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Rhinebeck, Lovely Rhinebeck

October 24, 2008

Rhinebeck 2008

Mom and I went to Rhinebeck for the second year in a row. This time we stayed over and that made the trip much more enjoyable. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the festival .

Of course there were plenty of animals.


I just love these crazy looking bunnies.

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The sheep dogs impressed us with their skills, as usual.

Baa Ram Ewe

There was the Ravelry meet-up on Saturday.

Ravelry Meet-Up

Unfortunately from this picture you cannot get a sense of how many people were wearing February Lady Sweaters. Seeing how nice they looked convinced me that I will cast on for one eventually.

The artichoke thing is supposed to be great but, other than artichoke hearts out of a can, I have only had artichokes once and was not bowled over. May be I will brave this line next year. Or may be I am better off not developing a taste for them.  After all, I would be much skinnier if I had never had cheesecake.

Artichoke French?

At one point on Saturday the line was particularly long.  A woman working the artichoke stand called out to the people on line and reassured them that they (the people in the stand) were working as fast as they could.  One of the people on the line responded cheerfully, “We know and we love what you do.”


Cranky Pants and My First Sock

October 14, 2008

Well I had on my cranky pants last week.  Hub decided to help me change my mood so over the weekend he took me to Milk and Cookies, bought me my favorite candies from Jacques Torres, and accompanied me on a knitting related wild goose chase.  He was even disappointed when I walked out of The Point empty handed.  By the end of the weekend I felt much better.  That Hub is a good guy.

Even though the bulletproof poncho is languishing and this blog is still without pictures, good things are on the horizon.  Rhinebeck is almost here and I have made major progress on my first sock.  I am knitting it out of red Valley Yarns Huntington.  For the “pattern” I am using the sock cheat sheet from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Knitting Rules.  Last week it was moving along well and then I realized that I had made a mistake on the leg and that it was going to be too big.  It got ripped out at 7:00am in a McDonald’s parking lot. 

Right now I am getting ready to start the heel flap.  Because my numbers are different than in the book, I am a little concerned about figuring out how to turn the heel.  However, after doing all those Fuzzy Feet, I should be able figure it out eventually.

Yarn in the Mail – Another First

September 28, 2008

Well it finally happened.  I finally ordered yarn from an online retailer.  As a person who generally considers online shopping the greatest thing since sunscreen, my reluctance to buy yarn online might seem weird.  I was actually forced into the purchase because I did not have enough yarn to finish the bulletproof poncho.  So last weekend I ordered the Tahki Baby from Webs for the poncho.  Since I was getting that I also ordered some red Valley Yarns Huntington to make my first pair of socks, oh, and some patterns. 

A few days later it was exciting to find the package stuffed in the mailbox.  It was easy and convenient.  But it is not something that will become a habit.  First, because I am neither a yarn stasher, nor a fast knitter, my yarn needs are pretty small.  Second, I am lucky enough to have access to a number of great brick and mortar yarn shops.  These shops need the support of customers to survive and I think that a great part of the joy of knitting is going to yarn stores and finding both the yarn and the inspiration.  For yarn that I am familiar with and/or cannot purchase locally, buying online is a great resource.  But otherwise, I want to support my LYSs as much as I can. 

I specifically did not order the needles I need for the socks.  So it is off to an LYS in the near future.  Hopefully, one of them will have the needle size I need.  Otherwise, I will be tempted to order needles from KnitPicks and that will be opening a whole other dangerous door.

Another Reason Why I Am Not Much of a Yarn Stasher…

September 20, 2008

Bulletproof Poncho

Yes, I know this post would be better with pictures, but the camera and computer are still not on talking terms. [As of 10/22/08 the camera and computer are now communicating so I have added a picture.]

The front of the “So Many Ponchos, So Little Time Poncho” (a.k.a. the bulletproof poncho) from The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Beyond the Basics is now done.  I am using Tahki Yarns Baby, which is a lovely yarn but a little too warm for me to work on in the heat of the summer.  Now that the weather is a little cooler, it was time to pick this up again.

Once I was done with the front I realized that I do not have enough yarn to finish the back.  Actually, I was amazed at how the front part just seemed to suck up the yarn.  This is the first time I have ever used a Tahki yarn and I am hoping the fact that I cannot find additional yarn in the same dye lot will not matter.  Of course, had I knit up this yarn not long after getting it I would have realized the problem and could have probably gotten yarn in the same dye lot.  Drats! 

I am also concerned that this is just not going to fit right.  The front and back parts are knit separately and then seamed together.  Each part starts at the bottom with two stitches and then you increase until you reach the maximum width and then decrease until you have twenty stitches.  It looks like a stingray.  I am worried that it is not going to fit me in the shoulders.  I checked for errors for the book and none were indicated for this pattern.  I checked ravelry and it seems that no one there has knit the pattern.  So at this point I am just going to trust the pattern.  If it turns out it does not fit right then I will just cross that bridge when I come to it. 

Other than the lack of yarn and fit concerns, I am loving this pattern and yarn.  Right now I have the completed front draped across a chair in the dining room.  I keep pausing to fondle it when I walk by.  It is a quick and easy knit.  It was silly of me to have been nervous about knitting this up.  The cable has a lovely sculptural quality that really suits the super chunky yarn.  The pattern calls for Karabella Brushed Alpaca but the Takhi Baby is a great substitution. The yarn both feels fabulous and looks great.  I would love to adjust the pattern to make this into a throw but it would be a ridiculously expensive throw.

My Stash

July 12, 2008

The Stash

Originally uploaded by fairgirl

I know I have a small stash and I like it that way. But looking at that picture makes even me think ,”Damn, that’s small!”