Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dark December

I decided that I was going to cast on one last selfish project before I commenced Holiday Crafting in earnest.

It's getting chilly now, so I started with the two skeins of thick wool for a nice shawl. The pattern is called Sidewalk Shawl (and I'd link for you, but I'm lazy and don't feel well) but I'm calling this one Dark December. I love the very subtle blues, greens, yellows, and rusty reds mixed in with the black.

I got the yarn from the Briar Rose Fibers tent at Rhinebeck. It was the skein that I saw from about forty feet away and said to my mom, "over here! I have to have that, it's perfect!"

And now, I'm off to walk some dogs in the rain, and hope my fever goes away.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Yarrrrrrn, ho!

Rhinebeck was almost a complete success this year. It was a fabulous day, and I got nearly everything on my list.

I did not get to go to the Yarn Harlot's book signing because we got to the Rhinecliff Bridge (literally four miles from the Duchess County Fairgrounds, where the event is held) and it was bumper to bumper to bumper the rest of the way. It took us an hour and a half to go FOUR MILES.

Rhinebeck is not equipped for the sudden arrival of ten thousand knitters.

I did see the Yarn Harlot though. It was one of those walking by "Ohmigod that's HER!" moments. To which my mother replied, "Which one? I'll go tackle her for you."

I discouraged this.
It would have been a wasted tackle as I had no book for her to sign.
...Aaand, I might have been banned from Rhinebeck next year and that would be tragic indeed.

I did not get to take a nip with Steven, about which I was disappointed, nor show him the vest that he motivated me to finish.

And I did not bring home a broom as I swore to the boy that I would. This is because the people who were there making Shaker brooms last year were not there this year. Also a slight disappointment as the head of our shitty plastic broom falls off every time I sweep.


I got to show off my Rhinebeck ensemble:
I got an abundance of glorious yarn to keep me occupied (and sane) this winter. Here's a small sample:

I got to watch Border Collies playing frisbee.

And I got to pet a PUPPY!

Oh. And I came home with a big bag each of Kettle Corn and Maple Cotton Candy.

Epic. Win.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tomorrow, Tomorrow!

Well, this is it. Rhinebeck is tomorrow, and I'm so excited! It's like Christmas, except better, because the things I'm going buy will hopefully last me all winter, so it won't seem as fleeting as Christmas.

Time to examine the list of things that I've done this week. It's small.

Frog bib for Gabriella? Check.

Frog hat for Gabriella? (Her mom really loves frogs.) Check.

Pattern/shopping list for Rhinebeck? Done.
I won't show you a picture of that- I'll show you finished objects eventually.

Hat of the month? Not quite. Working on it now, and it's possible that I could finish it before I leave today. We'll see. I have hope. So I'm going to end this now and get back to work on that. Socks and yellow crayon didn't happen. Oh, well. I knew it was an ambitious list.

PS- I did finish the book club book. Short review next week sometime.
See you all after the Festival!

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Rhinebeck Cometh

One week from tomorrow until the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck! I can't wait!

Unfortunately, I didn't get nearly as much done as I would have liked, but there is still a week left.

I finished my vest.
I finished that small skein scarf.
I made myself a pair of owl mitts from scraps to match my vest.

I balled up 600 yards of alpaca that I bought last year, and have a pattern picked out for it.
I made some progress on Rosa's crayon blanket.

I did not finish the alpaca lace shawl, but I'm getting there.
I did not start a pair of socks, but I'd like to.

This week my goals are:

1) Finish the yellow crayon to have 3 of 6 crayons done.
2) Make the frog bib and frog hat for Amanda's baby to use up some yarn
3) Do at least one, maybe both of the hat of the month hats to use up some yarn
4) Make as much progress on the alpaca lace shawl as I can
5) Start the socks
6) Finalize my list of projects I'd like to buy yarn for at Rhinebeck. My goal this year is to not buy yarn for which I don't have a project in mind. But we'll see. I have been known to pick things by color and texture alone.

Oh, and one final goal: I need to finish the book club book, since that is the same day as Rhinebeck.  Off I go to cast on a frog bib. Pictures to follow, of course.