I took a trip to the Celtic Classic Festival in Bethlehem, PA this past weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing bagpipes often throughout the day, even when they were only practicing before their turn in the competitions.
I brought along some knitting and garnered a few stares, knitting practically nonstop. I also enjoyed meeting other knitters, although I must admit that there ought to have been more.
I got to model my latest hat, made with Beata's handdyed yarn from Cork, Ireland. It's a very simple pattern, most of which I knit the week before while at the beach.
After getting our fill of great music and vendors, my friend and I wandered up into town for a bite to eat at the local brewery and browsed the celtic store, where I came upon some handknit aran sweaters direct from Ireland. Not the best picture, but I was trying to be discreet. I loved how some of the tags on the sweaters gave pictures and descriptions of each of the aran stitches used within the sweater.
What I'm knitting:
I'm currently working on a couple of Stephen West's designs (yet again!). I started his Akimbo shawl at the beach when I realized I had forgotten the needles needed for the crown decreases on my hat. I'm hoping to incorporate the Noro yarn I had been so angry with last year...keep your fingers crossed!
The Akimbo has been hijacked by a test knit for Stephen's second book, scheduled to come out probably in the winter. Soon, very soon, his first book will come out, and I will be able to show you a few things I knitted from it. Yay! I hafta say, as many patterns of his as I've made, I really enjoy the inherent simplicity in his designs, without being boring. And he keeps coming up with interesting shapes and lines...what can I say? I love his stuff.
Oh, and I started two versions of his Flamboyan shawl, but they're in meditation/consideration right now, rather than active knitting. But at least one of them will get knit. I have a goal, after all.
As for the socks with the Fleegle heels...well, they're in the doghouse.