What’s Rhinebeck without a couple of Rhinebeck sweaters???
I knit two sweaters just for my trip. The weather can vary quite a bit on each year, but I’m a thin-skinned California girl so I opted for a couple sweaters on the heavier side.
Pattern: Keynote by Wencke Pertermann
Size: 38.75 at the shoulders and 43.25 for the hip
Yarn: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Sport
Sadly this is no longer in my life. It was huge in the shoulders. A wide neckline that didn’t sit well. The stitch pattern was really pretty though. The yarn had been in my stash since 2011, so it was a worthy project and looked nice for the event.
Pattern: Ellery by Jenn Emerson
Size: 38 ish, I don’t know what that means now, but I probably added extra increases through the hip.
Yarn: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN Worsted
Jenn is a knitting friend of mine and everyone in one of my knitting groups knit the same pattern. It’s tradition and it was super fun to be part of the rainbow in 2018. This sweater is pretty heavy for my usual climate, but I’m holding onto it for chilly winter nights as our living room doesn’t have heat. Easy pattern and pretty too! I’d had the yarn since 2014 and it sheds so much. So many pills. So soft though.
And just in case you think I’m the only person who knits a sweater for Rhinebeck, I encourage you to click here! You’ll find me looking really awkward right around 1 hour, 43 minutes.
And now for the knitting from Lamplight 2018.
Project – Lamplight Sweater
Recipient – Me
Pattern – Miss BB from Chic Knits and French Aviation Hat #613 (from Wearing History)
Yarn – Foxhill Farm Millspun Cormo Cross
This yarn was my Rhinebeck splurge. I saved for the trip for months and I couldn’t afford to buy a lot so I had to really be choosey. I landed on this so soft and warm Cormo Cross that my Rena recommended. The color was perfect for my Lamplight costume, but I also wore this sweater all winter. The biggest problem was time. I had to sew a whole costume AND knit a shawl collared sweater in one month. Thank goodness I got it done! The hat was less successful. In an ideal world I would have had tons of time to swatch. But that just wasn’t my reality so the hat is much much less slouchy than intended. Oh well. I was plenty warm and cozy for the night time program. Too bad I had such a hard time learning lines last year. Ugh. Much too big a part for my meager acting skills. This year I’m requesting a part with a much more manageable amount of speaking!
After an absence, I’m back and I’m going to try and make blogging more realistic for my life. I missed sharing my projects and having a record to track them. So here is a little bit different format with a few details of each project, a few photos, and hopefully more frequent posting again.
Last fall I went to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, aka Rhinebeck with my friend Erica. It was a bucket list trip for both of us and going with a friend made the whole thing a little less overwhelming. Rhinebeck is the most talked about wool festival in the US and because its location is close to so many major cities in the Northeast, a lot of people attend. A lot of my yarn-y friends attend.
It was a lot of fun. We ate the best damn falafel. I found a historical museum at the fairgrounds and met a man who had attended school in this school house. I pet a lot of animals, and I hugged so many people. It was amazing.
Technology is such a gift. I finally got to meet my health and exercise support group in person. We all bonded over Orange Theory and it bloomed into so so much more. I knit the same sweater as 20 other people and we made a human rainbow. Erica made me a political hat of rainbow goodness.
The best part of the trip was finding that Erica and I traveled so well together. It was a huge leap to spend 5 days with someone, but we came out the other side still friends and now we’re thinking up our next adventure together.