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My first Rhinebeck!

Warning: Long post with lots of pictures ahead!!

My first Rhinebeck experience was AMAZING. If I had to describe it in just one word I would use the word “Community”. As much as the sights, sounds, food, yarn, and everything else was wonderful, it was the PEOPLE who made my Rhinebeck phenomenal. So many lovely people all in one place. The love and joy was palpable in the air.

So, I drove up partway on Tuesday night and stayed with a friend, then drove the rest of the way Wednesday. My AirBnB was simply the quaintest spot ever. A 1750s house with a private room with bath attached. And sheep just outside the window, too.

My room key. πŸ™‚

My classes were all day Thursday and Friday. (All 4 of them sold out, I was blown away!) I really lucked out and my classroom was inside in the Foster’s building – which was really nice on the Thursday when it was so wet and rainy.

On Thursday I taught Double Knitting and then Mosaic Knitting. My students were fantastic.

 

 

 

On Friday I taught A Sampling of Short Rows and Estonian Decorative Stitches. Again, my students were fantastic. (I forgot to take a picture of my short row class, oops.)

Friday night I splurged and had dinner alone at Reginato Ristorante on the other side of the river closer to my BnB. The food was so good. It’s a lovely spot. I felt a little out of place among all the romantic couples dining, but my waitress took good care of me and I had a wonderful meal.

Saturday was the festival. I only had one day to take it in, since I needed to drive back home to NC on Sunday in order to be home for Monday. Let me tell you, I had heard that the festival is huge. I had NO IDEA. Wow. Huge is an understatement. You need two days to see everything, really. I was wishing I could stay another day. I met so many wonderful people, and ran into so many of my students – who now all felt like good friends. (A bonus benefit of having taught leading up to Saturday!) I got such lovely feedback and compliments from my students, they really made me feel special. ❀

My Saturday outfit: Rhinebeck sweater vest and vintage style blouse and jeans and boots.

I met Kristy Glass for the first time (she’s so sweet!) and she filmed me for her Rhinebeck sweater video – and even gave me a prize! How cool is that!?

Kristy Glass
Prize from Kristy!

I accosted Stephanie Pearl-McPhee for a photo, I met my vintage knitter crush, Sydney, and got a photo with her, and ran into Alison and Julia and got photos with them to! (We’re totally plotting a pre-planned vintage girl meetup for next time!) And I ran into a student from my Estonian lace class at Galina’s booth, and saw her Orenburg shawl (so gorgeous!!)

I tried to wait in line for cider donuts, but couldn’t do the long line – so I got an apple crisp instead. I had a lovely corned beef rueben for lunch, got some hot apple cider, and bought way more wares than I planned to. (But I have no regrets!)

Yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co Rhinebeck colorway and White Birch self-striping sock in colorway “Nothing Says Screw You like a Rainbow”.

Buttons from Dusty’s Vintage Buttons (I love Michelle! Have to buy buttons from her whenever I see she is vending!)

Shearling slippers from Shepherd’s Flock, since I heard his stuff was wonderful, and he was retiring on Sunday after the show and was selling out. I snagged the next to last pair of Women’s slippers in my size.

And of course, festival souvenirs. (I was smart and pre-ordered these! The line for the souvenir tent never got short on Saturday!! It was a sight to see.)

I also watched some of the herding dog demo, and the agility course dogs too. And I saw lots of cute animals!

I drove partway home on Saturday night (that was an adventure, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen.) And came the rest of the way home on Sunday. And now I’m prepping to leave tomorrow for SAFF to teach for 4 straight days. Whew.

I will be back to Rhinebeck – hopefully as a teacher again (I do so love teaching knitters!), but if not, certainly as a participant. It was an amazing experience.

Until next time (probably this time next week with a SAFF recap!), Happy Knitting!!

 

Designing, Teaching, Updates

Checking In!

Hello all!

So sorry it’s been so long – a lot has happened, and I’ve been super busy! But I’ve reached a bit of a breather in my schedule (albeit not a very long one) so I figured I should post to catch you up!

If you remember, I told you all about our house selling and buying in my last post. Well, we bought our new house at the beginning of August, and sold our old house a couple of days later, and basically it has been chaos ever since! It’s only just now settling down – although I still have boxes upon boxes in my bedroom, but the kitchen is unpacked, and the living room is being decorated, so at least we can “live” in the house a bit. (And we are loving it!)

And at the same time I had more deadline knitting for Cast On (look for the Stitch Anatomy article and two patterns from me, plus the ‘On Your Way to the Masters’ article in the upcoming issue) – and I have stacks of Master Knitting submissions to review as well (I apologize profusely for the delay in reviewing your work if I am your Co-Chair!) Basically, it’s been a whirlwind couple of months.

So, on to what’s happening now!

Rhinebeck is in just a couple short weeks!! All four of my classes are sold out – how crazy is that!!?? I’m beyond excited. If you are signed up for one of my classes, look for an email from me later today! I’m looking forward to meeting new folks, and experiencing my first Rhinebeck, too.

SAFF registration is still going strong! There is still space in all of my classes as of the last update I received, but a few of my classes are filling up fast, so don’t wait if there’s a particular class you had your eye on! I’m teaching 9 classes in all: the workshops are all listed here.

Also, registration for Kanuga is open now! I’ll be teaching cables — with my Harmonious Echo sweater as the project, or a cowl instead if you don’t want to knit the whole sweater. Come join us at this wonderful retreat!

Now that my deadline knitting has died down for the time being, I have picked back up my Rhinebeck sweater vest! I just bound off the back neck a day or two ago, and am almost done with the body. Next it will be time to cut the steeks (I’ll try to film a video when I do – watch Instagram and/or Youtube for that) and do the neckline and armholes. Fingers crossed I actually have it done in time to wear at Rhinebeck! (I have a swing skirt and a 40s style blouse to wear with it already!)

I’m writing the pattern up and have it almost complete as well, I just have to figure out the charts for the neckline/armhole – it’s a bit tricky with like 10+ sizes and all different decrease rates. I’ll be getting it tech edited and then put out a call for test knitters – but most likely not until after Rhinebeck and SAFF are over!

Oh! And I’ve filmed a few videos that have been posted on YouTube – they go along with my articles that will be published in the upcoming Cast On, but you can view them now. One each on the Chinese Waitress CO and BO, and a couple videos of my tips for entrelac knitting – one on picking up stitches and one on color peek. I hope they are helpful!

So, whew! That was a long update! I’ll post periodically from Rhinebeck on Instagram (be sure to follow me there!) and I will be sure to post a recap here when I’m back!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

 

Designing, FO Posts, Teaching, WiP Posts

FO Friday 7/19/19

Are you registered for Rhinebeck yet? Better hurry up, since lots of classes are already sold out! As of today there is one seat left in my Mosaic Knitting class, and three seats left in my Estonian Decorative Stitches class – my other two classes are sold out!

Registration for SAFF has started as well – I have 9 classes available! Go here to register. (Wow, I’m going to have a busy Fall!)

Will I see you at one or the other Festival?? I look forward to it!

I’ve finished up my current deadline design knitting – look for a new article and a fun pattern from me in the upcoming issue of Cast On magazine. It’s always a relief to have deadline work done (and in time too, lol.)

Guess what! I have a couple Finished Objects to show you today!

I finished my Wonder Woman shawl! Woo Hoo! It still needs to be blocked and the tails woven in, but I’m calling it done.

Pattern:Β Wonder Woman Wrap by Carissa Browning
Yarn:Β Malabrigo Yarn Sock in Ravelry Red, Matisse Blue, and Black. Yellow is Wooly Wonka Rhiannon in color Brocade.
Needles:Β (I don’t remember – I think the needle size called for in the pattern.)
Size: Unblocked, it is about 13 inches deep and 56 inches wide. I anticipate it growing a good bit when I block it.
Started: April 27, 2019
Finished: July 10(ish) 2019
Modifications: I worked the large size, and worked the first two rows of the first yellow block in black. I did the center stripes in black, and worked the last two rows of the final yellow block in black. I worked a few extra rows at the top, maintaining the increases (just because I had lots of yarn left, and I wanted the top block a bit deeper.)

I’m really happy with it, and can’t wait to wear it this Fall! πŸ™‚

I finished up a pair of plain (aka “waiting room”) socks as well:

These are plain stockinette socks, with afterthought heels, using String Theory Colorworks sock yarn in colorway Hippocampus. (Get it? – hippocampus, the memory center of the brain – Finding Dory?) πŸ™‚ I love these and can’t wait to wear them – they are so bright and happy!

I have another pair of plain socks in progress- these going top down 2 at a time:

The yarn is Must Stash yarn in their perfect match sock base – colorway Martian Rainbow. Talk about bright! I love them. I’ll be doing an afterthought heel (and the toes) in a contrasting color (not sure what color yet, maybe my leftover black from the Wonder Woman shawl.) I am almost ready to start the toes on these.

I have one other WiP that I just started – I’m designing a sweater vest for Rhinebeck! This is a Fair Isle vest in a vintage-inspired silhouette. I’ve only just started the colorwork section above the wide ribbing:


I’m hoping to have this done in time to wear it to Rhinebeck, and I’m writing the pattern as I go as well, so hopefully I can also release the pattern around then, too. I do have more deadline design work creeping up on me, but I should have a little bit of down time to work on this before that ramps up.

Anyway, that’s what has been going on with me lately knitting-wise! (Life-wise we’re selling our house and buying a new one, so that’s adding a whole other layer of crazy around here! Life is never boring, that’s for sure!)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

Teaching

Who’s ready for Rhinebeck?

Registration for Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool Festival) begins this Saturday! Do you have your classes picked out?

They are doing a staggered registration process to try to mitigate any website issues – so Saturday at 12:01am you can register for Thursday classes, Sunday at 12:01am you can register for Friday classes, and so on.

I am teaching four classes at Rhinebeck this year (my first year attending – I am SO EXCITED!) and I thought maybe you’d like a little more info on each of these classes so you can decide if you’d like to take one. πŸ™‚

For all of my classes, I like to provide robust handouts so that you have something to take away with you to jog your memory after the class is over. I use a projector and camera so everyone can see my hands, and I walk around to everyone to show techniques up close. I try to target the multiple ways in which people learn, so that everyone can understand the techniques I am teaching. My classes are all about you, and adding tools to your knitter’s toolbox!

Thursday I am teaching Double Knitting in the a.m. This is a fun class where we learn the basics of double knitting while making a trivet/pad. I provide several patterns/designs for you to choose from – one of the most popular choices is the sheep (it’s so cute):

In the afternoon I am teaching Mosaic Knitting. This is a super fun color technique, and I provide you with several patterns/designs for a dishcloth to make while learning the technique.

On Friday morning, I am teaching my ever popular ‘A Sampling of Short Rows’ class. This class sells out whenever I teach it! We don’t really go over the absolute basics of short rows, instead we go over a whole bunch of ways in which you can make short rows — and the pros and cons of each method (because they all have pros and cons!) We also cover how to substitute one for another. We don’t make a project here, but work on a swatch to try out the techniques. It’s a great learning class!

Then Friday afternoon I am teaching Estonian Decorative Stitches. In this class we make a small lace rectangle that you can easily continue knitting to make a scarf. We will learn several stitches and techniques that are unique to Estonian lace, and that can show up in lots of modern lace patterns. I’ll show you several ways to make nupps and star stitches, so that you can find a method that works best for you.

I hope to see you at one of these classes this fall! Or on Saturday, when I will be soaking in the NY Sheep and Wool experience! ❀

(I’m currently in Cleveland at TNNA, so stay tuned for a post recapping my experience here!)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!!

 

Conference/Festival Recaps, Designing, Patterns Released

Unwind Getaway Recap

But before I get to the recap, did you see the newest issue of Cast On magazine? I have a pattern in this issue, plus an article! Introducing my Up and Down Cable Socks:

These are worked in The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For ‘Studio Sox’. Color Silver Lining.
Worked cuff-down, and written for two sizes. Charts included.

My article in this issue is on Darning Hand-Knits, and has loads of photos accompanying it, you should check that out too! (You have to be a member of the TKGA to access these. Membership is $25 for the year, and you get access to current as well as past issues and content. Plus a monthly newsletter, too! It’s a great value at $25, honestly.)

On to my recap of the Unwind Getaway Retreat that was April 25-29 in Blowing Rock, NC!

I was a participant/teacher this year. I was not supposed to teach (this would be my third year in a row and Nancy and Sue don’t like to have teachers three years in a row – they – smartly – like to mix it up!). BUT, they had such high registration numbers that the one class was way too big – and since I was coming as a participant anyway, they asked me to teach one session. I love teaching, so I happily said yes! And being a participant, I actually got to take a couple of classes, too!

I took Twined Knitting with Jeffrey Wall, and Portuguese Knitting with Mimi Kezer.Β  I had taken twined knitting with Beth Brown-Reinsel several years ago, but then I didn’t do anything past the class sample, so I thought a refresher course would be a good idea. It was a good class! And I finished my tiny little mitten sample by the end of the weekend – so cute!

Latvian Braid!

I’ve been intrigued by Portuguese knitting for a while, but never tried it, so that was a great class too. My tension using this technique is drastically tighter than normal! It would be good to try it out on things that need tighter tension, like ribbing and seed stitch.

I taught Double Knitting, and all my students seemed to get the hang of it really well!

I bought yarn from ‘The Yarn Guys’:

(Malabrigo in Matisse Blue, Black, and Ravelry Red; and Wooly Wonka sock yarn in Brocade. Those will be a Wonder Woman shawl, and I’ll share that in a day or two. Plus two skeins of Biscotte Yarns: Bis-Sock.)

(I also was gifted a skein of Miss Babs yarn to play withΒ  – and I have cable designs swirling in my head and can’t wait to try some ideas out with it!)

I had an info table the one night, with all my Master Knitter notebooks and samples:

I also ate at several places – and all the food was glorious! At Bistro Roca I had the NC Mountain Trout, and omg was it delicious!

Each night, our hostesses had happy hour before dinner – one suite hosting beer and wine, and one suite hosting tea. So much fun.

A group of us went into town the one day and visited the Mast General Store, and then ate at a bbq place, The Peddling Pig. (awesome bbq! so good!)

Here are all of my purchases (or door prizes/gifts) from the weekend (except for the yarn above):

(See my tiny twined knitting mitten?! So cute. Also, who else had Charles Chips delivery growing up?? OMG, they taste just like I remember! Yum!)

And despite meaning to, I didn’t get out into the town to take pictures of the town and all the flowers that were blooming and such. Oh well. But I had loads of fun seeing friends I’ve made over the last couple of years, and making new friends. If you ever get a chance to go to the Unwind Getaway retreat, don’t hesitate to sign up (and sign up fast, because they filled on DAY ONE for this year!) It is really such a well done retreat. And even if you arrive alone, you will leave with about 50 new friends. πŸ™‚

Overall, I had a blast and I’m hoping I can attend again next year!