Pining for Rhinebeck

Oh Rhinebeck. We wait all year to go and then woosh! the weekend just flies by! I had a really great time and consider this year to be a big success. I went with a list and pretty much found what I was looking for: yarn from Green Mountain Spinnery to do a JETS hat (inspired by their modifications to the Icebreaker Hat), “breed specific” yarn (thank you Solitude Wool), and Bijou Spun Sport weight Yak Down yarn. I also received a yarn payment – the same dyelot in a sweater’s worth of yarn from Good Karma Farm for the Charleston Tea project. The most fun though was the infamous Rhinebeck Hat! This year, our hats were individual interpretations of the Fiddlehead Hat. I made several tiny pandas for my hat, and tiny mermaids for Virginia’s hat.
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My hat base was a black sparkle “holiday” yarn with green sparkly fiddleheads to be a loose interpretation of bamboo. Virginia’s hat was blue and sparkly with green sparkly fiddleheads for seaweed.
Tiny Mermaids
We made a point to find Miss Mochimochiland herself in the book signing area. I do have her newest book, which she was kind enough to sign. I think she liked our hats – she tweeted our picture! And now, it’s back to reality. There have been several sleepless nights as Nate is teething, I’m trying to keep up in an online course I’m taking about web design, there’s work stuff, and general life. But, I’ve got pretty yarn to squish and pet!

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Braids and Cakes and Stripes

A gentle reminder – there are a few more days until I draw a winner of the So Pretty! Crochet book! Leave your comment on that post for a chance to win!
I am having a bit of a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that we just had the last weekend of summer. I remember thinking in June that, at the time, it seemed like the summer was going to stretch on forever. All of sudden it seems a switch has been flipped. The weather is stunning. At night temperatures are just cool enough to have a window open and use a blanket. I’m wearing socks again. My oven is being used more for baking sweet treats. I look forward to having a hot cup of tea in the afternoon and after dinner. This weekend I also accomplished a baking a loaf of banana bread and I braided my hair!
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That may be an odd thing to blog about it, but I am so proud! For my entire life I have wrestled with my lion’s mane. Seriously. I have massively thick hair which is a blessing and a curse. For me, it doesn’t work to just leave it down unless it has been cut / layered / thinned. I am well overdue for a cut. When I was a kid my mom or one of my aunts would frequently french braid my hair. I have never been able to do it on my own. I think I just gave up too quickly when my arms tired. I tried again yesterday and it worked! DH even noticed with the comment of “That looks intricate!” Bonus points for me as it stayed in ALL day – I did hairspray it quite a bit when finished, but that plus 4 bobby pins are the only things holding it up!
I’ve been busy knitting on two knit for hire sample knitting projects. They are going well, but I can feel my hands start to itch for something else to knit. I have two socks in progress that I would love to pick up again and the Rhinebeck hats. Within the last week I have queued three patterns on Ravelry, all variations of a stripey scarf / cowl, and I just can’t stop thinking about them. Next to polka dots, I think bold stripes are my favorite. Did you happen to see Simple Sprinkle, Sen-Sen, or Shift? I am thinking about doing the Sen-Sen in two colors of Silky Wool (magenta and a dusty pink), but I need to check my stash to be sure I have the right amounts. For the Sprinkle or Shift, I am thinking about using up a mish-mosh of Manos that I scored in a destash. All the yarn came caked, so I have no idea of colorways, but I have been having fun putting them together. What do you think? Rainbows are always great:
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I do love blues-with-a-hint-of-purple:
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I also love purples-with-blues:
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Or I could step out of my usual colorway zone, and go with purpley-pink:
Purple pink
What did your weekend hold?

So, I went to TNNA…

What a weekend! I think I mentioned on the blog somewhere that I have started working part-time. The job involves marketing in the social media realm for yarn companies, shops, designers and products. A perk was that I was able to attend the TNNA Summer show in Columbus, OH. I got to meet the people I work with, my clients, and even make some new contacts for future sample knitting or test knitting work. The experience was completely exhausting and exciting! This was also my first time away from both kids – I had no worries that Dan would be anything less than the super Dad that he is. Everyone managed and we are all happy together again.
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I got such a thrill out of spotting my work on display – especially the green shawl for Romney Ridge Farm.  I loved all the people watching – there were many lovely knits to admire and people to meet outside of a computer screen twitter feed or Ravelry forum.  Then there are the goodies – there were many yarns to see and squish and think about knitting up, or new products I want to get my hands on to use.  I also attended the Designer Dinner hosted by Marly Bird – that was a grand time! She is totally the Oprah of the yarn world!  There was an amazing goodie bag given away there and I was lucky enough by the chance of where I say to win an additional goodie bag! The sponsors are beyond generous – yarn, needles, a book, buttons and more! This is possibly my favorite of all the lovely things that were given as goodies – new to me yarn: Bijou Basin Lhasa Wilderness, an interchangeable needle set from HiyaHiya, and a gift certificate for a subscription for Knitters magazine.

Gift bag

I also ate the famous Jeni’s ice cream twice – the “Juniper & Lemon Curd” was amazing and the “Cherry Cheesecake sundae” was a perfect lunch! I am quite happy to be back home again, but I really hope that I can attend a future TNNA!

Recharged

I was off for a girls weekend with my Memorable Women up in Massachusetts on Saturday. I have one of those quote frames that truly sums us up, along the lines of “We may not see each other often enough but our friendship is a never ending conversation.”

We had time outside at Halibut Point State Park.
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There were dogs:
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Jet, the enormous golden-doodle
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Martin, theatreknitter’s pug
(and Annie, but I didn’t get her photo)

There was yarn:
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A “crazy zauberball” in magenta / pink / red – also a gift from Theatreknitter. I decided to go outside my comfort zone – thinking about a stripey Citron or (more likely) the Simple City by Eskimimi – what perfect timing!! Also interesting timing was being in Seed Stitch and meeting other Ravelers! And Ravelers that are my friends, not just other people using ravelry!

And if being around yarn, dogs, an adorable 2 year old and friends weren’t enough to make me feel right at home, there was the little message from home that I was loved:
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