Cognitive recalibration

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.





  1. really love that sweater. i want to knit it right now!

  2. Yes, I remember that “eggplant” Pi. (I’m still thinking about that knitted edge and want to try that.) Do a selfie sometime so we can see it modeled?
    The Rhinebeck Fall colors are wonderful.
    Looking forward to seeing what you knit up with the new yarn and reading about your knitting travel tales.
    Have fun!

  3. I think you have an excellent attitude and sense of balance. Bully for you and knit on with courage and joy (as a riff on E. Zimmerman).

  4. Love the “warm and woolly” cabled cardigan and look forward to buying the pattern. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for…

  5. Shepherds wool feels lovely and works up beautifully, BUT it pills terribly and tends to self felt in underarms. Sorry to say that about a yarn produced in my home state. I would not buy it again after seeing this happen in three garments.

  6. Happy travelling and welcome to this side of the pond! I hope you’re planning to go to the V&A and the Fashion Museum’s knitting exhibition?

  7. What a lovely cardigan!! I have been meaning to visit the Rhinebeck festival for years now. I should really get there and I think you were really good

  8. twistedsticks · ·

    Beautiful cabled cardi! I love the Shepherd’s wool. I have some navy and their mill ends which is a mixture of all kinds of cool colors and stripes I am going to mix together with the navy yarn to make a unique pullover!

    Always love getting your posts.

  9. What colour B&L Regal did you choose? All the B&L heathery colours are my faves!

  10. I love all the sweaters you design, but I think this one is my very favorite!
    Have a great trip.

  11. knittedblissjc · ·

    oooh, the famous cheese plate!! Looks like you got a great yarn haul (and good for you for you on the slight reigning in, I find I still manage to acquire yarn faster than I can knit with it, so I hear you on trying to show a bit of restraint). So excited for you for your upcoming London trip- tally ho!

  12. You are really encouraging me to knit a sweater for myself. The cabling is beautiful and it looks oh so cozy.

  13. Sorry not to have bumped into you at Rhinebeck. Hope to see the cardigan with you in it sometime very soon.

  14. I love your Rhinebeck pics, especially the wide ones… it’s like being there and looking around. The new cabled cardigan is beautiful, too!

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