Postcards from Rhinebeck ’14

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IMG_6516.JPGIt was so good to get out of the city this weekend and head upstate to Rhinebeck for the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. The weather was the most perfect October weather you could ask for, by turns dramatic, steel grey skies with the woods all orange and red and gold and the clearest blue sky and sunshine with cold air and chilly breeze. It was perfectly cold and that meant that the hand knits could be worn comfortably, but not so cold that you needed a jacket over them. Florrie finished her Aunt Fred and it looked so great on her, I would have lost my marbles knitting a whole sweater in that fiddly sport weight wool. Kudos to her. I wore my Astoria cowl, it was snug and perfectly warm.

Florrie had much more shopping restraint than I did, I bought two skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in a really pretty green/blue/grey colorway (Shaken Not Stirred), the line for Miss Babs wool was predictably long, a giant bag of Maple Cotton Candy, some Hot Maple Mustard (it’s seriously the best thing ever), a gorgeous cherry wood stirrer/spatula from Chester B. Basil’s stall, some beautiful grey/green ceramic buttons from Melissa Jean and on the way home when we stopped off in Tivoli at Fabulous Yarns I got a squishy red skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra.  I’m not sure if it was because it’s the third or fourth year that we have gone, or if it was in fact smaller this year. Not sure, but it was fun and we got to scratch a few goats and sheep under their chins, and see so much beautiful wool.

Until next year Rhinebeck, maybe I’ll get my act together in 2015 and have my own sweater to wear. 😀

-Marie

 

 

Aunt Fred

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I’ve wanted to knit Aunt Fred by Pamela Wynne since first seeing it at Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool last year. There was something so cosy and unfussy about this knit that I was drawn to. I loved the pattern, a sort of mini houndstooth. It wasn’t until late summer when Maire and I were making our fall plans that I decided to cast on. Around the same time I’d fallen in love the Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. It’s soft and delicious and has a little lustre. I did hesitate in choosing this because the weight was finer than the pattern required. I paired it up with Blue Sky Alpacas Sport, which is one of my all time favourite yarns. I paired the platinum metalico with a medium charcoal grey. After a few swatches to work out the new gauge and some double checking of calculations, I began.

 

Postcards from Rhinebeck

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Maple cotton candy and fat squishy skeins of wool… It really doens’t get a lot better than this!

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Llamas and Alpacas. I firmly believe that they are the silliest of farm animals.

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Oh October. You are so beautiful.

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I mean really… show off.

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The incredibly gorgeous wool for our Leaf Kerchief giveaway.

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Florrie reads the map, we must find Melissa and her gorgeous buttons!

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Saturday evening walk in the woods. Dusky autumn beauty.

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Our totes were over-flowing with wooly goodenss!

We had a great time at Rhinebeck this year.  The weather was cool and the days were sunny. It did rain, but luckily it was just overnight on Saturday. But MAN, did I sleep well. We bought way too much wool and saw so many great vendors and so many silly llamas and alpacas and sheep. We were tempted by Melissa Jean’s button stash. We stood in line for the wonderful Miss Babs yarn and found the most gorgeous colorway for our Leaf Kerchief Giveaway. Make sure you comment on the post before Friday for a chance to win. You’ll get a FloMa canvas tote, knitting notions, the kerchief pattern and enough of Miss Babs beautiful yarn to make your own.

We’re dreaming big for next year! Can’t wait!

Introducing Leaf Kerchief & a GIVEAWAY!

Leaf Kerchief

Leaf Kerchief

I first knitted Leaf a few years ago, I knew I wanted something simple with a touch of detail and it had to be knitted in one of my favourite yarns, Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM). A gorgeous hand painted fingering weight merino. There was no blood, and I don’t recall any sweat, but there were tears. Tears of frustration, tears from the pain of my fingers seizing up and tears of joy when I cast off the last stitch.

I can’t tell you the number of times I pulled down the work, starting over and over because there weren’t enough stitches, or there were too many, or I miss counted, and the decreases weren’t right. I threw down my needles several times, but each time, after a few days of cooling off I’d pick up my knitting determined to see this through. Eventually I found my rhythm.

The thought of publishing hadn’t really crossed my mind until last year.  I received many compliments while wearing it and several people asked if there was a pattern. After proding and encouragement from Marie, I reknitted it and wrote it. Luckily I had a few rough scribbles that I could work from, but there were still a few stumbling blocks and adjustments. Almost a year later I feel that its ready, I’m super excited and a little nervous about putting it out here. It’s an unfussy, and versatile piece,  that’s prefect for chilly days. -Florrie

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We are so excited about publishing the Leaf Kerchief pattern that we have gone completely mad and are giving away a Leaf Kerchief Kit which will arrive in a fun FloMa tote filled with woolly  goodness.  The kit includes:

  • One FlorrieMarie “Knit. Eat. Repeat.” cotton tote bag (14″x14″x3″)
  • One printed copy of the Leaf Kerchief pattern on acid free paper in a protective plastic sheet cover.  As well as a code to download the PDF pattern to your Ravelry library.
  • Enough wool to make one Leaf Kerchief (with probably a bit leftover).
  • One set of safety-pin stitch holders.
  • One set of Clover Chibi darning needles in a blue carrying case for finishing work.
  • One measuring tape.
  • One little box from Muji for holding notions

The list of things in the giveaway may grow after we go to Rhinebeck.  Who knows what sort of wonderful goodies we will find. Originally we were going to get more Koigu wool for this giveaway, which the original pattern was knit in and which we adore for its deep variegated dyes and soft hand. But then Florrie had the thought that since Sheep & Wool is such a great place to buy gorgeous hand dyed skeins from small batch artists, that we would wait and pick up something really special from the vendors in Rhinebeck. We’ll post a picture of the kit complete with the Rhinebeck yarn we find tomorrow.

*EDIT* 10/21/13

Posting pictures of the yarn and other goodies included in the giveaway! We’re really happy with the yarn we found. there were soooooo many wonderful colors and fibers to choose from. We hope you’ll love it too!

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Northumbria Fingering
A lighter fingering weight than either our Yummy 2-Ply or Cosmic, Northumbria Fingering is spun from the long, lustrous wool of Bluefaced Leicester sheep. Northumbria Fingering has a nice natural shine that enhances the vibrant, rich colors. It’s great for durable, fine-gauge socks, and lovely in crisp lacy shawlettes.
Size: 437 yd / 3.5 oz (400m / 100g) skeins
Content: 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool
Gauge: Fingering weight. 8-10 stitches per inch on US 0-2.

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Leaf Kerchief

Leaf Kerchief

We will be at Sheep & Wool both Saturday and Sunday, so if you see us stop by and say hi! We’ll attend both of the Ravelry Meet Ups.

To enter in the drawing, all you need to do is leave a comment in this post about which yarn you would choose to knit a Leaf Kerchief before the end of day Friday October 25, 2013.

-Florrie & Marie

The fine print:  Comments must be posted before 11:59 pm Friday October 25th to be eligible for drawing.  On Saturday 10/26/13 one comment will be picked using a random number generator to receive the giveaway. The winner will be announced at noon on Saturday 10/26/13. The giveaway is not redeemable for cash.  Contents of the kit are non-negotiable. No substitutions. The winner will be contacted by email to arrange for shipping. If the winner fails to reply to the email within 30 days they forfeit the prize and we will randomly select another comment to win the giveaway. Any questions or concerns just ask! florriemarie@gmail.com 

A Sheep & Wool Celebration!

We are so excited to be gearing up for the annual Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in a few days at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. While we aren’t quite to the point where we’ll have a booth, (fingers crossed and working hard towards having a FloMa booth next year!!) we are planning on going to the fair both days.

There’s lots to see and buy so I always mean to start saving up months in advance, and yet I never seem to start early enough! I want to indulge in all of my impulse buys. Believe me, there is a lot to be tempted by. The gorgeous yarns (that means you, Miss Babs!), beautiful knitting patterns, eating the great food, taking in a lecture or two, not to mention the silly  critters.  Though I do not anticipate taking home any sheep… just wool.  We are so fortunate to have this great event in our own backyard and would be crazy to miss it!

So in the spirit of woolly goodness we’re offering a FlorrieMarie coupon code! Starting tomorrow, Friday October 18th you can get 30% off of any one FlorrieMarie knitting pattern. We really hope you see something you like!

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We’re going to be passing out these little cards at Sheep and Wool, and during the Ravlery Meetups.  We don’t want our internet friends to be left out, so we’re sharing it here with you, too!

The Fine Print: The code, sheepwool, is valid starting at 12:01 am Friday October 18th through midnight Saturday November 30th.  The code will give you 30% off any one pattern in the Ravelry FlorrieMarie Pattern Store.  It is good for one use per person. We’re sorry, but it is not valid for past purchases.