I mentioned in an earlier post that I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Rowden of "By Annie Claire" during my trip to Rhinebeck. (My "meeting"...I saw her on the hill, freaked out and practically ran her down to say hello and get a picture) I have gushed over her patterns and how much I love knitting what she designs. She has a way of designing a pattern that is a perfect balance of ease and focus. This knit definitely fit that bill. I knit this giant shawl up in 6 days. I haven't finished something this size so quickly in a long time! I worked on it every chance I had.
I bought a skein of Miss Babs Killington yarn in the Moss color way at the festival. Yes, I stood in that crazy long line, but honestly part of the fun is waiting in line and chatting it up with fellow knitters. And Robin had the chance to take a selfie with Stephen West while we were in that line...so yeah...it was worth the wait.
Anywho...I had never knitted with the Killington yarn and I LOVED it! It is a lofty sport weight blend of Polwarth wool and Tussah silk. It has a subtle sheen, a slightly crisp hand, and excellent yardage.
Size: 700 yd / 8.5 oz (640m / 240g) skeins Content: 85% Polwarth wool, 15% Tussah silk. Gauge: Sport weight. 5-7 stitches per inch on US 3-5.
My artwork was #5. Fingers crossed that I win this one...
Above: Annie Rowden, my favorite designer. I was star struck. I love everything I have ever knitted by her and I may of gushed a bit too much over her.
And is there anyone better than Amy Beth (aka The Fat Squirrel)?!??! She's the best!
RHINEBECK!!!!!!!!!! It was wonderful. A group of 7 ladies all sharing a rental house for the weekend. Two were Rhinebeck newbies and as excited as I was to be there, it made it even more fun to see their excitement. Our house was perfect. The wine, food and friendship was plentiful. The "celebrity" sightings and photos ops were awesome. The podcast meet up hill was like a scene from a boy band concert!!!! Too funny. Wow, we get excited to see people we only know through the internet and podcast world!
I'm thankful for the knitters that make up this community. We are happy, dorky, goofy people and there are thousands of us! The love of a hobby that weaves us all together forms a quick common bond to strangers, designers, farmers, shearers, knitters, weavers, crafters, fiber junkies, podcasters, bloggers.
Three of the women that were in our house this weekend were my students. How happy I am that they walked into my life and wanted to learn how to knit. Life long friendships have formed.
Now, how many days until next year's festival??!!!!