Friday, October 24, 2014


After all my Rhinebeck travel posts, I thought it time I delivered some knitting news.  Especially since Fred and I leave  soon for a week in Utah and Arizona.  Places we have not yet visited and cities filled, hopefully,  with unique yarn stores.  Ooops.  Fred doesn't know that yet.

Anyway, in between my travels, there has been knitting.

You might remember that I was working on Radicchio, in an off white cotton/wool blend purchased at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. I was partly finished one sleeve by Thanksgiving weekend when something wonderful happened.  My niece, adult niece I might add, asked if I would knit her a sweater.  Whoo Hoo, would I? No need to ask twice.

She is a young Mom and that brings with it several sweater requirements.  It must be washer and dryer friendly, not itchy, expansive enough to cover the hips that blossomed through child birth, and of a colour that disguises spit-up.

A pretty young woman she is  with blond hair, clear skin  and rich brown eyes. I think I have just the thing:  Cotton Tweed -  the cotton/acrylic blend that can be washed and dried for years to come and still look good.  Rich, deep brown to enhance her eyes and resist showing spit-up. A bit of denim blue here and there to make it youthful. Although the  camera shot below doesn't make the blue look too denim-y,  in reality it is.

The pattern I selected is the Crew Neck Basic DK cardigan

from Button Up Your Top Down.

When viewing cardigan patterns on ravelry, my niece seemed to gravitate to those sweaters that had contrasting buttons. To make that effect even more 'cool', I am working the trim in the contrasting denim and will put dark brown buttons on the blue trim.  I am excited to knit, finish and present her with the sweater.  I hope my vision matches hers. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursdays Are For Knit Group

Routine, especially my Thursday afternoon routine of going to  knit group, feels great.  Soon we will lose our snowbirds so it was good to see their knitting today.

Sharon and Gail are sock absorbed today.

And doesn't Sharon look great in her cotton, Knitters Fair shawl?  She says she has started shawl number two but brought socks to knit group.

Nicki and Lorrie both  worked  on socks today - but here they are sidetracked by the librarian. Who wouldn't be sidetracked? She brought us candy.

Wilma brought her finished 'big yarn, big needles' cowl. She had some bulky wool in her stash and borrowed Sandy's 15mm needles.  Those needles are making their rounds in this knit group. Thanks, Sandy.

Nicki modelled it for us. A cowl this big is  almost a shawl.  Multi purpose.

Speaking of  shawls - look at the one Sandy is wearing.  Knit by Sister Sue - the bag lady - it is fabulous.
 The other day, a reader emailed to say she couldn't access the comments section of my blog page.  Today, blogger isn't letting me align the typing where I want.  
Perhaps time to change switch allegiances.
This looks cute - 
 but not easily read.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Leaving Rhinebeck

Last post about my trip to Rhinebeck.  Promise.

Rhinebeck is located in the Hudson River Valley.  We crossed the river each day driving from hotel to show.  The  mighty Hudson from the looks of it.  The area around Rhinebeck boasts rolling hills, curving, winding roads, hardwood forests and historic buildings - the Inn in the centre of town was constructed in 1766!  A lovely place to visit at any time of year, it seemed to me.  But the third weekend in October, it is home to what is reputed to be North America's largest Sheep & Wool Festival.  Some of the facts I learned while there, sure seemed to confirm that status.

We spoke to a fleece judge at breakfast Saturday morning.  He said he judged fleece at the Taos Sheep & Wool Festival.  There were 37 fleece.  At Rhinebeck there were 681.

The parking lot space  totalled 50 acres.  The size of a small farm.

Our booth was in barn # 31. 

It took us an hour and a half to get out of the fairgrounds to the highway Saturday night.  After waiting one hour beyond closing to leave.

According to the number of sales slips for Saturday, we did a customer transaction every three minutes for the entire 8 hours. Considering these are the old-fashioned, 'che-ching',  paper transactions   -   the electronic signal in a barn never works  -  most take longer than three minutes to write up.  Therefore there are long lines at the cash.

Saturday, there was no time to eat.  At 4pm, a friend from my London Ontario days came by and asked "Do you need anything?"  I replied that we needed lunch.  We hadn't eaten since 7am.  She volunteered to stay in the booth  while I ran out to a food concession to buy us a couple of  wet, soggy, tasteless 'beef on a bun'.  Thanks, Sharon.  4pm was late - but sure better than never.

Canadians from Port Elgin - ladies from Doc Knits, Creemore, Ottawa, Londoon,  Toronto, Peterborough and Quebec City stopped by to say hi. 

When the few Americans commented on  the 4.125% local, county tax we had to charge, we responded that we were from Ontario where shoppers pay 13%.  Their response?  "Yes, but you have health care."  Just a reminder of our good fortune here in Canada.

Although I never left our barn and didn't even get out of our booth until an hour before closing on Sunday afternoon, I did manage to capture  some of the colours displayed in barn #31.


Then it was 7 pm Sunday night.  Our  trailer  was packed. The fairgrounds were emptying. 

We started for home.  Goodbye Rhinebeck.