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Let’s all be “speck”tacular, shall we?

When I first started dyeing three years ago, quite a few speckled colorways came from my dyepots.  Granted, not every one was on purpose (ha!)…but for the most part, they were.  And I soon figured out a speckle technique that gave me the results I wanted.  But then as the business grew, I concentrated on developing my repeatable colorways…and complex semi-solids by which sweater dreams are made. 

But at every trunk show, without fail, I am asked for more speckles.  No one wants me to stop semi-solids…but there is an unquestionable demand for some “fun” colorways to mix in there.  So I finally spent dye session after dye session developing some “keeper” speckled colorways that will coordinate perfectly with the rest of DDW’s colors.  I’m far from finished playing, but wanted to share some new colors.  (Btw, all skeins were popped into the Etsy shop and quickly sold out.  But I’m dyeing more early next week to update the shop.  Because speckled socks?  To kick off springtime?  Yes, please!)

Easel in the Park (shown on 80/20 Sock)


Ribbon Barrette (shown on 80/20 Sock)


Dessert First (shown on DDW Sport Sock)


I’m turning off the dyepots for a few days to focus on throwing a combined birthday party for the boys.  If you can believe it, they turn 13, 11, and 8 this spring!  Looking back at past blog posts when the boys were in preschool…and realizing that there are YEARS not captured on this blog…has me a little sad.  So I am trying to do better.  These years are truly zipping by. 




Well hi there!  (FYI:  I’m just going to gloss over the fact that last October I promised to visit this space consistently…because we’re friends, right?  Real friends.  And real friends are those that can pick up where they left off without so much as a hiccup.  So that’s what I’m doing.  Treating you like a real friend.)

I wanted to post a picture of my Always Aran Hat pattern that I....yep...ALWAYS have in some state of progress on a set of needles. 


Whether it's at swim practice, lacrosse practice, basketball practice, or the doctor's (aka where I feel like I spend most of my life with three boys--who's with me?), I love always having an easy knit ready to grab and go.  It's super quick, easily modified (change up the cable!), and...might I humbly suggest...perfect for a skein of Duck Duck Wool Merno Aran (which coincidentally will be in the Etsy shop soon--swear!). 


I'll post the pattern up on my blog or Ravelry eventually but for now, I plan to exclusively include it with any purchase of DDW Aran, sound good?  Plus--bonus!--if we all knit new hats I bet spring is here to stay.  And we'll just be ahead of the hat-game for next year.  Win win.

Best, Sandra


Here we go.

Back from Rhinebeck and there is so much to tell.  And as I don't want to forget the little things--because together, they are what make all the things larger than life--I decided now was a great time to dust off the blog and get back to this space.

So here we go:  I declare a renewed interest in capturing the every day.  And as I re-enter normal daily operations of doctor appointments, PTO and PTA, lunches, laundry for days, stop-and-go knitting, shopping/cooking, small business tasks, marathon training, keeping house, etc., I am wearing all the handknits to help me hold onto the incredible spirit of Rhinebeck.  It filled my "love tank" as my Rhinebeck housemates called it, and I'm mindful that the path I'm on is not TO somewhere.  It's my very destination. And I am posting this now to help me remember how lucky I am to get to live this sweet life.*


*except the broken Jennie the Potter mug by Will.  Because that was not so sweet.  And not even a super cute mantra bracelet gifted by my dear friend Hallie will convince me otherwise.


Getting ready...

to get back to this space.  I know, I know.  It's been far too long.  And as I sat and thought about what to start with, I would again put off writing a post to bridge so much time.  This happened roughly 12 times since last summer.  Perhaps, then, the best way to get started is to simply start.  

So hello.  I'm back.  Much has happened--and yet, in a lot of ways, things are the same.  Both the change and the steadiness are good things.  I'll try to recap while also capturing what's going on these days.  And of course, a picture always helps.

Here I am, happy as can be, after scoring some souvenir yarn in Saratoga, NY last week.  Do I look different?  Or sort of the same.  I think both.  xo, Sandra



So, well, it seems I'm okay with doing sweater quantities.


I'm excited because a technique I've developed to keep the beautiful character of a hand-dyed skein but (!) having a true dye lot seems to be working.  I daresay alternating is not required, though I'd still do it a few rows before switching skeins just for insurance.  

I'm also dabbling (literally) into speckles.  This is Night Bokeh:

In other news, we've been lucky enough to get away for a couple of short family trips.  Specifically, we headed to Philadelphia and Williamsburg on two separate weekends.  We're discovering that short overnight trips are completely doable--and extremely fun--now that the boys are older.  

I need to go through my pictures but in case you are on Instagram, you can find me there, too (handle is 3pumpkinslittle).  Here's a fun one of the boys on the steps of Philly's Please Touch Museum--it was after I told them I was done shooting, which should give you an idea of how many photos I took.



Thank you.

I truly appreciate the sweet comments, emails, sales (!), and custom orders (!!!) from my post on my Etsy shop.  Thank you, thank you.  

I am more self-deprecating than boastful when it comes to most things, but I will share that with my dyeing, as it immediately was with my knitting, I simply feel at home doing it.  I truly love it.  And it is my sincerest hope that it shines through in every skein.

Oh, and psst, Duck Duck Wool is on Facebook if you are so inclined to visit.


p.s.  I knit a sweater for Max for his tenth birthday, which was today.  

I hope to post modeled pics soon.  I cannot believe I have a ten-year-old.  For the main color of his sweater, I used some of my hand dyed BFL DK in a bluey gray.  The colorway is Thundersquall and I loved how it knit up.


Testing the waters.

Over the past few months, during my unplanned blogging hiatus, I found myself drawn more and more to my dyepots.  It’s been fun and I’m excited to share a few things I came up with.


I am working my way through the various bases, using them in knits so I can give an informed opinion.  In doing so, I soon learned that you can only link to yarns in Ravelry’s database if they are offered for sale (who knew?).  So I went ahead and opened an Etsy shop. 

Now, it does not escape me that a far better business person than I could ever hope to be would do a proper shop-opening announcement.  But the reality is I’m doing this for fun.  And because some dear friends on Ravelry are very persuasive.  So without further ado, may I present my yarn label:

Branding Words Available on Etsy (only occasionally, for now).

Here’s my favorite current listing, a color I’m calling Malbec.  It’s on Merino Sport and I’m seriously thinking about keeping it for myself.




2013 photo calendar.

I think I say this every year, but time sure  is flying.  Seriously…how is it mid March of 2013 already?  I can’t think about it or I begin to panic.  Things I cannot control stress me out.

I have a goal this year of getting more on top of protecting the many photos I take every year.  There are files on various computers, an ancient hard drive, discs, you name it.  Again, cue the panic. 

I know it will be a long-term process but I’m determined to get the photos out of the computer and into safe-keeping…and in the process, make up some casual books so we can flip through them and enjoy the pictures.  Viewing an online album is convenient, but not so cozy, you know?

So far, I’ve only managed to keep up an annual photo calendar.  It’s a great way to revisit the fun we’ve had throughout the year.  Here’s our 2012 version. 

It’s rather shocking to look at the calendar and see how much they’ve grown in merely a year.  How can they look so much younger?  Commencing deep breathing sequence now.














Sep  Oct




Our little mover.

Many wise people have told me you can have it all.

Just not at the same time.

The past few months, my “all” has been wrapped around coaching Max on a school team, dipping my toe into more serious dyeing, dealing with sequestration woes for clients, juggling two competing schedules for basketball, swim, and lacrosse, serving on the board of our new elementary school’s PTO, and training for my fourth half marathon.  Occasionally, I cook and keep house.  And knit—not as much as I’d like to, but it is still a constant.  

We also decided to host Will’s fifth birthday at the house—Imagination Movers style, with family, friends, and his entire preK class.  Because you only turn five once.   

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He had a ball.  Momma needs a nap.

San Will 



Last Minute Holiday Teacher Gift--more Rudolph.

Here’s a quickie but cutie gift—a Reindeer Wrapped treat with gloves for antlers.

We like to give a little something to anyone who has a hand in our children’s day.  There are so many devoted to teaching our little guys and we are eternally grateful.  We figured those caring hands could use some cute gloves and festive packaging is always fun. 

A quick search on Pinterest confirms where I got this idea so please note I'm not claiming it as original to me!  But I’m throwing it up here because some preschool moms asked for my printable (I handed these out last week at our Christmas pageant) and I’m hoping it might come in handy for last-minute gifting.  (The gloves are from Target--they are the type that supposedly work with smart phones.  I need some!).

I actually found another free printable but the spacing of the reindeer face didn’t work for me (the gloves covered Rudolph completely).  Plus, I wanted a spot to write a little note, so I went ahead and made my own

It's downloaded as a Word file with a picture imbedded—hopefully you can click on the picture, grab a corner of the picture box and scale it to the right size to wrap the candy bar/mint tin/whatever you have in mind.  It is currently sized to fit two on a page and wrap a full-sized candy bar.  Click on the picture below to open the document.  Email me or post a comment if you have problems--not sure if the download will work well with various security settings and I'm happy to email it to you if you'd like.

If I have time, I'd like to make an elf printable.  I’ve seen the cutest novelty socks everywhere and think they’d look adorable as the elf’s hat.