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!