21 October 2007

Rhinebeck: We live.

Last night I got home from Rhinebeck with the best intention of watching some baseball and talking to some people, but when we got home at 10:00, I sat on the couch and wrapped in a blanket and was asleep in about 45 seconds. Not exaggerating.

Today, I managed to get to my target wordcount, and then spent the rest of the day playing with my new toys. I have pictures. Let me show them to you.

One of my favorite things about Rhinebeck? Maple sugar cotton candy. Can you pick which is the candy and which is the wool? It is so good.
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And I spent too much:
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Mohair locks to card on said hand-cards:
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For spinning:
50/50 Merino/Wool blend:
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100% Merino:
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For knitting:
Mohair/merino/silk boucle:
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And then I organized a little.

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Barely room for the cat in all this fiber madness:
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After (a little trip to Target for Storage Solutions):
The spinning corner (does not appear in above photos):
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The knitting corner:
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And what my cat thinks that this is all for:
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Of course, none of my grading is done. And I haven't read any books since Friday. And I've not kept up with internets properly. But my yarns, there be order (for now). I also declared war on some unfinished objects, too--I ripped and wound up a poorly-crocheted scarf, ripped 1/3 of a to-be-felted bag, and segregated the good stuff from the gross acrylic.

Good day. And no one who came along ran screaming from me.

18 October 2007


I'm Rhinebeck-bound on Saturday with some excellent friends. I haven't really been thinking about much lately that isn't fiber-related (much to the detriment of some of my schoolwork, and actually to the advantage of one piece), and this is a particularly fraught excursion to New York Sheep and Wool because the ratio of knitters to Muggles in my group will be 2:3. I am one of those people who has trouble enjoying herself if her company is not enjoying themselves, so I'm hoping that the non-knitters will be entertained for at least several hours. (It's a 3-hour drive, one-way, from here, so I might cry if we're there 2 hours and everyone else wants to go home. But that shouldn't happen. Rhinebeck rules.)

Also, I'm going to be looking for fibery gifts this time around, so hopefully that will be fruitful. Or wool-ful. Or whatever. Can't spin grapes. I'm also thinking I might look at yarn this time. Last time, I kept myself from falling prey to yarn-attraction by shopping for spinning fiber, but there are a few people whom I'd like to knit things for, and Rhinebeck is one of those places that will probably have the perfect colorway, you know?

If anyone is looking for me (though most people who read this blog are not going to be at Rhinebeck), I'll be wearing my Under the Hoodie (silver, black, and brick-red) and my grey Newsboy cap. I'll be carrying (most likely) an AWP Atlanta black tote bag, or possibly a multi-colored tapestry bag patterned with cats. I may have 2-4 people with me, but they are all friendly, so do say hello!

I'll only be there on Saturday, probably noon-ish arrival time (because even the most wool-positive Muggles don't think that yarn's worth getting on the road at 6 a.m.).

Last year, I'd fantasized I'd have my Vigdis done in time for Rhinebeck, but such is not the case. I did actually do a gauge swatch for my button bands/collar over the weekend, and I re-seamed the shoulders with the right color yarn. And then I fell into the same massive panic as I had about the whole button band/collar issue before. The "Why do you have to make everything harder than it has to be?" panic. Because the way the pieces end, as shown, given my cardigan-mods, are all wonky and uneven. So I might end up unraveling some things and reknitting some things until I have a roughly rounded shape upon which to build my collar and button bands.

Spinning news: Just been puttering along on the midnight blue merino/Tencel blend. I want to get back to another spool-ful of the BlueFaced Leicester because Navajo plying is just too neat. Also, I want to knit a hat. And the urge to break out the drop spindle and play with a little of what I'd hoped would be laceweight but is too heavy merino-silk blend. I'll try to remember to do a picture for that. It's really pretty fiber.

04 October 2007

*tap tap*

Apparently, I might still live. My spot on the Ravelry queue came up! So, you can find me over there as Sheffiesheep.

I'm still stalling out on the Vigdis, waiting for some mental quiet-time for the Adamas shawl, have knit and frogged the same sock-toe four times because I keep forgetting where I am and how many decreases I've done--but I'm also doing some seekrit knitting that I quite love. Photos when I finish and the recipient receives it.

I've got some of that midnight blue fiber (from Sinclair's introductory post) on the wheel just now, and it's quite lovely.

I like the slipperyness of the tencel. I've been spinning up a spool of that, and then a spool of some beautiful HelloYarn Bluefaced Leicester--not to ply them together or anything, but because I love how different each of them is to spin. The BFL is so easy and solid and richly colored--I've been plying it up Navajo-ply so that the colors stay separate. I don't know what my final plans for the BFL will be. Maybe a hat, so I can take advantage of it's woolly goodness and the color changes. It might be something I can practice knitting a liner on, too, because I'm particular about my head and how much woollyness it can manage. We'll see. At the rate I'm going, this may not be an issue until I move somewhere too warm to have winter hats.