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Postcards from Rhinebeck (part two)

The stunning fall foliage and the charming animals weren’t the only attention grabbers at the festival last weekend.  Many of the attendees where modeling their recently finished knitwear.  We overheard more than one knitter confess that what she was wearing had been cast off in the wee hours of the night before and skipped a blocking in order to be showcased.

We brought some beautiful knits of our own to wear and we thought we’d share some photos of what we modeled.

 

lemons

Here you can see Theresa in her beautiful Love & Lemons by Melanie Berg, knit up in Baa Ram Ewe’s Titus.

 

julie Sunday

Julie is modeling her Hitchhiker shawl designed by Martina Behm.  She is also wearing a Flora’s Cap knit up with butter soft Blue Sky Alpaca’s Alpaca Silk yarn.  The soft neutrals had many a passerby ask about her accessories.

 

theresa Sunday

Theresa was a vision in shades of teal on Sunday.  She wore a Rikke hat made with Madelinetosh merino DK and the Hill and Dale cowl that she finished just a few weeks ago.  She knit this up with Anzula For Better or Worsted.

 

julie and jenny

Here you can see Jenny and Julie looking bright and sunny on Saturday (when temperatures were more mild).  Julie is wearing her Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief knit up with MJ Yarns Rustic Fingering yarn.  Jenny is wearing her Oblagon designed by Londonleo.

 

jenny cowl

Here you can see Jenny looking beautifully accessorized in her Arnhem Loop designed by Silke K.

 

equinox

Last but not least is Theresa modelling a sneak peek.  This is the Equinox Poncho designed by our very own Kate Salomon.  This pattern and the beautifully tweedy Alpaca Elegance from Green Mountain Spinnery that it was knit up with will be arriving in the shop later this month!

We hope that you can visit soon and ask us about the trip.  We’d love to tell you all about it.

Postcards from Rhinebeck (part one)

We had a wonderful weekend at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.  The weather was perfect, just cool enough to make warm woolen layers necessary to keep off the chill.  The fall color was bright and the sheep and goats were darling.

Here are a few photos we snapped while at the festival.  (Check back later this week for highlights of the knitwear).

 

goat

 

sheep3

 

sheep 4

 

sheep 2

 

fleece

 

Last minute gifts

Just in case you missed our post last month about a great last minute gift idea, we thought we’d share photos of a second Magnum cowl that Julie knit in one afternoon with one skein of Madeline Tosh ASAP and a tiny bit of another using Size US 15 needles.

 

magnum 01

She cast on 62 stitches, and joined to work in the round.  Julie used a fun bright pop of contrast color yarn for her cast on and cast off rows.  She alternated between knit and purl rows creating a lush garter stitch fabric that is dense and soft.  She continued until she had just enough yarn to cast off.  After weaving in her ends and a quick block, her cowl is ready to go.

Stop on by and we can get you started on a cowl of your own.  If you join us for a few hours of knitting during our Community Knit Night this Tuesday, you may have a finished cowl to take home!

lickety-split

Our friend Connie has already finished her Teikei scarf!  She was among the first to pick up her pre-ordered Habu kit when they arrived in the shop.  She stopped by the shop this Tuesday to show us how beautifully it knit up.

 

teikei 2

This scarf is one of Kirsten Johnstone’s designs.  And it’s simple construction makes the most of the Habu yarns that beautifully blend unusual fibers and materials.  That wonderfully curly edge is thanks to the addition of stainless steel.  Strange. but true.

 

teikei 1

We have a few remaining kits in the shop of various stunning patterns and color ways.  We hope that you can visit us soon and take your pick!

A new kit

We have come up with another new kit for those of you looking for a new project idea or a fun gift for a friend who loves to knit.

 

flora kit 01

We’ve paired the Flora’s Cap pattern from Churchnouse Yarns & Teas with Blue Sky Alpacas’ Metalico in three soft neutral colorways.

This yarn is a sport weight blend of 50% silk and 50% alpaca.  It is wonderfully soft with an unbeatable drape that will make this slouch hat a treat to knit and to wear.

 

flora kit 02

These limited edition kits include the pattern as well as a skein and a half of yarn, providing you with some savings.  We hope that you are able to pick one out for yourself or to knit up as a gift for a knitworthy friend this holiday season.

Give us a call at 970-407-1461 to ask about pricing or to have one set aside for you.