Friday, October 21, 2016

Rhinebeck (week 120)

Where were you last weekend?

I hope you had a chance to spent time at the Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY

I didn't go to the actual festival this year, but there was plenty of fun to be had at the Knitting Garage in Rhinebeck and at Jill Draper's in Kingston.
Let me share some picture :)

My Milton Shawl was finished just in time to display before the festival started
Lots of fun events at The Knitting Garage.

The store is ready set up and full of great yarns...

...launching The Knitting Garage Yarn (hand-dyed by Leah) .


Great sales attracted the crowds.
And a VIP appearance of Stephen West and Malia "Penelope" Mae

Stephen was a good sport letting us take selfies :)

And would you believe it:  All along I was working on my "Doodler" by Stephen West
One customer even brought her cat.

Then on to Jill Draper's even in Kingston (do you see who else is there?!).

This pattern caught my eye (the sweater has side seam pockets!!)
GREAT QUOTE (another one of Jill Draper's creations)!
The raffle drawing on Sunday morning.

The happy winner.

It seems like the fun never ends at The Knitting Garage.  Here is Julibeth with Amy from Pom Pom (one of my favorite magazines).

Friday, October 7, 2016

Socks (week #119)

Both pairs are finished !!

 and I am ready to wear mine next week in Rhinebeck :)

I think there is a little secret to how I was able to finish these so quickly; well, actually two:
  1. By now I know my preferred way of knitting socks so well that I no longer need to consult my notes. Hint:  If you want to get to that point, too?  Take one of my sock knitting classes.
  2. By adding a stitch pattern for interest, I was not thinking along lines of  "one more row", but rather "one more repeat" which in the case of these socks translates into 8-16 rows (for the dancing cables pattern) and 4-8 rows (for the twice broken rib pattern).  So, I truly got moving in leaps and bounds.
Tony's socks
For more information on these socks, click on the link below the pictures for my notes on ravelry.

My socks

Friday, September 23, 2016

Lake Winnepesauke, NH (post #118)

view from our bedroom
When my husband and I were looking for a place to escape to for some much needed r&r, we decided on New Hapshire.  After all it is one of our neighboring states and I had never been there.  We found the perfect place, too, with a great view of Lake Winnepesauke and the most friendly host, Sherri.
I think I have fallen in love with the state.  Such beautiful nature and the people seem relaxed and friendly, "on Lake time".  It does not hurt, too, that this state is tax free!!  The state motto caught my curiosity, too, "Live Free or Die", and I will look into that more.
As always I looked for the closest yarn shops and found not one but two lovely local yarn shops! Make sure to click on all the links I am providing for more information :)

Patternworks in Central Harbor 

A huge shop..
..with its separate yarn area

and such warm welcome!
was recommended by our Airbnb host, Sherri.  She is a quilter or rather as she puts it " theory I quilt, but in practice I buy fabric for quilting!  It's a terrible habit..."  Well, I liked her honesty about accumulating stash; we all know about that!
This is a huge shop with room after room of yarns.
The two ladies who were working there at the time were extra helpful and I talked in length with Kali about Rhinebeck (Sheep and Wool Festival) and my recent interview with Kristi and also her knitting podcast which I highly recommend you check out :  Winnipesauke Woollens.  She is KSMKnits on ravelry.  The better part of our time however we talked about fishing spots for my husband to try.  Kali just got married last year and knows a lot of good spots through her husband and father in law.
I ended up buying a simple cotton yarn in fingering weight from Holland which will be perfect for a recently queued vest by Petra Breakstone ELLO





My yarn for the ELLO and another cable for my interchangeable set    ( I seem to never have enough)

Lamb's Ear Yarns in Gilford  

is a yarn shop I found through google and a great find at that!  This shop is just off Rte 3 on Lily Pond Road, it looks very quaint  from the outside, once you step inside you are amazed at the variety of yarns Sue offers.  Also, she expertly answers any questions and helps you with any quests (including where to eat) and takes her time with you ;she must run on "Lake time".  Sue is the sole person behind Lamb's ear, she owns and runs the shop and makes all of the store samples.  She does work with Donna Kay who offers classes here. Some of you may know Donna from her classes at the NY State Sheep and Wool festival.  Her next retreat for Lamb's Ear will be November 12-15.  Check out the Lamb's Ear Yarns website for more information. I asked Sue for a cotton blend yarn for Tony's next pair of socks, as there will always be a next pair and ended up with two balls of Summer Sox by Classic Elite Yarns and some Beatrix Potter Collection buttons which I could not resist. These buttons are being discontinued, so better hurry if you want some.


I was not the only one browsing the store.


Beautiful yarn, buttons and an extra goodie, a free ruler (can't have enough of those, either).

And if you want something to snack on while knitting, you don't have to look far either...

  • Kellerhaus

    This shop reminded me of Krause's in Saugerties and more recently in Rhinebeck with its large variety of homemade chocolates and candies, but there is a lot more; pottery, jewellery and other gifts galore.


  • Picnic Rock Farms  

    by the time I took the picture I had already eaten half of the plums

    This is your friendly farm stand on Rte 3 between Laconia and Merredith.  Great fruit and cakes.  You gotta try their baked goods baked daily and sooo good!


    And this is how far I got on the two pairs of socks I was working on

    One pair for Tony

    and one pair for me

    ALWAYS knitting

Friday, September 9, 2016

Talking with the amazing Kristy Glass (post #117)

So, Kristy Glass came back to The Knitting Garage and interviewed ...ME! it is:

What do you think?  You can leave comments either directly on youtube or here.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

About my Current Classes and getting ready for Fall (# 116)

Classic Sock

One inside the other

When I put together a class schedule for this Fall, I overlooked how busy a time this is for many of you.  End of August/ beginning of September, Summer winding down and getting children ready to go back to school...I was too focused on having the classes end before the Sheep & Wool Festival in October.
So I sheepishly want to apologize...

But here is an idea:  If you are interested in one or more of the three sock knitting classes, you may want to get started on your own and take a private lesson with me when you get to a particularly difficult section in your knitting (Judy's magic cast on, turning the heel, stretchy bind off...).  
Any private lessons based on these classes will be 10% off until October 12.

I am always more than happy to help and this is true for any project you want to tackle this Fall.  Remember the Sheep & Wool Festival is only SIX WEEKS away and that special piece you want to wear should get started soon :)

  • On another note:  Did you all enjoy the video I posted the other week?  
Well, Leah was not the only one Kristy interviewed at The Knitting Garage and I am planning on posting another video soon.  
Stay tuned :)