23 October 2007

Rhinebeck, Year Two

[I knew David was something of a celebrity, what with being a cute, geeky, straight guy who wears kilts and knits and all, but I didn't realize he had so much power in the blogosphere until I checked my stats and found that, in the last two days, his blog has sent over three hundred visitors here. Thanks, hon! And welcome, everyone!]

Okay. Rhinebeck.

The weekend went too quickly. I wish that, like last year, I'd been able to get there Friday night and stay until Monday morning, but circumstances didn't permit, so I drove out and back both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday I took my guy and my friend Cassie, and Sunday I went on my own and hung out with David.

I'd been planning on only going on Saturday, but I didn't get to do everything I wanted to do, so I came back on Sunday and finally hooked up with some of the people I'd been wanting to see. We found Juno and Etherknitter looking at cashmere, and just a few minutes later I was spotted by Eklectika. Sunflowerfairy wore the shirt I designed for her CP shop and indulged my sweet tooth with some maple cotton candy. Most of the Sunday New Haven SnB crowd was there: Suzy, Rebecca, Emily, blogless Katie, and probably a few I've forgotten (sorry!). Edit: We also spent a little time with Mel! His kilt is verrah sexy.

I missed a bunch of people, too... I really wanted to meet CygKnit, Cheryl, SpiderWoman, and Paul, (this list keeps getting longer as I read people's blogs this morning) but our paths didn't cross. Jenny and I were going to hang out, but issues with three crappy mobile phone service providers killed that plan.

I bought a few things, actually spending less this year in spite of having a bigger budget. I picked up two US#2 bamboo circs so I can start a new lace project with some recycled yarn. As I was walking through one of the barns, this beautiful Corriedale roving called out to me and wouldn't let me walk away without it.


While I have the ability to spin it, I want to have Jenny spin it for me, since she's much better than I am.

On my first trip through Building A on Sunday, I stopped at the Brooks Farm booth and saw some Primero in a red and black colorway. I fondled it and told it that I'd probably come back for it later. By the time I came back, it was gone, but its pewter-colored cousin was eager to come home with me.


I think it's going to be a lace shawl, maybe another out of Victorian Lace Today.

Sunday was a tough day for me, with both physical and emotional pain, but I'm glad I went to the festival. How else would I have met beauties like these?

baa9 baa1 baa8

22 October 2007

Give Me A Few Days

I ended up going to Rhinebeck both days, and the weekend as a whole was nice but very emotionally draining. I got some fiber, some yarn, and some needles, all of which I'll show you when I have the time and energy to take pictures.

19 October 2007

Midnight Muse

T'was the night before Rhinebeck, and in Lilith's lair,
The poor tired knitter was pulling her hair.
So many projects to work on and show,
Which ones to bring? She just didn't know.
Two pretty tank tops, one not yet done?
That beautiful knee sock, just barely begun?
Greenery 2, almost complete?
A dark red sock, un peu trop petite?
At last, with a sigh, she picked out the best,
and crawled off to bed, a little less stressed.

See y'all there!

13 October 2007

Plotting And Scheming

Holy carp! I've been to two SnB gatherings in the last week! I've also re-started an old project (one of the secret ones I might end up selling to Knitty), done a few rows of Greenery v.2, and started planning what to make for my family for the holidays. I think Cool Uncle is going to get boot socks (since he snowboards and skis), but I have no idea what to make for the rest of the family.

I'm trying to decide how much money to bring to Rhinebeck. I really don't have space at home for much stash expansion, but if I fall in love with a hank of something, I want to be able to grab it without hitting an ATM. Thoughts?

07 October 2007


The Bleus beat the All Blacks by two. bloody. points.


England beat the Wallabies by two points, too... another surprise. If the Springboks don't win, I think I'm going to have to jump off a bridge.

At least NZ gets to host the next cup (2011).

[Update: The Springboks won their game against Fiji, so they'll be up against Argentina in the semi-finals next weekend.]