I Love Rhinebeck in Fall; How about You?

I can’t believe that it’s already a week since I was at Rhinebeck. I also can’t believe I haven’t blogged about it yet. So much to say and so litte time back in the hum-drum of the real world.

Yarn as Padding

I think many of the experiences that Clarabel and I had will be stuff of posts to come so for now I’ll try to give you a taster with what were the high-light moments of the weekend.

From the knitter’s viewpoint the following were the jack-pot:

  • Shaking Casey’s hand at the Sunday Ravelry Meet-up and thanking him for Ravelry on behalf of all Knitters & Crochetiers in Ireland (yes… I was *that* dorky and uncool! BUT… exactly how much was I going to beat myself up with regret if I didn’t? Only my entire life! HAD to be done) 
  • Shaking the hand of the Tsock Tsarina herself and asking her to pass on my regards to Helen Of Troy – a regular reader here (thanks Helen) who, I remembered in the nick of time, is her regular Sunday Knitting buddy;
  • Buying an Ashford Joy – with the carry-bag thrown in – for less than I’d buy both here, thanks to the suddenly favourable exchange rate;
  • Nan Kennedy and Seacolors Yarn

  • Having a chin-wag with Nanney Kennedy of Seacolors Yarns who gave me “Shear Spirit” (gratis): a book that features her “living the dream” as a yarnie on her idyllic Meadowcroft Farm. I bought three skeins of her solar-dried yarn in “Coral” colourway to make a funky dress for me;
  • Meeting Jonathan Bosworth – of the beautifully crafted spindles and cleverly engineered spinning wheels and chakras – and inviting him to Ireland on behalf of all spinners here (yup, more of the uncool groupie vibe!) Also, picked up one of his spindles for BionicLaura
  • The Fleece to Shawl Competition – and the spinner / weaver who told us about it in the first place – is all worthy of a post of its own;
  • Getting a demo on how to start drafting a silk hanky from the dyer Gale who also sold me a Trindle

Bosworth and Spindle

  • Meeting “The Librarian” from the “Completely Pointless and Arbitrary” Group on Ravelry and his gorgeous chaparones Pixisis and Golrizjoon on the Hudson Walkway
  • Meeting Jesh at the Ravelry meet-up and then snapping up one of the last of her gorgeous spindles
  • Generally chatting to as many fellow fiberistas as I could (and wangling into the conversation that we’d travelled all the way from Ireland just for this weekend – just to see their reaction)

Other fantastic treats any traveller would appreciate:

  • Driving through Mannhattan alongside all the yellow cabs (more fun and less stressful than I expected)
  • Staying at Jenny’s Country Manor (Donna, the proprietress, is incredibly hard-working; we never saw her husband, Ezra, but his cooking is to die for!)

Jenny's Country Manor

  • Seeing the incredible array of autumnal colours that New York State puts on display
  • The Walkway over the Hudson an old railway bridge at Poughkeepsie that was recently re-vamped as a pedestrian walkway

  • Lunch at the CIA – the Culinary Institute of America, in this instance
  • Dinner at the Terrapin Bistro, quaffing craft beers while enjoying their deliciously interesting re-interpretation tapas

There was more – so much more – but if I don’t stop and publish something soon it might never get done. But before I go, a taster of the Stash Accumulation:


Rhinebeck Stash

F.O. Rainbow Rush

The skein I dyed, based on the colours of my local beach, grew up to be Rainbow Socks in no time at all.

I really enjoyed this pattern. The repeating sections of short-rows were as completely addictive to do as any lace pattern. They start with only two or three stitches, so you’re very easily enticed into starting another section. Then you add another four stitches each row before you turn again and, before you know it, you’re working over almost all of the stitches of the sock circumference.

I wore them for the first time on St. Patrick’s Day, last week, and got DH to take the above centre snap for my entry in the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Competition on Ravelry: –

  • make something with an Irish theme, and take a photo of it on St. Patricks Day;
  • post the photo in the competition thread for the group and
  • everyone has until 6pm (Irish time) March 27th, 2010, to vote for their favourite by clicking the love button for that post in the thread.

If you’d like to show my entry some love go to the thread and click on my love button. In the interest of fairness to all the competition entries (and for fear canvassing would disqualify me!) make sure you also vote for any other entries that tickle your taste pallette. There are some fantastic pieces entered. Mine are a more subtle and abstact interpretation of an Irish Theme, it has to be said!

I’m soooo in!

I’m in! Ravelry, that is. Now, on top of my stash calling to me from my presses I have this other urge to go on line and spend ridiculous amounts of time uploading projects, browsing patterns to add to my queue, searching for people to call my friends and trawling for groups I can join. How great is this?

Also, I received a PM from the grand Dame of Cast-Ons, Helen Of Troy herself. I felt so honoured! And she’s so nice, so I get to call her a Ravelry friend to. Plus, would you believe, Brigid, the host for the 2nd wave Clapotis KAL shares her wedding anniversary with me. Or at least she and her husband got married on the same day as DH & I did, only on a different year and in a different continent. But how cool is that?

Roll on November issue of Magknits when I get to enter the designer hall of fame – can’t wait! I’m such a show-off.

I’m feeling all happy in my knitting at the moment so either I’ve cured myself of my Carpal Tunnel by sheer power of positive thinking or I’ve just excercised it away by knitting. However, the Exchequered scarf seems interminable at the moment. The original is five foot long! There’s no way I can keep it up for that length. At least I’m knitting it for my daughter so I think a significantly shorter scarf will suffice. On the plus side I can now purl as well as knit Continental. Now that I’ve managed that feat, it’s actually a good project for no-brainer knitting but I must cast-on something more instantly gratifying – Urchin it is! Just got to measure my head circumference (coz it’s probably got bigger with all of this) and I’m off. Completely out of queue of course but I’m Irish and we don’t know how!

Status – quoi?

My Raverly Status… = Stash!

  • You signed up on September 25, 2007
  • You are #36264 on the list.
  • 15383 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 1831 people are behind you in line.
  • 54% of the list has been invited so far

Yes, I think I really need this. It looks like it’s right up my alley for organising my schedule for future cast-ons and researching WIPs. Just as well DH has organised some easy chairs for the room the computer’s in, or he’d never see me!

Clapotis Status… = FO!

  • I finished knitting it last night
  • This afternoon I weaved in all ends, dropped all stitches and decided against blocking it, per se
  • Opted for steam ironing the corners to stop the curling & make it more rectangular
  • All ready to wear it the THE wedding this Saturday, hopefully the outfit I have to go with it will be okay…

Periwinkle’s Status… = WIP!

  • 39 weeks a-growing yesterday (Doesn’t this look ridiculous…?)
  • Not fitting into most trousers at this stage – these are the only ones that are still comfortable i.e. they don’t keep rolling underneath
  • Last check-up: head not engaged – just sitting on the rim of pelvis
  • Next check-up: not until Tuesday week, the day after my due date!
  • Avoiding Raspberry Leaf tea and too much walking so Periwinkle stays put for at least another week, so we can get to this wedding.
  • Missed out on snapping the buggy & car seat I wanted on ebay by £2 and 13 seconds!!! Couldn’t believe it. It was my first ever auction on ebay, so I’ve a lot to learn about how it works. I’m bidding on another one, but this time the auction closes on Friday evening and we’ll be in Cork i.e. away from any computer access. [Cue: Muttley type mumbling from me…]
  • Also missed out on Boppy pillow by $.50 and 30 seconds, but this time I was in the auction for the research – there’s plenty more Boppys in the sea, I mean, ebay…
  • On the positive-action side DD & I organised Periwinkles clothes & cot etc and I’ve made headway on buying nappies – Bum Genius (the nappies, not me!)