Tuesday, October 22, 2013

And another one's gone

This past weekend I was able to attend the beloved Rhinebeck sheep and wool festival with my partner. There is too much to share all here, but I'll do what I can with the aid of some pictures. Sadly, the good camera seems to have given up the ghost, so you'll have to settle for camera phone pictures.

First leg of the journey on Thursday: a stop in Bethlehem to revisit that building that matches my Westknits Color Craving shawl.

Color Craving


On Friday my partner and I spent the day driving through the beautiful mountains of Vermont.
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Bennington, VT

Bennington, VT

Robert Frost's grave

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Covered Bridge

During all this driving, I worked on knitting the second sock for my final purple House Colors project, and I finished Friday night, just in time to wear them on Saturday at Rhinebeck!

House Color Socks


House Color Socks


House Color Socks

I also stole the moment and took a few more pics of stuff you've already seen.

Red Cardigan

Green Sweater

Shur'tugal socks

Green Sweater

Last year I searched in vain for the famed apple cider donuts, and this year I continued to work myself into a bit of a tizzy because I just couldn't find them. A deer friend (well, she had antlers, wocka wocka) finally was able to point me in the right direction, and it was the beginning of a love affair.

Worth the wait

Apple Cider Donuts!

Spare tires

And of course, my partner and I made a splash with our fish hats - we figured out a way to pose that shows of both the front and back simultaneously. We've become quite the hams.

Fish Hats!

The ride back afforded some nice sightseeing along the Hudson River, including walking along the Rip Van Winkle Bridge...

Rip Van Winkle Bridge

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... and looking at the bridge from another vantage point (it was too long to fit into one shot).

Rip Van Winkle Bridge

Rip Van Winkle Bridge

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We also got to see the Saugerties Lighthouse, which requires a lovely little hike to get there.

Saugerties Lighthouse

Saugerties Lighthouse

There are many more pictures I'd love to share with you, but this post is a bit unwieldy as it is. If you'd like to see more, hop over to my Flickr page. There are lots of fall leaves, at least.

Now it's time to buckle down and focus my knitting for the upcoming deadlines. I have only five projects left unfinished in the Countdown Challenge, though I think one of them may have to be counted as a casualty. My handspun sweater (Slade) is on the naughty seat for its ability to defy all sizing logic. At some point I'll rip it out and restart it, but I'm at a point where I need to press forward with other knitting. During the weekend after I finished my Rhinebeck socks, I took a little breather and cast on another pair of socks using a skein of lovely wooliness from Briar Rose Fibers.

Casting on another pair

I also managed to crank out a cozy for my water bottle, using some lousy handspun I made a while back. I love using handspun yarn for cozies; it gives me a way to enjoy those beautiful colors even if I can't wear it.

Water Bottle Cozy

Well, I think it's officially fall now, don't you? Happy Fall! (And a spring shout-out to all my Southern Hemisphere buddies!)

3 comments:

  1. Really, you think it's officially Fall? Yesterday, here in Minnesota, the weather changed to "officially winter." Also, your post is the first I've seen about Rhinebeck. What gives?! Is everyone else still sleeping or something?

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  2. I, for one, will always love you two for bringing me the only food I had during the day on saturday. I owe you both big time!

    And for side trip destinations next year can I recommend Olana as a hiking location? Also the walking bridge over the Hudson with no cars goes from Poughkeepsie to Highland. It is a state park so only open dawn to dusk. But it has some great views.

    I wanna goto VT for foliage weather. *pouts*

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  3. Next year for sure. Pretty leaves and donuts, and wool!?

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