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RHINEBECK! Part 2: Evening


The proceeding sugar crash has been brought to you by an insane amount of Maple Cotton Candy….

Further posts will occur as blood sugar evens out.

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RHINEBECK! Part 1: Morning

We have coffee, we have treats, we have cash, we have cars.

This is going to get ugly, AND I CAN’T WAIT!!!

More later, with stash enhancements.

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Yeah, I’ve got issues with posting. I have great intentions then real life gets in the way 🙂

September was crazy because some things were happening at the job that I never saw coming. Good things, thank god, but still took me by surprise.. Hopefully in a few weeks all will be resolved and I’ll be able to talk more about it, but it’s kept me busy and worried and not to focused on blogging.

But, as usual, when I’m that stressed, i tend to knit like a fiend and September was no exception! I got a one very large project started and finished and another really large project which is almost done.

I got a bit of a bee in my bonnet when I saw one of my friends “favorite” a shawl on Ravelry. It was the 3/4 Happ Shawl and caught my eye because I had been looking for a large size shawl that could wrap around me and this fit the bill quite nicely! And I even had the yarn for it!

I made it out of the Blue Sky Alpacas I had languishing in my stash. I had fallen in love with the teal and cream combination years ago but never quite figured out what to do with it, so there it sat, like a sock on a gym rod. But it was the perfect yardage and I immediately cast on and away i went!!

And went, and went, and went. I forgot how long it takes to do a shawl that large. Its entirely possible that I blocked it from my memory! By the end there I was almost at 500 sts per row and the only thing that saved me was the fact I ran out of the contrast color! We will not discuss binding off which took almost 1 whole subway ride.

And here it is! Isn’t it pretty? I can’t wait for it to actually be cold enough to wear it!

But once that was done, cold hard reality hit and I realized I only had 3 weeks left until Rhinebeck. And I still had a whole sweater to finish knitting. Um, yeah. So despite massive startitis, I hunkered down and concentrated on finishing up Royale. I really do love this sweater and once I figured out how to read the pattern (I swear I know how to knit) I’ve really been on a good clip and I’m predicting I will have a finished sweater by the end of is weekend at the earliest and mid-next week at the latest.

People, Rhinebeck is 2 weeks and 2 days from now!!!! Get knitting and bring that stash down! Then you’ll have plenty of storage space for the goodies you bring back 😉

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this is called part 2 because part 1 was written on my iPhone during a really boring meeting and karma kicked me in the ass and has locked up the post.  so i can’t get to it and i can’t post it.  lovely.

let me sum up:

Most Boring Knit Ever: Actually known in real life as the Tea Leaves Cardigan.  Once you get past the yoke, it’s just miles and miles of stockinette, which is a really good sedative (not good for finishing) or best accomplished in a movie theatre (sweater comes to us thanks to “How to Train Your Dragon”).  But despite the “OMG BORED NOW”, it turned out lovely and beautiful and perfect for taking up to Toronto for the Knitter’s Frolic last weekend.

I traveled up to Toronto to go hang with Glenna and sit on her sofa and watch DVDs and knit.  And yeah, we planned some yarn shopping in there for one of the days.  The weather was fairly horrid most of the weekend, rainy and windy and cold, otherwise known as the perfect weather for knitting and lazing about in coffee shops.  you see, knitters like the rain and cold because it’s the perfect excuse to sit on our butts and indulge in our favorite pasttime 🙂

And indulge i did!  The morning of the 6th, I cast on for the Whisper Cardigan.  I’m making in in Mad Tosh Prarie, a lovely single ply lace weight yarn, in a dark rose color called Isadora.  Thanks to all the sitting around and knitting, I’m done with the sleeves and the back and on track to be done with the whole sweater by this week! here’s a crappy shot of it at my desk.

which is perfect, because i need to start Glenna’s Royale Sweater.  Made of course, with some of the yarn purchased from the Frolic.

At the Frolic, I did my part to support the Southern Ontario Indy Dyers Market to the fullest extent.  There was Viola Sock purchased at the Naked Sheep, many different weights of MCN purchased from Indigodragonfly, and a whackton of yarn purchased at Tanis Fiber Arts.

this here is the Tanis Fiber Arts in Poppy that I’ll be using on my Royale sweater.  Isn’t it pretty?

I’ve got a ton of other yarn to show you, but for some reason, my camera is acting up and won’t take accurate color shots which is really annoying.  But this weekend is a 4 day weekend, so i’ll have time to investigate the issue and fix it.

Buying another camera right now is out of the question, but the reason for that will be explained in a post coming your way soon.  🙂

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especially when i didn’t post AT ALL in the month of March?

well, i’ll sort of keep it.

didn’t really accomplish much this last month. some spinning which still needs to be photographed and putting some UFOs into the FO pile.

See my Leyburn Socks?  They are finally done!

Work continues slowly on my Tea Leaves Cardigan, which for some odd reason I do not have a picture on my server despite taking a picture this morning before i left the house.  It’s going slowly because I’m on the stockinette portion of the pattern and omg, it puts me to sleep.  So I tend to take it with me if I’m going to the movies since I don’t need to look at the work and I can knit it in the dark.  I’ve seen “How to Train Your Dragon” twice in the theatre (yes, i love that movie, why do you ask?), so I’m about halfway done with the torso.  I might switch to doing the sleeves; at least there are decreases to keep track of.

Watch, I’ll finish the sweater just in time for the temperature to hit the 90s for a week straight.

I’m starting on another summer dress!  It’s Gudrun Johnston’s Little Black Dress although for me, it’s being made out of KnitPicks CotLin in Planetarium.  I took this picture with my iPhone, but while it doesn’t catch the color, it at least shows the stitch pattern pretty well.

I doubt this will be done in time for the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic which is about 3 weeks away (OMGYAY!), but hey, a girl can dream! I’m heading up to Toronto for the Frolic to visit my friend GlennaC and spend some money.  But only some.  Like maybe 1 or 2 skeins. *shifty eyes on lookout for random lightning strikes*

yeah, it’s an exciting life, isn’t it.

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2 weeks of Insanity

And sadly, not the fun knitting variety.

Work was, once again, crazed, and has caused all sorts of hijinks which have led to much cursing on Twitter.  The only saving grace has been the hour I run away from my desk at lunch and hide away for some solitary knitting.  It really is the second best part of my work day (number 1 being when i leave 🙂

But the real insanity has been my entry into the Knitting Olympics.  Since I’m not the world’s best team player, I decided against the RavOlympics and went on my merry way determined to finish a major project (anything requiring more than 1 skein of yarn).

I was originally going to do a waistcoat or vest, but then my conscience got the best of me and I decided what I really needed to do was finish a project that had been languishing on the wall o’ project since mid-Nov of ’09.  It was my lovely Nuss sweater, made from Berroco’s Blackstone Tweed, a wonderfully soft blend of Merino, Mohair and Angora (spun smoothly enough that i wasn’t breaking out in hives just looking at it).

And this was a possible goal for me!  When I re-started the sweater, it had been 3 months since I’d touched it, so it was almost like starting over.  So a sweater in 2 weeks was difficult, but not impossible.

Well, friends, then I did something foolish.  I signed up for a spinning course.  The spinning course was only once a week for 2 hours a class, but oh the distraction!  I didn’t want to come home and knit, I wanted to come home and spin!  And play with my batts and combed tops.

But just as Olympians before me, I pushed on through the pain and persevered!  And just an hour ago, I finished my sweater!

And then thanked God that I’m only crazy enough to do this once every 4 years.

Wanna see?

Pretty Nuss Sweater

Now, where’s my Gold medal?

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shopping in my stash

ahh, the benefits of reorganization. the joys of  finding yarns that were missing.  better yet, the euphoria of finding yarns you didn’t even know you had!

i had experienced both of those joys this weekend during phase 1 of the re-organization.  I found one skein of STR from the Rockin’ Sock Club November shipment that must have gotten put away a bit too quickly.  So that got wound up quickly and made into the Raven Swirl Socks from the club.  here one is sitting on my laptop this morning.  this is just before it went on my foot 🙂

i also pulled out my treasured skein of the Sanguine Gryphon’s Bugga! that i risked life and limb for at Sock Summit ’09 (seriously, so many people crowded into the booth, it almost toppled a wall).  I really couldn’t bear to make it into socks that would be stuffed into shoes, so i decided to make a Multnomah shawl that i could snuggle up to and show to the world.  I’m 3 rows away from being done with the garter stitches and that’s since Tuesday evening, so score for the speed knitting!

not the best picture, but hey, its something!

so the plan after the shawl is to start a sweater of some sort with the 6 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted.  Since I’m going to be short on yarn with that one, I’m thinking its going to need to be a top-down construction.  I’m leaning towards Shalom since i can also add 3/4 length sleeves.

now i just need it to be lunch so i can go and knit some more.  so close to the feather and fan portion, i can almost feel it!

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dear new decade

please be kind…

the end of 2009 came in a bit of rush, too many personal projects languishing, replaced by Christmas knitting and an “OMG, I MUST HAVE IT NOW!” sweater that leaped out at me at my LYS.  then there were visits by friends, most notably Glenna C.  We wandered in museums (ok, she went to the Guggenheim, which thanks to vertigo problems, i have to avoid), ate A LOT of really good food, and powered through some serious projects.

Here is a Noro Striped Scarf that I started in August, got bored at 6″, and picked it up again and knit another 48″ in less than a week in December.  This scarf reminded me why i hate scarves: too long!  but totally warm and great with the cold snap we are having in NYC this month.

then there were the 2 pair of socks for friends, one who hates socks, but likes the warmth that knitted socks give her, and a pair of Vampire Boyfriend socks for another friend who is obsessed with, you guessed it, Edward of the “Twilight” series.

then my greatest opus yet, the Brea Sweater from Rowan, knit in its intended yarn of Rowan Lima.

THIS IS MY FAVORITE SWEATER EVER!!!!  yes, it deserves all caps.  while there was an initial problem with the directions, once the sweater was all sewn up, it’s squish favor combined with the perfect fit (everything is the right length) combined with the warmth has made this the best sweater i’ve ever made.  i constantly get compliments on it (even been petted a few times, which was just funny).

so i figure, if i accomplished that in the old decade, what can i accomplish in this new decade?

well, for one, i’m re-organizing the stash (god help me, the last one almost killed me).  i’ve been at it an hour, and i’ve already found 6 skeins of yarn that i didn’t know i had.  the sock yarn collection is threatening to overtake me and i have enough yarn for 6 sweaters.  the main goal is to get the yarn out of the bins (although protected, i can’t see them and forget what i have!) and get them into a system where they are totally in my face when i open the closet and thus the urge to say “oh, i have no yarn” and the subsequent buying of more yarn happens and the yarn comes home and goes into a bin and the circle continues.

oy, it makes my head spin.

maybe this is the year that i knit from my stash.  i’ll know more once i tackle that closet!

*deep breath and dives in*

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ugh, i have been horrible about updating!  and its not like i havent’ been getting stuff done, i just haven’t been posting!

so, what have i been working on?

i finished my Meret and a pair of Fetching mitts out of the Marisol yarn my friend brought me back as a thank you for taking care of her kitty.  They both came out cute (if slightly obscured by the fuzziness of the yarn) and i just need it to get a bit cooler before I can wear them.  but its fall in the northeast, so that should be any day now.

here are pictures of the FOs

My Meret

My Meret


Fetching, aren't they?

Fetching, aren't they?

the original plan for a rhinebeck sweater has been put on hold.  As much as i lovelovelove the yarn, an entire cardigan in DK weight yarn was just killing me, so on hiatus it went.

but i know i need SOMETHING for rhinebeck, and when looking for inspiration, discovered the Heather Hoodie Vest which is knit in bulky weight yarn.  perfect!  and my LYS even had the yarn in a color i’m in love with.  i’m on track to finishing it (just barely) in time for Rhinebeck.  Now I just need mother nature to play nice and not make it wet, freezing cold, or blazing hot.  i’m putting in a request for 61F (16C) now, you hear me!  please?  pretty please?  with a cherry on top?

here’s a picture of the back of the vest.  still finding that i get the best shots at my desk here at work.

1/2 of a Hoodie vest

1/2 of a Hoodie vest

and i just started a new pattern for another set of fingerless mitts.  these were designed by my friend Abbie and they are just lovely!  they are her October Leaves Fingerless Mitts and i jumped on them as soon as the pattern was up.  i decided to do them in one of the sock yarns purchased at Sock Summit- my Wool Candy BFL in Ice Cream.  i really love it and as soon as i finish the vest (hopefully this weekend), i will speed knit through the rest of the mitts.  they are really nice for knitting up quickly, which helps with the knitting ennui i’ve been feeling on and off.



There have also been further attempts made with the spinning wheel.  I was so happy with my first skein (sadly, i can’t find the picture i took), that i immediately pulled out a recent purchase of Pollworth/Silk blend roving that i got at Sock Summit from Ms. Gusset.  she is still getting her site up, but her stuff was delicious and i brought back TONS (ok, maybe not tons, but a lot) of it when i came back from Portland. the pollworth/silk blend was a dream to spin up and i got about 100yrds of a thick/thin yarn in approximately a DK weight.  i’m going to dye it and knit it into probably some sort of hat thing.

Plied, on Bobbin

Plied, on Bobbin


Plied on Niddynoddy

Plied on Niddynoddy

sadly, while plying the yarn, the brake band broke (say that 3 times fast) and put my spinning wheel out of commission for a week.  I’ve made the necessary repairs and will hopefully be able to jump back on this weekend.  in the meantime, i’ve been using the drop spindle to spin up some baby camel/silk.  its coming out really even, but its pretty much cobweb weight, so it will need to be plied or i will lose my mind if i try and knit it.  sadly, i don’t have any pictures of that, but trust me, its cute.

fingers crossed that i will be able to get my vest done in time for Rhinebeck!

and hopefully, another post this weekend with an (almost) FO!

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bored now!

not so much from Sock Summit letdown, but mostly now b/c work has hit a slow period and i haven’t figured out the best stealth knitting technique 🙂  also, i’m blogging while on the most boring meeting of my week.  thank god its a phone conference.

the knitting is going well.  i finally finished my Sock Summit 09 socks.  the pattern is Summer Swing from knitty, done up in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Hermosa.  great pattern, repetative without being boring, and really cute to look at.


Summer Swing Sock

and a pair of socks!

Summer Swing Pair

in other knitting, the damson shawl is going quite well.  i’m finally past the garter stitch (thank god) and it coming out lovely.

damson on desk

as you can see, i am taking a lot of these pictures at my desk.  partially b/c when you work on the 36th floor in Midtown Manhattan, you get really good light if you are lucky enough to sit by a window, which i am 🙂  plus, i don’t have to worry about a kitty taking a nap on the knitting just as i’m about to take the shot.

i’m still working on the Rhinbeck 09 sweater.  I’m making it out of the YUMMY YUMMY Briar Rose Legend that I got at SS09.  i’m doing it as a top down raglan, but i’m not in any way ,shape, or form at a place where it is interesting to take pictures of it.  hopefully, i’ll be able to work on it this weekend.  that is looking like it will happen since mother nature (and Tropical Storm Danny) are looking to rain on my three day weekend.  Its the last of my summer fridays, and i was hoping to go to the beach one day this weekend, but yeah, not looking like that’s going to happen.  so knitting it is!

now, i just have to decide which tv show i need to have a marathon of.  i’m thinking S6 of NCIS?  and maybe a few movie rentals?

sounds like a plan to me!

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