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

 

 

Free Pattern: Wren Revisited

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Hello knitters and a happy start to autumn to you all! I for one am glad to see the end of summer, and I am looking forward with much anticipation to the cooler season ahead. Florrie and I have loads of ideas, as usual, and we are finding ourselves pulled in so many creative directions. We’re so lucky to have each other to bounce ideas off of, and it’s so much fun and filled with manic panic as we feed off each other’s creative insanity. Our To-Do list is forever growing. We have an inside joke that we have a personal assistant named Brenda that should be test knitting our patterns, getting us coffee, testing our recipes and editing our posts… but we’re never getting it all done because we can never find her! BRENDA!? Where are you! lol

I was looking through my early knitting patterns a little while back and decided to (finally) update the Wren Cowl. Wren is a family name on my sister in law’s side. It has history and it conjures up images for me of the fleet little brown birds, darting through the air. I had just learned the star stitch and I was eager to make it into an accessory, and the simple yet pretty Wren Cowl was born. With a little tinkering I figured out how to make the pattern seamless. But the original pattern was missing some crucial information, I was so new to writing patterns that I didn’t realize how important things like weight and size conversions were. Oops. 🙂  I also neatened up some of the directions, hopefully making things even more clear.

I love the star stitch, but it’s one of those stitches that does tend to get a little bit monotonous, it’s like the moss stitch. I love love love the texture, but it makes me a little bit batty to k1, p1 over a large piece of knitting. I think the results are worth it in the end though. The Wren Cowl is a nice little accessory, so you (hopefully) won’t feel like you’re star stitching into eternity.  Once you get the hang of the purl three together technique, you get into a little rhythm.  If you use a wool with enough yardage it also makes a great single skein project. We all have those impulse buy, single skeins of something luscious. The star stitch is a good choice for solids, as well as a pretty variegated wool.

You can download the FREE PATTERN on RAVELRY.

I’m jumping into deep end of official knitting season with both feet. How about you?

-Marie