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For all you east coast knitters out there you know that next weekend is what we wait all year for.  Well this year is no different.  But due to my ongoing honeymoon with “Big B”  I’ve fallen a bit behind in my preparations.  So this week is completely dedicated to knitting and getting ready for the Sheep and Wool Festival In Rhinebeck.  Anyone I know going?  We can meet up.  ok, we’ll talk about that later…

If you need a little inspiration to get the needles clicking here you go…

BLOG:

I have the pleasure of calling the author of this blog my friend.  If you ever need to see an original spin on a classic knit this is the place to visit.  And the pictures of her precious little girl are an added bonus.

www.bluegarter.org/

LOVE IT:

As I’m knitting furiously away on a sweater for Kira (yes the one I started weeks ago and said I wanted to finish in a week…).  I thought I’d fuel myself with some of these.  I know, they look a bit sticky but totally worth the breaks to wash my hands.  As always another great Pinterest find…recipe is here…Mangia!!

TUTORIAL:

If any of you knitters are feeling a bit adventurous and want a really cool, I mean cool, cast on for socks or gloves/mittens check this out.  The Yarn Harlot said in one of her books that turning the heel of a sock makes her feel smart.  After this cast on I was feeling a little Einstein-ish…

So what are you knitting this weekend? Or eating? or doing to make yourself happy?  Whatever it is enjoy!

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The New York Sheep and Wool Festival in next month.  A month from yesterday to be exact.  HELLO KNITTING NEEDLES!  Hence the reason for this week’s BLT post.

I’m thinking a Wonderful Wallaby for Kira.  I bought this yarn at the festival last year.  Seems appropriate.  Just look at all that  yummy yarniness.  I’m torn between just staring at that beautiful ball and actually knitting it.  My goal is to finish it in a week.  Started it yesterday.  We’ll see.  The knitting bug has taken a big bite outta me.  The temperature is also dropping around here.  I’d call that motivation.

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Restraint

For anyone who has every attended a sheep and wool festival, especially the one in Rhinebeck you know how overwhelming it can be.  If you’re like me you want to take home one of everything.    When we moved into our house I had the opportunity to really go through my stash, weed out what I love, like, want to keep and can’t wait to get rid of.  I also got to see it all in one place at the same time, spread out all over my living room floor.  I gotta alotta stash!!  So this year I tried very hard to control  myself.  We also have this tiny “little” expense every month called a mortgage….

All that said, here it is.  It’s not much but I love what I got.

Abundance by Briar Rose Fibers ( I love their yarn). It’s 100% Corridale (which I haven’t knit before) in a heavy worsted.  The picture doesn’t do the color justice.    That’s for a sweater for Kira…She looks so great in red.

Green Mountain Spinnery, Maine Organic in White and Alpaca Elegance in Cappuccino

As you can see I’ve got a pattern waiting for this one.  As soon as I saw the current issue of Twist Collective I knew I had to have it.

I’ve already started swatching for Gwendolyn but I’ll save that for another post.

That’s it yall.  Simple but yummy.

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Sheep And Wool 2010

The fun just keeps on coming.  Here’s my re-cap of this year’s NY Sheep and Wool Festival.  There’s no need for a lot of chit-chat I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Ok, I’ll do a little bit of talking.  I don’t know how this sand sculpture was still standing.  It was so incredibly windy…

I think the wind may have kept some of the attendees away.  It was not nearly as crowded as it’s been in the past.

There’s our girl at her first festival.  It was a day full of reasons to use her favorite word…WOOOOW!!

Here was another “wow”  inducing moment.

It’s one thing to see horses in her books but to see them this close….well…what can you say but WOOOOOW!  Mum, Mum, Da Da, WOW!

Waiting patiently for the beloved Artichoke French…I wish I’d taken a picture of the line.  There were more people waiting on-line for food than anything else this year.

I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t knit that sweater.  It was a gift for her first birthday.  I did knit her a sweater for the day but it’s waiting for a zipper.  

Our little cutey…

 The Earthtones family…with mum sporting the Hand to Hand Pullover.

…and fall colored Kai Mei socks.

Of course I’ll have “The Haul” shots tomorrow…

And to the woman who spoke to my husband saying she recognized him and Kira from reading my blog but never comments please do so…I’d love to hear from you.

I was so excited that a reader recognized “me” and mine.  Hope you had a wonderful day.

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Getting Ready

It’s that time of the year everyone.  You can almost smell it in the air.  The summer travels and vacations are winding down, everyone is sick of the heat, TV commercials for back to school supplies have started running and we knitters have begun to think about Rhinebeck.  That’s right, before you know it will be time for the NY Sheep and Wool festival.  And it’s not so much the shopping we/I am thinking about but what am I going to knit to wear.

I’m thinking this…Vivan by Ysolda

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Does that yarn look familiar?  Yes, I ripped out the Urban Aran Cardigan.  According to this pattern I have more than enough yarn, the charts are much easier to follow, the swearter is more interesting, well-written and super clever.  And there is a knit as you go I-cord that is a constant source of entertainment.  The yarn is Blue Sky Worsted in Cranberry, 14 skeins at 100yds each.  I’m knitting the 36″ size.   

 I had been thinking about this sweater.   The Clasica Coat by Deborah Newton.

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When I saw the Interweave Knits Fall 2009 preview, it had me drooling.  But once I got the actual issue and saw it up close, the cables didn’t appeal to me as much.  Neither did the overall “generous-ness” of the fit.  Vivian is my kind of cable knitting.  And (if I may be so vain) I think it will be more flattering to my post-partum body.

Ya think it can be done?  In 2 months….(plus something special for Kira).

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“Let me help you with that Mummy…”

(No child or work-in-progress were harmed in the making of this post)

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It is definitely a haul but not nearly as much as I’ve done in the past.  There is so much yarn in my stash I just couldn’t justify adding for the sake of adding.  But these I couldn’t resist.

All Socks That Rock Yarn L to R: Rare Gems (these are one of a kind skeins you grab while you can), Mill Ends (another one of a kind) (both lightweight), Pebbles & Nyame (medium weight).  I saw this pattern in the Nyame colorway and fell in love with it.  Even though it’s blueish I think it would work for a boy or girl right?  I hate that color is so associated with gender…

Green Mountain Spinnery: the two “creamy” ones are New Mexico Organic (so delicious)  and the brownish, reddish, with a hint of yellow one is Mountain Mohair in “Spice”.  That last one is for a pair of Sideways Mystery Mittens for my mum (per her request).

And just as I was getting ready to leave the fair grounds, this little gem caught my eye.  I’ve never heard of the company or seen the yarn before but I just couldn’t leave it.  Acquerello 75% Wool, 25% Nylon about 420 yds…I see socks, do you? 

And this…don’t ask.  My sister saw a sample of this pattern while I was standing on the STR line and said she had to have it.  Yes, those are laces up the back…The things we do for love.  Thank God she only wants the waist corset.  But that’s bad enough….. (I’m so grateful right now that she doesn’t read this.  I promise to show pictures when it’s done and I have no idea when that will be….holy crap am I really going to put this on needles?)

So that’s it yall, not much but I’m happy!

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This was the kind of day that one attending a sheep and wool festival dreams about.  Cool/cold weather, clear blue sky, bright sunshine, awesome food, great company, lots of sheep and wool. 

Had to give you a “car shot” because I just had to.  You’d think a person would get used to seeing the colors change year after year but no.  It still moves me and this year was special because my aunt, who’s here visiting from Barbados, was so “struck” by it all.  It was like seeing it for the first time.

This was taken about 11am.   It doesn’t even come close to showing how many people where actually there already.  Now I won’t bore you with pictures of the lines and madness over the STR binging that took place.  It was the same as last year (see the 4th and 5th pix down).  I just can’t believe how nuts we all get over this stuff.

This is the other thing, we/I go nuts over…THE FOOD!  If you ever have a chance to attend the festival, you must try this stuff…no words… (that’s mum and sis waiting patiently).

Deep fried, garlicky artichokes, with fresh bread…OMG!

This was other major attraction of the day.  The Ravelry meet up. 

I can’t even begin to guess how many people where standing on the top of this hill.  Amazing. I’ve said it before…what did we all do before Ravelry?

Here are the very necessary animal shots…all beauties.

This one was my favorite…

Look at that face. Those eyes…All he kept doing was nuzzling up to his handler.

But this is really why I fell in love.  Check out the club my boy is a member of (look in the upper left corner).  Awesome right?

Time for more food.  Yes, that’s apple pie a la mode and that is my dad holding it.  I was the only one who bought pie then everyone (mum, sis and aunt) wanted some.  My dad offered to hold since he is diabetic, there was no chance of him having any.  Do you see the measures I have to resort to just to protect my food.  I just love my family.

We watched the dog competition while snacking…

More beauties.

Day’s almost over but we had to have a family shot…sis behind the camera.

For the observant among you, that’s my aran coat.  I decided today was a perfect day for its first wearing.  At first I thought it would be too much but it was bloody cold up there.

This is the first year that I only attended one day but it was so perfect and full, it should be more than enough to hold me over until next year.  Pictures of “the haul” coming tomorrow.

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