Sunday, October 22, 2006

Rhinebeck

I went to the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival yesterday in Rhinebeck, NY. The hour and a half drive up there was beautiful with the newly turned leaves, but somewhat boring since I was driving alone. This festival was much larger than the last one I went to. This wool was one of the first sights I saw after arriving.


Isn't it beautiful?

There were lots of sheep...



and llamas and alpacas...



I bought 12 skeins of Lamb's Pride Worsted and got 2 skeins of Paton's ChaCha for free. The Lamb's Pride was really cheap ($4.65/skein!) because it was not first quality, and therefore the dye lots were not guaranteed. My project originally calls for Manos del Uruguay, but to do the project in that yarn would cost well over $300! So, I am going to swap skeins every few rows, as is suggested for Manos, to account for variability in dye lots (although these skeins seem very close in color to my color-trained eyes). I have absolutely nothing to do with the ChaCha. I rarely use "fun" yarns, but hey, it was free. I chose it over Fun Fur of the same brand because it is very silky and I will probably be more likely to find a use for it at some point. Or maybe it will be Destashed....



I also bought some very rare wool in white and brown to make a hat. I was told that there are only about 133 of this type of sheep left in the world. The vendor had it knit up (by machine) into a Norwegian snowflake patterned hat. The yarn is not very soft but I loved the way it looked knitted up, so I thought I'd try to find a similar pattern somewhere.

I also bought some 100% rayon yarn that was so luxurious feeling that I thought it was silk at first. I should have known it wasn't silk (or at least not 100%) since not even silk is as smooth as this yarn is, plus it was only $8 a skein (!). I bought 920 yards so it will probably make a nice lace shawl or something.



I walked past Amy Singer and instantly recognized her. I walked up to her and told her how much I love Knitty. She told me to stay for a minute and I thought she was talking to her friend who had just walked up. It turned out she wanted to give me this "i heart knitty" button because I had said the magic words... I didn't even know there were magic words! Thanks Amy!



I saw 6 different Clapotis at the festival. At first, I didn't notice it. Then I told one girl how beautiful hers was and she mentioned that everyone was wearing theirs today. I told her I hadn't noticed, but after that I saw 5 more! The first one that I saw was definately the best. Yarn and colorway choice definately make a difference.

I also bought a couple small bags of lavendar at the festival, which I hope to use to make some sachets for Christmas gifts.

On my way home there was a rest area by the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge where I stopped to try to take some decent pictures of my lace blanket. I think I got a couple good ones and I will post them in the next few days. I am sure you are all waiting with baited breath...

I cast on and knit about 10 rows so far on the Frost Jacket from Knitting Nature. I love this book, but this will be the first pattern I have made from it since buying it months ago. Many of the patterns in this book are very complicated, or at least need full attention, or are longer-term projects. I bought the Lamb's Pride for this pattern. I don't like the color nearly as much as the coral color Manos shown in the picture, but the difference in cost (for a somewhat similar yarn) will probably be well worth it. I am not sure how much of this project I will post. It will most likely be a Christmas gift, but I am not sure that the person who it is for reads my blog all that often.



I am about halfway done with the silk lace scarf (my travel and Grey's project) and about a third of the way done with Wild Stripes.

In related news, my email knitting buddy sent me the link to this great animation the other day. Now I thought I was an obsessed knitter....


4 comments:

handknit168 said...

Buying yarns for a knitter is a happy thing.

Kodachrome Knits said...

The wool festival looks like a wonderful time, according to everyone's blogs. It's too bad I live too far away for such wooly goodness.

Your Frost Jacket is a gift, did you say? How generous of you! And I love those House Slippers that you finished recently. I might have to make a pair or two for gifts this year.

PS: Thanks for your comment on my needleroll. I apologize for not replying sooner but I, in fact, just discovered it there today. :)

Anonymous said...

I was so jealous you've been in festival...coz thats one of the thing that really chear me up.

At the moment i can only make scarf, i'm a beginner but since i was a kid i loved collecting yarns.

I think if someone has a passion with wool or yarn, i believe that we possess loads of creativity inside. It might just need to find out and develop more...

I dream loads of things to try to make..and i know if i will trully find it, it would be great achievement for me...

Beth said...

Hey! I have the same picture of that Alpaca on my blog. You must have been taking a picture at the same time as me. He even has that same piece of straw.