Monthly Archives: October 2009

Happy Halloween!

We just took the pups on a walk around the neighborhood and had a great time seeing all the little kids dressed up (as well as the not-so-little adults) and trick or treating! The part of Brooklyn where we live is incredibly family-friendly so it was actually quite overwhelming how many people were out there tonight. They all seemed to be having a great time. 🙂 We aren’t doing much of anything for Halloween (watching scary movies, the usual) but it’s still one of my favorite holidays.

This month was pretty worthless for me sock-knitting wise. Despite my best intentions to make this a Socktoberfest month, it just did not happen. I even missed the deadline on my Vilai socks, haven’t touched them since I posted about them at the beginning of the month! I do have an excuse as I’m trying to open up a new business, get new clients, and wrap up my other work, but I still feel bad… I have, however, done very well on keeping up with my Vine Yoke Cardigan that I posted about swatching earlier! I actually have pretty much finished it (it’s blocking right now) though I still need to put the buttons on it and wait until it’s dried. I’m excited, though, as this is the first sweater I have ever made for myself! And I think it looks pretty good so far, but I have to wait until it’s dried before I can try it on for myself. As I don’t have pictures of it on the blocking board, here are some pictures of it while I was working on it a while ago:

Vine Yoke Cardigan - WIP

This is being knit using Malabrigo Worsted in the color Applewood and I think it looks pretty good in it!

Vine Yoke Cardigan - WIP

That’s a close up of the gorgeous yoke. Be prepared for some pictures of me modeling it within the next day or two. I’ll leave you guys now to go watch some scary movies with the hubby and puppies… the puppies love to snuggle up on the couch to watch movies!

Messy heads

What are you doing for Halloween? Scary movies night in or big dress up party? Whatever it is, I hope you have fun doing it! 😀

A Finished Object…

I *was* planning on showing knitting for this post, but a more important FO came up! One of my dearest friends that I have spoken about quite often before and that I threw that baby shower for in September just had her baby boy! Everyone, meet the gorgeous Tudor with cherry red lips!

Isn’t he amazing? Such a beautiful baby and just slept the whole time we were there (he had a long day, after all), though I can’t wait until he can interact with us. Knowing his parents, I’m sure he will be a fun baby to be around. 😉

Congrats (yet again) to the happy parents!

And in case you noticed the logo on the pictures, I’m pleased to announce that I am starting my own business in photography! I’m hoping to do mostly weddings, lifestyle pictures (people and pets) as well as knitwear for designers. I hope you will all check out my photo blog and my website when it goes up! I’m excited about undertaking this new venture! Please visit TripleC Photography. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Rhinebeck fun

I went to the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck and I had such a great time! It was my first fiber festival ever and I just loved being there! It was awesome to have so many yarn shops to peruse in one spot. The festival was so big there was just no way to see it all in one day, but I did cover a lot of ground. I’m exhausted now. I woke up at 5am to be at the bus by 6am. I have a hard time sleeping in buses (same as planes, actually) so I didn’t really sleep much beyond the 4 hours I got during the night. But I certainly had an adrenaline rush when we arrived! It was a very cold day but that didn’t stop me in the least! I was wearing my Mara (that shawl got me more compliments than I have received since my wedding day, LOL!) and fingerless mitts and they both did a good job of keeping me warm – along with a jacket, of course. The first thing I noticed? The absolutely gorgeous colors of fall all over the place. It’s actually amazing how beautiful all the trees were. This picture doesn’t really do it justice, but you can get an idea:

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

The first thing I did? Hit up The Fold for some Socks that Rock, of course! I grabbed some gorgeous skeins and then spent another 20 minutes trying to pay for them, LOL. It was worth it, though!

Rhinebeck Acquisitions

That’s five – count ’em, five – skeins of STR! I’m excited about all of them but especially Pond Scum (on the far right), Jubilation (the dark purple one) and the Mill End (on the far left). I can’t wait to knit with them! And on my way around I ran into Ysolda Teague and Laura Chau, both of pattern-fame, shopping for baskets! I was so surprised I couldn’t think of anything to say, but it was still strange and exciting to just see them around!

Of course, I was *way* too busy shopping to take many pictures. I feel a bit bad about it, but then I look at my acquisitions and don’t feel bad anymore. I mean, just look at it:

Rhinebeck Acquisitions

Is that a great pile of fibery goodness or what? I spent quite a bit but managed to stick to my very sizable budget (remember the yarn diet? that was to save up for this!), so I’m happy. While there I got to meet up with the wonderfully sweet Christi and her equally sweet mother, Cindy. They were a lot of fun to hang out with and we did some shopping together and a bit of lunch (well, actually, I pretty much stood in line for chicken pot pie the whole time!) before we parted company. It was great to finally meet Christi after talking on Ravelry for so long! 🙂 After waiting forever for the chicken pot pie, and eating it all up, I wandered over to the outside vendors and checked out some sheep! They were very cute, though I think some of them were a little tired of being there… I got some nice shots, though.

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

And I know it’s probably just dirt, but doesn’t he (she?) look like he’s wearing mascara? haha!

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

And one more shot of a sheep checking out some kids hand. I swear it wasn’t trying to eat it or anything. 😉

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

I wandered around some more and found Briar Rose Fibers with all these gorgeous colors!

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

I bought quite a bit from them (including some buttons!) and will hopefully do a sweater sometime soon as I got 1300 yards of this gorgeous DK weight:

Rhinebeck Acquisitions

And that’s about it for pictures I took… I was pretty worthless as I mentioned before. But at least I took some! I also bought lots of yummy goodies – maple sugar cotton candy amongst other sweets! – for the hubby so he wouldn’t feel so bad about the yarn purchases… it’s called distraction, people, and you should learn it! 😉

Anyway, I’ve done some knitting since my last post – and on the bus trip too! – but I will leave that for a following post. I had a *wonderful* time at my first fiber event and can’t wait for the next! I’ll be off to Stitches West in February (going with my mom!) and I’m very excited about it. I managed to snag one of the seats in Cookie A’s class on traveling stitches and I’m beyond excited about that – you all know how much I love her socks!

Hope your Saturday was as good as mine… though maybe that you didn’t spend quite so much money! I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite purchases for the day – THE SOFTEST yarn – Suri Alpaca lace weight… is this gorgeous or what? 😀

Rhinebeck Acquisitions

And so comes Fall…

The air has cooled down, I have started thinking of gloves and shawlettes (because we all know shawlettes are so in and scarves are so out) and sweaters, and though this is my favorite season of all, it is also the beginning of the dreaded flu season. Yes, dear readers, I came down with the flu. And, yes, it was the H1N1 flu. And, yes, it is as bad as you’ve heard. I think I told my husband at least three times that I was going to die from it, LOL. But I didn’t (obviously or this would be a truly strange entry!) and I’m recovering. It took 2 whole weeks of not leaving the house except to go to the doctor and I still have a nagging cough and a slight case of laryngitis, but at least I don’t feel like I’m about to die anymore. And that’s a great thing because it’s just in time for me to enjoy my favorite season of all!

East side

Okay, so I admit this picture was taken last year (the leaves haven’t gotten that far along yet), but it does totally represent one of the best things about fall: the colors! The greens turning into browns, yellows and reds are just beautiful and I love watching the leaves change colors. Not to mention, of course, the oranges from the pumpkins because it will be Halloween soon and then Thanksgiving, two of my favorite holidays! Basically, I just love me the Fall season.

In honor of it being October, I am unofficially participating in Socktoberfest. What is Socktoberfest you ask? Basically, it’s whatever you want it to be do with sock knitting! You can make it your own and as for me I’m making it my month of knitting as many socks as I can! To kick it off, here are my finished pair of Devon socks that I finished on September 30… they are my honorary Socktoberfest socks as they were only 1 day off from being October socks after all:

Devon Socks - FINISHED

I just love love LOVE how these came out! The colorway (Fiberphile August 2009 Sock Club) is just amazing and made the pattern just pop, IMO.

Devon Socks - FINISHED

It’s definitely one of my favorite socks I’ve made ever and they came out perfectly… after frogging it three times, LOL!

Devon Socks - FINISHED

Pattern – Devon by Cookie A (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Fiberphile Alchemy Cashmere Merino Sock in Shadow Lake (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US2.5 (3mm)
Cast on – September 17, 2009
Cast off – September 30, 2009
Modifications – I only did 3 repeats on the leg (instead of 4) and I knit all YO’s through the back loop to minimize the lacy-ness of the pattern.

For a true Socktoberfest sock, I have started up a pair of Vilai using what I think is the perfect Fall colorway, Sundara Sock in Toasted Orange Over Pistachio:

Vilai Socks - WIP

Is that a gorgeous color or what? And the pattern is amazing too! I’m loving the cables running down the back of the sock:

Vilai Socks - WIP

I’m a bit further along on them now and hope to finish the first sock soon though this pattern is actually quite painful on my hands… tons of K3tog and SSSK’s. I don’t knit it for too long at a time to give my hands some rest. I’m also working on a test knit pair of socks that I can’t show you yet (but will hopefully soon) and I’m going to be joining in on the Socktoberfest Mystery Sock KAL as well. We’ll see just how many of these pairs I will actually finish before October is over, but I’m hoping for at least 3. Wish me luck!

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