Hey there. Remember me? It’s been a month and I have lots to update you on so let’s get started.
First, there was Rhinebeck.
It was mine and Christy’s eighth year and one of the best weather-wise. As Christy said, it was cool enough to wear our sweaters but warm enough not to need to cover them up with a coat. And it didn’t even rain on Friday. It almost always rains the Friday before.
The question that I’m sure is on everyone’s minds is Did you finish Sugar Maple? I sure did! I only have one crappy photo so I’m going to hold off on an FO post until I do a photo shoot. But I love everything about it – the yarn, the fit, the colors – everything. And it’s gotten me jazzed about garment knitting again.
The other question had got to be What did you buy? I was quite restrained this year and only bought 2 things
7 skeins of Shelridge Farm Soft Touch DK in Lipstick. Yep, another perfectly pink shade for me. This one is going to be a Wrapped Pullover but I’m doing it in DK instead of Aran weight. A sweater as heavy as Aran just isn’t practical for me – and I’m sure it’s also not very flattering. I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it in DK and it’s a good thing too. With the yarn weight change I need to knit a 50 to get a 36.
Yep – a lot of knitting
The other yarn I got is another skein of Sock82Me in a much more cable-appropriate color – Lord-Love-A-Duck! It has my pinks in it with a healthy dose of orange – a shade I’d like to use more of in my knitting. No idea which pattern I’ll do but I can only get this at Rhinebeck so I didn’t want to miss out.
Then, there was casting on.
I started my Wrapped Pullover – it’s just to the ribbing.
And then, I cast on for Elisbeth. Again. This time in an even smaller size.
And finally I admitted to myself that I need a pair of fingerless mitts to wear at work. I’m cold All. The. Time. and there’s no freaking way I’d allow myself to buy a pair of squeaky acrylic mitts.
No f-ing way.
I wanted something that covered my wrists and went up a bit on my forearm. And I wanted simple so I can wear it with just about anything and for a while I was considering just doing a pair of stockinette mitts. But then I got an email about the Mirri Mitts by Ambah and I knew they were the ones. They’re almost as simple as st st but have little dots of eyelets to keep it interesting to knit and a little something special to wear.
And there was some Etsy buying.
I got a skein of custom ordered stripes in Chicago Bears colors for Paul from Ladybug Fiber Company.
And a skein of 15 Colour Rainbow from Fab Funky Fibres.
I don’t want to interrupt the stripe sequence so I’m thinking afterthought heel. I love the little bullseye that heel forms but it’s not my favorite for fit. So we have the classic form versus function question. I think form will win out on this one.
And finally, a little something for you.
There’s a big group of indie designers participating in the Indie Gift Along that are offering discounts. I got the Mirri pattern for 25% off. Take a look at the whole list. There are TONS of designers offering discounts – some I recognized and some there were new to me. The GAL is a win win – support indie designers and get a great pattern out of it.
It’s great to be back.
I’ll catch you on the purl side.