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A flurry of finished objects – part one

Over the last month, while I haven’t been writing blog posts at all, I’ve divided my time between finishing my WIPs and fretting over my 17-year-old cat, whose health is declining. She’s never been a very nice kitty, swatting and snarling at every other cat that’s ever shared our home. But she’s been mine for about 14 years, and she does have the loudest motorboat purr I’ve ever heard, so I’m still going to be very sad when she goes.

But, the month was super productive on the knitting front. The first two FOs I’d like to share use yarn and designs by Hudson Valley area dyers/designers. These yarns and patterns came to me as part of my yarn-of-the-month subscription, courtesy of The Perfect Blend yarn and tea shop in Saugerties, NY. Each installment has a single skein of hand-dyed yarn, a suggested pattern, and a little goodie, such as stitch markers, a project bag, wool wash, or some such treat. The colors used by the dyers are all inspired by some aspect of the Hudson Valley.

The first project was a ribble cowl using a soft and lush alpaca/silk blend.

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It was supplied by Nest Creative Keepsakes, based in Woodstock, NY. It was really nice to work with, and the colors were wonderfully bold. The inspiration for the colors is the Ashokan reservior (image from Wikipedia):

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Though the cowl was a Mother’s Day gift for my mom, I had to try it on to be sure it was indeed the right gift for such an awesome mom. It fit the bill.

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FO #2 from my yarn-of-the-month stash is the Main Street Shawl by Toby Roxane Designs. The yarn is Chandelier and the colorway is Main Street, which to me looks like copper when it oxidizes, but there’s still a bit of copper peeking through here and there.

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The color inspiration is Main Street in Saugerties, NY (image from the Hudson Valley Sojourner):

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A great combination of old and new, downtown Saugerties offers independent bookstores, bakeries and eateries, antique stores, unique gift shops, one of the best grandma slices you’ll ever find, and of course, my LYS. And thanks to that LYS, I now have this gorgeous shawl.

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Check out the other patterns available in the Toby Roxane Designs Ravelry store. I’m sure I’ll be pulling some of those lacy shawl patterns to use with the yarns purchased in Montreal.

The next “Flurry of FOs” installment – two Andrea Mowry designs.


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Yarn-of-the-month club

This lovely box appeared on my doorstep yesterday.

img_1694It’s the first installment of a new yarn-of-the-month club offered by the wonderful The Perfect Blend yarn and tea shop in Saugerties, NY. Each month, the color of the hand-dyed skein will reflect some aspect of New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. This month, the inspiration was Saugerties’ own lighthouse.

img_1271The lighthouse is also a B&B and has a gorgeous deck on the river side where the public can bring picnics or just sit for a while and enjoy the views. It’s well worth the visit at any time of year and a fitting theme for the first skein.

Because I love my local yarn store so much, I of course booked the entire year’s worth of deliveries, which means I’ll be treated to additional goodies:

img_1696Along with the yarn, cowl pattern, postcard depicting the lighthouse, and note from Mary, the store’s gracious and delightful owner, I received a set of jeweled stitch markers in a little canvas pouch, a paper ruler, and a della Q project bag. I’m so excited to work with this gorgeous yarn. I’m also thrilled to be able to support my local yarn store and Hudson Valley dyers.

The yarn-of-the-month club is open to anyone. Click the links above for more information on The Perfect Blend and how you can get in on this awesome program.