I'm still on a post Rhinebeck high. The week unrolled in same vibe. Oh to re-skein the last 8 days or so and do them again when things get dull and drudgy. Good work, good friends, good knitting, sheep. Go look, more farm life on my photography blog.
On Monday, with the weekend still glowing, I sent my just-barely finished Retro Baby Smock off as a gift for a very pregnant teacher. Quickie photos at dawn don't do it justice. Sarah, who I met in Minnesota last year, designed this sweet pattern. Knit side to side, using short row shaping. Quick, fun, clever. Mine was knit in GGH Merino Soft, color 98 , a smoky lavendar. Or as my 16 yo fashion critic said, as he carried it to school to bestow it, "a looming kind of purple...its not a very cheery baby color...".
The teacher, who'd confided in me she hates bright pink, was thrilled. For the record.
Hot tip: this is fab yarn: superwash but soft and springy, in colors just tertiary enough. There's some left on sale at my LYS . Just saying.
Kay's visit coverage via Hipstamatic
On Tuesday, Kay came for a whirlwind visit. Is there anything better than a good friend, Pepes apizza & beer mid afternoon? Why, yes there is: sharing her with your knitting posse. Her full report, over at Mason Dixon Knitting. If only Ann could have made it. While we yucked it up, I imagined her Tennessee garret, solo, quill in hand, novelizing. Also? I think she's wearing a sweepy dress with a fuzzy lace shawl in that vision, existing on absinthe and pimiento cheese tea sandwiches.
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For those inquiring about the patterns in the noisy Make Mine Local slideshow two posts ago, they are all indie patterns, some unreleased. In true DIY style, the fashion show was spirited, creative, inspiring but not so well-documented. Which is to say I never received complete contact info coordinated with the designs. Try inquiring of the host, the Common Cod Fiber Guild. At least I know the skirts, the fabulous stripey-armed sweater and the peachy bright foofy coat at the end are all from Yarn in the Farms, available from that pattern page link. The opening little red jacket is by Ann Weaver of WeaverKnits.