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Friday, October 31, 2014

Welcome to the world, Lily Beth

Mary's granddaughter was born 10/26 at 10:26 pm. How cool is that?
She's Mary's first grandchild and Mary has been knitting in anticipation for months.

The Outer Block Blanket was a collaborative effort that Mary coordinated.  The hat is Metaphor Yarns Baby Basket Hat. How great is it to see the baby wrapped in all this hand knit love?

We had dinner to celebrate Lily's arrival and to give Mary our gift.


This Sampler blanket is knit in five strips. We each knit a strip.  I manipulated the pattern stitches to create strips that worked within each person's knitting strengths. Putting it together was a challenge.  Despite all our swatching, several strips were wayyy different.  After wet blocking, I had to rearrange the placement of the strips based on gauge.   Then I crocheted them together and worked the border.

 Mary loved the blanket and was really touched.  The other knitters hadn't seen the blanket put together and were equally pleased with their efforts.

As I've met Laura, Lily's mother, I wanted to do a little more so I knit the Vintage Baby Cardigan in Claudia Handpaints Fingering (100% Merino, 175 yards). It's knit in one piece.  I loved the colorway I had, Pink Cloud.  It was in pinks and greys.

Here is our reward for knitting the blanket. Lily Beth wrapped in our blanket.  It doesn't get any better than that.  That is why we do what we do. This picture gives me such a feeling of joy and contentment.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Count with me, 1, 2, 3

Lois has two more sections and then she is done with this strip for our next Sampler Blanket in Zara (DK: 100% Merino, 136 yards).  Overall she has enjoyed knitting it.

By, the way, we gave Mary our finished Sampler Blanket for her new granddaughter.  But THAT will have to wait for another day.

Elizabeth is knitting Marin with Annapurna (Sport: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 385 yards) from A Verb for Keeping Warm. This pattern has been in my queue since it came out!

Her count was off. We had a shared aha! moment. When reading a pattern if it doesn't make sense or you're off, it's all how you read English.  Read  out  loud, you will hear it  differently. Try it, you'll see.

Judy is working on a Mary Maxim Granny's pattern called Granny's Little Girl.
It's a charming sweater.  Judy was having trouble getting the count right as well.  It was a matter of practice and getting back into the groove.

 Linda is working on baby booties.  In her first effort on the right, her decreases were not as neat.  On her second effort, on the left, she nailed it.  The yarn is Zara as well.  The pattern is a free pattern from Plymouth.

At this point, Linda said that she is addicted to watching tv while knitting.  It's gotten to the point where she almost can't watch tv without knitting. I know I can't.  It makes me feel all squirmy.

Michelle finished her second L'Enveloppe.  This one is for her mother as a surprise.  Her mother was going to knit it but her gauge was so tight, that she didn't like knitting on #13 needles and it spoiled it for her. The yarn is Berroco Flicker (Worsted: 87% Alpaca, 8% Acrylic, 5% Other, 189).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Rhinebeck Loot

I think I'm going to knit Spectral with this gradient kit from Dragonfly Fibers. Despite all my intentions to buy colors outside the purple box, I couldn't resist this kit.

This Polydactyl set from Miss Babs is going to be Tubularity.
The word tubularity makes me think of a line from an old tv show, "Jocularity, Jocularity". Post a comment if you know where it's from.

I bought a Paintbox Gradient of Footnotes yarn from Fiber Optic Yarns.  
This will be a pattern called Reverse Psychology.

Dragonfly Pixie is going to grow up to be Inner Peace, I think.

 This I bought just because it called out to me.  Nancy gave me permission to buy it since it wasn't my usual pink/purple combo.  This skein from Blue Ridge Yarns is called Kaleidoscope Worsted and has 200 yards.  I have no idea what I'm going to knit with it.  I'll just admire it's beauty for a while.

There were only two skeins of this little cutie, Yummy 2ply, from Miss Babs. Nancy and I each bought one - what else could we do?  For the time being, this skein with bunk with my random skeins of Koigu.  I think they will play nicely.

I'm delighted that I have a plan for most of my purchases.  
Maybe I'll even knit one before Rhinebeck 2015. 
Ha!  Who am I kidding?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rhinebeck 2014, Day Two

Sunday dawned considerably colder which was fine as far as we were concerned.  It is totally anti-climatic to go to the Sheep & Wool Festival in a T-shirt.

Sunday is the far gentler day of the two.  

People walk a little slower, stop and admire what's around them.  The pace is less frenetic.

It was a crisp, gorgeous fall day.

The only time there wasn't a line for Fried Artichokes was at 10:45.  

We totally took advantage of that and indulged.  It was worth it.

See how happy I am?

More knits.  We loved this capelet with the cables.  Very contemporary looking. 

These are both my Ravelry favorites from yesterday's post.

 I ran into more Westport friends.

 And the trip would not be complete without a visit to the animals. 

 After all, they are the stars of the festival, if you think about it.

 The gradient look was everywhere.

Tomorrow, what I took home. ;)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rhinebeck 2014 ~ Day One

We got to the fairgrounds about 30 minutes before the gate opened.  
The line looks worse than it felt.

Jenny found us while we were waiting. We were in by 9:15 

The IT girl this year was Miss Babs booth.  I say the IT girl because in the years I have been going, there is a new "flavor of the festival" every few years.  Even though we were there 15 minutes after opening, the line to purchase was ran outside the building and people were holding armloads of yarn.

Inside the booth, well, that's if you could get inside the booth, people were crammed in like sardines.  Since this was our planned first stop, we persevered.  We wanted to see what the fuss was about.  Last year I bought yarn to make Brickless and Boxy.  I did make Brickless and loved working with YOWZA.  We each bought color packs.

Below are some of our pictures from the day. I like to think of it as the pageantry of Rhinebeck.  At the end of the post, I have a link to my ravelry favorites with what we saw over the weekend.

You can't see it from here, but the mermaid had dangly earrings.  No mermaid should be without them.

For the partygoer who would like to be handfree, wine cozy necklace thingys.

This would be a wonderful life motto.

 I ran into many Westport Yarns friends.

We had a Westport Yarns meet up.
I don't know about this, Nancy just met Jenny today and she looks wayyy happier in her picture with Jenny, then me.  Just saying. ;)

It was great to see Ann (who Laura and I used to work with when we were Knitting Central). Yes, there is something on her fact, a butterfly face painting.  The girl knows how to enjoy a festival.

 We enjoyed the fall foliage even though it was a cloudy day.

I had been lamenting the day before that I didn't have a good tote bag for carrying around at Rhinebeck. No, don't even say it.  For those that know me, I have MANY bags.  They just weren't right AND I left them at home.  Rhinebeck had a terrific tote bag with great pockets and this year's logo.

 Nancy and I ran into a dear family friend.  How we always manage to just "run into" each other is a beautiful thing.

We stopped by to see Cara Romano's booth which was hopping!  She's going to be showing her terrific jewelry at Westport Yarns on Thursday, November 6, from 6-8.  If you missed her here, make sure to come by.  Her textile metal jewelry with fiber is truly unique.

We saw a man in a kilt with great cabled kilt socks. It's a thing, check it out.

As we were leaving we saw this woman playing the bagpipes.  Beautifully.  Because, what better way to unwind than walk around parking lot playing the bagpipes? If you've never been to Rhinebeck, let me explain, it takes a minimum of an hour to get out of the parking lot and through 1-2 streets to the main routes out.

Well, I did ask the question (what better way to unwind...)?After passing the strolling musician, we came upon these two ladies, tailgating.  We thought this was BRILLIANT.  We surreptitiously took a picture because we were SO doing this next time.  They caught us, we all had a good laugh and chatted for a few minutes before we headed to our car.  We were about to pull out of the parking lot when they invited us to join them.  How awesome is that??? They were fully prepared with Halloween wine goblets, table clothes, candles, blankets, and chairs.  Thankfully I had some nuts in the car.  I had to bring a hostess gift.  We spent a delightful two hours and left there having made two new friends.  That to me is one of the joys of Rhinebeck.  The people you meet are terrific.

Here is the link to the patterns we found interesting.