I’ve once again joined the ranks of the unemployed (my job contract ended) hopefully not for too long, but while I’m here I decided to take full advantage and get out into the world to visit friends that live elsewhere. This past week (weekend that turned into a week) I headed south to the Rhinebeck festival (New York Sheep and Wool festival) and tacked on some visiting in DC and NY on either end. Pretty good time and nice visiting all around, along with some awesome knitting.
I even managed to finish knitting both of the sweaters I had on the docket to wear for Rhinebeck (though I do still have to write up my pattern notes on the new cabled cardi, which is warm and wooly and I am so glad I knitted it), and could easily do a “Pi Shawl goes to Rhinebeck” post just talking about how many people asked me about the eggplant one I was wearing wrapped and scrunched around my neck as an extra layer all weekend. Now the group I was with are all planning Pi Shawl knits of their own which just delights me no end.
I’m not letting the grass grow around me for too long though – I’m home again only briefly before setting off for a week in London, where a knitter pal awaits and much tourism shall ensue. Cognitive recalibration perhaps – let’s just focus on knitting and leisure and the rest of the world will still be here when I get back.
I suppose it says something about me that when I say I “only” bought yarn for 1 sweater and 4 accessories, that was me keeping my Rhinebeck purchases a little light. (It would not be unusual for me to return with at least 3 sweaters’ worth, but since I got up close and personal with my stash recently I’m trying to at least attempt some moderation, so.) Above, these are a skein of sock yarn and a massive black-and-red skein of Kathadin from Miss Babs, and 2 turquoise skeins of Mediumweight and 1 skein of purple and green Heavyweight Socks That Rock. Together I’m planning for these to become 2 shawls, a fingerless mitt set and a regular pair of mitts. The delicious pile of oatmeal Shepherd’s Wool is a new-to-me yarn that is, I think, destined to become a cabled pullover of some kind.
All in all a good week. I even started a Portiere for myself in Briggs & Little Regal, which already has 2 sleeves and I’m starting the back. If I should be so speedy as to finish it while travelling again this coming week then I’ve got another sweater prepped and coming with me, along with a pair of socks and a pair of fingerless mitts in progress. (Travel time expands into infinite knitting time, right? I thought so.)
Whereever you are at this week, I hope you’re knitting something awesome! Catch you next time, knitter pals.