Rhinebeck! Sunday! Come hear Joan Tapper & me share our adventures dropping in at fiber farms across the US, collecting original patterns from generous designers at the farms, and putting together our book Shear Spirit , at the authors tent on Sunday , 2:30-3:30. The title: "Sheep, Alpaca and Yaks: Oh MY! " . We'll also be signing books and generally hanging around from 10-noon at Nanney Kennedy's Seacolors Booth, 26V. A rare chance to meet us both at the same time. Come getchyer tattoos.
So..about that knitting...
Modeling thanks to Julie & Lulu at a picnic last weekend. In the background you'd hear 'oh no. Don't . She'll put it on the blog. You know she's going to show you on the blog, right?'
yarn: Handspun alpaca from Victory Ranch, a heavy worsted weight, approx 230-250 yards of a blended fawn fleece, natural variations from a rosy tan through offwhite, resulting in the gentle striping in 2 places
pattern: Aibhlinn from Knitty winter 04
needles: size US9
modifications: heavier yarn than the pattern called required some adjusting for gauge. I cast on 95 stitches to start with, for about the same circumference as the pattern's 143. I knit until it was about 18" long, then did the final bobbles,enough for lots of drape and allows me to make it into a hood without exposing my neck in back. The beauty is, you can try it on as you go.
I admit it, I am a zealous new convert to the cowl. Before, I thought.. cowls? a knit for those too lazy to scarf, and bobbles were, well, too silly. I dissed them as the clotted cousins of the pompom. No more! I embrace the bobble. I adore the garment. It was a wonderful travel project. Interesting but not all consuming, knitting most of it in the car around New Mexico (Joan:" It's not that you knit that fast. You just knit...a lot".) and while sitting around
Speaking of holiday knitting, I dove in with some Lumpy Bumpy I've had since the old Hopyard Spinnery farm sale days. She has real stores now so that barn craziness is history. I can't decide if I like this or not. Jury also undecided at SnB last night. Possibly they all thought it was butt ugly and were too nice to say so. I guess I'll know when its blocked . It's for a college aged niece who loves these colors, I'm just not sure how she stands on worms. Pattern here.