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Rhinebeck 2009

It’s been about 2 and a half weeks since Rhinebeck, but earlier this week I finally got all my pictures uploaded. It took me so long because we’ve been having internet issues at home (a significant amount of packet loss), so try as I might, I couldn’t upload anything. Anyhow…. Rhinebeck photos!

I stayed in NYC (and DC) with some fantastic knitter folks. (Wishing we had a group shot… maybe some day!) A lot of traveling overall, but a great time was had.

Of course there was a lot of yarn…

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Yarn!

The biggest whoopie pies I’ve ever seen…

Whoopie Pie, close up

Which Larua and I thought were the most delicious thing ever!

Om Nom Nom Nom
“Om nom nom nom!”

I met Sharon and Sairy (it was great to meet you both!)….

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Sharon (left) and Sairy (right)

And a little while later, I met Jessica!!

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Me and Jessica (Picture from Laura)

After all the time we’d spent chatting online before my surgery, during my recovery and then when she had surgery not long after me, it was great to finally meet her in person. At the Ravelry meet up, I got to meet a lot of other folks (who I sadly didn’t get pictures of, I think I might have been a little overwhelmed seeing so many folks I’ve talked with on Ravelry in person). It was so great to meet everyone and put so many faces with names. I really wish that I could have had more time with each of you!

One of the best things at the Ravelry meet up (besides all the awesome people I got to meet) was Bobsolda. Ysolda designed, knit, and wore this Bob costume.

Bobsolda!

There were all kinds of animals there, of course. After all, it is called New York Sheep and Wool!

Sheep, Alpacas, Goats, and Bunnies
Sheep, Alpacas, Goats, and Bunnies

You know I came home with yarn, right? I will say that I was pretty selective with my purchases, but I’m very happy with everything I bought. I tried really hard to stick to things that I can’t easily get online and to pick things out with a pattern in mind. I think I did pretty good on both counts. My one splurge was the angora/silk/wool blend that I bought 2 skeins of with no real plan on what to make. Didn’t take long to figure out what to do with it once I got home, though!

Here’s the whole haul.

The Loot
Everything I came home with from Rhinebeck.

Rhinebeck Yarns
Top: (L to R) Brooks Farm Solo Silk for Cottage Garden, Brooks Farm Solo Silk for a hat,
and Wild Apple Hill Farms worsted
Bottom: (L to R) Sheldrige Farm worsted merino in pink and teal for hats and
Oasis Farm Fiber Mill angora/silk/wool

The Wild Apple Hill Farms worsted yarn has since been given to someone else because I had a bad reaction to something in or on the yarn that didn’t go away after washing. I had intended it to become the Oblique cardigan, but it seems it wasn’t meant to be! Karen now the new owner of the yarn and is turning it into a Central Park Hoodie. The yarn from Oasis Farm Fiber Mill is currently being knit into a hat and fingerless gloves for me, which I’ll blog about soon. The rest is still waiting to be knit!

Speaking of knitting, I do have some finished things and some new projects to show you. I think I got a little out of the habit of blogging for a bit because life got all crazy and busy for a while, but I hope to start posting more often again.

Have a great rest of the week everyone!

PS: You can see all my Rhinebeck pictures here.

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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