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!)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Another one bites the dust

Did you think I dropped off the planet? Sometimes I feel like I did. But I actually have a couple FOs to share with you today!

From my Countdown Challenge, I submit my Shur'tugal socks:

Shur'tugal Socks

Begun in March of 2012, this pair of socks has languished on the needles for some time; it's not a bad pattern to knit, but it just took me a while. I enjoy when a sock's pattern repeat is large enough that it creates natural 'landmarks' by which to count pattern repeats when duplicating the first sock. This was one of those stitch patterns.

Shur'tugal Socks

The sock is knit in The Sanguine Gryphon Little Traveler, colorway Doune Castle. Ain't it lovely?

Shur'tugal Socks

Now for my second FO I submit something that does not count toward the Countdown Challenge: my finished Color Craving shawl!

Color Craving

Special thanks to Karen for volunteering to model the shawl. She saw me trying to take selfies, and just happened to be wearing the perfect color to match my shawl! I joke that I'm always on a quest to make my knits in colors that will be wearable, but I think I actually did it this time, and I'm delighted. I think Karen did a lovely job modeling, too - all while walking her cat!

Color Craving

I have dubbed it the Ladders of Doom shawl because many of the people participating in the KAL got hung up on its rungs ... in more than one way. 

Color Craving

Once I had finished knitting, the only mystery that remained was how to wear it. I spent a lot of time in front of both the mirror and my partner, getting stink-face and approving nods, but in the end I decided a very long triangle was more challenging to wear than I originally had anticipated. All these photos were taken in an off-the-cuff manner, but I like the general direction they are headed. I even threw it on like a scarf and did a sort-of tie thing. I kinda liked it, but I'd never be able to recreate it, so I then reversed the process to show a three-step instructional on how I got there. It's really pretty simple.

1. Drape:
Step 1

2. Wrap:

Step 2

3. Tie:

Color Craving

Oh look - it happened to kinda match my brown shirt, too! Double-whammy for today!
Yarns used: Brown is Madeline Tosh Sock 'Burnished'; Grey is Fleur de Fiber 'Cloudgate'; Red is Shibui Sock 'Pagoda'.

I'm ticking off the days until Rhinebeck... I can hardly believe it is this weekend! I'll probably be decked out in purple (it's a House Colors thing... okay, it's also an I-don't-know-when-to-stop thing), but I also expect to bring last year's Rhinebeck Sweater that didn't quite make it. Remember that reddish cardigan? Since the weather's cooled off, I've been loving it. My handspun Slade is in time out for some ridiculous issues with not taking notes on the changes I was making, and now it's been too long and I think I've done things in the wrong sizes... yeah, it just makes my head swim a bit. So rather than stress, I'll just wear the sweaters that I finished and bring a bit of closure to my red sweater.

I hope to see some of you there! I think the afternoons might afford a bit of knitting/spinning time on the hill, so feel free to drop by and show me what you've found. And if you want bring me a maple doughnut, I won't complain... 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Knit Next To A Kilt

Last weekend the guy and I got to go knitting at the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, PA. It totally made us want to play bagpipes and wear kilts.

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Of course, I'm referring to all the inspiring music.

knittin by some pipers

We brought along our Stephen West mystery knitalong projects, which made for some fun photos.

knittin on the tracks

As it turns out, I even found a building that kinda matches my shawl, down to the angular lines at the center of the shawl!

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Yes, I changed out one of the colors after trying two others that just weren't giving the effect I wanted.

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Now it has red, and I love it.

Apricot-almond strudel, demolished

I killed this strudel (apricot-almond!), but not before I paused to capture a memory of its glorious inner colors and succulent flakiness.


And if that wasn't gratuitous enough, here are some flowers:

Flowers

Flowers