Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rhinebeck Report 2012

As usual Rhinebeck (or the NYS Wool and Sheep Festival as it is also called) was Yarntastic!
My husband has come with me every year since I told him that there were lamb chops and wine.  
We left our house as the fog was lifting
Fall colors everywhere!
The stars of the show are all sorts of animals that produce fiber - 
alpaca, rabbit, goat and several kinds of sheep.
and of course Wool.
And the fiber they produce . . .
Dyed roving's
Felted gnomes 
Sky blue fleece
And of course YARN!
(sorry for the fuzzy photo)
The Crowds are very easy going and filled with good natured knitters.   
Knitters in general are the kind of personalities that should rule the earth.  

We come for the yarn but are more then willing to wait on line for the food. 
Pictured here are the Fried Artichokes everyone loves.  
We also had the plate of lamb chops with lamb ravioli and sauteed spinach. Yum.  
One of the pavilions is filled with food vendors.  
So we had to sample many cheeses and take little bits of about 6 different kinds away with us.  
And then wash it down with very tasty wine from Hazlitt Wineries.  So good we got a case.
Fried Artichokes - Gluten free!
But an odd thing happened.   I went through my stash and sorted it the night before the festival -
sort of like stepping on a yarn scale and putting back that extra yarn cake -
it put me on a yarn diet! 
I bought just 4 skeins of yarn (2 each in 2 color ways) from Ms. Babs.  
My first purple purchase ever and my usual (can't have enough) blue.  I'm thinking scarf/shawls.
Yummy 2-ply Superwash
I'm thinking "I wish a food diet would work this well!"  
Even though I didn't purchase a lot of yarn my husband and I had a ball.
And there is always Rhinebeck 2013 to look forward too!

Blue Ribbon Winner

Monday, October 15, 2012

I love fall

I love fall for many reasons . . .
     Wonderful knit sweaters
          The trees are full of color
               Warm wool socks
                    Crisp air
                          Knit shawls and scarves
                               Apples and cider donuts
                                    The smell of wood burning in the fireplace
                                          Yarn doesn't stick to my fingers
                                                But the biggest reason I love fall is . . .

The NYS Wool and Sheep Festival at Rhinebeck
This years dates are Oct 20th and 21st
at The Duchess County Fairgrounds
     I have been addicted to this festival since I discovered it a few years ago.  I feel like a child in a toy store at Christmas.  Yes it can get crowded.  The lines can be very long at which ever vendor has a buzz about them that year.  Saturday is busier then Sunday.  There are buttons and baskets and sheep dogs.  The food and wine round out the entire festival beautifully.  It is so much more then just yarn.
     Every year I go with a different strategy in  mind.  I have gone and focused on Alpaca.  Another year it was sock yarn for socks.  The next it was sock yarn for things other then socks.  Last year it was a particular vendor.  I have collected a good size stash over the years and spent most of this year happily stash busting for various projects.
     I don't have a plan yet for this year.  I was thinking of maybe picking a pattern (or two) and shopping for that.  We'll see how I feel when the day is here.  Stashing is always an option; one can never have enough stash (in my opinion).
     My husband comes with me and volunteers to stand on the lines.  He is very good about my wool hobby year round.  I appreciate that so at the fair I feed him lamb chops and ply him with wine.  All in all we have a good time. We are both looking forward to this year as much as ever.  We already have our tickets!
     Maybe I'll see you there - I'll be the one with the wool and the wine sharing a plate of lamb chops with my hubby.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Daybreak by Stephen West

I just finished knitting another Stephen West pattern.  I think its safe to say I like his designs.  
This pattern also involves 2 colors and stripes.  
I am so glad I participated in WestKnits mystery shawl KAL 
because it opened me up to a style of design I wouldn't have considered before. 
Stripes?  Colorwork?  Me?  Now - yes me!
I used Elann yarn.  
I have gotten emails from them many times over the years 
and this is the first time I've ever ordered from them.  Nice yarn.
This is a very soft blend of 80% alpaca and 20% silk, loosely plied.
The dark burgundy is called oxblood and the light pink is called seashell pink.  
Knitted up it has a lovely drape and is so soft
I could wrap myself in a blanket made of this stuff.  
This shawl will be a holiday gift for a luck someone I know.  
If I can bring myself to part with it. . . 
I'll just have to knit something else to help with my separation anxiety.