Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I am trying to train for Rhinebeck. Last year , I came home with a bottle of cranberry wine. Period. Full stop. In a year that had me at 5 fabulous fiber festivals - I know! weep for me! professional duties!- I purchased all of 2 skeins of yarn and a handful of mohair locks. Total.

1009fanvar307So when my friend Shelly asked me to meet her at an alpaca farm shop near her house yesterday, I thought it'd be good for me. I was missing my friends at Victory Ranch, and my visit there last October.
Bozrah CT is no match for the mountains of New Mexico. But still, not so bad on a fall day.

The alpaca were predictably adorable. Six Paca Farm has a coffee shop in its farmhouse shop too. In training for my pledge to be decisive and acquire some yarn this weekend at the NY Sheep & Wool hooha, I forced myself to practice.

Look , a skein of tealish, overdyed brown alpaca. Sportweight. 160 yards. Lovely! But what will I do with it? One skein. Why?

I am not meant to be a stasher. Instead of working later today, I just know I am going to dig around and see if any of my alpaca leftovers might be similar enough in weight to knit a stripey Felicity hat. Or I'm going to do what I began at 6 am: go through every freakin' sport weight alpaca project on Ravelry, in search of the right one.

Note to self: make shopping list before Saturday with quantities/projects . Or else, stick to the wine.

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Blogger Carole Knits said...

I'd be happy to help you shop at Rhinebeck. Just a little service I offer for my friends.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

Thirteen mile - you must have some-- would be nice with that I'm sure. Or, you'll just have to buy some other yarn at Rhinebeck to help it along.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Oh come on, Gale! You could make a very nice scarflette or skinny scarf with that teal's gorgeous.

Just keep in mind how many yards/oz. you need for a full-on sweater. Buy, Buy, Buy! I need about 1200 yards. You can really find faboo bargains at the festivals. Have a GREAT time!

7:49 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

or you could make a hat, fingerless mitts or that new "Pretty Thing" cowl...

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Cathy R said...

Ah, alpacas. They are just so. Photogenic.

I'm with Ellen - use your beautiful yarn to make a skinny scarf. So warm for the winter.

Good luck at Rheinbeck. I'm sure you will manage to perservere and buy yarn.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Turtle said...

i miss those perfect new england days!! hey, thanks for the camera info. Doing some research now!!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

Homespun Handknits has a lot of great projects for small amounts of yarn.. you could buy the book at Rhinebeck! I agree about making a list.. did very well at a festival a few years back that way. I made a list of projects I wanted to make soon, and quantities needed so I would remember the right amount.

You could always send me the alpaca... I love the color combo.

1:09 PM  

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