Monday, October 23, 2017

Small Steps

Whew!  Another Rhinebeck weekend is in the books.  Half the fun of this event is the social connections.  It's exhilarating and energizing and exhausting all in one.  I think I might be talked out - at least for a couple days.

I need to plan and regroup because I have a quick turnaround for Fiber Festival of New England


But today I'm focused on small steps.  The wristband is cut, and I'm recharging with a lot of coffee and a little knitting.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Rhinebeck Preview - Part 5

One more peek before I hit the road to Rhinebeck.  

I'm thrilled to be taking an assortment from Katrinkles.




These stitchable ornaments are delightful.  I'll also have a selection of knitting tools.  You can see it all in Building C, Booth 42.

It's been a flurry of color, and I made it to the finish line.  This week's color inspiration . . . 


Dye rings.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rhinebeck Preview - Part 4

Another day, another new sample.


All Points South.

When my friend and sample knitter extraodinaire offered to crank out one more for Rhinebeck, I handed her this project.  The pattern had just been released, and I wanted to knit it myself but knew I didn't have enough time to finish before this weekend.


This unique design is a pullover shawl and has a comfortable cowl neckline.  The pattern includes stripes, lace and texture.  Variety keeps it interesting.

Note from the designer:  This is not a poncho.

The yarn is Lillian, colorways March Sky, From the Bog and Pumice.


I still might make another one for myself, but for now I'm going to enjoy this one.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rhinebeck Preview - Part 3

The new samples keep coming.

Today's feature . . . 


Gulf of Maine.


There's nothing like a cozy cowl, and this pattern is relaxing.  Mindless doesn't have to be boring, and the stripes make this an entertaining project.


The yarn is Petite Clara, colorways Piglet, Winter Sky and Carbon. With so many color options, it's hard to pick just one.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rhinebeck Preview - Part 2

If you like double-knitting or are just curious, I'll have ideas and inspiration at Rhinebeck.


These two books by Alasdair Post-Quinn will be available.


I'll also have samples on hand.  Stop by and take a look.

Fall is apple season, and I've been enjoying the heirloom varieties. With a name like Esopus Spitzenburg, this one just had to be the week's color inspiration.


A lovely mix of red and yellow.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rhinebeck Preview - Part 1

Rhinebeck prep has taken over my life.  It's the first thing I focus on when I wake up, it occupies my final thoughts before I fall asleep, and it takes up most of my time in between.  

My lists are long and on some days a bit daunting, but I'm determined to power through.  A sick cat knocked me off course over the weekend, but I've picked up the pieces.  I've had more than my fair share of emergencies lately, so hopefully (knock on wood) I'm good for a while.

For today, here's a peek at a new sample.


Xuan Wrap.


Entertaining mosaic colorwork with one main color and six coordinating colors.


Slip stitches make it easy.

To keep it easy, I'll have kits available at Rhinebeck.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Friday Continued

Picking up where I left off on Friday . . . 

Yesterday my daughter ran a half marathon, and we had to get out 
the door early.  The day before I was still pondering the Sea Glass Gradient Bundle, and at the end of the day I plopped it in my 
bag . . . just in case.

My reward for the early start time was some waiting knitting time.  After dropping off my daughter, I grabbed coffee and nourishment and settled in.  

I had a couple projects already under construction in my bag, but the lure of the gradient bundle was too much.  I hadn't wound any of the skeins, but even that wasn't enough to deter me.  I had a project in mind, so I figured out which skein I needed and got busy.


Just so you know, the sun visor is a good yarn holder when you need to wind a skein on the go.


And after the winding, there was knitting.  Not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning.

Happy Thanksgiving to our neighbors to the north.  Enjoy the celebration!