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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Day of the Forgotten Projects

I made a mistake yesterday... and this morning. A big crafty mistake...

Are you ready?

Did you brace yourself?

I forgot my crochet hook (for the crochet project in my bag) and I forgot to put a replacement knitting project in my bag (I finished a shawl last night). 


Yes.. That means..

I am craftless today at work!!!!!

Okay, deep breaths.. I can do this... I can survive this! So what if today is day two of a very painful period...

Backup plan? I do have my charged kindle and I do have a movie on it, so I think I can make that swing during lunch.. But the way home will be just reading.

And hey, I love knitting, but to not have a craft in hand is just... alien to me! So I hereby dub today:
The Day of Forgotten Projects

Because I am one of those people who has dozens of projects I could be working on, not including all the rainbow stuff I need to finish for June 2nd. So ya. Let's add an extra torture on my day, as if I'm not a little cranky as it is.

In Other News:
  I have been dyeing yarn, so yay! Here is a smidge of what I've been working on.

This is the shawl I just finished, though this is a very pre-finished picture (it is soaking right now and will be blocked out tonight). It is Taliesin by Lucy Hague.

Besides a huge plethora of rainbow themed (and other pride flags) of washcloths, headbands, dolls and more (oh my), I do need to work more on this wedding shawl for a good friend of mine. It is called Wedding Belle and the design is by Kristi Holaas.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as to my project pile. Hopefully, with my stress at work vastly reduced, I can plow through it this year. :). With me luck!

Be Well!

Come on, that's funny!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival Tips and Tricks

So you want to go to go to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival this year? Well, here is some fun planning ideas:

Rhinebeck Sweater Planning:
  Oh yes, this is a tradition going back and back. Get those needles out, pick out a sweater pattern (hope it's not hot as hades), get the yarn and get cracking!

   Last year I knit the Hitch Pullover by Vanessa Ewing, knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50% wool/50% alpaca, love this yarn). Don't do what I did, I started it on October 4th and finished it 16 days later. Seriously. Don't do that. (insert evil/crazy/maniacal laugh). I actually bought the buttons at the fair the next day.

This year I'm planning ahead (look at me go!). I'm starting Julie's Sweater by Kristen Tendyke, and hopefully I will have a mini version for my ten year old done this year too. I will be knitting mine up in Berroco Vintage, Black Cherry and my daugher's in the same yarn, Blue Moon.

That takes care of the Rhinebeck sweaters.

So what next?

What day to go?

Now this can depend on a few things.. Do you want to take a class? Are you car pooling? Saturday will definitely be crazier than Sunday, but some unique colorways may be sold out by Sunday. For example, Miss Babs usually has a colorway specifically for Rhinebeck, and quite often you can only purchase one, but sometimes you can find someone in line that will by the other if you are lucky (I did that for someone last year). 

Both have good sides, and sometimes the decision is made for you if you volunteer at a yarn booth for a few hours (I've done this). 

Are there events you want to attend? Like competing the in the speed spinning or speed knitting/crocheting competitions? I tried my hand at the speed knitting, and at least I wasn't the slowest!! :) 

Plan Your Day

If you want to stay with your group (if you car pooled), planning is important. I like to go off and meet up later, that way I can meet people and zip off to what I need to do, so much fun! 

First place to stop? Do you want a basket? By basket, I mean the beautiful and colorful Africa Bolga baskets that the Catskill Native Nursery sells at Rhinebeck every year. They bring them flat so you will see them using water to reshape them and you just have to paw through the pile of baskets and pick the one you want. I've managed to get my hands on two so far. 

Getting the basket first is great because it dries as you walk around and you can use it to carry your purchases (see? Ah Ha moment, right? joking). :)

This leads to my next tip:

Pick One or Two Patterns

So next, you need to have planned for one or two yarn purchases. Pick two patterns and find the yarn for them. You can find the list of vendors if you want (I love Miss Babs and Dragonfly Fibers in particular), and look on their website to figure out what you will be keeping an eye out for. Perhaps a gradient mini kit? Perhaps enough yarn for a shawl? Socks more your style? 

Planning helps keep you in a budget (just saying haha, not from personal experience of anything).


Next thing you know, it's lunchtime. The lines will be long, and there is a ton of different types of food (but a ton of lamb, seriously...). So be prepared to stand on already tired and sore feet for food, but luckily people are usually really friendly when it comes time to find a spot to sit and eat. The grounds are really clean too, woot!

Rest of the Day

If you are a power shopper like me, by lunch you had gotten everything you planned for, which leaves the rest of the day for fun wandering. That is when I went and did the speed knitting contest, so fun. 

Perhaps it's time to meet up with your friends, perhaps there is a knit and chat meet up going on. Perhaps there is a ravelry meet up going on. 

Rhinebeck is really fun with what seems like a gazillion things to do. 

Oh, one other tip, if you need a handicapped scooter, make sure you reserve it as soon as they are available.

The website for the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival is: https://sheepandwool.com/

The dates for 2018 are: October 20-21, 2018. 
The hours are different this year: 9am-5pm on Saturday, 9am-4pm on Sunday.

Hope to see you there! 

Be Well,

Monday, February 26, 2018

"What A Week I'm Having!": :)

Today, I went for an interview, and I really am hopeful (and really want it too lol). We'll see, fingers and toes crossed!

Before the interview, I sat in a concourse and worked on the MacAskill Scarf by Sarah Dawn from the Windward Ebook out of knitpicks.com. The yarn I'm using is mighty stitch bulky from knitpicks.com and I have to say that I truly enjoy the softness of this yarn. Two thumbs up and five stars! Washable too. :P. 

I noticed people slowed down, sometimes just ever so slightly relaxed when they saw me knitting. This is something that happens when people knit in public, I think it triggers memories of perhaps their family members who did it, a grandmother. Perhaps it is a genetic memory because people have been knitting for so many years.  Either way, it always makes me smile.

  Unfortunately, I got antsy and after a row or two, I set my knitting down (probably best for the tension right?) and pulled out my tarot cards. Shuffling them I centered myself and thought about my upcoming appointment, and pulled one card. I pulled the World Tree major arcana card. As above, so below, wisdom and an ending and beginning. A fantastic card to pull just before going into an interview. Than I read a bit from my kindle fire, been reading the Grim series by Dani Harper.

After the interview, I went back to work and cracked my tooth (root canal failure) and discovered I will be having oral surgery this Friday. (eek!!! I'm more than a little terrified!).

Over the weekend I battled nausea and finished this hat in palette fingering yarn from knitpicks.com:
#06 Fair Isle Hat by Sheila Joynes (and my first ever finished knit from a vogue knitting magazine..

And I also finished the O.W.L. Mittens by Celeste Young! Knit in stroll heather.

So phew! This week I'm hoping to hear back about the job, keeping the fingers and toes crossed and trying to not panic about the dental surgery this Friday (please wish me luck and a fast recovery).. 

Take some deep breaths, and take each moment as it comes. Sometimes, that is all that we can do.

Be well!

P.S. Do you know what movie this post title is from? Given I'm not having as bad a week as the guy who said it, not even close, I have high hopes. But it's a great line, my use is tongue in cheek.. and fears of dental anything haha.