Socktober is almost over and boy have I let myself down in the socks department. Just after blogging last I was on a roll with Mirror. I distinctly remember that at one point I was doing the cable pattern and something didn’t feel quite right. I quickly talked myself out of that feeling as I had this pattern memorized by this point and figured that I did not need to check the pattern. I just knew I was doing it correctly so I kept on going regardless of what my gut was saying. Just as I was working the last row of cable pattern before turning the heel, I did it differently than I had been since I had that feeling, and it felt correct. I had been twisting two of the cables opposite of how they should have been! I almost made Ryan jump off the couch with the cursing that came upon that discovery. I immediately left the apartment and walked to the wine store on the corner, came back and began ripping back.
So those socks are officially in time out to think about what they have done. The frustration with that lead me to ignore the vanilla socks also. Here is where they have been for almost two weeks as well.
The Alewives cowl made it to the half way point and has been stopped there for now. I promise I have a good reason for this.
The first reason this is on hold is because it is now a Christmas gift which means I
am going to ignore it until I have to rush to finish it have quite a few weeks to get it finished. The second is the fact that I have almost completed a baby blanket this past week. I am not going to show pictures of it until the mother to be gets it because I want the design to be a surprise. The color theme is based off the book “Where the Wild Things Are.” Here is a peak at the colors involved.
I am three quarters finished with the blanket and it will hopefully be done by this weekend. This is unless I get distracted by my Rhinebeck purchases.
I will break all the yarns down in a later post. But I will say that Rhinebeck was so massive that it was stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every second of it!! There were just so many people all trying to shop in these tiny booths, that it seemed like a mad dash to buy yarn.
It was my first time at any yarn festival, and I was just not prepared for anything like this. That being said, starting off with one of the largest festivals in the country was probably a mistake on my part. I made snap decisions on my yarn purchases because I felt rushed, I felt rude because I was hitting people with my bags as I was trying to shop, and I had no real plan or strategy for browsing so I was just kind of all over the place. Hopefully next year Ryan or someone else can go with me to hold my bags and keep me on track and focused.
I did not get any pictures of booths or vendors as the crowds were so busy I couldn’t stand still for long. But, I did get to thoroughly enjoy all of the livestock there. Next year I will go both days, and spend one day shopping and the second just enjoying the animals. It was nice to have a little more understanding about the fiber I use so much of.
There was a show in which the animals were described and then a llama and alpaca jumping contest. I didn’t know this was going on until it was too late to get a seat, so I just snuck in the side and snapped a quick photo.
After the show they were all taken back to their booths for everyone to come up and meet the animals. This was my favorite part of the day.
I even had a sheep inspect my purchases.
There were goats with horns. (Some bigger than others, but who is concerned with size.)
Lots of llamas and alpacas. They may be my favorite, hence why there are so many photos of them.
They were all so busy eating that I didn’t get to ask them the questions I wanted to.
1. Can I pet you?
2. What is your favorite type of hay?
3. How would you feel about living in an apartment?
I am already working on the game plan for next year so that it will go much smoother.
P.S. I may have already began playing with my new yarns. Don’t tell the baby blanket, socks, or cowl.