Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rhinebeck 2013

I wasn't going to post, but my one true reader called and asked where the photos were, so here we go.

For the uninitiated, Rhinebeck is a town in upstate New York. For those in the know, a/k/a knitters, its the mecca of wooly goodness. Held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in mid-October when the leaves are at their peak color, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival draws fiber enthusiasts from around the world. While I understand that there are workshops, the real draw for me is a combination of the vendors and the knitwear on display. The animals are cool too. Really, where else are you going to see llamas on parade?

And then there's the cupcakes and knitting-celebrities:

(And yes, Casey is eating one of Hezzie's cupcakes).

The very best part, though, is hanging with your best friend:

And the yarn:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hello Lamppost

I was a bit timid about knitting a sweater from this yarn (Woolen Rabbit Mara in the Feelin' Groovy color way). It was a bit too busy for my tastes, and there were noticeable differences between skeins. I chose Hannah Fettig's Rocky Coast Cardigan from Coastal Knits because I thought the cabling would through the yarn around a bit, and I alternated skeins.  Overall, I am happy with the way it turned out, although it would have been better to alternate skeins all the way down the arms.

Also, the arms are  tight. I was warned that the sleeves were narrow, so I added extra stitches and switched to larger needles. It was not, however, enough.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Past Peak

I was in Westchester last week and noticed that the leaves had only just started to change there. I decided that if were going to hike this weekend, we should go a bit further afield. I over shot. The hike we took, the Mud Pond/Trout Pond loop in the Western Catskills, was already past peak for fall foliage. It was, however, still very beautiful.

Since I'm taking an online photography class and this week's lesson is aperture, there's lots of bokeh in these photos.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dream Awake

Thoreau once wrote, "our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." I borrowed this quote to name my newest sweater, Alana Dakos's Gnarled Oak Cardigan, which I knit in Madelinetosh DK Merino in the Thoreau colorway.

I also finished another layout this week. This layout was done in response to a challenge in my Right Brain/Left Brain class at Big Picture Classes to use three different shapes, but with a purpose.  Circles and rectangles are easy to incorporate into a scrapbook layout, but it spent some time considering my third shape.  In the end, I built a layout with two photos from the farm. As I was working, I recalled that I had a chicken wire stamp that would work well as a background. The chicken wire, in turn, led to the use of hexagons.

An assortment of Basic Grey papers and alphabet stickers; Teresa Collins Now & Then stickers, alphas, and wash tape; Recollections washi tape; Jillibean Soup bakers twine; MME enamel dots; Art Impressions chicken wire stamp; misc. dot stamp; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone, pealed paint).