As if this was ever a zero sum game

Today I finalized my travel plans for heading to Rhinebeck, aka the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. It’s going to be fabulous, and not only do I get to visit the fairgrounds and eat delicious food and buy a bunch of yarn, I get to stay with a bunch of awesome knitter friends while I’m there. There is also every likelihood of crossing paths with almost every other knitter in the nearest 1000-mile radius, or so it often seems at the peak of Saturday afternoon at the fair! So many people to see, so many things to potentially buy. Busy weekend, but always awesome.

I usually come away from Rhinebeck with yarn for a couple of sweaters and a few pairs of socks. There’s plenty of that yarn that hasn’t been knitted yet, though, let’s face it – the sock yarn gets worked up pretty quickly but I have just a terrible (or perhaps not so terrible, you decide) habit of letting sweater quantities of yarn sit there until the right opportunity presents itself. Sometimes I know exactly what I want it to be but most of the time at Rhinebeck I just try to get a quantity of yarn that I like (and that I’m not likely to find as easily at home), and then decide later.


Over the last 3 years, I’ve purchased sweater amounts every single time from Miss Babs’ booth in the Yowza Whatta Skein light worsted weight superwash wool (so named for it’s big yardage). I love the colours, and 3 skeins will do me a sweater with room to spare, and it’s pretty easy to walk away with an armload of it without even thinking of it.

So I finally decided to get on that and knit myself up at least 1 sweater’s worth of it before heading to Rhinebeck anew this year. It’s a deep dark red called ‘Catherine’ that I’m knitting up into a 2nd Northside Pullover for me. I wore my original Northside pullover so much last year during the long winter that I have been wanting another one ever since. I’m hoping to finish it to wear at the festival this year as well, as a deadline to make sure I’ve got it ready to go in my wardrobe before the fall and winter season is in full force. (If it’s going to be another winter like last year, no sense in going in unprepared, right?)

What sweater(s?) are on your needles right now? If you’re in the northern hemisphere like me, you’ve got many months ahead to choose one to knit!

Happy Thursday, knitter friends!




  1. Oh, that yarn looks so beautiful! I love that color. I wish I was able to go to Rhinebeck – someday!

    I have the yarn for two sweaters waiting patiently for me to stop knitting socks and hats and shawls. I hope to get on one of them at least before Thanksgiving, as you say we have a cold winter ahead of us, and lots of time to wear our sweaters.

  2. I’m working the cuff to cuff sweater by Red Heart yarn

  3. Adriana van Breda · ·

    With cooler weather coming to the
    Washington DC area as well, I was inspired by the Northside pullover and added it to my list. Safe journey to Rhinebeck. That is a beautiful part of NY state.

  4. What a beautiful colour of yarn. I too wish I could go to Rhinebeck. Maybe someday. I just finished a pair of fingerless mitts made with berocco vintage. It is a gorgeous blue. I have a few more pairs to make, and then I will try to get back to finishing off the sleeves of my cardigan, made in northern chunky. It’s a nice burgundy colour. I must say, I’m not looking forward to another winter, like the last, in Northern Ontario. Have fun in Rhinebeck and buy lots.

  5. Beautiful yarn. I have one sweater 2/3rds finished but have ended up with a problem/question I can’t figure out on pattern. I need to go to the yarn shop where I purchased it to get some help, otherwise it will sit there another couple months. And I have all the yarn, pattern ready to go for a longer and heavier sweater with a big collar on it. Oh what to do, finish the one I already started or start a new one???? Who doesn’t have 2-4 projects going all at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a gorgeous color, Glenna. You know, I just looked up where you live – right near Lake Ontario. No wonder you need lots of warm woolies. I lived just outside Rochester, NY years ago and, wow, did the winds off Lake Ontario dump the white stuff down our way. I always wore silk long johns underneath wool sweaters and wool slacks, underneath a wool coat, underneath a wool scarf, hat, gloves, boots. I still love my wool sweaters – just without all the extra layers of clothing (thank goodness).
    Knit on!

  7. i’ve got a funky grandpa on the needles…..wish the weather would cool; I’d probably be more excited about finishing it!!!!

  8. My friends and I leave four weeks from today to begin our Rhinebeck Getaway!
    Working on Tapestry, a ‘Return to Rhinebeck’ handspun shawl is waiting to be blocked and (finger’s crossed) a Philosopher’s sweater to show off some colourwork, are all on the short list of must be packed for Rhinebeck. Oh! And we’re going to work on a little mystery KAL to commemorate our road trip.
    I love knitting! Hope to see you there. šŸ™‚

  9. I am in the middle of my first Northside Pullover in Tanis Fiber Arts! Love this pattern! so easy to remember and it is going quickly. This will be my first sweater knit in pieces and then assembled. Fun!

  10. I love the train ride along the Hudson. ! Have you been to the Olona mansion ? It’s a must !

  11. oh I so wish I was in the Northern Hemisphere!!! it sounds fantastic. Go girl!!! buy up big!!!!!

  12. Im knitting the Triangle Pose. A modular piece in a lovely wool

  13. That yarn is so luminously luscious. I love that shade of red. I have a sweater quantity of Malabrigo Worsted (it will pill, but I will love it any way) in Continental Blue, but it’s still thinking. I have a Honey cardigan in deep red that I abandoned last spring, but it’s the right time to revive it. And I’m designing a shawl, and knitting swatches for a slip stitch color design class I’m teaching this fall. Have fun at Rhinebeck!

  14. I suppose it’s easier to use the sock amounts because there’s less cost and time involved in knitting socks or a hat or similar, whereas a jumper (sweater) is a big investment. I’m part way up the back of Locke St cardigan and loving it, lots of knitterly detail.

  15. Gotta love some Ms. Babs! See you there!

  16. twistedsticks · ·

    That deep red is gorgeous. I need to start a sweater but I keep knitting hats and headbands!

  17. I just finished a pair of socks in Miss Babs Yummy (Perfectly Wreckless is the colorway, has all the intense colors of the flower fields in France to my eye), and couldn’t resist buying a sweaters quantity of Tarte (color is Franklin, a rich blue) to knit Caroline, a fingering weight sweater you can find on Ravelry. While I wait for my yarn to arrive, I’m knitting a quickie in Rowan Big Wool (Jitterbug from their new Big Wool book) because I’m in a serious sweater knitting mood.

    Must be the imminent official beginning of fall, since it is still quite warm (80degrees Fahrenheit for the coming week).

  18. I’m going again too and hope to get there in time for the Rav meetup!

  19. Climbing Vines Pullover, by Joelle Meier Rioux, and Spoked Cardigan, by Carol Feller. The first one is in KnitPicks Hollyberry (in an odd coincidence, also a deep rich red!), and the second is in Noro Kureyon. I don’t have a ball band for that one handy, but it goes from deepest emerald to bright jade to light jade to lime to olive. The yarn is so gorgeous that I keep the project bag open, just to look at the yarn šŸ˜€

  20. This is such a pretty yarn and colour! Love it! I’m currently knitting a thin wool sweater, Ravello by Isabell Kraemer. It’s in Holst supersoft and it really is supersoft! First time knitting a sweater to-down, so quite excited about how it’s turning out.

  21. What a gorgeous color! I wish I could go to Rhinebeck again this year but I will wait for next (hopefully). I’ve got 2 sweaters on the needles right now and another sweater quantity winging its way to me as I type! Two of my own design (I’m counting all 3 even though only 2 are currently cast on) and the other is the Pintuck Cardigan by Bristol Ivy šŸ™‚

  22. What a great idea! I always buy small amounts of yarn when I travel, and I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who sometimes lets them marinate in the stash a while!

  23. I have 2 sleeves, 2 backs and the first front for Carrie’s wrap from Sally Melville’s knitting pattern essentials. One more front and a long, slow slog through a shawl collar to go. I am knitting it in the Lion Brand fisherman yarn. It is that natural brown sheep color. I am getting more and more excited, because I think I will wear and wear it.

  24. I might be going to Rhinebeck, too! But I might not be. My best friend, that I’ve gone with every time, isn’t returning my calls and I don’t know if I can go without her šŸ˜¦

  25. Sad. I live 1001 miles from there.

  26. I am knitting my first sweater right now; a Tomten jacket for my baby niece. I am looking at the Elsie pattern by Deb Hoss next for myself. Happy knitting to all!

  27. I’m still working on my summer knit. LOL!
    Your knit looks lovely! I love the color!

  28. Still slogging along on a sweater I’ve been working on for a *very* long time, but my excuse is that I really don’t get a lot of knitting time. I have completed some socks in the meanwhile, but this sweater… Man! The recent cool weather has me wanting to cast on for All The Sweaters, though. (Needless to say, I have several of your patterns in my favorites, and they are Right Up There in the list of things I want to make NAOW.) Contemplating my first cables or lace somewhere along the line — I have a sweater’s worth of lovely grey wool that will fill a hole in my wardrobe. I really want to get this other one done first, though. It’s a side to side construction, and I’m a bit nervous about fit. :/ It’s a lovely medium dark blue with hints of green and purple in it, so it should be versatile for me. I’m drooling over that dark red in your photo, though.

  29. I have a super simple bulky knit OTN, only the sleeves and neck rib to go. No seams! Pics in Ravelry (writeknit). Love your color choice and the beautiful stitches of your sweater.

  30. Lovely deep red colour and I love the name of the yarn! I’m finally on the sweater wagon and I can see myself stocking up on sweater quantities of yarn from now on!!

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  33. Anastasija · ·

    Hi, I have just found your blog through Down to Earth blog, very inspiring, made me feel like knitting again. Just a quick note, I found a really cool camel wool yarn from one of the conservation websites – looks really cool and I was just about to order it, so just want to share the link with other readers . I plan to knit some socks for my family as a Christmas gifts, but anything should look lovely with this yarn, and the good point – it supports conservation efforts as well.

  34. Hi I found your blog through you ravelry pattern . I would love to purchase it but the link to purchase no longer works. Is there another way to purchase it? Thank you.

  35. Hey there, I wish I had your determination. My knitting projects seem to get put aside when I’m not on top of the world. I hope you have a great time.

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