Rose but I only just got it blocked last night. We used two skeins of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in the color Azure.

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The texture of the twisted knit stitches are the highlight of the piece and that is why we chose to use the firmer twist of the Superwash Sock rather than the Merino Bamboo.

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Those points are striking too aren’t they?

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I am not sure the pictures quite do it justice because it is very lovely in person. It is a good size for wearing around the shoulders or as a scarf.

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In other news, we have made a bit of progress on the kitchen. The upper cabinet doors are done but not attached yet and the upper boxes are all painted too.

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Here are the larger cabinet doors ready for hardware and hanging.

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Here’s the hardware we picked and I am very pleased with how they look on the doors.

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We should be ready to hang these pretty soon. Jerry may get that done this weekend while we are in Yellow Springs, OH for the Wool Gathering.

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Exciting developments


I am pleased to announce that my newest granddaughter arrived this week. She and her mama are doing well. She was born at home with the assistance of a fabulous midwife and Heather was happy to have managed to have the water birth she always wanted. :-)


Her big sisters are quite captivated by her as you can see. I wish I could go to Florida again and see them but my schedule for now won’t allow a trip. My hope is that they will decide to make the trip to Nashville for Meredith’s wedding in mid October. (hint hint)

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No knitting pictures today but I do have a different work in progress to show you. If you recall in my last post I told you that we are doing some remodeling. I took a few pictures of the horrendous state of my (original circa 1958) kitchen. I am so excited to see to transformation. Okay, are you ready? Be warned these are not for the feint of heart.

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Yes I have really been living with this for 15 years. The lighting is atrocious too and we are looking into some options right now. We are trying to avoid hiring an electrician to run new wires if we can but we will see when we get further along.

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We are not sure whether we are keeping this cabinet and making new doors like with the others of starting from scratch with a new unit. For sure though we will be making new upper cabinets to install above this area.

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Jerry has begun making the new doors for the cabinets and you can see where we are going with that below. The walls will be a muted pale yellow and all the cabinets will be antique white.

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We picked out new cabinet hardware which I forgot to get a picture of but will show you next time. It is an antique brass finish. I looked them up on Lowe’s website and found their image. :-)

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Before I close I will show you our booth at the Georgia Alpaca Fiberfest this weekend in Columbus, GA.

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Oh and I can’t resist sharing this picture Joanie took of Elijah being Superman in the shirt she gave him. He ALWAYS does this when he is being Superman. LOL!

Super Scooter

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