Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rhinbeck Knitting

Yup Yup Yup the plan right now is to attend the NY Sheep and Wool Festival this year! It's been two years since I last went and three years since I last went with my sister.

Since a Summer vacation of having my sister come here was out, we decided that a Fall visit would be nice and coming for Rhinebeck even better! Airline tickets haven't been bought yet, but I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that she is coming. I need my sister fix!

Now, I am on a mission to complete a sweater in time for the event.

I spent a few hours days stalking perusing through Ravelry trying to locate the perfect knit. I've narrowed it down to two choices.

Choice #1: Pinoli Cardigan
I absolutely love this cardigan. I knitted the CPH Hoodie many moons ago and ended up loving it very much. I always wanted to knit another one, but never got around to it. I am thinking this one would be a good replacement for it.
Choice #2: Montauk
Of course, I absolutely love this cardigan too! I actually came across this pattern first and thought right away this would be my Rhinebeck sweater. I think the collar gives it a unique look and with the heavier weight yarn, it would be a tad warmer.

I think in the end, I will eventually knit both, as I may have already purchased both patterns. It's just a matter of deciding which one will be the winner for this Fall.

What are your thoughts? Does one stand out as a winner in your eyes? Is there another pattern that should be brought to my attention to make the decision even more difficult? I'm all ears! Talk to me.


  1. I like them both, but I have to say MONTAUK ALL THE WAY, BABY! :) I really love the look of this one and even though I am under some serious work deadlines right now, I am mentally going through my stash and wondering if I have enough worsted for this. (If not, I can purchase some locally grown-dyed-spun rustic worsted wool when I go to Vermont next week!) The all-over texture is fabulous, but I wonder if the open front would drive me nuts. Think it would take toggles well?

    As for Rhinebeck, I've never gone to it, even though my mother-in-law lives only a little over an hour from there. (Free place to stay! Woot!) I am seriously thinking about it for this year, though! I will keep you posted, and I go we should definitely meet up.

    1. I came across Montauk first and was like, "WHOA I'm in LOVE" and am still drawn to it as my number 1 choice even though I listed it as number two! I also thought the open front might drive me nuts. I am thinking that the way the collar is, maybe a small snap to keep it closed at the collar might work. It would then maybe keep the fronts of the jacket in place. Toggles might work. Not sure how the collar would lie, but it's a possibility. Yes if you do end you end up going we should definitely meet up!

  2. HOLY COW I just looked at the Brooklyn Tweed site and saw that if you use the Shelter yarn that the pattern calls for, you'll need to spend at least $125 (plus shipping) to make this sweater. It does look like nice yarn, but that is way out of my budget (especially because the Vermont wool I like costs about $45 for the same yardage). Would you knit this in Shelter or substitute something else?

    1. Ha ha yes I looked at the yarn too and thought immediately it would be way too much money for me to use it, even though I really love it. I will definitely be substituting yarn. Not sure what yet, but I cannot justify the cost of the Shelter yarn.

  3. ooo, they both look super dreamy and textured. The first is a classic and looks kinda sporty like I envision you. However is that a steeking sweater? Um that sounds ... challenging. The Montauk looks so unique and fun, a scene stealer...

    Yeah, I'm useless, but I love both your ideas!

  4. btw: I just sent you a PM on ravelry. You've won some fingering weight yarn from The Ellen Report! Send me your mailing address and I'll put it in the mail for ya'!