Monday, October 25, 2010

When you just need to knit...

Maybe it's been a long day at work. Maybe you're coming off a complex lace jag. One more Russian chart will make you cry, but straight stocking stitch will just put you to sleep.

You like garter stitch, but you're looking for a project with a bit of interest.

Something that will let the beauty of the yarn shine through. Something that will use up that sock yarn you keep buying. Something that will show you a different side of short rows. Did I mention that you're not afraid of short rows?

Coquille. By Yarnerinas. You know you want to.

(Ravelry link here. Queues instantly!)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

What I bought at Rhinebeck

As a member of the consumer society, I have done my duty. Modestly.

I bought the requisite skein of yak fibre. I'll make some mittens. Supposed to be nice and warm.

Two skeins of Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors II sock yarn in the Stonewashed Denim shade. which will likely become a shawl or two. Tina made a nice teal coloured Citron out of this yarn.

Skaska Designs 50% Silk/50% Merino. I'm sorry to say that I don't know more about this yarn, such where it came from, but it's awfully soft. It reminds me of Touch of Twist. He was there too, but I bought from him at Hemlock. I would buy anything from Galina. With my eyes closed.

Then 2 mohair/merino blended skeins from Persimmon Tree Farms. These are the folks who make Piggy Toes, which I used for the brilliantly orange scarf in the last post. Love their colors.

And lastly, 2 sets of leather handbag handles from Homestead Heirlooms, for which I paid more than I would have liked, but which are pretty nifty. They come with waxed thread and buttons to hold them on from the inside of the bag. I swear to get on with more felted bags from Malabrigo worsted. It felted in record time.

And that's that.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Over the Hills and Far Away

I woke up on Sunday morning with the feeling that it was all a dream. Having set out in the dark on a Trailways bus at 5 am Saturday morning and returned at midnight Saturday night, it's hardly surprising. First time at Rhinebeck. Wow.

We arrived at the Dutchess County fairgrounds at around 10 am and the place was already packed. There were about 20 buildings, many containing vendors, some with animals. I got bogged down for the first 2 hours in buildings A and B, the highlights of which included losing my hat at Skaska Designs (Galina saved it for me) and a company that sells leather handbag straps. Plenty of knitting to look at, good and bad, but my photographic skills were out the window with my wits. Most of my pictures looked like this. Here you can get a glimpse of some of the lovely flowers which were everywhere:

I stopped outside and wolfed down my cheese sandwich. It's really easy to find a place to take a break. There are a lot of wooden benches scattered about.

I wish I had spent more time sitting and watching the passers by. Instead, I got caught up gawking at the consumer goods. Hemlock times 10. I'm pretty sure that I got to the noon time Ravelry meet-up, but did I really see Ysolda Teague donning a gigantic knitted Bob-head? Did I really go up to Casey and say something sentimental about Ravelry? Oy, what would I have done after sunset had I stayed?

After lunch I staggered through the remaining buildings. I passed long lines of young women queuing to buy Bugga and STR. My head was spinning when I saw a familiar booth: Persimmon Tree Farm, the vendor who sold me the yarn for my Eastern Canopy at Hemlock:

Late in the day, after a good sit down, I managed to get this shot of some of my bus buddies. Here's Tina Turner leading us back to our bus before the sun set.

Had a great time. I'm ready to go back next year. Next time, I'd focus my time with the vendors, sit around and chat more and try to see the sheep dogs. Once at Hemlock I saw dogs herding geese. I think. You never know.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rhinebeck Eve

I've laid out my clothes and packed my bag. I have only to make sandwiches and a thermos of tea, sleep for a few hours until it's time. Time to catch the bus and be off to Rhinebeck in the morning. I'll be a first timer at the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival. The GVHG bus leaves at the crack of dawn. Am I crazy or what?

I'll be carrying the blue mosaic bag of earlier posts.

I lined it with pink satin, sewed the zipper to the lining and tacked it inside the bag.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Eastern Canopy

First things first: Status of the Blue Bag - I cut out a pink satin lining for it and found some blue buttons. I'd like to find a piece of card or plastic and cut it to fit the bottom of the bag so that it retains its shape. I'd really like to finish it up this week so I can take it to Rhinebeck. Shandy, it's the easiest thing to make. Just experiment with some leftover yarn that is suitable for felting. Try out a few sample stitches and shrink them and go from there. I knit it in the round which made the mosaic stitch a lot easier - you just repeat the same row twice! Mary Lou, looks like you need a break! I do my best to keep my work at work, but I know it's not always easy. For now, my gadding about continues. Today we went to Canadice Lake and I brought my knitting.

The latest:
Last week, I started out knitting a
Forest Canopy and ended up knitting the border and edging of Aestlight onto it (after adding about 40 stitches on to my last Canopy row). I'm calling my version Eastern Canopy. I just love that eyelet border!

Yarn: Persimmon Tree Farm - Piggy Toes B Pot Luck Yarn. 65% Superwash Merino/35% Bamboo. The skein has 560 yards/about 4 ounces but I only used about 3 quarters of it, maybe not even.

I finished it in the car today and took it on my walk by Canadice Lake. The colours of the shawl were everywhere around - in the leaves and the earth.

It was the perfect Fall day. Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

On the way home, we bought honey. We could see the hives behind the house. The stand is at the corner of Canadice Lake Road and Purcell Road. Mmmmm.

Once home, I blocked my shawl. It's 50 inches across the top while pinned.

Here's what I have left out of 4 ounces: