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I Didn’t Go To Rhinebeck, But…

Lynette:   I’ll start by saying that once you’ve experienced Rhinebeck, you’ll want to go every year.  With that being said, I couldn’t go this year, but still wanted the wonderful experience. Seeing beautiful foliage, leaves crunching, meeting other fiber enthusiasts wearing their Rhinebeck sweaters and buying yarn. Here are my pictures from Rhinebeck 2012, and I called it that because I knew there’d be a Rhinebeck 2013.  Ahhh, oh well.

Instead, a few friends and I went to The Fold.  Toni was at Rhinebeck (and so was all the Socks that Rock yarn), but her husband was very helpful.  Monica mentioned to me that Eric,  their German Shepherd, had died and they’d gotten a new dog.  I wasn’t prepared to meet Eric’s ghost.  His name is Storm, and he was a wonderful host.  I almost forgot why I trekked to the store.
meeting storm      me and storm

On this trip, I went with fresh eyes since I began spinning.  I wanted fiber.  Their wheels, drop spindles and fiber were all so great.  I was a bit overwhelmed seeing all the goodies in person, but was pretty good and happy with what I walked away with.

wheels and fiber     wall of color fiber

I bought 2lbs of Merino to one day spin up for a sweater.  I also bought a 4oz braid of Malabrigo Nube.  The colorway looked great.

my haul from the fold

I also bought a skein of Donegal Tweed to make a newsboy hat.  If you know my history with these hats you’d think I’d have hundreds at home, but I only have one.  Lastly I bought yarn called Tahki Charly to make the He Said She Said hat/cowl set by Bonne Marie Burns.  There was a sample hat in the store, and when I tried it on, it fit over my big curly hair.  Score!

We ended the day at Cracker Barrel eating and reminiscing because we did go to Rhinebeck last year, but decided that a day at The Fold was just as nice.  And I got to meet Storm.  He wouldn’t fit in my bag, but he did follow me to the car.   🙂

 

Taxi, please!

First Pair of Toe-Up Socks
Pattern:  Wendy’s Toe-Up Socks
Yarn:      Crown Mountain Farm Sock Hop (in discontinued Yellow Taxi Cab colorway)
Needle:   Size 2s KP

Lynette:  I’ve been wanting to learn to knit toe-up socks for quite a while now.  I bought Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe-Up a few years ago thinking I’d teach myself but was never really motivated.  I missed a class at Loopy’s last year because of work so a few of the women at my Panera group (Barb and Celeste) showed me how.  I had problems getting the hang of the cast on so I watched a YouTube video for Judy’s Magic Cast on which really helped.

sock in progress

I loved trying on my sock and watching it grow up my leg.  I used almost every bit of it.  I left just enough for darning.  Since I decided I’d use all the yarn for the sock, I used a contrast color for the ribbing.  In order for it to fit over my calf, I knit 3 inches.  For my next pair, I’ll include calf shaping. My calves are huge, and I never knit socks this long before.  For the bind off, I used JSSBO (Judy’s Super Stretchy Bind Off) technique.

This incredibly wonderful yarn is from Crown Mountain Farms.  I remember seeing this yarn early on when I began knitting, and when I finally decided to buy it, it was no longer available.  Years later, I was visiting with Karen NOT to buy yarn, I left her house with it mainly because I could name the yarn and colorway immediately when I saw it.  Thank you!

I love knitting with handspun yarn so much that I began a new hobby.  More on this in another post.  But I LOVE my socks!