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Amazingly, my Rhinebeck sweaters are done.  Last week, I was seaming this one.

Early this week, I was back to working on the second sleeve for this one.

Yesterday, I steam blocked and sewed.

Today, I finished the collar with the last of my yarn that I had to unwind from the gauge swatch that I did.  That was a close one!

They had a bath and are now drying with the help of a fan.

As I was suddenly without any knitting this afternoon, I immediately cast on another sweater, this time with bulky yarn.

If you see me at Rhinebeck, say Hi!

 

Falling

Rhinebeck aka the New York Sheep and Wool Festival has come and gone.  It was the usual whirlwind of people, colors, wool, animals, and yummy foods.  To add to the fun this year it also snowed.  At one point I was walking through a swirl of bright red orange leaves and snowflakes.  The snow meant that it was a little chilly.  In fact, I barely took off my coat all weekend, which was a shame because it is fun to show off handknits.  It was so cold that I barely took any pictures and that is partly why it has taken me so long to write up this post as I have been waiting for the husband to download the pictures he took so I can use those.   Life is busy, though, and time’s ticking by, so you’ll just have to make do with what I have.

The cold did not stop me or anyone else from shopping, and I think maybe people were buying extra because of the cold, even though we all know that there’s not much hope that all of that yarn will be turned into winter garments or accessories before the winter is over.

One thing different about my trip to Rhinebeck this year was that I got to help out in a booth for a little bit.  My friend Michele makes wonderful bags that are super useful for knitting projects, purses, etc.  You can find her bags on etsy at her ThreeBagsFull shop.

I also loved reconnecting with knitting friends.

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My Rhinebeck shopping strategy this year was to try to buy things that are harder to find elsewhere.  For example, these two skeins of Cormo from Foxhill Farm and this skein of blue sock yarn from indigodragonfly.  The former does not have an online shop and really only sells through these festival shows.   The latter is based in Canada and I took the opportunity to try a skein without having to pay international shipping rates.

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My only sweater quantity is this lovely berry color from Harrisville.  I have been told that this is a great yarn for sweaters and am looking forward to trying it.  Any sweater suggestions are welcome!  I am leaning towards a pullover, maybe something with cables, but not too many as I don’t want the sweater to be too heavy.

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Before we left, we made a quick stop at the Knitspot pop-up shop.  It is always a treat to see their yarns in person and they never disappoint.  I’ve got three of their newest ones to try: Better Breakfast Blend, Hempshaugh, and Chebris lace.

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And that’s it really.  The trip went by really quickly and I am already looking forward to next year.  For now, I better get knitting!

Whirlwind

What a whirlwind of a the last ten days has been! So much has happened that I am afraid this post will have to consist of photos with captions because if I told you everything it would take longer than you want to be here for. I will start with Rhinebeck, also known as the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. This year was more fun than ever for me. The fall leaves were beautiful.

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We had a Knitspot swap this year in which everyone knit a scarf or shawl for someone in the group. Erica knit me this wonderfully warm and soft caravan scarf in just the right color for me.

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I knit almost the same color Longshadows scarf for Judi.

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It was really fun to see everyone’s gifts and the thought that went into them. Here we are all modeling our wonderful gifts.

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Then, I had a super fun meetup with Thea Colman, also known as Baby Cocktails. We had a great time talking knitting and sweaters and yarn.

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This year, I really enjoyed seeing my knitting friends more than the shopping. Although, I did manage to find a few goodies to bring back home with me.

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When Rhinebeck was over, the fun went on at Knitspot’s Rhinebeck After Party. I was so busy and had so much fun there that I have no pictures. What I can show you is the yarn I brought home with me. There’s enough here for a sweater and several other things.

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And the fun didn’t stop there! The husband surprised us by taking the entire week off and whisking us away for a grand few days in New York City!

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We ate a lot.

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Saw some cool things.

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And I even bought a little more yarn.

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We were spoiled for sure and had enough fun to last us quite awhile. Now that we are back, we are getting ourselves re-organized. The first thing was to re-open the etsy shop with stitch markers with a post Rhinebeck sale. Everything in the shop is 20% off with coupon code RB2014SALE until November 4. We will be adding some new sets later today and tomorrow. Today’s sets have a bonus owl.

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Happy Fall!

Fall Magic

What can I say about an autumn week in the New York countryside that includes perfect weather, lots of yarn, campfires, and wonderful people?

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From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, everything shimmered with color, laughter, and fun.

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It was literally raining leaves all the time. The ground was ankle deep in leaves.

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Bright, vibrant colors were everywhere.

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It was heaven for the boys.

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Oh yeah, and there was the New York Sheep and Wool festival at Rhinebeck, which was more amazing than usual for me, mostly because of the wonderful people I got to meet and hang out with.

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I was enjoying the experience so much that I really took very few pictures. I was soaking in the atmosphere, talking with the lovely friends I had only known online until then, and, of course, shopping.

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Mostly, I bought sweater quantities of yarn. I resisted all those pretty skeins of sock yarn (there has been a lot of sock yarn stash enhancement this year already).

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After the festival, I took a couple of classes with Anne Hansen of Knitspot. Those classes were eye-opening for sure. Who knew that I was sewing all my seams wrong all this time? Well, maybe not wrong, but not in the best possible way. Seriously, if you have a chance to take a class with Anne, do it. It is worth every penny.

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Coming back home was a bit of a jolt this week. I am already looking forward to next year and I hope I get to see you there.

Fantastic Fall + Fiber Festival = Fabulous

Rhinebeck was fantabulous. Wonderful weather. Really, it was almost too warm for woolens, but not too warm to buy wool!

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The fall foliage was beautiful and inspiring.

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Furry critters greeted us as we walked.

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We got to watch some fascinating demonstrations, including this sock knitting machine. Imagine being able to knit a pair of socks in an hour. An Hour! Think of all the yarn you’d go through.

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And speaking of yarn, I did bring a little back with me. Just a little.

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Ah, Rhinebeck. I’m already looking forward to next year!