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Rhinebeck Aftermath

Rhinebeck was awesome! This is not really a surprise as it is great every year. Great people, interesting weather…I mean we had every possible Rhinebeck combination it seemed like.  Well it seemed like I only needed the one Rhinebeck sweater anyway.



Friday was fantastic. Thanks to everyone who popped by the booth and all the people I was able to meet.  The Indie Untangled Trunk show was awesome. And was a great start to a weekend that would be just as great.



And along with people, and other vendors there were the things I grabbed at the show.

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This is the alcohol damage I did in the food barn! Two bottles of Hetta, for reasons, 1857 Potato Vodka, Applejack whiskey, Port and Sherry,  and wine, for reasons. One of our awesome house mates made everyone sheep!  And I actually went to Jenny the Potter’s booth this year, and got a small Franken-sheep bowl to hold loose jewelry and a tiny cup, that I so far have had port in.

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And then there was the yarn and fiber. Uh, yeah. I may have gotten a lot this year, but I’m already planning to cast on Stonecutter out of the Neighborhood Fiber Co. in the first image this weekend, or at least swatch.

So it Begins

Its the start of one of my favorite weekends of the year. Rhinebeck! We’re hitting the road shortly and after. And of course tonight I shall be vending at The Indie  Untangled Trunk show.  Its from 5-8pm at The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y. So say hey if you pop by!

Rhinebeck Kickoff artwork final


After some frogging madness with Kitra, I only have Cabeladabra to wear for the weekend, but if I was only going to have one sweater, its a great one to have.  Everything is packed (I hope!) and next step is a Hamilton sing along in the car!  See everyone there! 


Sweater no# 2

So I’ve been progressing on Kitra in my skein of Empire. Its a top  down  sweater, and my plan is to  knit to the sleeves, knit both sleeves and then knit the body until I run out of yarn or get to Rhinebeck, most likely the former as there is still a lot of knitting to be done.


And it may not look it but I am less than 10 rows from the sleeve division. In theory the sleeves themselves will not take too long, we’ll see, we’ll see. That third sweater though may be like the Emperor’s New Clothes, I mean if I fix that sleeve quirk on bayside that totally counts right? I mean I finished it in Jan, it would be a new sweater for Rhinebeck.





Sweater! Hot Off the Needles!

And Cabeladabra is done! All that is left is weaving in ends and blocking! One sweater down 2 more to attempt. And I’ve also got my  Indie Untangled prep in full swing, new items, old favorites, exclusives, all of it is now in progress.



In the last week or so I have realized just how soon Rhinebeck is, when you have a day job, a craft job, and want to knit three new sweaters for the weekend, five weeks is no time at all!  So I decided to get cranking, I’m unpacked, I’ve reopened the shop, time for making all the things!



Working on the sweater, I realized that I didn’t have all that much work left either. it was the work of a couple of episodes of the walking dead, to finish the body and start on the first sleeve. and last night, I decided to finish the second and get the collar done!



I think it came out pretty well, I believe I have 1 1/2 balls left or  1/2 a ball. I vaguely remember a skein falling into a suitcase in the flurry of unpacking and I don’t remember if I fished it out before putting the case away. Something I will check on later.



I also had initially gotten the finger weight version of the pattern so I plan to make that as well at some point in the Woolfolk I got before La Casita closed.



Next up,  Kitra in my Empire skein. I’m planning on extending it to tunic length. Somehow I think I will have enough yarn. I will knit the sleeves before finishing the body to figure out what yardage I have left.  Tunic…Dress, we’ll see what happens.


Rhinebeck! Rhinebeck!

Another year another NYSW festival down. It was great. We once again rented a house out in Woodstock and drove up Friday morning so we could get to the house and still have time to go set up at the Indie Untangled show.


You can see, that the batman sheet has now become standard vending flair. I need to find more fabric that can be fun to turn into a dress or two to go with the fabric. It was as always great seeing everyone at the show, as well as across the weekend. I didn’t really get a chance to run around the show as once 5pm hit the place was packed.  And as requested the next update will have Doctor Who notions bags. The one completed for the show disappeared instantly.


Then came Saturday. Day one of the festival. After an awesome homemade breakfast and deciding since I had forgotten to bring a jacket (Thursday was a crazy day for me) that Pumpkin Ale would be a top layer over my other sweater. In this case, over Alta on Saturday and Aritchoke French on Sunday.  We came, we saw, we chatted, we shopped.  We wandered into a quick sheering demonstration.

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Then we broke up into teams and went through Building E.  Even members of the house who hadn’t actually been part of the plan somehow popped up with things that we could share. So dinner Saturday night was a cheese, sausage, bread, olive, pickles, and wine spread.  Oh and marshmallows to roast. It was a great spread.

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After staying up much later than we planned. Much laughter was had. So much laughter. There may have been silly/geeky youtube video watching with some AirPlay usage. Morning meant packing up and making our way back to Rhinebeck where it started to snow! It was on and off all day but never really stuck.

IMG_0319So what damage did I do? Well I showed a small amount of restraint. I mean I didn’t get the ITW batt that was called 221B but I did end up with a Loop bump. I got a single skein of yarn, a skein of Yowza in grey to make a red and grey sweater where the red has long since been in my stash. A multifandom JessaLu bag, 4oz of Polwarth Silk from Dragonfly Fibers, and  .5oz of Paco-Vicuna fiber that I will be adding to my luxury tribble sampler. so I an dreaming of a luxury 3 ply yarn with the various fibers. I have a lot of spinning on the brain.


I got at bottle of Hetta seriously an awesome mulled wine. 4 individually  wrapped packages of one ounce of merino I plan to spin single to knit into a sweater with the Loop batt I spun from Maryland Sheep and Wool. Yes I know a single fingering sweater. I like living dangerously.



It was another great weekend and I can’t wait to do again next year!  Maybe without the snow next time. 😀


Done! Done! Done!

I have finished Alta! Okay I have to weave in the ends and finish knitting the yolk, but the major parts are done.  I have knit, blocked, and seamed the sweater . I even am mostly packed, barring things I have to buy and that can be packed once they are used.  I even have my Rhinebeck projects sorted out. Spinning, knitting, and crochet!


And I’m done in time to leave early-ish. I’m staying with a friend tonight and we will be driving up in the morning. So in theory I even have tonight to work on my sweater. The pro of a seamed sweater I will say is that it is already blocked. It turns out I could have gone down two sizes in Alta, but it is still a good fit, especially if it becomes my layering sweater. There are days in the winter where I am wearing 5/6 layers as it is -6 or something obscene, and usually rare in NYC.

The weekend is going to be fun. I’m looking forward to perusing my fellow vendors at  The Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show. I’m also in the market for a sweaters worth of yarn, or two. At least one in a black single to go with the yarn I spun up from Maryland. It was going to be a featherweight, but its a non repeating rainbow and that would make for odd sleeves. Very odd sleeves. The featherweight is my knitting project of choice, just in a solid red, wool cashmere blend I have had in the stash for ages.


At the trunk show I will have a small pile of notions bags, stitch markers, and geeky jewelry as always. If you’ll be around Friday come stop by. The show goes on from 5-9 and there are plenty of prizes and the such to be had.




Blocking Sleeves

This Friday I will be winging my way up to Rhinebeck. I spend this past weekend or really the last 4 days at NYCC so, this week is devoted to  the usual things I have to get done and prep. It’s going to be a busy week.  But I’m pleased to have finished the sleeves, and have to attache all the parts of the sweater together and knit the yolk.


The sleeves are currently blocking and at some point there will be lots of mattress stitch in my future. Here’s hoping everything goes well on that front.  My todo list is growing and there may need to be a few extra hours each day but I’m getting very excited for Rhinebeck this weekend.  Hopfully I will get to meet some of you at the festival and while I’m vending at the Indie Untangled Trunk Show.


To the Sleeves and Beyond

The front of Alta is done! I have even blocked it.  I have started the sleeve which is all of about two inches right now.  Just about 4 weeks out to the show and it seems to be going well. At least on the sweater front. The front is drying now,  in a mostly cat safe place.



On the falling to pieces front I managed to sprain my ankle at some point and that has been fun. I have a nice brace and seem to be able to move around okay. I haven’t gone further than the kitchen these last couple of days so all is going well there.



This Saturday I shall be at Maker Faire and teaching spinning from 2 – 6pm. I’ll try to Periscope a  bit while there but with teaching we’ll see how much time is actually mine. If not there will likely at least be an intsagram shot or three.

Happy Chilly Monday Morning

I know it isn’t going to last long but who doesn’t want to enjoy the bits of this weather while they can?  It will be back in the 8os before the day is out. Almost there I suppose. In other news my Alta continues to grow. Though not nearly as quickly as it did on Monday.


I’ve finished the waist decreases, and have made my way through the main cable chart about one and a half times. The next stretch is knitting in pattern for a few more inches. I don’t know how much I will get done this week as I want to take some time and work towards the next shop update. I’ve decided I would like to debut the notions bags this Saturday so I should have a few more to put in the shop.


The other pro of the cooling weather is I can spend longer than an hour at the sewing machine without needing a shower and some ice cold drinks.


It’s Raining Sweaters

Pumpkin Ale is Done! and I do mean done. The ends have been woven in, the pockets sewn into place. It took 14 balls of yarn, and really likely I could have gone up to 16, as I did not do the last 7 rows of the border.  It was a good thing too, as once I finished the bind off I had very little yarn left.


That wasn’t exactly going to go much farther.  Now I have another finished Rhinebeck Sweater Book Sweater. Pumpkin Ale. It fits well even without the extra rows in the front. I rarely shut cardigans, so I like patterns that don’t have buttons.



As I had mentioned before I decided to go extra bright with the pockets. I has some red shiny fabric that  is likely leftover from a costume or a project of some sort. I just know there is about 2 yards of it, and I’ve had it for years.




Once the sweater was done I was torn on what would be my  next sweater, Alta, which I have had the yarn for ages for. Or Pippin, another sweater from the Rhinebeck book that tempted me as I thought it would be fun to make in red and black. Very similar to a bulky sweater design I have in mind.  But that would mean many many alterations. Instead I decided to go with Alta, as I had a long drive to Boston planned for Labor Day.  This was a good choice.


Yep, that is the entire back of a sweater knit mostly in a day,and the start of the front. I was foiled more by the sun going down than anything else other wise my goal had been to finish the front ribbing at least. I’m sure I will slow down now as the front is heavily cabled and then I will need to work the sleeves.  I think my three Rhinebeck sweater plan may not be insane. Who knew!  Bayside you’re next!


Also after  Pumpkin Ale I wanted to keep track of my yarn usage, to make sure everything worked out. The back and the small bit of the front was just about three balls of yarn.  Which makes me think that I should be fine yarn wise this time. 3 balls for the back, 4 for the front and 1.5 per sleeve still means I have two balls left for the collar and mattress stitching.  And I am hopefully rounding up.  Now I just need a place to block the parts of the sweater and not end up with a Jade and cat hair sweater.