I only bought a few things but I met and hung out with the MOST amazing people. I am still exhausted and scratchy-throated after yelling over all the noise but I am so inspired to get back to work!
When I first started reading knitting blogs, it was the fall of 2004 and the blogs were full of starry-eyed reports of a magical place called Rhinebeck, where once a year, like Brigadoon, the mists parted revealing a happy place full of yarn and fiber and sheep and the folks who live and love it all.
I couldn't quite wrap my brain around it. I hadn't yet discovered that knitting is a mere gateway drug. I had no idea that spinning was something you could actually do in your living room. I had a taste for luxury fibers, but I had yet to discover any of the amazing small, independant fiber artists who create the stuff of dreams. I didn't know that you could meet awesome people and learn a whole lot just by talking about knitting online.
It took a couple of years, but finally started to understand, and I realized how much I wanted to be there! The whole "working every damn weekend" thing really got in the way, though.
Then another magical place called Ravelry appeared. And I knew I had to find a way to attend the party and thank Jess and her Codemonkey for the mindblowing awesomeness that they have unleashed upon us.
So, I asked for this weekend off. I begged a Ravelry friend for a ride, and I found a room share (Holiday Inn Kingston, holla!) for Saturday night. I am going to Rhinebeck!
So if you see a slightly dazed person who looks kinda like Tina Fey, wandering around and trying not to buy everything she sees, please come over and say hi!
Hey, how's about some knitting? I just started a super-fun project that's been waiting in the wings for a while:
Jeanie from Knitty, sometimes described as the Clapotis on steroids. Reversible cables and dropped stitches! So fun! The pattern is really easy to remember - once you've gotten past the fiddly cast-on and first row, you just settle into a groove, lots of knitting & purling through the back loop and a few cables every so often. It's not going to be a terribly quick knit, but I'm loving the way it looks already.
Ooh, and as you can see from the pic, I finally put my swift & ball winder to use. Best purchase ever!
Another cable project that I've been working on for ages:
I promised Dad a scarf last year for Christmas this year, so here is the Here and There Cables scarf from Scarf Style, in Valley Yarns Northampton. Another fun, easy pattern which I really need to get working on if it's going to be done in time! My big problem is that I keep losing my cable needle - and yes, I do know how to cable without a needle but this pattern has some weird back and forth stuff that makes it too hard. So I guess I need to stock up on cable needles!
I don't know about you guys*, but I am alternately terrified and exhilarated by this election - mostly terrified - and I really can't wait until November 4th. I keep thinking about the last two elections - staying up all night IMing with friends in London, going to bed as it was being reported that Gore would concede and then waking up to another two freaking months of it all. It was disappointing but kinda funny at the time. 2004, though was no joke. Disappointing and scary as hell.
This time I'm really feeling the historical importance of it all, and I'm trying to pay attention to every little thing. I'm not undecided, far from it. And every speech, debate, and ad is just confirming my decision. I'm obsessed with websites like FiveThirtyEight.com, FactCheck.org, and Politifact.com - they've almost replaced my other breakfast time blog reading.
I'm still reading crafty stuff, though - I'm completely obsessed with the Obama Craft Project, and I'm working on a little project of my own.
Anyway, sorry for the political yammering when you probably thought I would be writing about making stuff. I'll get some pictures taken and get back on track, I promise!
* "you guys" meaning, of course, my US readers. I apologize to anyone from across the pond - I'm sure you're completely sick of hearing about this race!
I have an adorable 4 year old niece who loves to color and paint and glue things on stuff, so I've been looking for some good craft books for her. I'd love to get her started with simple embroidery or something - I think I was five when I started.
But I'm thinking that "My First Book of Cutting" won't be on the list.