October 2006 Archives

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The Hat that Got Away

This year my Rhinebeck experience was all about hats. I knit a hat, I bought hat kits to knit later, and I tried on this hat:

Felted Hat.jpg

It's a felted hat, and I thought it was very,very cute. Unfortunately, it was a little bit out of my price range.

You'll ask me where this was from, and my response will be "I don't know!" I'm usually good about taking down that type of information, but here I forgot.


I couldn't wait very long to begin my Birdwatcher Beret. I picked up the kit at Morehouse Farm's post-Rhinebeck wine-and-cheese party. Clever people, those Morehouse folk. Get a bunch of knitters who are already high on fiber, invite them to a fabby yarn store, and serve them some wine. Their sales must have went through the roof.

Although I saw this kit at Morehouse's booth at the fair, it wasn't until I tried on the store sample that I knew that I had found the perfect beret. I just had to make this hat when I saw how nice it looked on my head (sorry, no picture of that).

After my recent gauge disaster, I am taking no chances. Before I dive into this project, I'm knitting myself a little swatch in the round.


Featherlight is interesting yarn. It looks rather bulky in the hank, but it knits up on US6s. Granted, the resulting fabric is quite dense, but it's still soft and flexible. This will, indeed, be one warm hat.

Getting My Go Socks On!

I have a colleague who has all sorts of amusing ways to tell us that he's leaving. "Got my go shoes on," is one of them. "I'm off, like a prom dress," is a personal favorite.


As you can see, I cast on for a pair of socks. The yarn? It's Lucy's handdyed merino-tencel blend in a fabby gunmetal-gray colorway (buy it here). Or is that brown? Or blue? It's very mysterious.

Alert blog readers might remember that I first worked with this yarn back in the spring, when I was furiously knitting Sock Savior socks for Sockapaloooza. I love the shimmer of this yarn, and based on an attempt to break off a long end, I can report that it's deceptively strong. Since this pair of socks will be for me, I can report how the yarn will wear (prediction: very well).

I have my go shoes on, and a go sock in my knitting bag. This means two things. First, that I have a train journey ahead of me. Second, that I get to hang out with the Spiders later on today. In other words, I'm going to New York.

Tah, tah for the weekend! I'll see you all on Monday.

Another New Hat

I'm bound and determined to get at least one hat in for the Caps for Kids program. I want to do more charity knitting, and I need to start somewhere.

I began a new hat, this time casting on 84 stitches instead of 100. Let's see if this one will actually fit a child.


It looks good so far.

Mystery Rhinebeck Knitters of the Week

You didn't have to look far to find knitters at Rhinebeck. Heck, for about 48 hours I could have stuck a hand in any direction and touched a knitter. This was especially true on Saturday. On Saturday the fairgrounds were crazy crowded, and it was hard to move. Grabbing a few moments on a bench, I noticed this pair across the fairway:


It's unusual to see a man knitting in public, but it's even more unusual to see two men knitting while having a gab. I couldn't quite see what they were up to, but both looked to be knitting socks.

A New Hat

You saw the title of this post and probably thought that I had already managed to finish one of the hat kits I purchased from Morehouse Farms. No, I'm not that speedy.

I did manage to start and finish this nifty little ribbed number while I was away from the blog.


I used some leftover Plymouth Encore from one of Kate's sweaters and Ann Budd's hat pattern from Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. This was supposed to be for the Caps for Kids program at Dana Farber (scroll through this PDF). I write "supposed" because yours truly made a major mistake: I did not check my gauge. I know, I know. How could I, swatcher extraordinaire, fail to do that?

As a result, I followed a pattern for five stitches per inch when I really had only four. So, instead of a hat to fit a child's head, I had a hat that fit an adult.

Mom's Socks

Now that I have the new laptop, it's time to show you all what I accomplished during my blogging hiatus.

I finished my mom's socks:


There's not much to tell about these socks. I used self-striping Regia from Webs, US2 DPNs, and a short-row heel. It was easy, enjoyable knitting.

Rhinebeck 2006

I write to you this afternoon from the Wi-Fi enabled Fiber Cottage:


Also known as the Cutest Cottage Ever. This place is seriously cute. Mad props to Amber for being organized enough to reserve in February.

When I say almost everyone was in Rhinebeck this weekend, almost everyone was. Now, if you weren't here, don't feel left out, but I think that almost every knitter I know from New York and New England was here. The blogger meetup was fun (thanks Cara!) but more fun was bumping into someone who was browsing the same booth as you.

So, you're asking, what did I buy? Not much (remember the whole laptop incident), but I'm very happy with what will come home with me.


Two hat kits from Morehouse Merino. The Lily Chapeau in the Chocolate Brown and Raspberry combination and the Birdwatcher's Beret in the Grey Bluebird colorway. The gray is very mysterious--it's not quite gray but it's not quite brown. I think that I'll be able to push it in either direction (note to self: buy brown coat).

I rode Alison's coattails with the Lily Chapeau. She had a kit in her bag and I had to have one too. Hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!


This is some merino handspun in a deep burgundy colorway. Mmmm. Perhaps it was because of the red wine I had at dinner, but I couldn't resist this yarn. It wants to be a cabled scarf.

So, looks like it'll be another accessory-heavy winter. I can't wait to get started on my hats!

It's 5:05AM, Do You Know Where Your Knitters Are?

If you're a smart knitter, you're still sound asleep. It's much too early to be up on a Saturday morning.

This knitter, however, has a 6AM departure time to be in Lowell for 7AM. From there it's straight to Rhinebeck.

When you're up almost two hours earlier than normal, AND it's a weekend, you know that your "hobby" is serious indeed. There are few things that would get me up early on a Saturday morning. Yarn is, apparently, one of them.

It's Here!

It's here, it's here, it's here!

I feel whole again :-).

What Can Brown Do for You?

[The title is a shameless copping of a UPS advertising campaign. And this is coming from a person who does not have a TV. Someone once called me a marketer's dream. He was right.]

So, I'm leaving the house this morning and my cellphone starts ringing. I receive few calls on that thing to begin with, and even fewer of them come through in the morning. I hurriedly dug the phone out of its special spot in my bag (inside rear pocket, same side as the MP logo) and looked at the ID. I didn't recognize the number.

Sucker that I am, I answered the call anyway. It's a good thing I did. I listened to a recorded message from UPS informing me that my laptop delivery had been rescheduled. "Great," I thought. "I won't get this thing until next month."

Au contraire! The rescheduled date? MaƱana! That's at least three days sooner than expected. Cool beans! Could this mean live Rhinebeck updates from the (apparently) WiFi-enabled Fiber Cottage? We shall see.

If I were cynical (which, p.s., I totally am), I would think that these companies overestimate shipping times so that when things arrive a few days earlier than expected the recipient is transported to a state of bubble-wrapped glee.

Hey, works for me! Of course, the laptop isn't actually in my hands just yet. It remains to be seen if this rescheduled delivery date holds true.

What can brown do for me? Get my laptop here ASAP, that's what. So, do your part and send good shipping thoughts my way.

Gateway 450 SX4, 2002-2006

I write to you today with sad news about my laptop. Despite an initial diagnosis of a bad video card (or board, or whatever), the real culprit turned out to be the system board (card?) A bad system whatever-it-is means only one thing: it's time to shop for a new laptop.

There's a Dell Insprion B130 with my name on it. I hope to be back with daily posts by the last few days in October.

This means that I'm missing the whole Rhinebeck build up. This year, I'm going! With no computer at home, I might as well print out the vendor list from, errr, another computer and study it hard in the evenings. I'm going with an edited project list (socks, scarves) and an edited budget (because laptops don't grow on trees, you know).

Might I add that I am getting loads accomplished without the distraction of the internet? My condo? It's clean (even the closets)! My laundry? There's none! The gym? I go! I have a decent dinner every evening (with leftovers for a hot lunch the next day). I'm even thinking about painting my bathroom (with new towels to match, natch). The to-do list is getting shorter and shorter.

There's also, of course, much knitting progress to report. Without my photo software, I can't show it to you. Just imagine the posts that await the new laptop's arrival.

Meanwhile, my bloggy exile continues and I miss you all.


To distract you from the lack of evidence of my own knitting content, I'll share some of KG's (that's Knitting Grandma to new blog readers):


Ah, Kate's getting so big and KG's knitting needs a wider audience (BTW Kate: love the trousers, too!)

The Diagnosis

The video board! And it's fixable! So, I'll be back up and running in about a week, and I have no need to fork out a lot of cash for a new computer (although this makes me think that I should start saving for a new one).

I'm sure all that finger (and toe) crossing helped. Thanks!

Dear Blogland,

My computer might be dead!

Sigh! I won't know until tomorrow. Until then, please keep your fingers crossed that it's something simple that can be fixed.


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