I’m still working on my daughter’s cowl and there has been just a bit of progress with that. I’ve been working on the clockwork shawl that I started a while back and almost finished with the first section. The big news though is I went to Arrow Acres today and Leanne’s sister Liz was there who spins. I’ve been wanting to learn to spin for a while and even bought some roving at Rhinebeck. Today Liz took out her wheel (a beautiful Ashford Traveler) and gave me a little lesson and let me practice with some roving. Let’s just say I’m hooked! I’ve been scouring the Internet looking at wheels.
Rhinebeck was absolutely amazing! The weather was perfect for a wool festival. There was a bit of chill in the air so everyone was wearing their handmade knits. This year my friend Amy and her daughter joined us. Of course everyone loved the animals and once again no one could move away from the angora rabbits. Just walking through all the barns gave me so much inspiration. Even the gorgeous trees gave me color inspiration. I’ve decided that I want to learn how to spin and bought some roving from Gale’s Art that I couldn’t resist. I just loved the colors. The highlight of my time there was meeting Amy Beth (aka The Fat Squirrel). I love her podcast and she makes me laugh so much. I began knitting when I needed to take a family leave for my daughter who has a mental illness. It was something that I could do while I sat next to her when she was homebound from school. Leanne Coppola from Arrow Acres told me about Amy Beth’s podcast and I’ve been hooked ever since. It is nice to laugh even when times are tough. She was so gracious and let me take a picture with her. Speaking of my daughter, I started a cowl for her. She chose the yarn because it changes color and each ball has a similar colors, but the order in which they are arranged is different. It’s enjoyable to see which color appears next. I also have some pictures of other goodies that I bought.
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The trees are always so beautiful.
Gabe and me.
The baskets are always a big hit.
Bailey and I trying to decide which basket color and shape we wanted.
Bailey and I couldn’t resist buying a basket.
The kids and I waiting in the falafel line.
The angora rabbits.
The falafels taste so good. My son looks thrilled.
The hubby and I.
My Miss Babs purchase. On the left is a skein of Yowza in the colorway Berlin and to the left is a gradient set in the colorway Silver Fern.
I won a skein of Owool in a summer kal and I loved it so I bought some more. The colorways are Brook Trout, Barn Owl, and Porcupine.
The roving didn’t have a colorway color, but it’s 100% BFL. I also bought a sock blank in the colorway Christmas Tree.
The cowl for my daughter. The pattern is the Outlander Cowl by Andee Fagan and the yarn is Jojoland in color way RS74.
The countdown to Rhinebeck is on. Last year was the first time that I had gone and I was completely overwhelmed. This year I have a few vendors that I would like to go to, but I really just want to enjoy my time there. The drive to Rhinebeck is absolutely beautiful. Since I live at the beach, it is so nice to see mountains where the trees are in full color. My kids and husband love all the animals and they are hoping the falafel truck is there again for lunch. I finished my fall shawl from the Miss Babs Knitting Tour just in time to wear it. I just need to block it first. I finally started to read the new Taproot that I received a month ago. Time has just been flying around here.
This is truly my favorite season. It is still warm enough to be outside with either a t-shirt or sweatshirt on and there is still a lot of sunshine. At night, it’s cool enough to have some tea and curl up by the fireplace and knit. I am still working on my Trailing Ivy shawl. It’s coming along nicely. I even went to the alpaca farm (Arrow Acres) to knit outside with some other knitting ladies. We always have so much fun and the scenery is beautiful. One of the little alpacas (only a year old) was being harness trained and she is such a sweetie. I also finished the sweater for my niece in time for her birthday. My daughter has also asked me to make her a cowl for the winter. During a summer sale at our LYS, she picked out yarn that changes color every few yards. It’s like self-striping sock yarn, but in a DK weight. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. We are also getting ready to go to Rhinebeck! My kids love all the animals and naturally I love all the yarn. Happy Knitting! Joining Ginny!