To Rhinebeck!

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The time has come – Rhinebeck is this weekend! I will be there in my new “Rhinebeck Sweater” – I picked up the yarn at last year’s show, and have finished it to wear when I go on Sunday. Proudly presenting my newest FO, Morning Coffee by Kate Oates! The yarn is from Good Karma Farm and I give them two thumbs up. They will be at Rhinebeck, check them out! This is the third sweater I’ve knit in their yarn (but the first for me – Charleston Tea was knit as a sample in the same dyelot, V Neck Down Pullover was knit in a gorgeous green for a gift) and my 30 Day Sweater WIP is in this yarn as well (the When Doves Dye colorway). Safe to say, I am a fan. For a while, I had a mental block about how to do the buttons. The buttonhole row was put in two rows too early, but that is my own “design feature” and has nothing to do with the pattern.  My other design feature is that I chose to not alternate skeins as I worked with them. Also a gamble, but in my previous experience with this yarn, it worked out just fine. Mostly, things were ok here though one skein was obviously lighter – you can see the difference at my left shoulder there. I notice it in the photos, but as it is only on the top, it seems intentional! The original buttons I bought back in the spring just weren’t right so I went looking on etsy. It felt a bit risky to order buttons only, but I am thrilled.  My buttons came from from Wooden Heart Buttons on etsy, specifically Distressed Cornflower / Periwinkle blue. Love them. They are lightweight and match the variegated yarn quite nicely. I separated the yarn into the plies for sewing on the buttons and that worked great!

This week has been a bit rough, I don’t want to go into much here because I would just be vague anyway. We’re dealing with some things and I am very much looking forward to the joy that Rhinebeck / wool fumes bring. I was jumping around outside trying to get a less posed shot and this was the best of the bunch. I was sweating after jumping around – this is a WARM sweater! I will probably have on a bright orange shirt underneath with a sheep on it. I hope you’ll say hi!

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So here’s to Rhinebeck – safe travels! Happy shopping!

Did you happen to see the Rhinebeck Video? It’s fantastic – I’m in it twice – don’t blink around 3:30 and 4:30 and you’ll see me and my local SnB gals!

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Decisions on WIP Wednesday

WIPs 10/2Here’s my pleasant pile of projects and what I’m perusing. I’m on the button-hole band of my Morning Coffee and I’ve hit a wall (it’s all mostly mental). Part one: The buttons are still to be determined! I bought a set at the CT Sheep and Wool this spring, but a) I don’t absolutely love them and b) I’m worried that the 8 buttons I have are slightly too small and would look silly. I found some interesting buttons on etsy and ordered them. They have shipped, so hopefully once they get here all will be clear. Part two: I was watching a “Fiber Factor” judging episode and Cirilia mentioned this particular chapter in the “Knitting in Plain English” book. That’s “Buttonholes are Bastards” in case you can’t read it in the photo. I hesitate to make a button-hole band because I haven’t decided on buttons and I’m wondering if maybe faking the buttons (putting them on the front) and adding snaps to the back is an easier work around. I need to mull it over a bit more. Also in that pile you can see I have started a Runty Raccoon from Rebecca Danger’s 50 Yards of Fun book. He’s for a swap and he’s coming out so cute! Nate’s Dinosaur has also been worked on – the main body is done, as is the tummy panel (not shown, but it’s yellow and orange striped), so I have limbs and the tail still to do. The swatch is my swatch for the 30 Day Sweater challenge. Same yarn as in my Morning Coffee sweater, Good Karma Farm 60% wool / 40% alpaca in the “When Doves Dye” colorway. I love this yarn! After my mental flip-flopping over a pattern, I’m going to go with a very basic pullover sweater, customized by my measurements and the gauge measurements, following the 30-day outline. I’m going to try and take a picture daily, then compile them for a post – maybe weekly, but at the very least include them in my Ravelry project page. The math is done, today is a cast on day (done!) and I have just under 3 inches to knit. Seems do-able.

Happy October!

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It Does Not Look Like Much

photo.JPGThis week I dug out my Morning Coffee sweater and was very pleased to see that I had maybe half a sleeve to finish on the body. I took care of that over the weekend. The purple blob on the right side of the photo is the collar (mostly knit while catching up on Breaking Bad). The blue is the beginning of a Windschief hat for me.  The mornings have had a chill to them and I have had this cake of Malabrigo Rios leftovers sitting on my desk since the spring. Time to knit it up! I am incredibly happy to have fiber in my fingers this week. There have been a few personal events where I can do nothing except wait for the next phone call. My yarn is not a cure-all, but it is soothing.

I haven’t been reading much this week. I have a book on hold to pick up tomorrow, and one I’m planning on getting on to the kindle, so next week I should have a bit more to share. On a book related note, have you read Extra Yarn? It’s very sweet. I just found out this week that you can buy prints! I would love to have this one somewhere in my house: