This week has been slipping by faster than the leaves are falling from the trees. I would swear it should only be Tuesday..... But I know it isn't true.
I did go back to the fair on Sunday just to wander around. I really wasn't planning on doing any more shopping, I just wanted to see the sheep and llamas and rabbits, and hit a few of the many booths G and I had missed. Sunday was a much quieter day, although still cold. I didn't mind the chill; I finally had an opportunity to wear sweaters to NY Sheep & Wool. On Sunday, I wore this oversized Noro cabled sweater that I knit back in 2001. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss Noro Collection. I used the pattern for "Lattice and Cable sweater in Iro" although I used Kureyon. The sweater is huge, 45 inches is the bust measurement on the smallest size and I was smaller then than I am now. The good news is that the sweater still fits, and is still way to big, although I am not sure it does all that much for me style-wise. But I love the sweater anyway so unless I make something more fitted and flattering in the same shade of Kureyon, it will probably stay in my closet for those days when you just want a huge, warm, snuggly sweater.
I really don't have anything inspiring or creative to share about Rhinebeck this year. I didn't run into anyone I know, or whose blog I read, and that did strike me as a little odd, and our knitting group didn't get together at the show either so it was just me wandering around, sans camera as usual.
I ended up with far more yarn than anticipated:
While I was at The Fold, I did look at the sock yarn, and bought one skein even though I have a box full of sock yarn. I actually have been wearing socks more this year and it has become evident that I need to knit socks again.
I hauled out my boots this fall, and bought some new ones too, and I have been wearing socks with the boots. I used to be more sensitive to the criticism that my boots were "too western" or too something or another and this year I am just wearing what I want. And what I want is boots. I replaced a pair of old engineer boots that I hadn't worn for years (decades???) which were cracked and too small, and now I need socks to wear with them. I had forgotten how much I prefer a pair of sturdy boots to tromp around in, and sturdy boots need socks. In my boots I feel firmly planted and impervious to all the sh** that falls in my path, be it at a barn or elsewhere.
We also stopped at the Windy Valley Muskox booth, where G fell in love with a sweater and a yarn and treated me to enough for a sweater. This yarn is the Majestic Blend which is only 15% qiviut, but it is quite nice with a lovely merino base. The yarn is actually a little deeper in color than it appears in this photograph, the picture on the website looks more accurate. We got 9 skeins and a pattern for a pretty little lacy pattern. I am looking forward to knitting this, but not right away, there are several things that are higher on my list.
We also both loved a beautiful deep blue in the Qiviut Royal Blend, which is much more special 50% qiviut, and 50% merino. G couldn't imagine this in the sweater pattern he liked as the yarn is a little shiny and he liked the subtlety of the matt texture of the mostly merino yarn. But he still liked this yarn and thought I should get some. We picked three skeins so I could knit a scarf and gloves from a pattern they had at the booth and I was pretty thrilled. G is pretty picky about yarns and quality, he absorbed a lot of that from his mom and growing up around the yarn business, and he is usually underwhelmed by most of what we see at the sheep and wool fesitval. It was surprising to see him this excited about anything he saw.
But wait. Did you notice that there are 4 skeins of Royal Qiviut? G purchased 3. When we got home I realized that if I got 3 more skeins there would be enough to knit a particular pattern that has been sitting at the back of my mind. The color would be perfect and the fabric would feel sinfully wonderful next to my skin. My first stop on Sunday was to go back to Windy Valley Muskox to see if they still had some of this blue yarn. They did. It was mine.
Then I just wandered about a bit without any intentions to buy more. And yet, I happened to stumble on a couple of other things. I have vague plans for all these yarns but I shall leave the details for whenever they actually appear in a project.
Remember that Gedifra Highland Alpaca that was supposed to arrive Tuesday? It just arrived. I guess I am not the only one who has misplaced part of this week. Must go knit. I have projects to finish.