Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rhinebeck Fibery Goodness - Part 2

Another Rhinebeck post equals another picture heavy post. But that is ok because I know ya'll want to see what goodies I brought home this year.

First up is what was born from the Beginning Spindle Workshop. I actually produced some plied yarn. It's not the most pretty or perfect thing, but I don't think it's too bad for a first time try.

I had brought the Golding spindle (pictured far right) I bought at Rhinebeck 2008 to the workshop. I must say it did receive lots of ooo's and ahhh's. I thought for a brief moment I might need some security around me to protect it. LOL

As you can see, there is a new spindle addition. I enjoyed myself in the workshop that I wanted to get a smaller spindle.

This Golding spoke to me from the moment I picked it up. It's a 2" Walnut Whorl; Style is Antiqued Rosette I. I thought it was beautiful!

This year I actually made some purchases that didn't include yarn.

(Left to right) (2) Noni Beaded Camellia Flower Hair/Shawl Ornament Kits (I am making 1 as a Christmas present. There is Tilli Tomas Beaded yarn included to make.); Alpaca Bear (There was no way I could leave it on the table); Small handmade knitting project bag from Crippenworks (There are even pockets on the inside); Alpaca Scarf (Ok, so I couldn't leave that on the table either) and finally on the far left front is a pair of glass flower earrings from Shipyard Point Glassworks).

Now the fiber purchases. I didn't want to leave Rhinebeck without some roving. I bought from two different vendors. The one on the right is a BFL in Tomato and the other two are Corriedale in Chocolate and Nutmeg. Once I work on the supply of practice roving, I will give a shot at this stuff. It didn't cost me much, so I thought it was good for starting out.

I bought more sock yarn than I have in the past. I have enough to get me through the year. If I had known that Sanguine Gryphon was vending this year I would have only bought 1 skein at The Fold instead of 3. At least 2 of the 3 were discounted.

(Left to right) STR - Rare Gems; STR Trueblood (Millend); Snowshow Farm Alapca Sock Yarn (It was the last skein in the green and I couldn't pass it up. It was from a small vendor and something new to try.); 2 Skeins of Gypsy Girl Creations in Peach Cobbler (Discounted); The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos Sock Yarn in Empedocles and Zeus (Thought they looked great together so it might grow up to be a Selbu Modern and Endpaper Mitts); (in front) Creatively Dyed - Steele colorway is Spain.

I also made a couple of sweater yarn purchases. I got 3 skeins of Spirit Trail Fiberworks "Nona" yarn. It's lace weight and the colorway is Raven's Wing. It's going to grow up to be the Lettuce Pullover (If I can manage to find a copy of KnitScene Fall 2010). I love the hints of blue/gray in the yarn.

I went to Shelridge Farms and picked up 6 skeins of DKW in Brown. It's going to become the Lightweight Pullover.

I must tell you that this vendor is truly awesome. She overheard me telling Mary Beth about the yarn I bought last year for Manny's sweater and the last 2 of the 7 skeins were all knots. The vendor said to me that she hoped it wasn't her yarn. I informed her that unfortunately it was and that I had also bought 7 more skeins in another color and that I had been too frustrated/scared to wind it for fear of finding more knots. I also told her that I obviously loved her yarn because I was buying 6 more skeins. She told me that what I experienced was totally unacceptable. She said that more that 1 knot in a skein could be expected but over 20 was not. She apologized to me and informed me that if I get that with the yarn I bought last year or this year to give her a call right away and she would immediately send me more yarn. I walked away feeling very good.

On Sunday I stumbled across the Qiviuk booth. I bought a skein of the Majestic Blend (no way I was coughing of $45 bucks for the nicer stuff) in a pretty brown. It's going to become the hat in the pattern below. The ladies at this booth were super nice and they asked me to come by next year with the finished hat. I think I could manage to do that.

My next post is going to be non-knitting but still the crafty type. Mary Beth and I did some shopping in the city while she was here and I have a new favorite store. Stay tuned to find out what it is!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rhinebeck Reloaded - Part 1

It was another successful Rhinebeck adventure this year! Mary Beth and I headed up early on Friday morning for the Beginning Spindle Workshop. Can I just say that OMG it was so worth it. I walked out of the class feeling like I could conquer the spindle world. Donna Kay was the instructor and was absolutely delightful. My next post will have pictures of what I created.

The weather this year was perfect! There was a slight chill in the air but you didn't need to bundle up to stay warm like last year. It was nice being able to see what everyone knitted as their Rhinbeck sweater this year. This was actually the first time I had complete strangers tell me they loved my sweater. Made all the last minute hard work on it worth the effort.

I didn't take as many pictures this year as I had in the past. However, I did still have a hard time pairing down what I wanted to share with you all. So, unfortunately, or fortunately (however you want to look at it), this is a picture heavy post.

Rhinebeck is all about the friends...

Kim, Mary Beth, Me & Yvonne

Michelle and Me (Love the Red Hair Streaks!)

Misa and her "Owl and the Pussycat" dress she made! Total Awesomeness!!!!

Me, Misa and Mary Beth. Umm we didn't realize just how Misa's jacket framed the front of her dress
...the animals....

...the yarn & sights around the festival...

Since Mary Beth and I had attended the workshop on Friday, our passes got us into the festival before the general public on Saturday. SOOOOO, we positioned ourselves right in front of the "Socks That Rock" booth. They even opened 5 minutes early to let the 6 of us there make our purchases before the herd came.

Sara and Gryphon of "The Sanguine Gryphon" yarn! These ladies are AWESOME! They were a last minute addition to the festival. The 30-45 minute line we stood in to pay for our purchases shows just how wonderful their yarn is.

A ginormous cupcake I stumbled upon in the food building.

One of many pumpkin sculptures.

...and of course me and my sister.

The Alpaca Bear was sooooo soft!

Mary Beth finally made it to the front of the Sanguine Gryphon line!

Mary Beth waiting patiently at Spirit Trail Fiberworks to pay for her purchase.

We did end Saturday evening at the Ravelry party. I do not have any pictures this year. We didn't stay long at all. After waiting in the bus line for almost an hour to get to the party, we were both really disappointed that they had run out of all 550 gift bags. We didn't care about the contents, we just wanted the commemorative bag. Hopefully they will plan better next year. There was also no place to sit and we were both tired, so we just decided to beat the crowd for the bus back to the car and head to the hotel.

My next post will share all my purchases from the festival!

Monday, October 11, 2010

At Last

She just had her bath and is now drying. The next time you see her will be on my body. Hopefully she blocks out enough to fit nicely. Even though she needs buttons (getting them on Wednesday), I am calling her an FO!

Pattern: Girl Friday Knitty Fall '09
Yarn: Brooks Farm Mas Acero (Rhinebeck '08 Purchase)
Needles: Knit Picks Options - Size 8
Started: April 4, 2010
Finished: October 11, 2010

Now I am off to bed. Gotta work tonight!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

One Week Away

Can you believe Rhinebeck is only a week away? Will I have a finished sweater to wear? I am happy to report that as of today Girl Friday is completely off the needles. All I have left to do is weave in those pesky ends and give it a good soak. MB and I will be making a trip to M&J Trimming on Wednesday afternoon to find the perfect buttons. So it looks like I will have something to wear after all.

My head will be toasty warm too. I finished Sockhead Hat #2 yesterday. I am happy with how it turned out. I can't see those two blob spots so I'm fine with it. I also had a nice amount of yarn leftover so you all know where that's gonna end up.

Pattern: Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
Yarn: Socks That Rocks - Gingerbread Dude
Needles: Knit Picks Fixed Circs Size 2.5
Started: August 1, 2010
Finished: October 8, 2010
Mods: Same as the last one. Knitted a total length of 10" and then started decreases.

I'm so excited about this upcoming week. I only have to work two nights. Then I pick my sister up on Wednesday morning. Thursday we're meeting Kim for lunch. Friday MB and I are heading up to Rhinebeck early because we decided to sign up for the Beginning Spindle Workshop on Friday morning. I bought a spindle two Rhinebeck's ago and am super excited to finally get some help/knowledge of what to do. BIG week!!! Can't wait to see some of you very soon!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Between yesterday and today progress has been made on Girl Friday. I have proof that I haven't forgotten how to seam, nor how much I dislike doing it. The front and back pieces have been attached at the shoulders and both sleeves have been inserted. Oh why does the second sleeve ALWAYS seam up easier and look much better than the first? I know the answer. I just felt the need to ask it.

Anyway, I'll hopefully be seaming up the sides in a little bit.

I feel more confident now that I will have the sweater finished in time for all the festivities in two weeks. I think I'll be on a button finding mission soon.

So during the past couple of months between procrastinating finishing Girl Friday and knitting on the Sock Yarn Blankie (and oh yeah knitting a pair of knee highs), I did cast-on for a Rhinebeck hat. My sister informed me that the one hat I made that she really liked on me was my Sockhead Hat. Well that was all I needed to hear. As you can see below I am almost finished with hat #2.

The yarn I am using is Socks That Rock in the Gingerbread Dude colorway (bought last year at Rhinebeck). I chose this yarn because the maroon spots match my Girl Friday. I wanted to try and be all matchy matchy.

I at first hated it, grew to like it and then kind of became eh about it once I started the decreases. There are two spots at the top where on one side there is a big pool spot of white and on the other side a big pool spot of brown. It kinda bothers me. I feel like some horns or something should be sprouting from these two spots. I'm hoping that once it's done and on my head the spots won't bother me as much. Mainly because hopefully I won't see them. We'll see.