Friday, December 7, 2012

Je reviens d'un voyage extraordinaire à l’état de New York pour assister au Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival et comme la tradition le demande, il faut tricoter un « chandail Rhinebeck », à porter bien évidemment au cours du festival. J’ai passé plusieurs mois à faire le mien puisque la laine a été filée à mon rouet. J’ai TANT de photos à afficher que je vais tout simplement raconter les derniers mois en images.

Returning from my first trip to Rhinebeck for the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival, it’s hard not to describe the trip without repeating "AMAZING!" over and over again, so I won’t bother – instead I’ll post some photos that should tell the woolly story!

First, my Rhinebeck Sweater. I combined my handspun skeins of "Wildflowers" (right) and "Electric Rose" (left) (dyed by Pigeonroof Studios)  to knit: 

 a modified version of Kim Hargreave's Wisdom Cardigan. Ravelry link here.

It has pockets, and matching wildflower-themed buttons:

I finished it the the day before departure, along with a hat knit from some ultra (and I mean ULTRA) bulky handspun (dyed by Hello Yarn, Skaking Leaves colourway).

I included a pencil for scale. That`s some bulky 2-ply right there!

The pattern, Rikke by Sarah Yound, is a wonderful design - and it's free! Ravelry project link here

The weather for Rhinebeck was so balmy that I didn't wear the hat after all, but I did get to meet some of the kindest, loveliest knitters.

 It's the beautiful Wry Punster! 

There are so many other Rhinebeck meetup photos I'd like to post, but I haven't yet asked the subjects for permission and I'd rather wait to get the go-head. So instead I give you adorable goats and the lineup for entry early Saturday morning:

After trying to avoid the fleece sale on my first day, I could no longer stay away by Sunday and still managed to score a CVM Romeldale fleece, which weighed more than I could comfortably cart around and was larger than small child:

Ohhhhh I can't wait until I've gotten it clean to try my hand at combing this fine, springy fiber...  

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