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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.

Posted in Completed Projects, Current Projects

FO – Stripey Socks, Springtime Bandit, and Post Project Blahs

Rhinebeck felt like it came and went so quickly and almost like I didn’t have time to do everything I wish I could have! I had a great time and got to meet some wonderful folks, but I’ll save all the details for another post since I haven’t had time to go through all my photos and upload them yet. 🙂

With all the travel time I had, I was able to finish up a pair of socks and was about 10 rows away from finishing Springtime Bandit when I arrived home on Monday. Friday, on the bus to NYC, I finished up my stripey socks. I started back on them Thursday, about halfway done with the foot, and by the time I’d landed in DC, I’d already finished the heel. Next thing I knew, they were done!

Pattern: Plain Vanilla Socks (My Ravelry project page.)
Started:July 11, 2009
Completed: October 16, 2009
Yarn: Vesper Sock Yarn, club colorway “Open Flame”
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) Knit Picks DPN’s
Notes: I used my own pattern. 64 stitch sock with round toe and short row heel – my “standard” for plain vanilla socks for myself. These seemed to take so long because I kept putting them aside for other projects, but I’m happy I’ve finally finished them and can add them to my growing collection of Vesper socks!

Open Flame Socks
Open Flame Socks

Open Flame Socks
I love these colors together!

I started Springtime Bandit on Tuesday last week and after I finished the Open Flame socks, I picked it back up. I worked on it non-stop over the weekend. I had decided to change the needle size to a US 6 (pattern says US 8) because the yarn I chose wasn’t worsted weight and I thought it looked too loose on US 8’s, so I knew it would probably end up smaller. Since it was looking like I’d have yarn left over, I decided to add an extra repeat in the body chart to give it a little more length. Even with that, I have about a skein and 1/3 left! Probably could have added more repeats, but I think it ended up big enough, even pre-blocking.

Spingtime Bandit, pre-blocking
Springtime Bandit, pre-blocking

I’ll be washing and blocking this either tonight or tomorrow. Unstretched, it measures 37 inches across and 18 inches from the center top of the shawl to the center point. Pretty decent size without blocking! I used Tilli Thomas Pile for this, which is 100% silk. I’m anxious to see how much it grows with blocking. The Shetland Triangle I made with 100% silk ended up growing quite a bit, so I’m sure this will, too.

Now that some of my projects are off the needles and I’m working on mostly small things, I don’t find myself super excited about any of them. I think it’s post-big-project syndrome. I’ve finished Starlight (which still needs FO shots), which felt like the Epic Sweater That Would Never Be Done, so without any nagging project needing to be done, I feel rather blah about what I’m currently working on. I’ve gone back to the Sooper Seekrit Project for my TLE swap pal, which is gaining my interest again. Half thought about ripping out the Snapdragon Flip-Tops and iPhone Mitts, but I’d still like to finish them, so I haven’t yet. I think I just need some time to recover from finishing things before starting anything big again. I’ve already got my eye on a few sweater patterns, though I’d like to finish some of the smaller things I’m working on before casting on just yet!

Ever feel kinda blah about things you’re working on after finishing a big project? What helps you to get your knitting mojo/excitement back?

Posted in Completed Projects, Current Projects

Starlight is Done and Rhinebeck is Almost Here

Yesterday, I was able to put the final touches on my Starlight Sweater. No full pictures of it yet, but here’s a little teaser.

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Starlight

Yesterday, after I got the buttons on, I tried it on only to find that the sleeves were about 5 inches too long. They came to the tips of my fingers. I was pretty devastated to find this out after all the work I’d put into it, just DAYS before Rhinebeck, but I managed to save it. I put it through the dryer, which shrank it about 2 inches in length. That brought the sleeves to my knuckles, which was still a little longer then I wanted. I though, “Oh, I can live with it.” As the night went on, I kept thinking about the sleeves and I knew I wouldn’t be happy with them, I needed to fix them. I carefully cut it where I wanted to re-knit the garter stitch edge from, picked up all the stitches and re-knit the edge. The sleeves come to about the base of my thumb now, a length I can definitely live with! Crisis averted. 🙂

Since I finished this, I’ve started some new projects. The first thing I started was my TLE swap partner’s knit thing, but since it’s a seekrit, I don’t have any pictures I can post! Monday, I started the Snapdragon Flip-Tops. Today I finished the first part of the first one.

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Snapdragon Flip-Tops, using Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset

I started Springtime Bandit with Tilli Thomas Plie (100% silk, plied) last night, but no pictures yet. I plan on starting the Featherweight Cardigan very soon, maybe tonight. I want to make sure I have enough interesting knitting to keep me busy during my trip since Laura figured I’d have at least 15 hours of travel time to knit. I’m undecided if I want to frog my iPhone mitts or not, so I might not bring them along with me, but as of now I plan on bringing my plain sock, colorwork socks, Springtime Bandit, Snapdragon Flip-Tops (which might be finished before I even land in DC), Featherweight Cardigan, and yarn/needles to cast on for Sunday Swing socks. Should be enough… right??

Alright… well, it’s time for me to get on out of here. Got some last minute errands to run (gotta get my “this chick is bionic” card from the doctor before flying tomorrow) and knitting tonight, then tomorrow it’s off to Rhinebeck! I’ll try to do some mini updates while I’m away since I can post to my blog from my iPhone now, but if I don’t get a chance to, I’ll do it when I get back Monday.

Have a great week everyone! See some of you Saturday! 🙂