Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Rhinebeck Recap ... and thensome

With the week almost over, I return to work again tomorrow morning but not before I give you all a little Rhinebeck recap.

Yes I did come home a day early just to go to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival here in NY. Many think that it was insane and obsessive of me to leave the sunshine of Florida to come back just for a sheep and wool festival, but these are the same people who want hand knit goodies from me.
This was my last vacation week before the holidays start and then I have no store will be busy and hectic.
I spent the last week in Orlando visiting Shamu and Mickey Mouse, chasing after five beautiful but exhausting kids, so my reward was a being surrounded by hand dyed yarn and the wonderful aroma of warm apple crisp.

Just a few of the ladies sharing our love for yarn, the sunshine and of course each other. I headed up to Rhinebeck with the BFF Nancy and her lovely family. While her hubby watched her youngest son and did some scouting for us, she and I did some damage to the budget and loaded up on a few goodies.

Knowing that I am sock knitter, and just a little obsessed with sock yarn I stocked up. Nancy came across a booth selling some of the most amazing sock yarn at the most outrageous prices.

These hanks are from The Oasis Yarn Company, this Aussi Sock yarn is 400 yards of super wash Australian Merino wool for only $13.00. Now I know that Australians are supposed to be kind and generous people but damn this was outrageous. The colors are great and so soft, and more than enough for a great pair of socks.
I came home with four hanks in the Peach Cobbler, Sahara Desert, Faded Valentine, and Spanish Fiesta color ways. I cannot wait to get some socks started, especially some colorful socks for my mami in the Spanish Fiesta colorway.

And miracle of miracles there was some Socks that Rock when we got there. I have not knitted with this infamous yarn, so I just bought two hanks. I got the Gibson and Stormy Weather colors.

I feel like I just became part of the sock knitters of America club with this purchase.

The purchase of the day was the one that I blame on my god son Avery and his holding this yarn in front of me until I gave in.

This is Briar Rose Fibers yarn in the Fourth of July color way. I bought two hanks, each of 550 yards to make their lacy cable shrug.
The colors on this computer cannot do it justice, their colors are amazing and they probably were cleaned out of all their stock by the end of the weekend.

I have been looking forward to making myself something special besides my socks and this shrug is just perfect for me. Yippee !!!

As a recap:

Then there is the famous baby kimono and some bloomers made with yarn stash.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thank you ..

Just a note ...

I would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages and thoughts on the passing of my cousin Robert last week. He was an amazing man who was loved by everyone who knew him and he will be missed. Another angel to protect the whole family ...

So am in Florida again... this time Orlando with my family.
Sea World, Disney, and lots of time with all the great nieces and nephews this week.

I did no knitting ... but I have two new recruits into the knitting universe, one being my niece Nina. Only for her would I cut the plastic cord of my circular clover needles so she would be comfortable with creating the stitches.

I have tons of pictures to share with you all.

The highlight was taking all the great grand kids to the portrait studio to get a group shot for my mom for the holidays. She will love it ...