October 31, 2008
This past week, it turned cold in the DC region. We didn't get the snow that hammered the northeast, or the driving rain that stalled the world series. Nonetheless, it was really cold, and really windy. It got me thinking about how I just love hunkering down in warmth while it's freezing cold outside. As much as I hate being cold, I love winter. Love everything it represents.
Best of all, it perfectly matches our bedroom, and the colors just look like fall -- rich pumpkin and browns. Love it. It is the very embodiment of warmth.
October 23, 2008
Rhinebeck: The Haul
Actually, I felt really really good about my plan for Rhinebeck this year. I knew I would come home with some new sock yarns (I can't resist) and I wanted a sweater's worth (or two) of yarn. I slightly exceeded my expectations, but not by much.
I was totally overwhelmed by the choices, as usual. At the end of the first day, I hadn't bought much -- the highlight was this wonderful wool-cotton tweed from Shelridge Farms:
I used their (non-tweed) yarn to make my Phildar Cabled Crew (for last year's Rhinebeck!), and it's held up beautifully. I'm not sure what the tweed wants to be. It may want to be a Central Park Hoodie, but I'm going to give it time to talk to me.
Also, there may have been some Blue Moon Silk Single that leapt into my arms.
My only regret of the trip is that I didn't buy three hanks, which would have made a lovely February Lady Sweater. (And they were gone when we went back first thing Sunday morning.) As it is, this will make a great hat and scarf combo for me. Plus, the colors glow like the leaves of Rhinebeck.
Then, our group sort of fell into a cormo booth on Sunday that I'd completely overlooked the day before. I found some great sportweight cormo to become a Riding to Avalon:
And they also had some butter-licious Cormo-Silk that I simply was powerless to resist.
I'm not sure exactly what it's destined for. Probably a cabled turtleneck, if I can find the right pattern. I have a couple of Phildar-y options marinating around.
And, of course, some sock yarn followed me home.
October 20, 2008
W ow. You know it's been a long time when your blog clears itself out. Sorry about that, peeps. I wish it weren't so, but I fell down the rabbit-hole of school and work deadlines and am now reclaiming my life. At least until finals. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Luckily our little Zipcar was right across from a Starbucks, but the previous owner left us woefully short on gas. Elspeth fixed that. And possibly there was some dancing to James Brown before 7 a.m. at the gas station.
We made stunningly good time and detoured off the Interstate for our now-traditional lunch at an Ellenville bistro. We stopped at a scenic overlook to enjoy the view:
Saturday morning: Up and out the door ahead of schedule just because everyone is SO EAGER to get to Rhinebeck! And seriously, why not?! Sleep is overrated when there is wool to fondle and lamb chili to eat.
(Note to self: Lamb chili is not available at Saturday opening. Plan accordingly for next year. It IS available for Sunday breakfast, thank goodness.)
The knitwear was stunning. Many, many wonderful garments. The great-knit to ugly-knit ratio was tilted heavily in favor of beautiful garments, which was a pleasant surprise. I am so lucky to know the knitters of these beauties:
It was all very inspirational. (Photos of my stash enhancement to come in a later post.)
Also: sheepies! There were baby lambs:
and grown-up lambs. Equally adorable and wooly.
Since it was so very crisp and fall-like this year, it was a good thing I had a very warm sweater to keep me warm. Enter the Treeline Striped Cardigan, all done:
Treeline Striped Cardigan
As much as I love this cardigan, knitting it gave me some fits. Notably, the neck edge shaping maths didn't work out. As written, you end up with two fronts of different sizes. Maybe that's by design, but it certainly seemed a little wonky. I redid the maths and made my fronts equal.
Also, I was surprised to see the pattern not specify mirrored decreases for the raglan shaping. I did mirror mine -- ssk and then k2tog on the right side, and p2tog and then p2tog tbl on the wrong side. I think that makes a difference in the finished product.
Finally, I did not knit the button band as written. The pattern calls for continuing the stripes on the button band, but I opted instead to do a solid collar and button band (thanks to guidance from Olga and Elspeth). If I were knitting it again, I might figure out how to short-row the collar increases, since I really had to block it severely to get the drape I wanted.
Overall, this was totally worth the troubles, and the resulting fabric is lightweight yet very warm. I expect to be wearing it a bunch this winter, as it's a great versatile layering piece. Treeline made me so happy I had to swing from the trees!